North Hertfordshire District Council

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North Hertfordshire District Council
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Type
Type
Leadership
Chairman of the Council
Terry Tyler,Liberal Democrats
Leader of the Council
Martin Stears-Handscomb,Labour
Structure
Seats49
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Political groups
Administration (27)
  Labour (16)
  Liberal Democrats (11)

Opposition (22)

  Conservatives (22)
Elections
Last election
2 May 2019
Meeting place
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Council Offices, Gernon Road, Letchworth Garden City
Website
http://www.north-herts.gov.uk

North Hertfordshire District Council is the local authority for the North Hertfordshire non-metropolitan district of England, the United Kingdom. North Hertfordshire covers the northern part of Hertfordshire, in the East of England region. The Council's offices are in Letchworth, one of the largest settlements in the district.

Composition

The Council consists of 49 elected members, representing twenty-four electoral wards. Nine of the wards elect two councillors each. Seven elect one, whilst eight elect three.

In the 2019 Council elections the Conservative Party lost overall control with 22 seats. Labour took 16 seats and the Liberal Democrats took the remaining 11.

PartyCouncillorsChange
(2019)
Conservative 22-7
Labour 16+2
Liberal Democrats 11+5
Total49-
Source: BBC News

Political leadership

Since the Local Government Act 2000, the council has used the 'Leader and cabinet' model. The current leader, appointed in May 2019, is Martin Stears-Handscomb (Labour, leading a Labour - Liberal Democrat coalition). Prior to 2000 the term 'leader' was used to indicate the leader of the largest political group, who in North Hertfordshire took the formal role of Chair of the Policy and Resources Committee.

PartyDatesNameFormal role
No overall control (Conservative minority administration)1974-1976Robert FlatmanChair of Policy and Resources Committee
Conservative 1976-1992Robert FlatmanChair of Policy and Resources Committee
Conservative 1992-1994Geoffrey WoodsChair of Policy and Resources Committee
No overall control (Conservative minority administration)1994-1995Geoffrey WoodsChair of Policy and Resources Committee
No overall control (Labour minority administration)1995-1996David KearnsChair of Policy and Resources Committee
Labour 1996-1999David KearnsChair of Policy and Resources Committee
Conservative 1999-2010F. John SmithLeader of the Council
Conservative 2010-2019Lynda NeedhamLeader of the Council
No overall control (Labour - Liberal Democrat coalition)2019-Martin Stears-HandscombLeader of the Council
Source: Minutes of Annual Council Meetings 1974-2019, North Hertfordshire District Council. This list is the political leaders of the council rather than the largely ceremonial Chairman of the Council role, to which a different councillor is appointed each year.

Wards

North Hertfordshire consists of twenty four wards, electing 1, 2 or 3 members.

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