The Electoral Commission

The independent body which oversees elections and regulates political finance in the UK

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How do I find out who is standing for election and get information on candidates?

Your local elections office will publish a list of all the candidates standing for election in your area. You will be able to find a link to information about the election from your local council’s website. If you need to contact the elections office:

Find your local elections office on our Your Vote Matters site by entering your post code.

There is no official source of information on candidates. Your local council and the Electoral Commission are usually not allowed to provide information on the people who are standing and their policies other than their name, address and party description (if they have one). In some elections, such as mayoral elections or referendums, you may be sent an information booklet.

You may wish to visit candidate websites, party websites, or write to the party or candidate for more information.

In Northern Ireland, the information that is available is provided by the Electoral Office website.