In preparation for the upcoming Unitary Council elections in North Somerset we are looking for people to express an interest in standing as council candidates.
North Somerset Council council is currently run by a cross-party partnership of 15 independent councillors, 10 Liberal Democrats, 6 Labour and 4 Greens. There are two non-aligned independent councillors and 13 Conservative councillors forming the opposition.
We will be standing candidates across North Somerset and everyone is welcome to apply. To be approved as a candidate you will need to be a member of the Liberal Democrats, but we welcome applications from people who are not currently members.
We particularly welcome applications from people from underrepresented backgrounds as we are looking to improve the diversity of our councillors.
If you would like to express an interest in standing as a Liberal Democrat councillor please fill out this form and let us know. This is not committing you to anything, but allows us to get in touch with you and provide more information about the process.
If standing as a councillor isn't for you, perhaps you know someone who you think would do a good job - if so, we would love you to tell us who they are so we can get in touch with them.
If you would like more information about what it is like to be a councillor please respond to this email: [email protected]
There is also a 'Be A Councillor' guide that can give you more information. It is available here.
Councillor Mike Bell, the Deputy Leader of the Council and Liberal Democrat group leader said: “The united Liberal Democrat team have provided crucial leadership during the Covid pandemic and beyond. We have provided support to residents and businesses who needed it most. We worked with the NHS, our care sector partners and voluntary organisations to keep people safe. We ensured that residents were always kept well informed by reporting to them regularly.
“Liberal Democrats achieved huge success in the local elections across the country this May, gaining more seats than any other party. When our cross-party administration came to power in 2019 we set out to make North Somerset a more open, fairer and greener place. We are delivering on these commitments and standing up for North Somerset residents. We will continue this focus during the next year in the run-up to the next round of council elections when Liberal Democrats will ask residents to give us an even stronger voice on the next council."