Lancashire County Council

Lancashire County Council
Unicameral / Non-metropolitan county council of Lancashire
Chief Executive
Jo Turton
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First Past the Post
Last election
2 May 2013
Next election
Meeting place
County Hall, Preston, England

Lancashire County Council is the upper-tier local authority for the non-metropolitan ceremonial county of Lancashire, England. It consists of 84 councillors, and is under no overall control as of the Lancashire County Council election, 2013, after four years of Conservative control and 20 years of Labour control. The council has 39 Labour Party councillors, 35 Conservative Party councillors, 6 Liberal Democrats, three independents and 1 Green Party councillor.[1][2][3]

The Council leader, County Councillor Jenny Mein, chairs a cabinet of eight councillors - the others being Azhar Ali, David Borrow (also Deputy Leader), John Fillis, Janice Hanson, Marcus Johnstone, Tony Martin and Matthew Tomlinson. The eight cabinet members each have responsibility for particular functions of the council. The Chief Executive is Jo Turton who was appointed in February 2014[4] and heads the Council's 40,000-strong workforce.


The council was established in 1889 under the Local Government Act 1888, covering the administrative county. It was reconstituted under the Local Government Act 1972 to cover a different territory. In the 1990s, Blackburn with Darwen and Blackpool left the area covered by the council.

Political makeup

Elections are held every four years.

Election Number of councillors elected by each political party
Conservative Labour Liberal Democrats Independent Green Party BNP Idle Toad
2013 35 39 6 3 1 0 0
2009 51 16 10 3 2 1 1
2005 31 44 6 1 1 0 1
2001 27 44 5 1 1 0 0

Political control

Election Party in control
2013 No overall control
2009[5] Conservative
2005 Labour
2001 Labour
1997 Labour
1993 Labour
1989 Labour
1985 Labour
1981 No overall control
1977 Conservative
1973 Conservative

County Library

Lancashire adopted the Public Libraries Act, 1919, in 1924. Library services were slow to develop as the average ratable value of the area outside the county boroughs and the other local authorities which had already adopted the act was relatively low. In 1938/39 the average expenditure on urban libraries per head was 1s. 9d., but that on county libraries was only 8 1/4d. (about two fifths of the former amount). Another disadvantage was that government of libraries was by a libraries sub-committee of the education committee of the council (the librarian having to report to the education officer who might not have been sympathetic to libraries). The central administration of the county library is at Preston where there are special services, special collections and staff to maintain a union catalogue.[6]


  1. Declared result for election held on 4 June 2009 Lancashire County Council - URL accessed 5 June 2009]
  2. Red rose county turns Tory blue URL accessed 5 June 2009
  3. "Labour to form minority administration on Lancashire County Council". BBC. 2013-05-22. Retrieved 2014-02-25.
  4. "Jo Turton appointed as county council Chief Executive". Lancashire County Council. 2014-02-20. Retrieved 2014-02-25.
  5. "Lancashire election result 2009". BBC. 2009-06-05. Retrieved 2009-09-16.
  6. Cotton, G. B. (1971) "Public libraries in the North West"; North Western Newsletter; Manchester: Library Association (North Western Branch), no. 116: Libraries in the North West, pp. 5-24 (p. 8)

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