Next year we’ll be opening applications to be a Labour council candidate for the local elections in 2022. If you want to be selected, you should start preparing now. This post will guide you through the process and what you need to do.
If you’re not sure about whether you want to stand, we’ll have workshops to help you make your mind up nearer the time but the video below featuring Hackney’s two deputy mayors will tell you more about what’s involved and will hopefully help with that. As they say in the video, it’s important that Hackney’s diversity is represented by the people who make decisions. So we particularly encourage those from under-represented groups – women, members of ethnic minorities, working class people and disabled people – to put themselves forward.
There are three stages:
First, you need to get on the panel of potential candidates. To do this you will have to complete an application form, get a report from your branch secretary, and be interviewed by members of the Hackney Local Campaign Forum and by people from outside Hackney. To qualify to be a candidate, you’ll need to have been a member of the Labour Party for at least a year from the date that applications begin, and to be active in the party including attending your branch meetings and campaigning. If you don’t know when meetings and campaigning take place, then email our secretary on firstname.lastname@example.org. In the interview, you will also be asked about your involvement in the local community (such as being a school governor, active in a local campaign group or involved in your tenants and residents association) and about what being a local councillor involves. If you’d like to be paired up with a local councillor to learn about the role, contact our secretary on the email above.
Second, you will need to get shortlisted for a ward. You can put yourself forward for all 21 wards or for just one. It’s worth having a think about where you’d like to represent and spending time researching the area. Shortlisting is done on the basis of your application form, so make sure that you present yourself well in this.
Once you’re shortlisted, you’re through to the final stage: the selection meeting. You will be able to contact local members in that ward before the meeting. At the meeting itself, you will make a presentation and answer questions. Members will hear from all the shortlisted candidates and then vote on which ones they want to represent them.