Northamptonshire County Council

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Northamptonshire County Council
Coat of arms or logo
Houses Unicameral
Heather Smith, Conservative
Since 2016
Deputy Leader
Andre Gonzalez de Savage, Conservative
Since 2016
Seats 57
Political groups
     Conservative Party (43)
     Labour Party (12)
     Liberal Democrats (2)
First past the post
Last election
4 May 2017
Next election

Northamptonshire County Council is the county council that governs the non-metropolitan county of Northamptonshire in England. It was originally formed in 1889 by the Local Government Act 1888. The county is divided into 57 electoral divisions, which return a total of 57 councillors. The council has been controlled by the Conservative Party since 2005. The leader of the county council is currently Heather Smith, who was elected to the post in May 2016.[1] The headquarters of the council is County Hall in Northampton.

As a non-metropolitan county council, the council is responsible for education, social services, libraries, main roads, public transport policy and fire services, trading standards, waste disposal and strategic planning.


Northamptonshire County Council was first formed in 1889 as a result of the Local Government Act 1888, covering the whole of Northamptonshire. This arrangement changed a little in 1974 when, following the Local Government Act 1972, a newly constituted Northamptonshire County Council was formed for the non-metropolitan county of Northamptonshire. The first elections to the new authority were in April 1973, and the council took office on 1 April 1974.

From its recreation in 1974, the county council has administered the entire county of Northamptonshire. During 1990s local government reform, Northampton tried to obtain unitary authority status, but failed.[2] Northamptonshire now has three tiers of local government: the county council, 4 borough councils (Corby, Kettering, Northampton, Wellingborough), 3 district councils (Daventry, East Northamptonshire, South Northamptonshire) and over 250 parish councils.


Northamptonshire County Council has operated executive arrangements in the form of a Leader and Cabinet system since 2001. In December 2008 the council chose to adopt the revised Executive Leader and Cabinet arrangement.

The Council is currently composed of 57 councillors each representing a single-member division. Elections are held every four years and the next election will take place in 2021.


Northamptonshire County Council's cabinet is composed of seven Conservative councilors and the Conservative Leader of the council. Cabinet members work closely with the directors and professional officers of the council to ensure the successful implementation of the decisions they make.[3]

Title Councillor
Leader of the Council Heather Smith
Deputy Leader of the Council
Public Protection
Andre Gonzalez de Savage
Finance Robin Brown
Adult Social Care Bill Parker
Public Health and Wellbeing Sylvia Hughes
Transport, Highways and Environment Ian Morris
Corporate Parenting Suresh Patel
Children's Services Matt Golby

Districts and Boroughs[edit]

Northamptonshire has three tiers of local government: the county council, 4 borough councils, 3 district councils, and over 200 parish councils. In urban areas the work of the parish council is likely to be undertaken by the county or district council. The seven district councils in Northamptonshire are:

These district councils are responsible for local planning and building control, local roads, council housing, environmental health, markets and fairs, refuse collection and recycling, cemeteries and crematoria, leisure services, parks, and tourism.

Political control[edit]

Political control of the non-metropolitan county has been held by the following groups:

Election Party
1973 Labour
1977 Conservative
1981 No overall control
1985 No overall control
1989 No overall control
1993 Labour
1997 Labour
2001 Labour
2005 Conservative
2009 Conservative
2013 Conservative
2017 Conservative

The council comprises 57 councillors who represent the county. Each councillor typically serves for a four-year term, representing an electoral ward. Each ward elects one councillor by the first past the post system of election. The current composition of the county council, following the 2017 election, is 43 Conservative councillors, 12 Labour councillors, and 2 Liberal Democrat councillors. The next election will take place in May 2021.

District Ward Party Councillor
Corby Rural Conservative Sandra Naden-Horley
Corby West Labour Julie Brookfield
Kingswood Labour John McGhee
Lloyds Labour Bob Scott
Oakley Liberal Democrat Chris Stanbra
Braunston And Crick Conservative Malcolm Longley
Brixworth Conservative Cecile Irving-Swift
Daventry East Conservative Amy Howard
Daventry West Conservative Richard Auger
Long Buckby Conservative Steve Osborne
Moulton Conservative Judith Shephard
Woodford And Weedon Conservative Robin Brown
East Northamptonshire
Higham Ferrers Conservative Glenn Harwood
Irthlingborough Conservative Sylvia Hughes
Oundle Conservative Heather Smith
Raunds Conservative Dudley Hughes
Rushden Pemberton West Conservative Michael Tye
Rushden South Conservative Andy Mercer
Thrapston Conservative Wendy Brackenbury
Burton And Broughton Conservative Chris Smith-Haynes
Clover Hill Conservative Bill Parker
Desborough Conservative Allan Matthews
Ise Conservative Victoria Perry
Northall Labour Mick Scrimshaw
Rothwell And Mawsley Conservative James Hakewill
Wicksteed Conservative Scott Edwards
Windmill Labour Eileen Hales
Abington And Phippsville Labour Danielle Stone
Billing And Rectory Farm Conservative Andrew Kilbride
Boothville And Parklands Conservative Mike Hallam
Castle Labour Winston Strachan
Dallington Spencer Labour Gareth Eales
Delapre And Rushmere Labour Julie Davenport
Duston East Conservative Suresh Patel
Duston West And St Crispin Conservative Matthew Golby
East Hunsbury And Shelfleys Conservative Andre Gonzalez de Savage
Headlands Labour Arthur McCutcheon
Kingsthorpe North Conservative Sam Rumens
Kingsthorpe South Labour Jane Birch
Nene Valley Conservative Lizzy Bowen
Riverside Park Conservative Stephen Legg
Sixfields Conservative Pinder Chauhan
St George Labour Rachel Cooley
Talavera Liberal Democrat Dennis Meredith
South Northamptonshire
Brackley Conservative Fiona Baker
Bugbrooke Conservative William Brown
Deanshanger Conservative Allen Walker
Hackleton And Grange Park Conservative Michael Clarke
Middleton Cheney Conservative Rebecca Breese
Silverstone Conservative Ian Morris
Towcester And Roade Conservative Adil Sadygov
Brickhill And Queensway Conservative Jonathan Ekins
Croyland And Swanspool Conservative Graham Lawman
Earls Barton Conservative Rob Gough
Finedon Conservative Gill Mercer
Hatton Park Conservative Malcolm Waters
Irchester Conservative Martin Griffiths

See also[edit]


  1. ^ As per the summary on Wikapedia, the 2 references are inconsistent
  2. ^ "City winners named". BBC News. 18 December 2000. Retrieved 2 April 2008. 
  3. ^