Derbyshire County Council
since 22 May 2019
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
Length of term
|6 May 2021|
| 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.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.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,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. 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.
There are eight lower tier district/borough councils within the Derbyshire Council area:
Elections are held every four years, the next one is due in 2025.
|Election||Number of councillors elected by each political party|
|PORTFOLIOS (as at May 2021)|
|Strategic Leadership, Culture, Tourism and Climate Change|
|Cabinet Member and Council Leader||Barry Lewis|
|Cabinet Support Member||Susan Hobson|
|Highways Assets and Transport|
|Cabinet Member||Kewal Singh Athwal|
|Cabinet Support Member||Charlotte Cupit|
|Health and Communities|
|Cabinet Member||Carol Hart|
|Cabinet Support Member||Neil Atkin|
|Cabinet Member||Natalie Hoy|
|Cabinet Support Member||David Muller|
|Clean Growth and Regeneration|
|Cabinet Member||Tony King|
|Cabinet Support Member||Aaron Gibson|
|Corporate Services and Budget|
|Cabinet Member||and Deputy Leader Simon Spencer|
|Cabinet Support Member||Linda Grooby|
|Cabinet Member||Alex Dale|
|Cabinet Support Member||Robert Flatley|
|Infrastructure and Environment|
|Cabinet Member||Carolyn Renwick|
|Cabinet Support Member||Alasdair Sutton|
|Children's Services and Safeguarding|
|Cabinet Member||Julie Patten|
|Cabinet Support Member||Garry Hickton|
|Leader of the Opposition|
|Election||Party in control|
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