The 'rose of the Shires', in the East Midlands and in easy reach of both Birmingham and London. The county council hit severe financial difficulties in early 2018 over the capital cost of its new headquarters.
There is a byelection in St George on 19 July (held by Labour). Julie Davenport (Delapre and Rushmere) moved from Labour to Independent in April 2018. The Secretary of State has appoint Commissioners to take over governance of the council.
Next local elections