Duncan’s Economic Blog

Media = All wrong

Posted in Uncategorized by duncanseconomicblog on June 6, 2009

I keep reading today that Labour now hold no county councils…

Durham?

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  1. Mr. Mxyzptlk said, on June 7, 2009 at 6:54 am

    Oh! I feel so much better now…

  2. Paul said, on June 7, 2009 at 10:31 am

    I think Durham’s not on the list as it became a unitary on 1 April 2009.

    • duncanseconomicblog said, on June 7, 2009 at 10:53 am

      Northumberland is Unitary too now, but still counted.

      Durham is still a member of the County Councils’ Network. And still calls itself Durham County Council.

  3. duncanseconomicblog said, on June 7, 2009 at 10:53 am

    Although I could be wrong…

    What does the Local Government Officer think?

    • thelocalgovernmentofficer said, on June 7, 2009 at 1:15 pm

      I think it’s a County Council. It is a Council that covers the area of a County, and it’s called County Council. I guess what’s fairer to say is “Labour holds none of the county councils that are on the main county electoral cycle and which voted this week”.

      Also in law, Durham is a County Council – all unitaries are legally either ‘district councils performing the functions of county councils’ or vice versa. Admittedly the law isn’t the strongest point, since Bristol is designated a county and Herefordshire designated a district, but never mind.

  4. newmania said, on June 7, 2009 at 3:08 pm

    ” Labour County Coucil holds exceeds expectations in super night of celebration”

  5. newmania said, on June 8, 2009 at 8:07 am

    PS A letter in today`s Guardian confirms you are right

  6. Will M said, on June 8, 2009 at 9:55 am

    Your continuing trend back to Economics is noted…

  7. voteredgogreen said, on June 9, 2009 at 10:59 am

    Isn’t it a “county borough” as opposed to a shire county?

    • thelocalgovernmentofficer said, on June 9, 2009 at 7:23 pm

      I don’t think so – a County Borough was a County Town with unitary status outside the County of which it was the town. They were abolished in law in England and Wales in 1972, though obviously some places are de facto County Boroughs, like Leicester or Derby. The new Durham County Council is for the whole County, not just the City.


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