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Becoming a parish or district councillor

We provide information on the process of electoral nominations for all types of elections and publish a list of candidates for an election.

District Council elections take place in Eden every four years when all 38 seats are open for election. The next District elections are scheduled for May 2019. Vacancies can also occur mid-term for any number of reasons. If this occurs a by-election takes place. All elections are publicised in the local press. You do not need any formal qualifications to become a Councillor, as long as you meet the legal requirements you can stand.

In order to be district councillor you must be:

  • 18 or over on the day of nomination;
  • a UK, Republic of Ireland, EU or qualifying Commonwealth citizen;

and meet at least one of the following four criteria:

  • be registered as an elector (and will continue to be) in the district; or
  • have lived in the district for the past twelve months; or
  • have occupied as owner or tenant any premises or land in the district for the past twelve months; or
  • have had your main or only place of work in the district for the past twelve months.

You cannot stand for election if:

  • you work for Eden District Council;
  • you hold a politically restricted post for another local authority;
  • you are subject of a bankruptcy restrictions order or interim order;
  • you have within 5 years prior to the election been convicted in the UK, Channel Islands or Isle of Man, of any offence and have had passed on to you a sentence of imprisonment (whether suspended or not) for a period of not less than three months without the option of a fine; or
  • you have been disqualified under the Representation of the People Act 1983 for corrupt or illegal practices.

Although some candidates may be nominated through a political party, the majority of candidates at parish council elections stand in their own right. Candidates at district council elections can also stand in their own right. Both individuals and party candidates are welcome to stand as candidates.

Each candidate for a district election must be proposed and seconded by registered electors from the electoral area they wish to stand in and have an additional eight assenters. Nomination packs contain full information of all the requirements.

Becoming a Councillor in Eden (PDF: 508 Kb / 25 pages) gives you some information about becoming a District Councillor in Eden; the time commitments, the constraints, the rewards and the demands placed on you over a four year term of office as a councillor.

Related information and websites

For further information on parish elections and candidates please see the website of the