Here you can find the basic outline for PPC selection.
The process can take time; thought and consideration needs to go into the Diversity Statement and Constituency Profile. If this is something you feel you could help with, speak to your Local Party Executive.
The first step in the process of selecting a PPC is being assigned a Returning Officer (RO) by the region.
There are a few things that need to happen prior to an RO being appointed.
You'll need to provide the following to the Regional Candidate's Chair (RCC):
- The Local Party Executive's resolution to begin the process
- The name and details of a person for the RCC to liaise with prior to the Returning Officer (RO) being appointed
- A Diversity Statement. This is a report on the sustained steps that the local party has taken to increase the number of members from under-represented groups
- Details of the Local Party Executive's decision regarding the diversity provisions in paragraph 7 of the most recent Westminster selection rules - at least one of these options must have been put to the Local Party Executive, and the result recorded.
Once these steps have been taken the RCC can begin the process of appointing an RO.
When a Returning Officer has been appointed (see below), the local party must notify several organisations including the Young Liberals, the Campaign for Gender Balance, the Racial Diversity Campaign and the Lib Dem Disability Association that selection is about to begin, to encourage applications from a diverse group of candidates.
The Local Party needs to create a constituency profile. This might include
- Area demographics
- Area geography
- Political history of the seat and the council
- Background on the Local Party
- Particular local issues
- Essential and desirable criteria for the PPC
- Expectations of the PPC (also called a Compact).
With the ROs support, the Local Party will advertise for the PPC role.
If your seat is classed as a target seat as defined by the national Party you will be able to shortlist candidates.
If your seat is a non-target then qualified applicants will go through to the members vote. There will be no shortlisting process. However, if you receive more than six applicants, then shortlisting will apply.