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Senior Political officer

This is a fantastic opportunity to join one of the country’s most exciting PR and talent agencies as part of a fast-paced, highly skilled and established team that has worked alongside some of the world's most recognised names, including senior politicians, celebrities and award-winning actors.

Please note: You must be aged between 16-25 and be receiving Univeral Credit to be eligible to apply for this role.

Closing date: 23:59 on 12/09/2021

This is a fantastic opportunity for an experienced Political Officer to join one of the UK's most exciting new PR agencies.

Your number one priority will be to identify and secure meaningful press and media coverage for our roster of both established and up-and-coming public figures ahead of a critical set of UK-wide elections in May 2021.


The primary responsibilities will be to ensure that our clients’ media relations are delivered in a professional manner. You will be expected to demonstrate an ability to understand and promote political positions and policy; build credibility with journalists and commentators; work quickly and accurately under pressure. 
We see our clients as our friends, so you must be the type of person who is ready to totally dedicate yourself to getting the best for your clients, no matter what. You will join an agency dedicated to its clients, no matter what. In other words, that means this job will often require work long, unsociable hours and out of office hours. Workloads may be stressful, but always rewarding!​

Key responsibilities include:

  • Timely drafting and distribution of reactive lines to breaking news and issues of the day

  • Identify issues that get cut through in media and build proactive stories to generate media coverage

  • Produce pro-active media initiatives

  • Alerting clients and staff to significant news stories

  • Maintaining the news content on the websites of clients

  • Seeking opportunities for and filling broadcasting bids for radio, television, newspapers and online media

  • Drafting articles for clients

  • Assisting with clients’ promotion on social media

  • Taking photos and videos of clients at events

  • Accompanying clients on UK visits when a media presence is anticipated

  • Working with other staff to ensure clients are fully briefed before media appearances

  • Providing on-call cover at the weekends and in the evening as part of a rota

  • Developing a professional working relationship with relevant political and specialist journalists

  • Representing the views and outlook of clients to journalists

  • Maintaining an up to date distribution list for journalists, third party groups and other stakeholders

  • Supporting clients at conferences and other events

  • Working with other staff and clients to develop and implement a media strategy

  • Maintaining an overview and awareness of political and policy developments in areas relevant to clients and clients’ opposition​

You must be:

  • A strong communicator

  • Able to achieve cut-through in local, regional and national media with unique and creative stories

  • At ease with large and often unpredictable workloads with a good temperament that allows you to deal with the unexpected

  • Able to extract information from public organisations and Government reports

  • Well organised and able to work without supervision in a challenging and unpredictable environment

  • Able to show a willingness to innovate, experiment, and share best practice

  • Always thinking of new and unique ways to make headlines and gain coverage for our clients and their work

  • A team player with a flexible and dedicated approach to your work

We would love for you also to have:

  • Good contacts in the PR, media, magazine, broadsheet, TV news and tabloid industry.

  • Previous political experience

  • Existing relationships with key industry players

  • Experience working across digital campaigns, video promotion and print marketing.

  • A good level of creative skill

  • Experience using PowerPoint, Excel, Word, Google Docs / Drive etc.

  • Experience using Mailchimp, Nationbuilder, Kantar, Connect, Forward Planner or other similar systems.


The successful Senior Political Officer will receive:

  • Competitive salary, compensation/benefits

  • 30 days annual leave, including bank holidays

  • Expenses

  • Ability to work remotely

  • Time off in lieu


To apply, please send your CV and covering letter to

In your covering letter you should reference:

  • Previous clients you’ve worked with or similar jobs held

  • Examples of positive or paid media coverage you have secured

  • Any relevant education

  • Familiarity with the people and processes associated with the political industry

In addition to your CV and Covering Letter, please also provide: 

  • A draft press release for a current news topic

  • Three social media posts with good quality photos or infographics to accompany



The role will require extensive work with public figures and politicians from the UK Liberal Democrat party. You do not need to be a member of the Liberal Democrats but you cannot be a member of another political party, but you must sympathise with the aims and values of the Liberal Democrats. You should have sound political judgement and understanding of the current political climate in local government, councils and seats up for re-election in 2021.

This role does not preclude voluntary political work for the Liberal Democrats.


Hours of work and salary are negotiable for the right candidate.


Apostrophe encourages applicants from under-represented backgrounds and those without higher or further education. Freelancers are also encouraged to apply.

We always reply to your application, even if you are unsuccessful, so if you have not heard from us within 5 working days of sending your CV, please follow up with us.​

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the successful applicant will work from home until further notice. We currently have no plans to resume office working.

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