In May 2018, Waltham Forest will elect a new council. Our Labour-run council has a consistent record of failing residents, poor decision making, and refusing to listen. Nationally, both Labour and the Conservatives are pushing ahead with a disastrous hard Brexit and failing to stand up to rising intolerance that is dividing communities across the country.
Stand as a local candidate with the Lib Dems in 2018
We can do better.
Next year we want to stand a team of local champions, leaders from the community, not leaders imposed on the community, who will show residents a vision of how Waltham Forest could be different. We want to stand a team that represents the whole community, every background and every corner of the borough. Could you be the local leader that your community needs?
What kind of candidates do we want?We are looking for people of all backgrounds, ages, beliefs, and experiences who reflect the diversity of our borough. We are looking for people who are motivated to work and deliver change for their local area, who have community links and experience they can draw on. We are looking for team players that will support all of our candidates and aren't only in it for themselves.
If you want to know more about what Liberal Democrats stand for, you can read about our values here.
If you want to know more about what local councillors actually do, you can read about the role here.
Stand as a paper candidate.A paper candidate is a candidate who is standing in an unwinnable seat. To maximise the number of seats we win it is important that we target our efforts so we don't spread ourselves too thinly, but it is also important that we give everyone in the community the option to vote Lib Dem should they wish.
A paper candidate will, on paper, be a full-fledged candidate. They will sign all of the relevant paperwork to get onto the ballot paper. However, in that particular electoral district a limited campaign, or no campaign at all, will be run. This is so that we can target our resources towards more closely-run seats that have a greater need for them.
Standing as a paper candidate is a great opportunity for someone who wants to help the party but cannot commit much time, or somebody who wants to get elected but would like to learn the ropes and experience an election in a lower intensity seat first.
How to get selected as a candidate
- All candidates need to be approved by our Approval Committee. The Committee will review your written application and invite you to a short 30-minute interview to verify you are eligible to stand and talk to you about why you want to stand.
- All candidates must be members of the party when they apply for approval. If you are not a party member you can join now.
- You should indicate whether you want to be approved to stand as a Target Ward Candidate or as a Paper Candidate. The requirements and expectations of Target Ward Candidates are much greater.
- Once you pass approval you will be invited to put your name forward for a ward and attend a Selection Meeting. At the Selection Meeting, party members from that ward will vote on who they wish to adopt as their candidates.
- Selected candidates will be expected to put aside time to campaign in their wards, and to attend local community meetings.
- Candidates will also be expected to put aside time to campaign in our target wards.
What is the next step?Simply fill in the form below to express an interest in standing. We will send you an application form and help to answer any questions you might have.
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