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Council constitution, political control and councillor information

Information on where you can view the council's constitution, how is the East Riding of Yorkshire Council made up, how many councillors sit on East Riding of Yorkshire Council, how long does a councillor serve, what is the political make-up and who is the leader and deputy leader.  

How is East Riding of Yorkshire Council made up?

East Riding of Yorkshire Council is a unitary authority which means that all local council services are provided by the same council. This is different to other parts of the country where responsibility is shared between a county council and a local district or borough council.

The East Riding is divided into 26 wards, each of which is represented by one or more councillors (also known as members).

How many councillors sit on East Riding of Yorkshire Council?

East Riding of Yorkshire Council consists of 67 councillors, representing the 26 wards in the area and are elected by residents of the East Riding.

Please visit the councillor finder to find out how to contact a ward councillor.

How long does a councillor serve?

Councillors sitting on East Riding of Yorkshire Council are elected by residents of the East Riding for a term of four years. Unlike some other areas, we elect all 67 of our councillors at the same time.

What is the political make-up of the council and which party holds political control?

We have 67 councillors who are elected every 4 years. Councillors are elected to represent a ward and the electorate within their ward area.

The Conservative group have control of the council and the current make up after the latest elections is as follows:

(Information correct from 26 August 2022)

Political make-up of the council


 Political Group  Number of Councillors
Conservative Group Members 42
Liberal Democrat Group Members
13
Independent Group Members 7
Yorkshire Group Members 2
Independent Members 3
 Vacancies 0
Total 67 

Who is the Leader and Deputy Leader of the council?

The Leader of the council is Councillor Jonathan Owen.

The Deputy Leader of the council is Councillor Anne Handley.

What are the political groups that make up East Riding of Yorkshire Council and who are leaders of these groups? 

The following political groups make up East Riding of Yorkshire Council: 

Conservative Group

Councillor Owen is leader of the group.

Independent Group

Councillor Jefferson is leader of the group.

Liberal Democrat Group

Councillor Nolan is leader of the group.

Yorkshire Group

Councillor A Walker is leader of the group.

Please contact the relevant political group office if you require any more information.

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