Now is the time to put yourself forward to be a Labour candidate for Brighton and Hove City Council in 2019.
If you would like to hear more about what it means to be a Labour councillor, follow the links to watch the main speeches of Moulsecoomb & Bevendean councillor Daniel Yates, former Hove councillor Anne Pissaridou, and young London Labour councillor Emine Ibrahim from the open meeting of the LCF on 28 March 2018. Former East Brighton councillor Lloyd Russell-Moyle MP also spoke about the joys of being able to help people and achieve changes as a councillor, how having control of services in the public sector benefits council work, how you are never alone as a Labour councillor, and why Brighton & Hove needs a majority Labour Council.
The 2019 Local Government Selection timetable can be downloaded below. If you are interested in becoming a Labour candidate, the first step is to contact the LCF Secretary on email@example.com for an application (“nomination”) form. This must be completed and returned by Monday 7 May.
Please consider standing to be a Labour candidate at the May 2019 local elections in Brighton & Hove. Labour’s Local Campaign Forum (LCF) is encouraging the widest range of Party members to come forward now so that all our branches have a real choice when we hold our selection meetings in the coming months.
The LCF is looking for more applicants than ever to make sure we secure a Labour majority on Brighton & Hove City Council in 2019, to change Brighton and Hove and make life better and fairer for the many and not the few in our city. The LCF is the body which oversees the process of candidate selection, candidate support, and election campaigning. Labour wants candidates who reflect Brighton and Hove’s diversity. Our starting point is that we want as many prospective applicants as possible from all backgrounds.
Have you ever thought of serving your community by becoming a city councillor? If so, this could be your year to apply. Being a councillor gives you the opportunity to represent local residents and groups by engaging on a regular basis so you know what the local issues are and how best to voice voters’ concerns, to promote Labour’s manifesto and improve your ward. You will also be making decisions about the policies which the Council will implement.
Find more information about being a councillor and the roles of a Labour councillor here. Also watch this footage of Labour councillors past and present in Brighton & Hove, on varied experiences running the council and in opposition.
Selection of Labour candidates is a democratic process determined by Labour Party members in local branches. If you are interested in putting yourself forward, please contact the LCF Secretary on firstname.lastname@example.org . (If you have already contacted the LCF Secretary there is no need to do so again.) You will be sent further information and an application (“nomination”) form, to be completed and returned by Monday 7 May.
Would-be Labour candidates will be interviewed during May. A list of potential Labour candidates will be approved by the LCF when it meets on 3 July. During July, Labour Party branches will hold shortlisting meetings (where members decide which candidates to invite to a selection meeting) and then selection meetings during July and early August (where all shortlisted candidates speak and answer questions before branch members vote to decide the candidates they want to represent Labour in their ward in the 2019 local elections). The LCF will meet to confirm all selected candidates in early September.
This is the final timetable, approved by Labour South East. The most important point now is to encourage interested Party members to come forward as possible Labour candidates before the deadline of 7 May 2018. Please do consider standing.