Endorsements

Endorsements (also known as vox pops) are a common way for successful campaigns to repeat their key messages. In the same way that many successful…

Writing letters to the press

Writing letters to the local paper is an easy way to communicate your message to a large number of people. Not only is a letter…

When should you select

When should you select your council candidates? The answer is as soon as possible! Target and development ward candidates The longer candidates are in place…

Responding to Negative Campaigns

To win an election campaign you need win the hearts and minds of the electorate. There are four key narratives on which your campaign needs…

Purdah

Civil servants and local government officers are not supposed to be partisan at any time but they need to take extra care to avoid any…

Public Meetings

The most effective meeting will be about an important local issue that involves local residents who want to have the opportunity to express their feelings.…

Hustings

During general elections (and occasionally, but rarely local elections), it is quite common for there to be a series of election hustings where they invite…

Finding Potential Candidates

Not all of us find it easy to find people to stand as councillors. But finding the right candidates, to provide a strong representative team…

Finding “Paper(less)” Candidates

Whether you call them ‘paper’ (because they’re there as names on a ballot) or ‘paperless’ (because we aren’t delivering leaflets and letters for them), every…

Eligibility

Candidate eligibility can be a complex area with some less than obvious rules making it difficult to decide whether someone can stand for election or…

Council candidate selection

As a democratic party it is important that we have a fair, open and transparent process for choosing the people who stand for us in…

Bankruptcy

The law in England and Wales on bankruptcy was changed by the Enterprise Act 2002 s.267(1), amending the Local Government Act 1972 s.80(1)(b). The changes…