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Upcoming elections & referendums

On this page you can find information about upcoming elections and referendums in the UK.

As a poll approaches, you will be able to find links to information for voters, guidance for electoral administrators and candidates and other important information.

Referendum on independence for Scotland

Here you can find information on the referendum on independence for Scotland, taking place in Autumn 2014. This page has updates on our views on proposals for the referendum, and links to all the statements we have issued so far.

Find out more about the referendum on independence for Scotland

Elections and referendums scheduled to take place over the next four years

Below you can find details of the elections and referendums currently scheduled to take place in the UK over the next four years.  


Thinking of contesting the UK Parliamentary General Election in 2015? 

If you are a political party or prospective candidate thinking about contesting the UK Parliamentary General Election in 2015, we have published factsheets that summarise the spending limits and explain when these limits and rules will apply.


We will add links to further information about each of these elections as it becomes available.

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English local government

Northern Ireland local council 

Mayoral elections

European Parliament

Referendum on independence for Scotland 

UK Parliament

Northern Ireland Assembly**

Northern Ireland local government

English local government

Mayoral elections

National Assembly for Wales

Scottish Parliament

London Assembly

Mayor of London

English local government

Mayoral elections

Police and Crime Commissioner (England and Wales)

English local government

Mayoral elections 

Scottish local government 

** The Northern Ireland Assembly elections are currently scheduled to take place in May 2015. However as part of its consultation on ‘Measures to improve the operation of the Northern Ireland Assembly’ the UK government sought views on combining the Assembly election with the UK Parliamentary election in 2015 or moving it to 2016. We will update this page as soon as any changes are confirmed.

Elections & referendums