General Election 2017: purdah period reminder and guidance

20 Apr 2017

With a snap UK Parliamentary General Election called for 8 June, the council will soon be operating under pre-election restrictions.

The pre-election or “purdah” period starts when the formal notice of election is published - in this case Friday, 5 May - and runs until after the polls have closed on Thursday, 8 June.

Legal restrictions will apply to council actions throughout that period, which are designed to ensure that the council in no way influences the outcome of the election.

There are very real and serious consequences of getting it wrong. Legislation allows for officers to be individually prosecuted for breaching the rules and legal action could also be taken against the council or the ‘returning officer’ for the elections.

You can download the conduct in the run-up to the UK Parliamentary General Election 2017 briefing note from the downloads section below as well as the general election timetable.

Further information

For further details please contact:

Helen Harris:

Ross Jackson:

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Last updated: 05 May 2017

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