Preston local elections to see 20 seats contested in May

Posted on - 28th March, 2018 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Politics, Preston Council, Preston News
Counting at the 2017 local elections in Preston for Lancashire County Council
Counting at the 2017 local elections in Preston

Prestonians will go to the polls in May for the latest round of local elections in the city.

Seats across the city are up for election as Labour look to retain their majority at the Town Hall.

Greyfriars ward will see two councillors elected as the deputy leader of the Conservative group Damien Moore steps down after being elected as the MP for Southport in last year’s general election.

Current council leader councillor Peter Rankin has confirmed he will not seek re-election as he continues to battle a brain tumour following surgery just before Christmas.

Cutting the ribbon at the official opening of the Preston Markets. Pic: Tony Worrall
Cllr Rankin, second from the right, cutting the ribbon at the official opening of the Preston Markets. Pic: Tony Worrall

He was elected to the Tulketh ward in 2008.

These are the wards across the city where elections will take place on Thursday 3 May in:

– Brookfield
– Cadley
– College
– Fishwick
– Garrison
– Greyfriars
– Ingol
– Larches
– Lea
– Moor Park
– Preston Rural North
– Ribbleton
– Riversway
– Sharoe Green
– St Georges
– St Matthews
– Town Centre
– Tulketh
– University

No elections will take place in the Ashton, Deepdale or Preston Rural East wards.

This is due to be the final set of elections to take place under the current ward boundaries of the city council.

An ‘all-out’ election is expected in 2019 as a new set of ward boundaries comes into force for the city.

Read more: What’s the difference between the city council and the county council?

How can I become a councillor?

Nominations are currently open for anyone to stand as a councillor in the elections.

You can collect a nomination pack from the Town Hall or download it from the Preston City Council website.

You must put your nomination form in at the Town Hall by 4pm on Friday 6 April.

How can I register to vote?

You must register to vote by Tuesday 17 April, visit the register to vote section of the council website.

For a postal vote you need to apply by 5pm on Wednesday 18 April, here’s details on how to apply.

For a proxy vote (someone voting on your behalf) the deadline is 5pm on Tuesday 24 April, and here’s how to apply.

Who controls the council at the moment?

Preston City Council has a Labour administration, they control 33 seats, the Conservatives have 19 and the Liberal Democrats have five.

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