Elections held in Cheltenham

Currently, there are four different types of elections held in Cheltenham:

UK general elections, elections to the European Parliament, elections for a Police and Crime Commissioner and local elections for Parish, Borough and County Councils.

The next Borough council elections for Cheltenham will be held in May 2020.

Elections for Gloucestershire County Council will be held in May 2021.

The next general election is now due to be held on 12 December 2019 and will be the 57th Parliament of the United Kingdom since 1801.

The next Parish council elections for Cheltenham will be held in May 2022.

The Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011 introduced fixed-term elections for the first time to the Westminster parliament. Under the provisions of that Act, parliamentary elections must be held every five years, beginning in 2015. Elections may be held at an earlier date in the event of a vote of no confidence or similar exceptional circumstances.

Before the passage of the Act, Parliament could be dissolved by royal proclamation which effectively meant that the prime ministers had the de facto power to dissolve Parliament and call a new general election at a time of their choosing.

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