Manchester City Council

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Manchester City Council
Third of council elected three years out of four
Coat of arms or logo
Coat of arms
Houses Unicameral
Term limits
Founded 1 April 1974
Eddy Newman, labour
Since 2017
Seats 96
Manchester City Council Composition.svg
Political groups
Joint committees
Greater Manchester Combined Authority
Greater Manchester Police and Crime Panel
First past the post
Last election
2014 (one third of councillors)
2015 (one third of councillors)
2016 (one third of councillors)
Next election
2018 (all councillors due to boundary changes)
2019 (one third of councillors)
2020 (one third of councillors)
Concilio et Labore
Meeting place
Manchester town hall.jpg
Manchester Town Hall, Albert Square, Manchester

Manchester City Council is the local government authority for Manchester, a city and metropolitan borough in Greater Manchester, England. It is composed of 96 councillors, three for each of the 32 electoral wards of Manchester. The council is controlled by the Labour Party and led by Sir Richard Leese. Joanne Roney is the chief executive. Many of the council's staff are based at Manchester Town Hall.


Manchester was incorporated in 1838 under the Municipal Corporations Act 1835 as the Corporation of Manchester or Manchester Corporation. It achieved city status in 1853, only the second such grant since the Reformation. The area included in the city has been increased many times, in 1885 (Bradford, Harpurhey and Rusholme), 1890 (Blackley, Crumpsall, part of Droylsden, Kirkmanshulme, Moston, Newton Heath, Openshaw, and West Gorton), 1903 (Heaton), 1904 (Burnage, Chorlton cum Hardy, Didsbury, and Moss Side), 1909 (Gorton, and Levenshulme), 1931 (Wythenshawe: Baguley, Northenden, and Northen Etchells), and Ringway. A new Town Hall was opened in 1877 (by Alderman Abel Heywood) and the Mayor of Manchester was granted the title of Lord Mayor in 1893.[1]

Under the Local Government Act 1972 the council was reconstituted as a metropolitan borough council in 1974, and since then it has been controlled by the Labour Party. In 1980, Manchester was the first council to declare itself a nuclear-free zone. In 1984 it formed an equal opportunities unit as part of its opposition to Section 28.[2][3][4]

Political make up[edit]

Elections are usually by thirds (a third of the seats elected, three years in every four), although the 2004 elections, due to substantial boundary changes (which involved the total number of councillors reduced), saw all seats contested. Labour has controlled a majority of seats in every election since the council was reconstituted. Between 2014 and 2016 Labour occupied every seat with no opposition.[5] In the local elections held on 5 May 2016, former Manchester Withington MP, John Leech, was elected with 53% of the vote signifying the first gain for any party other than Labour for the first time in six years in Manchester and providing an opposition for the first time in two years.[6] On 7 March 2017, it was reported that City Centre Councillor Kevin Peel had been suspended from the Manchester Labour group. He technically sits as an independent but is likely to still take the Labour Group whip until 2018 when he is expected to resign.[7]

Year Labour Lib Dems Green Conservative Independent
2017 94 1 0 0 1
2016 95 1 0 0 0
2015 96 0 0 0 0
2014 96 0 0 0 0
2012 86 9 0 0 1
2011 75 20 0 0 1
2010 62 31 0 1 2
2008 61 34 0 1 0
2007 61 33 1 1 0
2006 62 33 1 0 0
2004 57 38 1 0 0
2003 71 27 1 0 0
2002 75 22 0 0 1
2000 78 21 0 0 0
1999 82 17 0 0 0
1998 84 15 0 0 0

Coat of arms[edit]

Gules, three bendlets enhanced Or; a chief argent, thereon on waves of the sea a ship under sail proper. On a wreath of colours, a terrestrial globe semée of bees volant, all proper. On the dexter side a heraldic antelope argent, attired, and chain reflexed over the back Or, and on the sinister side a lion guardant Or, murally crowned Gules; each charged on the shoulder with a rose of the last. Motto: "Concilio et Labore"

A coat of arms was granted to the Borough of Manchester in 1842 and Manchester was granted the title of city in 1853.[8]

  • The Shield: red (Gules) with three gold (Or) bands drawn diagonally across to the right hand side.
  • The Chief (the white (Argent) top segment): shows a ship at sea in full sail. This is a reference to the city's trading base.
  • The Crest: On a multicoloured wreath stands a terrestrial globe, signifying Manchester's world trade, and covered by a swarm of flying bees. The bee was adopted in the 19th century as a symbol of industrial Manchester being the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution.
  • The Supporters: On the left, a heraldic antelope with a chain attached to a gold (Or) collar, representing engineering industries, and hanging at the shoulder, the red rose of Lancashire, in which county Manchester once was. On the right, a golden lion stands guardant (facing us), crowned with a red (Gules) castle (a reference to the Roman fort at Castlefield from which the city originated). The lion also wears the Red Rose of Lancashire.
  • Motto: Concilio et Labore, loosely translated "By wisdom and effort" (or "By counsel and hard work").

In 1954 the Manchester Corporation successfully took the Manchester Palace of Varieties to court for improperly using the Corporation's arms in its internal decoration and its company seal. The case of Manchester Corporation v Manchester Palace of Varieties Ltd;[9] was the first sitting of the Court of Chivalry for two hundred years, and it has not sat since.[10]

In April 2013, Manchester City Council threatened to take legal action against The Manchester Gazette, for its use of the City's coat of arms on their website. The News Outlet claimed it already gained permission and continued to use it for a further 8 months in spite of the warnings. Withington MP John Leech said the town hall’s latest move a ‘massive over-reaction and waste of money’, adding: “Have the council’s legal department got nothing better to do?” [11][12]


City treasurer[edit]

  • Richard Paver (since 1991)[13]

Town Clerk[edit]

  • Sir Philip Burrington Dingle (1906-1978), Town Clerk of Manchester: 1944–66.[14]

Chief Executive[edit]


Wards within Manchester City Council
Blackley and Broughton Manchester Gorton Wythenshawe and Sale East
  1. Higher Blackley
  2. Crumpsall
  3. Charlestown
  4. Cheetham
  5. Harpurhey
    • This constituency also contains
    Broughton and Kersal in
    neighbouring Salford City Council.
Manchester Central Manchester Withington


  1. ^ Frangopulo, N. J. (ed.) (1962) Rich Inheritance. Manchester: Manchester Education Committee; pp. 59–72
  2. ^ [1] Archived August 18, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ [2] Archived June 11, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ [3][dead link]
  5. ^ "Election 2015: Labour gains total control of Manchester City Council". BBC. 8 May 2015. Retrieved 31 May 2015. 
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-08-17. Retrieved 2017-04-06. 
  7. ^
  8. ^ Frangopulo, N. J., ed. (1962) Rich Inheritance. Manchester: Education Committee; p. II (note by W. H. Shercliff), 59
  9. ^ Manchester Corporation v Manchester Palace of Varieties Ltd, P 133; [1955] 1 All ER 387
  10. ^ G.D. Squibb, The High Court of Chivalry: A Study of the Civil Law in England, Oxford, 1959
  11. ^ "Manchester council threat to sue website over coat of arms". MEN. 30 April 2013. Retrieved 30 November 2013. 
  12. ^ "Site Rebrand". MG. 1 October 2013. Archived from the original on 20 October 2013. Retrieved 30 November 2013. 
  13. ^ Editor (21 June 2012). "Richard Paver on cuts, borrowing and derivatives". Room 151 - Local Government Treasury, Technical & Strategic Finance. Longview Productions Ltd. Retrieved 12 August 2015. 
  14. ^ [4]

Further reading[edit]

  • McKechnie, H. M. (ed.) (1915) Manchester in Nineteen Hundred and Fifteen. Manchester U. P.; "Undertakings of the City Council; Social Amelioration in Manchester; Elementary Education in Manchester; Secondary Schools in Manchester; The Evening School System of Manchester", by E. D. Simon, et al.
  • Manchester City Council. "Concilio et Labore" Series. No. 1-11. (Each pamphlet describes part of the council's work, e.g. no. 4: the City Treasurer.
  • Redford, Arthur (1939) The History of City Government in Manchester; Vol. 2 & 3: Borough and City; The Last Half Century.
  • Simon, Ernest D. (1926) A City Council from Within. London: Longmans, Green
  • Simon, Shena D. (1938) A Century of City Government: Manchester 1838–1938. London: G. Allen & Unwin
  • Tomlinson, H. E. (1943) "The Heraldry of Manchester" in: Bulletin of the John Rylands Library; vol. XXVIII, pp. 207–27

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