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Guidance for candidates and agents at UK Parliamentary by-elections in Great Britain

Candidates and agents standing at Parliamentary by-elections in the UK have to follow rules set out in law regarding their election spending, and the donations and loans they can accept towards campaigning. 

This page contains all the guidance and resources that you need to comply with those rules if you are a candidate or agent in a UK Parliamentary by-election in Great Britain.

Important information

  • Updated UK parliamentary by-election guidance


    Our guidance for candidates and agents was updated on 4 November. Please refer to the updated document for any current or forthcoming UK Parliamentary by-elections.

    If you downloaded the guidance before 4 November and are thinking of standing at the by-election in Oldham on 3 December or at any future by-elections, please make sure you download the most up-to-date version of this document.


Candidates and agents at UK Parliamentary by-election in Great Britain

This part covers:

  • When you become a candidate
  • What it means to be a candidate
  • What an agent does
  • What donations you can accept
  • When you have to submit your spending return after the election

Guidance for candidates and agents: UK Parliamentary by-election in Great Britain (PDF)


Hustings events - guidance for parties, candidates and hustings organisers

This part covers:

  • An introduction to hustings
  • What rules apply
  • Holding hustings events
  • Candidates involved in hustings events

Hustings events (PDF)

Candidate or agent