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How the Council works

County councillors are usually members of a political party but they can also be independent. The party with the most Councillors becomes the ruling part of the Council.

Nottinghamshire County Council is currently under no overall control because no single party has 34 of the 67 seats (county councillors) required for an overall majority. The Labour Party is the largest party with 32 seats. All the other parties together have 34 seats.

The current composition of the County Council, last updated on 27 November 2015, is:

  • Labour Party: 32 seats
  • Conservative Party: 21 seats
  • Liberal Democrats: 5 seats
  • Ashfield Independents: 3 seats
  • Mansfield Independent Forum: 2 seats
  • Hucknall First Community Forum: 1 seat
  • Selston Parish Independents: 1 seat
  • Independent (Councillor Maureen Dobson): 1 seat
  • Independent (Councillor Ian Campbell): 1 seat

Full Council

Full Council is a major meeting of all 67 county councillors and is the highest level of decision making in the Council. Full Council: 

  • meets approximately every eight weeks
  • sets and approves the policies and budgets within which the Council operates
  • appoints the Leader, committees and their chairs/vice-chairs
  • acts as a forum for political and policy debate on issues affecting the county and its people.


The Council operates a committee system from which means that, apart from day-to-day operational decisions, decisions are made by committees comprised of Councillors from all political groups.

View details of the Council's committees, including their members and when they meet.


The Council has two scrutiny committees which focus on health issues.

Council meetings

Council meetings are usually open to the public. To see agendas, reports and notes view the meetings calendar.


The Council's Constitution sets out the legal rules it must follow, how decisions are made and the procedures which must be followed to ensure that these are efficient, transparent and accountable to local people.

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