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What is a local councillor and how do I become one?

Updated: May 13, 2021

Even just by switching on any news channel It is clear that the COVID-19 pandemic has had a detrimental effect on many of our daily lives. It has also shown us how much is needed in our country. At Taking the Initiative Party we are all about creating change for better communities. If you have strong leadership qualities and are passionate about advocating change in your local community, then you may be interested in becoming a local councillor on behalf of Taking the Initiative Party.

So, what is a local councillor? All boroughs and local authorities are divided into wards, led by democratically elected councillors who represent their local community. As a local councillor your main responsibilities will be to oversee the ward, represent the people in your council ward, and address concerns and issues within the local community. We need candidates with heart that are dedicated to rebuilding our communities and being the voice for the working class.

What criteria will qualify me? To be considered as a candidate you will need to be at least 18 years old. Furthermore, will have to be a registered voter and have lived, worked or owned property in the borough you are applying to become a councillor in for at least 12 months prior to an election.

We are looking for local councillors from all boroughs to represent the party and our communities as one voice! As many of our projects are based in the Croydon community, we are primarily looking for candidates to fill councillor positions in this borough. There are currently 28 wards in the Croydon area. Each ward can consist of up to 70 seats and we aim to have 70 councillors in our ward.

If you have ideas about what changes you would like to see in your community, are interested in becoming a councillor for any London borough and would like to put yourself forward as a candidate sign up via the ‘get involved’ tab.

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