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Your next election or referendum

UK Parliament (general) election

The next general election is scheduled to be held on Thursday, 12 December 2019.

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.

In the UK Parliament (general) election you're voting for somebody to represent you in Parliament as a Member of Parliament (MP), in a parliamentary constituency.

Election notices

Local elections

The next local election is scheduled to be held on Thursday, 7 May 2020.

Local elections are held on the first Thursday of May every 4 years. Rochdale holds elections by thirds, meaning a third of seats are contested each year for 3 years, followed by a year when no elections are held.

People will vote 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 takes decisions on how local services are run. Your local councillor will represent your views for the ward (area) you live in.

Greater Manchester Mayoral elections

The next election for Greater Manchester Mayor is scheduled to be held on Thursday, 7 May 2020.

Greater Manchester Mayoral elections take place every 4 years.

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

European Parliament elections

The next European Parliament election is scheduled to be held in 2024.

The last election for the UK to participate took place on Thursday, 23 May 2019.

European Parliament elections are held every 5 years. In a European Parliamentary election, you're voting for somebody to represent you in the European Parliament as a Member of the European Parliament (MEP)

Local by-elections

There are no scheduled by-elections.

Local by-elections can take place at any time of year.


There are no scheduled referendums.

The last referendum was held on Thursday, 23 June 2016.

In a referendum you're voting on a single question.


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 general election dates

Deadline for list of candidates
Nominations close at 4pm, published at 5pm, 14 November 2019

Last date to register to vote
12 midnight, 26 November 2019

Receipt of postal vote applications
5pm, 26 November 2019

Receipt of proxy vote applications
5pm, 4 December 2019

Election day