Councillors and committees: Councillors
How do I become a councillor?
There are two main ways to stand as a councillor, you could:
- Represent a political party (after a formal selection process)
- Stand in your own right as an "independent"
Many people choose to stand in local elections as a representative of a political party. But individuals can stand in their own right as an "independent". Where people stand on behalf of a political party they will have gone through a formal selection process.
To stand as a councillor in South Tyneside they:
- Must be aged 18 or over and live or work in the borough, or own property here
- Must not work for South Tyneside Council or hold a politically restricted post at another council
- Must not be bankrupt or have been sentenced to prison for three months or more in the past five years
- Must be nominated and seconded and supported by eight other people from the ward they want to stand in
Nomination papers can only be accepted for a limited period after the official notice of election has been published. If you would like a nomination paper and an election timetable please contact the elections office.