The next local elections will be held on Thursday 4th May 2023.  There will be elections in 179 District Councils, 33 Metropolitan Councils and 46 Unitary Authorities.  Use our guide to the 2023 election areas to check whether there are elections in your area. We’ve included a list of the Facebook pages of registered independent parties and other groups.

Enter your postcode in to find out whether there is an election in your area and who’s standing.

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If you are interested in supporting candidates in the local elections, or spreading the word on social media, please take part in our Network Survey by clicking here.  The survey asks what’s important to you and how you’ like to get involved.  At the end you can opt in to receive information about candidates in your wider area.  Our aim is to help people support candidates in their district, borough, county or city.  We will also share survey reports with candidates, so your views will be known.

Click here to see a list of Independent and local parties as of 3rd April 2023.

How Councils Work

Local Councils are responsible for decisions about education, health, local infrastructure, housing, planning, refuse and the environment.  In most places there are two tiers of local government.  In the shires these are typically County Councils and District or Borough Councils.  In cities or metropolitan areas there may be a City Council and local Borough Councils.  There are also currently 58 Unitary Authority areas where there is a single layer of local government; four more areas will be forming Unitary Authorities in 2023.

Local Councils are overseen by elected Councillors.  The election cycle varies by area.  Once elected Councillors are supposed to represent the interests of all residents and businesses.

Independent Councillors

In addition to Councillors from the main Westminster Parties there are a large number of Independent and Green Councillors represented by the Local Government Associations Independent Group.  At the time of writing (September 2022) the LGA Independent Group had listed 35 councils across England and Wales with a Leader from their Group and 34 councils where group members are are part of the administration (i.e. in a coalition with shared leadership arrangements).  LGA Independent Group members have been elected to represent local people in 307 authorities across England and Wales (92% of councils in England and Wales).

A full list of these Councils is available here:

Getting Involved

The easiest way to get involved if something concerns you is to contact your local Councillor.  They may refer you to a relevant colleague or department.

If you want to support a Councillor in their election campaign you can join a local party or offer to help at election times.  Getting to know your local Councillor, and your local MP, may be helpful further down the line.  Parties will often have meetings or discussion forums where you can make your views known.  It may be that there is one dominant or winning party in your area; you could be ‘pragmatic’ and join them.  To join a Westminster Parties you should contact their local constituency or association office.  Whilst these tend to be structured on the basis of parliamentary constituencies, they are responsible for local election campaigns.  These offices are different to the MPs constituency office.

If you do not want to support a Westminster Party we can help you find a local or independent candidate to support.  In many areas there are Independent Candidates, some of whom belong to local groups or parties, or to the national Independent Network.  We published a guide to independent candidates in advance of the election in May 2022 and plan to do so once again in 2023.

We are currently conducting research about how people decide who to support and will publish this prior to the May elections. 

May 2023 Election Guide

The tables below list where elections will be taking place on Thursday 4th May 2023.

District Council Elections
Metropolitan District Elections
Unitary Authority Elections

District Council Elections

Most District Councils elect all Councillors every four years. Exceptions to this are shown below. “By thirds” means a third of seats are contested every year apart from County council election years.

BuckinghamshireAylesbury Vale
South Bucks
CambridgeshireCambridgeBy thirds 
East Cambridgeshire
CarlisleBy thirds
South LakelandBy thirds
DerbyshireAmber ValleyBy thirds
Derbyshire Dales
High Peak
North East Derbyshire
South Derbyshire
DevonEast Devon
ExeterBy thirds
Mid Devon
North Devon
South Hams
West Devon
East SussexEastbourne
EssexBasildonBy thirds
BrentwoodBy thirds
Castle PointBy thirds
ColchesterBy thirds
Epping ForestBy thirds
HarlowBy thirds
RochfordBy thirds
Forest of Dean
HampshireBasingstoke and DeaneBy thirds
East Hampshire
EastleighBy thirds
HartBy thirds
HavantBy thirds
New Forest
RushmoorBy thirds
Test Valley
WinchesterBy thirds
HertfordshireBroxbourneBy thirds
East Hertfordshire
North HertfordshireBy thirds
St AlbansBy thirds
StevenageBy thirds
Three RiversBy thirds
WatfordBy thirds
Welwyn HatfieldBy thirds
Canterbury City
Folkestone and Hythe
MaidstoneBy thirds
Tonbridge and Malling
Tunbridge WellsBy thirds
LancashireBurnleyBy thirds
ChorleyBy thirds
HyndburnBy thirds
Lancaster City
PendleBy thirds
PrestonBy thirds
Ribble Valley
RossendaleBy thirds
South Ribble
West LancashireBy thirds
Hinckley and Bosworth
North West Leicestershire
Oadby and Wigston
East Lindsey
LincolnBy thirds
North Kesteven
South Holland
South Kesteven
West Lindsey
Great Yarmouth
King’s Lynn and West Norfolk
North Norfolk
NorwichBy thirds
South Norfolk
North YorkshireCravenBy thirds
DaventryBy thirds
East Northamptonshire
South Northamptonshire
Newark and Sherwood
OxfordshireCherwellBy thirds
South Oxfordshire
Vale Of White Horse
West OxfordshireBy thirds
Somerset West and Taunton
South Somerset
StaffordshireCannock ChaseBy thirds
East Staffordshire
South Staffordshire
Staffordshire Moorlands
TamworthBy thirds
East Suffolk
IpswichBy thirds
Mid Suffolk
West Suffolk
SurreyElmbridgeBy thirds
Epsom and Ewell
Mole ValleyBy thirds
Reigate and BansteadBy thirds
RunnymedeBy thirds
Surrey Heath
TandridgeBy thirds
WokingBy thirds
WarwickshireNorth Warwickshire
RugbyBy thirds
Stratford upon Avon
West SussexArun
CrawleyBy thirds
Mid Sussex
WorthingBy thirds
Malvern Hills
RedditchBy thirds
WorcesterBy thirds
Wyre Forest
District Council Elections 2023

Metropolitan District Elections

All Metropolitan Districts elect Councillors by thirds.

CountyMetropolitan District
Greater ManchesterBolton
St Helens
South YorkshireBarnsley
Tyne and WearGateshead
Newcastle Upon Tyne
North Tyneside
South Tyneside
West MidlandsCoventry
West YorkshireBradford
Metropolitan District Elections 2023

Unitary Authority Elections

Most Unitary Authorities elect all Councillors every four years. Exceptions to this are shown below. “By thirds” means a third of seats are contested every year apart from County council election years.

CountyUnitary AuthorityNotes
Central Bedfordshire
BerkshireBracknell Forest
ReadingBy thirds
SloughBy thirds
West Berkshire
Windsor and Maidenhead
WokinghamBy thirds
BuckinghamshireMilton KeynesBy thirds
CambridgeshirePeterboroughBy thirds
CheshireCheshire East
Cheshire West and Chester
HaltonBy thirds
County DurhamDarlington
HartlepoolBy thirds
DerbyshireDerbyBy thirds
DevonPlymouthBy thirds
DorsetBournemouth, Christchurch and Poole
East Riding of YorkshireEast Riding of Yorkshire
HullBy thirds
East SussexBrighton and Hove
EssexSouthendBy thirds
ThurrockBy thirds
GloucestershireSouth Gloucestershire
HampshirePortsmouthBy thirds
SouthamptonBy thirds
LancashireBlackburn with DarwBy thirds
LincolnshireNorth East LincolnshiBy thirds
North Lincolnshire
North YorkshireMiddlesbrough
Redcar and Cleveland
ShropshireTelford and The Wrekin
SomersetBath and North East Somerset
North Somerset
WiltshireSwindonBy thirds
Unitary Authority Elections 2023

Independent and Local parties in England

The tables below list all registered independent and local parties in England as of 3rd April 2023.

Independent parties
Resident group parties
Other local parties
Other parties

Independent parties

Those marked with a * are based in a district holding local elections in May 2023

Ashfield Independents*
Ashford Independent*
Ashtead Independents*
Barnsley Independent Group*
Basingstoke & Deane Independents*
Belper Independents*
Boston Independent*
Brighton & Hove Independents*
Burnley and Padiham independent Party*
Canvey Island Independent Party*
Castle Baynard Independents Party
Chase Community Independents Group*
Chesterfield And North Derbyshire Independents (CANDI)*
Chichester and Harbour Independents*
Christchurch Independents*
City Independents*
Derwentside Independents
East Cleveland Independent*
East Lindsey Independent Group*
Failsworth Independent Party*
Fareham Independent Group
Garforth and Swillington Independents Party*
Hampshire Independents*
Handforth ‘Ratepayers’ Association (Independent)*
Havering Boro Independent Group
Hextable Independent*
Hornchurch and Upminster Independents
Horwich & Blackrod First Independents*
Independent Alliance (Kent)*
Independent Green Voice*
Independent Kidderminster Hospital and Health Concern*
Independent Loughton Residents Association*
Independent Network*
Independent Sovereign Democratic Britain*
Independent Union*
Independents for Frome
Ingleby Barwick Independent Society*
Kingston Independent Residents Group
Leigh & Atherton Independents*
Lincolnshire Independents Lincolnshire First*
Liverpool Community Independents*
Lydiate and Maghull Community Independents*
Lytham St Annes Independents*
Malvern Hills Independents*
Mansfield Independents*
Merton Park Ward Independent Residents
Middleton Independents Party*
Morecambe Bay Independents*
Morley Borough Independents*
Newcastle Independents*
Nottingham Independents*
Portishead Independents*
Portsmouth Independent Party*
Putting Crewe First, Independent Residents Group.*
Rainham Independent Residents Association
Rother Association of Independent Councillors*
Runnymede Independent Residents’ Group*
Rushcliffe Independents*
Sandown Independents
Save Our Beeston and Holbeck Independents*
Skelmersdale Independent Party*
South Holland Independents*
St. Neots Independent Group
Stafford Borough Independents*
Standish Independents*
Swale Independents*
Tewkesbury and Twyning Independents*
Thanet Independents*
The Borough First Independents*
The Independent Choice*
The Maldon District Independent Group*
The People’s Independent Party*
Thornaby Independent Association*
Thurrock Independents*
Tytherington Ward Independents*
Wakefield & District Independents*
West Suffolk Independents*
Westhoughton First Independents*
Weybridge & St. George’s Independents*
Whitby Area Independents
Wickford Independents*
Wigan Independents*
Winchester Independents*
Wycombe Independents
Independent parties

Resident group parties

Those marked with a * are based in a district holding local elections in May 2023

Basildon Community Residents Party*
Elm Park Residents’ Association
Esher Residents Association*
Ewell Court Residents’ Association*
Farnham Residents*
Formby Residents Action Group*
Halstead Residents’ Association*
Harold Wood Hill Park Residents Association
Havering Residents Association
Henley Residents Group*
Hinchley Wood Residents Association*
Hornchurch Residents Association
Nork Residents’ Association*
Old Windsor Residents Association*
Oxted & Limpsfield Residents Group*
Residents Associations of Epsom and Ewell*
Residents for Guildford and Villages*
Residents for Uttlesford*
Residents of Wilmslow*
Residents’ Association of Cuddington*
Rochford District Residents*
Royal Tunbridge Wells Residents Party*
Solihull and Meriden Residents Association*
Stoneleigh and Auriol Residents’ Association*
Swanscombe and Greenhithe Residents’ Association*
Tandridge Residents Group*
Tattenham & Preston Residents*
Thames Ditton / Weston Green Residents’ Association*
The Molesey Residents Association*
Upminster and Cranham Residents Association
West Windsor Residents Association*
Whitnash Residents Association*
Wythall Residents’ Association*
Resident group parties

Other local parties

Active For Plymouth
Alderley Edge First
Alliance for London
Andover Alliance
Birmingham Worker
Bolton For Change
Campaign Against Pedestrianisation of Oxford Street
Change for Plymouth
Chislehurst Matters
Coventry Citizens Party
Democracy for Chorley
Devizes Guardians
East Devon Alliance
Edgeley Community Association
Edlington and Warmsworth First
Essex Independence
Farnworth and Kearsley First Party
Guildford Greenbelt Group
Harlow Alliance Party
Hatfield DN7 First
Hersham Village Society
Holland On Sea & Eastcliff Matters
It’s Our County (Herefordshire)
Let London Live
Little Lever & Darcy Lever First
Local First
London Real Party
Mebyon Kernow – The Party for Cornwall
Mexborough First
Northampton – Save Our Public Services
One Kearsley
Our West Lancashire
Peterborough First
Poole Engage Party
Proud of Oldham & Saddleworth
Radcliffe First
Redbridge Trade Union Party
Seaham Community Party
Skegness urban district society
South Devon Alliance
South Woodham Ferrers Council Taxpayers Association
Stockport Fights Austerity No to Cuts
Temple and Farringdon Together
Tendring First
The North East Party
The Party for Poole People Ltd.
The Walton Society
Tunbridge Wells Alliance
Vote Roehampton
Welwyn Garden City Party
Wessex Regionalists
Whitehill & Bordon Community Party
Yorkshire Party
Other local parties

Other parties

A Better Way to Govern
Abolish The Welsh Assembly Party
All 4 Freedoms
Alliance EPP (European People’s Party) UK
Alliance for Democracy and Freedom
Alliance For Green Socialism
Alliance For Local Living (ALL)
Animal Welfare Party
Apolitical Democrats
Blue Revolution
Breakthrough Party
Britain First
British Democratic Party
British National Party
British Resistance
British Unionist Party – B.U.P.
Centreground Party
Charter Party
Christian Democratic Party
Christian Party “Proclaiming Christ’s Lordship”
Christian Peoples Alliance
Church of the Militant Elvis
Citizen’s First
Citizens Action Party
Climate Party
Co-operative Party
Common Good
Common Sense Party
Communist Party of Britain
Communities United Party
Community Campaign (Hart)
Community First
Count Binface Party
Democratic Liberation Party
Direct Democracy (Communist) Party
English Constitution Party
English Democrats
English National Party
English Parliamentary Party
Five Star Direct Democracy Party
For Future’s Sake – Freedom Alliance
Foundation Party
Freedom Party
Heritage Party
Interactive Democracy
Joint Communities
Justice for Men & Boys
Justice Party
Left Unity
Libertarian Party
Link Party
Local Alliance
Matriarchal Party United Kingdom Great Britain
Mercian Party
Motherworld Party
Movement for Active Democracy (M.A.D.)
National Flood Prevention Party
National Front
National Health Action Party
National Housing Party United Kingdom
National Identity Networking Gang
National Liberal Party – True Liberalism
Net Tax Payers Consent Party
New Parliament Party
Northern Heart
Northern Independence Party
Nova Forte
Old Swan Against the Cuts
Our Island
Our Precious World Party
People Against Bureaucracy Group
Political Unity for Progress
Populist Party
Progress and Reform Party
Psychedelic Movement
Real Democracy Party
Rebooting Democracy
Reform 2000 Party
Reform Derby
Reform UK
Rejoin EU
Restoration Party
Revolutionary Communist Party Britain (Marxist-Leninist)
Save Us Now
Science Party
Scottish Family Party
Shared Ground
Social Democratic Party
Socialist Alternative
Socialist Equality Party
Socialist Labour Party
Speak Political
Taking The Initiative Party
The Autonomous Party
The Common People
The Constitution and Reform Party
The Democratic Party
The Entertainment Party
The Justice & Anti-Corruption Party
The Liberal Party
The Local Group
The Moderate Group
The Motoring Party
The Official Monster Raving Loony Party
The Peace Party – Non-violence, Justice, Environment
The Pensioner’s Party
The Peoples Party For Better Government
The Protest Party
The Reclaim Party
The Republican Socialist Party
The Resume Party (GB)
The Sensible Party
The Socialist Party of Great Britain
The Spitfire Party
The Universal Good Party
The Whig Party
Tomorrow’s World Order
Touch Love Worldwide (UK)
Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition
Transhumanist Party
True & Fair Party
True Democracy Party
UK Independence Party (UKIP)
UK Meritocracy Party
UK Voice
Unity For Peace And Socialism
Vanguard Party
Vectis Party
Veterans and People’s Party
Volt United Kingdom
Vox Pop
Women’s Equality Party
Workers Party of Britain
Workers Revolutionary Party
Yes 2 Europe
Zero Tolerance Policing ex Chief
Other parties

Facebook pages of registered independent parties and other groups

PartyFacebook page
The Democratic Network
Ashfield Independents
Ashford Independent
Ashtead Independents
Barnsley Independent Group
Basildon Community Residents Party
Basingstoke & Deane Independents
Brackla Independents
Bridgend Town Independents
Brighton & Hove Independents (Media/news company not political)
Burnley and Padiham independent Party
Canvey Island Independent Party
Chase Community Independents Group
Chelmsford Independents
Chichester and Harbour Independents
Christchurch Independents
Derwentside Independents
Dunstable Independents
Esher Residents Association
Ewell Court Residents’ Association
Failsworth Independent Party
Farnham Residents
Garforth and Swillington Independents Party
Halstead Residents’ Association
Hampshire Independents
Handforth ‘Ratepayers’ Association (Independent)
Henley Residents Group
Horwich & Blackrod First Independents
Independent – Working for East Leake
Independent Alliance (Kent)
Independent Loughton Residents Association
Independent Network
Independent Union
Independents for Berwick hills and pallister ward
Independents for Frome
Independents for Monkton Ward
Independents for Newark
Independents for St Ives
Independent’s for the Upper Afan Valley
Ingleby Barwick Independent Society
Leigh & Atherton Independents
Lincolnshire Independents Lincolnshire First
Liverpool Community Independents
Lydiate and Maghull Community Independents
Lytham St Annes Independents
Malvern Hills Independents
Mansfield Independents
Middleton Independents Party
Morecambe Bay Independents
Morley Borough Independents
Newcastle Independents
Nork Residents’ Association
Nottingham Independents
Nottingham Independents for Sherwood Ward (Sherwood, Carrington & Edwards Lane Estate)
Old Windsor Residents Association
Oldham Heart
Oxted & Limpsfield Residents Group
Portishead Independents
Portsmouth Independent Party
Putting Crewe First, Independent Residents Group.
Rainhill Independents
Residents Associations of Epsom and Ewell
Residents for Guildford and Villages
Residents of Wilmslow
Rochford District Residents
Rother Association of Independent Councillors
Royal Tunbridge Wells Residents Party
Royton Independents
Runnymede Independent Residents’ Group
Rushcliffe Independents
Saddleworth Independents
Save Our Beeston and Holbeck Independents
Skelmersdale Independent Party
South Holland Independents
South Kesteven Independents
Stafford Borough Independents
Stone Independents
Stoneleigh and Auriol Residents’ Association
Sussex Residents Association
Sutton Independent Residents
Swale Independents
Swanscombe and Greenhithe Residents’ Association
Telford Independents
The Borough first Independents
The Independent Choice
The Maldon District Independent Group
The People’s Independent Party
Thornaby Independent Association
Thurrock Independents
Understanding Salisbury Independents – Fisherton and Bemerton Village
Wakefield & District Independents
Wells Independents
West Windsor Residents Association
Westhoughton First Independents
Whitnash Residents Association
Wickford Independents
Wigan Independents
WWRA Councillors Clewer & Dedworth
Wythall Residents’ Association
Facebook pages of registered independent parties and other groups