Elections overview

Last Updated: 24 March 2021

The Returning Officer for South Lakeland is responsible for carrying out all elections, including:

  • district, county and parish council elections
  • parliamentary elections for the Member of Parliament for the Westmorland and Lonsdale constituency
  • elections for the Members of the European Parliament (for South Lakeland's part of the North West Region)
  • various referendum and parish polls

Local elections

All the scheduled local elections, eg district, county and parish council elections, are held on the first Thursday in May. The last local election was held on Thursday 2 May 2019.

By-elections can be held at any time to fill a vacancy if, for instance, a councillor resigns.

District, county and parish councillors are all elected for a four-year term and can stand for re-election when their term of office ends. They may resign at any time during their term of office and a by-election may be held to fill the vacancy.

South Lakeland District Council elections

There are 51 councillors representing 18 wards. Approximately one third of all district councillors retire each year, except every fourth year when Cumbria County Council elections are held. The last district election was held on 2 May 2019. 

District Council election results 2019

Cumbria County Council elections

Cumbria County Council have 18 councillors representing 18 county electoral divisions in South Lakeland. All county councillors retire at the same time unless one resigns before their term of office ends. The last county council elections were held on 4 May 2017.

Your county councillors

Parish and town council elections

They follow the cycle of district council elections. All councillors on a particular parish council retire at the same time. The number of councillors varies on each parish or town council. The last parish and town council elections were held on 2 May 2019.

Parish council election results 2019

Parliamentary general elections

The last UK Parliamentary general election was held on 12 December 2019.

Your Members of Parliament (MPs)

Voting at elections

To be able to vote in any election your name must be included in the Register of Electors.

Register to vote

You will receive a poll card before an election telling you when and where you can go to vote.

If you're unable to get to your polling station you may be able to apply for a postal vote or apply for a proxy vote.