Liberal Democrats

Become a candidate

 

Is 2020 the year that you decide to make a difference? Being a candidate is an empowering and an effective way to bring change to your local area and the UK.

We welcome applications from people from all walks of life: there is no such thing as a typical Lib Dem MP.  We want you to bring your unique background and talents to the Party!

Our approvals process is designed to be inclusive, transparent and clear. It assesses competencies and skills rather than qualifications and who you know.

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. 

Candidate support and training

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 can help.

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 application process

Applying is a two-stage process. We ask you first to complete and return a short application form after which you will be invited to a candidate Assessment Day.

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

No one assessing you sees your forms before the approval day to avoid any prejudice. You are marked on your performance on the day alone.

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

Getting started

The following guide provides clear, in-depth information about how to get started and what to expect.

Becoming a Parliamentary Candidate: Information and Guidance

Ready to apply?

You will need to complete the application form and code of conduct and return them to candidates@libdems.org.uk

Application form & Code of Conduct

Cost

To cover the cost of the administration, there is a £75 application fee to apply to be a candidate. This should be paid at the time of applying.

Application payment

The Party is committed to keeping candidacy open to all members not just those who can afford it. As such should the fee can be waived in certain circumstances. Should you have any questions then please contact the Candidates Office.

Promoting Diversity the diversity of our candidates is a priority. Our 2019 General Election candidate figures are below: 

 

Women

BAME 

LGBT+

Disabled 

31%

9%

11%

9.5%

 

Specific mentoring is available throughout the process for applicants from an under-represented background. We can connect you with mentoring from expert organisations who are dedicated to supporting women and applicants from ethnic minority backgrounds seeking election to public office at all levels.

We also have the first openly pansexual MP, 64% of our MPs are women and 18% are BAME.