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Darlington Borough Council
Darlington Borough Council logo and coat of arms
Mayor of Darlington
Cllr Cyndi Hughes
since 20 May 2021
Leader of the Council
Cllr Heather Scott, Conservative
since 2019
Deputy Leader
Cllr Jonathan Dulston, Conservative
since 2019
Leader of the Opposition
Cllr Stephen Harker, Labour
since 2019
Managing Director
Ian Williams
Seats50 councillors[3]
Political groups
Administration (22)[1]
  Conservative (22)
Confidence and supply (7)[2]
  Liberal Democrat (3)
  Independent (4)
Opposition (21)
  Labour (19)
  Green (2)
Last election
May 2019[4]
Next election
May 2023
Meeting place
Darlington Town Hall
Darlington within County Durham
Darlington within County Durham

Darlington Borough Council is the local authority for the town of Darlington and the surrounding villages in North East England. The authority is composed of 50 ward councillors. Following the local elections in May 2019 the largest party is the Conservative group with 22 councillors. Labour now has 19 councillors, with four Independents, three Liberal Democrats and two Green party councillors.[5]

The Authority was originally a non-metropolitan district of Durham County Council but absorbed the powers of the County Council in 1997 upon becoming a separate unitary authority. As of 2011 Darlington Borough had a population of 92,363 people.(2011 census)[6]


  1. ^ Gullon, Nick (4 May 2019). "Conservatives biggest party in Darlington as Labour suffer significant losses". The Northern Echo. Retrieved 21 May 2019.
  2. ^ Minting, Stuart (10 May 2019). "Tories set to control Darlington council for first time in 40 years". The Northern Echo. Retrieved 21 May 2019.
  3. ^ "Your Councillors Darlington Borough Council".
  4. ^ "Borough and Parish Elections - Thursday, 2 May 2019".
  5. ^ "Your Councillors Darlington Borough Council".
  6. ^ "Population Density (Darlington)". Retrieved 15 March 2019.