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4. Becoming a Councillor

Becoming a Councillor is a great way to try and make a difference in your local community.

Councillors play a vital role in leading and representing the community, participating in decision making and scrutinising the effect of decisions.

Stockport is divided into 21 wards, each of which is represented by three councillors. Each ward currently consists of approximately 10,000 electors. One of the main tasks for each Councillor is to represent the interests of their electors.

As well as representing local electors, many Councillors represent the Council itself on outside bodies such as the Greater Manchester Scrutiny Panel and local voluntary organisations.

If you're considering becoming a Councillor, view the Local Government Association's guide (PDF 236Kb), or visit GOV.UK - become a Councillor.

Once you've decided to go ahead with your attempts to become a Councillor, the first thing is to check whether you are legally eligible.

You must be:

  • registered as an elector within the borough or have lived, worked or occupied a property in Stockport in the previous 12 months to the election date
  • a British citizen or citizen of the Republic of Ireland
  • at least 18 years old on the day of your nomination

and must not:

  • be a Stockport Council employee (including a teacher in a LA maintained school) or have a job which is politically restricted
  • have been sentenced to a prison term of three months or more within the previous five years

The electoral commission website provides further information.

Find out more about becoming a local Councillor