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Surrey County Council

Surrey County Council
Coat of arms
David Hodge, Conservative
Since 11 October 2011
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First past the post
Last election
2 May 2013
Next election
4 May 2017

Surrey County Council is the county council that governs the non-metropolitan county of Surrey in England. The council is composed of 81 elected councillors.

The council is governed by the Conservative party.[1] The leader of the council is David Hodge.[2]


  • History 1
    • Formation 1.1
    • Post-1974 1.2
  • Responsibilities 2
  • District and borough councils 3
  • Elections 4
  • References 5



Surrey county council was created in 1889 by the Local Government Act 1888, which established the county council local government system in England and Wales. The council was originally headquartered in Newington;[3] however it moved to County Hall, Kingston upon Thames in 1893 as Newington had become part of the County of London in 1889 instead of Surrey.[4] Kingston upon Thames became part of Greater London in 1965, but the headquarters remain there.


The Local Government Act 1972 led to Surrey becoming a Non-metropolitan county.[5] This was accompanied by an alteration of county boundaries that led to Gatwick Airport falling under the control of West Sussex County Council.[6]


The council is responsible for a number of local public services in Surrey. These include the standard responsibilities of county councils in England and Wales such as Transport and highway management, Waste disposal (but not collection) and education.[7]

District and borough councils

There are 11 borough or district councils that govern at a more local level than Surrey County Council.[8]


The council has been almost exclusively controlled by the Conservative party since 1973. The only exception was the 1993 election when there was No Overall Control.[9]

The most recent election on 2 May 2013 produced a council made up of: 58 Conservatives, 9 Liberal Democrats, 9 Residents association/Independent councillors, 3 UKIP councillors, 1 Labour and 1 Green councillor.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Tories increase power in county amid UKIP wins". 3 June 2009. Retrieved 5 May 2013. 
  2. ^ "New Surrey County Council leader elected". Elmbridge Today. 11 October 2011. Retrieved 15 October 2011. 
  3. ^ "Surrey History : Exploring Surrey's past - County Hall, Kingston". Retrieved 15 October 2011. 
  4. ^ Peter Ward (31 May 2011). "County Hall". Retrieved 15 October 2011. 
  5. ^ "Surrey County Council". Retrieved 15 October 2011. 
  6. ^ Peter Reed (2006). "Surrey". Retrieved 15 October 2011. 
  7. ^ Nicola Morris (24 May 2011). "County district and parish council functions". Retrieved 15 October 2011. 
  8. ^ Web Operations Team (11 October 2011). "District and borough councils". Retrieved 15 October 2011. 
  9. ^ "Elections 2009 - Surrey council". 5 June 2009. Retrieved 15 October 2011. 
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