Local elections on 4th May 2023

Following the Local Government Boundary Commission’s review of the council’s wards, the number of wards in Liverpool City Council will increase from 30 to 64 at the elections on Thursday 4th May 2023.

At these elections, councillors will be elected to represent all 64 wards across the city made up of:

  • 3 three-councillor wards
  • 15 two-councillor wards
  • 46 one-councillor wards 

Standing as a candidate

A briefing for candidates and agents will be held on Monday 13th March 2023 where further information on standing as a candidate will be provided and nomination packs can be collected. If you would like to attend, please email elections@liverpool.gov.uk

If you are interested in standing as a candidate but cannot attend the briefing, please email elections@liverpool.gov.uk. Alternatively, you may wish to visit the Electoral Commission website.

No deposit is required to stand as a candidate in the local elections.

Who can stand?

To stand for election as a councillor you must be:

  • 18 years old on the day of your nomination
  • a British citizen, EU citizen or a Commonwealth citizen
  • registered to vote in Liverpool and/or either have lived or worked in the Liverpool City Council area for at least one year

The nomination process

In order to stand as a candidate at these elections, you must submit a set of valid nomination papers. You will need someone to propose your nomination and someone to second your nomination. Both of these people will need to be registered electors in the ward you are standing as a candidate in by 1st March 2023.

You will also need to complete and return a consent to nomination form and a home address form. If you are appointing an election agent then this form must also be completed and returned. If no agent form is completed then the candidate will become their own agent.

If you are standing as a candidate for a political party, then you must also submit a certificate of authorisation that allows you to use the party’s name or a registered description on ballot papers. This must be signed by the party’s nominating officer or someone delegated to act on their behalf. You will also need to submit an emblem request form if you wish for the party emblem to appear on ballot papers.

Candidates and agents have the sole responsibility for the validity of their nomination forms. The Returning Officer may provide informal assistance during the nomination process, but does not accept any liability for the validity of nomination forms. The Returning Officer must accept all information provided by candidates or agents at face value, even if incorrect and is under no obligation to correct errors on any nomination form.

View the Electoral Commission for guidance for both political party and independent candidates.

Deadline for the submissions of nomination papers

Completed nomination papers can be submitted to the Returning Officer, Cunard Building, Water Street, Liverpool, L3 1AH, between 10am and 4pm on any working day from 22nd March 2023 until 4pm on Thursday 4th April 2023. 

A full list of validly nominated candidates will appear on this website after this time.

Official notices of election