Dorset Council is the local authority for the unitary authority of Dorset in England. There are 82 councillors, who are elected every four years.

Political control

The council was created on 1 April 2019, when Dorset County Council and five of its six district councils merged to form a unitary authority. A "shadow authority" was created in 2018 to oversee the transition, comprising all the existing district and county councillors representing the area of the new authority.[1] The first election to the new council was held in May 2019. Political control of the council has been held by the following parties:[2]

Party in control Years
Conservative 2019–present


During the shadow period 2018–2019, Rebecca Knox, Conservative leader of the outgoing Dorset County Council served as leader of the shadow authority.[3] At the first formal meeting of the new Dorset Council after its elections, Spencer Flower was appointed leader of the council. He had been the last leader of the former East Dorset District Council.[4]

Councillor Party From To
Spencer Flower Conservative 16 May 2019

Council elections

Year Conservative Liberal Democrats Green Independent Labour Council control
after election
2019 43 29 4 4 2 Conservative

The next election is due in 2023.


  1. ^ "The Bournemouth, Dorset and Poole (Structural Changes) Order 2018",, The National Archives, SI 2018/648, retrieved 30 June 2022
  2. ^ "Dorset Council Election Results 2019 - All results". Dorset Council. Archived from the original on 3 May 2019. Retrieved 3 May 2019.
  3. ^ "Shadow Executive minutes, 18 June 2018". Dorset Council. Retrieved 30 June 2022.
  4. ^ Bevins, Trevor (7 May 2021). "No change in senior roles at Dorset Council". Dorset Echo. Retrieved 30 June 2022.