Politics in Luton


Politics in Luton

Luton, England, is a unitary authority, and remains part of the ceremonial county of Bedfordshire. Luton is currently represented on three different tiers of Government.

*Luton Borough Council (local)
*East of England Regional Assembly (regional)
* Parliament of the United Kingdom- 2 Members of Parliament (national)

Luton Borough Council is the local government entity, which is made up of councillors from the 19 wards that split up the town. The current leaders of the council, Hazel Simmons, is in the Labour Party.

History

Prior to the Local Government Act 1972, Luton had been a county borough, but still part of the county of Bedfordshire. However, with the abolition of the county boroughs, Luton was fully integrated into Bedfordshire and its county council. This wasn't to last however, as in 1992, the Local Government Commission for England (1992), recommended that Luton be made into a unitary authority and be separate of the county council. The government agreed and this was enforced from 1997 onwards.

Luton still remains part of Bedfordshire, but only for ceremonial reasons and is still covered by one Lord Lieutenant.

Luton Borough Council

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foundation = 1997| location = Luton, Bedfordshire
homepage = http://www.luton.gov.uk/

The council is split and represented by 19 wards, with a total of 48 councilors. Following the 2007 Local election, 26 are Labour, 17 councilors are Liberal Democrats and 5 are Conservative. [26 are Labour BBC Website results] [http://www.luton.gov.uk/results Luton Council Website with 2007 election results]

The wards that these councillors represent are:

*Barnfield
*Biscot
*Bramingham
*Challney
*Crawley
*Dallow
*Farley
*High Town
*Icknield
*Leagrave
*Lewsey
*Limbury
*Northwell
*Round Green
*Saints
*South
*Stopsley
*Sundon Park
*Wigmore

Local election results

Election Summary Party
party = Labour Party (UK)
seats = 26
gain = 5
loss = 0
net = +5
seats % = 54.2
votes % =
votes =
plus/minus =
Election Summary Party
party = Liberal Democrats (UK)
seats = 17
gain = 0
loss = 4
net = -4
seats % = 35.4
votes % =
votes =
plus/minus =
Election Summary Party
party = Conservative Party (UK)
seats = 5
gain = 1
loss = 0
net = +1
seats % = 10.4
votes % =
votes =
plus/minus =
Election Summary Party
party = Independent (politician)
seats = 0
gain = 0
loss = 2
net = -2
seats % = 0.0
votes % =
votes =
plus/minus =

NB: The make up of the council changed between 2003 and 2007, hence the apparent inconsistencies between the councillors in 2003 and the changes recorded for 2007.

Election Summary Party
party = Labour Party (UK)
seats = 23
gain = 0
loss = -13
net = -13
seats % = 47.9
votes % =
votes =
plus/minus =
Election Summary Party
party = Liberal Democrats (UK)
seats = 21
gain = 11
loss = 0
net = 11
seats % = 43.8
votes % =
votes =
plus/minus =
Election Summary Party
party = Conservative Party (UK)
seats = 4
gain = 1
loss = 0
net = 1
seats % = 8.3
votes % =
votes =
plus/minus =
Election Summary Party
party = Independent (politician)
seats = 1
gain = 1
loss = 0
net = 1
seats % = 2.1
votes % =
votes =
plus/minus =

Election Summary Party
party = Labour Party (UK)
seats = 36
gain = 0
loss =
net =
seats % = 75
votes % =
votes =
plus/minus =
Election Summary Party
party = Liberal Democrats (UK)
seats = 9
gain =
loss =
net =
seats % = 18.8
votes % =
votes =
plus/minus =
Election Summary Party
party = Conservative Party (UK)
seats = 3
gain =
loss =
net =
seats % = 6.3
votes % =
votes =
plus/minus =
Election Summary Party
party = Independent (politician)
seats = 0
gain =
loss =
net =
seats % = 0.0
votes % =
votes =
plus/minus =

1996 Labour council

The council offices are centred on the Town Hall on George street, Luton.

East of England Regional Assembly

Whilst not a directly elected body, the East of England Regional Assembly is responsible for promoting the economic, environmental and social well-being of the East England region. It is made up of representatives from councils across the region, business organisations, public sector agencies, education and training bodies, trade unions and co-operatives and the voluntary and community sector.

UK Parliament

In Luton, there are two constituencies, Luton North and Luton South. The current two Members of Parliament (MP) are Kelvin Hopkins (Luton North - Labour) since 1997 and Margaret Moran (Luton South - Labour) also since 1997.

From 1979 the MPs from Luton were Conservative, however, in the 1997 General Election, both constituencies were won by the Labour party candidates, these were successfully held at the 2001 and 2005 general elections.

The town of Luton had until 1885 been part of the Bedfordshire constituency which was created in 1290. Upon the abolition of this seat the constituency of Luton was created which remained the only seat in the town until 1974.

In 1974 the single Luton seat was divided into two, Luton West and Luton East. These two seats were fairly short lived and in 1983 the current Luton North and Luton South seats were created.

Over the years Luton has been represented by various political parties, and as can be seen below has often mirrored the Government of the day.

Members of Parliament for Luton constituency

*"Constituency abolished" (1983)

Luton North

*"Constituency created" (1983)

Luton South

*"Constituency created" (1983)

References


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