Gloucestershire County Council
Gloucestershire County Council
Chairman of Council
Cllr Andrew Gravells
Since 16 May 2018
Leader of the Council
Leader of the Opposition
Cllr Paul Hodgkinson, Liberal Democrat
Since May 2016
Length of term
|First past the post|
|4 May 2017|
|6 May 2021|
The council's principal functions are county roads and rights of way, social services, education and libraries, but it also provides many other local government services in the area it covers. This does not include South Gloucestershire, which is a unitary authority with all the functions of a county and a non-metropolitan district.
- Thomas Davies, later member of parliament for Cirencester and Tewkesbury
- David Drew (born 1952), later member of parliament for Stroud
- Sir Henry Elwes (born 1935), later Lord Lieutenant of Gloucestershire
- Julie Girling (born 1956), later a Member of the European Parliament for South West England
- Margaret Hills (born 1882) first female councillor on Stroud Urban District Council and a suffragist.
- Nigel Jones (born 1948), later member of parliament for Cheltenham and a life peer
Elections and changes
2013 Gloucestershire County Council elections
The Conservative Party lost 13 notional seats, although the numerical loss was larger due to the reduction in the total number of councillors. The Liberal Democrats remained the second largest party by total seats and percentage vote, while the Labour Party had the largest net gain of five seats. UKIP won representation on the county council for the first time, winning three seats.
By-elections and defections, 2013 to 2017
In July 2016 UKIP group leader Alan Preest defected to the Conservatives, claiming that the party lacked a purpose following the EU Referendum. He was followed shortly thereafter by UKIP councillor Colin Guyton, who left UKIP to serve as an independent. He later resigned from the County Council entirely. A by-election was not held in his division due to the short length of time between it and the 2017 Local Elections.
2 by-elections were held to Gloucestershire County Council in the 2013-2017 term of office. They are illustrated in the table below.
|Churchdown||5 May 2016||Bill Whelan||Liberal Democrat||Jack Williams||Liberal Democrat||Death|
|Mitcheldean||23 October 2014||Norman Stephens||Independent||Brian Robinson||Conservative||Death|
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- Watson, Sarah Phaedre (24 January 2018). "Can you help uncover the history of a 'dangerous woman' of Stroud?". Stroud Journal. Retrieved 3 March 2018.
- "No. 57683". The London Gazette. 23 June 2005. p. 8169.
- "UKIP council leader defects to Tories saying party 'doesn't have a point any more' after EU Referendum".
- "Ukip's Gloucestershire gang of three down to one". 1 July 2016.
- "Former UKIP councillor delays resignation to avoid by-election". 23 November 2016.
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