Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council
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|Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council |
Alex Ganotis, Labour
|No overall control|
|Greater Manchester Combined Authority
Greater Manchester Police and Crime Panel
Length of term
|First past the post|
|2014 (one third of councillors)
2015 (one third of councillors)
2016 (one third of councillors)
|2018 (one third of councillors)
2019 (one third of councillors)
2020 (one third of councillors)
|Town Hall, Edward Street, Stockport|
Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council is the local authority for the Metropolitan Borough of Stockport, Greater Manchester, England. The council is currently in no overall control, as at the 2016 local elections the Liberal Democrats lost their majority. Currently, Labour have 23 seats, the Liberal Democrats have 21 and the Conservatives have 14. There are also 5 independent councillors, 3 that represent the Heald Green Ratepayers and 2 others that are Independent.
Wards and Councillors
There are 21 wards, each represented by three councillors.
|Ward||Councillor||Party||Term of office|
|Bramhall North||Lisa Walker||Conservative||2014-18|
|Bramhall South||John McGahan||Conservative||2014-18|
|Bredbury and Woodley||Chris Gordon||Liberal Democrat||2014-18|
|Stuart Corris||Liberal Democrat||2015-19|
|Christine Corris||Liberal Democrat||2016-20|
|Bredbury Green and Romiley||Mags Kirkham||Independent||2014-18|
|Lisa Smart||Liberal Democrat||2016-20|
|Brinnington and Central||Maureen Rowles||Labour||2014-18|
|Cheadle and Gatley||Iain Roberts||Liberal Democrat||2014-18|
|Graham Greenhalgh||Liberal Democrat||2015-19|
|Keith Holloway||Liberal Democrat||2016-20|
|Cheadle Hulme North||June Somekh||Liberal Democrat||2014–18|
|Paul Porgess||Liberal Democrat||2015-19|
|John Pantall||Liberal Democrat||2016–20|
|Cheadle Hulme South||Stuart Bodsworth||Labour||2014-18|
|Suzanne Wyatt||Liberal Democrat||2015-19|
|Mark Hunter||Liberal Democrat||2016-20|
|Davenport and Cale Green||Elise Wilson||Labour||2014-18|
|Edgeley and Cheadle Heath||Philip Harding||Labour||2014-18|
|Hazel Grove||Oliver Johnstone||Conservative||2014-18|
|Jon Twigge||Liberal Democrat||2016-20|
|Heald Green||Adrian Nottingham||Heald Green Ratepayer||2014-18|
|Eileen Humphreys||Heald Green Ratepayer||2015-19|
|Anna Charles-Jones||Heald Green Ratepayer||2016-20|
|Heatons North||John Taylor||Labour||2014-18|
|Heatons South||Tom McGee||Labour||2014-18|
|Manor||Daniel Hawthorne||Liberal Democrat||2014-18|
|Marple North||Geoff Abell||Liberal Democrat||2014-18|
|Malcolm Allan||Liberal Democrat||2016-20|
|Marple South||Sue Ingham||Liberal Democrat||2014-18|
|Offerton||Dave Goddard||Liberal Democrat||2014-18|
|Wendy Meikle||Liberal Democrat||2015-19|
|Laura Booth||Liberal Democrat||2016-20|
|Reddish North||David Wilson||Labour||2014-18|
|Reddish South||Tom Grundy||Labour||2014-18|
|Stepping Hill||John Wright||Conservative||2014-18|
|Mark Weldon||Liberal Democrat||2016-20|
The Executive Committee of the Council consists of eight Executive Councillors:
- Chair: Alex Ganotis (also Policy, Finance and Devolution)
- Vice-Chair: Wendy Wild (also Adult Social Care)
- Economy and Regeneration: Kate Butler
- Communities and Housing: Sheila Bailey
- Education: Dean Fitzpatrick
- Children and Family Services: Colin Foster
- Health: Tom McGee
- Reform and Governance: David Sedgwick
Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council (Stockport Council) uses an executive system. There are eight executive councillors, including the leader of the council; each has a separate portfolio containing responsibilities for different services and areas of the council. There are also six scrutiny committees which scrutinize decisions made by the executive.
Stockport Council has 63 elected members, belonging to three different parties. No party has overall control.
In the council elections on Thursday 1 May 2008, in which one third of the seats were up for re-election, there were two main changes. In the Cheadle & Gatley ward, incumbent councillor Paul Carter of the Liberal Democrat party lost his seat to the Conservative candidate Mick Jones. Similarly in the Brinnington and Central Ward, Labour councillor Maureen Rowles lost her seat to the Liberal Democrat candidate Christian Walker. However, a short time after this election, he chose to serve as an Independent Councillor, then returned to the Liberal Democrats, then declared himself Independent again.
During 2009, which was supposed to be a "fallow year" (one without elections), there were three by-elections following the deaths of serving councillors. Subsequently, Labour Councillor Anne Graham joined the Liberal Democrat group, bringing them to 36 Councillors of 63.
On 2 February 2011, Councillors David White, Roy Driver and Anne Graham all resigned from the Liberal Democrat Group. All three cited unhappiness with the national party's involvement with a "Tory-led" government. They became Independent Left Councillors, forming the Independent Left Group on the Council, whilst awaiting the result of membership applications to the Labour Party and subsequently joined the Labour Group after the 2011 elections. Roy Driver was not selected for a seat in the May 2011 elections but may contest a seat for Labour in May 2012.
On 21 January 2012, Patrick McAuley, Labour Councillor for Manor since May 2011, announced on Twitter that he had resigned from the Labour Party but that would continue to serve as a councillor; he subsequently joined the Liberal Democrat group in December 2012.
In October and November 2014, Stockport Labour lost 3 seats with Brian Hendley, Paul Moss and Laura Booth all leaving the party. Hendley was deselected without his knowing, Moss resigned due to house building on Reddish Vale Country Park and Booth quit over allegations of a "culture of systematic bullying".
The 'All Out'
In the 2004 election, all councilors on the council were put up for election at the same time. This election was conducted exclusively by postal voting. Each elector was given three votes, and asked to pick three candidates. The number of votes each candidate received then determined when they would next stand for election.
Elections were then scheduled for 2007, 2008, and 2010.
Heald Green Ratepayers are the only non-mainstream candidates to win seats.
- Stockport Council
- "Your Councillors". democracy.stockport.gov.uk. Stockport MBC.
- Stockport Council
- Davis, Matthew (5 November 2014). "Third councillor quits Stockport Labour Party in a month". Manchester Evening News. Trinity Mirror. Retrieved 31 May 2016.