All 46 members of Cumberland Council, a unitary authority in England, are elected every four years.

Political control

The first election to the council was held in 2022, initially operating as a "shadow authority" until 1 April 2023 when the new council came into effect and took over the functions of the abolished Cumbria County Council and the three district councils of Allerdale Borough Council, Carlisle City Council and Copeland Borough Council. Political control of the council since 2023 has been held by the following parties:[1]

Party in control Years
Labour 2023–present


Political leadership is provided by the leader of the council. The first leader is Mark Fryer of the Labour Party, a former leader of Allerdale Borough Council.[2][3]

Councillor Party From To
Mark Fryer Labour 1 Apr 2023

Council elections

Year Seats Labour Conservative Liberal Democrats Independent Green Council control after election
2022[1] 46 30 7 4 3 2 Labour


  1. ^ a b "Cumberland election result - Local Elections 2022". BBC News. Retrieved 15 June 2022.
  2. ^ "Cumberland shadow authority leader Mark Fryer gives exclusive interview". News and Star. 21 May 2022. Retrieved 15 June 2022.
  3. ^ "Shadow Council minutes, 17 May 2022". Cumberland Council. Retrieved 15 June 2022.