If you’re fed up with the current crop of budding politicians then why not become a general election candidate?
And you can get your name on the polling card for just £500.
How can I become a general election candidate?
In UK Parliamentary elections all candidates must be 18-years-old or over and either:
• either a British citizen
• a citizen of the Republic of Ireland or an eligible Commonwealth citizen
Certain groups of people are not allowed to stand, these include:
• civil servants
• members of police forces
• members of the armed forces
• government-nominated directors of commercial companies
If you are the subject of current bankruptcy or debt-relief restrictions made by a court you cannot stand as an MP.
People with criminal convictions are unable to stand if they have been sentenced to be imprisoned or detained for more than a year.
How to become a nominated candidate:
You will need to submit a completed set of nomination forms along with a deposit of £500 to the (Acting) Returning Officer before 4pm on the deadline day for nominations, which is May 11.
Putting any false information on your form could invalidate it and lead to an unlimited fine.
Your nomination forms needs signatures of 10 registered electors from the constituency.
All candidates need an election agent, who is responsible for the management of your election campaign and its financial management. If you do not appoint an agent, you will become your own agent by default.
You do not have to live in the constituency you are standing in.
What will it cost me?
You may not get your £500 deposit back. Candidates who poll more than 5% of the total valid votes cast in the constituency will have their £500 deposit returned.
Those candidates who have polled less than, or equal to, 5% of the total valid votes cast will lose their £500 deposit.
Validly nominated candidates are entitled to free postage for one election communication to voters in their constituency.
All electioneering costs must be met by the candidate and costs cannot be reclaimed from the local council or from the Electoral Commission.
There is a limit of £8,700 plus 6p per registered parliamentary elector in a borough or 9p per registered parliamentary elector in a county constituency.