Hertfordshire County Council

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Hertfordshire County Council
Coat of arms or logo
Chairman of the Council
Francis Button, Conservative
Leader of the Council
Robert Gordon, Conservative
Seats 77
Joint committees
East of England Local Government Association
First past the post
Last election
2 May 2013
Next election
2017 Local Elections
Meeting place
County Hall Hertford - geograph.org.uk - 83636.jpg
County Hall, Pegs Lane, Hertford

Hertfordshire County Council is the upper-tier local authority for the non-metropolitan county of Hertfordshire, in England, the United Kingdom. After the elections in 2013, it consists of 77 councillors, and is controlled by the Conservative Party, which has 46 councillors, versus 16 Liberal Democrats and 15 Labour councillors. It is a member of the East of England Local Government Association.


Elections are held every four years, interspersed by three years of elections to the ten district councils in the county.

Party Councillors Change
(on 2009)
Conservative 46 -9
Liberal Democrat 16 -1
Labour 15 +12
Green 0 -1
English Democrats 0 -1
Total 77 -
Source: Hertfordshire County Council

One seat became vacant following the resignation of Conservative councillor Stephen Holmes on 9 May 2012. [1][2]

Conservative candidates represent most of the county's rural areas, and almost all of eastern Hertfordshire is Conservative-controlled. St Albans and Watford are disproportionately represented by Liberal Democrats, whilst Stevenage is Labour's strongest area. All seats in the districts of Broxbourne and East Hertfordshire are represented by Conservative councillors.

The 2009 elections saw Labour lose 13 seats, the Conservative Party strengthen, and the British National Party gaining its first Hertfordshire County Council seat in South Oxhey. Hertfordshire County Council website shows that the BNP member, Deirdre Anne Gates, has since defected to the English Democrats.


The Cabinet consists of the Leader of the Council and other Executive Members.[3]

Office Name Term Party
Leader of the County Council Robert Gordon Conservative
Deputy Leader and Executive Member for Resources and Economic Wellbeing vacant
Executive Member for Transformation, Performance and Waste Management Derrick Ashley Conservative
Executive Member for Education and Skills Frances Button Conservative
Executive Member for Hertfordshire Local and Libraries Christopher Hayward Conservative
Executive Member for Highways and Transport Stuart Pile Conservative
Executive Member for Children's Services Richard Roberts Conservative
Executive Member for Adult Care and Health Richard Smith Conservative
Executive Member for Health and Adult Care Colette Wyatt-Lowe Conservative

Council history[edit]

Year Control
1973 No overall control
1977 Conservative
1981 Conservative
1985 No overall control
1989 Conservative
1993 No overall control
1997 No overall control
2001 Conservative
2005 Conservative
2009 Conservative


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