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General Elections

A general election is an opportunity for people in every part of the UK to choose their local MP.

General Election 2024

A General Election has been called for Thursday, July 4th 2024, with a poll taking place on the same day.

Sefton is represented by three MPs in total; one for Southport, one Sefton Central and one for Bootle respectively.

At the July 4th 2024 General Election voters will be given a choice of several candidates in each constituency.

The candidate that receives most votes becomes their MP.

This person will represent their constituency in the House of Commons for up to five years.

Notice Of Election Bootle (word 40KB)
Notice Of Election Sefton Central (word 40KB)
Notice Of Election Southport (word 40KB)
Southport Election Agents (pdf 71KB)

Key Dates for 2024 General Election 

Parliament is dissolved (this means the current term has ended) - 30th May 

Notice Of Election Published - 4th June 

Receipt Of Candidate Nominations Deadline - 7th June at 4pm.

Register To Vote Deadline - 18th June 

Application To Vote By Post Deadline - 19th June at 5pm

Application for Voter Authority Certificates - 26th June at 5pm

Application To Vote By Proxy - 26th June at 5pm

Polling Day - 4th July from 7am-10pm

General Election Nominations


Bootle Election Agents (pdf 71KB)
Bootle Statement Of Persons Nominated (pdf 78KB)

Sefton Central

Sefton Central Election Agents (pdf 14KB)
Sefton Central Statement Of Persons Nominated (pdf 80KB)


Southport Election Agents (pdf 71KB)
Southport Statement Of Persons Nominated (pdf 79KB)

Polling Station Locations

Bootle Situation Of Polling Station (pdf 79KB)
Sefton Central Situation Of Polling Stations (pdf 77KB)
Southport Situation Of Polling Stations (pdf 79KB)

Below is a helpful list of Frequently Asked Questions relating to a General Election and what it means for you.

A constituency is an area made of local electoral areas, Sefton is covered by 3 constituency (Southport, Sefton Central and Bootle) and 1 part constituency (Liverpool Walton).

New constituency boundaries will come into effect at the next general election. The table below shows which of Sefton’s electoral wards are in which constituency.

Constituency Name

Electoral Wards in the Constituency





Netherton & Orrell


St Oswald



Sefton Central


Molyneux (Part C1-C3)











Burscough Bridge & Rufford (Part)


North Meols & Hesketh Bank


Tarleton Village



Liverpool Walton

Molyneux (Part C4-C6)


To find out who your local MP is please search for them via this link. 

The date of the next general election is July 4th, 2024


The current (in power) government can decide when to call a general election.

Then, at the request of the Prime Minister, Parliament can be dissolved by the King which leads directly to a General Election beginning.

You will only know who the candidates are after the deadline for nominations has passed, a list of the candidates who are standing - or 'Statement of Persons Nominated' – will be posted on this website and on local noticeboards.

You can only vote to elect your local MP in a general election. You cannot vote for a new Prime Minister.

The Prime Minister is appointed by the King. The King's appointment of the Prime Minister is guided by constitutional conventions.

The political party that wins the most seats in the House of Commons at a general election usually forms the new government. The leader of that party becomes Prime Minister.

The Prime Minister appoints ministers who work in government departments. The most senior of these attend Cabinet meetings.

A 'hung Parliament' is a Parliament in which no political party wins a majority of seats. The largest party can either form a minority government or enter into a coalition government of two or more parties.

Last Updated on Monday, June 10, 2024

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