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Political Assistant to the Labour Group

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West Northamptonshire Council
£30,228.55 - £34,474.02
Fixed Term
One Angel Square - Northampton, The Guildhall
Closing date:
24 September 2021 at midnight
Political Assistant to the Labour Group

Please note this is a fixed term contract until the Annual Meeting in May 2024

West Northamptonshire Council is one of two new unitary Councils created in the County of Northamptonshire, delivering the full range of Council Services to residents. We aim to make West Northants a great place to live, work, visit and thrive.

We need to recruit a highly motivated individual with exceptional communication skills, to work directly to the Labour Group on the Council. In supporting the group as Members of the authority, and in particular the Leader of the Labour Group, your role will include researching policy issues, preparing speeches and briefing notes, advising on political issues, attending meetings and conferences in West Northants and elsewhere as required.  You will also be dealing with Council officers and the media, as well as other external bodies.

You will need to be able to work in the strictest confidence, assimilate and analyse data quickly, establish positive working relationships with Members and officers, have excellent written and oral skills, good IT skills including management of website working knowledge of social media outlets and produce high quality content including video. Equally important is the need to be politically sympathetic to the aims of the Labour party.

Hours of work will include evenings and will be agreed with the Group Leader. This post is subject to political restriction in accordance with the Local Government and Housing Act 1989.

In return we offer you:

Generous annual leave entitlement

Generous local government pension scheme package

Access to wider training and development qualifications

Flexible working scheme

Travel plan discounts

Employee discount scheme for national and local retailers

Our organisation:

West Northants is a unitary authority in the Midlands, made up of the towns of Northampton, Daventry, Towcester, Brackley and surrounding rural areas.

Situated in the heart of England, the area has plenty of green spaces, excellent facilities and easy access to the national motorway and rail networks, facilitating superb transport links to England’s major cities. West Northants is also host to major events like the Grand Prix at Silverstone which brings visitors from miles around and abroad.

We provide all local Government services for over 400,000 people, looking after education, environment, social care, housing, planning, business and much more - everything from frontline services such as rubbish collection to support to our most vulnerable residents during the recent pandemic.

Working at West Northamptonshire Council means that you will be part of our unique journey to become an exceptional unitary Council working alongside talented, professional colleagues to drive forward change to transform the lives of our residents and the communities they live in.

For an informal discussion, please contact Councillor Gareth Eales on 07703 667810 or email

Please note that in accordance with current COVID-19 Government guidelines, in regards to social distancing, interviews may be held virtually via Microsoft Teams or Zoom.  Full details on how this will work will be sent to you, if your application is successfully shortlisted.    

Important Information-

Applicants must be able to demonstrate all essential requirements as listed in the job profile

Equal Opportunities Commitment Statement

West Northamptonshire Council is committed to creating an inclusive work environment with a diverse workforce. All appropriately qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability or age

For further information, please refer to the information pack available as a download or to view online

Please be advised that if you are not contacted within 3 weeks of the advert closing date then you have not been shortlisted.  All recruitment correspondence, including interview letters and contracts of employment will usually be sent out via email.

We reserve the right to close this vacancy at any time prior to the closing date.


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