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Government amends rules around publication of candidate addresses

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Local government minister Rishi Sunak MP has written to leaders of principal authorities in England informing them of changes to the rules around publication of candidate addresses.

The letter sets out how parliament has now amended the rules that apply to local government, local (parish and town) council, and local and combined authority mayor elections, removing the requirement that each candidate’s home address must be published during the election process and be included on the ballot paper. The requirement for each candidate’s qualifying address to be published during that process has also been removed and returning officers and other electoral administrators are advised to take care to avoid disclosing such addresses during an election count.

The changes come following a recommendation by the parliamentary Committee on Standards in Public Life in its Review of Intimidation in Public Life that the government should bring forward legislation to remove the requirement for candidates standing as local councillors to have their home addresses published on the ballot paper.

Read the full letter       

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