You must be nominated to stand as a candidate.

Nomination packs for anyone wishing to stand in the Batley & Spen UK Parliamentary by-election to be held on Thursday 1 July 2021 are available from Electoral Services. Contact Electoral Services.

A pre-nomination briefing with one of the Electoral Services Managers is available to potential candidates on request. Contact Electoral Services if you wish to arrange a briefing or want to discuss the nomination process.

Electronic checking of nomination papers can be submitted prior to the nomination period below. This is explained in the Covid-19 Information Sheet included in the nomination pack.

Further information about becoming a candidate at the elections is available from the Electoral Commission: Candidates and agents at local elections in England

What the elections are

  • UK Parliamentary by-election in the Batley & Spen constituency

Criteria to be nominated to stand as a candidate

You must meet one of the statutory qualifications:

  • You are, and will continue to be, registered as a local government elector for the local authority area in which you wish to stand from the day of your nomination onwards.
  • You have occupied as owner or tenant any land or other premises in the local authority area during the whole of the 12 months before the day of your nomination and the day of election.
  • Your main or only place of work during the 12 months prior to the day of your nomination and the day of election has been in the local authority area.
  • You have lived in the local authority area during the whole of the 12 months before the day of your nomination and the day of election.


The Government has confirmed that political parties, candidates, agents and campaigners can undertake COVID-secure campaigning activity for the 1 July by-election.

More information: The Government's approach to elections and referendums during COVID-19

What is in a candidate nomination pack

The pack includes:

  • your nomination papers
  • information about the election, including deadlines, nomination submission rules and a timetable of key events.

Your nomination papers

Candidates should read the accompanying notes in the candidate's pack carefully before completion of the forms to avoid unnecessary delays.

The nomination form is a legal document and information entered can be challenged in a court of law.

Submit your nomination papers

Final submission of nomination papers must be delivered in person to:

  • Address Electoral Services, Kirkgate Buildings, Byram Street, Huddersfield, HD1 1BY

Papers will be accepted between 10am and 4pm on these dates:

  • Tuesday 1 June 2021
  • Wednesday 2 June 2021
  • Thursday 3 June 2021
  • Friday 4 June 2021

The last time for receipt is 4pm on Monday 7 June 2021

Book an appointment

Due to social distancing requirements, you are strongly advised to make an appointment.

Contact Electoral Services to book an appointment, stating the number of nomination papers to be submitted.

What a councillor does

The aim of a local councillor is to make their local area a better place to live and work.

The role of a councillor is valuable to local communities and has a broad range of responsibilities. A large part of a councillor role is the work they do at neighbourhood level, bringing together individuals and agencies in their ward, from the public, private and voluntary community sectors.

They act as community leaders to encourage participation in local life. A ward councillor can gather people's views and represent them at council meetings. This is a way of ensuring that service providers are accountable to service users, deliver quality and value for money.

More about being a councillor:

Attend a briefing session

A candidates' briefing session takes place after the close of nominations.

At the session the Returning Officer, Electoral Services Manager and the Police share guidance and information about a range of matters including:

  • polling stations
  • postal vote opening and checking procedures
  • verification and count processes
  • integrity and security of the election.
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