Apply to be a Councillor
Basingstoke needs more Labour councillors!
Could you be our next Councillor?
We need local people standing as Councillors in their local communities. We’re fighting hard against Tory cuts but until we get majority control of the Council, we’re not going to be able to make real change happen in our town.
Supporting our members to stand as Councillors is part of that process so we’re inviting you to nominate yourself as a potential candidate for Labour in the May 2019 Basingstoke & Deane Borough Council (BDBC) elections.
As a member of Basingstoke Constituency Labour Party (CLP), you may have been sent an email by our Leader of the Basingstoke Group of Councillors Cllr Paul Harvey. Paul manages the application process on behalf of Basingstoke CLP.
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 and ensure that quality public services are provided to local people.
A job description, covering the range of activities that a local councillor may be engaged in is here. It seems a lot, but typically there are two councillors in every ward and they share the workload between them, 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 will have been a member of the Labour Party since 10th August 2017. You’ll also need to be 18 or over at the start of April 2019.
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 and local politics is about local issues and services – Buses and Bins.
There are certain legal requirements to meet to stand as a local councillor, such as meeting rules around residency and bankruptcy, see the briefing on our site here and on the Electoral Commission site here.
If you’d like to check your membership status, our Chair Kim Taylor will be happy to help. Email the Chair
How to apply
Please fill in the contact form below to register your interest, download the forms or simply to ask us a question.
Once you submit your details, you’ll be able to download the Application forms, and a Councillor job description and guidance. The Labour Party is committed to promoting equality. So that we can monitor the diversity of applicants and candidates, we hope you will also complete the optional Equality Monitoring Form.
You must apply by 28th February 2019.