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Rutland County Council is a unitary authority responsible for local government in the historic county of Rutlandmarker in the East Midlands of Englandmarker. The current Council was created in April 1997.

Formally it is a unitary district with the full legal title of Rutland County Council District Council. As a unitary authority, the council is responsible for running local services in Rutland, with the exception of the Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service and Leicestershire Constabulary which are run by joint boards with Leicestershire County Council and Leicester City Councilmarker.

The unitary is seen as a re-creation of the county council that was established in 1889 by the Local Government Act 1888 and ended in 1974 by the Local Government Act 1972 when Rutland was reconstituted as a district of Leicestershire. The Local Government Commission for England in 1994 recommended that Rutland District (and Leicester City) should become unitaries and leave the two-tier Leicestershire. Rutland unitary authority came into existence on 1 April 1997.

The Council consists of 26 councillors, representing 16 wards in the county. The Council has all-out elections on a four year cycle and follows a district pattern with elections in May 2007 and again in 2011.

The ceremonial or civic head of the Council is the Chairman and the executive follows the leader and cabinet model.

The current council as of 2008 is lead by the Conservative party with the Liberal Democrats and several independents in opposition.

The political composition is as follows.

Year Conservatives Liberal Democrats Independents
2008 19 2 5


The county is divided into electoral wards, returning one, two or three councillors. The current wards were first adopted for the 2003 local elections.

Ward Councillors Description
Braunston & Belton 1 Parishes of Ayston, Belton, Braunston, Brooke, Leighfield, Preston, Ridlington, & Wardley
Cottesmore 2 Parishes of Barrow, Cottesmore, Market Overton & Teigh
Exton 1 Parishes of Ashwell, Burley, Egleton, Exton, Hambleton, Horn & Whitwell
Greetham 1 Parishes of Clipsham, Greetham, Pickworth, Stretton & Thistleton
Ketton 2 Parishes of Barrowden, Ketton, Tinwell & Tixover
Langham 1 Parish of Langham
Lyddington 1 Parishes of Bisbrooke, Caldecott, Glaston, Lyddington, Seaton, Stoke Dry & Thorpe By Water
Martinsthorpe 1 Parishes of Gunthorpe, Lyndon, Manton, Martinsthorpe, Morcott, Pilton & Wing
Normanton 2 Parishes of Edith Weston, Empingham, Normanton, North Luffenham, South Luffenham
Oakham North East 2 Oakham Northwest of Burley Road/Mill Street/South Street and East of the railway
Oakham North West 2 Oakham North of Braunston Road and West of the railwayBarleythorpe Parish
Oakham South East 2 Oakham Southeast of Burley Road/Mill Street/South Street and East of the railway
Oakham South West 2 Oakham South of Braunston Road and West of the railway
Ryhall & Casterton 2 Parishes of Essendine, Great Casterton, Little Casterton, Ryhall & Tickencote
Uppingham 3 Parishes of Uppingham & Beaumont Chase
Whissendine 1 Parish of Whissendine


  1. LGCE. Final Recommendations for the Future Local Government of Leicestershire. December 1994.
  2. The Leicestershire (City of Leicester and District of Rutland) (Structural Change) Order 1996 SI 1996/507
  3. 2007 Local Election results for RCC

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