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. 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 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 any of these courses; this is because you need a basic working knowledge of the Party in order to benefit from what we offer.

Parliamentary Candidate Residential Training Course 
13th/14th August 2022- Birmingham

The course is very intensive with a high trainer/trainee ratio.  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. 

We will make time for you to think about yourself and your political future, acquire new (or refresh) skills; learn how to build on your current profile by playing to your strengths and will have an in-depth look at the selections process and campaign strategy, and all while networking with other Labour women.

The course will consist of two days of in person training and will include all refreshments and accommodation.

The course fees are £150 (or our £175 solidarity rate), and includes training, accommodation and all refreshments plus a formal meal on the Saturday evening. Course fees must be paid in advance.

Bursaries are available for this course.  

We expect this course to be in high demand, and places are limited.  It is therefore particularly important that you use the application form to demonstrate to us why you should be offered a place.  Previous courses have been heavily over-subscribed, and applications will close once all places have been allocated, so please apply early (course fees must be paid by 7th August 2022).

For all LWN in-person training, we will adhere to all Government Covid-19 guidance, and we may ask you to take a free lateral flow test before you leave home on the day of the training.


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


This course ran in Derby in May, and we have held 2 one-day courses last November in Manchester and February 2022 in London.

Parliamentary Candidate Course - Online - ONHOLD

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. 

Previous online course dates

Feb 2022: 8th, 15th and 22nd February 2022, all Tuesday evenings, 8.00-9.30 pm *FULL*
Jan 2022: 
17, 24 and 31 January, 2022, all Monday evenings, 8.00-9.30 pm *FULL*
Nov 2021: 18 and 25 Nov, 2 December, 2021, all Thursday evenings, 8.00-9.30 pm *FULL*