Thursday, 7 August 2014

Have you thought of standing for Parliament?

There are still vacancies around the country for the role of Liberal Democrat PPC (Prospective Parliamentary Candidate) and you may just be the person to fill one of them.

The process is designed to be as accessible as possible and it assesses competences rather than qualifications - so an epic and illustrious track record in the Party is not necessary. The application form is extremely brief so the onus is on the assessment day itself. This way you get to show off in person what you're good at.

Whatever your hinterland, the assessors are looking for evidence of your valuable skills. And it's up to you how you show them. The six competences you'll need to demonstrate are:

  • Communication skills
  • Leadership
  • Strategic thinking and judgement
  • Representing people
  • Resilience
  • Values in action
These can be gained in many areas of life. So if you're thinking, "I'm not the type to become an MP or candidate," then think again. Your unique background and talents may be just the things to bring to the Party!

Maybe you've been doing voluntary work, bringing up a family, or doing a job not directly related to politics. Your transferable skills will be recognised. Make sure you can also show sound knowledge of campaigning and Liberal Democrat policy - you'll be equipped with all sorts of helpful guides from the Candidates Office to help you through this once you submit your application form.

The Assessment Day itself is split into five sections, with a mixture of written and spoken exercises. The panel of assessors collates your results at the end of the day and you'll be notified of the outcome within two weeks.

Well, since you've read this far, you're obviously interested: why not find out more?

The Candidates Office at Liberal Democrat HQ have a friendly team who can explain the competences in more detail, as well as pointing you towards any training you may require. You can contact them on email via candidates@libdems.org.uk or you can call 0207 340 4993.