Stand as a Party Candidate
UKIP welcomes hearing from people who want to make a difference to their country by standing as a candidate for us.
The following positions require candidates to be approved through a formal assessment process:
- Prospective Parliamentary Candidate
Candidates will be assessed by a nationally designated team at pre-arranged venues in the region. Arrangements to attend such assessment centres will be made through a member of UKIP's National Exective Committee.
The assessment is divided in to four parts, and the candidate will be given a comprehensive test during that period. Once completed, the candidate is graded, with those of the top grade being placed on the party's national Approved List of candidates, subject to receipt of the necessary completed forms. Candidates on this list are eligible to put themselves forward to stand in any constituency in the country.
The following positions do not require a formal assessment process:
- County Council candidate
- City Council candidate
- Town Council candidate
- Parish Council candidate
Candidates for these positions merely require consent from their local UKIP branch as well as formal consent from the local party regional organiser.
It is UKIP's intention to field candidate's in every seat that comes up for election, both locally and nationally.
However, not every seat will be winnable. In fact, UKIP may well be the outsider in a number of contests. It is essential though that the party gets candidates in every one. The majority will be what we call 'Democracy Candidates'. These are used by every political party, including the Conservatives, Labour and the Liberal Democrats, and always have been. Democracy candidates serve the following purposes:
- to provide party supporters with a candidate of their own party to vote for. There is nothing worse than being a committed UKIP voter and having no party candidate on your local ballot paper;
- to generate useful data on local voting patterns for the party. The voting demographics for each area can be assessed and used by local branches, and the UKIP head office, to learn where the party is strongest and where we need to make more effort in the future. This will greatly assist in focussing future election efforts and laying the groundwork for future electoral success;
- the total vote for the party across the nation is maximised. The resulting data can then be tested against the opinion polls; and
- to provide opposition to the other parties. After all, we don't want our political competitors getting in unopposed. We can't be a party of opposition until we provide some.
Standing as a democracy candidate does not necessarily mean you will have to do anything as part of a particular campaign, aside from ensuring that your nomination papers are correctly filled in and submitted according to formal procedures of your local authority. How much you do to fight your ward/ division/ parish is up to you, but you can rest assured that you will provide a very valuable function to UKIP by standing in this capacity. This type of candidature is ideally-suited to people who are not likely to be able to provide their time for campaigning or serving as a councillor, or where branches lack the manpower to conduct comprehensive campaigns in all their wards.
To stand as a candidate for UKIP, click here to visit the contact page and complete the form.