2018 Local Elections - Do you want to be a Labour Candidate?
Applications Now Open
(Closing date 18th November 2016)
We are looking for enthusiastic and dynamic local Labour candidates to stand in the 2018 Ealing Borough Council elections. This could be your chance to make a real difference in your local community – the sort of change that we all joined the Labour Party to deliver.
We want dynamic, committed local residents who welcome a challenge. What we are looking for from you is:
- Some experience of community activity and campaigning
- Commitment to Labour’s aims and values
- Common-sense and an ability to listen and learn
- Enthusiasm to work and campaign as part of a team to deliver change
We also know what you don’t need:
- You don’t need to know everything about how the Council works - we will provide training for all candidates and potential candidates
- You don’t need to have sat on Party Committees for years – just at least one year’s membership, and solid Labour principles
- You don’t need to be a professional politician – we want people who can work and speak for their local communities because they are part of them
We also want our candidates and councillors to be representative of the community they serve. The 2018 Council Chamber should look like the Borough. Therefore, we will be particularly keen to hear from:
- women, who only represent less than a third of the current Labour Group of Councillors
- younger Party members, of whom there are particularly few in the current Labour Group
- those who could bring a wider range of life experiences and backgrounds to the Council
- members of those minority ethnic communities who are under-represented at present
In order to let you know what being a candidate would involve, and to provide you with free training and development, we are offering you the opportunity to:
- Come to our next Borough Conference to discuss our manifesto process going forward. Click here for more info and to RSVP
- Join in campaigning events with other activists and Councillors – campaigning in the community is a key part of the work of a local Labour Councillor and an essential for anyone on Team 2018
- Attend targeted special ‘Be A Councillor’ events. Details of these ‘Be a Councillor’ events and opportunities will be advertised shortly
Whilst most members of the local Labour Party will be eligible to stand for the Council, there are some important qualifications and disqualifications that you need to respect if intending to stand. All applicants will have their eligibility checked before and at an interview. All selected candidates will also be required to sign up to and abide by the 'Candidates and Councillors Contract' so please read this before applying.
If you are interested in applying to be a Labour Candidate and hopefully Councillor, please click below for an Application Form, Monitoring Form and Declaration of Interests Form:
Please return all three forms (Application, Monitoring and Declaration of Interest) to:
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (preferred means of contact)
Post: 2018, Ruskin Hall, 16 Church Road, Acton ,W3 8PP (office – not permanently staffed)
Phone: 020 8992 5614 (office - not permanently staffed but with an answerphone)
The completed form will need to be returned by the end of 18th November 2016. We will then proceed to assess and interview applicants, and arrange meetings in each ward where endorsed candidates will be democratically selected by individual members in that ward.
If you want to help in the 2018 campaign but don’t want to be a candidate, please click here volunteer to help us – at our Borough HQ at Ruskin Hall in Acton or in some cases in your own home. Amongst other activities, you could help with canvassing, data entry, telephoning, or other administrative work.
One last thing – fighting the 2018 Council elections will cost the local Labour Party a lot of money – and unlike the Tories we aren’t funded by local millionaires or national Party big money. We need to raise our own money – and a good way to do this is by completing a Standing Order form for our ‘One Borough Fund’, which many local members already pay into to help fund our campaigning. This is a simple and very helpful means to support our work to keep the Town Hall out of Tory hands. Once selected, candidates are required to sign up to the One Borough Fund as part of the Councillors' and Candidates' contract.
Why not make 2018 the year you make a real difference?