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Minority Group Leader

These responsibilities are in addition to the Councillor role profile.


The purpose of a Minority Group Leader is to:

  • lead an opposition group within the council
  • make sure there is effective, positive and constructive opposition to the council’s majority party

Key roles and responsibilities

The key roles and responsibilities of a Minority Group Leader are to:

  • lead the (or one of the) political groups providing the council's formal opposition including scrutiny of the political administration and policies of the council
  • establish and represent the views of the group on issues of policy and priority
  • act as the principal spokesperson for the group
  • advise the Leader of the Council of the group’s position on issues
  • provide, as appropriate, alternatives or amendments to the council's policies, strategies and budgets
  • represent the group on relevant formal and informal working groups
  • nominate members of his/her group to serve on scrutiny committees, committees, and if appropriate, local outside bodies
  • manage the work of councillors within the group
  • make sure there is effective communication between party group members, other political groups, officers, the community, other partners and organisations
  • champion and participate in councillor development
  • liaise with the Chief Executive in emerging issues of significance relating to the policies and procedures of the council

Key skills and knowledge

The key skills and knowledge required for a Minority Group Leader are: 

  • advanced leadership skills
  • ability to represent the council in a variety of settings both inside and outside the council
  • advanced communication skills and the ability to work constructively with officers, councillors, partners, the media, members of the public and other organisations
  • ability to manage conflicting responsibilities whilst dealing with a busy and complex workload often to tight timescales and deadlines
  • ability to challenge the status quo and deal with complex strategic issues and problems
  • detailed understanding of the challenges and issues facing local government and the practical implications for the councillors in their group
  • detailed understanding of the national policy framework and its impact on local policy development
  • understanding of the relationship between national politics and local political leadership
  • knowledge of the work of national, regional and sub-regional bodies and the role of the Leader and the council in relation to them

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