Derbyshire County Council

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Derbyshire County Council
Whole council elected every four years
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Coat of arms
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Council logo
Anne Western, (Lab)
Deputy Leader
Kevin Gillott, (Lab)
Opposition Leader
Barry Lewis, (Con)
Chief Executive
Ian Stevenson
Seats 64
43 / 64
18 / 64
3 / 64
First Past the Post
Last election
2nd May 2013
Next election
Meeting place
County Hall, Matlock, England

Derbyshire County Council is the upper-tier local authority for the non-metropolitan county of Derbyshire, England. It has 64 county councillors,[1] one elected for each county division. The council is controlled by the Labour Party, who won control of the council in the 2013 local council elections in May 2013.

The Leader of the Council is Anne Western, and heads a cabinet consisting of five other members – those being Kevin Gillott, Joan Dixon, Dave Allen, Clare Neill, and Brian Ridgway. The six cabinet members each have responsibility for particular functions of the council and are assisted by Deputy Cabinet Members. The Chief Executive is Ian Stephenson who was appointed in 2013 having previously served as the Strategic Director of Environmental Services.[2] and heads the Council's 35,000 strong workforce.[3]


The council was first set up under 1889 under the Local Government Act 1888,[4] covering the administrative county. It was reconstituted under the Local Government Act 1972 to cover a different territory. In the 1997, the City of Derby left the area covered by the council becoming a unitary authority, but the city remains part of Derbyshire for ceremonial purposes only. The council originally used a county hall in St. Mary's Gate, Derby which was built in 1660.[5] In 1955 the council moved to the current county hall in Matlock. This newer county hall is in a former hydrotherapy complex called Smedley's Hydro which was built in 1853.[6]

District and Borough Councils[edit]

There are 8 lower tier district/borough councils within the Derbyshire Council area:[7]

Political makeup[edit]

Elections are held every four years, the next one is due in 2017.

Election Number of councillors elected by each political party
Conservative Labour Liberal Democrats Independent
2013 18 43 3 0
2009 33 22 8 1
2005 14 38 10 0

Cabinet/Lead Members[edit]

Strategic Policy and Budget
Cabinet Member and Council Leader Cllr Anne Western
Children and Young People
Cabinet Member and Deputy Leader Cllr Kevin Gillot
Deputy Cabinet Member Cllr Damien Greenhalgh
Deputy Cabinet Member Cllr Jim Coyle
Adult Social Care
Cabinet Member Cllr Clare Neill
Deputy Cabinet Member Cllr Paul Jones
Deputy Cabinet Member Cllr Rob Davison
Jobs, Economy and Transport
Cabinet Member Cllr Dr Joan Dixon
Deputy Cabinet Member Cllr Andy Botham
Deputy Cabinet Member Cllr Dean Collins
Health and Communities
Cabinet Member Cllr Dave Allen
Deputy Cabinet Member Cllr Paul Smith
Deputy Cabinet Member Cllr Ellie Wilcox
Council Services
Cabinet Member Cllr Brian Ridgway
Deputy Cabinet Member Cllr John Owen
Leader of the Opposition
Cabinet Member Vacant / Not in use *
*The Opposition Leader has refused to take seat on Cabinet

Political control[edit]

Election Party in control
2013 Labour
2009 Conservative
2005 Labour
2001 Labour
1997 Labour
1993 Labour
1989 Labour
1985 Labour
1981 Labour
1977 Conservative
1973 Labour


  1. ^ "Your council – Derbyshire County Council". Retrieved 15 October 2011. 
  2. ^ "County council boss to get lower wage than predecessor". Derby Telegraph. 2013-07-28. Retrieved 2014-04-25. 
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  4. ^ "The History". Derbyshire County Council. Retrieved 18 November 2011. 
  5. ^ "Short History of Derby UK". Retrieved 18 November 2011. 
  6. ^ Roy Christian (15 August 1963). "Matlock and Matlock Bath: The Varied Fortunes of a Derbyshire Spa". Country Life. pp. 356–358. Retrieved 18 November 2011. 
  7. ^ "District and borough councils". Derbyshire County Council. Retrieved 18 November 2011. 

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