Dorset County Council

Boundary changes have occurred here. 2013 seats are an estimate of what the result would have been then if the new boundaries had been in place.

Election 2017 Results

Party Seats 2013 Seats 2017 Change


Seats 201328 Seats 201732 Change+4

PartyLiberal Democrat

Seats 201312 Seats 201711 Change−1


Seats 20130 Seats 20172 Change+2


Seats 20135 Seats 20171 Change−4


Seats 20131 Seats 2017- Change−1
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Latest Updates

  1. Weymouth without a mayor for 'first time in 100 years'

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Weymouth is without a mayor for what is believed to be the first time in more than 400 years.

    The reason is because Weymouth and Portland Borough Council has now been disbanded and the new Weymouth Town Council is yet to hold elections.

    It will mean any official functions will be attended for about six weeks by Weymouth town clerk, Jane Biscombe, in the place of the town’s first citizen.

    Gill Taylor, who was elected to be Mayor in May 2018, said the situation was unusual.

    She added: "You can’t have a mayor of a non existent council – until we get the new town council elected and they elect a new mayor the post won’t exist."

  2. Motion of no confidence withdrawn

    A motion of no confidence in Dorset County Council Leader, Cllr Rebecca Knox, has been withdrawn.

    Cllr Shane Bartlett, who submitted the motion last week, formally withdrew the motion following a meeting on Wednesday.

    The motion claimed she had failed to include members from some minority groups in the preparation of policies and procedures for the new authority.

  3. County school and day centre transport cancelled

    Some schools have said they will close tomorrow because Dorset County Council said it would cancel all school buses until Monday.

    The authority said its contract buses and taxis, including transport to day centres, would also be cancelled because of the predicted snowfall and ice.

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  4. 'Severe ice' warning tomorrow

    Dorset County Council's travel team is warning of severe ice and drifting snow tomorrow.

    The county is already bracing itself following a Met Office amber weather warning for snow in parts of Hampshire and Dorset this lunchtime.

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  5. Council pulls paper on special educational needs transport cuts

    Plans to stop home-to-school journeys by taxi for children with special educational needs have been put on hold by Dorset County Council.

    The authority was looking at setting up pick-up points for the 1,000 children rather than its current system which sees the children collected from their homes.

    It said the proposal had been put on hold because not enough fact-finding work had been done on it.

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  6. Special educational needs transport set for cut

    Dorset County Council is set to scale back a taxi service that helps nearly 1,000 children with special educational needs get to school.

    The authority says it can no longer afford to collect every child from their home.

    Instead children will have to make their way to a pick-up point which the council says will save up to £1m a year.

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  7. Bus drivers complain that junction improvement is worse

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    Video caption: A £250,000 road safety project has been completed at a junction near Swanage
  8. Council redundancy and temp costs revealed

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Dorset County Hall

    Fifteen members of Dorset County Council staff were made redundant in the three months from the end of June, costing a total of £231,138.

    The authority will cease to exist from April when it merges with five other authorities covering rural Dorset and Weymouth.

    Meanwhile, spending on agency workers increased by 9% in the same period, according to the Local Democracy Service, with the authority spending £1.7m on temps.

  9. Sue Jenkins now has to pay for care that was once council funded

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    Video caption: Sue needs two full time carers to be with her mother Patricia 24/7.