Cumberland Council
Council logo
Founded1 April 2023
Andrew Semple,
since 15 May 2024[1]
Mark Fryer,
since 1 April 2023[2]
Andrew Seekings
since 31 December 2022[3]
Seats46 councillors
Cumberland Council composition
Political groups
Administration (29)
  Labour (29)
Other parties (17)
  Conservative (8)
  Liberal Democrats (4)
  Independent (3)
  Green (2)
Length of term
4 years (from 2027)
First past the post
Last election
5 May 2022
Next election
6 May 2027
Meeting place
Civic Centre, Rickergate, Carlisle, CA3 8QG[4][5]

Cumberland Council is the local authority for Cumberland in England. It is a unitary authority, having the powers of a non-metropolitan county and district council combined.[a] It was first elected in May 2022 and operated as a shadow authority until taking up its powers on 1 April 2023.[7] Cumberland Council replaced Cumbria County Council, Allerdale Borough Council, Carlisle City Council and Copeland Borough Council.


The council was created as part of the 2019–2023 structural changes to local government in England.


The council logo was approved at a meeting of the shadow executive on 20 July 2022.[8][9] The logo draws on symbols found on the flag and coat of arms of the traditional county of Cumberland.[10] It features a Parnassus flower, the traditional county flower, wavy lines which represent the fells, mountains, lakes and coast of the council area and the colours blue and green, which are the livery colours of the traditional county.[11] The council's flag consists of the emblem, without the text, on a white background.[12]


See also: 2022 Cumberland Council election

The first election to Cumberland Council was held on 5 May 2022. All 46 seats were up for election. Labour won 30 seats, giving it a majority.[13] Conservatives have 7 seats, Liberal Democrats 4 seats, Independents 3 seats and Green Party 2 seats. Turnout was 36.1%.[14]


Following the 2022 election and subsequent changes of allegiance in March and June 2023, the composition of the council was:[15][16]

Party Councillors
Labour 29
Conservative 8
Liberal Democrats 4
Independent 3
Green 2
Total 46

The three independent councillors sit together as a group.[17] The next election is due in 2027.


Cumbria House, 117 Botchergate, Carlisle, CA1 1RD: Council's main offices

The council inherited various offices from its predecessor authorities, including Allerdale House in Workington, the Copeland Centre in Whitehaven, and the Civic Centre and Cumbria House in Carlisle. Full council meetings are held at the Civic Centre, and Cumbria House is the council's official headquarters, with the other buildings being retained as local area offices.[18][19]


  1. ^ Legally, the council is a district council which additionally performs the functions assigned to county councils by local government legislation. The Cumberland area is both a non-metropolitan district and a non-metropolitan county, but the county has no separate county council.[6]


  1. ^ Mawson, Brandon (16 May 2024). "Cumberland Council's Annual Council held in Carlisle". News and Star. Retrieved 16 May 2024.
  2. ^ "Inaugural meeting of the Shadow Authority for Cumberland Council". Shadow Authority for Cumberland Council. Retrieved 20 May 2022.
  3. ^ "New Chief Executive for Cumberland Council". Cumberland Council. Retrieved 3 May 2024.
  4. ^ "Agenda for meeting to be held at Cathedral Room, Civic Centre, Carlisle" (PDF). Shadow Authority for Cumberland Council. 17 May 2022. Retrieved 10 May 2022.
  5. ^ "New Cumbria councils to hold inaugural meetings -". 12 May 2022.
  6. ^ "The Cumbria (Structural Changes) Order 2022",, The National Archives, SI 2022/331, retrieved 24 January 2024
  7. ^ "The Cumbria (Structural Changes) Order 2022".
  8. ^ "Agenda for Shadow Executive on Wednesday, 20th July, 2022, 5.00 pm". 20 July 2022.
  9. ^ "New logo for Cumberland Council agreed -". 21 July 2022.
  10. ^ "New logo for Cumberland Council agreed". ITV News. 22 July 2022.
  11. ^ "Agenda" (PDF). Cumberland Council. 20 July 2022. Retrieved 26 July 2022.
  12. ^ "Cumberland Council".
  13. ^ "Cumberland election result". BBC. Retrieved 9 May 2022.
  14. ^ "Results of the Cumberland Council elections | Shadow Authority for Cumberland Council".
  15. ^ Dempsey, Bridget (3 March 2023). "Upperby councillor joins Lib Dems after quitting Labour". News and Star. Retrieved 3 May 2024.
  16. ^ Rawlinson, Ollie (2 June 2023). "Cumberland councillor Trevor Allison leaves Lib Dems for Conservatives". News and Star. Retrieved 3 May 2024.
  17. ^ "Your councillors by party". Cumberland Council. Retrieved 3 May 2024.
  18. ^ "HQ decided for new Cumberland Council". Cumbria Crack. 21 September 2022. Retrieved 3 May 2024.
  19. ^ "Calendar". Cumberland Council. Retrieved 3 May 2024.