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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 North Cotswolds and South Cotswolds constituencies

Current MPs are Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown for North Cotswolds and Dr Roz Savage for South Cotswolds.

New Parliamentary constituencies came into effect in 2024. The Cotswold District has been divided into two new constituencies known as North Cotswolds (including wards from Tewkesbury and Stroud) and South Cotswolds (including wards from Stroud and Wiltshire). The Boundary Commission have published details of the new constituencies.

Must be held no later than May 2029

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 2028

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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