For detailed information about being a candidate in a General election you need to speak to the Acting Returning Officer for the constituency you intend to stand in, but briefly :
- You must be a British citizen, 18 or older. You do not have to be a registered voter in the Constituency you intend to stand for. (Civil servants, judges and members of the police and armed forces may not stand.).
- You must be sponsored by ten voters registered in the constituency you intend to stand for. These good souls do not have to know you, still less agree with or even like you.
- You will need a £500 deposit which you will lose if you get less than 5% of the votes cast.
- During a campaign the postage will be paid for one mail drop across the constituency, but the printing, envelope stuffing etc is your privilege.
- You will have to keep a meticulous record of your expenses for submission to the Acting Returning Officer after the election. Limits:
Long Campaign – 18 Dec 2014 to when you become a candidate – £25,000 + 5p/7p per borough/county elector
Short Campaign – when you become a candidate (earliest 30 March 2015) to Polling Day, (7 May 2015) – £7150 + 5p/7p per borough/county elector
(Note, expenses include goods and services given free of charge and anything done on your behalf even if you did not know about it)