Hello I’m Mel and I’m the new addition to Nic’s Westminster office. I have joined Nic for the next nine months as one of the successful, and very fortunate, applicants for the Speaker’s Parliamentary Placement Scheme. The scheme offers 10 places each year to applicants who would otherwise find it difficult to get a job in politics. Far too often entry level positions in politics, and many other professional fields, are the domain of those with the funds to be able to work for free in one of the world’s most expensive cities. The Speaker’s Parliamentary Placement Scheme, run via The Creative Society, aims to remedy this by offering placements which pay the London living wage. As a not so young man with a young family the Speaker’s parliamentary placement scheme was arguably the only way for me to gain experience in Politics.
I am particularly proud to be working for Nic and the Labour Party. Like most my political beliefs are somewhat formed by parental influences and past experience. In the late 80s my Dad worked in the building trade and I remember vividly having the family home repossessed as interest rates hit 18% and the building trade collapsed. Fortunately, at the time we were able to be re-homed in a council house. This for me was an early lesson in how politics affects lives and the importance of a social policy. From my perspective socialism replaced a roof over my head after the banks had taken one away. Then in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crash I experienced a similar turn of events and a 15 year career in the nightlife industry stuttered and collapsed. This forced me to adapt and retrain. Something increasingly common for today’s job market, where job insecurity is increasingly the norm. I spent the past 4 years studying Politics, Philosophy and Economics with the Open University and it has literally been life changing.