Coventry City Council
|Coventry City Council|
|Third of council elected three years out of four|
Coat of arms
|Founded||1 April 1974|
|Preceded by||Coventry City Council (of the County Borough of Coventry)
Meriden Rural District Council
West Midlands County Council
New session started
|16 May 2013 (Municipal year 2013/2014)|
George Duggins, Labour
Since 19 May 2016
Since 16 May 2013
39 / 54
14 / 54
1 / 54
|First past the post|
|3 May 2012|
|Council House, Coventry|
The city is divided up into 18 Wards each with three councillors. Coventry has usually been controlled by the Labour Party over the past few decades, and at times they appeared to be in safe control. However, the Conservatives held control for a short time in the 1970s, and they also held control from July 2004 until 2010. For a time they held control on the casting vote of the Lord Mayor, but they won clear control at the local elections of 4 May 2006. However, in 2010 the Conservatives lost control of Coventry City Council when Labour gained enough seats to have overall control.
The leader of the Conservative group is John Blundell, who has held the post since May 2013 after Kevin Foster stood down. The leader of the controlling Labour group is George Duggins. He has held the post of Leader of the Council since May 2016 after winning a leadership election against the incumbent Ann Lucas. The Chief Executive is Martin Reeves.
In 2017 the Council will move the majority of its staff to the Friargate development. It will be the first tenant in the new business district, located next to Coventry railway station.
|Total number of seats||54|
- "Coventry Conservatives Elect New Leader". Coventry Conservatives. 17 May 2013. Retrieved 29 March 2016.
- "Coventry City Council leader Ann Lucas ousted in Labour Party coup". Coventry Telegraph. BBC. 6 May 2016. Retrieved 10 May 2016.
- "Chief Executive". Coventry City Council. Retrieved 26 September 2012.
- "Current State of the Parties". www.coventry.gov.uk. Retrieved 31 December 2015.