Middlesbrough Borough Council
|Middlesbrough Borough Council|
|Type||Unitary authority council of Middlesbrough|
|Voting system||First past the post|
|Town Hall, Middlesbrough|
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. The borough council is one of the authorities bidding to achieve city status in 2012, to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.
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.
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.
|Mayor of Middlebrough 2011|
|Labour||Michael John Carr||11,405||32.1%||+20.2%|
|Liberal Democrat||Chris Foote Wood||3,256||9.2%||-14.5%|
|Independent hold||Swing||14.2% to Lab|
Below is the political composition of the council in 2008 and 2011.
Coat of arms
The original coat of arms of the Borough was devised in the nineteenth century by William Hylton Dyer Longstaffe, and regranted in 1996 with slight modifications after the dissolution of Cleveland County. The images, from the collection of the Heraldry Society, will be found on Robert Young's Civic Heraldry website.
- Selected age groups for local authorities in United Kingdom: mid-2006 population estimates
- Middlesbrough has thrown its hat into the ring – the Guardian
- "Election Results". Middlesbrough Borough Council. May 2011. Retrieved 21 May 2011.
- "Candidates in Mayoral Elections, May 2007". New Local Government Network. 2007. Retrieved 21 May 2011.
- GENUKI: Middlesbrough Parish information from Bulmers' 1890
- Heraldry Society
- "Robert Young's Civic Heraldry website".