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Standing as a candidate

Councillors represent the people of St Helens. They are elected to become a member of the council when local elections are held. We have 48 councillors, representing 18 areas known as wards. Councillors are usually elected for four years.

The duty of councillors is to the whole community, but they have a special responsibility to champion the needs of all the constituents in their ward. Councillors have to agree to follow a code of conduct to ensure high standards in the way they go about their duties.

How do I become a councillor?

If you wish to stand for election, you must be:

  • A British citizen, a citizen of the Commonwealth, the Republic of Ireland or of another European State
  • 18 years of age
  • Included on the Register of Electors for St Helens, or be someone who has either lived or worked in the borough for the 12 months preceding the election

You need to be nominated to stand as a candidate at the election by:

  • Two electors of the electoral ward (as your proposer and seconder)
  • Eight other electors (supporting your nomination)

Do I have to be a member of a political party?

No, you don't, you can stand as an independent candidate.

You can contact us using the details below if you would like more information about becoming a councillor.


Telephone: 01744 676464 (Monday to Friday, 9:00am to 5:00pm)
Write to us: St Helens Borough Council, Electoral Services, First Floor, Town Hall, Victoria Square, St Helens, WA10 1HP