Local Government Structure
Hertfordshire has a tiered local government system - the County Council and local District or Borough Councils. There are also either town or parish councils covering most of the area of each District Council.
Hertfordshire County Council
Hertfordshire County Council is controlled by the Conservatives, who regained power in 1999 from a Labour-led alliance with the Liberal Democrats. The 2013 election increased Labour representation on the council from two to 15. In the North East Hertfordshire constituency, we have only one councillor, Lorna Kercher, who regained the division of Letchworth North West.
Policies for the Labour Group on the Council are set by the County Labour Party, to which representatives are sent from all the consituency parties in the county. The County Party also organizes the selection of candidates for the County Council election which is held every four years. The next election will be in 2017.
Labour group spokespersons are listed on the Councillors webpage.
Most of the constituency is in the area of the North Hertfordshire District Council (NHDC). The Letchworth Town, Baldock and District and Royston and District branches are all in the NHDC area.
The council is controlled by the Conservatives, who gained control from Labour in 1999. There are six Labour councillors representing wards within the constituency - Letchworth Wilbury(2), Letchworth Grange (2) and Letchworth East (2) - and six other Labour councillors from wards outside the constituency. For contact details of our six councillors, click on Councillors.
There is a North Hertfordshire District Labour Party local campaign forum, with representatives from the relevant constituency parties.
Elections in North Hertfordshire are on a rolling basis, with elections every year, except the year of the County Council elections. One-third of the councillors are up for election each time.
The wards covered by the East Hertfordshire Rural branch are in the area of the East Hertfordshire District Council.
The council is Tory controlled. Until 2003, the number of Labour councillors on the council since its formation had varied between one and eight. However, since the 2003 election there have been no Labour councillors. Since thhe 2015 election, the whole council has been Conservative. There is no opposition at all.
There is an East Hertfordshire District Labour Party local campaign forum, with representatives from all the branches in East Hertfordshire.
There are elections every four years
for all the seats on the council. The next election is in May 2019.