Derbyshire County Council

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Derbyshire County Council
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Trevor Ainsworth,
since 22 May 2019
Civic Chairman
Jean Wharmby, Conservative
since 7 May 2021
Vice Civic Chairman
David Wilson, Conservative
since 7 May 2021
Leader of the Council
Barry Lewis, Conservative
since 22 May 2019
Leader of the Labour Group
Joan Dixon, Labour
Seats64 councillors
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Political groups
  Conservative (45)
Other parties
  Labour Party (14)
  Liberal Democrat (4)
  Green (1)
Length of term
4 years
Last election
6 May 2021
Next election
May 2025
Meeting place
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County Hall

Derbyshire County Council is the upper-tier local authority for the non-metropolitan county of Derbyshire, England. It has 64 councillors representing 61 divisions, with three divisions having two members each. They are Glossop and Charlesworth, Alfreton and Somercotes, and Eckington and Killamarsh. [1] The authority is controlled by the Conservative Party, who won control in the May 2017 local council election and retained control in the May 2021 elections.


The Leader of the Council is Barry Lewis. He heads a cabinet consisting of eight other members – those being Simon Spencer, Carol Hart, Natalie Hoy, Tony King, Carolyn Renwick, Kewal Singh Athwal, Julie Patten and Alex Dale. [2] The cabinet members each have responsibility for particular functions of the council and are assisted by Cabinet Support Members.


The council was first set up in 1889 under the Local Government Act 1888, [3] covering the administrative county. It was reconstituted under the Local Government Act 1972 to cover a different territory. In 1997, the City of Derby left the area covered by the council becoming a unitary authority, but the city remains part of Derbyshire for ceremonial purposes only. The council originally met at County Hall, Derby, a facility which was built in 1660. [4] In 1955 the council moved to the current county hall in Matlock. This newer county hall is in a former hydrotherapy complex called Smedley's Hydro which was built in 1867. [5]

District and Borough Councils

There are eight lower tier district/borough councils within the Derbyshire Council area: [6]

Political makeup

Elections are held every four years, the next one is due in 2025.

ElectionNumber of councillors elected by each political party
Conservative Labour Liberal Democrats Independent Green
2021 4514401
2017 3724300
2013 1843300
2009 3322810

Cabinet/Lead Members

PORTFOLIOS (as at May 2021) [2]
Strategic Leadership, Culture, Tourism and Climate Change
Cabinet Member and Council LeaderBarry Lewis
Cabinet Support MemberSusan Hobson
Highways Assets and Transport
Cabinet MemberKewal Singh Athwal
Cabinet Support MemberCharlotte Cupit
Health and Communities
Cabinet MemberCarol Hart
Cabinet Support MemberNeil Atkin
Adult Care
Cabinet MemberNatalie Hoy
Cabinet Support MemberDavid Muller
Clean Growth and Regeneration
Cabinet MemberTony King
Cabinet Support MemberAaron Gibson
Corporate Services and Budget
Cabinet Memberand Deputy Leader Simon Spencer
Cabinet Support MemberLinda Grooby
Cabinet MemberAlex Dale
Cabinet Support MemberRobert Flatley
Infrastructure and Environment
Cabinet MemberCarolyn Renwick
Cabinet Support MemberAlasdair Sutton
Children's Services and Safeguarding
Cabinet MemberJulie Patten
Cabinet Support MemberGarry Hickton
Leader of the Opposition
Joan Dixon

Political control

ElectionParty in control
2021 Conservative
2017 Conservative
2013 Labour
2009 Conservative
2005 Labour
2001 Labour
1997 Labour
1993 Labour
1989 Labour
1985 Labour
1981 Labour
1977 Conservative
1973 Labour

Notable former members

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