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Richmond upon Thames London Borough Council

Richmond upon Thames London Borough Council
Coat of arms or logo
Lord True, Conservative[1]
Leader of the Opposition
Stephen Knight, Liberal Democrat[2]
Seats 54 councillors
39 / 54
15 / 54
First past the post
Last election
22 May 2014
Next election
Meeting place
York House, Twickenham

Richmond upon Thames London Borough Council is the local authority for the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames in Greater London, England. It is a London borough council, one of 32 in London, the United Kingdom capital.


In 1965, London Government Act 1963. The London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, with new council offices at York House, Twickenham, was formed with the merger of the Municipal Borough of Twickenham from Middlesex with the Municipal Borough of Richmond and the Municipal Borough of Barnes from Surrey. The council was elected a year before coming into its powers and prior to the creation of the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames on 1 April 1965.

The London Government Act envisaged that the councils of the new London boroughs would share power with the Greater London Council. The Greater London Council took responsibility for "wide area" services such as fire, ambulance, flood prevention, and refuse disposal and the borough councils were given responsibility for "personal" services such as social care, libraries, cemeteries and refuse collection. This arrangement lasted until 1986 when borough councils gained responsibility for most local governmental services including highways, waste disposal and almost all urban planning decisions.

Since 2000 the Greater London Authority took some responsibility for highways and planning control from the London boroughs, otherwise the Council remains a most purposes authority, that is has more powers and functions than the Greater London Authority, for more information see English local government system.

As an outer London borough council, Richmond upon Thames has been an education authority since 1965.

Political composition

Richmond upon Thames is currently run by Conservative councillors. Of the 54 council seats, 39 are Conservative and 15 are Liberal Democrat.[3] Elections for all Council seats are held every four years; the next election will be in 2018.

See also


  1. ^ "Lord True". Councillors' details.  
  2. ^ "Stephen Knight". Councillors' details.  
  3. ^ "Election results by party". Local Election – Thursday, 22 May 2014.  

External links

  • London Borough of Richmond upon Thames website

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