Ryedale District Council in North Yorkshire, England is elected every four years. Since the last boundary changes in 2003, 30 councillors have been elected from 20 wards.
Since the foundation of the council in 1973 political control of the council has been held by the following parties:
|Party in control||Years|
|No overall control||1987–1995|
|No overall control||1999–2011|
|No overall control||2017–present|
Ryedale operates on a committee system, and decides at each annual meeting whether to appoint a leader of the council that year or not. When no leader is appointed, political leadership is exercised by the chair of the policy and resources committee. (The role of chair of the council is largely ceremonial.) Since 2007, the leaders, or chairs of the policy and resources committee when no there is no leader, have been:
|Keith Knaggs||Conservative||17 May 2007||Dec 2012||Leader|
|Linda Cowling||Conservative||10 Jan 2013||18 May 2017||Leader|
|Luke Ives||Conservative||18 May 2017||5 May 2019||Chair of policy and resources committee|
|Keane Duncan||Conservative||16 May 2019||25 Feb 2021||Leader|
|John Clark||Liberal||18 Mar 2021||11 Aug 2021||Chair of policy and resources committee|
|Dinah (Di) Keal||Liberal Democrats||9 Sep 2021||Chair of policy and resources committee|
|Liberal Democrats||Mike Beckett||183||44.1|
|Liberal gain from Independent||Swing|
|Liberal Democrats||Charles Downes||274||29.9|
|Liberal gain from Liberal Democrats||Swing|
|Liberal Democrats||Hugh Spencer||579||50.7|
|Liberal Democrats gain from Independent||Swing|
|Liberal gain from Conservative||Swing|
Cllr Clark was the chairman of Ryedale Council's Policy and Resources Committee, which made him the de facto leader of the authority after councillors chose not to elect a councillor to the official role of leader.
Ryedale councillors this year chose not to elect a councillor to the official role of leader which means the chairman of the Policy and Resources committee represents the authority in situations previously reserved for the leader.