Middlesbrough Council

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Middlesbrough Council
Chair of the Council
Cllr Steve Bloundele, Labour
since 29 May 2015
Mayor Dave Budd, Labour
since 8 May 2015
SeatsElected mayor
46 councillors
Political groups
     Labour (31)
Other parties
     Conservative (5)
     Independent (10)
First past the post
Last election
7 May 2015
Next election
2 May 2019
Meeting place
Town Hall at Middlesbrough
Town Hall, Middlesbrough

Middlesbrough Council, formerly known as Middlesbrough Borough Council is the local council of Middlesbrough. It is a unitary authority and borough council in the Tees Valley sub-region of the North East of England. It is based on the town of Middlesbrough, which is often considered to spread outside the borough boundaries into neighbouring Redcar and Cleveland with a total built-up population of 174,700;[1] the borough extends southwards to a semi-rural area. Whilst part of North Yorkshire for ceremonial purposes, it is in the region of North East England. It had a resident council population in 2001 of 134,855. A 2006 mid-year estimate suggests the Borough to have a population of 138,400.[2] The borough council unsuccessfully bid to achieve city status in 2012, to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.[3]


Middlesbrough Borough Council was formed on 1 April 1974, under the Local Government Act 1972, from part of the former County Borough of Teesside, along with the parish of Nunthorpe from the Stokesley Rural District. It was a district, and the county town of the new county of Cleveland from 1 April 1974, until 1996. As a district, it was one of the four constituent districts of Cleveland: Cleveland being the upper tier in the two-tier system. When Cleveland was abolished under the Banham Review, Middlesbrough became a unitary authority and as such took on the rights and duties of a county, and only ceremonially part of North Yorkshire, but not run by it.

The borough borders Stockton-on-Tees unitary authority to the west, Redcar and Cleveland unitary authority to the east and the Hambleton district of North Yorkshire to the south.


As a borough council Middlesbrough is entitled to a mayor. Middlesbrough's council is led by a directly-elected mayor, currently David Budd.

2011 election[edit]

Mayor of Middlesbrough 2011[4][5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Independent Ray Mallon 17,917 50.4% -8.3%
Labour Michael John Carr 11,405 32.1% +20.2%
Liberal Democrat Chris Foote Wood 3,256 9.2% -14.5%
Conservative Lloyd Cole-Nolan 3,001 8.4% +2.6%
Majority 6,512 18.3% -16.7%
Turnout 36.5%
Independent hold Swing 14.2% to Lab

Political composition[edit]

Below is the political composition of the council in 2008 and 2011.

Year Labour Conservatives Liberal Democrats Independents/Greens
2008 26 6 5 11
2011 30 4 1 13

The borough has 23 council wards. Middlesbrough is mostly unparished, with Nunthorpe and Stainton and Thornton being the only parishes.

Coat of arms[edit]

The original coat of arms of the Borough was devised in the nineteenth century by William Hylton Dyer Longstaffe,[6] and regranted in 1996 with slight modifications after the dissolution of Cleveland County. The images, from the collection of the Heraldry Society,[7] will be found on Robert Young's Civic Heraldry website.[8]


  1. ^ "2011 UK Census statistics". Retrieved 23 September 2013.
  2. ^ Selected age groups for local authorities in United Kingdom: mid-2006 population estimates
  3. ^ Middlesbrough has thrown its hat into the ring – the Guardian
  4. ^ "Election Results". Middlesbrough Borough Council. May 2011. Retrieved 21 May 2011.
  5. ^ "Candidates in Mayoral Elections, May 2007". New Local Government Network. 2007. Retrieved 21 May 2011.
  6. ^ GENUKI: Middlesbrough Parish information from Bulmers' 1890
  7. ^ Heraldry Society
  8. ^ "Robert Young's Civic Heraldry website".

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 54°34′23″N 1°14′17″W / 54.573°N 1.238°W / 54.573; -1.238