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Become a Candidate

Being a candidate is an empowering and an effective way to bring change to your local area, Wales and the UK.

We welcome applications from people from all walks of life: there is no such thing as a typical Welsh Lib Dem Member of the Senedd or Member of Parliament.  We want you to bring your unique background and talents to the Party!

Maybe you've been doing voluntary work, bringing up a family, or doing a job not directly related to politics. Your transferable skills will be recognised.

Becoming a candidate is a two stage process:

  1. Becoming an Approved Candidate: Our approvals process is designed to be inclusive, transparent and clear. It assesses competencies and skills rather than qualifications and who you know.
  2. Being selected for a constituency: Our selection process allows members to decide who their local candidate will be. Adverts for current vacancies can be found at the bottom of this page.


Applying to become an Approved Candidate

Applying is a three-stage process. We ask you first to complete and return a short application form, then ask you to sit an online, open book Policy paper.  If you pass this (and you're allowed one re-take) you will be invited to a candidate Assessment Day.

The Day is split into four sections, with a mixture of written and spoken exercises. The impartial panel of assessors collates your results at the end of the day, and you will be notified of the outcome within two weeks.

No one assessing you sees your forms before the approval day to avoid any prejudice. You are marked on your performance on the day alone.

Application is the foundation for any member wishing to stand for both the Senedd and Westminster, and it also acts as the base for candidates wishing to stand for: Mayor, Police & Crime Commissioner, Scottish Parliament, and the London Assembly.

Getting Started

The following guide provides clear, in-depth information about how to get started and what to expect.

Becoming a Parliamentary Candidate: Information and Guidance

Ready to apply?

You will need to complete our application form.


To cover the cost of the administration, there is a £75 application fee to apply to be a candidate. This should be paid at the time of applying.


Applying to be Selected

Approved candidates should apply to the Returning Officer when vacancies for for candidates are advertised.


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