Becoming a councillor is an extremely rewarding experience. It gives you the opportunity to help your local community and be part of a dedicated team providing key services for your area. Being a councillor is a great way to gain political experience and useful skills in public speaking, debating and problem solving. Conservatives across Britain are working hard to build a country where people have more opportunity and power over their lives; a country where families are stronger and society is more responsible; and a Britain which is safer and greener. Conservative councils can be trusted to deliver high quality, value for money public services. You can help be a part of this by standing as a Conservative candidate in your area
New councillors are good news. They mean fresh ideas and fresh enthusiasm, and that will be good for your council.
Could you become a councillor?
To be eligible you must be:
- A British subject or a citizen of the Irish Republic or the EU and resident in the UK.
- At least eighteen years old on the day you are nominated.
- Either on the electoral register for the council area in which you are seeking election.
- Have lived or worked in that council area for at least the last twelve months.
Do I know enough to stand for election?
Don’t underestimate your own abilities. It is important that councils have councillors who not only reflect and represent the communities they serve, but also have a broad range of skills and life experience. You don’t necessarily have to have academic qualifications or a profession. Skills gained through raising a family, caring for a sick or disabled relative, volunteering or being active in faith or community groups can be just as valuable. You could be the fresh new talent that your council is looking for.
Be a Councillor Project
The Conservative Councillors Assocation works closely with the Be a Councillor Project run by the Local Government Association. It aims to celebrate the important work which councillors do and encourage new candidates from a wider talent pool to come forward. This will ensure that councils not only reflect their electorate in terms of gender, age or ethnicity, but attracts people with different personal and professional experiences, raising the quality of candidates and therefore the quality of councillors. For more information and to hear the experiences of some of our current Conservative councillors, please download the Be a Conservative Councillor guide.
Please also visit www.beacouncillor.org.uk.
Get in touch
You may have more questions – What does a Councillor do? Will I get paid? What if I have a disability? Can I have another job?
It is vital to build a strong team of Councillors in our amazing City of Plymouth. If not for you, do you have a friend, family member or work colleague who might be a good candidate?
Next May, Councillors will be elected to serve their local community and you could be part of our strong, supportive and friendly team of Conservative Councillors and campaigners. If you are interested in finding out more about what might be involved, we want to hear from you, get in touch with your local Conservative Association for more details -
Plymouth Sutton & Devonport Conservative Association
Unit 364, Faraday Mill Industrial Estate, Plymouth, PL4 0SP
Plymouth Moor View Conservative Assocation
Eurotech House, Burrington Way, Plymouth, PL5 3LZ