Local Government

Covering councils

Councillors should always be identified as such to distinguish them from (unelected) officers. With the exception of parish councils the party affiliation of all councillors must be made clear. Do it in this style: Cllr Jane Smith (Con) said: “...”. Thereafter, you can refer to her as Cllr Smith.

Parish councillors are often not affiliated to a particular national party, so they should still be given the title Cllr but no party should be mentioned.

Officers are referred to by their name and job title, e.g. John Brown, director of finance. Thereafter he would be Mr Brown.

 

Abbreviations

Full name

Abbreviation

Councillor

Cllr

Conservative

Con

Independent

Ind

Labour

Lab

Liberal Democrat

Lib Dem

United Kingdom Independence Party

UKIP

British National Party

BNP

English Democrats

EngDem

 

Elections

Results should utilise the same abbreviations as in other political listings (see above). Style for General Elections:

Chatham and Aylesford

Andrew Smith (Lab)21,103

Steven Brown (Con)*.............19,815

Mary Godden (Lib Dem).........7,648

Donald Dalton (Green)..............441

Peter Ganan (Ind)........................60

Lab gain. Majority 1,288. Swing 2.62% from Con. Electorate 49,067. Turnout 78.95%.

* Denotes sitting member