So, what's it like to run as a CANDIDATE?

Untelevised: The Podcast

22-06-2021 • 1 hr 46 mins

For the last few episodes we've been exploring democracy, as the 'ordinary' persons opportunity to contribute to the conversations that govern our societies. We started by looking at it in theory and applied it in practice to both our workplaces and our housing.

This week, off the back of some of the biggest elections (outside of a general election) in recent times in the UK, we're speaking to two everyday people who have decided to step into the forefront of our democratic process by running as candidates in their local elections. We explore what motivated them to run, the experience of running on both a practical and emotional level and what change might look like from within the system.

Learn - what are the different levels of government? (3 mins 20 secs)

Discuss - Sakina Sheikh (8 mins 20 secs) find them on Facebook/ Twitter/ Website/ Wikipedia;  Pippa Maslin (45 mins 20 secs) find them on Twitter/

Share - what can we all do? (1 hour 33 mins)

Things we mentioned*:

Democracy Episode; Introduction to standing as a candidate in the UK (The Electoral Commission); Standing for Parliament in the UK (UK Parliament); Rules for running in a UK election (Electoral Commission); 6-Step Guide to becoming an MP (50:50 Parliament); Become a Councillor (;  List of Political parties in the UK; Political Parties currently in the UK Parliament; Join the Liberal Democrats; Join the Labour Party; Join the Green Party; Join the Conservative Party; Platform London; Merton Green Party; REPRIVE; Keep Our NHS Public

*We have listed the most popular parties in the UK, there are many other options so please do your own research

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