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Council elections 2009: Buckinghamshire

Buckinghamshire County Council

All 57 seats at Buckinghamshire County Council, currently under Conservative control, will be contested at the June election.

Its county boundaries were originally formed in the 10th Century by warlords and tax collectors, according to the Local Government Association.

More than 200 communities were grouped together to raise money for the new castle being built at Buckingham and its borders are uniquely long and thin.

An army was also recruited to ward-off invading Danes from what was then the edge of the Saxon kingdom of Wessex.

Today a high proportion of people living in Buckinghamshire commute daily into London.

The authority currently has 45 Conservative councillors and 12 Liberal Democrat members.

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