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Like most Local Authorities, Stockton Borough Council undertake a programme of activity focused on promoting local democracy and increasing democratic engagement. Promoting the role of Councillor and encouraging more people to consider standing for election is an important part of this work.

Increasing the pool of talent from which Councillors are elected is a key challenge for local government. Ultimately, it’s the voters that decide who becomes a Councillor, but the Council can help to raise the quality and diversity of the candidates through campaigns like “Stand for what you believe in – Be a Councillor.”

In September, the Council is holding two information events in the Town Hall on Stockton High Street for anyone thinking about standing as a Councillor in the future, or wanting to know more about the role:

  • 1. Tuesday 11 Sept. from 6:30pm – 8:30pm
  • 2. Saturday 22 Sept. from 9:30am – 11:30am

As all 56 Council seats are up for election next May, it’s an ideal chance to find out more about:

  • the role of a local Councillor
  • hot to stand as a candidate
  • about the help support available to those elected.

The events will be hosted by the Deputy Leader and Deputy Chief Executive of the Council. They are an ideal opportunity for anyone intending/thinking about standing as a candidate in future local elections (i.e. next May), or just wanting to know more about the role of a councillor.

As well as meeting current Councillors from each political party, attendees will be able to ask them questions and get first hand advice about the realities of being a councillor.

Attendees can also get an idea of the types of difficult issues Councillors make decisions about, and hear examples of the Council’s latest successes and key challenges.

There will also be information about the support, training and equipment available to help Councillors carry out their role, once they are elected.

The events will only go ahead if there is sufficient interest, so we are asking people to book their places.

Places are limited due to space. To find out more, or to book your free place at one of the events, please call Stuart Levin on (01642) 526185 or send an e-mail to: stuart.levin@stockton.gov.uk