Currently, three types of elections are held at different times across the town: UK general elections, elections for a Police and Crime Commissioner, and local elections for Parish, Borough, and County Councils.

The next Parish Council elections for Cheltenham will be held in May 2026.

The next Borough Council elections for Cheltenham will be held on 2nd  May 2024.

Elections for Gloucestershire County Council are set for 1st May 2025.

The next general election will be called under the provisions of The Dissolution and Calling of Parliament Act 2022 and must be held no later than January 2025.

The current Parliament first met on Tuesday 17 December 2019 and will automatically dissolve on Tuesday 17 December 2024, unless it has been dissolved sooner by the Queen. Polling day would then be expected to take place 25 days later.

On 22 March 2022, The Dissolution and Calling of Parliament Act, received Royal Assent and made the following changes relating to the dissolution of Parliament, and the calling of a new Parliament. The Act:

  • Repealed the Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011;
  • Revived the prerogative powers relating to the dissolution of Parliament, and the calling of a new Parliament. In doing so, the Act allows a Prime Minister to request a dissolution from the Sovereign which, if granted, would enable a Prime Minister to call a general election at a time of their choosing;
  • Reaffirmed the long-standing position that these prerogative powers are not reviewable by courts, providing increased legal clarity;
  • Ensures that Parliament will automatically dissolve five years after it has first met, if it has not been dissolved sooner;
  • Makes consequential amendments to pieces of legislation that make reference to the 2011 Act ensuring their continued operation.

Under the Fixed-term Parliaments Act, which governed how UK Parliamentary elections have been called since 2011, an election could only be triggered outside of the normal five-year Parliamentary cycle by one of two scenarios: if two-thirds of the House of Commons voted in favour of one, or if the Government lost a vote of no confidence and no alternative government was confirmed by the House of Commons within 14 days.

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