Elections & appointments 2021/2022

The next election will commence in May 2021, with voting and results announced by June 2021.


Labour Group elections

The Labour Group holds elections for Group officers and Regional Representatives every year. All Labour Groups on LGA member councils have a vote in these elections and any Labour Councillor can stand for a Group Officer role, or to represent their region. Labour Group role descriptions and requirements for all roles is available on our website.

The next election will commence in May 2021, with voting and results announced by June 2021. The timetable for the 2021/22 Labour Group election is as follows:

17 May           Nominations open

28 May           Nominations close (5pm)

31 May           Ballot papers distributed to Group Leaders

10 June          Leadership hustings at Labour Group meeting (should they be required)

23 June          Ballot closes (noon)

25 June          Result announced via email to all Labour Cllrs

All Labour councillors from councils in LGA membership are eligible to self-nominate themselves for these positions, but in accordance with our standing orders, a Labour councillor wishing to be nominated must have the support of their group leader.

Labour appointments to LGA member structures

Labour Group appointments to LGA member structures are reviewed each year by the elected group officers. All Labour Councillors on LGA member councils are eligible to nominate for the roles. Applicants must submit a self-nomination form, which will be available on this page when nominations open on 1st June 2021, and needs to be returned by 1st July 2020. Appointments are made by Group Officers in late July. 

Labour Group Appointment Principles

Our boards and panels team should:

  • Represent the best that local government has to offer
  • Be representative of local government
  • Be credible both to Labour Councils and to national politicians.

Labour’s position in local government is changing rapidly. In 2009 Labour controlled just over 30 councils, and despite the recent election losses Labour is still in control of over 110 councils. In that same time our number of councillors has increased from 4000 to almost 6500.  We must make sure that as a group we are keeping up with the changes that are happening on the ground.

We need to maintain the integrity of the LGA Labour Group at all times. Therefore the process for making appointments needs to be fair and transparent.

These are the principles that the Labour Group officers must apply:

1. Our team of councillors have to reflect the political realities on the ground and respect local democratic decision making

Our appointments should:

  • Have more councillors in power
  • Particular attention should be given to council leaders
  • Ideally be cabinet members or shadow cabinet members (With exception of Fire Authorities where members need to be senior members of FAs)
  • Reflect the regional balance of our councillors

2. A commitment to fairer representation

We should at least match the proportion of women and ethnic minority councillors as there amongst all Labour Councillors and should improve on it.

3. Our appointments should involve as many councils as possible

We should have no more than two councillors per authority.

4. Our appointments should maintain the reputation of Labour in local government

Our appointments on relevant boards should not come from authorities that services are subjected to restrictions for poor performance or have serious reputation problems on that particular service.

5. Re-appointments should take into consideration performance and attendance of the councillor over the past year

6. Appointments should only go to councillors from authorities that are in full membership of the LGA

Councillors from authorities that are on notice to leave the LGA should not receive places.

For further details about this year’s LGA Labour Group elections and appointments you can contact Martin Angus by email: martin.angus@local.gov.uk