Last Updated: 12 October 2022
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
All the scheduled local elections, eg district, county and parish council elections, are held on the first Thursday in May. The last local elections, for Westmorland and Furness Council and a number of parish council elections, were held on Thursday 5 May 2022.
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.
Westmorland and Furness Council elections
Elections were held on 5 May 2022 to elect 65 Councillors to 33 wards of the Shadow Authority to a new Westmorland and Furness Council.
The Shadow Authority will oversee the planning and preparation for the new unitary council. Councillors will serve a five-year term of office. The first year on a 'Shadow Authority' followed by four years on Westmorland and Furness Council.
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 scheduled district elections were held on 2 May 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.
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 5 May 2022.
Parliamentary general elections
The last UK Parliamentary general election was held on 12 December 2019.
Voting at elections
To be able to vote in any election your name must be included in the Register of Electors.
You will receive a poll card before an election telling you when and where you can go to vote.