Be a Councillor - the process
Have you ever thought about becoming a Councillor?
Southwark Labour are looking to find people who would like to stand for election. Last year local members across Southwark selected a great team of candidates to stand for election in 2018. We now need to refresh our pool of talented people to be eligible for selection as Labour candidates, should future opportunities arise.
We want local Labour members from a wide range of ethnicities, ages, genders, locations and experiences to put themselves forward for consideration. We are particularly keen to receive applications from women and those who identify as Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME). If you want to make a contribution to your area, to make it better, and improve the lives of your neighbours this is a fantastic opportunity.
Applications must be received, using the forms below by 5pm on Friday 23 February. We will be unable to accept late applications.
Guidance and information
Southwark Labour’s Local Campaign Forum (LCF) is responsible for making the arrangements for the selection of our local Council candidates. The LCF comprises volunteers elected by the three Southwark Constituency Labour Parties. All eligible candidates will be invited to an interview to recommend their suitability to be admitted by the LCF to the approved panel of candidates to be selected as Labour candidates in Southwark. Should future vacancies arise in a particular ward, local members in that ward will be invited to shortlist and select candidate(s) from the approved panel to stand to become a Labour Councillor in that ward.
Information on the qualifications and disqualifications to be a Labour councillor can be found below, please ensure you read this information carefully to see if you are eligible to stand. We require applicants to have been a member since October 2015, however, if you joined the party after this date, and feel you have something exceptional to offer, we still want to hear from you.
- The role of the Councillor - a job description
- 'Becoming a Labour councillor - the what, why and how' - Labour Party booklet
- 'Make a difference. Be a councillor. A guide for disabled people.' - LGA booklet
- Qualification and disqualifications to be a Labour councillor
- Code of conduct for local government selections
- The ethical framework for local government representatives
- Electoral Commission Guidance for Candidates
Please check back before returning your application from to ensure you have seen all guidance and background information.
If you need further guidance, help filling in the forms or just someone to speak to about being a councillor and the selection process to see if it's right for you, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Prospective candidates will be asked to demonstrate a track record of campaigning for the Labour Party. Successful candidates will be expected to campaign actively, especially in the run up to the election in May. At present, we expect candidates to complete a minimum of around 12 hours of doorstep campaigning per month, with a focus on the most marginal wards in our borough. You can see Southwark Labour’s campaign schedule at www.southwarklabour.org.uk/events
We are able to offer alternative campaigning arrangements for those with a disability, caring responsibilities or other needs. We regularly have child-friendly rounds and/or childcare arrangements at our monthly campaign weekends and can offer phone campaigning for example. Please get in touch if you would like to discuss accessible alternatives.
- A - Application form (MS Word)
- B - Monitoring form (MS Word)
- C - Council Tax & Rent Arrears form (MS Word)
- D - Ward preferences form (MS Word)
- E - Statement of interests form (MS Word)
These forms can also be sent by email or post (email is preferred but post is perfectly acceptable). Please email email@example.com or write to Southwark Labour Selections,264 Rosendale Road, London SE24 9DL to request the forms. If you need the form in an alternative format, please get in touch.
Completed applications and associated forms must be returned by email or post to arrive by 5pm on Friday 23 February