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Question: Can anyone become a councillor?

Asked by chris to Alastair, Elaine, Jane, Sandra, Ted on 27 Sep 2010 in Categories: .

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  • Photo: Elaine MurrayElaine Murray answered on 24 Sep 2010:

    Yes – so long as the electorate vote them in


  • Photo: Ted BrownTed Brown answered on 26 Sep 2010:

    Chris, the short answer is that almost anyone can become a councillor if they are 18 years of age or over, are a British, Commonwealth or European Union citizen and are on the electoral register.

    You can’t be a councillor if you work for the relevant council in a politically restricted post, are legally bankrupt or have been surcharged in excess of £2,000, or have served a prison sentence (including suspended sentences) of three months or more in the five years before an election. You can also be disqualified under legislation relating to corrupt or illegal practices


  • Photo: Sandra McDowallSandra McDowall answered on 26 Sep 2010:

    Yes, if you are over 18, Chris, and can convince the people that you are worthy of their vote.


  • Photo: Alastair WittsAlastair Witts answered on 26 Sep 2010:

    Almost anyone. You have to be over 18 (I think), a British citizen (Irish too) but some people are excluded, like prisoners in jail and people who have been certified insane. Yes, I know, you might think a lot of councillors are a bit crazy, but we’ve not been certified by a psychiatrist, even if you think we should be!


  • Photo: Jane MaitlandJane Maitland answered on 27 Sep 2010:

    there is a long and complicated answer, but here is a short version –
    if you are 18, and one of ,
    *registered as an elector,
    *working or
    *resident in the relevant council area,
    for the last 12 months, you can stand as a councillor,

    The tricky and most important bit is to persuade sufficent people to vote for you.