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European Parliament elections

Elections for the European Parliament are held every 5 years. The election for the UK to participate took place on Thursday, 23 May 2019.

In the North West more than 5 million people had 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.

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.
  •  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.


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