On being a councillor

Last night, I joined Steve Hitchins and Laura Willoughby at Birmingham Council House for a training event all about encouraging local parties and council groups to recruit a new generation of councillors.


Steve Hitchins recruits 184 new people to be a councillor on 12seconds.tv

The session was called “Be a councillor” – and I hope each and every one of you reading these words has heard of it, not least because for the last month and the next one, they have been advertising on Lib Dem Voice in a beautiful Flash advert on our sidebar. The programme continues around the country, and you can find a full list of venues on ALDC’s website.

The event is targetted squarely at existing councillors and those people running local parties – something not immediately clear from the title of the training session. There is some value in attending if you yourself want to be a councillor, but the people who will gain most from this are those charged with recruiting the next group of people who will represent the Liberal Democrats on local authorities up and down the country.

It was an enjoyable and thought-provoking evening. Topics covered included the changing role of local government; the qualities needed in tomorrow’s elected members; and what local parties need to do to attract and hold onto quality people. The evening culminated in asking each of us there to write out a list of people we knew in our wards and constituencies who would make good councillors. Between us, we identified 184 people – many of whom do not yet know they are Liberal Democrats!

Perhaps the most useful thing I took away from the session is the need for local parties to be clear about just what they are asking of both existing councillors and new ones. Are your approval processes adequate? Do you have a job description saying what you expect from your councillors? And do you have a councillor contract? And on all of these things, ALDC can help.

Be a Councillor continues its UK tour (Laura Willoughby promised there would be gig tshirts soon) – the next date is April 20th in Eastbourne – but the full list of venues is here (pdf).

Read more by or more about or .
This entry was posted in Events.
Bookmark the web address for this page or use the short url http://ldv.org.uk/13042 for Twitter and emails.

2 Comments

  • Steve Travis 31st Mar '09 - 9:35am

    An interesting conundrum. The way the world is today, and especially so in a recession, how many “good people” are working long hours, and trying to juggle spending time on their family, fixing their house etc?

    There is often the andditional conundrum that people interested in politics join the party and become involved in running it. If they then also become councillors, the local party suffers.

Post a Comment

Lib Dem Voice welcomes comments from everyone but we ask you to be polite, to be on topic and to be who you say you are. You can read our comments policy in full here. Please respect it and all readers of the site.

If you are a member of the party, you can have the Lib Dem Logo appear next to your comments to show this. You must be registered for our forum and can then login on this public site with the same username and password.

Your email is never published. Required fields are marked *

*
*
Please complete the name of this site, Liberal Democrat ...?




Recent Comments

  • User AvatarIain Donaldson 21st Oct - 4:36am
    Fortunately the enlightenment of Liberal men on the abilities of women has distinguished precedent. Former Liberal Leader, Herbert Samuel had in his earlier career opposed...
  • User AvatarIain Donaldson 21st Oct - 3:51am
    If devolution on demand is the answer then I dread to ask which numpty thought up the question, let alone what that question might have...
  • User AvatarIain Donaldson 21st Oct - 3:37am
    liberal n adjective 2 (in a political context) favouring individual liberty, free trade, and moderate political and social reform. (Liberal) relating to Liberals or a...
  • User AvatarEddie Sammon 21st Oct - 3:08am
    Check out the pictures, race and gender equality in our little co-op, as it was back then. Things were so much better back then. http://www.enactuslancaster.org/national-competition-2014.html
  • User AvatarEddie Sammon 21st Oct - 3:03am
    I used to be a director of a gender balanced co-op at university and I've just checked up on it and it is still gender...
  • User AvatarMaria Pretzler 21st Oct - 1:58am
    Good to see another post on this - I have in the past written about the problems with this completely unworkable policy. If they couldn't...