Overview of Elected Representatives

There are five layers of elected representative covering our borough

Members of Parliament (MPs)

The borough is part of three parliamentary constituencies, Basingstoke, North West Hampshire and North East Hampshire. There are over 650 constituencies in the United Kingdom. Voters in each constituency will elect a single person to represent them in the House of Commons. Whichever candidate gets the most votes is elected. This usually takes place at a General Election which is held every five years.

MPs decide what the laws of the country should be, agree taxes and public spending plans and also keep the actions of the Government under review.

If you live in the following areas:

Beggarwood, Brighton Hill, Brookvale, Buckskin, Chineham, Eastrop, Grove, Hatchwarren, Kempshott, Kings Furlong, Lychpit, Mapledurwell, Newnham, Norden (also known as Oakridge), Old Basing, Popley, Popley Fields (Marnel Park and Merton Rise), Rooksdown, South Ham, Taylors Farm (Sherfield Park), Up Nately and Winklebury

Your Parliamentary Constituency is Basingstoke and to find out who your current MP is, view MP for Basingstoke Constituency.

If you live in the following areas:

Ashford Hill, Ashmansworth, Baughurst, Burghclere, Deane, Dummer, East Woodhay, Ecchinswell Sydmonton and Bishops Green, Freefolk, Headley, Hannington, Highclere, Hurstbourne Priors, Kingsclere, Laverstoke, Litchfield, Newtown, North Waltham, Oakley, Overton, Popham, St Mary Bourne, Steventon, Tadley, Whitchurch, Woodcott, Wootton, and Wootton Hill

Your Parliamentary Constituency is North West Hampshire and to find out who your current MP is, view MP for North West Hampshire Constituency

If you live in the following areas:

Bradley, Bramley, Candovers, Cliddesden, Ellisfield, Farleigh Wallop, Hartley Wespall, Herriard, Monk Sherborne, Mortimer West End, Pamber, Preston Candover, Nutley, Ramsdell, Sherborne St John, Sherfield on Loddon, Silchester, Stratfield Saye, Stratfield Turgis, Tunworth, Upton Grey, Weston Corbett, Weston Patrick and Winslade

Your Parliamentary Constituency is North East Hampshire and to find out who your current MP is, view MP for North East Hampshire Constituency

Members of the European Parliament (MEPs)

The borough is part of a constituency for the European Parliament. The voters in each constituency vote for their preferred political party and the available seats are shared between those parties depending on the proportion of the vote that they are given.

MEPs have an increasing role in deciding what the laws of the European Union should be and also keep the actions of the European Commission and other Europe-wide bodies under review.

List of UK MEPs on the European Parliament website

County councillors

Hampshire County Council is the education, social services and highways authority for the area which includes the borough. There are 78 county councillors each representing a division of the county, there are 10 divisions which cover the borough.

The voters in each division will elect a single person to represent them on the County Council. Whichever candidate gets the most votes is elected.

County councillors are elected for four years. County councillors agree the policies to be followed in delivering its services, the spending plans and the county council’s part of the council tax. They also keep the actions of the Leader and Cabinet Members of the county council under review. The Leader and Cabinet Members are appointed by the county council to carry out its policies.

View Hampshire County Council website for more information about our County Councillors.

Borough councillors

Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council is the authority for economic development, housing, environmental protection and improvement, town and country planning, cleansing and waste collection, leisure and recreation and other services in the borough.

Currently there are 60 councillors. Each councillor is elected to represent a ward of the borough by the voters within that ward. Depending on their electorate, wards can have up to three councillors to represent them on the Borough Council.

Borough councillors are elected for four years: there are elections almost every year as a third of the council comes up for election each year (except in the year when there is a county council election).

Borough councillors agree the policies to be followed in delivering its services, the spending plans and the borough council’s part of the council tax. They also keep the actions of the Leader and Cabinet Members of the borough council under review. The Leader and Cabinet Members are appointed by the borough council to carry out its policies.

Find out who is your borough councillor
Councillor attendance at meetings

Parish and town councillors

Within the borough there are 40 parish and town councils, all of which are outside the town of Basingstoke. Those councils can have responsibility for locally available public facilities like playgrounds, allotments and burial grounds. They can often supplement what the borough council provides in their local area. Parish and town councils usually take great interest in the development proposals which affect their areas and make representations to the decision-making bodies accordingly.

Parish and town councils vary in size. Their elections are held every four years and voters will have the same number of votes as there are vacancies to be filled. The candidates with the most votes are elected.

Find your parish and town councils in Basingstoke and Deane

Parish councils

They are independent of other levels of government i.e. Borough and County, however they maintain a close working relationship with both. The powers of Parishes vary depending on how large and how active they are. Some meet infrequently (but at least four times a year, including one public meeting) and are responsible for very few matters. Other, larger, parishes undertake many duties such as street lighting, managing cemeteries, allotments, commons, village halls and war memorials.

Parish councillors

Councillors have an active interest and concern for their local community. They represent local people and work in partnership with them and others when necessary. They help facilitate the provision of local services and facilities and take decisions that form the policy of the Council.

Councillors are not paid and have to abide by a local government Code of Conduct and declare their financial interests in the parish. Councillors must also declare a personal or prejudicial interest in any matter under discussion at a parish council meeting.

View the Councillors' Code of Conduct here.

Find out who is your parish councillor

Register of Members' Interest

All borough, parish and town councillors are required to complete a Register of Members' Interest form and submit it to the council's Monitoring Officer within 28 days of the date of their election or co-option.

If a borough, parish or town councillor has submitted their form and it needs to be amended in any way a new form must be completed.

If you wish to complete a new form or your current form needs to be amended in any way please download the form below. Once you have completed and signed your form please send it to Democratic Services by emailing democratic.services@basingstoke.gov.uk or by post to:

Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council
Civic Offices
London Road
Basingstoke
Hampshire
RG21 4AH

PDF document Register of Members' Interest Form (PDF, 120 kb)

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