St Albans City Council

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Coordinates: 51°45′07″N 0°20′10″W / 51.752°N 0.336°W / 51.752; -0.336

St Albans City Council
St Albans City and District Council
Coat of arms or logo
Type
Type
Leadership
Mayor of St Albans
Geoff Harrison
Executive Leader
Julian Daly, Con.
Seats 58
Elections
Plurality voting system
Last election
22 May 2014
Meeting place
Civic Centre, St Peters Street, St Albans
Website
http://www.stalbans.gov.uk/

St Albans City Council, also known as St Albans City and District Council, is the local authority for the St Albans non-metropolitan district of England, the United Kingdom. St Albans is located to the west of Hertfordshire, in the East of England region. The council itself is based in St Albans, the largest settlement in the district.

The council consists of 58 elected members, representing twenty electoral wards. 18 of the wards elect three councillors each. Two elect only two. The council currently has no overall control.

Composition[edit]

Party Councillors Change
Conservative 29
Liberal Democrat 19
Labour 8
Green 1
Independent 1
Total 58 -
Source: SAC&DC

Wards[edit]

St Albans consists of twenty wards. Wards electing two members are denoted with an obelisk (†). The rest elect three members.

Election results[edit]

Local election results, 2008
PARTY PREVIOUS +/- 2008
Liberal Democrat 29 Gained 1 30
Conservative 19 Gained 3 22
Labour 8 Lost 3 5
Others 2 Lost 1 1

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Local election results, 2007
PARTY PREVIOUS +/- 2007
Liberal Democrat 31 Lost 2 29
Conservative 17 Gained 2 19
Labour 8 0 8
Others 2 0 2

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Mayoralty[edit]

St Albans has had a Mayor since the first Charter in 1553 (over 450 years). The first Mayor was a man called John Lockey. Some Mayors have served for less than a year for a variety of reasons such as changes in local government arrangements, the outbreak of war or if they died in office. Others Mayors have served twice or even for three successive years as one mid-Victorian Mayor managed to do.

The Charter also appointed 10 other men (Principal Burgesses) to assist the Mayor in running the City. The Mayor had both Executive and Judicial Roles. They were not elected democratically but were nominated for life by friends and contacts of the other existing Burgesses. The executive structure is similar to the situation today where we have an Executive Cabinet of 8 Senior Members, although the Cabinet and indeed all 58 Councillors are elected for 4 year terms. The Mayor's role is no longer Executive or Legal. It is ceremonial and is to represent the City and District Council locally, nationally and indeed internationally at important events.

A list of the past Mayors of St Albans is available on the St Albans City and District Council Website: http://www.stalbans.gov.uk/Images/MayoralCount_tcm15-34883.pdf

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