How to become a councillor
If you care about the area that you live or work in and the issues facing local people, you could be a councillor.
To become a councillor you will need to stand for elections, most candidates are nominated through a political party. However, individuals can stand as an independent councillor if they do not wish to be associated to a particular party. Each candidate must be nominated by a separate nomination paper, signed by 10 registered electors of the ward in which you are to stand.
Who can be a councillor?
You can become a candidate if you are:
- at least 18 years old
- registered to vote in the borough of Solihull or have lived, worked or owned property here for at least 12 months before an election
You can’t be a councillor if you:
- work for the Council
- hold a politically restricted post with another local authority
- have been made bankrupt
- have a previous criminal conviction with a 3 month or more prison sentence