Northamptonshire County Council
|Northamptonshire County Council|
Heather Smith, Conservative
Andre Gonzalez de Savage, Conservative
|Conservative Party (43)
Labour Party (12)
Liberal Democrats (2)
|First past the post|
|4 May 2017|
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. 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. 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.
|Leader of the Council||Heather Smith|
|Deputy Leader of the Council
|Andre Gonzalez de Savage|
|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
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:
- Corby Borough Council
- Daventry District Council
- East Northamptonshire District Council
- Kettering Borough Council
- Northampton Borough Council
- South Northamptonshire District Council
- Borough Council of Wellingborough
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 of the non-metropolitan county has been held by the following groups:
|1981||No overall control|
|1985||No overall control|
|1989||No overall control|
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.
|Corby Rural||Conservative||Sandra Naden-Horley|
|Corby West||Labour||Julie Brookfield|
|Oakley||Liberal Democrat||Chris Stanbra|
|Braunston And Crick||Conservative||Malcolm Longley|
|Daventry East||Conservative||Amy Howard|
|Daventry West||Conservative||Richard Auger|
|Long Buckby||Conservative||Steve Osborne|
|Woodford And Weedon||Conservative||Robin Brown|
|Higham Ferrers||Conservative||Glenn Harwood|
|Rushden Pemberton West||Conservative||Michael Tye|
|Rushden South||Conservative||Andy Mercer|
|Burton And Broughton||Conservative||Chris Smith-Haynes|
|Clover Hill||Conservative||Bill Parker|
|Rothwell And Mawsley||Conservative||James Hakewill|
|Abington And Phippsville||Labour||Danielle Stone|
|Billing And Rectory Farm||Conservative||Andrew Kilbride|
|Boothville And Parklands||Conservative||Mike Hallam|
|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|
|Kingsthorpe North||Conservative||Sam Rumens|
|Kingsthorpe South||Labour||Jane Birch|
|Nene Valley||Conservative||Lizzy Bowen|
|Riverside Park||Conservative||Stephen Legg|
|St George||Labour||Rachel Cooley|
|Talavera||Liberal Democrat||Dennis Meredith|
|Hackleton And Grange Park||Conservative||Michael Clarke|
|Middleton Cheney||Conservative||Rebecca Breese|
|Towcester And Roade||Conservative||Adil Sadygov|
|Brickhill And Queensway||Conservative||Jonathan Ekins|
|Croyland And Swanspool||Conservative||Graham Lawman|
|Earls Barton||Conservative||Rob Gough|
|Hatton Park||Conservative||Malcolm Waters|
- As per the summary on Wikapedia, the 2 references are inconsistent
- "City winners named". BBC News. 18 December 2000. Retrieved 2 April 2008.