This is an urgent call to women members in the Bridgwater area to please consider putting your name forward for selection for District Council next May (2019). It is important that we have women candidates because Party Rules say that in winnable seats the 1st seat must be chosen from an all women shortlist and, in truth, we don’t have a list of women enough to fill the seats.
There are 6 wards in Bridgwater described as ‘winnable’. In this order – Hamp, Eastover, Westover, Fairfax, Dunwear, Victoria. In all of these we have sitting councillors – but in fact only 1 of these sitting councillors who is wanting to stand again is female. In order to encourage more women, party rules say we have to guarantee the 1st seat in each ward to a woman….that’s 6 seats. So far we don’t even have 6 women on our shortlist.
However…there is still time….but not much…..Please read the process below and seriously and quickly consider if you (as a woman) would like to stand for District Council and in a winnable seat. Return this form or contact us by October 13th 0930am
To qualify you need to
- Be a Labour party member
2. Live in the Sedgemoor area.
The procedure is slightly complex but I lay it out here
Selection process for district council candidates as agreed with Regional Office
This applies to WINNABLE seats identified as the 6 Labour wards in Bridgwater.
These are identified in priority order above
1 seat in each winnable seat MUST be contested by a woman
The 2nd (or 3rd) seat must be selected from ‘open’ selection (ie man or woman)
The LCF draws up a ‘panel of candidates for winnable seats’ (this is all people who have submitted an application form and specified any of the above seats)
The LCF agrees candidates from the list – these must include sitting ward councillors
Anyone with a query (lack of consistent membership, new candidate etc) must face an interview of an LCF panel
The LCF panel must submit their recommendations to regional office for approval
The ‘Panel of candidates for winnable seats’ are offered to a membership meeting (27th October) in ward order H,E,W,F,D,V
If a ward membership is less than 6 then the executive members are added to the selection team
- H1 has to be chosen from women who have specified Hamp
- If no women candidate wishes to contest this then we have to ‘re-advertise’ and set another date in order to try to get women to come forward.
- H2 is then selected from an open list of members who have been accepted onto the panel of candidates and have specified Hamp.
- The process is then repeated in the following order
-E1 (women only)
-W1 (women only)
-F1 (women only)
-F2 & F3 (open)
-D1 (women only)
-V1 (women only)
- All blank seats (unselected) must stand in abeyance until Regional Office either approves open selection or insists that we re-publicise the positive selection amongst women members in the hope to get more women candidates.
Clearly, to avoid delaying our process women members must now please come forward. Send the following form back to email@example.com by Saturday 13th October.
Any questions please contact the Secretary Brian Smedley 07772402671 or by email as above
———————- cut and past the form below into an email and send it back to us———————-
I wish my name to go forward for consideration by the Local Campaign Forum for the panel of candidates for the 2019 Local Elections in Sedgemoor.
Which Authority do you wish to be considered for? (please ANSWER YES to one or more below)
SEDGEMOOR DISTRICT COUNCIL
TOWN COUNCIL (Please specify)
PARISH COUNCIL (Please specify)
Ward in which you live
|Labour Party Membership Number
Length of time as a Labour Party Member
|Trades Union Membership
|Any other relevant information
|Please state your preferred WARD
|Please list other Wards you wish to be considered for (‘any’ is also an acceptable answer)
|“If elected I undertake to abide by the rules of the Labour Party and the standing orders of the District Labour Group “ Signed____________________________________