I work/study full-time, will I still be able to take part in LEAD?
> You can fit in the commitments of the programme around a full time job / study and family commitments. However, we do ask that you have dedication to the programme to ensure LEAD’s success.
I am turning 16 this year. Can I still apply?
> LEAD candidates must turn 16 by the start of the program. The cut off day for candidates is that you turn 16 by the 30th of September 2017.
Do I have to be qualified in a specific profession/area to be a candidate for LEAD?
> NO, there is no preferred profession to take part in LEAD. The only requirement is that candidates have an interest in politics.
Is there an age limit for candidates?
> Although we are asking candidates to be at least 16 – there is no upper age limit to apply for the programme. LEAD believes it is never too early or too late to start your career in politics!
I have no previous political experience but I am keen to learn, will I still be able to apply?
> Yes, LEAD will give candidates all the support they need to be able to put their name forward as a candidate for a General Election. No experience is required but a keen interest is necessary.
I am not interested in being a candidate but I may be able to offer support to the LEAD initiative.
> We would love to hear from you. Please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org with your ideas and details!
Can I choose my own mentor?
> Mentors and candidates will be paired up throughout the development programme based on the commitment and the performance of the participants. The programme will not be limited to just the actual sessions, but a set of deliverables will be communicated from one session to the other, the delivery of which will be assessed.
How will participants be chosen?
> A selection process will be carried out based on the criteria set out (which will be included in the application form). Principally, commitment and drive will be determining factors.
Do I have to commit to participate in a particular election?
> The aim of LEAD is to increase the number of women candidates in the Labour Party by 50% in the 2027 General Election, and as announced the programme is geared mainly for those committed to contest the next general election, without excluding the possibility to contest other elections.
I have children, will any assistance be provided?
> As we are aware that participants will also have other commitments such as their families, we intend to hold meetings/sessions during times that are most accessible. We will also provide childcare facilities during these sessions.