Labour MPs, MEPs and organisations that offer unpaid internships

Following the article released yesterday in The Guardian regarding MPs and unpaid interns I provided research for, I can now reveal the Labour MPs, MEPs and organisations that offer unpaid internships on W4MP.

UPDATE:  The Conservative list  and the Liberal Democrat list 

DISCLAIMER: If you are listed here and feel the information is incorrect, please feel free to contact me at iansilvera@gmail.com

Summary

  • The Fabian Society, a think tank closely linked with Labour, has posted eleven unpaid internship advertisements since the General Election
  • Compass, a think tank closely linked with Labour, has posted two unpaid internship advertisements
  • The Co-operative party, a political party linked closely with Labour, have posted two unpaid internship advertisements
  • Chuka Umunna MP, Shadow Business Secretary, has posted four unpaid internship advertisements
  • Rachel Reeves MP,  Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury, has posted six unpaid internship advertisements
  • Keith Vaz MP,  Chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee , has posted three unpaid internship advertisements
  • Gloria De Piero, Shadow Minister for Crime Prevention, has posted one unpaid internship advertisement
  • John Robertson MP, who chairs various All Party Parliamentary Committees,  has posted two unpaid internship advertisements
  • Baroness Worthington even advertised for an unpaid parliamentary assistant (Note: Members of the House of Lords don’t receive a staffing allowance)

May 2010

Name Duration Role Pay
Keith Vaz MP 3 Months Parliamentary Intern Travel Expenses
Fabian Society Just Under 4 Months, 3 Days Per Week Events Intern Travel & Lunch Expenses

June 2010

Claude Moraes MEP Not Stated General Intern Travel & Lunch Expenses
Gordon Marsden MP Summer Parliamentary Intern None
Co-operative Party Not Stated London Intern None
Margaret Hodge MP 3-4 Days Per Week Constituency and Parliamentary Intern Expenses Only
Jim Cunningham MP 21st June- 2nd July Parliamentary Intern None
Rushanara Ali MP 3 Months Campaign Intern None
Rachel Reeves MP Not Stated Parliamentary Intern Expenses
Rachel Reeves MP 3 Months Constituency Intern Expenses
Steve McCabe MP Not Stated Parliamentary Intern None
Lyn Brown MP 3 Months Parliamentary Intern None

July 2010

Southend Borough Labour Group Until End Of Local Elections Campaign Intern Expenses
John Robertson MP Not Stated Parliamentary Intern Lunch & Coffee. Possible Travel Expenses.

August 2010

Chuka Umunna MP 4 Days Per Week, 10 am to 6pm Constituency Intern Expenses
Simon Danczuk MP 5 Days Per Week, 10 am to 6pm Constituency Intern None
David Lammy MP 3 Days Per Week For 3 Months Parliamentary Casework Intern Modest Travel & Food Expenses
Chuka Umunna MP 4 Days Per Week, 10am to 6pm Parliamentary Intern Expenses

September 2010

Margaret Hodge MP 3-4 Days Per Week Constituency Intern Expenses
Fabian Society Not Stated General Secretary Intern Travel Expenses & Lunch
Karen Buck MP 2 or 3 days for 3 months Constituency Intern Expenses
Claude Moraes MEP Not Stated London Office Intern Expenses
Wimbledon Labour Party 1-2 Days Per Week Constituency Intern None

 

October 2010

Heidi Alexander MP 3 Days Per Week For 4 Months Parliamentary And Constituency Intern None
Graham Jones MP Not Stated Parliamentary Intern Travel & Lunch Expenses
Fabian Society Not Stated Publications Intern Lunch And Travel Provided
Simon Danczuk MP 5 Days Per Week, 10am to 6pm Constituency Intern None

November 2010

Chuka Umunna MP 4 Days Per Week, 10am- 6pm Constituency Intern Expenses
Paul Blomfield MP Jan-June 2011, 1-2 Days Per Week Community Engagement and Outreach Intern Travel, Food & Non-Alcoholic Beverages
Paul Blomfield MP Jan-June 2011, 1 Day Per Week Constituency Intern Travel, Food & Non-Alcoholic Beverages
Cllr Leanne Targett-Parker Not Stated Lambeth Intern Zone 3 Travel Card
Lyn Brown MP Not Stated Parliamentary Intern None
Leader of the Labour Group, Southend Borough Council 1 Day Per Week Campaign Intern Travel & Subsistence Expenses
Alison McGovern MP 1 Or 1 And Half Days Per Week Parliamentary Intern Expenses

December 2010

Hazel Blears MP Not Stated Parliamentary Intern Expenses (Hazel’s office have been in contact. Although the job was advertised without pay, the intern did receive the  living wage.)
Adrian Bailey MP 3 Months, 1-3 Days Per Week Parliamentary Intern Expenses
Derek Twigg MP 3-4 Days Per Week Parliamentary Intern Expenses
Rachel Reeves MP 3 Months 3-5 Days Per Week Constituency Intern Lunch & Travel Expenses
Labour Group, Waltham Forest Council 3 Months, 1-3 Days Constituency Intern Reasonable Costs Paid

January 2011

Rushanara Ali MP 3 Months Constituency Casework Intern Expenses
Progress 3 Months, 3 Days Per Week Westminster Intern Expenses
Fabian Society Just Under 3 Months Events Intern Travel & Lunch Expenses
Fabian Society Just Under 3 Months Media Intern Travel & Lunch Expenses
Baroness McDonagh 3 Months Research And Campaign Intern Travel & Lunch Expenses
Fabian Society Not Stated Publications Intern Travel & Lunch Expenses
Baroness Worthington 2-3 Days Per Week Parliamentary  Assistant Travel & Lunch Expenses
Rachel Reeves MP 2-3 Months Research Intern Expenses
Keith Vaz MP Not Stated Parliamentary Intern Travel Expenses
Hammersmith Labour Party Possibly 2 Days Per Week Campaign Intern Travel & Food Expenses
Fabian Society Not Stated Research Intern x2 Travel & Food Expenses
Fabian Society Not Stated General Secretary Intern Travel & Food Expenses

February 2011

X2 Co-operative Party Not Stated London Intern None
Claude Moraes MEP Not Stated London Intern Expenses
Sian James MP Not Stated Parliamentary Intern Expenses
Gloria De Piero MP Not Stated Parliamentary Intern Lunch & Travel Expenses
Chuka Umunna MP 2 Days Per Week, 10am – 6pm Constituency Intern Lunch & Travel Expenses
Lyn Brown MP Not Stated Parliamentary Intern None
Graham Jones MP Not Stated Parliamentary Intern Lunch & Travel Expenses
Margaret Hodge MP 3-4 Days Per Week Constituency Intern Expenses

 

March 2011

X4 Toby Perkins 6 Weeks Campaign Organiser Intern Travel, Lunch, Accommodation  & Out of Pocket Expenses
 X2 Medway Labour Group 6 Weeks, 2-3 Days Per Week Campaign Intern Travel Costs
Fabian Society Not Stated Events Intern Travel & Lunch Expenses
Fabian Society Not Stated General Secretary Intern Travel & Lunch Expenses
Toby Perkins MP Until 6 May 2011 Campaign Intern Travel, Lunch, Accommodation & Out Of Pocket Expenses
Paul Farrelly MP Not Stated Parliamentary Intern Travel Expenses

 

April 2011

Rachel Reeves MP 3 Months, 3-5 Days Per Week Constituency Intern Lunch & Travel Expenses
Compass 2-3 Months, 2 Days Per Week Office Intern Travel, Lunch & Other Reasonable Expenses
Lord Janner of Braunstone QC 3 months Parliamentary Intern Travel & Food Expenses
X2 Barry Sheerman MP Not Stated Charity Intern Travel & Basic Expenses

May 2011

 Wimbledon Labour Party 1 Day Per Week Campaign Intern Lunch Provided
Rushanara Ali MP 3 Months Campaign Intern Expenses
Bill Esterson MP 1-2 Days Per Week Constituency Intern Expenses

 

June 2011

Fabian Society 3 Days Per Week General Intern Travel & Lunch Expenses
Lyn Brown MP Not Stated Parliamentary Intern None

July 2011

Compass 2-3 Months, 2 Days A Week Office Intern Travel, Lunch & Other Reasonable Expenses

August 2011

X2 Rachel Reeves MP 3 Months 3-5, Days Per Week Constituency Intern Travel & Food Expenses
John Robertson MP 2 Weeks Shadow Intern Refreshments
Nia Griffith MP Not Stated Parliamentary Intern Travel & Food Expenses
Kieth Vaz MP Not Stated Parliamentary Intern Expenses In Line With IPSA
Margaret Hodge MP  Not Stated Parliamentary Intern Expenses

 

September 2011

None

October 2011

Joan Walley MP Not Stated Parliamentary Intern Lunch & Travel Expenses
Roberta Blackman-Woods MP  Not Stated Parliamentary Intern None. Travel & Food Expenses

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16 responses to “Labour MPs, MEPs and organisations that offer unpaid internships”

  1. Stuart Bruce says :

    Agree wholeheartedly with campaign to pay interns and it is something I’ve been very vocal on and introduced a proper policy when I ran a PR company. However, not sure it’s fair to include a member of the House of Lords on the list without a qualifying note to say that peers don’t actually get a staff allowance. So it’s not that they won’t pay, more a case of many can’t pay. For democracy to function effectively this is something that should be rectified.

    • Louise says :

      That peer (Baroness Worthington) advertised for an unpaid intern to babysit her child while she was working. It is utterly right that she should be named and shamed for using an unpaid young person to do work for her which, without a shadow of a doubt, should have been paid at least at the rate of the legal minimum. Shje might not have the spare cash but I’m pretty damn sure that young person nees her legal entitlement even more than her!

      Utterly revolting behaviour, thank you for highlighting it.

  2. Previous MP Intern says :

    Well, I’ve been through this – and watched many others. It’s a nightmare and favours those who have parents living in London (or in the case of a Constituency MP office, living close by to that) or wealthy, for money to spare on rent. That said, if you can stump up the money, somehow, you are far more likely to get a job… eventually, in the area concerned. University is great, but lacks on-the-job experience.

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