There's a transformation taking place in local government

Across the country, hundreds of Labour & Co-operative councillors are working to give local people a voice in  their communities, and a say in how services are run.


Until Local Elections in England

Our work in local communities is inspired by co-operative values, with local authorities, service users, and community organisations working in partnership.

It's an approach based on the belief that local people should be at the heart of decision-making, and that services are responsive to the specific needs of the community they serve.

There will be elections across England in 2018. Whether you have already been selected to stand by the Labour Party, or still thinking about applying, we are keen to hear from you.

Got a question?

Stand as a candidate

If you are interested in standing in English county elections, complete this form and we will put you in touch with your local Co-operative Party.

Stand as a candidate in London

The application process for London is open, if you have been selected to stand by the Labour Party. Submit your application online here 

Deadline to stand The deadline for applications to be a candidate in this May's local elections is Wednesday 28th February.

Learn about standing

The Co‑operative Party has a growing network of over 700 Councillors across England, Scotland and Wales, and now make up 13% of Labour Councillors in England.

In this May’s local there's a great opportunity to build on last year’s results, seeing even greater numbers of co‑operators elected to local government.

And as the work being done in places like Preston show, the value they bring can be huge.

Why stand as a Co-operative candidate?
  • Public commitment to co-operative values
  • Opportunity to promote co-operative campaigns such as supporting credit unions, local bus services, Fairtrade and the Fair Tax mark.
  • Membership of the Co-operative Councillors Network – which gives access to email briefings, our Facebook group and events.
  • Support from your local Co-operative Party
How does selection work?

Under the terms of our electoral agreement with the Labour Party, Co-operative Party council candidates must also be members of, and selected by their local Labour Party in order to stand for election.

Who can stand?

The current rules say candidates must have been in membership of the Party for nine months and a member of a co-op for three years.

However, local parties may add additional criteria or choose to waive these rules, particularly if they discourage some candidates such as young people, women and BAME members, or if there have not been local opportunities for members to participate.

Under the terms of our electoral agreement with the Labour Party, Co-operative Party council candidates must also be members of, and selected by their local Labour Party in order to stand for election.

Who decides candidates?

Approval of candidates rests with the local Co-operative party council, but many local parties delegate this to their branches.

If in doubt, check with your party council secretary. Candidates can also register their interest in standing via this form, and their details will be passed on to the local Party for follow-up.

Standing in a multi-member ward

All the candidates on the ballot paper must have the same description i.e. all ‘Labour’ or all ‘Labour and Co-operative’.

If you have a candidate in a multi-member ward who would otherwise stand as Labour and Co-operative, you can still support them if they state in their election literature that they are also supported by the Co-operative Party.

You should include these on the form listing your supported candidates, so they can also receive national support.

Financial support

The Party has limited resources, so any financial assistance must be directed to the election of Labour and Co-operative candidates with a clear commitment to support our aims and policies.

The amount of financial support will depend on the budget set aside by the local Party or branch for this election, and how many candidates you approve.


Local Elections Briefing 2018

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Becoming a co-operative councillor

Case study: community transport

After the private sector withdrew services from Witney in Oxfordshire, Co-operative Councillor Laura Price supported residents to establish a not-for-profit community transport firm, West Oxfordshire Community Transport, to step in and continue vital services.


The Co-operative Party produces a range of policy documents and practical guides to support the work of colleagues in local government, which are free to