Denbighshire Council

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Arms of Denbighshire County Council.svg
Denbighshire County Council.svg
Type
Type
History
Founded1 April 1996
Preceded byClwyd County Council
Leadership
Chairman of the Council
Arwel Roberts, Plaid Cymru
Leader of the Council
Jason McLellan, Labour
Deputy Leader
Gill German, Labour
Leader of the Opposition
TBC
Chief Executive
Graham Boase
Structure
Seats48 councillors
Political groups
  Labour (19)
  Independent (12)
  Plaid Cymru (8)
  Conservative (6)
  Green (2)
  Liberal Democrats (1)
Length of term
5 years
Elections
First-past-the-post
First election
4 May 1995
Last election
5 May 2022
Next election
6 May 2027
Meeting place
County Hall, Ruthin (geograph 5572875).jpg
County Hall, Ruthin
Website
www.denbighshire.gov.uk

Denbighshire County Council is the governing body for the principal area of Denbighshire (not historic Denbighshire), one of the administrative subdivisions of Wales.

The council consists of a multi-party cabinet led by Councillor Jason McLellan.

Political makeup

Elections take place every five years.[1] The last election was 5 May 2022 when the number of councillors elected increased from 47 to 48.[2]

Current composition

As of 5 May 2022:

Group affiliation[3] Members
Labour 19
  Independent
12
Plaid Cymru 8
Conservatives 6
  Green
2
  Liberal Democrats
1
 Total
48

One seat (Alyn Valley, Con) was elected unopposed at the 2022 election.[4]

Leadership

The council is led by Councillor Jason McLellan, Labour. The cabinet is formed of 6 Labour and 3 Plaid Cymru councillors.[5] He was preceded by Councillor Hugh Evans, a farmer from Llanelidan, who led the council for over 14 years, who was first elected as leader of the council on 6 November 2007. This followed a vote of no confidence in the previous leader, Rhiannon Hughes, two weeks beforehand.[6] Prior to Hughes, Plaid Cymru councillor Eryl Williams was leader, from 2002 until 2004.[7]

From April 2022 the council leader was paid a salary of £53.550.[8]

Historic results

Summary of the council composition after council elections, click on the year for full details of each election.[9][10]

Year Seats Labour Independent Plaid Cymru Conservative Green Liberal Democrats Notes
2022 48 19 12 8 6 2 1
2017 47 13 8 9 16 0 1
2012 47 18 12 7 9 0 1
2008 47 7 13 8 18 0 1
2004 46 8 23b 7 7 0 1
1999 47 13 23a 8 2 0 1
1995 49 19 20 7 0 0 3

Party with the most elected councillors in bold. Coalition agreements in Notes column

a = In 1999, five candidates were elected to represent the Democratic Alliance of Wales.

b = In 2004, three candidates were elected to represent the Democratic Alliance of Wales.

Electoral divisions

The county borough is divided into 29 electoral wards returning 48 councillors.[11] Few communities in Denbighshire are coterminous with electoral wards. The following table lists council wards, communities and associated geographical areas based on the 2017 election:

Ward[12] County
Councillors
Communities (and community wards)
Bodelwyddan c 1 Bodelwyddan (town) *
Corwen c 1 Corwen (town) *
Denbigh Central 1 Denbigh (town) (Central ward)
Denbigh Lower 2 (Lower ward)
Denbigh Upper/Henllan 2 (Upper ward)
Henllan
Dyserth c 1 Dyserth *
Efenechtyd 1
Llanarmon-yn-Ial/Llandegla 1
Llanbedr Dyffryn Clwyd/Llangynhafal 1
Llandrillo 1
Llandyrnog 1
Llanfair Dyffryn Clwyd/Gwyddelwern 1
Llangollen 2
Llanrhaeadr-yng-Nghinmeirch 1
Prestatyn Central 2 Prestatyn (town) (Central ward)
Prestatyn East 2 (East ward)
Prestatyn Meliden 1 (Meliden ward)
Prestatyn North 3 (North and North West wards)
Prestatyn South West 2 (South West ward)
Rhuddlan c 2 Rhuddlan (town)
Rhyl East 2 Rhyl (town) (East ward)
Rhyl South 2 (South ward)
Rhyl South East 3 (South East ward)
Rhyl South West 2 (South West ward)
Rhyl West 2 (West ward)
Ruthin c 3 Ruthin (town)
St. Asaph East 1 St. Asaph (town) (East ward)
St. Asaph West 1 (West ward)
Trefnant 1
Tremeirchion 1

* = Communities which elect a community council
c = Ward coterminous with community of the same name[13]

Democratic Alliance of Wales

The Democratic Alliance of Wales (DAW) was a political party[14] partly comprising former Labour Party members,

The DAW stood 14 candidates in the 1999 Denbighshire Council election, with five winning seats in Prestatyn.[15] The three successful DAW candidates in Prestatyn North—Michael German, Isobel German and Jeff Hughes—had been elected as Labour councillors at the 1995 elections.[15] One of the DAW founders, Gwynn Clague, was elected as a county councillor for Prestatyn South West, and became mayor of Prestatyn Town Council. He was particularly known for his criticisms of the county council's performance, as well as the town council's finances. By October 2003, he had left DAW and was unaligned.[16]

At the 2004 all-council election, the three DAW councillors in the Prestatyn North ward stood for re-election, retaining their seats.

Following the rejection of Denbighshire council leader Rhiannon Hughes in October 2007, DAW group leader Mike German was touted as a possible successor.[17]

At the 2008 all-council election, the three remaining DAW councillors stood as Independents, losing to the Conservatives.[18]

References

  1. ^ "Local Government and Elections (Wales) Act 2021". legislation.gov.uk. Archived from the original on 19 November 2021.
  2. ^ "Welsh Statutory Instruments 2021 No. 1159 (W. 284)". legislation.gov.uk. 21 October 2021. Retrieved 13 May 2022.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. ^ Election results by party, Denbighshire County Council. Retrieved 29 March 2018.
  4. ^ "County council elections (local elections)". Denbighshire County Council. 6 May 2022. Retrieved 13 May 2022.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. ^ Denbighshire County Council (30 May 2022). "The Leader, Cabinet and Elected Councillors". Denbighshire County Council. Retrieved 30 May 2022.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  6. ^ "Llanelidan farmer is new Denbighshire Council leader", Daily Post (North Wales), 6 November 2007. Retrieved 29 March 2018.
  7. ^ Darren Devine (23 October 2007). "Leader resigns over schools vote". Wales Online. Retrieved 20 November 2020.
  8. ^ "Independent Remuneration Panel for Wales: annual report 2022 to 2023" (PDF). Welsh Government/Llywodraeth Cymru. 24 February 2022. Retrieved 30 May 2022.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  9. ^ "Denbighshire County Council Election Results 1995-2012". Elections Centre Plymouth University. Retrieved 4 June 2020.
  10. ^ "Wales at the polls: Local elections 2017". ITV News. Retrieved 4 June 2020.
  11. ^ Welsh Statutory Instruments 2021 No. 1159 (W. 284) (18 October 2021). "Welsh Statutory Instruments, 2021 No. 1159 (W. 284), Local Government, Wales - The County of Denbighshire (Electoral Arrangements) Order 2021". www.legislation.gov.uk. Retrieved 13 May 2022.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  12. ^ "Election results by Wards". Denbighshire County Council. Retrieved 29 March 2018.
  13. ^ Election Maps, Ordnance Survey. Retrieved 29 March 2018.
  14. ^ "Standing Committee on Bills: Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Bill". Hansard. Parliament.uk. 3 February 2000. Retrieved 28 November 2020. The Minister has raised the spectre of small political parties, such as the Civil Rights Movement and the Democratic Alliance of Wales, committing offences during an election and, because it is the party that appears in court and can be convicted of whatever misdemeanour it is accused of, the party can then disband and the members can go off and form another party, perhaps the democratic alliance of Wales 2001 party.
  15. ^ a b "Denbighshire County Council Election Results 1995-2012" (PDF). The Elections Centre, Plymouth University. Retrieved 28 November 2020.
  16. ^ "'Hell will freeze over before I tell them sorry'". Daily Post. 1 October 2003. Retrieved 28 November 2020.
  17. ^ Darren Devine (23 October 2007). "Leader resigns over schools vote". Wales Online. Retrieved 28 November 2020.
  18. ^ "Election results for Prestatyn North - Thursday, 1 May 2008". Denbighshire County Council. April 2013. Retrieved 21 November 2020.