Timetable for Election Returns

Timetable for election returns After the result is declared: Within 14 days – Candidate must submit a statement of her personal expenses to the agent.…

Town and Parish Council Disputes

What does this cover? We get a fair number of queries from Liberal Democrats who serve as members of Parish or Town Councils regarding issues…

Understanding scrutiny

Scrutiny commissions are there to provide a balance to the Cabinet and Strong Leader models of governance in local authorities. They can be an effective…

What information am I entitled to access?

Councillors are free to approach any Council Directorate/Department to provide them with such information, explanation and advice (about that Directorate’s/ Department’s functions) as they may…

When should you select candidates

When should you select your council candidates? The answer is as soon as possible!  More details about the processes are available in the toolkits. Target…

Where Posters Can Be put Legally

Where posters can be put legally Posters can be put on private land by permission of the owner. There is no requirement for the displayer…

Who Can Attend the Count?

Who can attend the count? Attendance at the count is limited to the candidate, candidate’s spouse(or guest), agent and the counting agents. The number of…

Why Have an Agent?

Why have an agent? Having an election agent for the duration of the campaign and until the election paperwork is finalised is a legal requirement…

Withdrawal or Death of a Candidate

Withdrawal or death of a candidate After nominations there is a short period of time in which candidates may withdraw (consult the official timetable to…

Writing letters to the press

Writing letters to the local paper is an easy way to communicate your message to a large number of people. Not only is a letter…