Local elections and Greater Manchester Combined Authority Mayoral election

Elections are held in all wards in three out of every four years, usually on the first Thursday in May. The next local election will be held on Thursday 6th May 2021.

These local elections are combined with the Greater Manchester Combined Authority Mayoral Election. More information can be found at GM Elects (external link).

UK Parliamentary Election

Standish Neighbourhood Plan Referendum

A referendum was held on Thursday 18th July 2019. Find out more information about the Standish Neighbourhood Plan.

European Parliamentary Election

The European Parliament is elected for a fixed term of five years. The European election was held on Thursday 23rd May 2019.

Wigan Counting Area Verification Summary:

Parish elections

There are two parish councils in the borough, covering Haigh and Shevington (external link). Parish elections are held every four years.

The clerk to Haigh Parish Council and Shevington Parish Council is Mrs K. Pilkington.

UK elections

The next general election is planned for the year 2022.


A by-election is usually held to fill a casual vacancy, which occurs on either the death or resignation of a councillor. An election would not be held if that councillor was due to retire within six months.

Please note that if a vacancy occurs after March 2020, an election cannot be held until 6th May 2021 due to current coronavirus restrictions.

EU referendum

The EU referendum was held on Thursday 23rd June 2016.


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