Current vacancies and elections

Current vacancies

Current elections

UK parliamentary elections on 12 December 2019

An election to the UK parliament will take place on Thursday 12 December 2019.

For more information visit: UK parliamentary elections on 12 December 2019

Mildenhall High Town Council (Great Heath ward) by-election on 12 December 2019

 Newmarket Town Council (Scaltback ward) by-election on 24 October 2019

A by-election was held for the Scaltback ward of Newmarket Town Council on Thursday 24 October 2019.  

Election results 2019

European parliamentary elections on 23 May 2019

Election of Members to the European Parliament took place in the UK on 23 May 2019. There are 751 Members of the European Parliament, of those 73 represent the UK with seven of them representing the East of England

European Parliamentary Elections - Local Counting Total for West Suffolk

Local elections on 2 May 2019

Casual vacancies

If a councillor leaves their seat during the course of their term, a casual vacancy will occur. This may happen because a councillor has resigned, passed away, become disqualified (or ceased to be qualified) or because of a failure to take up office.

The rules for casual vacancies are different depending on whether the seat is for a district or county council, or for a parish or town council, however, a notice of vacancy will be displayed to advertise the vacancy.

The list of current vacancies can be found below.

By-elections

If an election is called following a notice of vacancy being displayed, a by-election would be held. The date for the by-election will be set within required timescales and it would be advertised by the publication of a notice of election which marks the start of the election process.

Details of any by elections can be found below.

How to request an election

District and county councils

When a councillor's seat becomes vacant, a notice of vacancy will be displayed to advertise that vacancy.

The notice explains that an election can be called by a request, made in writing, to the council's proper officer by two electors from the authority’s area.

If an election is called, it must be held within 35 days of the notice. The exception to this is that if a vacancy occurs within six months of the date of the next scheduled elections, the vacancy is carried over to the next elections. The seat will remain vacant during that time and no by-election will be held.

Parish and town councils

The parish or town clerk will display a notice of vacancy in the parish area. The notice shall explain that an election can be called by a request, made in writing, to the district council's proper officer by 10 electors from the parish area, within 14 working days of the date of the notice.

If an election is called, it must be held within 60 days of the notice. If no request is received then the town/parish council may choose to appoint someone by co-option into the vacant seat.

The notice of vacancy must run its course before the town/parish council has the opportunity to co-opt a new councillor as this gives the electors of the parish a chance to call an election if they wish to.

If the vacancy occurs within six months of the date of the next scheduled elections for that council then no election will be held, and the seat may remain vacant until it is filled at the next elections, or the council may choose to appoint someone by co-option into the vacant seat.

Past election results 

For details of past election results visit our election results pages.