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Would you like to become a Liberal Democrat councillor?

Working as a councillor for your local community can be a phenomenally rewarding experience. It is also a great way to gain political experience and useful skills in community development, public speaking, debating and problem solving. New councillors can bring fresh ideas and enthusiasm, and that is good news for our communities.

Liberal Democrats have a great track record in local government. Find out more here: http://www.libdems.org.uk/councillors

Different types of Councillors:

Parish/Town Councillors

This may be the lowest level of local government, but it's one of the most important. Being a parish Councillor you could expect to deal with such issues as making sure your local area looks clean and tidy, organising community events such as a Village/Town parties and overseeing general spending in your local area that you think would benefit the local community. For more info about Town and Parish Councillors click here.

District Councillor

As a District Councillor, you would represent everyone who lives in the area you are elected into (your "ward"). Being a District Councillor requires more time than being a town or parish Councillor. Issues you would being dealing with as a District Councillor are:

  • Council Tax & Benefits
  • Health & Safety
  • Housing Services
  • Licensing
  • Planning
  • Parking Services
  • Tourism
  • Waste Services

Due to the wide range of issues and time commitments that District Councillors incur, each Councillor is given a £4000 allowance per annum which is paid monthly. Mileage expenses are also paid for any travelling costs incurred in your role as a District Councillor.

Lib-Dem Councillor Eligibility

To be eligible you must be:

  • Either on the electoral register for the council area in which you are seeking election, or have lived or worked in that council area for at least the last twelve months.
  • At least 18 years old on the day you are nominated.
  • A British subject or a citizen of the Irish Republic or the EU and resident in the UK.
  • To stand for election as a Liberal Democrat councillor - and to take part in the majority of our training programme - you must be a Liberal Democrat party member (joining the Lib Dems is easy).


For more information on becoming a Liberal Democrat councillor in East Kent contact us or download our candidate application form.