Candidate School Programme

Following the success of the 2021 virtual Candidate School, we are very excited to be holding the programme again for candidates running in the 2022 local elections.

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View a video of our ‘Introduction to Being a Councillor’ event.

Past events

If you would like copies of presentations or recordings of any of our past events, please email

  • 9 February 2021 (2-3.30pm) – Self Awareness and Communication
    Facilitator: Tasneem Siddiqi
  • 16 February 2021 (12-1pm) – Canvassing
    Facilitator: Councillor Jason Zadrozny
  • 17 February 2021 (2-3.30pm) - Creating Compelling Campaigns
    Facilitator: Tasneem Siddiqi
  • 23 February 2021 (4-5pm) - Social Media
    Facilitator: Councillor Neil Prior
  • 9 March 2021 – Dealing with Hostility and Challenge workshop
    Facilitator: Mike Thackray
  • 10 and 18 March 2021 (10-11.30am) – Presentation and Media Skills
    Facilitator: Tasneem Siddiqi
  • 12 March: Standing for election and campaigning in a COVID-19 context
  • 19 March 2021 (12-1pm) – Completing your Nomination Papers Q&A
    Facilitator: Matt Box
  • 25 March 2021 (12-1pm) - Administration and Opposition Q&A

Evening with Martin Bell OBE

On Thursday 18 March 2021 we were joined by Martin Bell OBE who shared his experience of being elected as an Independent MP, the challenges and opportunities ahead for Independents and how people were now looking for something different than the traditional big parties. 

He described being an MP as an ‘honourable occupation’ but found the House too adversarial, having joined as ‘a political romantic.’ His biggest regret was saying he’d only stand for one term, as he stood down to keep his promise. He said the circumstances of standing as an Independent nationally can be very challenging (especially with party political broadcasts) ‘but people are looking for something different.’ The route to success is having ‘a relatively well known candidate, a vulnerable incumbent and a good cause.’

He said now was the time to make a real impact on climate change, due to politicians now listening and feeling the need to act and finished by wishing all candidates well; ‘never be discouraged and you can make miracles happen.’