Middlesbrough Borough Council

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Middlesbrough Borough Council
Type
Type Unitary authority council of Middlesbrough
Elections
Voting system First past the post
Meeting place
Middlesbrough Town Hall, Yorkshire.jpg
Town Hall, Middlesbrough
Website
middlesbrough.gov.uk

Middlesbrough Borough Council is the local council of Middlesbrough. It is a unitary authority and borough council associated for ceremonial and historic purposes with North Yorkshire, England. It is based on the town of Middlesbrough, which is sometimes considered to spread outside the borough boundaries into the neighbouring borough of Redcar and Cleveland; the borough extends southwards to a semi-rural area. Whilst part of North Yorkshire for ceremonial purposes, it is in the region of North East England. It had a resident population in 2001 of 134,855. A 2006 mid-year estimate suggests the Borough to have a population of 138,400.[1] The borough council unsuccessfully bid to achieve city status in 2012, to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.[2]

History[edit]

Middlesbrough Borough Council was formed on 1 April 1974, under the Local Government Act 1972, from part of the former County Borough of Teesside, along with the parish of Nunthorpe from the Stokesley Rural District. It was a district, and the county town of the new county of Cleveland from 1 April 1974, until 1996. As a district, it was one of the four constituent districts of Cleveland: Cleveland being the upper tier in the two-tier system. When Cleveland was abolished under the Banham Review, Middlesbrough became a unitary authority and as such took on the rights and duties of a county, and only ceremonially part of North Yorkshire, but not run by it.

The borough borders Stockton-on-Tees unitary authority to the west, Redcar and Cleveland unitary authority to the east and the Hambleton district of North Yorkshire to the south.

Mayor[edit]

As a borough council Middlesbrough is entitled to a mayor. Middlesbrough's council is led by a directly-elected mayor, currently Ray Mallon. Mr. Mallon was previously a senior officer in Cleveland Police, and was an advocate of their zero-tolerance approach to crime, adopted from the New York system, during his time as head of Middlesbrough's CID.

2011 election[edit]

Mayor of Middlebrough 2011[3][4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Ray Mallon 17,917 50.4% -8.3%
Labour Michael John Carr 11,405 32.1% +20.2%
Liberal Democrat Chris Foote Wood 3,256 9.2% -14.5%
Conservative Lloyd Cole-Nolan 3,001 8.4% +2.6%
Majority 6,512 18.3% -16.7%
Turnout 36.5%
Independent hold Swing 14.2% to Lab

Political composition[edit]

Below is the political composition of the council in 2008 and 2011.

Year Labour Conservatives Liberal Democrats Independents/Greens
2008 26 6 5 11
2011 30 4 1 13

The borough has 23 council wards. Middlesbrough is mostly unparished, with Nunthorpe and Stainton and Thornton being the only parishes.

Coat of arms[edit]

The original coat of arms of the Borough was devised in the nineteenth century by William Hylton Dyer Longstaffe,[5] and regranted in 1996 with slight modifications after the dissolution of Cleveland County. The images, from the collection of the Heraldry Society,[6] will be found on Robert Young's Civic Heraldry website.[7]

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Coordinates: 54°34′23″N 1°14′17″W / 54.573°N 1.238°W / 54.573; -1.238