Elections held in Cheltenham

Elections held in Cheltenham.

There are four types of elections held in Cheltenham:

UK general elections, elections to the European Parliament, elections for a Police and Crime Commissioner and local elections for Parish, Borough and County Councils.

Cheltenham Borough Council

The Borough Council is responsible for services like:

Rubbish collection, recycling, Council Tax collections, housing and planning applications and our parks and gardens.

Cheltenham is represented by 40 councillors, two for each of the Borough's 20 wards.

Each councillors serves for a 4 year term and half of the council is elected every two years.

The current political makeup of the Council is 24 Liberal Democrats, 11 Conservatives, 4 People against Bureaucracy and 1 Independent. The Liberal Democrat group therefore has an overall majority of 8 on the Borough Council.

Further details on Borough Council Councillors, meetings and decisions can be found here

Detailed results for previous Borough Council elections can be found here

Gloucestershire County Council

The County Council is responsible for services that include:

Education, transport, planning, fire and public safety, social care for the elderly and vunerable, libraries, waste management and trading standards.

Gloucestershire County Council consists of 53 Electoral Divisions, 10 covering Cheltenham, represented by 1 councillor for each Division with the whole County Council elected one every 4 years.

The current political makeup of the County Council is 23 Conservatives, 14 Liberal Democrats, 9 Labour, 3 UKIP, 2 Independent and 1 PAB.  Currently there is no overall control of the County Council by any political party.

More information on Gloucestershire County Council can be found here

Detailed results for previous County Council elections can be found here

UK Parliament

The next General Election will be held on Thursday 7th May 2020 and will be the 57th Parliament of the United Kingdom since 1801.

The Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011 introduced fixed-term elections for the first time to the Westminster parliament. Under the provisions of that Act, parliamentary elections must be held every five years, beginning in 2015;it may be held at an earlier date in the event of a vote of no confidence or similar exceptional circumstances.

Before the passage of the Act, Parliament could be dissolved by royal proclamation which effectively meant that the prime ministers had the de facto power to dissolve Parliament and call a new general election at a time of their choosing.

The current state of the Parties in Parliament  (as at 05/12/2016) is:

Conservative Party

328

Labour Party

231

Scottish National Party

54

Liberal Democrat

9

Democratic Unionist Party

8

Sinn Fein

4

Plaid Cymru

3

Social Democratic & Labour Party

3

Ulster Unionist Party

2

Green Party

1

UKIP

1

Independent 4

 Speaker

1

Vacant

1

Total number of seats

650

Current working Government Majority

13

The Government majority is calculated as Conservative MPs less all other parties. This calculation excludes the Speaker, Deputy Speakers (2 Labour, 1 Conservative), and Sinn Fein (4) who have not taken up their seats.

The state of the Parties in Parliament following the 2015 General Election was:

Conservative Party

330

Labour Party

232

Scottish National Party

56

Liberal Democrat

8

Democratic Unionist Party

8

Sinn Fein

4

Plaid Cymru

3

Social Democratic & Labour Party

3

Ulster Unionist Party

2

Green Party

1

UKIP

1

Independent 1

 Speaker

1

Total number of seats

650

Government Majority

16

 Detailed results for previous General election contests in Cheltenham can be found here

European Union

Elections to the European Parliament take place every five years by universal adult suffrage. 751 MEPs are elected to the European Parliament which has been directly elected since 1979. The Parliament elected in 2014 was the 8th Parliament of the European Union.

Most of the member states of the European Union elect their MEPs using party-list proportional representation.

The United Kingdom is split into constituencies representing Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and each of the regions of England. Northern Ireland uses the single transferable vote while the other constituencies use party lists.

Cheltenham is one of the constiuencies that make up the South West England region of the United Kingdom constituency in the European Parliament which is comprised of the ceremonial counties of Bristol, Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire. It has also included the British Overseas Territory of Gibraltar since 2004.

Detailed results for previous European election contests that include Cheltenham can be found here

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