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Lancashire County Council is the upper-tier local authority for the non-metropolitan county of Lancashiremarker, Englandmarker. It currently consists of 84 councillors, and is controlled by the Conservative Party, who won control of the council in the local council elections in June 2009, ending 28 years of Labour control. The Conservative Party have 51 councillors, versus 16 Labour councillors, 10 Liberal Democrats, three independents and two Green Party councillors. The Idle Toad party and the British National Party (BNP) each have a single councillor. The election of BNP candidate Sharon Wilkinson to the council seat of Padiham and Burnley West in the borough of Burnleymarker made her the first ever County Councillor to represent the BNP.

The Council leader chairs a cabinet of 10 councillors who each have responsibility for particular functions of the council. The Chief Executive is Ged Fitzgerald who was appointed in 2008 and heads the Council's 40,000-strong workforce.


The council was first set up under 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 Blackpoolmarker left the area covered by the council. This is one of only three county councils in the country with a BNP councillor.

Political makeup

Elections are held every four years.

Year Conservative Party Labour Liberal Democrats Independents Green Party BNP Idle Toad
2009 51 16 10 3 2 1 1
2005 31 44 6 1 1 0 1

Year Control
2009 CON
2005 LAB
2001 LAB
1997 LAB
1993 LAB
1989 LAB
1985 LAB
1981 NOC
1977 CON
1973 CON


  1. Declared result for election held on 04 June 2009 Lancashire County Council - URL accessed 5 June 2009]
  2. Red rose county turns Tory blue URL accessed 5 June 2009
  3. First county council seat for BNP URL accessed 5 June 2009

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