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What is a ward in politics?

An electoral ward is part of a local authority area. They are represented by one or more councillors depending on their size.

Councillors are elected at local elections or by-elections. In these elections, the people who live in each ward vote for who they want their councillor or councillors to be.

Each political party can put forward candidates to stand for election as a councillor in a ward. Candidates don’t have to represent a party to stand for election. Those who don’t are called independents.

Councillors make decisions on things like council housing, rubbish collection, recycling, parking, transport, roads and footpaths, parks, leisure centres and libraries.

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