Gloucestershire County Council
Coat of arms of Gloucestershire County Council
Council logo
Chairman of Council
Alan Preest
since 19 May 2021
Mark Hawthorne, Conservative
since 19 May 2010
Deputy Leader
Lynden Stowe, Conservative
Leader of the Opposition
Paul Hodgkinson, Liberal Democrat
Chief Executive
Pete Bungard
since May 2007
Seats53 councillors[1]
Gloucester County Council composition
Political groups
Administration (28)
  Conservative (28)
Other parties (25)
  Liberal Democrat (16)
  Labour (5)
  Green (4)
Length of term
4 years
First past the post
Last election
6 May 2021
Next election
Meeting place
Gloucester Shire Hall 04.JPG
The Shire Hall
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Gloucestershire County Council is a county council which administers the most strategic local government services in the non-metropolitan county of Gloucestershire, in the South West of England.

The council's principal functions are county roads and rights of way, social services, education and libraries, but it also provides many other local government services in the area it covers. This does not include South Gloucestershire, which is a unitary authority with all the functions of a county and a non-metropolitan district.

Gloucestershire County Council's land area is 2,653.03 km2.[2]

Political control

Since the foundation of the council in 1973 political control of the council has been held by the following parties:[3]

Party in control Years
No overall control 1973–2005
Conservative 2005–2013
No overall control 2013 - 2017
Conservative 2017–


Council Leader Mark Hawthorne appointed the following Cabinet as of May 2019.[citation needed]

Office Party Name
Leader Conservative Mark Hawthorne
Deputy Leader of the Council and Cabinet Member for Children's Safeguarding and Early Years Conservative Vacant
Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care Commissioning Conservative Carole Allaway Martin
Cabinet Member for Highways and Flood Conservative Vernon Smith
Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care Delivery Conservative Kathy Williams
Cabinet Member for Environment and Planning Conservative Vacant
Cabinet Member for Finance and Change Conservative Lynden Stowe
Cabinet Member for Public Protection, Parking and Libraries Conservative Dave Norman
Cabinet Member for Economy, Education and Skills Conservative Vacant
Cabinet Member for Public Health and Communities Conservative Tim Harman

Notable members

Elections and changes

Main article: Gloucestershire County Council elections

2013 Gloucestershire County Council elections

Main article: 2013 Gloucestershire County Council election

The Conservative Party lost 13 notional seats, although the numerical loss was larger due to the reduction in the total number of councillors. The Liberal Democrats remained the second largest party by total seats and percentage vote, while the Labour Party had the largest net gain of five seats. UKIP won representation on the county council for the first time, winning three seats.

The number of Independent councillors rose to two, while both the Green Party and People Against Bureaucracy saw their only councillors re-elected.

By-elections and defections: 2013 to 2017

In July 2016, UKIP group leader Alan Preest defected to the Conservatives, claiming that the party lacked a purpose following the EU Referendum.[9] He was followed shortly thereafter by UKIP councillor Colin Guyton, who left UKIP to serve as an independent.[10] He later resigned from the County Council entirely, but a by-election was not held in his division due to the short length of time between then and the 2017 local elections.[11]

Two by-elections were held to Gloucestershire County Council in the 2013–2017 term of office:

By-election Date Incumbent Party Winner Party Cause
Churchdown 5 May 2016 Bill Whelan Liberal Democrats Jack Williams Liberal Democrats Death
Mitcheldean 23 October 2014 Norman Stephens Independent Brian Robinson Conservative Death

2017 Gloucestershire County Council elections

Main article: 2017 Gloucestershire County Council election

The Conservative Party gained 8 seats and retained control of the council. The Liberal Democrats held their 14 seats while Labour lost 4 seats and UKIP lost all 3 of their seats. The Green Party gained one seat. Minor parties lost both of their seats and People Against Bureaucracy held their seat.

By-elections and defections: 2017 to 2021

One by-election was held in this period. Another by-election was due to be held for the ward of Winchcombe and Woodmancote but was suspended due to the uncertainty around the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic in the United Kingdom.[12]

By-election Date Incumbent Party Winner Party Cause
Churchdown 2 May 2019 Jack Williams Liberal Democrats Benjamin Evans Liberal Democrats Death

2021 Gloucestershire County Council elections

Main article: 2021 Gloucestershire County Council election

On 6 May 2021 the Conservatives retained control, though with a reduced majority.[13]

See also


  1. ^ "Open Council Data UK - compositions councillors parties wards elections".
  2. ^ "Land Area of Gloucestershire" (PDF).
  3. ^ "Cotswold". BBC News Online. 4 May 2007. Retrieved 25 September 2009.
  4. ^ F. W. S. Craig, British parliamentary election results 1918–1949 (Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services, 1983 edition), p. 359
  5. ^ 'ELWES, Sir Henry (William George)' in Who's Who 2013 (London: A & C Black, 2012)
  6. ^ 'GIRLING, Julie McCulloch', in Who's Who 2014 (London: A. & C. Black, 2014); online edition by Oxford University Press, December 2013, accessed 17 January 2014
  7. ^ Watson, Sarah Phaedre (24 January 2018). "Can you help uncover the history of a 'dangerous woman' of Stroud?". Stroud Journal. Retrieved 3 March 2018.
  8. ^ "No. 57683". The London Gazette. 23 June 2005. p. 8169.
  9. ^ "UKIP council leader defects to Tories saying party 'doesn't have a point any more' after EU Referendum". ITV News. 1 July 2016.
  10. ^ "Councillors leave UKIP |". 6 July 2016.
  11. ^ "Former UKIP councillor delays resignation to avoid by-election". Gloucester Live. 23 November 2016. Archived from the original on 24 November 2016.
  12. ^ "Winchcombe and Woodmancote by-election on 26 March 2020 suspended - Gloucestershire County Council". Retrieved 12 February 2021.
  13. ^ "Election results by party, 6 May 2021". Gloucestershire County Council. 6 May 2021. Retrieved 9 June 2021.