Richmondshire District Council

District councillor

If you feel you can represent the needs of local people and want to shape Richmondshire services, why not stand as a district councillor?

You should:

  • Be a good listener and be able to provide advice and help to local residents
  • Have the ability to understand and consider detailed and often complex issues
  • Be able to work with other councillors on various committees or with representatives on external organisations for the good of the whole district


To be eligible to stand as a candidate you must be:

  • Aged 18 or over at the date of nomination
  • A British citizen, or a citizen of another commonwealth country, the Republic of Ireland or the European Union

 

On polling day and the day of nomination you must:

  • Be registered to vote in Richmondshire district; or
  • For the whole of the previous 12 months have lived or occupied land or premises or had your main place of work in Richmondshire.


No formal qualifications are required and no deposit is required.
 

You can't stand for election if:

  • You're the subject of a bankruptcy restriction or interim order
  • You're employed by Richmondshire District Council or certain other authorities with which it has close links
  • You hold what is known as a “politically restricted” post
  • You've served a prison sentence (including a suspended sentence) of three months or more within five years of the election
  • You've been disqualified from holding office as a result of an election offence relating to corrupt or illegal practices


Further information is available at the Electoral Commission website [guidance for district candidates).


Parish councillor

To stand as a candidate for a parish council you must:

  • Be at least 18 on the date of your nomination
  • Be a British citizen, an eligible commonwealth citizen or a citizen of any other member state of the European Union
  • Meet at least one of the following four qualifications:
  • You are, and will continue to be, registered as a local government elector for the parish in which you wish to stand from the date of your nomination onwards
  • You've occupied as owner or tenant any land or other premises in the parish area during the whole of the 12 months before the day of your nomination and the day of election
  • Your main or only place of work during the 12 months before the date of your nominations and the day of election has been in the parish area
  • You've lived in the parish area or within three miles of it during the whole of the 12 months before the day of your nomination and the day of election

 

 

Further information is available at the Electoral Commission website [guidance for parish candidates).


County councillor

To be eligible to stand as a candidate you must be:

  • Aged 18 or over at the date of nomination
  • A British citizen, or a citizen of another commonwealth country, the Republic of Ireland or the European Union

 

On polling day and the day of nomination you must:

  • Be registered to vote in North Yorkshire; or
  • For the whole of the previous 12 months have lived or occupied land or premises or had your main place of work in North Yorkshire


No formal qualifications are required and no deposit is required.

You can't stand for election if:

  • You're the subject of a bankruptcy restriction or interim order
  • You're employed by North Yorkshire County Council or certain other authorities with which it has close links
  • You hold what is known as a “politically restricted” post
  • You've served a prison sentence (including a suspended sentence) of three months or more within five years of the election
  • You've been disqualified from holding office as a result of an election offence relating to corrupt or illegal practices


Further information is available at the Electoral Commission website (guidance for county candidates) and via the North Yorkshire County Council website


Member of Parliament

To stand as a candidate in the UK parliamentary General Election in the Richmond (Yorks) constituency, you should contact Hambleton District Council

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