Becoming a councillor

Residents of the London Borough of Barnet's 21 wards are represented by 63 locally elected councillors.

People like you are councillors. The majority of candidates are nominated through a political party but you do not have to be a member of a political party to stand for election. Some people choose to stand as independents or for local organisations, such as residents associations.

Please visit – to find out more about the role of a councillor.

Election rules

The Electoral Commission is an independent body set up by the UK Parliament. The Commission regulates party and election finance and sets standards for well-run elections. Their website can tell you everything you need to know about the rules governing elections, including campaign expenses.

You'll need to keep a record of the money you spend during your campaign. The amount available to spend is calculated for each election and will be included in the nomination pack. Details of expenses must be submitted to the council within 35 days of the election.

You can also get comprehensive information on the local government elections for agents and candidates on the website of the Electoral Commission.

Do I need an agent?

All candidates in the election must, by law, appoint an election agent, although you can be your own agent if you wish. One of the reasons for this is that electoral law can be complex and the penalties for failing to comply can be significant. Your election agent will receive all correspondence and notices from the council. They'll also be entitled to attend the opening of postal votes, the verification process and the counting of votes.

Among other things, your agent sees that the election campaign is conducted in accordance with the law and generally organises the campaigns activities. Agents must make an expenses return to the local authority within the specified period.