A very small rural district based around Wimborne Minster; shares a chief executive and most services with Christchurch borough council to the immediate south.
Ferndown Central has a vacant seat (held by the Conservatives). The Conservatives held Verwood East at a byelection on 12 July. The council is due to be abolished as of 1 April 2019 to instate unitary local government in Dorset.
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