How to become a Councillor

Elections for all 60 seats on the Council are held every 4 years and the last Borough-wide elections for the 20 Wards took place on 3 May 2018.

Sometimes an individual seat in a ward becomes vacant in the intervening years and details are publicised as they occur.

The majority of candidates for these elections stand as representatives of political parties. However, anyone is entitled to stand as a candidate provided they meet the following principal qualifications.


The qualifications are:

You must be at least 18 years old on both polling day and the day of nomination and you must be a British citizen, a citizen of the Irish Republic, the Commonwealth or another member state of the European Union.

You must also meet at least one of the following 4 qualifications:

(a) Be a registered elector for the area of the Borough of Wandsworth at nomination and on polling day; or

(b) For the whole of the previous 12 months have:

  1. Lived in that area, or
  2. Occupied, as owner or tenant, any land or premises in that area, or

(c) For that 12 months, have had your principal or only place of work in that area.


These could prevent you becoming a candidate. The disqualifications include a person:

  • Who works for Wandsworth Council,
  • Who has been adjudged bankrupt, and
  • Who has been sentenced to prison for 3 months or more in the previous 5 years.

Certain exceptions may apply so you should check the position carefully before consenting to your nomination as candidate.

Find out more

More information about standing for election to the Council can be obtained from the Returning Officer, Paul Martin:

Paul Martin
Wandsworth Town Hall
SW18 2PU


If you are interested in standing in any elections to the Council, please let Paul Martin know as soon as possible and he will send you details, the various forms and the detailed election timetable when they become available.

Further details (covering issues such as the role of your election agent, the legal requirements which your campaign material must comply with, your campaign spending limits, declaring your election expenses and donations) are available on The Electoral Commission's website.

Other elections held in Wandsworth

Other elections are held in Wandsworth to select people to serve as Members of Parliament, Members of the European Parliament, the Mayor of London, and members of the London Assembly. Each of these elections has specific legislation and regulations that govern them.

Parliament has legislated to introduce fixed-term Westminster Parliaments lasting five years. Wandsworth comprises three Parliamentary Constituencies, each returning an MP. The Acting Returning Officer for these elections is Paul Martin.

The European Parliament has a fixed term of 5 years. Wandsworth is included with all other London boroughs to form the London Region Constituency for the European Parliament. A Regional Returning Officer is normally appointed to co-ordinate the elections across London, whilst the election in Wandsworth is conducted by Paul Martin as the Local Returning Officer.

The elections for Mayor of London and members of the London Assembly take place every four years. The Greater London Returning Officer co-ordinates these elections across London, whilst the elections in the Constituency comprising Wandsworth and neighbouring Merton are conducted by Paul Martin as the Constituency Returning Officer for the 2 boroughs.

As Paul Martin undertakes a leading role locally in each of these elections, he can provide further background information on them. He can be contacted as shown above for local elections.