How do I become an elected representative
This section describes how you can become a Councillor, a Member of Parliament (MP) or a Member or the European Parliament (MEP).
The council is required to maintain an electoral register which is a record of all the people of Sunderland who are eligible to vote in an election or in a referendum. You cannot vote if your name does not appear on the register.
Communicating with the council
This council believes that communications between itself and the residents of Sunderland is vital if it is to provide the best services it can to the people of Sunderland.
How to report a concern you may have about the Council
Sunderland City Council and its partners are committed to providing the best quality services to the residents of Sunderland.
Register to vote
Registering to vote is quick and simple. It will mean that you have the right to vote at elections, and being registered could also improve your credit rating.
Local Government Election - Sandhill Ward Thursday 12 January 2017
An election was held on Thursday 12 January for a councillor in the Sandhill Ward.
UK Parliamentary General Election 2017
A general election was held on Thursday 8 June 2017 to elect an MP for each of the three Parliamentary constituencies of Sunderland.
Hetton Parish Council Election - 2 March 2017
An election for a parish councillor in the Hetton Le Hole ward of Hetton Parish Council was held on Thursday, 2 March 2017.
Elections - results
Results from the most recent and previous local government elections can be found on this page.
Councillor representation on other bodies
The Council works in partnership with other organisations locally, regionally and nationally. It also has representatives on a wide range of other organisations, including joint committees and authorities, companies, trusts and charities.
Other elected representatives
Sunderland is divided into three constituencies. An elected representative from each constituency represents the people of Sunderland at Parliament in Westminster.
From this page you can download a PDF map of each of the council's electoral wards.
Notice of Casual Vacancy
Two notices of casual vacancy were published on Monday 18 September for the Hetton Downs Ward of Hetton Town Council, and a notice of casual vacancy was published on Tuesday 19 September for the Hetton le Hole Ward of Hetton Town Council.