We are pleased to announce that our highly successful, 'Parliamentary Candidate Selection' course is back with new dates and the option of attending an in-person event as well as doing the course online. Read on for more details.

Are you thinking of standing for selection as a Labour Parliamentary candidate? Or have you stood before and feel in need of a refresher in how it all works? Or perhaps you like the idea, but aren’t sure about what it involves, or even whether or not you want to do it at all.

Wherever you are on the scale, from uncertain to very determined, this training is for you.

Our experienced training team – which includes former MPs - will guide you through thinking about a range of issues, from process to practicalities taking in campaign essentials, the reality of the job, and resilience along the way. At the end you may decide that being a candidate is what you really want to do, or you may decide otherwise; either way, we can help you to decide what’s best for you in your next steps in your political life.

We know our training works – over a third of current women MPs are graduates of it, including many members of the Shadow Cabinet and shadow ministerial teams. You can read what some women who have done our courses say about them on our What our Graduates say page here.

Places are limited on all our courses, so apply as soon as possible. All LWN’s training opportunities are heavily subsidised by LWN members and our fundraising efforts, therefore these courses are only open to LWN members.  If you’re not a current member of LWN, you will need to join prior to submitting your application form, you can JOIN HERE, and you must continue in LWN membership for at least 12 months. 

We are currently offering our Candidate training in two formats:


All fees (see below) must be paid in advance, by the deadline set by LWN, should you be successful in getting a place.

The Jean Black Bursary Fund is open to any LWN member who is on a low-wage, on benefits, or is a single parent.  If you are successful in gaining a bursary place for this course, the cost will be reduced to £5.  If you wish to apply for the bursary, please complete the relevant section in the application form.

To get the most out of this training, participants need to have at least one year’s membership of the Labour Party before doing this course; this is because you need a basic working knowledge of the Party in order to benefit from what we offer.

Parliamentary Candidate' Course - In Person

Saturday 20 November 2021 in Manchester City Centre

You will receive expert training and advice from trainers who have real world experience of the process and how to campaign within all selection scenarios. 

The course will consist of one full-day in person training at an award-winning City Centre conference venue, within a short walk from mainline train station. Doors will open from 9am (training will start promptly at 9.30am and the day will conclude by 5.30pm)

The day will include lots of information and interaction, together with handouts and checklists and could save you hours of time pre and during selections.

The course fee is £40 (or our solidarity rate is £60), and includes our training and all refreshments (this includes refreshments on arrival, lunch and unlimited snacks and drinks throughout the day). Bursaries are available.

For all LWN in-person training, we will adhere to all Government Covid-19 guidance and we ask that you read our own Covid-19 guidelines before applying.

 Click here to apply for a place at the training on 20 November.


Parliamentary Candidate Course - Online

This course will consist of three 1.5 hour sessions across 3 weeks, plus preparation and homework.  In order to benefit from the trajectory of the course, participants need to attend every session.

You will receive expert training and advice from trainers who have real world experience of the process and how to campaign in all selection scenarios. 

Online Course dates;

Late 2021: 18 and 25 November, 2 December, 2021, all Thursday evenings, 8.00-9.30 pm

Early 2022: 17, 24 and 31 January, 2022, all Monday evenings, 8.00-9.30 pm

The course fee is £30 (or our solidarity rate is £45). Bursaries are available.



Please note: You are able to fill in the application forms via your mobile phone or tablet however it is easier on a desk/laptop.