UK Parliamentary general election in Great Britain

Guidance and resources for candidates and agents at the UK Parliamentary general election in Great Britain

An overview document gives instructions on how to use this guidance and who does what at these elections.

Read the Overview (PDF)

We have produced a timetable with all of the relevant deadlines for the 12 December UK Parliamentary general election in Great Britain which can be viewed here: 

Guidance about harassment and intimidation

Robust political debate is part of a healthy democracy, but sometimes things can go too far.

The National Police Chiefs Council, working with the Crown Prosecution Service and the Electoral Commission, have produced two guidance documents for candidates and campaigners, to help you understand when behaviour goes beyond political debate and may be unlawful.

There is a short guide called ‘When things go too far’ which provides general advice, and a longer ‘Joint guidance for candidates in elections’ which provides more detail as to the nature of possible offences.

If you feel that behaviour towards you may be unlawful or are concerned for your safety or that of others, you should always contact the police.

Download guidance for candidates in Scotland (PDF)

Northern Ireland

If you are a candidate or agent in Northern Ireland you should refer to our Guidance for candidates and agents at the UK Parliamentary general election in Northern Ireland.

Part 1

Can you stand for election?

This part covers:

  • Qualifications for standing for election
  • Disqualifications from standing for election

Part 1: Can you stand for election? (PDF)

Part 2a

Standing as an independent candidate

This part covers:

  • Completing and submitting your nomination papers
  • What happens after the close of nominations?
  • Appointing your election agent and other agents
  • What happens if a candidate dies?

Part 2a: Standing as an independent candidate (PDF)

Part 2b

Standing as a party candidate

This part covers:

  • Completing and submitting your nomination papers
  • What happens after the close of nominations
  • Appointing your election agent and other agents
  • What happens if a candidate dies?

Part 2b: Standing as a party candidate (PDF)

Part 4

The campaign

This part covers:

  • Campaigning dos and don'ts
  • Using the electoral register and absent voters' lists
  • Using schools and rooms for public meetings
  • Freepost
  • Imprints on campaign publicity material
  • Polling day dos and don'ts
  • Reporting allegations of electoral malpractice

Part 4: The campaign (PDF)

Part 5

Your right to attend key electoral events

This part covers:

  • Attending the opening of postal votes and what to expect
  • Attending polling stations and what to expect
  • Attending the count and what to expect

Part 5: Your right to attend key electoral events (PDF)

Part 6

After the declaration of results

This part covers:

  • Parliamentary oath of office or affirmation
  • Return of the deposit
  • Access to election paperwork
  • Submitting your spending returns and declarations
  • Questioning the result through an election petition

Part 6: After the declaration of results