Council Candidate FAQ's

Who may be a candidate?

To stand for your local council you must be over 18 years of age AND a British citizen; a Commonwealth citizen; or a citizen of an EU Member State, AND resident in the UK. 

In addition, one of the following criteria must apply to you:

You must be and continue to be a local government elector for the area of the local authority.

OR

You must have, during the whole of the twelve months preceding both nomination day and the day of the election, occupied as owner or tenant any land or other premises in the area of the local authority.

OR

Your principal or only place of work in the twelve months preceding your nomination day and the day of election must have been in the area of the local authority. 

OR

You must have, during the whole of the twelve months preceding both your nomination day and the day of the election resided in the area of the local authority. 

 

Do I know enough to stand for election?

Don’t underestimate your own abilities. Each councillor will have something different to offer the council and you will not be expected to take direct responsibility for running the council on the first day that you are elected. 

Your main qualifications are a genuine concern for the community and a willingness to learn. Knowledge and experience will soon follow.

 

Have I the time to be a councillor?

The time commitment involved in being a councillor will vary depending on the responsibilities you decide to take on. Many councillors have work and family commitments as well as other interests which they successfully balance with their role as a councillor.

 

Are you ready?

If you'd like to stand as a Conservative councillor, please contact us.