Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council

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Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council
Coat of arms or logo
Logo
Type
Type
Leadership
Leader
Sue Derbyshire, Liberal Democrats
Structure
Seats 63
Stockport Council Composition 2014.png
Political groups

Governing Party (28)

Opposition

Joint committees
Greater Manchester Combined Authority
Greater Manchester Police and Crime Panel
Length of term
4 years
Elections
First past the post
Last election
22 May 2014
Next election
7 May 2015
Meeting place
Town Hall, Edward Street, Stockport
Website
http://www.stockport.gov.uk

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 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 10. 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.[1][2][3]

Parliamentary representation[edit]

Stockport is currently covered by four constituencies: Cheadle, Stockport, Hazel Grove and Denton and Reddish.

Wards & Councillors[edit]

There are 21 wards, each represented by three councillors.

Council Wards
1 Bramhall North
2 Bramhall South
3 Bredbury & Woodley
4 Bredbury Green & Romiley
5 Brinnington & Central
6 Cheadle & Gatley
7 Cheadle Hulme North
8 Cheadle Hulme South
9 Davenport & Cale Green
10 Edgeley & Cheadle Heath
11 Hazel Grove
12 Heald Green
13 Heatons North
14 Heatons South
15 Manor
16 Marple North
17 Marple South
18 Offerton
19 Reddish North
20 Reddish South
21 Stepping Hill
Ward Councillor Party Term of office
Bramhall North Alanna Vine Conservative 2011-15
Linda Holt Conservative 2012-16
Lisa Walker Conservative 2014-18
Bramhall South Paul Bellis Conservative 2011-15
Brian Bagnall Conservative 2012-16
John McGahan Conservative 2014-18
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
Andy Sorton Labour 2012-16
Maureen Rowles Labour 2014-18
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
Wendy Wild Labour 2012-16
Elise Wilson Labour 2014-18
Edgeley and Cheadle Heath Richard Coaton Labour 2011-15
Sheila Bailey Labour 2012-16
Philip Harding Labour 2014-18
Hazel Grove William Wragg Conservative 2011-15
Kevin Hogg Liberal Democrat 2012-16
Oliver Johnstone Conservative 2014-18
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
David Sedgwick Labour 2012-16
John Taylor Labour 2014-18
Heatons South Dean Fitzpatrick Labour 2011-15
Colin Foster Labour 2012-16
Tom McGee Labour 2014-18
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
Laura Booth Independent 2012-16
Dave Goddard Liberal Democrat 2014-18
Reddish North Paul Moss Independent 2011-15
Kate Butler Labour 2012-16
David Wilson Labour 2014-18
Reddish South Walter Brett Labour 2011-15
Andrew Verdeille Labour 2012-16
Tom Grundy Labour 2014-18
Stepping Hill Ben Alexander Liberal Democrat 2011-15
Wendy Orrell Liberal Democrat 2012-16
John Wright Conservative 2014-18

Executive Councillors[edit]

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

Structure[edit]

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.

Politics[edit]

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".[4]

The 'All Out'[edit]

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.

Non-mainstream parties[edit]

Heald Green Ratepayers are the only non-mainstream candidates to win seats.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Your Councillors
  2. ^ Evening News Local Election Results
  3. ^ http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/in-your-area/third-councillor-quits-stockport-labour-8053512
  4. ^ http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/in-your-area/third-councillor-quits-stockport-labour-8053512

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