1. How do I become a Councillor?
Full Borough Council elections are held in all wards every four years, usually the first Thursday in May. 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 supporters to propose your nomination and you must sign a declaration and consent to Nomination. All the supporters must be on the electoral register.
To become a candidate you must be over 18 years of age at the date of nomination and:
- be on the electoral register, or
- have lived, worked or owned property in the area for at least the past 12 months.
You may be disqualified as a candidate if you work for the council or hold a politically restricted post with another local authority. Bankruptcy or a previous criminal conviction with a three-month or more prison sentence would also disqualify you as a candidate.
No experience of any sort is needed to stand for election as a Councillor.