BRIEFING sessions are being held for anyone thinking about standing as a candidate in this year’s local government elections in County Durham.

The sessions are open to prospective candidates and agents for county and parish council elections due to take place in May.

The briefing sessions will be held at County Hall, Durham, on Wednesday, March 1.

There are two sessions, starting at 2pm and 4pm.

The county and parish council elections are due to take place on Thursday, 4 May, with all 63 county divisions electing 126 members and 194 parish/ward council areas, each with a different number of seats available to be contested.

Anyone who would like to attend or who would like more information should contact Durham County Council’s electoral services team on 03000 261 212 or

Further information for prospective candidates and agents can also be found at