Local Councillor elections are held every 4 years. The next elections will take place on 4th May 2017. Labour currently holds 9 out of the 74 seats Shropshire Council seats, and 7 out of the 17 Shrewsbury Town Council seats.

Why become a Councillor?

  • Make a difference in your local area.
  • Represent your community
  • Contribute your personal skills
  • Extend the work you already do through your local party, trade union, charity or school governing body
  • Show people what a Labour government can do for their community


What do local Councillors do?

  • Represent your ward
  • Develop and review council policy
  • Hold the council executive to account
  • Engage with local community groups


How do I become a Local Councillor?

  1. Fill in a form which asks about your activity in the party and local community, any public office you have held and what contribution you might make.
  2. You will then be interviewed by three people from your Local Campaign Forum. They will ask why you want to be a Labour councillor and your experience.
  3. If you are approved as a candidate you then attend a Candidate Selection Meeting where the ward or division vote on who they want as their candidate.
  4. If you are selected then your election campaign begins! You will choose an agent to help organise the campaign. This will involve door-knocking, leafleting, stalls, and engaging with local charities, businesses and groups.

Could you be a future candidate?

Some people like to say that politicians are all the same, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Labour encourages people from all backgrounds and life experiences to consider joining our next generation of Labour politicians and Councillors. For more information, please visit Membersnet.

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