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We’re hiring: Content Editor

 

Job title: Content Editor

Place of work: Central London

Salary: Competitive for non-profit

Minimum experience: 5 years

Contract type: Full Time

Starting date: ASAP

 

Application Deadline: Monday 24 July 2017

Interviews: Phone Interviews 27 – 30 July, In-Person Interviews 2 – 4 August

Please send applications with CV and cover letter to: recruitment@bestforbritain.org

 

Job Profile

 

Best for Britain is a dynamic new advocacy and campaign organisation, working across the UK and key European capitals, focused on keeping all options on the table for the UK’s future relationship with the EU.

 

We are seeking an experienced Content Editor with a proven track record of delivering high quality communications within a political, campaigning or policy based environment.

 

Roles/Responsibilities

 

  • Brainstorm, plan, edit and, create relevant, engaging written, graphic and video content for our website, social media sites, newsletters and other media channels;
  • Ensure the quality of content: written, visual, audio and video, including infographics;
  • Proofread copy for grammar, tone of voice and adherence to key messaging and house style, and make appropriate changes;
  • Build, develop and manage a cross organisational content calendar, ensuring that the press, members, clients, service users, stakeholders and the internal team are communicated with regularly, appropriately and effectively;
  • Manage SEO, google analytics and similar tracking systems, and produce weekly, monthly and quarterly analytical reports identifying key trends, opportunities and challenges;
  • Work to ensure a significant increase in online traffic in line with the organisation’s objectives.

 

Requirements

 

  • Proven success in delivering high quality content and communications targeting a diverse range of audiences;
  • Clear commitment to the aims of the organisation;
  • Impeccable copywriting skills, with an excellent grasp of written English language and a high attention to detail;
  • Excellent communication skills with the ability to take complex information and communicate it in a easily-understandable way to a broad audience;
  • Strong research skills – you are able to be given a topic that you know little about, bring yourself up to speed on that area and produce new and engaging content on key issues;
  • Demonstrable experience and proven track record in delivering relevant, creative, engaging online content in a similar role;
  • Graphic design and video editing skills, preferably including a working knowledge of InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator and similar design packages;
  • A keen interest in and understanding of the EU exit process and associated political and policy issues;
  • Ability to identify, lead and drive projects from conception to completion with experience of cross organisational teams
  • Experience of working in a shifting environment and of working to short deadlines;
  • Willingness to experiment, innovate, learn and do things differently.
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We’re hiring: Head of Research

 

Job title: Head of Research

Place of work: Central London

Salary: Competitive for non-profit

Minimum experience: 8 years

Contract Type: Full Time

Starting Date: ASAP

 

Please send applications to: recruitment@bestforbritain.org

Application Deadline: Monday 24 July 2017

Interviews: Phone Interviews 27 – 30 July; In-Person Interviews 2 – 4 August

Please send applications with CV and cover letter to: recruitment@bestforbritain.org

 

Job Profile

 

Best for Britain is a dynamic new advocacy and campaign organisation, working across the UK and other European capitals, focused on keeping all options on the table for the UK’s future relationship with the EU.

 

We are looking for an energetic, organised Head of Research to lead and coordinate the research effort of our campaign. The role will be fast-paced in a rapidly changing political environment. Dealing with sensitive information, candidates will be expected to work with discretion and good judgement.

 

Roles/Responsibilities

  • Analyse existing data and write comprehensive briefs to support campaign work;
  • Create, maintain and leverage partnerships and relationships with key stakeholders, policymakers, experts, agencies, governments and thought leaders to leverage the policy and research work that exists on Brexit, the UK and the EU, and work to commission more such work;
  • Define and undertake creative, policy-oriented research to the service of the campaign objectives, using official statistics and robust research practices;
  • Monitor and report on relevant political, economic, industrial and other issues and summarise for senior staff;
  • Prepare documents for the website, blog posts, talking points and briefings for senior policymakers and principals;
  • Publish articles, working papers, policy briefs, blogs and short commentaries when necessary to promote the campaign and advocacy objectives of the organisation;
  • Brief colleagues, partners and journalists on a wide range of public policy issues;
  • Track events, media coverage and social media.

Requirements

 

  • Clear commitment to the aims of the organisation;
  • Master’s degree preferred, preferably in a development-related, international relations, or economics field;
  • At least 8 years of research experience in a policy, communications or campaigning organisation;
  • A deep understanding of the key policy and political issues around the Brexit process – on the UK side and the EU side;
  • A proven track record of undertaking research that has led to media coverage and policy change;
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills, equally comfortable turning research into compelling and clear briefings for journalists/policymakers or briefing them in person;
  • Background knowledge in public policy around any of the following: EU politics/immigration and migration/health/etc.;
  • Highly numerate and comfortable dealing with numbers and statistics, including the ability to present numbers and statistics in a compelling way;
  • A good network of contacts in UK politics;
  • Experience in media analysis;
  • Experience in statistical analysis;
  • Experience in parliamentary research in the UK and Brussels;
  • Experience in legal research;
  • Willingness to experiment, innovate, learn and do things differently.

 

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We’re hiring: Communications Director

 

Job title: Communications Director

Place of work: Central London

Salary: Competitive for non-profit

Minimum experience: 8 years

Contract type: Full Time

Starting date: ASAP

 

Application Deadline: Monday 24 July 2017

Interviews: Phone Interviews 27 – 30 July, In-Person Interviews 2 – 4 August

Please send applications with CV and cover letter to: recruitment@bestforbritain.org

Reports to: CEO

 

Job Profile

 

Best for Britain is a dynamic new advocacy and campaign organisation, working across the UK and other European capitals, focused on keeping all options on the table for the UK’s future relationship with the EU.

 

The Communications Director is at the heart of Best for Britain’s output and strategic thinking. They will be responsible for developing and driving the implementation of an effective external communications strategy and advising on the tactics of the campaign.

 

We are seeking an experienced Communications Director with a proven track record of delivering high-profile communications within a political, campaigning or policy based environment.

 

Roles/Responsibilities

  • Shape our local, national and international communication programme, ensuring our positions are covered in the media, and as many social and media channels as relevant, with a view to influence policymakers;
  • In conjunction with Best for Britain leadership, set the short, medium and long-term communications strategy of the organisation;
  • Execute the day-to-day media strategy of the organisation;
  • Be responsible for the relevance and currency of our messaging across website, social media and all outward facing communication channels;
  • Monitor and analyse trends in the media and news-reporting on issues relevant to or affecting Best for Britain’s priority work and external profile;
  • Brief and support principals and senior staff for media appearances;
  • Generate press, TV, radio and social media coverage that helps forward the objectives of the campaign;
  • Develop a strategic communications strategy and narrative in diverse media in order to pre-empt and influence, as well as respond to, political events;
  • Draft op-eds, articles, press releases and quotes on a regular basis;
  • Maintain and build a wide circle of journalistic contacts;
  • Work with partners across all sectors on a regular basis.

 

Requirements

 

  • Proven success in delivering high quality communications, initiatives and strategies targeting a diverse range of audiences;
  • Clear commitment to the aims of the organisation;
  • Experience at the highest level of UK national, regional and local media across TV, print, social media and radio, and an understanding of how these media operate and how they interlink;
  • A good understanding of the key policy and political issues around the Brexit process;
  • A proven track record of effective use of the media to achieve change;
  • Contacts across national, regional and local media and in politics;
  • Political campaign experience an asset;
  • A clear understanding of how research, advocacy, operations, campaigning, digital and media functions work together and how media can maximise the impact of an organisation;
  • Experience of working in a shifting environment and of working to short deadlines;
  • Experience of working with high profile figures essential;
  • Willingness to experiment, innovate, learn and do things differently.

 

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Message from the Best for Britain team

Dear supporters,

The polls have just closed. For the last six weeks we’ve been working, with your support, to fight extreme Brexit. We are so grateful for your support and we’ve met so many great people on the campaign trail.

Here’s a snapshot of what we have done over the period of the campaign:

  1.  Delivered a voter registration campaign among young people and women in particular, working with fantastic partners like Bite the Ballot, Citizens UK, RizeUp and MLMS. Our campaign reached two million people.
  2. Supported 36 candidate champions with donations and other campaign support such as visits to get them media coverage.
  3. We have also supported another 100 candidates with targeted digital campaigning.
  4. Built a tactical voting dashboard (now put into retirement until the next election) to show people how to avoid extreme Brexit and limit a Tory majority.  The Dashboard has had over half a million unique users and some marginals got more visits than the size of their majority – many times over!
  5. A national digital campaign to drive tactical voting.

The top searched constituencies where we’ve made a clear call were the following which shows just how important the marginal fights will be tonight. Four out of these five are among our champions (all except Bath):

  1.     Bath
  2.     St Albans
  3.     Brighton Pavilion
  4.     Vauxhall
  5.     Maidenhead

When we started this in April, polling we commissioned from Election Data and YouGov showed a potential 188 seat majority for Theresa May. We decided we needed to dent that majority and also to fight for strong voices to oppose Brexit.

None of this would have been possible without your support, so a massive thank you from every single one of us in the extended Best for Britain family – which has become larger as we met new friends along the way.

We’ll be updating our supporters like you with email (sign up here if you haven’t yet) and on Twitter throughout election night with the latest news.

Very best wishes

 

Eloise and the team

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This is why we need to vote tactically

This is a guest post by Mike Galsworthy of Scientists for EU

For those of us that care deeply about British science, our NHS and the environment, there’s an absolute imperative to fight the narrow vision of Britain’s future that a landslide for May would usher in. With science; the absurd immigration target combined with being ripped from our collaborative frameworks of policy, regulation, infrastructure and talent would gut UK science & tech from its fertile bedding. With the NHS, our already strained staffing and finances have become more perilous thanks to Brexit, with losses in innovative medicines and cross-border healthcare following close behind.

A looming US-UK trade deal would likely be led by healthcare companies keen to exploit NHS weaknesses and permanently lock into our national health system. With our environmental standards, the vultures of deregulation are already circling.

Democracy is about more than ticking a box within a limited set of options, then shutting up until you are allowed to tick another box, years later. Democracy is about constant education, conversation, challenge and mobilisation across society. People speaking for themselves.

Tactical vote

Since the referendum vote, with the top-down layer peeled away, many groups have continued to emerge and grow on their own terms – determined to have their say. Alongside our own Scientists for EU there are the campaigns Best for Britain, European Movement, Britain for Europe, Open Britain, and countless regional groups. Many of them care little for party politics and are openly driving the tactical vote. There’s a huge appetite to oust the most dangerous Hard Brexiteers and, absent proportional representation, attain balance by coordinated effort.

Pandora’s box

This is no Remoaner sulk; it is a drive of engagement. Brexit is the Pandora’s Box of our time. It is hard to know at this stage how the volatile landscape will unfold. Remain must be kept on the table, but only to be used as a get-out-of-jail card if the populace clearly wants it. Anything else would indeed be a betrayal.

But let us not forget that things change over time, including economics and even the EU. Macron and Merkel are now discussing previously unthinkable treaty-change. Is there a new European framework to be had?

Ultimately, the position is this; pragmatics must trump wild ideology. The breadth of the British population must have fair representation in deciding our future. We cannot trash our decades of teamwork in science, health, and environment because the tabloid press bellows intimidation. Real solutions that serve the country come from creative compromises, not from rabid ideology head-butting a brick wall. The referendum was a 48-52 divide. That’s Britain. We need a parliament to represent its healthy diversity as we tackle the complexities ahead.

That means voting tactically.

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Board Member Anatole Kaletsky says May is appealing to UKIP

Best for Britain board member Anatole Kaletsky writes in The Times that Theresa May is “guilty of introducing two serious falsehoods into British politics – and then repeating them incessantly until they appear self-evident.

Mrs May’s first big lie was, and still is, that the British people voted last year not only to leave the European Union but also to end the free movement of people between the EU and Britain. Her second big lie, which follows from the first, is that “the voice of the people” has instructed her to withdraw from the European single market and customs union, even though these commercial arrangements are clearly beneficial to the British economy.

Since neither free movement nor the single market was on the referendum ballot, how can Mrs May claim her unimpeachable mandate to dismantle both? Mrs May claims inspiration from the “will of the people,” but where is the evidence that voters really want to end free movement and leave the single market?

Amazingly, neither the opposition parties nor the media have demanded such evidence from Mrs May in the election campaign. Best of Britain, the campaign for tactical voting whose board I chair, therefore commissioned YouGov to add some questions on these issues to their regular poll on voting intentions conducted last week for The Times.

Asked whether the government should try for a deal to stay inside the single market, 50 per cent of voters wanted to stay in, against only 21 per cent who backed the government’s decision not to try. The remaining 29 per cent said “don’t know”.

As remarkable as this two-to-one opposition was its spread across almost all age groups, regions and political allegiances. Even Conservative voters and people over 65, who are overwhelmingly pro-Brexit, wanted the government to try for a single market deal. In fact, the only sub-group of voters supporting Mrs May’s position on the single market were people who intend to vote Ukip on June 8.

We therefore posed the sort of question that a constructive Brexit negotiation would address: “Do you think our government should offer EU citizens the right to travel, work, study or retire in Britain, in exchange for EU countries giving British citizens the same rights?”

Again, public opinion strongly contradicted Mrs May’s intransigent stance. The YouGov sample overwhelmingly supported free movement: by 62 per cent against 17 per cent, with 21 per cent don’t knows. Every regional, political and demographic group also supported this position with one sole exception: Ukip voters, who opposed reciprocal free movement by 35 to 43 per cent.

The conclusion is clear. The voice of the people that Mrs May claims to follow is really just the voice of Ukip. Such cynically selective attention may be convenient for a Tory leader trying to gain parliamentary seats by absorbing Ukip. But a prime minister must do what is best for the country, not best for her party. Mrs May could start by listening honestly to what the people of Britain are saying about Europe, instead of falsely claiming a mandate to do whatever it takes to please the groups who will advance her own political career.”

See the YouGov data yourself

You can see the full YouGov data here.

Please do visit www.bestforbritain.org and use our tactical vote dashboard to see who you should vote for to stop an extreme Brexit.

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Day of Action

Saturday was busy day for Best for Britain! Gina Miller and the B4B team went to visit some of our new Best for Britain Champions.

 

Our first stop was Maidenhead, Theresa May’s constituency, to visit Tony Hill the Liberal Democrat candidate and B4B champion. Many of the people we met described a similar mood in Maidenhead, one of frustration with Theresa May.

 

 

We also launched our Digivan (see below) that spent the day travelling around Maidenhead and central London. If you saw it, let us know @BestforBritain.

 

 

Our second stop was in Brentford and Isleworth visiting Labour candidate Ruth Cadbury who is seeking re-election.

 

 

We went on to visit Ruth’s campaign stall on Chiswick High road where we met a group of volunteers feverishly campaigning – doling out flyers to parents and Labour red balloons to children.

 

 

Our third stop was to Twickenham to visit Vince Cable the Liberal Democrat candidate who is looking to win back his seat, which he surprisingly lost in 2015. His campaign office had a truly impressive operation underway.

 

 

Our last stop was to Kingston and Surbiton where Ed Davey, the Liberal Democrat candidate, also aims to win back his seat.

 

Why not have a look at this Observer article about Best for Britain’s evolving campaign and our new champions!

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