Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council
|This article relies too much on references to primary sources. (January 2008)|
|Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council|
Sue Derbyshire, Liberal Democrats
Governing Party (28)
|Greater Manchester Combined Authority
Greater Manchester Police and Crime Panel
Length of term
|First past the post|
|22 May 2014|
|7 May 2015|
|Town Hall, Edward Street, Stockport|
Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council is the local authority for the Metropolitan Borough of Stockport, Greater Manchester, England. The council is currently in no overall control, as at the 2011 local elections the Liberal Democrats lost their majority. Currently, the Liberal Democrats have 28 seats, Labour has 19 and the Conservatives have 9, whilst UKIP have 1. There are also 6 independent councillors, 3 of which represent the Heald Green Ratepayers and 3 others who stand as Independents following their departures from the Labour Party, these being Brian Hendley, Paul Moss and Laura Booth.
Wards & Councillors
There are 21 wards, each represented by three councillors.
|Ward||Councillor||Party||Term of office|
|Bramhall North||Alanna Vine||Conservative||2011-15|
|Bramhall South||Paul Bellis||UKIP||2011-15|
|Bredbury and Woodley||Mike Wilson||Liberal Democrat||2011-15|
|Christine Corris||Liberal Democrat||2012-16|
|Chris Gordon||Liberal Democrat||2014-18|
|Bredbury Green and Romiley||Syd Lloyd||Conservative||2011-15|
|Hazel Lees||Liberal Democrat||2012-16|
|Mags Kirkham||Liberal Democrat||2014-18|
|Brinnington and Central||Chris Murphy||Labour||2011-15|
|Cheadle and Gatley||Pam King||Liberal Democrat||2011-15|
|Keith Holloway||Liberal Democrat||2012-16|
|Iain Roberts||Liberal Democrat||2014-18|
|Cheadle Hulme North||Paul Porgess||Liberal Democrat||2014-18|
|John Pantall||Liberal Democrat||2011–15|
|June Somekh||Liberal Democrat||2012–16|
|Cheadle Hulme South||Suzanne Wyatt||Liberal Democrat||2011-15|
|Lenny Grice||Liberal Democrat||2012-16|
|Stuart Bodsworth||Liberal Democrat||2014-18|
|Davenport and Cale Green||Brian Hendley||Independent Labour||2011-15|
|Edgeley and Cheadle Heath||Richard Coaton||Labour||2011-15|
|Hazel Grove||William Wragg||Conservative||2011-15|
|Kevin Hogg||Liberal Democrat||2012-16|
|Heald Green||Sylvia Humphreys||Heald Green Ratepayer||2011-15|
|Peter Burns||Heald Green Ratepayer||2012-16|
|Adrian Nottingham||Heald Green Ratepayer||2014-18|
|Heatons North||Alexander Ganotis||Labour||2011-15|
|Heatons South||Dean Fitzpatrick||Labour||2011-15|
|Manor||Patrick McAuley||Liberal Democrat||2011-15|
|Sue Derbyshire||Liberal Democrat||2012-16|
|Daniel Hawthorne||Liberal Democrat||2014-18|
|Marple North||Andrew Bispham||Liberal Democrat||2011-15|
|Martin Candler||Liberal Democrat||2012-16|
|Geoff Abell||Liberal Democrat||2014-18|
|Marple South||Kevin Dowling||Liberal Democrat||2011-15|
|Shan Alexander||Liberal Democrat||2012-16|
|Sue Ingham||Liberal Democrat||2014-18|
|Offerton||Wendy Meikle||Liberal Democrat||2011-15|
|Dave Goddard||Liberal Democrat||2014-18|
|Reddish North||Paul Moss||Independent||2011-15|
|Reddish South||Walter Brett||Labour||2011-15|
|Stepping Hill||Ben Alexander||Liberal Democrat||2011-15|
|Wendy Orrell||Liberal Democrat||2012-16|
The Executive Committee of the Council consists of eight Executive Councillors:
- Leader: Sue Derbyshire
- Deputy Leader: Iain Roberts (also Corporate, Customer and Consumer Services)
- Lifelong Learning and Achievement: Shan Alexander
- Communities and Sustainability: Martin Candler
- Adult Care Services: Keith Holloway
- Children and Young People: Wendy Meikle
- Health and Wellbeing: John Pantall
- Economic Development and Regeneration: Patrick McAuley
Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council (Stockport Council) uses an executive system. There are 10 executive councillors, including the leader of the council; each has a separate portfolio containing responsibilities for different services and areas of the council. There are also six scrutiny committees which scrutinize decisions made by the executive.
Stockport Council has 63 elected members, belonging to three different parties. The largest party, and the ruling party is the Liberal Democrat party, which has 29 of the 63 seats. In the council elections on Thursday 1 May 2008, in which one third of the seats were up for re-election, there were two main changes. In the Cheadle & Gatley ward, incumbent councillor Paul Carter of the Liberal Democrat party lost his seat to the Conservative candidate Mick Jones. Similarly in the Brinnington and Central Ward, Labour councillor Maureen Rowles lost her seat to the Liberal Democrat candidate Christian Walker. However, a short time after this election, he chose to serve as an Independent Councillor, then returned to the Liberal Democrats, then declared himself Independent again.
During 2009, which was supposed to be a "fallow year" (one without elections), there were three by-elections following the deaths of serving councillors. Subsequently, Labour Councillor Anne Graham joined the Liberal Democrat group, bringing them to 36 Councillors of 63.
On 2 February 2011, Councillors David White, Roy Driver and Anne Graham all resigned from the Liberal Democrat Group. All three cited unhappiness with the national party's involvement with a "Tory-led" government. They became Independent Left Councillors, forming the Independent Left Group on the Council, whilst awaiting the result of membership applications to the Labour Party and subsequently joined the Labour Group after the 2011 elections. Roy Driver was not selected for a seat in the May 2011 elections but may contest a seat for Labour in May 2012.
On 21 January 2012, Patrick McAuley, Labour Councillor for Manor since May 2011, announced on Twitter that he had resigned from the Labour Party but that would continue to serve as a councillor; he subsequently joined the Liberal Democrat group in December 2012.
In October and November 2014, Stockport Labour lost 3 seats with Brian Hendley, Paul Moss and Laura Booth all leaving the party. Hendley was deselected without his knowing, Moss resigned due to house building on Reddish Vale Country Park and Booth quit over allegations of a "culture of systematic bullying".
The 'All Out'
In the 2004 election, all councilors on the council were put up for election at the same time. This election was conducted exclusively by Postal voting. Each elector was given three votes, and asked to pick three candidates. The number of votes each candidate received then determined when they would next stand for election.
Elections were then scheduled for 2007, 2008, and 2010.
Heald Green Ratepayers are the only non-mainstream candidates to win seats.
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