Liberal Democrats

Become a candidate


If you're thinking, "I'm not the type to become an MP or candidate," then think again. Your unique background and talents may be just the things to bring to the Party!

Maybe you've been doing voluntary work, bringing up a family, or doing a job not directly related to politics. Your transferable skills will be recognised. Our approvals process is designed to be inclusive, transparent and clear and assesses competences rather than qualifications - so an epic and illustrious track record in the Party is not necessary.

While it's the foundation for any member wishing to stand for Westminster, it also acts as the base for candidates wishing to stand for: Mayor, Police & Crime Commissioner, Scottish Parliament, Welsh Assembly and the London Assembly.

The Party offers mentoring to support individuals who are in the process of becoming a candidate. Whether you need general information, specific advice or skills-based help in a particular area.

We also run a variety of Inspiration Days, Future Women MP Weekends and training events designed to support and encourage potential Parliamentary candidates from under-represented groups. For local election candidates, ALDC’s Kickstart and Future Leaders programme are just some of the excellent support the Party offers for aspiring Councillors. 

The Approval Day itself is split into five sections, with a mixture of written and spoken exercises. The panel of assessors collates your results at the end of the day and you'll be notified of the outcome within two weeks.

All Liberal Democrat candidates are expected to conform to a high standard of personal conduct and behaviour, so you'll be required to sign up to a Code of Conduct. There are different versions for England, Scotland and Wales.

Well, since you've read this far, you're obviously interested: why not find out more?

Download our information pack about becoming a Lib Dem Approved Parliamentary candidate and if you've been a member for less than 12 months, we have some more information for you here.

You can also get in contact with the friendly Diversity, Candidates & Talent Support Team at Liberal Democrat HQ via or 0207 340 4959. They can answer any questions or get the ball rolling by sending you an application pack.

And remember, no one assessing you sees your forms before the approval day to avoid any prejudice so please send them to us as soon as possible. 

We are committed to ensuring that our candidates are representative of our communities, so improving the diversity of our candidates is a priority. Our 2017 candidate figures below: 

Candidates Diversity 2017 Election - Selected Candidates 

Women BAME  LGBT+ Disabled 
30% 7% 10% 9%