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Buckinghamshire County Council

Buckinghamshire County Council is the upper-tier local authority for the non-metropolitan county of Buckinghamshire, in England, the United Kingdom established in 1889 following the Local Government Act 1888. The county council's offices are in Aylesbury.

Buckinghamshire County Council
Coat of arms or logo
Non-metropolitan county council of Essex
Cllr Patricia Birchley,
Since May 2017
Vice chairman
Cllr Netta Glover,
Since May 2017
Leader of the Conservative group
Cllr Martin Tett,
Leader of the Liberal Democrats with East Wycombe Independents & Independent Group
Steven Lambert,
Liberal Democrats
Seats 49 (26 needed for a majority)
Composition of Buckinghamshire county council.svg
Political groups
Largest party
     Conservative Party (41)
Official Opposition
     Liberal Democrats (4)
Other opposition parties
Length of term
4 years
Last election
4 May 2017
Next election
May 2021
Meeting place
Buckinghamshire County Hall, Aylesbury.jpg
County Hall
United Kingdom

The borders of the ceremonial county and county council have changed several times and no longer align, with the last reorganisation in 1997 when the Borough of Milton Keynes became a unitary authority.

The council consists of 49 councillors, and is controlled by the Conservative Party, which has 36 councillors. It has been controlled by the Conservatives since the reorganisation of local government in 1973. For the 2013 elections, the number of seats was reduced from 57 to 49 following the 2012 changes in division boundaries.[1]



Elections are held every four years, interspersed by three years of elections to the four district councils in the county.

Party Councillors Change
Conservative 41 +5
UKIP 0 -6
Liberal Democrat 4 -1
Independent 3 +2
Labour 1 -
Source: Buckinghamshire County Council summary of election results May 2017

Conservative councillors represent most of the county, both in terms of number of seats and geographic area. Four seats in Aylesbury are held by the Liberal Democrats, and the sole Labour member was elected in Booker, Cressex & Castlefield, in the suburbs of High Wycombe. Independents hold the divisions of Ryemead & Micklefield, Totteridge & Bowerdean, and West Wycombe, also in the High Wycombe area.[2]



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