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Members of principal councilsE

3 Chairman.E

(1)The chairman of a principal council shall be elected annually by the council from among the councillors.

[F1(1A)A member of the executive of a principal council may not be elected as the chairman of the council.]

(2)The chairman shall, unless he resigns or becomes disqualified, continue in office until his successor becomes entitled to act as chairman.

(3)During his term of office the chairman shall continue to be a member of the council notwithstanding the provisions of this Act relating to the retirement of councillors.

(4)The chairman of a district council shall have precedence in the district, but not so as prejudicially to affect Her Majesty’s royal prerogative.

[F2(4A)Subsection (4) above shall have effect in relation to a district council which are operating executive arrangements which involve a mayor and cabinet executive F3... as if it provided for the elected mayor of the council to have precedence in the district, but this subsection shall not apply if the executive arrangements provide for it not to apply.]

(5)A principal council may pay the chairman for the purpose of enabling him to meet the expenses of his office such allowance as the council think reasonable.

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F3Words in s. 3(4A) omitted (30.12.2007) by virtue of Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007 (c. 28), ss. 74, 245, Sch. 3 para. 3(2) and repealed (prosp.) by ss. 241, 245, {Sch. 18 Pt. 3} of said Act

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C1S. 3 applied (28.3.2008) by The Bedfordshire (Structural Changes) Order 2008(S.I. 2008/907), {art. 20(6)}

4 Election of chairman.E

(1)The election of the chairman shall be the first business transacted at the annual meeting of a principal council.

(2)If, apart from section 3(3) above or section 5(2) below, the person presiding at the meeting would have ceased to be a member of the council, he shall not be entitled to vote in the election except in accordance with subsection (3) below.

(3)In the case of an equality of votes the person presiding at the meeting shall give a casting vote in addition to any other vote he may have.

5 Vice-chairman.E

(1)A principal council shall appoint a member of the council to be vice-chairman of the council.

[F4(1A)A member of the executive of a principal council may not be appointed as the vice-chairman of the council.]

(2)The vice-chairman shall, unless he resigns or becomes disqualified, hold office until immediately after the election of a chairman at the next annual meeting of the council and during that time shall continue to be a member of the council notwithstanding the provisions of this Act relating to the retirement of councillors.

(3)Subject to any standing orders made by the council, anything authorised or required to be done by, to or before the chairman may be done by, to or before the vice-chairman.

(4)A principal council may pay the vice-chairman for the purpose of enabling him to meet the expenses of his office such allowance as the council think reasonable.

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6 Term of office and retirement of councillors.E

(1)Councillors for a principal area shall be elected by the local government electors for that area in accordance with this Act and Part I of the [F5Representation of the People Act 1983].

(2)For the purposes of the election of councillors—

(a)every [F6non-metropolitan] county shall be divided into electoral divisions, each returning (subject to paragraph 3 of Schedule 3 to this Act [F7and subject to [F8section 56(8) of the Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction Act 2009F8][F9and section 12(4) of the Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007F9]]) one councillor;

[F10(b)every metropolitan district shall be divided into wards, each returning such number of councillors as may be provided as mentioned in subsection (3) below;]

F10(c)every non-metropolitan district shall be divided into wards, each returning such number of councillors as may be provided [F11as mentioned in subsection (3) below];

and there shall be a separate election for each electoral division or ward.

[F12(3)The number of councillors referred to in subsection (2)(b) or (c) above may be provided—

(a)under or by virtue of the provisions of section 7 below;

(b)by an order under Part 2 of the Local Government Act 1992 (c. 19) [F13or Part 3 of the Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction Act 2009]F13;

(c)by an order under section 14 of the Local Government and Rating Act 1997 (c. 29);

(d)by an order under Part 1 of the Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007.F12]

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F7Words in s. 6(2)(a) inserted (28.9.2000) by 2000 c. 22, ss. 89(4), 108(2)(a)

F9Words in s. 6(2)(a) inserted (1.11.2007) by Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007 (c. 28), ss. 22, 245, Sch. 1 para. 11(2); S.I. 2007/3136, art. 2 (subject to art. 3)

F10S. 6(2)(b) substituted (30.12.2007) by Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007 (c. 28), ss. 58(2), 245

F11Words in s. 6(2)(c) substituted (19.5.1997) by 1997 c. 29, ss. 33(1), 34(2), Sch. 3 para. 5(a)

F12S. 6(3) substituted (30.12.2007) by Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007 (c. 28), ss. 58(3), 245

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C5S. 6(2)(a) excluded (1.11.2007) by Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007 (c. 28), ss. 12(4), 245; S.I. 2007/3136, art. 2(a) (subject to art. 3)

7 Elections of councillors.E

(1)The ordinary elections of county councillors shall take place in 1973 and every fourth year thereafter, their term of office shall be four years and they shall retire together in every such fourth year on the fourth day after the ordinary day of election of county councillors, and in and after 1977 the newly elected councillors shall come into office on the day on which their predecessors retire.

(2)The ordinary elections of metropolitan district councillors shall take place in 1973, 1975 and every year thereafter other than [F141977 and every fourth year thereafter].

(3)Subject to paragraph 4 of Schedule 3 to this Act, the term of office of metropolitan district councillors shall be four years and one-third of the whole number of councillors in each ward of a metropolitan district, being those who have been councillors for the longest time without re-election, shall retire in every ordinary year of election of such councillors on the fourth day after the ordinary day of election of such councillors, and in and after 1975 the newly elected councillors shall come into office on the day on which their predecessors retire.

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[F16Where the Secretary of State receives a request under subsection (4)(b) above from a district council he may [F17direct the Local Government Commission for England to conduct a review and make recommendations] in the light of the request with respect to—

(a)the number, boundaries and names of the wards into which the district should be divided and the number of councillors to be elected for each ward;

(b)the order of retirement of councillors elected for wards not returning a number of councillors which is divisible by three;

[F18and the provisions of Part II of the Local Government Act 1992 shall apply accordingly].]

F16F16(8)The ordinary elections of non-metropolitan district councillors shall take place—

(a)except where an order is in force providing for the election of district councillors by thirds, in 1973, 1976, 1979 and every fourth year thereafter; and

(b)where such an order is in force, in the year when the order comes into force and every year thereafter other than a year of election of county councillors.

(9)The following provisions of this subsection shall, subject to the provisions of any order made under or by virtue of this section, have effect with respect to non-metropolitan district councillors:—

(a)their term of office shall be three years in the case of the councillors elected at the ordinary elections in 1973 and 1976 and four years in the case of those elected at ordinary elections held thereafter;

(b)except where an order is in force providing for the election of councillors by thirds, the whole number of councillors shall retire together in every ordinary year of election of such councillors on the fourth day after the ordinary day of election of such councillors, and in and after 1976 the newly elected councillors shall come into office on the day on which their predecessors retire; and

(c)where such an order is in force, one-third of the whole number of councillors in each ward returning a number of councillors which is divisible by three and, as nearly as may be, one-third of the whole number of the councillors in the other wards, being those who have been councillors of the district for the longest time without re-election, shall retire in every ordinary year of election of such councillors on the fourth day after the ordinary day of election of such councillors, and in every such year the newly elected councillors shall come into office on the day on which their predecessors retire.

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F15S. 7(4)-(6) omitted (30.12.2007) by virtue of Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007 (c. 28), ss. 54(1), 245 (with s. 54(4)-(6)) and repealed (prosp.) by ss. 241, 245, {Sch. 18 Pt. 2} of said Act

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C7S. 7 excluded (12.4.1994) by S.I. 1994/867, reg. 6(3)

8 Constitution and membership of Greater London Council and London borough councils.E

(1)Sections 2 to 7 above shall not apply to F19. . . London borough councils but, subject to subsection (2) below, the provisions of Schedule 2 to this Act shall have effect in relation to them instead.

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F20S. 8(2) omitted (30.12.2007) by virtue of Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007 (c. 28), ss. 54(2), 245 (with s. 54(6)) and repealed (prosp.) by ss. 241, 245, {Sch. 18 Pt. 2} of said Act

F21S. 8(3) omitted (30.12.2007) by virtue of Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007 (c. 28), ss. 54(2), 245 (with s. 54(6)) and repealed (prosp.) by ss. 241, 245, {Sch. 18 Pt. 2} of said Act

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