The Role of Councillors in our Communities
Labour Councillors are making a tangible difference to people’s lives, day after day. Learn more about the role of councillors, and how Labour Councillors have made – and continue to make – a difference in local communities.
There are thousands of Labour councillors across the country, making difference both in power and in opposition.
During a time of unprecedented Tory cuts, Labour councils and councillors have been innovative in finding ways to ensure our communities remain strong and cohesive.
Councillors are elected to the local council to represent the residents in the ward and their local community. Councillors are 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. That could be anything from the quality of local parks, to social services for the elderly, to bin collections and road safety.
Councillors often run regular surgeries in their wards, and spend time talking to local residents about the role politics can play in their lives. Labour Councillors in particular are Labour’s representatives in local communities, and ensure that councils provide highest quality public services they can, and implement Labour values into their work every single day.
“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
But most importantly, councillors are just regular people, standing up for the interests of their community. No matter your background or professional experience, if you’re passionate about local representation and improving the lives of people in your community then you should consider running to be a councillor.
To stand as a Labour councillor, you must:
• Have been a member of the Labour Party for at least one year
• Be a British subject, a citizen of the Irish Republic, or a citizen of the EU, and resident in the UK
• Be at least eighteen years old on the day of nomination
• Have a connection to the council area in which you are seeking election, either living or working in the area for at least the last twelve months