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Not much time to stand for election as MP

Those interested in standing in the West Worcestershire Parliamentary election are being urged to put their name forward quickly.

 

Parliament has agreed to call a snap General Election to be held on Thursday, 8 June 2017. Due to the short timetable between now and polling day, there is not much time for potential candidates to submit their nomination.

 

The notice officially triggering the countdown to the election for the West Worcestershire Parliamentary seat will be published on Friday, 5 May 2017.

 

Nominations will then be accepted from Monday, 8 May 2017. By law they cannot be accepted before this date. Would-be candidates will then only have until 4pm on Thursday, 11 May 2017 to submit their nomination papers to the Electoral Services Team in Brunel House, Portland Road, Malvern.

 

To stand for election as an MP candidates must be over 18, a British, Irish or Commonwealth citizen, who does not require permission to enter or remain in the UK or already has permission to do so. As well as a completed set of nomination forms, a deposit of £500 is also required. Certain groups of people including serving police officers and members of the armed forces cannot stand.

 

People can stand as an independent or can represent a political party but must go through their selection process. Those interested in representing a political party are urged to contact the relevant local association.

 

Nomination papers and more information can be found by visiting www.electoralcommission.org.uk/i-am-a/candidate-or-agent/uk-parliamentary-general-election-great-britain

 

Matthew Box, Electoral Services Manager for Malvern Hills District Council, said: “The calling of the General Election at short notice means there’s a very tight timetable for nominations. It’s the candidate’s responsibility to ensure their nomination forms are correctly filled in and handed to us by the deadline so I’d urge anyone considering standing to move quickly.”

 

For more information call the Electoral Services team on 01684 862200 or email elections@malvernhills.gov.uk