A councillor! Who? Me?
Do you want to improve your local services?
Do you want to make a difference to your community?
Do you want to help local people?
If you answered yes to just one of those questions, we want to hear from you.
We are looking for enthusiastic, vibrant people of all ages who have the drive and ambition to want to make a difference in their local area and become a councillor.
Stand for election
If you would like to become a local councillor, you do not have to be a member of a political party.
A person is qualified to be a candidate for election to a local authority if he or she is -
- at least 18 years old on the day he or she is nominated
- a British citizen, or a citizen of the Irish Republic, the Commonwealth or another member state of the European Union
Access eligible countries
Candidates must also meet at least one of the following four qualifications (section 79 (1) of the Local Government Act 1972) -
- they are a registered local government elector in the local authority area, both on the day they are nominated and election day
- they have occupied, as owner or tenant, any land or premises in the local authority area during the whole of the 12 months before the day they are nominated and election day
- they have had their principal or only place of work in the local authority area during the 12 months before the day they are nominated and election day
- they have lived in the local authority area during the whole of the 12 months before the day they are nominated and election day
Under section 80 (1) of the Local Government Act 1972 a person is disqualified from election to a local authority if he or she -
- is employed by or holds a paid office under that local authority (including joint boards or committees)
- has been adjudged bankrupt, or has made a composition or arrangement with creditors
- has been sentenced to a term of imprisonment of three months or more (including a suspended sentence) without the option of a fine, during the five years before the day of election
- has been disqualified under Part III of the Representation of the People Act 1983 or under the Audit Commission Act 1998
A person may also be disqualified from election if he or she has been convicted or reported guilty of a corrupt or illegal practice by an election court, or if he or she has been disqualified from standing for election to a local authority following a decision of the Adjunction Panel for England.
Additionally, the Local Government and Housing Act 1989 defines a number of politically restricted posts under a local authority, holders of which are disqualified from election to and membership of a local authority.
All the requirements for becoming a councillor are outlined in the Local Government Act 1972. You will need to refer to this to make sure that you qualify.
How to become a candidate
Firstly, you must decide whether you wish to stand as a candidate on behalf of a political party or as an independent candidate.
If you wish to stand as a party candidate, you must apply to that political party and go through their selection process. You cannot stand as a candidate on behalf of any political party without their permission.
In you wish to stand as an independent, you must decide which ward within the Hull city boundary you wish to represent. You do not have to live in the ward in order to stand as a candidate but, obviously, if you are standing as an independent candidate, a local connection does help.
What to do next
To stand a chance of becoming a councillor, you need to be nominated for election. To be nominated, you will need a 'proposer', that is someone who will put your name forward as a candidate, a 'seconder', someone who will back up the proposer, and eight 'assentors', eight people who will agree to the proposal. All these people must be electors of the ward for which you wish to stand for election.
If you are nominated, you must complete a 'Consent to Nomination' form and make certain that it is returned by the date given on the form. If the election is contested, in other words if there should be more than one candidate, a poll will then take place on a specified date.
When an election is scheduled, nomination papers can be obtained from the returning officer at the address below from early February between 9am and 5pm Monday to Thursday, and between 9am and 4pm on Fridays (excluding Bank Holidays). You will also receive a guidance for candidates manual and a register of electors for the ward in which you are standing. At the request of any elector of the ward, the officer will prepare a nomination form for signature. Papers should be delivered to the same address once they have been completed.
Alfred Gelder Street
Hull City Council
Alfred Gelder Street
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Tel: 01482 300 300
Text phone: 01482 300 349
Fax: 01482 614 804