Speaker’s Parliamentary Placements Scheme
Launch of recruitment phase for second year
Hazel Blears MP has welcomed the launch of the recruitment phase for the second year of the Speaker’s Parliamentary Placements scheme, and urged people from all backgrounds to apply for the chance to work in Parliament.
The cross-party scheme, created by the Salford and Eccles MP, gives people from disadvantaged backgrounds the opportunity to spend four days a week working in the office of an MP, and the fifth working in a variety of roles across Parliament to get a better understand of how Parliament works.
The recruitment process is run by the Social Mobility Foundation, and application materials and further information can be found on their website:www.socialmobility.org.uk
Commenting on the launch of the scheme, Ms Blears said:
“I am delighted to see the launch of the second year of the Speaker’s Parliamentary Placements scheme. This scheme is important in helping to change the makeup of Parliament and make sure that the people elected to and working in Parliament are more representative of the people that we serve.
“For too long people have been frozen out of politics by the culture of unpaid internships, and this has meant that Parliament has become inaccessible for those who can’t afford to live and work in London for free.
“The scheme challenges that culture by giving interns a fixed wage, support with housing, personal development training and the chance to develop skills for their future – I encourage everyone interested in politics to apply.”
The Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow MP, added:
“I’m delighted that the first year of the Speaker’s Parliamentary Placements scheme was so successful, and I am confident that it will continue to go from strength to strength. This scheme opens up Parliament to people who wouldn’t normally have the chance to work here, and is vitally important in helping to make politics more representative of the public as a whole.
“Hazel Blears MP’s work on this is to be applauded, and the cross-party nature of the scheme explains why is has been so successful. I urge people – of all backgrounds – who are interested in politics to apply, and to take advantage of this opportunity to experience work at the heart of British politics.”
For further information please visit www.socialmobility.org.uk
The deadline for applications is 9am on Monday 30th July.