We have a busy and challenging year ahead of us with elections in May for all parish, town and district council seats in Huntingdonshire. We have already identified a good slate of candidates for many seats but we want to stand as many candidates as possible for parish and town councils, as well as to be District councillors to ensure that residents in our area are properly represented! (You can find out more about “Why be a Councillor and what they do” HERE)
- To stand as a Liberal Democrat candidate and be a councillor you need to share our values and, obviously, be a member of the party. Liberal Democrat values are described in the Preamble to our Constitution:-
“The Liberal Democrats exist to build and safeguard a fair, free and open society, in which we seek to balance the fundamental values of liberty, equality and community, and in which no one shall be enslaved by poverty, ignorance or conformity. We champion the freedom, dignity and well-being of individuals, we acknowledge and respect their right to freedom of conscience and their right to develop their talents to the full. We aim to disperse power, to foster diversity and to nurture creativity. We believe that the role of the state is to enable all citizens to attain these ideals, to contribute fully to their communities and to take part in the decisions, which affect their lives. ….”
If you want to join the Liberal Democrats visit the website HERE. We are seeing our membership grow month-on-month in Huntingdonshire and nationally. We now probably have more members than the Conservatives!
You will also need to be
- A British or a citizen of the Commonwealth or European Union
- At least 18 years old
- Registered to vote in the area or have lived, worked or owned property there for at least 12 months before an election
You can’t be a councillor if you:
- Work for the council you want to be a councillor for, or for another local authority in a political restricted post.
- Are the subject of a bankruptcy restrictions order or interim order.
- Have been sentenced to prison for three months or more (including suspended sentences) during the 5 years before election day.
- Have been convicted of a corrupt or illegal practice by an election court.
[taken from the LGA’s Guide]
And you need to be “approved”
- lodge an expression of interest (to stand as a potential candidate).
- Complete a form supplied to you.
- Attend a Candidate Approval Panel, where you will meet with a panel of 3 to talk through why you’d like to be considered as a candidate. The Panel will discuss with you which ward(s) you might be consider standing in. You will be notified and advised if you have been ‘approved’. If more than one candidate who wishes to stand in any particular ward, then the candidate selection is made by members living in that ward.
If you would like to be considered as a Liberal Democrat candidate then please get in touch. Contact Mike Shellens ([email protected] or tel 01480 456555). If you don’t want to be a councillor, but would like to give practical help in your area, delivering leaflets and putting up boards and posters in support of our campaign then we would also like to hear from you.