Friday 23 December 2016

Last chance for truly unique opportunity to give political advice to Brent Labour Group

There is just over a week left to apply for the challenging job of Political Assistant to the Brent Labour Group.  The post is recommended to any person able to ride several horses, galloping in several different directions, at once.


Salary range: £33,660 - £36,558 p.a. inc.
Contract: Fixed term (Contracted until May 2018, with the possibility to extend)
Hours of work: 36 hours per week
Location: Civic Centre and other locations from time to time

This is an exciting, high profile opportunity to work at the cutting edge of local government for an innovative local authority.  

Brent is a tremendously vibrant London borough where the iconic arch of Wembley Stadium dominates the skyline. Spanning both inner and outer London, it is a borough of huge contrasts in terms of its economic, environmental, ethnic and social make up. Brent’s diversity is evident to all who visit our borough and our long history of ethnic and cultural diversity has created a place that is truly unique and valued by those who live and work here.

The council is pursuing a far-reaching transformation agenda that better meets the needs of our community so it is an exciting time to join us.

The Post

The Labour Group is looking for experience in working – paid or unpaid – in a political environment, a professional approach with the organisational skills to deal with shifting priorities. You will need to demonstrate your awareness of new legislation and political developments (local, regional and national) with particular reference to the Labour Party.

This post is politically restricted* and will be offered in line with current legislation governing Political Assistant Posts. This is a temporary role to May 2018.

As the Group’s Political Assistant you will be carrying out a range of interesting duties including:
  • undertaking political research in Council matters
  • assisting with the composition and issuing of press releases
  • attending Labour Group meetings to provide information and advice to Council Members
  • liaising with Members of Parliament and Officers of the Council

The Person

Ideally, you will be a member of the Labour Party and have:

  • research/administrative experience
  • experience of dealing with public bodies or political organisations
  • a good knowledge of Council political structure and public affairs
  • good interpersonal skills and organisational skills
  • good computer skills including word processing, spread sheets, database and desk top publishing
  • the ability to work under pressure as part of a team as well as use your own initiative

Closing Date: 2 January 2016 (23:59)
Assessment & Interview Date: w/c 9 January 2016

*Although the advertisement says the post is politically restricted this appears on the job description LINK:

DBS Status

Not Required

Politically Restricted



Anonymous said...

The only problem that the advice I'm likely to give to our impeccable leader is not likely to go down well. I cannot grovel and lie incessantly.

Jaine Lunn said...

A few thoughts came to mind for anyone wishing to apply for this unique experience as advertised in the job spec, and no you will not need horseriding experience of any description.

Huff, Puff, Stammer and Stutter.
Is all that's required to be this Nutter.
To take on the role of Political Assistant,
When we all know the post's none existent.
Just keep your mouth shut and do what your told,
Speak only when spoke to, and never be bold.
It's just another ploy by Labour,
To ensure it curries favour,
With the electorate, people, like you and me
But we're not fooled, we clearly see,
The ability to use initiative is not required,
Use it and you'll surely be fired.
Bullshit baffles brains will be appointed,
Toe the line you won't be disappointed.