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Standing as a Councillor

Introducing councillors

Councillors are elected to the local council to represent the residents in the ward and their local community. They’re expected to be active in their local community and act as the voice of their constituents, raising any local concerns within the Council on a range of matters related to the work of the Council. It’s time consuming but rewarding and you can make a real difference to the lives of the people in your community. Find out more about what being a Labour councillor entails, and how to stand for the role.

Thinking of standing?

With the Tory Government’s increasing cuts to local government, being a councillor is one of the toughest – and most important – jobs in politics today. Despite difficult circumstances, Labour councillors work to prioritise communities and help people in need. There is no doubt of the scale of the challenge ahead, but the power of politics to change people’s lives remains undiminished and it is therefore important that we work together.

The party needs people of vision, integrity, ambition and commitment to help deliver strong leadership and quality public services. As a Labour Party Councillor representing your community, you will have an important and significant job in delivering local services that play a vital role in sustaining and enhancing the quality of all our lives, creating cleaner, greener and safer communities, raising standards in education, promoting social inclusion and supporting people.

"Being a councillor is the greatest privilege. It’s a really practical way of being a champion for the Labour Party at a local level, showing residents and communities what a difference having Labour representatives can make.

Getting alongside community campaigns, fighting for voluntary groups, linking like-minded people to achieve shared aims – what could be more rewarding than that?"

Cllr Helen Holland, Bristol

The next few pages set out the opportunities for and expectations of Labour councillors. There is an outline of what being a councillor really means, useful tips on the selection process and thoughts from sitting councillors on why you should consider standing for Labour. You can also download the full Becoming a Labour Councillor booklet, or visit the training pages on Becoming a Labour Councillor.

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What being a councillor entails