Political group appointments

Each political group has its own appointment process. These are explained below.


Conservative Group

The LGA Conservative Group sends nomination forms to all Conservative group leaders in June asking for up to three names from their authorities, including their area(s) of expertise.  Appointments are made by the Conservative Group Leader, in consultation with lead members.  Successful applicants are informed as soon as possible after the closing date of the beginning of July. 

For more information, contact lgaconservatives@local.gov.uk.


Labour Group

The LGA Labour Group invites all Labour Councillors to apply for LGA places by email. Existing members are invited to reapply. Interested councillors must complete an application form. Our group executive decides the final composition of our appointments at the end of July. Appointments are made taking certain criteria into consideration:

• balancing representations from controlling and opposition groups
• achieving a geographic spread and also a spread of representatives from different types of authority
• gender
• ethnicity
• attendance and contribution of existing board and panel members.

For more information, please contact Lewis.Addlington-Lee@local.gov.uk


Independent Group

The Independent Group invites members to submit applications for appointments on a yearly basis. Members may submit an application at any point during the year but a specific drive to encourage response is carried out by the Office from April to June. Following a cut-off date for receipt of applications for that specific year, the Group's elected Leader, Deputy Leader and Treasurer consider all interest and, ensuring a balance across the Group's political affiliations, Local Government tiers, regions and gender, put forward recommendations to the Group Executive Committee for a final decision. Appointments are notified by the end of July each year.

For more information, contact independent.groupLGA@local.gov.uk in the LGA's Independent Group Office


Liberal Democrat Group

The LGA Liberal Democrat Group nominates LGA member places via an electronic and postal ballot of all Liberal Democrat councillors in LGA member authorities. All Lib Dem Councillors in LGA member authorities are invited to submit expressions of interest, and bi-ennial elections are held before the Annual LGA Annual Conference, with the next elections currently under way for a two year term.

For more information, contact rob.banks@local.gov.uk in the LGA Liberal Democrat Office.