Supporting councillors in opposition

But whatever position they are in locally, all opposition Labour councillors have a valuable role to play in holding administrations to account, flying the flag for our party, and in changing council policy through scrutiny or cross-party working.

“All opposition Labour councillors have a valuable role to play in holding administrations to account

We heard many such brilliant examples from opposition Labour councillors at our recent ‘Effective opposition’ conference in Birmingham, which attracted more than 130 councillors.

As a group, we are determined to ensure we support all our councillors, whatever political situation they are in, and this event was an important part of that mission.

It was inspiring to meet so many active, informed, and motivated councillors from around the country – we had members from every region of England and Wales.

We were joined by our excellent Shadow Communities and Local Government Secretary Andrew Gwynne, as well as a diverse range of speakers and facilitators who led breakouts on subjects including working in two-tier areas, being a frontline councillor, and understanding council finance.

Thanks to everyone who attended – we look forward to seeing you put your learning into practice over the next year.

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