Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council

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Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council
Coat of arms or logo
Type
Type
Leadership
Leader of the Council
Peter Dowd, Labour Party
Structure
Seats 66
Joint committees
Liverpool City Region Combined Authority
Merseyside Fire and Rescue Authority
Merseyside Police and Crime Panel
Elections
First past the post
Last election
3 May 2012
Next election
2014
Meeting place
Southport_Town_Hall_-_geograph.org.uk_-_1369488.jpg
Southport Town Hall, Lord Street, Southport
Website
sefton.gov.uk

Sefton Council is the governing body for the Metropolitan Borough of Sefton in Merseyside, north-western England. The council was under no overall control from the 1980s until 2012 when the Labour Party took control. It is a constituent council of Liverpool City Region Combined Authority.[1]

Wards[edit]

It consists of sixty-six councillors, three for each of the borough's twenty-two wards which are as listed:

Political makeup[edit]

Elections are usually by thirds, in three of every four years.

Party Councillors Change
(on 2012)
Conservative 7 -2
Labour 40 +4
Liberal Democrat 17 -3
Independent 2 +1
Total 66 -
Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/politics/councils/E08000014
Year Control
2012–Present Labour
1986–2012 No overall control
1973†–1986 Conservative

Elections since 2000[edit]

Since 2000 the borough has been divided into 22 wards, each returning 3 councillors. This necessitated an election of the whole council in 2000, returning to a system of elections by thirds thereafter.[2]

Year Conservative Labour Lib Dems UKIP Others Control
2014[3] 7 40 17 0 2 Labour
2012[4] 8 36 20 0 2 Labour
2011[5] 14 28 23 1 0 No overall control
2010[6] 15 23 28 0 0 No overall control
2008[7] 18 21 27 0 0 No overall control
2007[8] 18 22 26 0 0 No overall control
2006[9] 19 21 26 0 0 No overall control
2004[10] 19 20 27 0 0 No overall control
2003[11] 17 25 21 0 3 No overall control
2002[12] 16 26 21 0 3 No overall control
2000[13] 19 22 25 0 0 No overall control

Elections 1973-1999[edit]

From 1973 to 2000 the borough was divided into 23 wards, returning 3 councillors each, giving a total of 69 councillors.[14][15] One third of seats was elected in three out of every four years.[16] Councillors had a four year term of office, and there were elections to the Merseyside County Council were held in the years in which borough elections were not held until the county council's abolition in 1986.[16]

Year Conservative Labour Liberal Independent Others‡ Control
Lib Dems
1999[17] 15 30 24 0 0 No overall control
1998[18] 14 31 23 1 0 No overall control
1992[19] 25 27 17 0 0 No overall control
1991[20] 22 27 20 0 0 No overall control
1990[21] 24 27 18 0 0 No overall control
1988[22] 25 24 20 0 0 No overall control
1987[23] 27 24 15 0 SDP 3 No overall control
1986[24] 30 24 12 0 SDP 2
1 vacancy
Conservative lose to no overall control
1984[25] 36 22 9 1 SDP 1 Conservative
1983[26] 39 21 7 1 SDP 1 Conservative
1982[27] 39 20 5 1 SDP 4 Conservative
1980[28] 39 22 5 1 Ratepayers 2 Conservative
1979[29] 41 23 4 0 Ratepayers 1 Conservative
1978[30] 44 21 3 0 Ratepayers 1 Conservative
1976[31] 43 21 3 1 Ratepayers 1 Conservative
1975[32] 40 22 3 2 Ratepayers 2 Conservative
1973†[33] 37 24 3 2 Ratepayers 3 Conservative
  • † The first election of councillors was on 10 May 1973. Sefton Council operated as a "shadow" authority before coming into its full powers on 1 April 1974. There were no elections in 1974, with elections by thirds starting in 1975.[16][33]
  • ‡ The Liberal Party and the Social Democratic Party merged to form the Liberal Democrats in March 1988.

History[edit]

Sefton Council was created by the local government reorganisation of 1974, which created a two-tier system of government in the United Kingdom. It was a metropolitan district of the metropolitan county of Merseyside. Until 1986, the five metropolitan borough councils of Merseyside shared power with the central Merseyside County Council, but this was later abolished and its functions devolved solely to its districts. As a result, the borough is effectively a unitary authority within the ceremonial county of Merseyside.

Sefton Council is not directly responsible for transport, waste-disposal and emergency services - these are administered by joint-boards of the five boroughs of Merseyside.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Proposal to establish a combined authority for Greater Merseyside". Department for Communities and Local Government. November 2013. Retrieved 10 December 2013. 
  2. ^ "The Borough of Sefton (Electoral Changes) Order 1999". The National Archives. Retrieved 11 September 2012. 
  3. ^ 2014 Summary - Sefton Council
  4. ^ 2012 Summary - Sefton Council
  5. ^ 2011 Summary - BBC News
  6. ^ 2010 Summary - BBC News
  7. ^ 2008 Summary - BBC News
  8. ^ 2007 Summary - BBC News
  9. ^ 2006 Summary - BBC News
  10. ^ 2004 Summary - BBC News
  11. ^ 2003 Summary - BBC News
  12. ^ 2002 Summary - BBC News
  13. ^ 2000 Summary - BBC News
  14. ^ Metropolitan County of Merseyside (Electoral Divisions and Wards) Order 1973
  15. ^ Borough of Sefton (Electoral Arrangements) Order 1978 (S.I. 1978/1863)
  16. ^ a b c Local government in England and Wales: A Guide to the New System. London: HMSO. 1974. p. 184. ISBN 0117508470. 
  17. ^ 1999 Summary - BBC News
  18. ^ "Local Elections results". The Times. 9 May 1998. p. 46. 
  19. ^ "Local election results 1992". The Times. 9 May 1992. p. 6. 
  20. ^ "Complete round-up of results from Thursday's local council elections". The Times. 4 May 1991. 
  21. ^ "Yesterday's Local election results". The Times. 4 May 1990. 
  22. ^ The Guardian, 6 May 1988
  23. ^ The Guardian, 8 May 1987
  24. ^ The Guardian, 4 May 1986
  25. ^ "Labour takes Birmingham, Liberals do well". The Times. 4 May 1984. p. 5. 
  26. ^ "Labour capture Liverpool: Tories hold Birmingham". The Times. 6 May 1983. p. 4. 
  27. ^ "How the councils fared". The Times. 8 May 1982. p. 2. 
  28. ^ "Labour makes gains throughout Britain in local government elections". The Times. 2 May 1980. p. 4. 
  29. ^ Martin Minogue, ed. (1979). A Consumer's Guide to Local Government (2 ed.). Macmillan for the National Consumer Council. ISBN 9780333271162. 
  30. ^ "Power shift in only eight of 80 councils outside London". The Times. 6 May 1978. p. 3. 
  31. ^ "Conservatives control 17 metropolitan councils". The Times. 8 May 1976. 
  32. ^ "Tories capture 199 seats in 'big cities' poll triumph". The Times. 2 May 1975. 
  33. ^ a b "Three major parties find cause for satisfaction in local election results despite low poll". The Times. 14 May 1973. 

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