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2017 UK Parliamentary Election

Derbyshire Dales Constituency [PDF 521KB] – covering the whole District of the Derbyshire Dales and parts of Amber Valley District Council.

  • Candidates and agents briefing for anyone planning to stand for election 3 May 4pm, Reception Meeting Room, Town Hall, Matlock
  • Friday 5 May – notice of election and beginning of purdah
  • Nominations window – Between 10am and 4pm on Monday 8 May and daily until 4pm Thursday 11 May.
  • Register to vote deadline – 22 May (Midnight)
  • New postal vote applications – 5pm 23 May
  • New proxy vote applications – 5pm 31 May

If you are interested in standing as a candidate in the UK General Election on 8 June 2017 you will first need to find out if you are eligible.

Standing as a candidate

To stand as a candidate in a UK Parliamentary General Election you need to be at least 18 years old and:

  • a British citizen
  • a citizen of the Republic of Ireland
  • a citizen of a commonwealth country who does not require leave to enter or remain in the UK, or has indefinite leave to remain in the UK

Who is disqualified from standing as an MP?

Certain groups of people are not allowed to stand, these include:

  • members of the police forces
  • members of the armed forces
  • civil servants and judges
  • people who are subject of a bankruptcy restrictions order in England or Wales or a debt relief restrictions order
  • people who have been adjudged bankrupt in Northern Ireland
  • people who have had their estate sequestrated in Scotland

Declaring your candidacy

Once Parliament has dissolved you can declare that you are a candidate for election, or others can declare your candidacy. The timing of this declaration will have an impact on your spending limits and entitle you to a free copy of the electoral register.


In order to become a 'validly nominated' candidate, which means your name will appear on a ballot paper, you need to submit a completed set of nomination forms together with a deposit of £500 to the (Acting) Returning Officer before 4pm on the deadline day for nominations.

A nomination pack is available to download here.

Election agent

Every candidate must have an election agent (if you wish you may act as your own agent). This is the person responsible in law for the proper management, particularly in terms of finances, of your election campaign.

Further information is available on the electoral commission web site. Or come back to this section for more information as we move closer to the election date.


Introduction to Elections [PDF 56KB]
Can you stand for election? [PDF 69KB]
Standing as an Independent Candidate [PDF 134KB]
Standing as a Party Candidate [PDF 147KB]