Somerset County Council - Elections


The first elections to the new county council were held on 23 January 1889. Since then, members have been elected for a term of office (initially three years, now four), with elections held all together on the "first past the post" system.

Until the early 1970s, the County Council still included aldermen. Of a total of 92 members, 69 were elected every three years by ratepayers, and 23 were aldermen, chosen by the 69 elected members. The aldermen served for six years, so after each triennial election either eleven or twelve were appointed, these numbers alternating. Until 1910, the outgoing aldermen could also vote on such appointments. As voting members of the council, aldermen were finally abolished in 1974 under the Local Government Act 1972, so that there are now only the elected members, each of the fifty-eight present county divisions electing a single member.

As a result of the elections to the county council in June 2009, it now consists of 35 Conservatives, 21 Liberal Democrats, and two Labour members. The council is led by Ken Maddock (Conservative).

Party Councillors
Conservative 35
Liberal Democrat 21
Labour 2
Total 58

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