Becoming a councillor
The majority of people become councillors as a result of joining a political party. However, some people stand for election as independent candidates (these are people who do not belong to any political party).
The next scheduled election is the London Borough of Hounslow Council election which will take place on Thursday 3 May 2018.
Standing as a member of a political party
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. Contact the political party of your choice to find out more.
For more information on the registered political parties in the United Kingdom, visit the Electoral Commission's website.
Standing as an independent councillor
If you have questions about standing as an independent councillor the Local Government Association Independent Group may be able to assist you.
Once you have decided to stand for election as a councillor, you will need to find two people, one to propose you (a nomination) and the other to second the nomination. You will also need to find a further eight people to act as assentors to your nomination (ie they agree that you would be a suitable candidate and are prepared to sign a document to confirm this).
Detailed guidance on the nomination procedure is available in the Electoral Commission’s Guidance for Candidates and Agents.
Nomination papers will be available to download from www.hounlow.gov.uk/elections one month before the last day for delivery of nomination papers (expected to be early March 2018).
If you would like to receive an email from us when the nomination packs are available, please email email@example.com with your name, postal address, contact telephone number and, if know, the name of the ward you intend to stand in and an indication of whether you will stand as an independent candidate or the name of the political party you expect to stand for.
Where do I find out more?
- The Electoral Commission publishes guidance for candidates and agents on its website
- If you still have questions after reading the Electoral Commission guidance, contact us
- A meeting will be held for prospective candidates before nominations open (this is likely to be in early March 2018). At this meeting you will be given information about the nomination process and be able to ask any questions you may have about the election and standing as a candidate
- After nominations have closed all validly nominated candidates will be invited to a meeting where they will receive more specific details about the election, such as arrangements for postal vote opening, polling day and the count
If you have ever had concerns about the future of local services and felt that you could be a voice for your community in pursuing the public interest, then you should consider becoming a councillor. Those already working in local government find the role interesting and challenging and there is the opportunity to specialise in a particular topic or area of interest. However, do not expect to be able to change the world overnight.