Glasgow City Council

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Glasgow City Council
Full council election every 4 years.
Coat of arms or logo
Coat of arms
Logo
Glasgow City Council logo
Type
Type
History
Preceded byGlasgow District Council
Leadership
Council leader
Susan Aitken, SNP
Since 18 May 2017[1]
Depute Leader
David McDonald, SNP
Since 18 May 2017[2]
Eva Bolander, SNP
Since 18 May 2017[3]
Structure
Seats85
Glasgow City Council composition
Political groups
Administration
     SNP (39)
Other parties
     Labour (31)
     Conservative (8)
     Scottish Greens (7)
Elections
Single transferable vote
Last election
5 May 2017
Next election
5 May 2022[4]
Motto
Let Glasgow Flourish
Meeting place
Headquarters of the council
Glasgow City Chambers
Website
www.glasgow.gov.uk

Glasgow City Council, the local government body of the city of Glasgow, Scotland, became one of the newly created single tier local authorities in 1996, under the Local Government etc. (Scotland) Act 1994,[5] with boundaries somewhat different from those of the City of Glasgow district of the Strathclyde region: parts of the Cambuslang and Halfway and Rutherglen and Fernhill areas were transferred from the city area to the new South Lanarkshire council area.

The district had been created in 1975 under the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973 to include: 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.[6][7][8]

History[edit]

The early city was run by the old "Glasgow Town Council". In 1895, the Town Council became "The Corporation of the City of Glasgow" ("Glasgow Corporation" or "City Corporation"). It retained this title until local government re-organisation in 1975, when it became "City of Glasgow District Council". In 1996, following the dissolution of Strathclyde Regional Council and Glasgow District Council, their responsibilities transferred to the new single-tier local authority Glasgow City Council.

The title Lord Provost of Glasgow, used now for the civic leader of the city council, has history dating from the 15th century.

During World War I, the council was unique in the United Kingdom in appointing an official war artist, Frederick Farrell.[9]

Glasgow Corporation Transport was under the control of the Glasgow Corporation, and ran the local buses and Glasgow Trams, until it was superseded by the Greater Glasgow Passenger Transport Executive on 1 June 1973.

During the period of two tier local government (Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973), 1975 to 1996, Glasgow District Council was responsible for refuse collection, museums, libraries and housing, while Strathclyde Regional Council had responsibilities for policing, fire service, water, education, social work and transport.

The city council established in 1996 (Local Government etc. (Scotland) Act 1994), took on the powers and responsibilities previously divided between councils of the Glasgow City district and the Strathclyde region.

The council area borders onto East Dunbartonshire, East Renfrewshire, North Lanarkshire, Renfrewshire, South Lanarkshire and West Dunbartonshire.

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 current incumbent is Eva Bolander.

The council's executive branch is headed by a Leader of the Council, who is the leader of the largest political grouping, currently the Scottish National Party. The executive 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.[10] It was passed and so its composition of 23 seats is currently:[11]

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

History of leaders and administrations[edit]

Controlling party Years Leader
No overall control 1934–1945 1933–1934: George Smith (Labour)
1934–1938: Patrick Dollan (Labour)
1938–1941: Hector McNeill (Labour)
1941–1948: George Smith (Labour)
Labour 1945–1949
1948–1949: Andrew Hood (Labour)
No overall control 1949–1950 1949–1952: John Donald Kelly (Progressive)
Progressives 1950–1952
Labour 1952–1968 1952–1955: Andrew Hood (Labour)
1955–1957: Jean Roberts (Labour)
1957–1958: Myer Galpern (Labour)
1958–1963: Peter Meldrum (Labour)
1963–1968: William Taylor (Labour)
No overall control 1968–1969 1968–1969: John Douglas Glen (Progressive)
Progressives 1969–1970 1969–1970: Peter Gemmill (Progressive)
No overall control 1970–1971
Labour 1971–1977 1971–1972: John Mains (Labour)
1972–1973: Richard Dynes (Labour)
1973–1974: Geoff Shaw (Labour)
1974–1977: Richard Dynes (Labour)
No overall control 1977–1980 1977–1979: John Young (Conservative)
1979–1986: Jean McFadden (Labour)
Labour 1980–2017
1986–1992: Pat Lally (Labour)
1992–1994: Jean McFadden (Labour)
1994–1996: Pat Lally (Labour)
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)

Elections[edit]

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,[12] as a means of ensuring a reasonably proportionately representative outcome.

The most recent full council election took place on Thursday 4 May 2017. The Scottish National Party became the largest party (39) but did not gain an overall majority; Labour returned fewer councillors (31) and lost overall control, with increased numbers for the Conservatives (8) and the Greens (7).

Current multi-member ward system[edit]

Current multi-member wards by number


A new multi-member ward system was introduced for the 2017 council election:

Ward Number of councillors Population
(2015)[13]
1. Linn[a] 4 members 29,575
2. Newlands/Auldburn[b] 3 members 23,144
3. Greater Pollok[c] 4 members 30,729
4. Cardonald[d] 4 members 29,639
5. Govan[e] 4 members 26,769
6. Pollokshields[f] 4 members 27,983
7. Langside[g] 4 members 29,060
8. Southside Central[h] 4 members 25,266
9. Calton[i] 4 members 27,460
10. Anderston/City/Yorkhill[j] 4 members 30,184
11. Hillhead[k] 3 members 25,411
12. Victoria Park[l] 3 members 20,950
13. Garscadden/Scotstounhill[m] 4 members 30,565
14. Drumchapel/Anniesland[n] 4 members 29,432
15. Maryhill[o] 3 members 22,244
16. Canal[p] 4 members 25,000
17. Springburn/Robroyston[q] 4 members 27,237
18. East Centre[r] 4 members 27,991
19. Shettleston[s] 4 members 25,806
20. Baillieston[t] 3 members 21,663
21. North East[u] 3 members 20,457
22. Dennistoun[v] 3 members 20,861
23. Partick East/Kelvindale[w] 4 members 28,914

Ward notes[edit]

  1. ^ Carmunnock, Castlemilk, Cathcart (part), Croftfoot King's Park (part), Muirend, Simshill
  2. ^ Arden, Auldhouse, Carnwadric, Cowglen, Hillpark, Kennishead, Mansewood, Merrylee, Newlands, Pollokshaws
  3. ^ Crookston (part), Darnley, Deaconsbank, Hurlet, Nitshill, Parkhouse G53, Pollok (part), Priesthill, Southpark
  4. ^ Cardonald, Corkerhill, Crookston (part), Hillington, Mosspark, Penilee, Pollok (part)
  5. ^ Cessnock, Drumoyne, Govan, Ibrox, Kinning Park, Shieldhall, Tradeston
  6. ^ Bellahouston, Craigton, Dumbreck, Pollokshields, Shawlands (part), Strathbungo
  7. ^ Battlefield, Cathcart (part), Langside, King's Park (part), Mount Florida, Shawlands (part), Toryglen
  8. ^ Crosshill, Gorbals, Queen's Park, Govanhill, Hutchesontown, Oatlands
  9. ^ Barrowfield, Bridgeton, Calton, Dalmarnock, Gallowgate, Newbank, Parkhead (part)
  10. ^ Anderston, Cowcaddens, Finnieston, Garnethill, Glasgow City Centre, Merchant City, Townhead
  11. ^ Hillhead, North Kelvinside, Park District, Woodlands, Woodside
  12. ^ Anniesland (part), Broomhill, Jordanhill, Scotstoun (part), Thornwood, Whiteinch
  13. ^ Garscadden, Knightswood (part), Scotstounhill, Scotstoun (part), Yoker
  14. ^ Anniesland (part), Blairdardie, Drumchapel, Knightswood (part), Old Drumchapel, Temple
  15. ^ Gilshochill, Maryhill, Summerston, Wyndford
  16. ^ Cadder, Colston, Hamiltonhill, Milton, Lambhill, Parkhouse G22, Possilpark, Ruchill
  17. ^ Balornock, Barmulloch, Millerston (part), Robroyston, Springburn
  18. ^ Barlanark, Cranhill, Carntyne, Greenfield Riddrie, Springboig
  19. ^ Braidfauld, Carmyle, Lilybank, Mount Vernon, Parkhead (part), Sandyhills, Shettleston, Tollcross
  20. ^ Baillieston, Broomhouse, Easthall, Garrowhill, Swinton, Wellhouse
  21. ^ Blackhill, Craigend, Easterhouse, Garthamlock, Hogganfield, Ruchazie
  22. ^ Dennistoun, Germiston, Haghill, Royston
  23. ^ Dowanhill, Hyndland, Kelvindale, Kelvinside, Partick (part)

Previous ward systems[edit]

A previous multi-member ward system was introduced for the 2007 council election:

Pre-2017 multi-member wards by number
Ward Number of councillors Representation (2012)
1. Linn 4 members 2 Lab; 1 SNP; 1 Lib Dem
2. Newlands/Auldburn 3 members 2 Lab; 1 SNP
3. Greater Pollok 4 members 2 Lab; 2 SNP
4. Craigton 4 members 2 Lab; 2 SNP
5. Govan 4 members 3 Lab; 1 SNP
6. Pollokshields 3 members 1 Lab; 1 Con; 1 SNP
7. Langside 3 members 2 SNP; 1 Lab
8. Southside Central 4 members 2 Lab; 2 SNP
9. Calton 3 members 2 Lab; 1 SNP
10. Anderston/City 4 members 2 SNP; 1 Lab; 1 Green
11. Hillhead 4 members 2 Lab; 1 SNP; 1 Green
12. Partick West 4 members 2 SNP; 1 Green; 1 Ind
13. Garscadden/Scotstounhill 4 members 2 Lab; 2 SNP
14. Drumchapel/Anniesland 4 members 3 Lab; 1 SNP
15. Maryhill/Kelvin 4 members 2 Lab; 2 SNP
16. Canal 4 members 2 Lab; 1 Ind; 1 Green
17. Springburn 3 members 2 Lab; 1 SNP
18. East Centre 4 members 2 Lab; 2 SNP
19. Shettleston 4 members 3 Lab; 1 SNP
20. Baillieston 4 members 2 Lab; 2 SNP
21. North East 4 members 3 Lab; 1 SNP

Prior to the 2007 election, there were 79 councillors elected from 79 single-member wards by the plurality (first past the post) system of election. The result from this system was 69 of the 79 councillors representing the Labour Party, although that party gained only around half the votes cast in the previous election to the council, and the Scottish National Party was represented by just four councillors, despite gaining some 20% of the votes. There were also three Liberal Democrat councillors, one Conservative councillor, one Scottish Socialist Party councillor, and one independent councillor.

Pre-2007 wards
Ward Ward Ward Ward
  1. Drumry
  2. Summerhill
  3. Blairdardie
  4. Knightswood Park
  5. Knightswood South
  6. Yoker
  7. Anniesland
  8. Jordanhill
  9. Kelvindale
  10. Scotstoun
  11. Victoria Park
  12. Hayburn
  13. Hyndland
  14. Hillhead
  15. Partick
  16. Kelvingrove
  17. Anderston
  18. Woodlands
  19. North Kelvin
  20. Wyndford
  1. Maryhill
  2. Summerston
  3. Milton
  4. Ashfield
  5. Firhill
  6. Keppochhill
  7. Merchant City
  8. Royston
  9. Cowlairs
  10. Springburn
  11. Wallacewell
  12. Milnbank
  13. Dennistoun
  14. Calton
  15. Bridgeton/ Dalmarnock
  16. Parkhead
  17. Carntyne
  18. Robroyston
  19. Gartcraig
  20. Queenslie
  1. Greenfield
  2. Barlanark
  3. Shettleston
  4. Tollcross Park
  5. Braidfauld
  6. Mount Vernon
  7. Baillieston
  8. Garrowhill
  9. Garthamlock
  10. Easterhouse
  11. Drumoyne
  12. Govan
  13. Ibrox
  14. Kingston
  15. Mosspark
  16. North Cardonald
  17. Penilee
  18. Cardonald
  19. Pollok
  20. Crookston
  1. Nitshill
  2. Darnley
  3. Carnwadric
  4. Maxwell Park
  5. Pollokshields East
  6. Hutchesontown
  7. Govanhill
  8. Strathbungo
  9. Battlefield
  10. Langside
  11. Pollokshaws
  12. Newlands
  13. Cathcart
  14. Mount Florida
  15. Toryglen
  16. Kings Park
  17. Castlemilk
  18. Carmunnock
  19. Glenwood

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ "SNP will run Glasgow Council as minority". 18 May 2017 – via www.bbc.co.uk.
  2. ^ Loney, Gillian (18 May 2017). "Meet the new lord provost, leader and executive members of Glasgow City Council".
  3. ^ "Glasgow's new Lord Provost is revealed". Evening Times.
  4. ^ King, Hannah. "Upcoming elections". www.edinburgh.gov.uk.
  5. ^ See also Local Government etc. (Scotland) Act 1994, Office of Public Sector Information (OPSI) website Archived 1 March 2010 at the Wayback Machine. (OPSI home page Archived 18 April 2008 at the Wayback Machine.)
  6. ^ "New Local Government areas". Hansard. 22 October 1973. Retrieved 4 November 2018.
  7. ^ Irene Maver. "Modern Times: 1950s to The Present Day > Neighbourhoods". The Glasgow Story. Retrieved 4 November 2018.
  8. ^ "Scotland's Landscape: City of Glasgow". BBC. Retrieved 4 November 2018.
  9. ^ "Glasgow's forgotten war artist Fred Farrell". Herald Scotland. 24 May 2014. Retrieved 9 May 2015.
  10. ^ "Garscadden/Scotstounhill councillor to oversee all city schools as new minority SNP council takes charge". Clydebank Post. Retrieved 20 May 2017.
  11. ^ "Glasgow City Council on Twitter". Twitter. Glasgow City Council. Retrieved 18 May 2017.
  12. ^ See also Local Governance (Scotland) Act 2004, Office of Public Sector Information (OPSI) website
  13. ^ "Local Ward Factsheets". Glasgow City Council. 1 January 2017. Retrieved 6 July 2018.
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Durham
LGC Council of the Year
2015
Succeeded by
Tameside Metropolitan