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Exeter City Council
Coat of arms or logo
Coat of arms of Exeter
City and non-metropolitan district council
of Exeter
Founded1 April 1974
Lord Mayor
Trish Oliver[1], Labour
since 2021/22
Leader of the Council
Philip Bialyk, Labour
Deputy Leader
Laura Wright, Labour
Leader of the Opposition
Diana Moore, Green;, Kevin Mitchell, Liberal Democrats (Progressive Group, Co-Leaders)
Exeter City Council composition as of May 2022
Political groups
Labour administration (25); Progressive Group (8; 5 GRN + 2 LD + 1 IND); Conservatives (5); Independent (1)
25 / 39
5 / 39
5 / 39
2 / 39
2 / 39
First past the post
Last election
6 May 2021
Meeting place
Civic Centre, Exeter - - 271614.jpg
Civic Centre, Dix's Field

Exeter City Council is the council and local government of the city of Exeter, Devon.

The City Council provides a range of services within the city including housing, refuse collections and recycling, planning, economic development, tourism, leisure and arts facilities and activities. The Council also provides housing and council tax benefits as well as collecting the council tax on behalf of the city council, county council, police and fire services. Services such as education, social services, transport and highways are provided in the city by Devon County Council.


Proposed unitary authority status

See also: Local Government Act 2010

The government proposed that the city should become an independent unitary authority within Devon, much like neighbouring Plymouth and Torbay. The statutory orders to set up the unitary authority were passed in Parliament and a new unitary city council was due to start in Exeter on 1 April 2011. However, following the 2010 general election the new government announced in May 2010 that the reorganisation would be blocked.[3][4] Planned elections for seats on the City Council due to be held May 2010 were cancelled and new elections were held on 9 September 2010.


The Local Government Boundary Commission for England published its final recommendations in September 2015 for changes to the wards in Exeter. The aim was to reduce the city's high levels in electoral inequality. The number of wards was reduced to 13; each electing three councillors for a total of 39. Following parliamentary approval, it came into effect at the 2016 election.[5]

Wards and councillors

The wards of the city for City Council purposes are listed below. Most of these correspond to traditional divisions of the city that would be recognised by local inhabitants. One or two, inevitably, are somewhat artificial creations:

All city wards return three councillors to the Council. The council holds elections by thirds over a four-year cycle - one third of seats being contested in each of three years, and elections to Devon County Council taking place in the fourth.

As of May 2022, the current political control of the council is as follows:

Party[6] Seats
Labour 25
Conservative 5
Green 5
Liberal Democrats 2
Independent 2

The Green Party, Liberal Democrats and one Independent (Jemima Moore, Newtown and St Leonard's) sit as a single Progressive Group on the Council, and they are currently the largest Opposition group, with Cllr. Diana Moore (Green, St David's) and Cllr. Kevin Mitchell (Liberal Democrat, Duryard and St James) acting as co-leaders of the group.[7][8]

Following the May 2022 elections, Cllr. David Harvey (Pinhoe) left the Labour group, and subsequently sits as an Independent.[9]

Ward Party Member Election
Alphington Labour Yvonne Atkinson 2019
Labour Bob Foale 2022
Labour Steve Warwick 2021
Duryard & St James Liberal Democrats Kevin Mitchell 2022
Liberal Democrats Michael Mitchell 2019
Labour Martin Pearce 2021
Exwick Labour Phil Bialyk 2021
Labour Graeme Knott 2022
Labour Rachel Sutton 2022
Heavitree Green Carol Bennett 2022
Labour Barbara Denning 2021
Green Catherine Rees 2022
Mincinglake & Whipton Labour Naima Allcock 2022
Labour Emma Morse 2021
Labour Ruth Williams 2019
Newtown & St Leonards Labour Richard Branston 2021
Independent Jemima Moore 2019
Labour Matthew Vizard 2022
Pennsylvania Labour Zion Lights 2021
Labour Josie Parkhouse 2022
Labour Martyn Snow 2022
Pinhoe Independent[9] David Harvey 2021
Labour Trish Oliver 2019
Labour Duncan Wood 2022
Priory Labour Marina Asvachin 2022
Labour Amal Ghussain 2019
Labour Tony Wardle 2022
St Davids Green Diana Moore 2019
Green Tess Read 2022
Green Amy Sparling 2021
St Loyes Conservative Yolonda Henson 2019
Conservative Peter Holland 2022
Conservative Anne Jobson 2021
St Thomas Labour Rob Hannaford 2021
Labour Hannah Packham 2019
Labour Laura Wright 2022
Topsham Conservative Andrew Leadbetter 2021
Conservative Rob Newby 2019
Labour Joshua Ellis-Jones 2022

Summary results of elections

Main article: Exeter City Council elections


  1. ^ "Lord Mayoralty". Exeter City Council. Retrieved 30 June 2021.
  2. ^ "Exeter City Council". BBC News. Retrieved 8 May 2021.
  3. ^ "The Coalition: our programme for government" (PDF). HM Government, United Kingdom. 20 May 2010. Archived from the original (PDF) on 12 June 2011. Retrieved 24 May 2010.
  4. ^ Hennessy, Patrick (22 May 2010). "The Queen's Speech: Bill by Bill". The Daily Telegraph. London. Archived from the original on 25 May 2010. Retrieved 24 May 2010.
  5. ^ "Final recommendation on the new electoral arrangements for Exeter City Council: Summary report" (PDF). Local Government Boundary Commission for England. Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 28 October 2015.
  6. ^ "Your Councillors". 14 May 2022. Retrieved 14 May 2022.
  7. ^ Andrewbell (7 May 2022). "Greens now joint second Party in Exeter after three seat gain in local elections". Exeter Green Party. Retrieved 14 May 2022.
  8. ^ "The Official Opposition on Exeter City Council". Exeter Liberal Democrats. Retrieved 14 May 2022.
  9. ^ a b "Councillor details - Councillor David Harvey". 14 May 2022. Retrieved 14 May 2022.