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Cornwall Council democracy

The first elections for the newly formed unitary authority of Cornwall Council were held on 4 June 2009. The next full elections were on 2 May 2013 and then again on 4 May 2017 There are 123 Cornwall Councillors. Each councillor represents one electoral division, except in Bude, where 2 councillors represent one larger division.

If you do not know who your councillor is, go to the Cornwall Council website at councillors where there is a full listing of councillors. Alternatively, go to the page where you can insert your postcode and the site will tell you who your councillor is.

In the first Council of 2009-13, there was a joint administration formed by the Conservative group and the Independent group. In the 2013-2017 Council, the Liberal Democrats formed the largest group, but without an overall majority and they joined forces with the Independent group to form a Lib Dem/Independent administration.

After the May 2017 elections, the Conservatives formed the largest group with 46 members but this was not sufficient to form a majority. They were unable to reach agreement with the Independent group to form an administration. Then the Liberal Democrat group (37 members) formed a joint administration with the Independent group (30 members). At the Bodmin St Petroc by-election on 8 June, another Liberal Democrat was elected to take the Lib Dem numbers up to 38.

Name

Party/group

Division

Portfolio

Adam Paynter

Liberal Democrat

Launceston North & North Petherwin

Leader (Strategy)

Julian German

Independent

Roseland

Deputy Leader (Resources)

Geoff Brown

Liberal Democrat

Newquay Central

Transport

Mike Eathorne-Gibbons

Independent

Ladock, St Clement & St Erme

Customers

Bob Egerton

Independent

Probus, Tregony and Grampound

Planning & Economy

Edwina Hannaford

Liberal Democrat

Looe West, Lansallos & Lanteglos

Neighbourhoods

Sally Hawken

Independent

Liskeard East

Children & Well-being

Sue James

Liberal Democrat

St Just in Penwith

Environment & Public Protection

Andrew Mitchell

Independent

St Ives West

Homes

Rob Rotchell

Liberal Democrat

Camelford

Adults

For more details on the areas covered by each portfolio holder, see Portfolio responsibilities

Groups on Cornwall Council

The composition of most of the committees within Cornwall Council is determined by what is known as political proportionality whereby each “group” is allocated a number of seats in proportion to the overall balance of seats between the groups across the council. The groups are generally synonymous with the political parties, e.g. Conservative, Liberal Democrats, Labour, Mebyon Kernow. Those councillors who stand as independents generally form an “Independent” group.

In previous Councils, I did not join the Independent group, first sitting as a Standalone member in 2009-2013, then joining with the Green party member in 2013-2017 as the non-aligned group. After the May 2017 elections, I joined the Independent group.

The groups, as of June 2017, after the Bodmin St Petroc by-election, are as follows.

Party/group

No. of members

Conservatives

46

Liberal Democrats

38

Independents

30

Labour

5

Mebyon Kernow

4

TOTAL

123

Party/group

Members (May 2013)

Members (January 2017)

Liberal Democrat

36

43

Independent

36

34

Conservative

31

28

Labour

8

7

UKIP

6

1

Mebyon Kernow

4

4

Non-aligned

2

2

Not in group or party

0

4

Total

123

123

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