All 65 members of Westmorland and Furness Council unitary authority in England are elected every four years.

Political control

The first election to the council was held in 2022, initially operating as a shadow authority until 1 April 2023 when the new council took over the functions in of the abolished Cumbria County Council and the three abolished district councils of Barrow-in-Furness Borough Council, Eden District Council, and South Lakeland District Council. Political control of the council since 2023 has been held by the following parties:[1]

Party in control Years
Liberal Democrats 2023–present


Political leadership is provided by the leader of the council. The first leader is Jonathan Brook, a Liberal Democrat, who was also the last leader of South Lakeland District Council.[2][3]

Councillor Party From To
Jonathan Brook Liberal Democrats 1 Apr 2023

Council elections

Year Seats Liberal Democrats Labour Conservative Green Independent Council control after election
2022[1][4] 65 36 15 11 1 2 Liberal Democrats

District result maps

By-election results


Old Barrow and Hindpool By-Election 4 May 2023[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Dave Cassidy 1,004 69.4
Conservative Derek Gawne 354 24.5
Liberal Democrats Stephen Pickthall 89 6.2
Majority 650 44.9
Turnout 1,447
Labour hold Swing


  1. ^ a b "Westmorland & Furness result - Local Elections 2022". BBC News. Retrieved 8 May 2022.
  2. ^ "Liberal Democrats elect new group leader for Westmorland and Furness Council - Cumberland and Westmorland Herald". 8 May 2022.
  3. ^ "Council minutes". Westmorland and Furness Council. Retrieved 15 June 2022.
  4. ^ "Westmorland and Furness".
  5. ^ "Local Elections Archive Project — Old Barrow and Hindpool Ward". Retrieved 24 September 2022.