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Local elections 2023

There will be a full parish election in Darrington on Thursday 4 May 2023.


The last election of parish councillors was in 2019.

May 2023 will be the first time that vote identification will be required to be shown by all voters at a polling station.  This has been introduced under the Elections Act 2022.


If you are thinking of becoming a parish councillor and want to serve your local community click here for more information on the nomination process.

Timetable - Key Dates

How to stand

Click here for more information on the nomination process.


Qualifications for standing for election

To be able to stand as a candidate at a parish council election you must:


  1. Be at least 18 years old

  2. Be a British citizen, an eligible Commonwealth citizen or a citizen of any member state of the European Union, and

  3. Meet at least one of the following four qualifications:

  • You are, and will continue to be, registered as a local government elector for the parish in which you wish to stand from the day of your nomination onwards.

  • You have occupied as owner or tenant any land or other premises in the parish area during the whole of the 12 months before the day of your nomination and the day of election.

  • Your main or only place of work during the 12 months prior to the day of your nomination and the day of election has been in the parish area.

  • You have lived in the parish area or within three miles of it during the whole of the 12 months before the day of your nomination and the day of election.


Apart from meeting the qualifications for standing for election, you must also not be disqualified.  You cannot be a candidate if at the time of your nomination and on polling day:


  1. You are employed by the parish council or hold a paid office under the parish council (including joint boards or committees).

  2. You are the subject of a bankruptcy restrictions order or interim order.

  3. You have been sentenced to a term of imprisonment of three months or more (including a suspended sentence), without the option of a fine, during the five years before polling day.

  4. You have been disqualified under the Representation of the People Act 1983 (which covers corrupt or illegal electoral practices).

  5. You are subject to the notification requirement of or under Part 2 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003, and the ordinary period allowed for making an appeal or application in respect of the order or notification has passed.


A person may also be disqualified from being or becoming a member of certain authorities following a conviction under the Localism Act 2011.

For more information on the nomination process, click here.

For Wakefield Council's Guidance Note about who can stand for election, click here.

To view Wakefield Council's Published Parish Notice of Election click here.

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