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Do I need to be a member of a Political Party to Stand?

You do not need to be part of a Political Party in order to stand for election. You could stand as an Independent Councillor find out more about either option below:

To stand for a political party, you’ll need to be a member of the party, get involved locally and go through their selection process to be put forward as their candidate for election. Depending on which party you are interested in, this can take up to about a year, so please contact your political party as soon as you can to start getting involved.

If you are interested in becoming an independent candidate (not in a political party), you can get resources and advice from the Local Government Association’s Independent Office.

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