Homeless Louth veteran’s dream job in politics

Siobhan Weller. EMN-150223-170255001
Siobhan Weller. EMN-150223-170255001

A former Louth woman who served in the army before becoming homeless and out of work has landed her dream job in Parliament.

Siobhan Weller, 34, is a former soldier with the Royal Logistics Corps and spent eight years in the army, including three as a corporal.

After leaving the army in 2006 and trying a number of public service jobs, she unfortunately became unemployed due to sickness.

Ms Weller was struck down with severe anaemia, which resulted in her needing blood transfusions at hospital every other Wednesday afternoon - where she would watch Prime Minister’s Questions.

Ms Weller said: “I really enjoyed the passion and excitement, it’s just phenomenal to see it live.

“Before then, I wasn’t particularly interested in politics but I have always been interested in leadership.”

When her health improved Ms Weller applied for an internship in Parliament as part of the Speaker’s Parliamentary Placements Scheme (run through the Social Mobility Foundation).

She beat hundreds of other applicants and landed the role, in which she was offered the job of parliamentary assistant to Mary Macleod MP.

As Ms Weller could not afford to relocate to London, she approached Iris Dainton, the local division secretary of armed forces charity SSAFA.

Iris contacted the Royal Logistics Corps, the British Legion and Army Benevolent Fund (one of the charities that is involved with the 
widely-backed Homeless Veterans Appeal) on Ms Weller’s behalf, and all were willing to help support her move down to 
London by helping to cover her rent.

Siobhan has now left the internship due to a combination of health reasons and her desire to stand as a Conservative candidate at the East 
Lindsey District Council elections in May.

• The Social Mobility Foundation will be recruiting new interns next month. Visit www.socialmobility.org.uk for more information.