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…

What is PagePlus?

Since Bournemouth conference 2015, Pageplus X8 is the party’s recommended Desk Top Publishing DTP package, which you can buy at a discounted rate here. Why…

What is OSKAR and how do I access it?

OSKAR (Online Skills and Resources) is LDHQ’s portal to videos and handouts for members. It’s particularly useful for those using Connect as it has lots…

What information am I entitled to access?

Councillors are free to approach any Council Directorate/Department to provide them with such information, explanation and advice (about that Directorate’s/ Department’s functions) as they may…

Using the Phone to campaign

Using the phone to campaign Using the phone and knocking on doors for campaigning are not alternatives. Both are essential to success in winning elections.…

Using Facebook

Facebook is a huge online resource that offers a great opportunity to connect with a wide number of people, many of whom are not contactable…

Understanding scrutiny

Scrutiny commissions are there to provide a balance to the Cabinet and Strong Leader models of governance in local authorities. They can be an effective…

Twitter

Twitter Twitter is a micro blogging site that allows you to share short messages (140 characters) or pictures with other users instantly. Twitter usage has…

Training and Group Away Days

What training does ALDC provide? ALDC is a major provider of training within the Liberal Democrats. We provide training: at Federal Conferences at the Lib…

Town and Parish Council Disputes

What does this cover? We get a fair number of queries from Liberal Democrats who serve as members of Parish or Town Councils regarding issues…

The two “Six Month Rules”

These often cause confusion as they have same name but entirely different meanings: The first is to avoid unnecessary by-elections. For the last six months…

Texting

Why use text messaging? Text messaging is a great way to get short messages across quickly, cheaply and efficiently. Most people are used to getting…

Telling, Tellers and Polling Stations

Tellers are the people who sit or stand outside the polling stations collecting the electoral roll numbers of people who have voted or are about…

Taking good photographs

“A picture is worth a thousand words.” A well known phrase, but one that very much holds true. The best way to grab the attention…

Street Stalls

Running a stall gives you a visible presence and a chance to recruit and encourage support for your campaign. You should not sit there waiting…

Standards

What does the law require councils to have in place to regulate standards? The Localism Act 2011 revoked on the 1st July 2012 the statutory…

Social Media

What is social media, and why is it important? Social media are programs that allow users to communicate with others online. Whilst the types of…

Sharing MyCouncillor Stories

How do I share my MyCouncillor stories with others? Once you have added a story to your MyCllr site, the key to effective sharing is…

Serious about Winning

We provide the essential tools for successful year-round community campaigning. ALDC members have access to artwork templates, campaign ideas, information and expert advice. Join ALDC…

Royal Mail Freepost Addresses

Royal Mail Freepost The Royal Mail changed the rules around freepost reply addresses on 7th November 2014. There are now three types of licence agreements…

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…

Recruiting More Postal Voters

How do I get more Liberal Democrat leaning voters to register as postal voters? Putting time and effort into getting more Lib Dem supporters signed…

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.…

Proportionality

All principal councils are legally obliged to make sure that their committees and sub-committees reflect the political make-up of the council as a whole. Similar…

Postal Votes

What is the postal vote? The ‘postal vote’ is the votes of people who have opted to vote by post in an election. Any elector…

Polling Day Planning

You should be planning your polling day now. First consider the strategy across your authority. It’s pointless running a polling day of military precision stacking…

Phone Bank Scripts and Connect

Connect is a powerful tool, and to get the most of it we should be using the correct scripts and asking the correct questions when…