Politics has been a game for the rich for too long. We need a new generation of working-class fighters representing us.



The CWU is proud to be launching CWU Candidates

This exciting programme will help prepare members from across the union to run for political office, including as Labour candidates in future national elections, and help strengthen the interests of working people in the political arena. As part of the CWU’s new political strategy, our programme will centre around building collectivism in local communities and preparing candidates to put forward a bold and transformative agenda. 

With a total of 18 in the cohort, successful candidates will attend a series of events, both virtual and in-person, designed to solidify their political education and enable them to connect their communities with trade unions, as well as preparing them to run an election campaign. 

If selected, you will access first-class broadcast and social media training, detailed guidance on electoral procedure and hear from speakers across the labour movement, including Ian Lavery MP, Preston Council Leader Matthew Brown, Zarah Sultana MP and Laura Smith. The programme will also run sessions on Community Wealth Building, economic justice and building collectivism in local communities. At the end of this programme, you will be ready to fight for working class people, whilst keeping CWU values at the heart of your politics. 

Other candidate schemes have prioritised Westminster-focused training and resources for electoral candidates. The CWU will deliver a programme that ensures candidates will be focused on improving the links between trade unions and their local communities, rather than solely on Parliament and the internal workings of the Labour Party.

We know that change is built from the ground up. Now, it is time to shake up the establishment and put working class communities at the forefront of politics. If you are a CWU member and passionate about transforming your community, apply for CWU Candidates today. 

Who can apply?

Applicants must be over 18 years of age, have been a CWU member for at least 12 months and have been a continuous member of the Labour Party for the past 12 months (joining before 7/1/2021). You will need both your CWU and Labour Party membership numbers to apply.

Applicants must also be able to stand for election under the guidance set out by the Electoral Commission. You can read more about standing for election here

The CWU is committed to promoting gender equality and as such, the cohort will be gender-balanced on a regional basis, meaning at least one woman will be selected in each region. The CWU will also ensure that at least 4 candidates come from a BAME background. We encourage people from under-represented groups to apply and we particularly welcome applications from women, BAME, people with disabilities, LGBT+, people with caring responsibilities and young candidates.

Programme Information

CWU Candidates will run from March 2022 to mid-June 2022.

The programme will hold a series of in-person training and education events across the country in March, May and June. At these events, you will get to meet the rest of the candidates on the programme and have dynamic discussions with CWU members, elected officials and staff about how to improve your community. In addition, you will hear from storied speakers, trade union organisers and community activists about how to build successful campaigns in your area.

Alongside these in-person events, we will be running a series of virtual learning sessions, which will build upon the skills delivered in training sessions. The CWU will also run frequent check-in calls with each candidate throughout the duration of the programme, to answer any questions you have. 

There is no fee for participating in this programme and your travel and board to in-person events will be covered. If you have any concerns about child care, accessibility or caring responsibilities, please email candidates@cwu.org 

Upon the conclusion of the programme, candidates will be provided with ongoing support in the run up to future selections and election campaigns.

Application Form and Contact

Applicants must return the completed form to candidates@cwu.org by Monday the 7th of February. We also encourage applicants to fill out an Equality and Diversity form and return this with their application.

Download: CWU Candidates Application Form

Download: CWU Candidates Equality and Diversity Form

If you have any questions about the programme, please contact candidates@cwu.org