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Types of elections

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Please see details below of the types of elections that are held in the Cotswold District:



Next election

Parliamentary (general) election for the Cotswolds constituency

The Cotswolds Constituency covers all wards of the Cotswold District and Minchinhampton, Wotton-under-Edge and Kingswood wards of Stroud District.

Current MP is Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown.

NB: New Parliamentary Constituencies will come into effect at the next General Election to be held before January 2025.

The Cotswold District will be divided into two new constituencies known as Cotswold North including wards from Tewkesbury and Stroud and Cotswold South including wards from Stroud and Wiltshire.

The Boundary Commission have published details of the new constituencies.

Must be held no later than January 2025

Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) election Gloucestershire Police area

Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) oversee how crime is tackled in a police force area. 

May 2024

Every four years

County Council elections

The Cotswold District area is split into eight divisions, each division is represented by one County Councillor.

Find your local County Councillors.

May 2025

Every four years

District elections for Cotswold District

There are currently 34 councillors representing 32 wards within the Cotswold District.

Find your district councillor.

May 2027

Every four years

Parish elections

Within the Cotswold District area there are 87 parish councils and 28 parish meetings.

View parish council details and contacts.


Every 4 years but casual vacancies if a councillor resigns from office

Parish meetings do not have elected councillors.

Neighbourhood Planning Referendum

Neighbourhood Plans can be prepared by Town or Parish Councils and set out how the community would like land to be used and developed in the area. Once a Neighbourhood Plan has been passed by an independent examiner the Council organise a referendum so the community has the final say on whether a Neighbourhood Plan becomes part of the development plan for the area.

Find any scheduled neighbourhood planning referendums on the current and future elections page.

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