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European Parliament elections

Elections for the European Parliament are held every 5 years. The next scheduled election for the UK to participate in is Thursday, 23 May 2019.

In the North West more than 5 million people will have the opportunity to vote for their representatives in the European Parliament (known as Members of the European Parliament or MEPs). MEPs represent the whole of the North West region and so everybody who is eligible to vote in the region will be voting for the same list of parties and candidates.

The aim of the UK government is to leave the European Union and, therefore, we may not be required to participate in the elections.

More about European Elections on the North West Votes website

Notices for European Parliament election

Key messages for European Parliament election

  • To vote in these elections, anyone who has never registered or has recently moved must register by 7 May 2019. Find out how to register to vote.
  • EU citizens wishing to cast their vote in the UK must be registered to vote and also submit a declaration form by 7 May. More information can be found on the YourVoteMatters website.
  •  People must re-register if they’ve changed address, name or nationality
  • People only need to register once – they do not need to register separately for every election.

Local elections

The most recent scheduled local election took place on Thursday, 2 May 2019.

People voted to choose who they would like to be their local councillor. The political party with the highest number of councillors usually gets to control the council and take decisions on how local services are run.

Local election notices


Greater Manchester Mayoral elections

The next scheduled election for Greater Manchester Mayor will take place on Thursday, 7 May 2020 and will take place every 4 years after that.

The Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) is responsible for delivering these elections.


General election

The Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011 introduced fixed term Parliaments to the United Kingdom with elections scheduled on the first Thursday in May of the 5th year after the previous general election.

  • The last general election was held on 8 June 2017.
  • The next general election is scheduled to be held in 2022.

Local by-elections

There are no scheduled by-elections. Local by-elections can take place at any time of year.

    Contact

    0300 303 0345

    Phone: Monday-Friday 8.30am-5.30pm.
    Closed for training Monday 11am-11.30am.

    Elections Team
    Governance and Committee Services
    Floor 2
    Number One Riverside
    Smith Street
    Rochdale OL16 1XU​​

    Key dates for the European Parliament election

    Register to vote: deadline to register is 12 midnight on Tuesday, 7 May 2019.
    Postal vote: deadline to register is 5pm on Wednesday, 8 May 2019.
    Proxy applications: deadline to register is 5pm on Wednesday, 15 May 2019.
    Election day: Thursday, 23 May 2019.