Middlesbrough Council

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Middlesbrough Council
Coat of arms or logo
Council coat of arms[1][2]
Middlesbrough Council - Logo.svg
Chair of the Council
John Hobson, Independent
since 22 May 2019
Mayor Andy Preston, Independent
since 2 May 2019[3]
Deputy Mayor
Antony High, Independent
Chief executive
Tony Parkinson
since 28 March 2017
SeatsElected mayor
46 councillors
UK Middlesbrough Council 2019.svg
Political groups
  Independent (23)
  Labour (20)
  Conservative (3)
First past the post
Last election
2 May 2019
Next election
May 2023
Meeting place
Town Hall at Middlesbrough
Middlesbrough Town Hall

Middlesbrough Council, formerly known as Middlesbrough Borough Council, is a unitary authority based in Middlesbrough in North Yorkshire, England. The authority has combined some duties with its nearby councils to form the Tees Valley Combined Authority. The borough is often considered to be larger than current borough boundaries, with a total built-up population of 174,700[clarification needed].[4] It is in the statistical region of North East England.

The council's borough had a resident population in 2001 of 134,855. A 2006 mid-year estimate suggests the Borough to have a population of 138,400.[5] The borough council unsuccessfully bid to achieve city status in 2012, to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.[6]


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 Andy Preston.

2011 election[edit]

Mayor of Middlesbrough 2011[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Ray Mallon 17,917 50.4% -8.3%
Labour Michael John Carr 11,405 32.1% +20.2%
Liberal Democrats 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
2015 33 4 0 9
2019 20 3 0 23

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 in black, colour version of the crest would have yellow ships with white sails on a blue chief with blue lion on white outside the chief

The original coat of arms of the Borough was devised in the nineteenth century by William Hylton Dyer Longstaffe,[8] and regranted in 1996 with slight modifications after the dissolution of Cleveland County. The images, from the collection of the Heraldry Society,[9] will be found on Robert Young's Civic Heraldry website.[10]


  1. ^ "Middlesbrough's coat of arms". Midlesbough.gov.uk. Archived from the original on 1 November 2020. Retrieved 25 August 2022.
  2. ^ "Middlesbrough". Heraldry of the World. Retrieved 25 August 2022.
  3. ^ "2019 mayoral election". Middlesbrough. Middlesbrough Council. Retrieved 30 June 2021.
  4. ^ "2011 UK Census statistics". Retrieved 23 September 2013.
  5. ^ Selected age groups for local authorities in United Kingdom: mid-2006 population estimates
  6. ^ Middlesbrough has thrown its hat into the ring – the Guardian
  7. ^ "2011 Mayoral Election". Middlesbrough Council. 5 May 2011. Retrieved 4 May 2019.
  8. ^ GENUKI: Middlesbrough Parish information from Bulmers' 1890
  9. ^ "Heraldry Society". Archived from the original on 14 May 2008. Retrieved 13 December 2007.
  10. ^ "Robert Young's Civic Heraldry website".

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 54°34′32″N 1°14′02″W / 54.5755°N 1.234°W / 54.5755; -1.234