Fancy yourself a Priti good writer? Home Secretary advertises for a £63,000-a-year speechwriter to lead Westminster team
- Home Secretary looking for a speech writer to ‘reflect her voice and priorities’
- Job penning ‘high profile speeches’ comes with a salary of up to £63,175-a-year
- Candidates are warned the role entails ‘long and unpredictable working hours’
Priti Patel is looking for a new speechwriter who will be paid up to £63,000 a year to ‘reflect her voice and priorities’.
The Home Secretary has advertised for a ‘confident and committed’ writer who will pen ‘high profile speeches’.
In an address to the country last April, Ms Patel’s hard-hitting message was slightly undermined by a remark proudly revealing a drop in shoplifting – when shops had been shuttered.
She was also roundly ridiculed after she repeatedly vowed to tackle ‘counter-terrorism offenders’ following a knife attack in Streatham last year.
Priti Patel, pictured during a media briefing in Downing Street, is looking for someone to writer her speeches
The civil servant will be paid up to £63,175 and is required to ‘write high profile speeches’
The civil servant will be paid up to £63,175 and is required to ‘write high profile speeches’ and to ‘lead the speech-writing team.’
But candidates are warned they face ‘sometimes long and unpredictable working hours.’
The job description states: ‘The Home Office is looking for a talented, confident and committed speechwriter to write high profile speeches for the Home Secretary and to lead our speech-writing team.
‘You will draft speeches for the Home Secretary across the diverse Home Office portfolio, for a wide range of events and audiences.
‘This will involve writing in a variety of styles to reflect the Home Secretary’s voice and priorities. You will also advise on and produce other written products as required.’
Last year, allies leapt to the Home Secretary’s defence in the wake of a critical bullying report.
Ms Patel, 48, apologised for her treatment of civil servants in November after an official investigation found she bullied staff, on occasion shouting and swearing at them.
The PM let the Home Secretary off with an apology after the investigation launched in March found she broke the ministerial code but also blasted ‘inflexible’ civil servants for obstructing her.
Addressing Sky News last February, the Home Secretary promised the Government would announce new initiatives aimed at cracking down on ‘counter terrorism’.
Social media users mocked the minister in charge of national security for not knowing the difference between terrorism and counter terrorism.
The slip of the tongue, which Mrs Patel repeated at least four times, left viewers baffled and comparing her interview to hit satire show The Thick of It.
Ms Patel was also mocked last April when she told the nation, ‘Three hundred thousand and thirty four, nine hundred and seventy four thousand’ Covid tests had been carried out in the UK.
In an address to the country last April, Ms Patel’s hard-hitting message was slightly undermined by a remark proudly revealing a drop in shoplifting – when shops had been shuttered. She was also ridiculed after she repeatedly vowed to tackle ‘counter-terrorism offenders’ following a knife attack
Mrs Patel was speaking in the aftermath of the terror attack in south London on Sunday, where Sudesh Amman stabbed two people before he was shot dead.
She told Sky News: ‘There is a police investigation taking place right now and this offender clearly had some history in relation to counter-terrorism offences.
‘We’ve also been very clear that we will be bringing about a counter-terrorism bill in her first 100 days and we will absolutely do that.
‘Tomorrow we will also be announcing some fundamental changes – in addition to what I’ve already said – to deal with counter terrorism and counter terrorism offenders.’
The speech writing candidates are required to ‘love writing’ and have ‘exceptional communication and organisational skills.’
The advert goes on to describe the role as a ‘rare and exciting opportunity’ and the environment as ‘fast-paced’, ‘dynamic’ and ‘high profile’.
The Home Office has been contacted for comment.