Become a candidate

All you need to know

Our candidates are at the heart of our Party. As a Lib Dem candidate you can make a real difference to your local area and stand up for local people in your community. One day you may be supporting local residents, helping them to solve problems and the next giving your opinion on national Party policy.

We want our candidates to be truly reflective of the society that we live in.  We welcome applications from potential candidates regardless of their background, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation or any other part of an individual's identity.

Having an open, diverse and inclusive culture within the Party is a vital part of achieving a fairer society. That’s why our approvals process is designed to be inclusive, transparent and clear.

The approval process is a must for any member wishing to stand for Westminster. But it also acts as the foundation for candidates wishing to stand for:

  • European Parliament
  • Mayor
  • Police & Crime Commissioner
  • Scottish Parliament
  • Welsh Assembly
  • London Assembly's 

Once "Westminster approved" you'll typically have to complete a one hour "conversion test" which will assess you on policy in the particular area you'll be standing in. None of these effect your ability to stand for Westminster as well.

Both assessments are based on a competency framework and to be approved as a candidate you’ll need to possess the following abilities and qualities:

  • Communication Skills
  • Leadership
  • Strategic Thinking and Judgement
  • Representing People
  • Resilience
  • Values in Action

If you would like to find out more about applying to be an approved Parliamentary candidate, download our information pack about becoming a Lib Dem Approved Parliamentary candidate  and take a quick look at our rules on submitting an application for new members.

Alternatively to get the ball rolling or to ask any questions on the process, please email


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