Details of how to register to vote.

Your vote matters, don't lose itElections are a democratic process where citizens aged 18 and over elect political candidates to represent them and their interests locally, nationally or internationally.

All elections held within the city - local, general, mayoral and European elections - are organised by Salford City Council's elections office.

Local elections

An ordinary local government election is usually held on the first Thursday in May, the next election will be on Thursday 5 May 2016.

Salford City Council has 60 councillors, or elected members, who represent particular areas, known as electoral wards.

There are 20 wards in the city, and all have three councillors representing them. Each councillor serves for four years at a time and come up for election on a rota basis. This is because local elections are held in three out of every four years with one third of the 60 councillors retiring at each election.

To find out the details of all 60 councillors and the wards they represent, together with their retirement dates, you can view a list of councillors by name or councillors by elected ward.

The last local election was held on Thursday 7 May 2015.

Mayoral elections

A mayoral election has to take place every four years, on the first Thursday in May, the next election will be on Thursday 5 May 2016.

How to stand as a candidate in the mayoral election.

Salford City Council has one elected mayor who represents the entire city. All of Salford City Council's executive functions rest with the City Mayor. These include responsibility for education, children's social services, adult social services, health, housing, tourism and many more.

Find out more about the voting process for the mayoral election.

The last mayoral election was held on Thursday 3 May 2012.

General (parliamentary) elections

A parliamentary general election has to take place within five years of the last general election.

One Member of Parliament (MP) is elected for each parliamentary constituency by way of majority. Each MP then serves in the House of Commons, representing his or her constituency.

Salford City Council has two parliamentary constituencies, Worsley and Eccles South and Salford and Eccles.

Please note: Kersal and Broughton wards come under the jurisdiction of Manchester City Council in Blackley and Broughton Borough Constituency. People in these two wards will vote for the Blackley and Broughton MP at general elections and not the Salford MP as in previous years. However, people in these two wards will still:

  • Vote to elect local councillors for Salford City Council
  • Pay their council tax to Salford City Council
  • Receive services from Salford City Council

To find out the details of the MPs and their contact details, you can view information on our UK Parliament page.

The last general election was on Thursday 7 May 2015.

European elections

European parliamentary elections are held every five years, normally in June. The election dates are set by the European Parliament.

At a European election, electors vote for a political party instead of voting for an individual candidate. The number of seats that a party gets depends on the share of the vote that it receives in each region.

The UK is divided into 12 regions. Salford City Council is in the north west region, which is represented by eight MEPs.

To find out further information on MEPs, together with how to contact them, you can view the European Parliament page.

To find out more about European Elections in the north west, visit the North West Voters website.

The last European election was on Thursday 22 May 2014.


A by-election, or casual vacancy, can occur due to the resignation or death of a councillor or member of parliament.

The last by-election for Salford City Council was held on Tuesday 7 January 2014 in the Swinton South ward.

European Union referendum

The United Kingdom is set to have a referendum by the end of 2017 on whether or not to remain a member of the European Union.

The European Union is an economic and political partnership between 28 European countries. It has its own currency (the Euro), its own parliament and it sets rules in a wide range of areas.

A referendum is a vote for an answer to a particular question. The question is currently set out to be "Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union?"

British, Irish and Commonwealth citizens (including Gibraltar) aged over 18 who are resident in the UK, along with UK nationals who have lived overseas for less than 15 years, and members of the House of Lords are eligible to vote. Citizens from EU countries (apart from Ireland, Malta and Cyprus) will not be able to vote in the referendum.

This page was last updated on 23 November 2015

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