See also: Becoming an Assembly Member (Wales)
The Candidates' Department will be happy to hear from anyone who is considering standing as a parliamentary candidate (England or Scotland) or Assembly Member (Wales). To get on the Approved List of Conservative Candidates, you must pass the Parliamentary Assessment Board (PAB), which run throughout the year, usually up to about a year before an election but the Candidates' Department can give you the current situation.
Prospective Parliamentary Candidates (PPCs) are chosen by constituencies from any time from 2-3 years before an election, up until a few months before - but you must be on the Party's approved candidate's list (i.e. have passed the PAB) before you can apply for any seat.
Using a PAB as a training course on how to pass it is expensive and will not be looked on favourably: The answer is to be the best prepared you can before applying.
This will include getting involved within your local community, with social action, local election/by-election campaigning and with your local association - and definitely with the CWO!
CWO Development is here to help you (we even have a few men on our courses). The workshops are held on Saturdays - and some evenings and weekends - and will help you with campaigning, communications, interviews (TV & Radio), branding, mock selection panels, application forms and so much more.
56% of new women Conservative MPs were helped by CWO Development in 2015 - and we can help improve your chances. The workshops are useful for you no matter what level of public office you wish to stand for - and teach you transferable skills that can be used in your political, private and professional live as well.
Previous candidates that have been put back on the list will also find them useful in honing their campaigning, application and selection skills.
- Attend any CWO Development Workshops that may help you.
- If you have not already done so, make contact with your local Conservative Association (link takes to you to a Conservatives.com Find Your Team search).
- If there are any local or national elections coming up, be sure to volunteer to help during the campaign.
- Consider becoming a Council candidate. It will give you excellent experience in campaigning - and if successful - in life in an elected office.
- Consider your commitments to local voluntary community organisations and charities. Your involvement in these areas indicates a commitment to public service.
- Think realistically about the role of a candidate. Is it the right time for you as far as your professional and private life is concerned? Are you prepared to travel to a far flung constituency and how much time can you devote to fighting a seat?
- Understand the role and job of an MP/MSP/AM. Buy some books written by newer members.
- Consider any training needs you have, as many of the skills needed by an elected member can be taught, i.e. public speaking and presentation.