St Helens Council

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St Helens Council
Third of council elected three years out of four
Coat of Arms of St Helens
Founded1 April 1974
Mayor of St Helens
Cllr Pat Ireland, Labour
since 18th May 2017
Leader of the Council
Cllr Derek Long, Labour
since 2015
Chief executive
Michael Palin
since 15th January 2015
Seats48 councillors
Political groups
     Labour (41)
Other parties
     Conservative (3)
     Liberal Democrat (3)
Independent (1)
Joint committees
Liverpool City Region Combined Authority
Merseyside Fire and Rescue Authority
Merseyside Police and Crime Panel
Multiple member first-past-the-post
Last election
6 May 2016
Next election
3 May 2018
Meeting place
St Helens Town Hall.jpg
St Helens Town Hall

St Helens Council, also known as St Helens Metropolitan Borough Council is the local authority of the Metropolitan Borough of St Helens in Merseyside. It is a metropolitan district council, one of five in Merseyside and one of 36 in the metropolitan counties of England, and provides the majority of local government services in St Helens. It is a constituent council of Liverpool City Region Combined Authority.[1]


The current local authority was first elected in 1973, a year before formally coming into its powers and prior to the creation of the Metropolitan Borough of St Helens on 1 April 1974. The council gained borough status, entitling it to be known as St Helens Metropolitan Borough Council.

Political control[edit]

Since 1973, political control of the council has been held by the following parties:[2]

Party in control Years
Labour 1973 - 2004
No overall control 2004 - 2010
Labour 2010–present


  1. ^ "Proposal to establish a combined authority for Greater Merseyside" (PDF). Department for Communities and Local Government. November 2013. Retrieved 10 December 2013.
  2. ^ "St Helens". BBC News Online. 19 April 2009. Retrieved 7 May 2010.