Cambridgeshire County Council Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cambridgeshire_County_Council

Cambridgeshire County Council
Coat of arms or logo
Stephen Ferguson, Independent
since 8 February 2022
Lucy Nethsingha, Liberal Democrat
since 18 May 2021
Chief executive
Stephen Moir
since 20 Feb 2022
Seats61 councillors
2021 Cambridgeshire County Council diagram.svg
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
New Shire Hall, Alconbury Weald.jpg
New Shire Hall, Emery Crescent, Alconbury Weald, Huntingdon, PE28 4YE

Cambridgeshire County Council is the county council of Cambridgeshire, England. The council consists of 61 councillors, representing 59 electoral divisions. The council is based at New Shire Hall at Alconbury Weald, near Huntingdon. It is a member of the East of England Local Government Association.

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 re-creation 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 and work in collaboration with Cambridgeshire County Council[2].

Until 2021, the county council had its offices and meeting place in Cambridge, being based at different times at the Guildhall, County Hall, and Shire Hall.[3] In 2021 the council vacated Shire Hall and left Cambridge, moving to New Shire Hall at Alconbury Weald in the parish of The Stukeleys, north-west of Huntingdon.[4] The first committee meeting to be held at New Shire Hall was in September 2021.[5]


The council is responsible for public services such as education, transport, highways, heritage, social care, libraries, trading standards, and waste management.[6]

District councils[edit]

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[edit]

Electoral Division Parishes[8] Councillor[8] Party
Abbey Abbey   Alex Bulat Labour
Alconbury and Kimbolton Alconbury, 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 Gardener Conservative
Arbury Arbury   Hilary Condron Labour
Bar Hill Bar Hill, Boxworth, Dry Drayton, Girton, Lolworth   Edna Murphy Liberal Democrats
Brampton and Buckden Brampton, Buckden, Diddington, Grafham, Offord Cluny & Offord D’Arcy and Southoe & Midloe   Ken Billington Conservative
Burwell Burwell, Reach, Swaffham Bulbeck, Swaffham Prior   Josh Schumann Conservative
Cambourne Bourn, Cambourne, Little Gransden and Longstowe   Mark Howell Conservative
Castle Castle   Catherine Rae Labour
Chatteris Chatteris   Anne Hay Conservative
Cherry Hinton Cherry Hinton   Bryony Goodliffe Labour
Chesterton Chesterton   Gerri Bird Labour
Cottenham and Willingham TBC   Neil Gough Liberal Democrats
Duxford Babraham, Duxford, Fowlmere, Great Abington,
Hinxton, Ickleton, Little Abington, Pampisford,
Thriplow, Whittlesford
  Peter McDonald Liberal Democrat
Ely North Ely   Alison Whelan Liberal Democrat
Ely South Ely, Stuntney   Piers Coutts Liberal Democrats
Fulbourn Fen Ditton, Fulbourn, Great Wilbraham,
Horningsea, Little Wilbraham, Stow cum Quy,
  Claire Daunton Liberal Democrat
Gamlingay Arrington, Barrington, Croydon, Gamlingay,
Guilden Morden, Steeple Morden, Tadlow, Hatley,
Shingay-cum-Wendy, Abington Pigotts, Litlington
Orwell, Wimpole
  Sebastian Kindersley Liberal Democrat
Godmanchester and Huntingdon South   Graham Wilson Liberal Democrat
Hardwick Barton, Caldecote, Childerley, Comberton,
Coton, Grantchester, Hardwick, Kingston,
Madingley, Toft
  Michael Atkins Liberal Democrat
Histon and Impington   Ros Hathorn Liberal Democrat
Huntingdon North and Hartford   Jonas King Conservative
Huntingdon West   Tom Sanderson Independent
King's Hedges King's Hedges   Elisa Meschini Labour
Linton Balsham, Bartlow, Carlton, Castle Camps,
Hildersham, Horseheath, Linton,
Shudy Camps, West Wickham, West Wratting,
Weston Colville
  Henry Batchelor Liberal Democrat
Littleport Littleport   David Ambrose Smith Conservative
Longstanton, Northstowe and Over   Firouz Thompson Liberal Democrats
March North and Waldersey March   Steve Count Conservative
  Janet French Conservative
March South and Rural Benwick, March   John Gowling Conservative
Market Market   Nick Gay Labour
Melbourn & Bassingbourn Foxton, Great and Little Chishill, Heydon,
Melbourn, Meldreth, Shepreth
  Susan van de Ven Liberal Democrat
Newnham Newnham   Lucy Nethsingha Liberal Democrat
Papworth and Swavesey Conington (S), Croxton, Elsworth, Eltisley,
Fen Drayton, Graveley, Knapwell,
Papworth Everard, Papworth St Agnes, Swavesey
  Mandy Smith Conservative
Petersfield Petersfield  

Richard Howitt

Queen Edith's Queen Edith's   Alex Beckett Liberal Democrat
Ramsey and Bury Ramsey   Adela Costello Conservative
Roman Bank and Peckover Gorefield, Leverington, Newton (F),
Tydd St Giles, Wisbech
  Simon King Conservative
Romsey Romsey   Neil Shailer Labour
Sawston and Shelford Great Shelford, Harston, Hauxton,
Little Shelford, Newton (S), Sawston, Stapleford
  Brian Miles Liberal Democrat
  Maria King Liberal Democrat
Sawtry and Stilton Barham 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 Bywater Conservative
Soham North and Isleham Chippenham, Fordham, Isleham,
Kennett, Snailwell, Soham, Wicken
Mark Goldsack Conservative
Soham South and Haddenham   Dan Schumann Conservative
Somersham and Earith Bluntisham, Broughton, Colne, Earith, Old Hurst,
Pidley cum Fenton, Somersham, Woodhurst
  Steve Criswell Conservative
St Ives North and Wyton Holywell-cum-Needingworth, St Ives  

Ryan Fuller

St Ives South and Needingworth   Kevin Reynolds Conservative
St Neots East and Gransden St 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
Sutton Coveney, Downham, Mepal, Sutton, Wentworth, Witcham, Witchford   Lorna Dupré Liberal Democrat
The Hemingfords & Fenstanton Fenstanton, Hemingford Abbots,
Hemingford Grey, Hilton, Houghton and Wyton
  Douglas Dew Conservative
Trumpington   Philippa Slatter Liberal Democrat
Warboys & the Stukeleys Abbots Ripton, Bury, Houghton and Wyton,
Kings Ripton, Upwood and the Raveleys,
Warboys, Wistow, Wood Walton

Steve Cortney

Waterbeach Landbeach, Milton, Waterbeach   Anna Bradnam Liberal Democrat
Whittlesey North Whittlesey   Chris Boden Conservative
Whittlesey South Whittlesey   David Connor Conservative
Wisbech East Wisbech   Samantha Hoy Conservative
Wisbech West Wisbech   Steven Tierney Conservative
Woodditton Ashley, Bottisham, Brinkley, Burrough Green,
Cheveley, Dullingham, Kirtling, Lode,
Stetchworth, Westley Waterless, Woodditton
  Alan Sharp Conservative
Yaxley and Farcet   Mac McGuire Conservative

Coat of Arms[edit]

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". [9]

Lender option borrower option loans[edit]

The council has long term lender option borrower option loans (LOBOs) totalling £79.5 million with Barclays, Dexia and Siemens Financial Services.[10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Lib Dems, Labour and Independent groups agree joint administration for Cambridgeshire County Council". Cambridge Independent. 14 May 2021. Retrieved 14 May 2021.
  2. ^ "Fostering in Cambridgeshire". Cambridgeshire County Council. Retrieved 7 August 2022.
  3. ^ "The city of Cambridge: Public buildings | British History Online". www.british-history.ac.uk. Retrieved 20 May 2021.
  4. ^ elworthy, john (15 February 2021). "What's in a name you ask?". Cambs Times. Retrieved 20 May 2021.
  5. ^ "Children and Young People Committee, 14 September 2021". Cambridgeshire County Council. Retrieved 24 March 2022.
  6. ^ "Understand how your council works". www.gov.uk. HM Government. Retrieved 17 May 2021.
  7. ^ "Cambridgeshire County Council". BBC News. Retrieved 12 May 2021.
  8. ^ a b "Council and committee meetings - Cambridgeshire County Council > Councillors". cmis.cambridgeshire.gov.uk. Retrieved 30 May 2018.
  9. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 24 April 2012. Retrieved 12 January 2014.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  10. ^ 24 Jul 2015 Cambridge News Cambridgeshire County Council’s £45m annual interest bill Archived 24 July 2015 at the Wayback Machine

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New creation County council
1889 – 1965
Succeeded by
Preceded by County council
1974 – present