Getting involved in Local Government

 

Campaign & Volunteer

The Labour Party relies upon volunteers particularly its members locally who organise campaigning and events, this is vital if we are to win elections and ultimately change our community. If you are new to campaigning we offer training and support.

If you are interested in becoming a Labour Party candidate this is the best way to start getting involved. Volunteers importantly secure Labour election success and we would really value your time to help local candidates become local decision makers.

Click here to start campaigning

Becoming a Councillor

There are roughly 20,000 local councillors in England, each representing their local community and all with their own reason for doing so. Councillors are elected to the local council to represent their local community, so they must either live or work in the area. Becoming a councillor is both a rewarding and privileged form of public service.

You will be in a position to make a difference to the quality of other people’s daily lives and bring Labour values directly into your community. 

               
    Step One – Training

The national Labour Party hosts both online training through Membersnet (member’s online resource) and training days at the annual conference and at the West Midlands Regional Labour Party.

Secondly, Wolverhampton Labour Party hosts training days, and opportunities to shadow existing councillors.

               
    Step Two – Campaigning

Prospective candidates are asked what experience they have had campaigning and volunteering for the Labour Party. It is important that you have shown a prolonged interest in your local Labour party, for example, joining your local team door knocking and speaking with voters, or delivering leaflets. Click here to volunteer

               
    Step Three – Assessment and procedure

If you are interested in becoming a candidate then you must follow the Labour Party procedure. The process exists to test your interest in and knowledge of local government, the level of your commitment to and track record in the Labour Party and your involvement in the local community.

Over the course of the selection process, you will need to complete a detailed nomination form and attend an interview at an assessment centre.

               
    Step Four – Panel of candidates

Provided you pass the assessment and recommendation stage, the Wolverhampton Local Campaign Forum will assign you to the Panel list. This means you can apply for vacancies in wards or challenge existing councillors.

               
    Step Five – Shortlisted

If you are shortlisted, you will then be called to a selection meeting in the ward and asked to make a speech and answer questions. You should be told in advance how much time is allowed for your speech and how much time there will be for you to take questions. Ensure that you prepare properly.

Find out as much as you can about the ward and its local members. Think about the key issues in the ward. Speak to any existing Labour councillors for the ward, if appropriate, and to local members, if you haven’t done so already.

Once all candidates have spoken members from the branch will vote for their preferred candidate. If you are selected then you will stand as the council candidate in that ward, if not then you can still have a chance at another ward.

 

If you would like more information about standing for local Government, or would like an application form for 2018
please email: wswmembershipsecretary@gmail.com