Apply to be a Councillor
Could you be our next Councillor?
We are inviting Labour Party members living or working in Basingstoke and Deane to apply to become a Labour candidate for the May 2020 Basingstoke & Deane Borough Council elections. Most Council seats only come up every 2 or 3 years. But following ward boundary changes, 2020 is an ‘All Outs’ year (meaning that all 54 councillor seats become vacant). This gives us an exciting opportunity to get as many Labour candidates elected as we can (and realise our goal to get Basingstoke & Deane in Labour hands for the first time in many years).
We will be putting up Labour candidates in the following wards: Basing & Upton Grey, Brighton Hill, Brookvale and King’s Furlong, Chineham, Eastrop & Grove, Hatch Warren & Beggarwood, Kempshott & Buckskin, Norden, Popley, Sherborne St John & Rooksdown, South Ham and Winklebury & Manydown. You can see how the Boundary Commission has finalised our wards on their website.
What do councillors do?
One way to describe a Councillor job is to think of it as an advocate and supporter of the local community, taking action on issues raised by constituents and lobbying the Council for resources for the ward. Another important part of the role is helping to “oversee” the work of the council, making sure that local residents are given quality public services.
Local councillors could take part in a range of activities (there’s an outline job description here). It seems a lot, but there are three councillors in each ward and they share the workload, passing queries onto staff at the Council for further action.
You would be part of a strong supportive team of local Labour councillors.
Am I qualified?
To apply, you must have been a member of the Labour Party since 10th June 2018. You’ll also need to be 18 or over at the start of April 2020. Contact Kim Taylor (Basingstoke CLP Chair) if you’d like to check your membership status. Email the Chair
There are no special qualifications needed to be a Councillor. A willing ear and being prepared to lend a helping hand are the most important qualities alongside a fundamental belief in fairness and equality which all Labour members share.
You don’t need to be an expert campaigner or know every Labour policy inside out. There are people to help you. Local politics is about local issues and services – like Buses and Bins.
You need to meet certain legal requirements to stand as a local councillor (like living or working in Basingstoke and Deane for 12 months, and rules about bankruptcy and criminal offences). You can check the full list in our guide to eligibility and on the Electoral Commission website here.
Labour’s website outlines the role of a Councillor and the application process. There are some good booklets too (here and here). We’re also holding an informal drop-in session on Tuesday 25th June from 6-8pm. It’s at the Labour Club in Basingstoke (Sandy’s Road, RG22 6AS).
How to apply – closing date 7th July 2019
Please fill in the contact form below to register your interest, download the application forms or simply to ask a question.
You must return your application forms by 5pm on Sunday 7th July 2019. Once we receive your application, we will check your eligibility and invite you for an interview. Interviews will take place in the week beginning 8th July 2019.
The Labour Party is committed to promoting equality. So that we can monitor the diversity of applicants and candidates, please complete the optional Equality Monitoring Form (included in your pack).
There’s a timetable outlining the main steps in the selections process here.