Role of political parties vital to identifying and nurturing future local government leaders
14 March, 2003

Independent think-tank, the New Local Government Network in partnership with public sector recruitment consultants, Veredus and local government weekly, The MJ has launched a “recruitment pack” outlining the key competencies and skills necessary to ensure quality political leadership within the UK’s local authorities.

With leadership of major importance to local government’s role as both service provider and community leader, the pack – ‘Valuing Political Leadership’ – sets out the context in which council leaders now operate, reflecting on the demanding and challenging nature of the role before offering a detailed profile of the ideal candidate for the job. Aimed at stimulating debate over how to attract and develop local government’s future leaders – the pack calls for:

  • a widening of the professionalism that characterises today’s best council leaders and councillors;
  • a more diverse recruitment pool for potential councillors and therefore future leaders; and
  • a greater capacity-building role to be played by ODPM and its related agencies, and more so the political parties who should apply the similar processes through which they select potential MPs to identify, nurture and encourage the potential council leaders of tomorrow.

‘Valuing Political Leadership’ has been endorsed by Local Government Minister, Nick Raynsford MP. In a covering letter to the pack, Mr Raynsford states:

“I am delighted to sign up to this ‘Recruitment Pack’, which highlights the importance of supporting and developing our council leaders of today and of the future. Identifying and encouraging effective local leaders is a challenge to all the political parties”.

‘Valuing Political Leadership’ was launched on Thursday 13 March at an evening debate, held in central London featuring Cllr Simon Milton, Leader, LB Westminster, Cllr Sally Powell, Deputy Leader, LB Hammersmith & Fulham, Hamish Davidson, Chair, Veredus Executive Resourcing and Dan Corry, Executive Director, NLGN. The event was chaired by Mike Burton, Editor of The MJ.

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