Tommy Sheppard | MP for Edinburgh East

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 TEMPORARY Constituency/Communications Assistant (Part Time)

Tommy Sheppard MP

Job description and person specification

Salary: Dependent on experience and in accordance with IPSA pay scales

Job Details: Temporary contract until end of March 2021.

Part time (3 days a week). Out of office hours working may be required but time off in lieu will be available subject to agreement.

Location: Home working in line with Scottish government Covid-19 guidance / constituency office.

Key task: To support the office’s activity in a range of tasks, working with other staff within a small, busy team, to help constituents by ensuring competent and proactive communications.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Improving information to constituents across all media platforms
  • Draft responses to constituents
  • Research local, regional or national issues to support the MP’s work
  • Assist in managing and developing the MP’s website content
  • Publicise the MP’s parliamentary duties on Social Media
  • Retain records and information confidentially and in line with GDPR
  • Other tasks to assist with the day-to-day running of an MP’s office assigned by the office manager


Person Specification

The post holder will have:

  • Current or previous Westminster security clearance (preferable but not essential)
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • The ability to self-motivate
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills
  • The ability to prioritise tasks and work under pressure
  • Excellent administrative and organisational skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Knowledge and experience of communications and social media platforms
  • Experience in creating social media content
  • Experience of working in politics and/or communications
  • An appreciation of the responsibilities involved in dealing with sensitive and confidential information
  • Competent use of IT, in particular MS Office, photoshop and other creative software, and the ability to adapt quickly to new software
  • An interest in politics and an understanding of the aims of the SNP


A CV and covering letter should be sent to with the subject header “Constituency Assistant Application”.


The deadline for applications has been extended until Friday 30th October.








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If you are a constituent, you can contact me by emailing, calling the office on 0131 661 8023 or by using the CONTACT form below.



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