Metropolitan Borough of Knowsley

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Coordinates: 53°26′20″N 2°51′04″W / 53.439°N 2.851°W / 53.439; -2.851

Borough of Knowsley
Metropolitan borough
Official logo of Borough of Knowsley
Coat of Arms of the Borough Council
Location of Knowsley within Merseyside and England
Location of Knowsley within Merseyside and England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Constituent country England
Region North West England
Ceremonial county Merseyside
Founded 1 April 1974
Admin. HQ Huyton
Government
 • Type Metropolitan borough
 • Governing body Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council
 • Leadership: Leader & Cabinet
 • Executive: Labour
 • Leader of the Council Cllr Ronald Round (Lab)
 • MPs: George Howarth (Lab),
Maria Eagle (Lab),
Shaun Woodward (Lab)
Area
 • Total 33.39 sq mi (86.48 km2)
Area rank 232nd
Population (2011 est.)
 • Total 145,900
 • Rank Ranked 131st
 • Density 4,400/sq mi (1,700/km2)
Time zone Greenwich Mean Time (UTC+0)
 • Summer (DST) British Summer Time (UTC+1)
ONS code 00BX (ONS)
E08000011 (GSS)
Ethnicity 98.4% White
Website http://www.knowsley.gov.uk/

The Metropolitan Borough of Knowsley is a metropolitan borough of Merseyside, England. It comprises the towns and districts of Kirkby, Prescot, Huyton, Whiston, Halewood, Cronton and Stockbridge Village; Kirkby, Huyton, and Prescot being the major commercial centres. It takes its name from the village of Knowsley and is headquartered from Huyton. It forms part of the wider Liverpool City Region.

The borough was formed on 1 April 1974 by the merger of Huyton-with-Roby Urban District, Kirkby Urban District and Prescot Urban District, along with most of Whiston Rural District and a small part of West Lancashire Rural District, all from the administrative county of Lancashire.

According to the 2011 census, 80.9% of people in Knowsley describe themselves as Christian, the highest proportion in any local authority in England and Wales.[1]

It is famed for Knowsley Hall and Knowsley Safari Park.

Local government[edit]

After local elections in 2008 the Metropolitan Borough of Knowsley was governed by the Labour Party, the largest party represented on the council. The Liberal Democrats, the second largest party, were in opposition. There were no other councillors.

Year Labour Liberal Democrats
2008 47 16

After local elections in 2010 the Metropolitan Borough of Knowsley continued to be governed by the Labour Party, the largest party represented on the council, who increased their total number of seats by 5 to 53. The Liberal Democrats, the second largest party represented on the council, continued to be in opposition losing 5 seats to the governing Labour Party to decrease their total number of seats to 10.

Year Labour Liberal Democrats
2010 53 10

After local elections in 2011 the Metropolitan Borough of Knowsley continued to be governed by the Labour Party, the largest party represented on the council, who increased their total number of seats to 59. The Liberal Democrats, the second largest party represented on the council, continued to be in opposition losing 6 seats to the governing Labour Party to decrease their total number of seats to 4.

Year Labour Liberal Democrats
2011 59 4

After the local elections in 2012, Knowsley became a one party borough, completely taking out the Liberal Democrat seats.[2]

Year Labour Liberal Democrats
2012 63 0

Parliamentary constituencies[edit]

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Twin towns[edit]

Knowsley is twinned with

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Religion in England and Wales 2011". Office for National Statistics. 
  2. ^ Vote 2012, hosted by David Dimbledy, aired 3 May 2012, BBC One

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