Cambridge City Council
Lewis Herbert, Labour
Nigel Gawthrope (died Jan 2019), Labour
|First past the post|
Cambridge was granted a Royal Charter by King John in 1207, which permitted the appointment of a mayor. The first recorded mayor, Harvey FitzEustace, did not serve until 1213. Cambridge was granted its city charter in 1951 in recognition of its history, administrative importance, and economic success. There are a number of ceremonial items used by the Council which date to different periods of history.
The council provides various facilities and services within the city. These include parks and open spaces, waste collection, council housing and local planning.
The Council also organizes numerous events throughout the year, including the Cambridge Folk Festival and a program of free summer entertainment entitled Summer in the City. It runs the Cambridge Guildhall, on the south side of the Market Square in the center of Cambridge, where various events are held.
For electoral purposes, the city is divided into 14 wards: Abbey, Arbury, Castle, Cherry Hinton, Coleridge, East Chesterton, King's Hedges, Market, Newnham, Petersfield, Queen Edith's, Romsey, Trumpington, and West Chesterton. There are forty-two city councillors with three assigned to each ward.
The Mayor from May 2018 was Councillor Nigel Gawthrope, who died suddenly in January 2019. Councillor Gerri Bird was reaffirmed as Mayor in May 2019. The Mayor's duties are almost entirely ceremonial, although they do chair meetings of the full Council.
The official opposition is Liberal Democrat, with Councillor Tim Bick leading that group and Cheney Payne being deputy leader.
The highest non-elected official is the Chief Executive, Antoinette Jackson.
Elections for a third of the seats take place three out of every four years. Cambridgeshire County Council elections take place in the 4th year. The County elections last took place in 2017. Due to pending boundary changes there will be an "all up" (all Councillors are up for election) election in 2020.
- Brackley, Paul (January 12, 2019). "Mayor of Cambridge Nigel Gawthrope dies suddenly while on holiday". Cambridge Independent.