Bath and North East Somerset Council

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Bath and North East Somerset Council
Whole council elected every four years
Bath & North East Somerset Council logo.gif
Council logo
Houses Unicameral
Term limits
Founded 1 April 1996
Preceded by Bath Borough Council
Wansdyke District Council
Last election
5 May 2011
Next election
Meeting place
Bath Guildhall, Council chamber, toward chair.jpg
Guildhall, Bath

Bath and North East Somerset Council is the local council for the district of Bath and North East Somerset in Somerset, England.

It is a unitary authority, with the powers and functions of a non-metropolitan county and district council combined.


Historically part of the county of Somerset, Bath was made a county borough in 1889 so being independent of the newly created administrative Somerset county council, which covered the rest of B&NES.[1] The area that would become B&NES became part of Avon when that non-metropolitan county was created in 1974. Since the abolition of Avon in 1996, Bath has been the main centre of the district of Bath and North East Somerset (B&NES), one of the four authorities that replaced Avon County Council.[2]

Before the Reform Act of 1832 Bath elected two members to the unreformed House of Commons.[3] Bath now has a single parliamentary constituency, with Liberal Democrat Don Foster as Member of Parliament. The rest of the area falls within the North East Somerset constituency.[4] Previously most of the area was in the Wansdyke constituency, which covers the part of B&NES that is not in the Bath constituency. It also contained four wards or parts of wards from South Gloucestershire Council. It was named after the former Wansdyke district.

Since B&NES was created, no political party has been in overall control of the council. The Liberal Democrats quickly became the dominant party, but in the local elections on 3 May 2007 the Conservative Party won 31 seats became the largest party, though they did not have a majority. After the 2011 local elections, the Liberal Democrats and Conservatives won 29 seats each with the Labour Party winning only five seats, none of which are in Bath; the Liberal Democrats went on to form a minority administration.

Political control[edit]

No overall control 1995 – present.

The number of councillors by party was:

Party 2011[5] 2007[6] 2003[7] 1999[8]
Conservative Party 29 -3 31 +5 26 +10 16
Labour Party 5 = 5 -1 6 -11 17
Liberal Democrats 29 +3 26 -3 29 -1 30
Independent 2 = 2 -2 4 +4 0
Independent Labour 0 = 0 -2 2
No party 0 -1 1 +1 0 = 0
NOC (Con/LD Joint 1st) NOC (Con 1st) NOC (LD 1st) NOC (LD 1st)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Keane, Patrick. "An English County and Education: Somerset, 1889–1902". The English Historical Review 88 (347): 286–311. doi:10.1093/ehr/LXXXVIII.CCCXLVII.286. 
  2. ^ "The Avon (Structural Change) Order 1995". The National Archives. Retrieved 19 March 2011. 
  3. ^ "Parliamentary Constituencies in the unreformed House". United Kingdom Election Results. Archived from the original on 5 November 2007. Retrieved 9 December 2007. 
  4. ^ "Somerset North East: New Boundaries Calculation". Electoral Calculus: General Election Prediction. Retrieved 19 September 2007. 
  5. ^ "Local Election – Thursday, 5th May, 2011". Bath & North East Somerset Council. Retrieved 6 May 2011. 
  6. ^ "Local Election – Thursday, 3rd May, 2007". Bath & North East Somerset Council. Retrieved 3 May 2011. 
  7. ^ "Local Election – Thursday, 1st May, 2003". Bath & North East Somerset Council. Retrieved 3 May 2011. 
  8. ^ "Local Election – Thursday, 6th May, 1999". Bath & North East Somerset Council. Retrieved 3 May 2011. 

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