Registering and maintaining a party

Party registration applications ahead of 04 July UK parliamentary general election

23 May 2024:

Party registration applications ahead of 04 July UK parliamentary general election

It is now too late to apply to register a party or make changes to your party’s registered names, descriptions, and emblems for use at the upcoming 04 July UK parliamentary general election. If you are not already registered and are thinking of contesting, you should prepare to stand as an independent candidate. You can find guidance on standing as a candidate here

The deadline for final decisions

There are registration deadlines that new parties must meet in order to contest a UK parliamentary general election. Similarly, there are deadlines by which we must take decisions on applications made by existing parties that want to make changes to their names, descriptions, or emblems. These dates are outlined in the table below.

Date of general electionNew parties and changes to existing parties must be registered by…Close of candidate nominations
Thursday 04 July 2024Wednesday 05 June 20244pm, Friday 07 June 2024

Application to replace or remove a description

Separate rules apply for applications to substitute or remove descriptions.

If we decide to approve an application to replace or remove a description, and that decision is taken between or on:

  • the date of publication of the notice of election; and
  • polling day

then the change will not take effect until after polling day, and you will not be able to use any newly substituted description at that election.

Please note that the notice of election must be published before 4pm, 04 June 2024.

Party registration applications ahead of a UK parliamentary general election

18 October 2023:

Party registration applications ahead of a UK parliamentary general election

Electoral law sets out that a UK parliamentary general election must be held by 28 January 2025 at the latest.

Polling day for a general election takes place 25 working days after parliament has been dissolved. There is no minimum required notice period for an announcement to dissolve parliament.

It is therefore highly likely that when the date of the next general election is officially confirmed, there will not be sufficient time to apply to register new parties; or add or change names, descriptions, and emblems for existing parties.

If you are considering standing candidates at the next general election and need to apply to register or make changes to your party’s register entry, you should submit registration applications early to ensure that we have sufficient time for us to take a decision on your application.