Group Membership

Why not get a quote for your council group or local party? What do group members receive? ALL the individual member benefits – including half…

Getting Involved

How can I get more involved in ALDC? ALDC is a membership organisation, and we very much encourage members to get more involved in our…

Fundraising

How do I raise money to pay for my campaign? Lib Dems Local Parties raise funds from a range of sources. Some of the common…

Freedom of Information

What does Freedom of Information mean for councillors? There are two main issues which need to be considered when discussing the relationship between freedom of…

Focus

What is a Focus? A Focus leaflet is a local newsletter containing local news and information from the local Lib Dem team. It is typically…

Flickr (Online Photos)

What is Flickr? Flickr is an online photo storage and sharing facility that allows you to upload, download, and create links to your own (and…

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 and Retaining Members and Helpers

The biggest challenge Liberal Democrat campaigners often have is attracting enough helpers to deliver a winning campaign. To make the most of your campaign 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…

Endorsements

One of the most effective ways of getting our message across during your campaign is to get other local residents to deliver it for us.…

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…

Door Knocking

We deliver leaflets till our shoes are worn out, now-a-days we also deliver letters, send emails and update our blogs and twitter feeds, but there…

Direct Mail

What is ‘Direct Mail’? Direct mail is when you send an addressed letter to an elector about a specific issue or campaign. Why use ‘Direct…

Dealing with defections

What do I do if one of my councillors is going to defect away from us? Occasionally, for a whole host of reasons, people will…

Data Protection

What is the Data Protection Act? The Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) is an important piece of legislation that ensures that any data that is…

Councillors and Money

How much do Councillors get paid? All principal authorities (i.e. higher than Town and Parish) have some sort of allowances scheme (a small number of…

Council group recognition

What is council group recognition for? Council group recognition is a process that was introduced by the English Liberal Democrats in 2011. It was brought…

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…

Council candidate approval

Why have a candidate approval system? There are two main reasons to have a candidate approval system. The first is to ensure that potential candidates…

Connect Casework

What is Connect Casework? It is an extra part of the MyCampaign section of Connect which allows you to record, manage, reply and follow-up on…

Committee Rooms

The ‘Committee Room’ is the HQ of your polling day operation where everything is run from. What features should a good Committee Room include? The…

Casework

Casework is local issues or problems, affecting a community, street, or individual, that we attempt to do something about in our role as a Lib…

Campaign Team: Roles

Team roles • Agent/campaign management • Fundraising/finance management • Media and online communications management • Volunteer management • Candidate (s) • Candidate’s programme and campaign…

Campaign Team: Building the Team

Everyone recognizes that to win, you need enough people to deliver a winning campaign plan. What is equally important is that you have an engaged…

Campaign Planning

What is a Campaign Plan? A Campaign Plan is a document that sets out how the local Lib Dem team intends to carry out their…

Call-Ins

What is a call-in? A ‘Call in’ is a statutory process, introduced by the Local Government Act 2000, which enables a prescribed number of members…

By-Elections – Your team and plans

Campaign team In local by-elections, often the team that works the hardest wins. The more activists you can get involved at all levels, the better…

By-Elections – Timings

What is the timetable for a by-election based on? The timetable for a by election is based on: When the seat is declared vacant. This…