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About the council

Political composition

Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council has 60 seats, representing local people in 29 wards that make up the borough.

Councillors are elected by the community to decide how the council should carry out its various activities. They represent the wider public interest as well as individuals living within the ward in which he or she has been elected to serve.

Councillors have regular contact with the general public through council meetings, telephone calls or surgeries.

The number of councillors at Basingstoke and Deane is divided as follows:

Liberal Democrat

The Conservative Party holds majority control of the council.

For more information on our councillors, click here


In May 2019, elections will be held for 20 seats on the borough council (one third). For more information click here.  

The Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE) has carried out an electoral review of Basingstoke and Deane. The final recommendations, published in March 2019, propose that Basingstoke and Deane should be represented by 54 borough councillors in the future: six fewer than the current arrangement. The recommendations also propose that those councillors should represent 18 three-councillor wards across the borough.

The proposed new arrangements will come into force at ‘all out’ council elections in May 2020. Further details of the Basingstoke and Deane electoral review are on the commission’s website which can be found here  and the Chief Executive’s report to Council in March 2019 which can be found here.

The Cabinet

The Cabinet is the council's main decision-making body. The Leader of the Council is Chair of the Cabinet and appoints other councillors as Cabinet members. Each Cabinet member is responsible for particular areas of council business - this is known as their portfolio. Cabinet members are also called Portfolio holders.

For more information on the Cabinet, click here.

The Mayor

Every year a long serving councillor is appointed Mayor of Basingstoke and Deane. The Mayor's term of office is one year and the Mayor changes in May.

The current Mayor is Cllr Seán Keating.

Strategic leadership team

The council officers are led by the strategic leadership team made up of the Chief Executive and three Executive Directors.

For more information on the strategic leadership team, click here.

To view the council structure, click here.