LGA Labour Group elections & appointments 2023/2024

The Group elections will commence in May 2023, with voting and results announced by 5 June 2023.

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 2023, with voting and results announced by 5 June 2023. The timetable for the 2023/24 Labour Group election is as follows:

  • Monday 15 May: Nominations open
  • Monday 22 May: Nominations close (12noon)
  • Monday 22 May: Ballot papers distributed to Group Leaders
  • Monday 6 June: Ballot closes (noon) and 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.

Nominees for Leader of the Labour Group require the nomination of Labour Groups representing 15 per cent of the total weighted vote, which must include nominations from at least five different regions or nations.

The self-nomination form can be downloaded below.

Self-nomination form

A nominee for any other Group Officer position shall require the nomination of at least 5 Labour Groups, which must include nominations from at least two different regions or nations.

Regional representatives do not require supporting nominations, but must have the endorsement of their group leader.

The supporting nomination form can be downloaded below.

Supporting nomination form

Labour appointments to LGA member structures

The appointments process for LGA member structures commences after the Group Officer elections are concluded – please do not contact the LGA Labour office regarding appointments, we will notify all councillors when the process opens on Monday 12 June.

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 Monday 12 June 2023, and needs to be returned by Friday 14 July 2023. 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, Labour is now the largest Party in local government, for the first time since 2002.

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: [email protected].