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The different types of elections

Local elections 

The Council has 58 councillors representing 22 wards in the borough.  Each councillor serves a four year term. All-out elections are held every four years for all seats in Warrington.

A by-election or casual vacancy can occur due to resignation or death of a councillor.

Parish council elections 

The borough of Warrington has 18 parish councils and 42 parished wards. Parish council elections are held every four years.  

A by-election or casual vacancy can occur at any time due to resignation or death of a councillor.  

View the directory of parish councils including contact details.

Parliamentary elections (General elections)

Warrington has two UK parliamentary constituencies - Warrington North and Warrington South.

Parliamentary elections usually take place every five years. The last general election was held on Thursday 8 June 2017.

European Parliament elections

European Parliamentary elections are held every five years.  The UK is divided into 12 regions - Warrington is in the North West region which is represented by eight MEPs.  For information on your MEPs visit the EuroParl website.

The latest European Parliamentary elections were held on Thursday 22 May 2014.  For further information and results visit the North West Votes website.

Police and Crime Commissioner elections

Warrington is represented by the Cheshire Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), who is elected every four years by the whole of Cheshire.

The main duties of the PCC is to:

  • Hold the Chief Constable to account on behalf of the people of Cheshire, Halton and Warrington
  • Make sure that Cheshire Constabulary is efficient and effective
  • Decide the police budget and set the council tax for policing
  • Ensure that the Constabulary achieves value for money
  • Gather the views of the public, victims and businesses to set the strategic direction and objectives of the Constabulary
  • Monitor the performance of policing against agreed priorities
  • Appoint (and if necessary dismiss) the Chief Constable

The PCC has a specific responsibility for the delivery of community safety and crime reduction. The PCC works with other agencies such as the council to reduce crime and disorder.

The PCC is able to award funding for crime and disorder reduction and can select who provides these services from the public, private and voluntary sector.

The PCC does not 'run' the police force. Chief Constables will continue to be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the police force, but they are accountable to the public via PCCs.

For more information about the role of the Police and Crime Commissioner visit the Home Office website or the Cheshire Police and Crime Commissioner website

Mayoral Petition Notice

Under the Local Government Act 2000, you can petition the council to hold a referendum on whether local people should elect a Mayor to lead the council instead.

A directly-elected mayor is elected by all the voters in the council's area to be the head of the council's decision making body. Having a directly elected mayor is a constitutional change and a referendum is held to give all voters in Warrington a chance to choose if they would want this arrangement.

In order to call a referendum for a directly elected mayor, a petition must be raised which is signed by 5% of local government electors that are included in the current Register of Electors.  The verification figure is published annually in a formal notice:

Mayoral Petition Notice [pdf]