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How to select a Prospective Parliamentary Candidate

The process can take time; thought and consideration needs to go into the Diversity Statement and Constituency Profile. If this is something you feel you could help with, speak to your Local Party Executive.

More details available here.

Phase 0:  The local party works on the Diversity Statement, drafts Candidate Compact and Constituency Profile. Once these are submitted to the Regional Canddiates' Chair (RCC). (examples are available on request)

RCC appoints you a Returning Officer (RO). 

Phase 1: The local party executive committee and RO work together to prepare for the process and advertise the seat.

Phase 2: The ARO receives applications. The RO and Membership/Data/Elections Officer prepare the list of eligible voters.

Phase 3: The candidates’ campaign:  members’ mailing, leaflets and personal contact. 

Phase 4: The members’ meeting, followed by vote and count. The result is declared by the RO.


Phase 0:

The Local Party needs to create a constituency profile. This might include:

  • Area demographics

  • Area geography

  • Political history of the seat and the council

  • Background on the Local Party

  • Particular local issues

  • Essential and desirable criteria for the PPC

  • Expectations of the PPC (also called a Compact).

Examples of constituency profile, diversity statement & candidate compact are available either from HQ or view the RCC on request. 

Things the RCC will need to allocate you a RO:

  • The Local Party Executive's resolution to begin the process

  • The name and details of a person for the RCC to liaise with prior to the Returning Officer (RO) being appointed

  • A Diversity Statement. This is a report on the sustained steps that the local party has taken to increase the number of members from under-represented groups

  • Details of the Local Party Executive's decision regarding the diversity provisions in paragraph 7 of the most recent Westminster selection rules - at least one of these options must have been put to the Local Party Executive, and the result recorded.

Once these steps have been taken the RCC can begin the process of appointing an RO. 

Phase 1:

The local party must notify several organisations including the Young Liberalsthe Campaign for Gender Balance, the Racial Diversity Campaign and the Lib Dem Disability Association that selection is about to begin, to encourage applications from a diverse group of candidates.

With the ROs support, the Local Party will advertise for the PPC role.

Phase 2:

If your seat is classed as a target seat as defined by the national Party you will be able to shortlist candidates.

If your seat is a non-target then qualified applicants will go through to the members vote. There will be no shortlisting process. However, if you receive more than six applicants, then shortlisting will apply. 

You can contact our Regional Candidates' Chair - Kathy Newbound. Further information is also available on the federal party website

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