To stand for election as a councillor for Salford City Council, on the day of nomination and also on the day of election you must be:
You cannot stand if:
No, although the majority of people become councillors as a result of joining a political party. However some people stand for election as independents (candidates who do not belong to any 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.
The parties currently represented on the city council and their contact details (in alphabetical order) are:
|Party||Contact name and address||Telephone|
25 Victoria Street
|0207 984 8155|
|Labour Party||Membership Services
The Labour Party
|0870 590 0200|
If you are interested in standing for other political parties, please visit the register of political parties via the Electoral Commission's website.
The independent group on the Local Government Association has prepared a handy hints guide for independent councillors and candidates.
If you would like a guide contact:
Head of Independent Group
Local Government Association (LGA)
Telephone: 0207 664 3224
Other sources of information on becoming a councillor (in alphabetical order) are:
You are required to collect nomination papers from the Elections Office at Salford Civic Centre, Chorley Road, Swinton, Salford, M27 5DA, who will also supply you with your free copy of the register of electors.
The nomination paper must contain your full name and home address. In addition, if you are standing as the candidate of a registered political party you must include a description of not more than six words. If you are standing independently, your description must be "Independent".
Consent to nomination
You must also formally give your consent to nomination in writing in order for the nomination to be valid. Consent must be given within one calendar month before the last day for delivery of nomination papers. The form of consent must set out the grounds on which you are qualified to stand, and requires a declaration by yourself that you are not disqualified from standing. The consent has to be signed by yourself in the presence of a witness. The signature, name and address of the witness are also required.
Certificate of authorisation
If you wish to use a description on the ballot paper which associates you with a registered political party then you must also supply a certificate of authorisation, issued by or on behalf of the registered nominating officer of the party.
The certificate of authorisation must be signed by the registered nominating officer or, where issued on behalf of the nominating officer, some evidence of the authority to act.
If you are authorised to use a description associating you with a registered political party then you can also include the party emblem on the ballot paper next to your name.
A request to use a registered party's emblem must state the name of the political party and a description of the emblem to be used. You are not entitled to use any variation on a registered emblem. The request must be made in writing by yourself, and must be delivered to the returning officer together with the nomination papers.
As a candidate you may wish to appoint an election agent. The object in appointing an election agent is that there is an experienced person responsible for the proper management of the candidature and for the control of the expenditure.
If an election agent's appointment is not received by noon on the 16th working day before the day of the election, then you will be deemed to be your own agent.
Every type of election is run in accordance with statutory rules which specify the election table for that type of election.
The deadlines contained in all the various election rules include the following items:
If you decide to become a councillor and spend money on your campaign, it is important to note that you have to pay for your own publicity material, property, services or items used for the campaign.
However, if you are a member of a political group or some other group, you may find that financial help is available. You will need to check this with your political party or group.
Furthermore, although you or your party/group pays for the election expenses, you must keep all your receipts, which will need to be handed to the town clerk immediately after the election. This is done to make sure that the money you spend on the election campaign does not go over the set limit of £600, with an additional five pence for every entry in the ward register of electors for which you are seeking to be elected.
More information about standing for election to the council can be obtained from the principal electoral services officer:
Name: Neil Watts
Salford Civic Centre
Telephone: 0161 793 3446
If you are interested in standing in elections to the council, please let Neil Watts know as soon as possible and he will send you details, application forms, and the detailed election timetable when they become available.
The Electoral Commission has published a very useful guide to assist prospective candidates in the nomination process, the election campaign, election day itself and election expenses. For more information, visit the Electoral Commission