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Standing as a candidate & Nomination Information

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, three each for the 16 areas of St Helens, 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.

Nomination Information and Resources - 6 May 2021

On Thursday 6 May 2021, residents in St Helens will go to the polls to have their say on who represents them at the local elections.

If you are thinking of standing as a candidate in St Helens at the May elections, please find below links to the Electoral Commission website, which will give you information and guidance on what to do.

In addition to the information above, we have arranged two Candidates and Agents online briefing sessions to outline what you need to do should you wish to stand and how the process will be managed in light of the coronavirus pandemic. These briefings will consist of a presentation with the opportunity to ask questions during the sessions. 

The briefings will be held on:

Wednesday 17 March at 12.30pm

Thursday 18 March at 5.30pm

If you wish to join one of the briefings, please confirm your name, your email address and which briefing you would like to attend by email to elections@sthelens.gov.uk.


Telephone: 01744 676464 (Monday to Friday 9:00am to 5:00pm)
Write to us: St Helens Council, Electoral Services, First Floor, Town Hall, Victoria Square, St Helens. WA10 1HP
Email: elections@sthelens.gov.uk

Guidance on how you can become a candidate can be found on the Electoral Commission website: http://www.electoralcommission.org.uk/