Local Government Candidate Resources – Co-operative Party

Candidate Resources

Congratulations on being selected as a Labour & Co-operative candidate! Below are numerous resources and campaigns to help you in the run-up to the local elections. Don’t hesitate to get in touch (local@party.coop) if you have any questions or we can help you further.

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Branding your campaign

Use Labour & Co-operative Logos

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As a Labour & Co-operative candidate, every time you use a Labour logo, you can use the Labour & Co-operative version instead. Download the logos here, or if you are using Labour Connects, there is the option to replace the Labour logo with a Labour & Co-operative version on all templates.

You can also use a joint Labour & Co-operative mockup ballot paper design on your printed materials.

An updated version of our joint Scottish Labour & Co-operative logo will be available shortly.

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Coming Soon: Postal Vote Leaflets

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Specific Labour & Co-operative Postal Vote leaflets will once again be available for the 2023 local elections. When available to purchase, candidates will be notified by email.

Explaining the Co-op Difference

While you will have your own priorities locally, we have created five short explainer videos to show what makes Co-operative candidates different. These can be downloaded and shared through your social media channels.

Branding your social media

Make sure everyone knows you are standing as Labour & Co-operative with the tools below.

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Use a Twibbon

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Add a Vote Labour & Co-operative Twibbon to your Twitter picture. You can also use Twibbon to create and download a framed profile picture for your Facebook too!

Training

Attend our virtual training events

The Co-operative Party provide a huge amount of events and training for our candidates via our Candidate Development Programme. We provide something for everyone, whether you're an experienced councillor seeking election or standing as a candidate for the first time. Why not join our Campaign Essentials course, or drop-in on our coffee mornings with other candidates to trade ideas and inspiration? To see our full programme, click the button below.

Coming soon: Ideas for your local manifesto and leaflets

Each year, we publish a guide to co-operative local manifesto ideas, to help inspire your campaign and policy promises. Our next guide will be published in early January 2023.

Speakers are available to come and talk about these ideas at your Co-op Party meeting, CLP, Labour Group or Local Campaign Forum. Just send your request to local@party.coop

Campaign idea: #CantWaitToInsulate

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19 million homes in the UK fail to meet the basic energy efficiency standards, and we know some areas of the country fare worse than others. That’s why we have created an interactive campaign tool where you can look up the percentage of homes affected in your area and download a graphic to share to social media.

Go to the campaign website at party.coop/insulate, pop in your postcode and download your sharable graphic with the stats for your area.

You can also send a press release to your local media using our draft press release template. Stories with local statistics are great for local press, so why not use our draft press release to get coverage of this important issue in your area. All you need to do is insert the stats as provided by the campaign tool.

Campaign idea: Healthy Start

As part of our campaign for food justice, we've launched a new tool so you can see how many families in your area are missing on free fruit, vegetables and more through the Healthy Start programme.

Those who are pregnant or have children under 4 may be eligible for Healthy Start vouchers to buy fresh fruit, vegetables and milk at their local supermarket, but the take-up of the vouchers by those eligible is plummeting across the country.

Use our tool to find out the situation in your area and let people know about it, and use our guide to campaign about it.

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Campaign idea: Unlock the High Street

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Communities deserve better than shuttered shops and absent landlords – they deserve a genuine say and stake in their town centre. So as part of our Unlock The High Street campaign, we created this “how to” guide for councillors and activists seeking not simply to save their high street but to transform it. It's full of great, practical ideas that could inspire your manifesto or your work in tour community.

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