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Subject to the ongoing situation, it's essential that we continue recruiting safely. Therefore, interviews and communication will be virtual wherever possible and this will be communicated to you directly by the hiring manager.

Please also expect that advert closing dates and interview dates may change as required. We still continue to welcome applications for our current roles and wish you the best of luck with your application.

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Political Assistant to the Conservative Party Group

  • Reference:orbis/TP/901/5785
  • Positions:1
  • Salary:£34,688 (for this role a statutory limit of £34,986 applies)
  • Category:Democratic Services
  • Contract type:Fixed term
  • Working hours:36
  • Posted on:20 November 2019
  • Closing date:5 January 2020
  • Directorate:Resources
  • Location:County Hall, Kingston upon Thames


£34,688 per annum based at County Hall, Kingston upon Thames. This position is based inside one of our main area offices, click HERE to see a 360 degree view of the building and surrounding area along with a view of the reception. 

This is a fixed term contract until May 2021.

From flexible working to job sharing (where possible) we are committed to providing a healthy work life balance. A laptop and mobile will be supplied if applicable to your role. You will benefit from 24 days annual leave, rising to 28 days after 2 years' service, a generous local government salary related pension, as well as the option to join our car lease scheme. For more information about the wide variety of benefits you can take advantage of please visit MyBenefits for Surrey County Council staff.

Surrey County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We want to be an inclusive and diverse employer of first choice reflecting the community we serve and particularly welcome applications from all under represented groups.

This post has been designated as a politically restricted post in accordance with the Local Government and Housing Act 1989.

About the role

We are looking for someone to provide political and administrative support to the Conservative Group at Surrey County Council and its Leader. The Conservative Group is the majority party at the Council and consists of 58 Conservative Councillors.

You will support the Group in managing and co-ordinating its business, including administrative support and advice to Group meetings. This would include:

  • Ensuring that Group members are fully and promptly briefed.
  • Keeping abreast of national developments affecting local government, including new legislation and national party policies.
  • Drafting press releases, undertaking research, preparing briefings,
  • Providing an independent source of advice and support to ensure effective communications.

You must have a keen interest in the key issues facing local government today and a sound grasp of the Conservative Party's policies. Excellent oral and written communication skills, as well as strong IT skills and a flexible approach to pressures and problems, will be vital to this role. 

You should also have experience of previous political activity and ideally be a member of the Conservative Party. Applications will, however, also be accepted from candidates with no political affiliation. 

In line with legislation, this will be a fixed term contract until May 2021 when the next County Council elections are held.

For more information please find attached to the bottom of this advert a full job profile.

Additional information

Contact details

For an informal discussion, please contact Vicky Hibbert (Governance Lead Manager) on 020 8541 9229, e-mail: We look forward to receiving your application. 

Additional information

The job advert closes at 23:59 on 05/01/2020.

Interviews will take place week commencing 13/01/2020.


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  • Updated: 15 Aug 2020