Standing for Election - Parliamentary Elections


To stand for election as a Member of Parliament in a Redcar and Cleveland constituency, you must:
  • Be 18 years old or over on the day of your nomination
  • Be a British citizen, a Republic of Ireland citizen, or a Commonwealth citizen
Some people are ineligible to stand, due to:
  • holding disqualifying offices, including civil servants, members of the police force, members of the armed forces, judges
  • holding incompatible offices, such as being an MEP
  • being in prison
  • being subject to a bankruptcy restriction order
This is not an exhaustive list; for further information about the qualification and disqualification requirements, please see the Electoral Commission's guidance.

Nomination Process

In order to stand for election, you must submit a set of valid nomination papers once the election has been called. Please contact the Electoral Services Unit on 01642 444410 to receive a pack or download a copy from the Electoral Commission (under 2a or 2b resources)

Your nomination pack will include:

  • Nomination paper
  • Home address form
  • Consent to nomination
  • Appointment of election agent
  • Statutory timetable of events
  • Emblem request form (if standing on behalf of a political party)
  • A form to request a free copy of the electoral register
  • Information about Free Candidate Mailings
You can also request
  • A ward map
  • List of polling stations for the area you wish to stand in
Candidates also need to pay a deposit of £500 for your nomination to be valid. Your deposit can be made using cash or a UK banker's draft. If you poll more than 5% of total valid votes, this will be returned to you. Please note that we cannot accept cheque or card payments.

If you want to stand as a candidate for a political party, please get in touch with your local branch. You will be required to submit a certificate of authorisation, which allows you to use the partys name or a registered description on ballot papers. You will also need to submit an emblem request for if you wish for the party emblem to appear on ballot papers.

The Electoral Commission has substantial guidance for candidates and agents, which you should read.

All candidates and agents are invited to briefing sessions run by Electoral Services. For more information and to reserve your place, contact us.

Nomination papers must be delivered in person to Electoral Services, Redcar & Cleveland Leisure and Community Heart, Ridley Street, Redcar, TS10 1TD. They can be delivered from the first working day after the publication of notice of election.

The Returning Officer has no discretion to accept any nomination papers submitted outside of these times.

It is very important that your nomination papers are completed correctly. The Elections Team offer an informal checking service for all nomination papers before they are submitted. We strongly recommend that you use this service.

Access to the Electoral Register

Each candidate is entitled to a free copy of the electoral register and absent voter list for the constituency they are contesting. You can choose to have this information in either data or paper format.

In law, the earliest date that a person can become a candidate is the date that parliament is dissolved and copies of the register will be available to candidates from this date.

In order to receive a free copy of the register you must complete and return a candidate register request form.

Contact Us: Candidates and Agents

To find out more, contact us via telephone on 01642 444410

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