Political Composition of the Council

When Councillors are elected to office, many are representing a political party. Upon election, two or more councillors may form political groups, which may be the same or different to their political party. The calculated allocation of seats on committees is based on the representation of these political groups.

The current political composition of the council is:

Conservative 43 Councillors                                            
Liberal Democrats 27 Councillors                            
Green 5 Councillors      
Alliance for Local Living (Independents Group) 4 Councillors     
Unaligned 1 Councillor  
Labour 2 Councillors   

Political Group Leaders

There are currently four political groups formed within Dorset Council - The Conservative Group, The Liberal Democrat Group, The Green Party Group and The Alliance for Local Living (Independents) Group, and each has appointed a Leader and Deputy Leader.

The table below provides details of the leaders and deputy leaders of each of the respective political groups

Political Group

Group Leader

Deputy Leader

Conservative Councillor Spencer Flower Councillor Gary Suttle
Liberal Democrat Councillor Nick Ireland Councillor Andy Canning
Green Party Councillor Claire Sutton Councillor Brian Heatley
Alliance for Local Living Councillor Les Fry Councillor Rob Hughes