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Cambridgeshire County Council

Cambridgeshire County Council is the county council of Cambridgeshire, England. The council consists of 61 councillors, representing 59 electoral divisions. The Conservative Party took control of the council at the 2017 election after four years of no party having overall control. The council meets at Shire Hall in Cambridge. It is a member of the East of England Local Government Association.

Cambridgeshire County Council
Coat of arms or logo
Chair of the Council
Cllr Mac McGuire, Conservative
since May 2019
Leader of the Council
Cllr Steve Count, Conservative
since 13th May 2014
Chief executive
Gillian Beasley
since 19th October 2015
Seats61 councillors
Buckinghamshire County Council Parliament Diagram 2019.svg
Political groups
     Conservative (36)
Other parties
     Liberal Democrat (15)
     Labour (7)
     St Neots Independent (2)
     Independent (1)
Vacant (1)
Length of term
4 years
Last election
4 May 2017
Next election
Meeting place
Shire Hall, Cambridge - - 84489.jpg
Shire Hall
United Kingdom


Cambridgeshire County Council was first formed in 1889 as a result of the Local Government Act 1888, as one of two county councils covering Cambridgeshire; the other was the Isle of Ely County Council. In 1965 the two councils were merged to form Cambridgeshire and Isle of Ely County Council.

This arrangement lasted until 1974 when, following the Local Government Act 1972, Cambridgeshire and Isle of Ely was merged with Huntingdon and Peterborough to form a new non-metropolitan county of Cambridgeshire under the control of a newly constituted Cambridgeshire County Council. 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 until 1998 the county council administered the entire county of Cambridgeshire. In 1998 Peterborough city council became a unitary authority, thus outside the area of the county council. For ceremonial, geographic and certain administrative purposes however, Peterborough continues to be associated with Cambridgeshire, including sharing a Chief Executive Officer.[1]


Party Councillors[2](as of May 2018) Change[3]

(from 2017 election)

(between 2013 and2017 elections)
Conservative 36 0 +8
Liberal Democrat 15 +1[4] +2
Labour 7 0 +1
Independent 3 -11 +1
Total 61

Note between 2017-2019 Donald Adey originally stood as a Liberal Democrat for Trumpington, but then resigned and moved to Fife Scotland[5] and stood as an independent. He resigned[6] in time for the May 2019 local elections and the seat was retaken by Barbara Ashwood for the Liberal Democrats.[7]

Councillors and electoral divisionsEdit

Electoral Division Parishes[8] Councillor[8] Party
Abbey Abbey   Joan Whitehead Labour
Alconbury and Kimbolton Alconbury, Alconbury Weston, Barham & Woolley, Brington & Molesworth, Buckworth, Bythorn & Keyston, Catworth, Covington, Easton, Ellington, Great Gidding, Great Staughton, Hail Weston, Hamerton & Steeple Gidding, Kimbolton, Leighton, Little Gidding, Old Weston, Perry, Spaldwick, Stow Longa, Tilbrook, Upton & Coppingford and Winwick   Ian Gardener Conservative
Arbury Arbury   Jocelynne Scutt Labour
Bar Hill Bar Hill, Boxworth, Dry Drayton, Girton, Lolworth   Lynda Harford Conservative
Brampton and Buckden T Brampton, Buckden, Diddington, Grafham, Offord Cluny & Offord D’Arcy and Southoe & Midloe   Peter Downes Liberal Democrat
Burwell Burwell, Reach, Swaffham Bulbeck, Swaffham Prior   Josh Schumann Conservative
Cambourne Bourn, Cambourne, Little Gransden and Longstowe   Mark Howell Conservative
Castle Castle   Claire Richards Labour
Chatteris Chatteris   Anne Hay Conservative
Cherry Hinton Cherry Hinton   Sandra Crawford Labour
Chesterton Chesterton   Ian Manning Liberal Democrat
Cottenham and Willingham TBC   Tim Wotherspoon Conservative
Duxford Babraham, Duxford, Fowlmere, Great Abington,
Hinxton, Ickleton, Little Abington, Pampisford,
Thriplow, Whittlesford
  Peter Topping Conservative
Ely North Ely   Lis Every Conservative
Ely South Ely, Stuntney   Anna Bailey Conservative
Fulbourn Fen Ditton, Fulbourn, Great Wilbraham,
Horningsea, Little Wilbraham, Stow cum Quy,
  John Williams Liberal Democrat
Gamlingay Arrington, Barrington, Croydon, Gamlingay,
Great Eversden, Harlton, Haslingfield, Hatley,
Little Eversden, Little Gransden, Longstowe,
Orwell, Wimpole
  Sebastian Kindersley Liberal Democrat
Godmanchester and Huntingdon South   Graham Wilson Liberal Democrat
Hardwick Barton, Caldecote, Childerley, Comberton,
Coton, Grantchester, Hardwick, Kingston,
Madingley, Toft
  Lina Joseph Conservative
Histon and Impington   David Jenkins Liberal Democrat
Huntingdon North and Hartford   Mike Shellens Liberal Democrat
Huntingdon West   Tom Sanderson Independent
King's Hedges King's Hedges   Elisa Meschini Labour
Linton Balsham, Bartlow, Carlton, Castle Camps,
Hildersham, Horseheath, Linton,
Shudy Camps, West Wickham, West Wratting,
Weston Colville
  Henry Batchelor Liberal Democrat
Littleport Littleport   David Ambrose Smith Conservative
Longstanton, Northstowe and Over   Peter Hudson Conservative
March North and Waldersley March   Steve Count Conservative
  Janet French Conservative
March South and Rural Benwick, March   John Gowing Conservative
Market Market   Nichola Harrison Liberal Democrat
Melbourn & Bassingbourn Foxton, Great and Little Chishill, Heydon,
Melbourn, Meldreth, Shepreth
  Susan van de Ven Liberal Democrat
Newnham Newnham   Lucy Nethsingha Liberal Democrat
Papworth and Swavesey Conington (S), Croxton, Elsworth, Eltisley,
Fen Drayton, Graveley, Knapwell,
Papworth Everard, Papworth St Agnes, Swavesey
  Mandy Smith Conservative
Petersfield Petersfield  

Linda Jones

Queen Edith's Queen Edith's   Amanda Taylor Liberal Democrat
Ramsey and Bury Ramsey   Adela Costello Conservative
Roman Bank and Peckover Gorefield, Leverington, Newton (F),
Tydd St Giles, Wisbech
  Simon King Conservative
Romsey Romsey   Noel Kavanagh Labour
Sawston and Shelford Great Shelford, Harston, Hauxton,
Little Shelford, Newton (S), Sawston, Stapleford
  Gail Kenney

Kevin Cuffley

  Tony Orgee

Roger Hickford

Sawtry and Stilton Barham and Woolley, Brington and Molesworth,
Buckworth, Bythorn and Keyston, Catworth,
Conington (H), Easton, Ellington, Glatton,
Great Gidding, Hamerton, Leighton, Little Gidding,
Old Weston, Sawtry, Spaldwick, Steeple Gidding,
Stow Longa, Upton and Coppingford, Winwick
  Simon Bywater Conservative
Soham North and Isleham Chippenham, Fordham, Isleham,
Kennett, Snailwell, Soham, Wicken
Vacant Vacant
Soham South and Haddenham   Bill Hunt Conservative
Somersham and Earith Bluntisham, Broughton, Colne, Earith, Old Hurst,
Pidley cum Fenton, Somersham, Woodhurst
  Steve Criswell Conservative
St Ives North and Wyton Holywell-cum-Needingworth, St Ives  

Ryan Fuller

St Ives South and Needingworth   Kevin Reynolds Conservative
St Neots East and Gransden St Neots  

Julie Wisson

St Neots Eynesbury   Simone Taylor Independent
St Neots Priory Park and Little Paxton   David Wells Conservative
St Neots The Eatons   Derek Giles Independent
Sutton Coveney, Downham, Mepal, Sutton, Witcham   Lorna Dupré Liberal Democrat
The Hemingfords & Fenstanton Fenstanton, Hemingford Abbots,
Hemingford Grey, Hilton, Houghton and Wyton
  Ian Bates Conservative
Trumpington   Barbara Ashwood Liberal Democrat
Warboys & the Stukeleys Abbots Ripton, Bury, Houghton and Wyton,
Kings Ripton, Upwood and the Raveleys,
Warboys, Wistow, Wood Walton

Terence Rogers

Waterbeach Landbeach, Milton, Waterbeach   Anna Bradnam Liberal Democrat
Whittlesey North Whittlesey   Chris Boden Conservative
Whittlesey South Whittlesey   David Connor Conservative
Wisbech East Wisbech   Samantha Hoy Conservative
Wisbech West Wisbech   Steven Tierney Conservative
Woodditton Ashley, Bottisham, Brinkley, Burrough Green,
Cheveley, Dullingham, Kirtling, Lode,
Stetchworth, Westley Waterless, Woodditton
  Mathew Shuter Conservative
Yaxley and Farcet   Mac McGuire Conservative
Shire Hall viewed from the Castle Mound

Coat of armsEdit

The coat of arms were granted on 1 November 1976. The blazon reads: "Or three Palets wavy alternating with two Palets Azure a Bordure Gules flory on the inner edge Or; the Shield ensigned by a Mural Crown Or." The motto is 'CORDE UNO SAPIENTES SIMUS' which translates as "With one heart let us be men and women of understanding".[9]

Lender option borrower option loansEdit

The council has long term lender option borrower option loans (LOBOs) totalling £79.5 million with Barclays, Dexia and Siemens Financial Services.[10]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 29 November 2016. Retrieved 29 November 2016.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ a b "Cambridgeshire County Council". BBC News. 5 May 2017. Retrieved 5 May 2017.
  3. ^ "County Councillors". Cambridgeshire County Council. Retrieved 30 May 2018.
  4. ^ Gwyer, Nicola (3 May 2019). "election May 2019 including Trumpinton by election". cambridgenews. Retrieved 20 May 2019.
  5. ^ "'Move away' Cambridge councillor Donald Adey will not give up pay - BBC News". Retrieved 1 September 2019.
  6. ^ "Cambridge councillor Donald Adey resigns post 400 miles away - BBC News". Retrieved 1 September 2019.
  7. ^ Date1 Sep 2019 13:29. "By-elections - Elections and voting". Retrieved 1 September 2019.
  8. ^ a b "Council and committee meetings - Cambridgeshire County Council > Councillors". Retrieved 30 May 2018.
  9. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 24 April 2012. Retrieved 12 January 2014.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  10. ^ 24 Jul 2015 Cambridge News Cambridgeshire County Council’s £45m annual interest bill Archived 24 July 2015 at the Wayback Machine

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New creation County council
1889 – 1965
Succeeded by
Cambridgeshire and Isle of Ely County Council
Preceded by
Cambridgeshire and Isle of Ely County Council
Huntingdon and Peterborough County Council
County council
1974 – present