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 as a "shadow authority", preparing for 1 April 2023 when the new council will come into effect and take over the functions of Cumbria County Council and the three district councils which will be abolished. Political control of the council has been held by the following parties:[1]

Party in control Years
Labour (Shadow authority) 2022–present


Political leadership will be provided by the leader of the council. The first leader of the shadow authority is Mark Fryer of the Labour Party, a former leader of Allerdale Borough Council, one of the three districts to be abolished.[2][3]

Councillor Party From To
Mark Fryer Labour 17 May 2022

Council elections

Year Labour Conservative Liberal Democrats Independent Green Council control
after election
2022[1] 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.