Types and Timing of Elections

Local Government Elections

Local councils - What do they do?

Wychavon is divided into 32 Wards, which are represented by 45 Councillors on Wychavon District Council. Elections for District Councillors take place every four years, on the first Thursday in May. The last District Council elections took place in May 2015.

Also within Wychavon there are Parish Councils which have between 5 and 24 Councillors. Elections for Parish Councillors take place at the same time as the District Council elections.

For representation on Worcestershire County Council, the Wychavon area is split into 12 divisions. These divisions are each represented by 1 County Councillor. County Council elections also take place every four years, on the first Thursday in May. The last County Council elections took place in May 2013 and next will be held in May 2017.

If a Local Councillor resigns or dies the ‘seat' becomes vacant and a by-election may be called to find a replacement. A by-election can happen at any time provided the vacancy occurs at least six month prior to the date for normal elections. For any current by-elections view current elections.

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Parliamentary Elections

UK Parliament - What do they do?

Parliamentary elections (General elections), in which you vote for a Member of Parliament take place every five years. The next scheduled election will be held in May 2020.  For more information about Parliamentary elections go to explore Parliament.

European Parliamentary Elections

These are held every five years. These elections decide who will represent you in the European Parliament. The last election took place in June 2014.

Police and Crime Commissioner Elections

On 15 November 2012, for the first time ever, the public across England and Wales elected a police and crime commissioner who is accountable for how crime is tackled in their police force areas.  Wychavon electors voted for the commissioner to represent the West Mercia police force area.

Wychavon District Council organises all elections in the Wychavon area but elections are paid for by, either, the relevant Council, or Government, depending on which type of election is held.

The next election will be held in May 2020.