Cambridge City Council

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Cambridge City Council
Houses Unicameral
Lewis Herbert, Labour
Robert Dryden, Labour
Seats 42
24 / 42
14 / 42
2 / 42
1 / 42
1 / 42
First past the post
Last election
7 May 2015
Meeting place
The Guildhall, Cambridge - - 514416.jpg
Cambridge Guildhall

Cambridge City Council is a district council in the county of Cambridgeshire, based in the city of Cambridge.


The council provides various facilities and services within the city. These include parks and open spaces, waste collection, council housing and local planning.

The Council also organises numerous events throughout the year, including the Cambridge Folk Festival and a program of free summer entertainment entitled Summer in the City. It runs the Cambridge Guildhall, on the south side of the Market Square in the centre of Cambridge, where various events are held.


There are forty two city councillors with three assigned to each ward. The party composition of the council is: 24 Labour; 14 Liberal Democrat; 2 independent; 1 Green; and 1 Conservative.

The current (2015) Mayor is Councillor Robert Dryden and the Deputy Mayor is Councillor Jeremy Benstead. The Mayor's duties are almost entirely ceremonial, although they do chair meetings of the full Council.

The Leader of the Council is Councillor Lewis Herbert (Labour), and the Deputy Leader is Councillor Carina O'Reilly (Labour). The highest non-elected official is the Chief Executive, Antoinette Jackson.

Elections for a third of the seats take place 3 out of every 4 years. Cambridgeshire County Council elections take place in the 4th year. The County elections last took place in 2013.

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