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 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, but this was reduced to nine in 2017. In the North East Hertfordshire constituency, we have no county councillors, having lost Letchworth North by a narrow margin in 2017. The number of Labour councillors increased to ten as a result of a by-election in 2018.
There is a Hertfordshire Labour Campaign Forum, to which representatives are sent from all the constituency parties in the county. The Campaign Forum organizes the selection of candidates for the County Council election which is held every four years. The next election will be in May 2021.
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. There are seven Labour and Co-operative councillors representing wards within the constituency - Letchworth Wilbury (2), Letchworth Grange (2), Letchworth East (2) and Letchworth South East (1) - and seven other Labour and Co-operative councillors from wards outside the constituency. For contact details of our seven 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. After the 2015 election, the whole council was Conservative, but four of the Conservatives have had the whip withdrawn and sit as independents. In 2018, the Conservatives lost one seat to the Liberal Democrats in a by-election.
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.