Do I have to belong to a political party or group?
No, although the majority of people become councillors as a result of joining a political party. However some people stand for election as independents (candidates who do not belong to any political party).
There are 54 councillors serving on Leicester City Council and they are spread across the political parties (current political makeup of the Council).
If you are thinking of standing as a candidate for a particular political party then you will need to be a member of that party’s local organisation, see useful contacts.