The process to be selected as a Plymouth Labour Councillor to fight to gain control of the Council in 2018 has now started.
The Local Campaign Forum (LCF) has now started the process to be selected as a Plymouth Labour Council candidate for next year's elections. The first stage is empanelment, when you apply to be considered and are interviewed to make sure you fulfil all the criteria as set out in the Labour Party rulebook.
You must, by law, be on the electoral register in Plymouth or own property in Plymouth or have your main place of employment in Plymouth to be a Plymouth City Councillor.
Under Labour Party rules, you must have 12 months' continuous membership of the Party as of 8th September 2017 as this is when the first selection meeting by the Branches will take place. That means you have to have joined before 8th September 2016. Any exceptions to any rules for standing as a candidate can only be decided by the NEC.
You can read all the rules for standing as a candidate in the Labour Party Rulebook 2017 which you can find by clicking here.
You can find more information about what is involved in being a Labour candidate and Councillor by clicking here.
Philippa Davey, Chair of the LCF, writes:
The Local Campaign Forum is inviting members to consider if they wish to stand as candidates in next year’s local elections. This election will be very important for Labour as we want to regain control of the Council.
I would invite any member who is interested in standing as a candidate to contact me or your CLP Secretary for a self-nomination pack. The pack will contain information about the eligibility criteria, both from the Labour Party’s perspective and the qualifications and disqualifications to be able to stand in local elections. Anyone who has previously been a candidate or is currently a Councillor will need to complete the nomination pack, updating their previous application.
The closing date for completing and returning the forms will be 28th July 2017.
We are arranging a couple of taster sessions to find out more about just what is entailed in standing and being a Councillor, and the first of these will be Friday 14th July at 7pm, Lockyer Hall. More dates will be added when they have been finalised.
We are planning on holding the interviews for candidates on Friday 4th August (pm), Saturday 5th August and Sunday 6th August (am), so could you please indicate if you are unavailable on those dates. More detailed times will be published soon.
If you don’t want to stand as a Councillor there will still be an important role for you in the process by helping to choose those who will represent the Party. Details of the shortlisting and selection meetings will be notified to you in August. We aim for the selection process to be completed by 11th September.
If you would like any further information or want a self-nomination pack, please email me at email@example.com and do get in touch if you have any other questions about the process.