Do you want to stand up for your local community and the interests of local residents?
Have you ever considered becoming a local councillor? We have just opened our selection processes to pick our Conservative candidates for the next Warwickshire County Council (WCC) elections in 2025. This could be you!
WCC is not just responsible for charging tax; its actions affect our everyday lives, including on roads and pavements, social care, libraries, education, public safety, waste management, trading standards, and much more. To run effectively, we need people wanting to stand for election as councillors - residents who care passionately about where you live and are willing to stand up for the issues that matter most.
Whilst each Council needs political thinkers, most councillors are not politicians; they are local champions who believe in public service and want to do what is right for their neighbours and the local community. Many people who would make good councillors don’t volunteer because they don’t know what's involved or may simply not know how to go about it. That is why we want to make you aware of this opportunity.
Our Deputy Chairman Political, Moira-Ann Grainger, has extensive knowledge and experience of being a councillor, and is happy to answer any questions you may have, or talk to you further about this opportunity.
The application forms are can be found below.
Am I eligible to be a candidate?
To stand for your local council you must be over 18 years on the day of nomination AND a British citizen or Commonwealth citizen; or a citizen of a Member State of the European Union, AND resident in the UK.
In addition, ONE of the following criteria must apply to you:
- You must be and continue to be a local government elector for the area of the local authority
- You must have, during the whole of the twelve months preceding both nomination day and the day of the election, occupied as owner or tenant any land or other premises in the area of the local authority.
- Your principal or only place of work in the twelve months preceding your nomination day and the day of election must have been in the area of the local authority.
- You must have, during the whole of the twelve months preceding both your nomination day and the day of the election resided in the area of the local authority.
Do I know enough to stand for election?
Have confidence in your capabilities. Every councillor brings a unique contribution to the council, and you won't be required to immediately take charge of running the council upon your election.
Your primary qualifications are a sincere dedication to the community and an openness to learning alongside strong Conservative principles and instincts. Knowledge and experience will soon follow and there are almost always experienced councillors and candidates there to help you.
Do I have the time to be a councillor?
The time required for being a councillor can differ based on the extent of responsibilities you choose to undertake. Numerous councillors effectively manage their work, family obligations, and other pursuits alongside their councillor duties.
If this sounds good to you then fill in the application forms below. But if you're still unsure and are interested in finding out more about what might be involved, we want to hear from you. Get in touch via email: email@example.com