Mayoral elections in England

Mayoral elections are taking place across England on Thursday 4 May 2017. Find out everything you need to know about mayoral elections.

Mayoral elections are taking place across England on Thursday 4 May 2017.

Where are mayoral elections taking place?

Combined area mayoral elections are taking place in the following areas:

  • Cambridgeshire and Peterborough
  • Greater Manchester
  • Liverpool City Region
  • Tees Valley
  • West Midlands
  • West of England

Mayoral elections are also taking place in Doncaster and North Tyneside.


Register to vote

If you want to have your say at your next mayoral election, you must be registered to vote.

If you’re not already on the electoral roll, you need to register to vote by midnight on Thursday 13 April 2017.

You can register to vote online now at gov.uk/register-to-vote.

If you are not sure whether you are registered to vote, you should contact your local elections office. They will be able to let you know.


Who can vote?

To vote in a mayoral election you must be:

  • 18 years of age or over on polling day
  • a British citizen, a qualifying Commonwealth citizen, or a citizen of the European Union
  • resident in the UK
  • not be subject to any legal incapacity to vote

What is a Mayoral Combined Authority?

Mayoral Combined Authorities bring together local authorities across a city region or county area. They are responsible for services such as transport, planning and skills provision.

These Combined Authorities will be headed by a Combined Authority Mayor, similar to the Mayor of London. The Mayor will form a cabinet, comprised of the leaders of the local authorities. Together the Mayor and local authority leaders make up the Combined Authority.

You can find out more at gov.uk/ourmayor.


Who is standing for election in my area?

The people you will be able to vote for – known as candidates – will not be announced until nearer the elections. This page will be updated with details of how to find out who the candidates are in your area once this information is available.

Local authorities publish names of candidates who are standing in an election around three weeks before polling day.