Cambridgeshire County Council

Cambridgeshire County Council is the county council of Cambridgeshire, England. The council consists of 61 councillors, representing 59 electoral divisions. The council meets at Shire Hall in Cambridge. It is a member of the East of England Local Government Association.

Cambridgeshire County Council
Chair of the Council
Cllr Mac McGuire, Conservative
since May 2019
Leader of the Council
Lucy Nethsingha
since 18 May 2021
Chief executive
Gillian Beasley
since 19 October 2015
Seats61 councillors
Political groups
Administration (33)
  Liberal Democrat (20)
  Labour (9)
  St Neots Independent (2)
  Independent (2)
Other parties (28)
  Conservative (28)
Length of term
4 years
Last election
6 May 2021
Next election
Meeting place
Shire Hall
United Kingdom

Since May 2021, it has been run by a joint administration of the Liberal Democrats, Labour Party, and independent groups.[1]


Cambridgeshire County Council was first formed in 1889 as a result of the Local Government Act 1888, as one of two county councils covering Cambridgeshire; the other was the Isle of Ely County Council. In 1965 the two councils were merged to form Cambridgeshire and Isle of Ely County Council.

This arrangement lasted until 1974 when, following the Local Government Act 1972, Cambridgeshire and Isle of Ely was merged with Huntingdon and Peterborough to form a new non-metropolitan county of Cambridgeshire under the control of a newly constituted Cambridgeshire County Council. The first elections to the new authority were in April 1973, and the council took office on 1 April 1974.

From its recreation in 1974 until 1998 the county council administered the entire county of Cambridgeshire. In 1998 Peterborough City Council became a unitary authority, thus outside the area of the county council. For ceremonial, geographic and certain administrative purposes however, Peterborough continues to be associated with Cambridgeshire, including sharing a Chief Executive Officer.[2]

The council has been administered from several sites in Cambridge, including the Guildhall, County Hall, and its current location, Shire Hall.[3] The authority is due to move to new premises in Alconbury Weald, North-West of Huntingdon, in 2021.[4]


The council is responsible for public services such as education, transport, highways, heritage, social care, libraries, trading standards, and waste management.[5]

District councils

The county council is the upper-tier of local government, below which are five councils with responsibility for local services such as housing, planning applications, licensing, council tax collection and rubbish collection. The districts of Cambridgeshire are:


Party Councillors (as of May 2021) Change

(from 2017 election)

Conservative 28 -8
Liberal Democrats 20 +5
Labour 9 +2
St Neots Independent 2 +1
Independent 2 0
Total 61


Councillors and electoral divisions

Electoral Division Parishes[7] Councillor[7] Party
AbbeyAbbey Alex BulatLabour
Alconbury and KimboltonAlconbury, Alconbury Weston, Barham & Woolley, Brington & Molesworth, Buckworth, Bythorn & Keyston, Catworth, Covington, Easton, Ellington, Great Gidding, Great Staughton, Hail Weston, Hamerton & Steeple Gidding, Kimbolton, Leighton, Little Gidding, Old Weston, Perry, Spaldwick, Stow Longa, Tilbrook, Upton & Coppingford and Winwick Ian GardenerConservative
ArburyArbury Hilary CondronLabour
Bar HillBar Hill, Boxworth, Dry Drayton, Girton, Lolworth Edna MurphyLiberal Democrats
Brampton and BuckdenT Brampton, Buckden, Diddington, Grafham, Offord Cluny & Offord D’Arcy and Southoe & Midloe  Ken BillingtonConservative
BurwellBurwell, Reach, Swaffham Bulbeck, Swaffham Prior Josh SchumannConservative
CambourneBourn, Cambourne, Little Gransden and Longstowe Mark HowellConservative
CastleCastle Catherine RaeLabour
ChatterisChatteris Anne HayConservative
Cherry HintonCherry Hinton Bryony GoodliffeLabour
ChestertonChesterton Gerri BirdLabour
Cottenham and WillinghamTBC Neil GoughLiberal Democrats
DuxfordBabraham, Duxford, Fowlmere, Great Abington,
Hinxton, Ickleton, Little Abington, Pampisford,
Thriplow, Whittlesford
 Peter McDonaldLiberal Democrat
Ely NorthEly Alison WhelanLiberal Democrat
Ely SouthEly, Stuntney Piers CouttsLiberal Democrats
FulbournFen Ditton, Fulbourn, Great Wilbraham,
Horningsea, Little Wilbraham, Stow cum Quy,
 Claire DauntonLiberal Democrat
GamlingayArrington, Barrington, Croydon, Gamlingay,
Great Eversden, Harlton, Haslingfield, Hatley,
Little Eversden, Little Gransden, Longstowe,
Orwell, Wimpole
 Sebastian KindersleyLiberal Democrat
Godmanchester and Huntingdon South Graham WilsonLiberal Democrat
HardwickBarton, Caldecote, Childerley, Comberton,
Coton, Grantchester, Hardwick, Kingston,
Madingley, Toft
 Michael AtkinsLiberal Democrat
Histon and Impington Ros HathornLiberal Democrat
Huntingdon North and Hartford Jonas KingConservative
Huntingdon West Tom SandersonIndependent
King's HedgesKing's Hedges Elisa MeschiniLabour
LintonBalsham, Bartlow, Carlton, Castle Camps,
Hildersham, Horseheath, Linton,
Shudy Camps, West Wickham, West Wratting,
Weston Colville
 Henry BatchelorLiberal Democrat
LittleportLittleport David Ambrose SmithConservative
Longstanton, Northstowe and Over Firouz ThompsonLiberal Democrats
March North and WalderseyMarch Steve CountConservative
  Janet French Conservative
March South and RuralBenwick, March John GowlingConservative
MarketMarket Nick GayLabour
Melbourn & BassingbournFoxton, Great and Little Chishill, Heydon,
Melbourn, Meldreth, Shepreth
 Susan van de VenLiberal Democrat
NewnhamNewnham Lucy NethsinghaLiberal Democrat
Papworth and SwaveseyConington (S), Croxton, Elsworth, Eltisley,
Fen Drayton, Graveley, Knapwell,
Papworth Everard, Papworth St Agnes, Swavesey
 Mandy SmithConservative

Richard Howitt

Queen Edith'sQueen Edith's Alex BeckettLiberal Democrat
Ramsey and BuryRamsey Adela CostelloConservative
Roman Bank and PeckoverGorefield, Leverington, Newton (F),
Tydd St Giles, Wisbech
 Simon KingConservative
RomseyRomsey Neil ShailerLabour
Sawston and ShelfordGreat Shelford, Harston, Hauxton,
Little Shelford, Newton (S), Sawston, Stapleford
 Brian Miles Liberal Democrat
 Maria King Liberal Democrat
Sawtry and StiltonBarham and Woolley, Brington and Molesworth,
Buckworth, Bythorn and Keyston, Catworth,
Conington (H), Easton, Ellington, Glatton,
Great Gidding, Hamerton, Leighton, Little Gidding,
Old Weston, Sawtry, Spaldwick, Steeple Gidding,
Stow Longa, Upton and Coppingford, Winwick
 Simon BywaterConservative
Soham North and Isleham Chippenham, Fordham, Isleham,
Kennett, Snailwell, Soham, Wicken
Mark GoldsackConservative
Soham South and Haddenham Dan SchumannConservative
Somersham and EarithBluntisham, Broughton, Colne, Earith, Old Hurst,
Pidley cum Fenton, Somersham, Woodhurst
 Steve CriswellConservative
St Ives North and WytonHolywell-cum-Needingworth, St Ives 

Ryan Fuller

St Ives South and Needingworth Kevin ReynoldsConservative
St Neots East and GransdenSt Neots Stephen Ferguson Independent
St Neots Eynesbury   Simone Taylor Independent
St Neots Priory Park and Little Paxton   Keith Prentice Conservative
St Neots The Eatons   Derek Giles Independent
SuttonCoveney, Downham, Mepal, Sutton, Wentworth, Witcham, Witchford Lorna DupréLiberal Democrat
The Hemingfords & FenstantonFenstanton, Hemingford Abbots,
Hemingford Grey, Hilton, Houghton and Wyton
 Douglas DewConservative
Trumpington Philippa SlatterLiberal Democrat
Warboys & the StukeleysAbbots Ripton, Bury, Houghton and Wyton,
Kings Ripton, Upwood and the Raveleys,
Warboys, Wistow, Wood Walton

Steve Cortney

WaterbeachLandbeach, Milton, Waterbeach Anna BradnamLiberal Democrat
Whittlesey NorthWhittlesey Chris BodenConservative
Whittlesey SouthWhittlesey David ConnorConservative
Wisbech EastWisbech Samantha HoyConservative
Wisbech WestWisbech Steven TierneyConservative
WooddittonAshley, Bottisham, Brinkley, Burrough Green,
Cheveley, Dullingham, Kirtling, Lode,
Stetchworth, Westley Waterless, Woodditton
 Alan SharpConservative
Yaxley and Farcet   Mac McGuire Conservative
Shire Hall viewed from the Castle Mound

Coat of Arms

Granted on 1 November 1976.

Blazon: "Or three Palets wavy alternating with two Palets Azure a Bordure Gules flory on the inner edge Or; the Shield ensigned by a Mural Crown Or."

Supporters: On either side a Great Bustard proper the exterior leg resting on a closed Book Gules garnished Or pendent from the neck of the dexter by a Cord Argent two keys in saltire wards uppermost uppermost and outwards Gules and from the neck of the sinister by a like Cord a Hunting Horn mouth to the dexter Or.

Badge: Within an Annulet ensigned by a Coronet a Bar Or between two Bars wavy Azure.

Motto: 'CORDE UNO SAPIENTES SIMUS' which translates as "With one heart let us be men and women of understanding". [8]

Lender option borrower option loans

The council has long term lender option borrower option loans (LOBOs) totalling £79.5 million with Barclays, Dexia and Siemens Financial Services.[9]

See also


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  2. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 29 November 2016. Retrieved 29 November 2016.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. "The city of Cambridge: Public buildings | British History Online". Retrieved 20 May 2021.
  4. elworthy, john (15 February 2021). "What's in a name you ask?". Cambs Times. Retrieved 20 May 2021.
  5. "Understand how your council works". HM Government. Retrieved 17 May 2021.
  6. "Cambridgeshire County Council". BBC News. Retrieved 12 May 2021.
  7. "Council and committee meetings - Cambridgeshire County Council > Councillors". Retrieved 30 May 2018.
  8. "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 24 April 2012. Retrieved 12 January 2014.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  9. 24 Jul 2015 Cambridge News Cambridgeshire County Council’s £45m annual interest bill Archived 24 July 2015 at the Wayback Machine