Glasgow City Council

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Glasgow City Council
Full council election every 5 years
Coat of arms or logo
Glasgow City Council logo
Preceded byGlasgow District Council
Jacqueline McLaren, SNP
since 19 May 2022
Leader of the Council
Susan Aitken, SNP
since 18 May 2017[1]
Chief executive
Annemarie O'Donnell
since 12 November 2014
Glasgow City Council composition
Political groups
Administration (37)
  SNP (37)
Other parties (48)
  Labour (36)
  Greens (10)[a]
  Conservative (2)
Single transferable vote
Last election
5 May 2022
Next election
6 May 2027
Let Glasgow Flourish
Meeting place
Headquarters of the council
Glasgow City Chambers

Glasgow City Council is the local government authority for the City of Glasgow, Scotland. It was created in 1996 under the Local Government etc. (Scotland) Act 1994, largely with the boundaries of the post-1975 City of Glasgow district of the Strathclyde region.


The early city, a sub-regional capital of the old Lanarkshire county, was run by the old "Glasgow Town Council" based at the Tollbooth, Glasgow Cross.[2] In 1895, the Town Council became "The Corporation of the City of Glasgow" ("Glasgow Corporation" or "City Corporation"), around the same time as its headquarters moved to the newly built Glasgow City Chambers in George Square.[3]

It retained this title until local government re-organisation in 1975, when it became the "City of Glasgow District Council", a second-tier body under Strathclyde Regional Council which was also headquartered in Glasgow. Created under the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973, it included the former county of the city of Glasgow and a number of areas previously within the county of Lanark: Cambuslang (Central and North, and South lying outwith East Kilbride), Rutherglen (including the burgh of Rutherglen), part of a Carmunnock area (that lying outwith East Kilbride) and Baillieston, Carmyle, Garrowhill, Mount Vernon and Springboig.[4][5][6]

The city council established in 1996 (Local Government etc. (Scotland) Act 1994) was one of the newly created single-tier local authorities, taking on the powers and responsibilities previously divided between the City of Glasgow District and Strathclyde Region bodies, which were abolished, and with boundaries somewhat different from those of the former: the Cambuslang, Halfway, Rutherglen and Fernhill areas (four wards) were transferred from the city area to the new South Lanarkshire council area.

Council structure[edit]

The council is ceremonially headed by the Lord Provost of Glasgow, who is elected to convene the council and perform associated tasks as a general civic leader and Lord Lieutenant; the role has history dating from the 15th century. The current Lord Provost, elected in May 2022 after that month's election, is Jacqueline McLaren.


Party 2022 result
Scottish National Party 37
Scottish Labour 36
Scottish Green[b] 10
Scottish Conservative 2

Administration parties denoted with bullets (•)

City Administration Committee[edit]

The council's City Administration Committee is headed by a Leader of the Council, who is the leader of the largest political grouping, currently the Scottish National Party. The City Administration Committee is usually formed of 19 members across all the elected parties proportionally, however this would have given the SNP a majority of 10 seats despite not gaining one through the election. The Greens proposed an amendment to add an additional seat for each party, making the SNP the biggest minority party.[7] It was passed and so its composition of 23 seats is currently:[8]

Affiliation Councillors
Scottish National Party 11
Scottish Labour 8
Scottish Conservatives 2
Scottish Greens 2

The council changed from an executive-led governance system to a committee-led system in September 2017.[9]

History of leaders and administrations[edit]

Controlling party Years Leader
Labour 1980–2017
1996–1997: Bob Gould (Labour)
1997–1999: Frank McAveety (Labour)
1999–2005: Charlie Gordon (Labour)
2005–2010: Steven Purcell (Labour)
2010–2015: Gordon Matheson (Labour)
2015–2017: Frank McAveety (Labour)
No overall control 2017–present 2017–present: Susan Aitken (SNP)


The council consists of 85 councillors elected for a five-year term from 23 wards. These wards were introduced for the 2017 election, replacing those introduced in 2007, and each returns three or four members by the single transferable vote system of election. This system was introduced by the Local Governance (Scotland) Act 2004,[10] as a means of ensuring a reasonably proportionately representative outcome.

The most recent full council election took place on 5 May 2022. The Scottish National Party became the largest party (37) but did not gain an overall majority; Labour returned more councillors (36) and was one seat short from the SNP. The Scottish Greens also returned more councillors (10) whilst the Conservatives lost all but two councillors (2).

The next election is due to take place on 6 May 2027.

Previous elections[edit]

Since creation of Glasgow City Council

Current multi-member ward system[edit]

Current multi-member wards by number

The current multi-member ward system (23 wards, 85 seats) was introduced for the 2017 council election, replacing a similar model (21 wards, 79 seats) in place between 2007 and 2017:

Ward Number of councillors Population
1. Linn[c] 4 members 29,575
2. Newlands/Auldburn[d] 3 members 23,144
3. Greater Pollok[e] 4 members 30,729
4. Cardonald[f] 4 members 29,639
5. Govan[g] 4 members 26,769
6. Pollokshields[h] 4 members 27,983
7. Langside[i] 4 members 29,060
8. Southside Central[j] 4 members 25,266
9. Calton[k] 4 members 27,460
10. Anderston/City/Yorkhill[l] 4 members 30,184
11. Hillhead[m] 3 members 25,411
12. Victoria Park[n] 3 members 20,950
13. Garscadden/Scotstounhill[o] 4 members 30,565
14. Drumchapel/Anniesland[p] 4 members 29,432
15. Maryhill[q] 3 members 22,244
16. Canal[r] 4 members 25,000
17. Springburn/Robroyston[s] 4 members 27,237
18. East Centre[t] 4 members 27,991
19. Shettleston[u] 4 members 25,806
20. Baillieston[v] 3 members 21,663
21. North East[w] 3 members 20,457
22. Dennistoun[x] 3 members 20,861
23. Partick East/Kelvindale[y] 4 members 28,914

Ward notes

  1. ^ The Scottish Greens are in a working agreement with the Glasgow City Council administration, but they do not form part of it.
  2. ^ The Scottish Greens are in a working agreement with the Glasgow City Council administration, but they do not form part of it.
  3. ^ Carmunnock, Castlemilk, Cathcart (part), Croftfoot, King's Park (part), Muirend, Simshill
  4. ^ Arden, Auldhouse, Carnwadric, Cowglen, Eastwood, Hillpark, Kennishead, Mansewood, Merrylee, Newlands, Pollokshaws
  5. ^ Crookston (part), Darnley, Deaconsbank, Hurlet, Nitshill, Parkhouse, Pollok (part), Priesthill, Southpark
  6. ^ Cardonald, Corkerhill, Crookston (part), Hillington, Mosspark, Penilee, Pollok (part)
  7. ^ Cessnock, Drumoyne, Govan, Ibrox, Kinning Park, Shieldhall, Tradeston
  8. ^ Bellahouston, Craigton, Dumbreck, Pollokshields, Port Eglinton, Shawlands (part), Strathbungo
  9. ^ Battlefield, Cathcart (part), Langside, King's Park (part), Mount Florida, Shawlands (part), Toryglen
  10. ^ Crosshill, Gorbals, Queen's Park, Govanhill, Hutchesontown, Oatlands
  11. ^ Barrowfield, Bridgeton, Calton, Dalmarnock, Gallowgate, Newbank, Parkhead (part)
  12. ^ Anderston, Charing Cross, Cowcaddens, Finnieston, Garnethill, Glasgow City Centre, Kelvingrove, Kelvinhaugh, Merchant City, Townhead, Yorkhill
  13. ^ Hillhead, Kelvinbridge, North Kelvinside, Park District, St George's Cross, Woodlands, Woodside
  14. ^ Anniesland (part), Broomhill, Glasgow Harbour, Jordanhill, Thornwood, Whiteinch
  15. ^ Garscadden, Knightswood (part), Scotstounhill, Scotstoun, Yoker
  16. ^ Anniesland (part), Blairdardie, Drumchapel, Knightswood (part), Old Drumchapel, Temple
  17. ^ Gilshochill, Maryhill, Summerston, Wyndford
  18. ^ Cadder, Colston, Hamiltonhill, Milton, Lambhill, Parkhouse, Port Dundas, Possilpark, Ruchill
  19. ^ Balornock, Barmulloch, Millerston (part), Robroyston, Springburn
  20. ^ Barlanark, Cranhill, Carntyne, Greenfield Riddrie, Springboig
  21. ^ Braidfauld, Carmyle, Lilybank, Mount Vernon, Parkhead (part), Sandyhills, Shettleston, Tollcross
  22. ^ Baillieston, Broomhouse, Easthall, Garrowhill, Swinton, Wellhouse
  23. ^ Blackhill, Craigend, Easterhouse, Garthamlock, Hogganfield, Ruchazie
  24. ^ Dennistoun, Germiston, Haghill, Royston, Sighthill
  25. ^ Dowanhill, Hyndland, Kelvindale, Kelvinside, Partick (part)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "SNP will run Glasgow Council as minority". 18 May 2017 – via
  2. ^ Trongate, 1770 (Mitchell Library, Foulis Academy Prints), The Glasgow Story
  3. ^ City Chambers (Mitchell Library, Glasgow Collection), The Glasgow Story
  4. ^ "New Local Government areas". Hansard. 22 October 1973. Retrieved 4 November 2018.
  5. ^ Irene Maver. "Modern Times: 1950s to The Present Day > Neighbourhoods". The Glasgow Story. Retrieved 4 November 2018.
  6. ^ "Scotland's Landscape: City of Glasgow". BBC. Retrieved 4 November 2018.
  7. ^ "Garscadden/Scotstounhill councillor to oversee all city schools as new minority SNP council takes charge". Clydebank Post. Retrieved 20 May 2017.
  8. ^ "Glasgow City Council on Twitter". Twitter. Glasgow City Council. Retrieved 18 May 2017.
  9. ^ "Glasgow City Council: Review of Decision-Making Arrangements, 14th Sept 2017".
  10. ^ See also Local Governance (Scotland) Act 2004, Office of Public Sector Information (OPSI) website
  11. ^ Scottish Council Elections 1995 - Results and Statistics, H.M. Bochel, D.T. Denver, p.95-97
  12. ^ Scottish Council Elections 1999 - Results and Statistics, H.M. Bochel, D.T. Denver
  13. ^ Chapter 57 Clyde Councils, Local Election Results, 5th May 2003, Andrew Teale
  14. ^ Local Election Results 3rd May 2007, Andrew Teale (2008)
  15. ^ Local Election Results 2012: Glasgow, Local Elections Archive Project (LEAP), Andrew Teale
  16. ^ Local Election Results 2017, Glasgow City Council
  17. ^ "Local Ward Factsheets". Glasgow City Council. 1 January 2017. Retrieved 6 July 2018.
Awards and achievements
Preceded by LGC Council of the Year
Succeeded by