How do I become a councillor?
Electoral nominations - how do I become a councillor?
Full elections are held in all wards every four years in May.
Who can be a candidate?
You can be a candidate if you are:
- over 18
- on the electoral register, and
- have lived, worked or owned property in the area for at least the past 12 months.
You are disqualified as a candidate if you:
- work for the Council or hold a politically restricted post with another local authority
- are bankrupt or hold a previous criminal conviction with a three-month or more prison sentence.
Most candidates are nominated through a political party. However, individuals are welcome to stand in their own right. Before you can be accepted as a candidate you must get one person to agree to propose your nomination, another person to agree to second the proposal and eight supporters. All of these people must be on the electoral register.
Please contact us for more information on becoming a councillor, or visit the Electoral Commission website.
When elected, councillors have to agree to follow a code of conduct.