The Conservative Party held the constituency in Cheltenham from 1950 until 1992. In 1992 elections,
the Liberal Democrat Nigel Jones won, and the Liberal Democrats kept their
seat since. Martin Horwood became the MP for Cheltenham in 2005.
Cheltenham Borough is represented in Gloucestershire County Council by 12 councillors. The county council provides a wide range of services, including: education, environment, social services, fire and rescue, trading standards
libraries and information, county record office and registration services.
Cheltenham Borough is divided into 20 wards, each having 2 representatives in Cheltenham Borough Council. The services provided by the council include rubbish collection, registration of voters and management of elections, local planning, sports centres, licensing and pest control.