Parliamentary Assistant to Rory Palmer MEP

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29 Sep 2017
  • Job Title: Parliamentary Assistant
  • Working For: Rory Palmer MEP (East Midlands)
  • Location: Brussels, Belgium
  • Salary: In line with European Parliament Accredited Assistants grades

Job Details

In the coming weeks Rory Palmer will become Labour MEP for the East Midlands, replacing Glenis Willmott who is retiring. Rory Palmer is seeking to appoint a Parliamentary Assistant to work in the European Parliament who is enthusiastic, committed and who can adapt to a new role quickly and effectively.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Providing research support across key policy areas;
  • Monitoring key areas of legislative work in the European Parliament and Westminster;
  • Providing research support for constituency casework and campaigns;
  • Providing administrative support to the Brussels office including correspondence and e-mail management, diary management, travel bookings and other administrative functions;
  • Providing support aligned to Rory Palmer’s wider work in the European Parliament including Interparliamentary Delegations and Intergroups;
  • Organising meetings and events in the European Parliament, supporting arrangements for visitors to the Parliament;
  • Liaising closely with key stakeholders including the European Parliamentary Labour Party, other MEPs and MPs and their offices, trade unions, campaign organisations, business and industry and community organisations;
  • Working closely with other members of the staff team in the East Midlands and Brussels offices.

Person specification


  • Educated to degree level or equivalent professional experience;
  • Strong research skills and knowledge of the European Parliament and its workings, understanding of the role of MEPs;
  • Excellent writing skills, experience of preparing briefings notes and other written correspondence;
  • Excellent organisational, administrative and communication skills;
  • Capable of working independently and as part of a team;
  • Willingness to travel to/from European Parliament in Strasbourg and to/from the UK;
  • Excellent IT skills;
  • Commitment to the aims and values of the Labour Party.


  • Experience working in a political environment;
  • Knowledge and familiarity with the East Midlands region and topical issues;
  • Good French language skills and/or other EU language;

This job is full-time and it is sometimes necessary to work at evenings and weekends in response to the needs of the role. The role will be based at the European Parliament in Brussels but will include travel to Strasbourg and on occasions to the UK.

Closing Date: 29 September 2017

Interview/Start Dates

Please note an appointment to this role cannot be made until Rory Palmer’s mandate as East Midlands MEP formally commences. Interviews will be held in early October.

Application Details

To apply please send your CV (max 2 A4 pages) and a covering letter (max 3 A4 pages) detailing how you meet the person specification and requirements of the role. Please send your application by e-mail: including your surname and position applied for in the e-mail subject line.

If you have not received a response by Friday 20 October please assume your application has not been successful.


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