Long Melford Parish Council currently has a vacancy for the office of Councillor, which will hopefully be filled by an election to be held on 6th May 2021. Please see the notice accessible via the link below.

Further information about the role of a parish councillor and guidance on standing for election can be found in the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) document Make a Change – Become a Local Councillor, and is also avalaible on the Government’s website by following this link: Become a Councillor.

To stand for election to become a parish councillor a person must be:
● At least 18 years old on the day of their nomination, and
● A British citizen or an eligible Commonwealth citizen, and
must also meet at least one of the following four qualifications:
● They are, and will continue to be, registered as a local government elector for the parish in which they wish to stand from the day of their nomination onwards
● They have occupied as owner or tenant any land or other premises in the parish area during the whole of the 12 months before the day of their nomination and the day of election
● Their main or only place of work during the 12 months prior to the day of their nomination and the day of election has been in the parish area
● They have lived in the parish area of within three miles of it during the whole of the 12 months before the day of their nomination and the day of election

A person cannot stand for election as a parish councillor if, at the time of their nomination and on the day of the election, any of the following are true:
● They are employed by the parish council or hold a paid office under the parish council (including joint boards or committees)
● They are the subject of a bankruptcy restrictions order or interim order
● They have been sentenced to a term of imprisonment of three months or more (including a suspended sentence), without the option of a fine, during the five years before polling day
● They have been disqualified under the Representation of the People Act 1983 (which covers corrupt or illegal electoral practices and offences relating to donations) or under the Audit Commission Act 1998
● They have been disqualified from standing for election to a local authority following a decision of the First-tier Tribunal (formerly the Adjudication Panel for England or Wales)