Local Party Chair

Find information on the role and responsibilities of a Local Party Chair here.

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What's the role?

Time: 6 - 8 hours per week

The Chair's role in their local party is to provide guidance and leadership to the local party executive. It is one of the key roles in any local party.

The Chair ensures the local party is working to an agreed vision and development plan. The Chair is accountable for ensuring the local party meets legal and party requirements and is, along with the Treasurer, one of the two signatories on the local party accounts. 

Key tasks

The role of Chair can vary considerably, depending on the size of the local party, level of activity, skill set of officer team and the culture and tradition of your team.

In smaller local parties, the Chair may carry out a fair amount of the work themselves; in larger parties, the role may be more of an enabler, facilitator, manager or leader of an officer team.

Nevertheless, there are some common responsibilities.

  • Chair the Local Party Executive meetings. 
  • Take responsibility, with the Treasurer, to make sure that there is compliance with legal requirements, including GDPR
  • Ensure that the Local Party is run according to the local party and national constitution.
  • Ensure that candidate selection takes place and is carried out according to the rules in the Local Party constitution.
  • Ensure that the Local Party has an action programme and is working to fulfil it.
  • Ensure that all Executive members have the opportunity and are encouraged to be involved in delivering the Local Party's objectives.
  • Handle complaints and be involved in any disciplinary matters, should they arise.
  • Actively develop other members of your local party, with a view to them becoming officers in future. 
  • Develop a good working relationship with the Council Group Leader.

Help & support

  • You can join the Liberal Democrats Local Party Officers Facebook Group, to make contact and share best practice with other officers.
  • To make contact with Lib Dem campaigners around the country, find out what they are doing and swap ideas, join the Lib Dem Campaigners group on Facebook.
  • To find out how the Liberal Democrats use digital technology for their campaigns, join the Lib Dem Digital Campaigning Forum, also on Facebook.

Skills & attributes

Being a Chair can be hard work, it can be fun, and it can be hugely rewarding. The key skills you will need to use are:

  • Organisation
  • Influencing
  • People management
  • Mediation
  • Public speaking
  • Leadership

How to apply

It is a constitutional requirement for each local party to have a Chair.

Chairs are elected each year at your local party's AGM. Any member of your local party can stand to be the Chair.

You can hold the post for a maximum of three consecutive years.

Further Resources

For the Local Party Chair

To access these resources, you will need to be a member of the Campaigns hub, if you aren’t already you can join here.

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A Year in the Life of a Local Party

Find the guide to a year in the life of a local party here

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Boost Guide

Find the Boost Guide for engaging with the public here

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Resources for Chairs

Find the document with resources for chairs here

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UK GDPR Online Training

Find the document on GDPR training here

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Introduction to Lighthouse

Find the training video on Lighthouse here

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Data Protection for Local Parties

Find the training video on data protection here

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How the Party Works

Find the training video on how the party works here

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Building Your Team

Find training videos on how to build your team here

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Fundraising Training

Find training videos on fundraising here


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