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Be a Councillor

Cornwall Council Elections Thursday 6 May 2021

Online Virtual Councillor Fair - 10am Saturday 16 January click here to join the live event

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We are holding a live Councillor fair for anyone who is interesting in standing for Council on Saturday 16 January at 10am.  No booking is required - just click to join the event.  


Cornwall needs all kinds of people to stand to be come a Councillor.  The qualities you need are a desire and passion to make a difference and improve the community you represent. Here you will find information and links to other websites where you can learn more about what it is like to be a Councillor. 

If you are passionate about your local community, we need you.  Councillors make a huge difference to the quality of life for local people.  We need people from all backgrounds and experiences who reflect the whole of Cornwall to stand for election.

Councillors receive a basic annual allowance and other help such as a carers' allowance and travel expenses.  We also give you a computer to help with your work and there are officers to support, help and give you advice. 

Cornwall Council will have 87 electoral divisions. That is 87 Councillors to cover the whole of Cornwall. The next election is on Thursday 6 May 2021.  Could you be one of them? 

We asked some of our current serving Councillors to talk about their experiences.  Select the links to the films below to hear about their experiences and learn more about what it is like to be a Councillor. There is also a film of Kate Kennally, the Council's Chief Executive where you can hear her views on the role of our Councillors. 

If you want to find out more about becoming a Councillor see the information leaflets and helpful links below.

Close of nominations to stand to be a Cornwall Councillor closes at 4pm on Thursday 8 April 2021. For more information or to request a nomination pack please contact the elections team: