A Seat at the Table – leadership training for BAME candidates

APPLY NOW: Black, Asian, & Minority Ethnic Candidates ‘A Seat at the Table’ Leadership Programme – apply by 18th January


We are delighted to be opening applications for our ‘A Seat at the Table’ Leadership Programme for Labour members from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities who are interested in becoming councillors. SATT is run by the Lambeth Campaigns Forum and Lambeth Labour Group Councillors.

More than 50 people joined us for our introductory session in December, where we heard from former Lambeth councillor-turned Vauxhall MP, Florence Eshalomi about her journey from a Brixton council estate advocating for her mother and neighbours to now advocating for her constituents in Parliament! If you were not able to attend that session: don’t worry, you are still in time. Anyone who is a member of the Labour Party in Vauxhall, Streatham, or Dulwich and West Norwood Constituencies (CLPs), living or working in the London Borough of Lambeth and is from a Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic background can apply for the programme.

Above: Lambeth Labour Group councillors with Mayor Sadiq Khan

A Seat at the Table’ will consist of six consecutive weekly sessions running on Tuesday evenings from 19:00-20:15, beginning on 2nd February 2021 and finishing on 9th March 2021. To get the most from the programme you must be able to attend all six sessions, which will cover topics from dealing with casework for residents to selection prep, from council democracy to running a winning campaign.

Applications are open now and will close on Monday 18th January 2021 at 5pm. We will aim to let you know if your application has been successful by Monday 25th January 2021.  Please apply here.

Believe me, we are serious about wanting to help remove the barriers that stop capable people putting themselves forward for election and representing their communities and therefore if you have any questions, please contact Maxine on lcfmaxinejames@gmail.com.

Our commitment to tackling barriers that prevent people who are able and talented from a variety of backgrounds taking their ‘Seat at the Table’ is genuine and that is why we plan to run similar programmes for other under-represented groups in politics including women, LGBT+ and disabled Party members later this year.

Maxine James

Vice Chair (Candidates), Lambeth Campaigns Forum

Cllr Jack Hopkins

Leader, Lambeth Labour Group