Batley and Spen MP Kim Leadbeater looking to expand her team

Almost a year after she was elected in a crucial by-election, MP Kim Leadbeater is looking to expand her team.

By Tony Earnshaw, Local Democracy Reporting Service
Tuesday, 31st May 2022, 11:52 am
Updated Tuesday, 31st May 2022, 11:55 am

The member of Parliament for Batley and Spen is advertising for a constituency support manager – and wants someone with good local knowledge.

The full-time role, which can be found on the jobs section of the Working for an MP website, is earmarked for someone that is committed to supporting the MP in a wide range of activities including project work delivering on key priorities for the constituency.

They would also support her with external communications, social media, and engagement both in person and online.

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Batley and Spen MP Kim Leadbeater

Whoever is hired would attend constituency events and meetings with Ms Leadbeater, have oversight of constituency projects and local issues, organise constituency events and run the diary, and assist with progressing enquiries from constituents on local and wider policy matters.

One of the key components of the job is local knowledge, specifically the Batley and Spen constituency.

Ms Leadbeater said: “I have a fantastic, dedicated team here in Batley and Spen dealing with all the issues that matter to people across the constituency.

“We now have a vacancy to join our friendly, hard-working office. It’s a great opportunity for somebody who knows the area well and who, like me, has the best interests of everyone who lives here at heart.”

The job comes with key attributes that include being sympathetic to the aims and values of the Labour Party as well as “a good grasp of current affairs and political developments.”

Experience of working for an MP is “desirable but not essential” and opportunities to develop skills in post will be supported.

Ms Leadbeater dramatically won the Batley and Spen by-election last July with a majority of just over 300 votes, seeing off the Conservatives’ Ryan Stephenson as well as George Galloway, standing for the Workers Party, who came third.

Speaking after her victory the Labour leader, Sir Keir Starmer, said Ms Leadbeater epitomised everything he wants the Labour Party to be.

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