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Liberal Democrats

Candidate Curriculum

As a Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate you will:

• Make a real difference to your local area

• Stand up for local people

• Campaign on local and national policy issues

To become an approved parliamentary candidate you will first need to go through the approval process and be successfully added to the list of approved candidates.

The Party’s approvals process is designed to ensure clarity and transparency. Applicants first sit a Policy Knowledge Assessment. If successful this is followed by an Approval Day which is based upon the Competency Framework. This framework clearly expresses the Party’s view as to the abilities and qualities that a parliamentary candidate should possess. The six competencies that have been identified are:

  1. Communication Skills
  2. Leadership
  3. Strategic Thinking and Judgement
  4. Representing People
  5. Resilience
  6. Values in Action

To help you on your journey to becoming an approved candidate and beyond, the sessions below will help you to build on the competencies needed to succeed as a candidate: