Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council

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Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council [1]
Coat of arms or logo
Logo
Type
Type
Leadership
Leader
Alex Ganotis, Labour
Structure
Seats 63
Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council composition.svg
Political groups
Joint committees
Greater Manchester Combined Authority
Greater Manchester Police and Crime Panel
Length of term
4 years
Elections
First past the post
Last election
2014 (one third of councillors)
2015 (one third of councillors)
2016 (one third of councillors)
Next election
2018 (one third of councillors)
2019 (one third of councillors)
2020 (one third of councillors)
Meeting place
Town Hall, Edward Street, Stockport
Website
Stockport MBC

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.[2]

Parliamentary representation[edit]

Stockport is currently covered by four constituencies: Cheadle, Stockport, Hazel Grove and Denton and Reddish.

Wards and Councillors[edit]

There are 21 wards, each represented by three councillors.[3]

Council Wards
1 Bramhall North
2 Bramhall South
3 Bredbury & Woodley
4 Bredbury Green & Romiley
5 Brinnington & Central
6 Cheadle & Gatley
7 Cheadle Hulme North
8 Cheadle Hulme South
9 Davenport & Cale Green
10 Edgeley & Cheadle Heath
11 Hazel Grove
12 Heald Green
13 Heatons North
14 Heatons South
15 Manor
16 Marple North
17 Marple South
18 Offerton
19 Reddish North
20 Reddish South
21 Stepping Hill
Ward Councillor Party Term of office
Bramhall North Lisa Walker Conservative 2014-18
Alanna Vine Conservative 2015-19
Linda Holt Conservative 2016-20
Bramhall South John McGahan Conservative 2014-18
Mike Hurleston Conservative 2015-19
Brian Bagnall Conservative 2016-20
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
Syd Lloyd Conservative 2015-19
Lisa Smart Liberal Democrat 2016-20
Brinnington and Central Maureen Rowles Labour 2014-18
Chris Murphy Labour 2015-19
Andy Sorton Labour 2016-20
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
Dickie Davies Labour 2015-19
Wendy Wild Labour 2016-20
Edgeley and Cheadle Heath Philip Harding Labour 2014-18
Richard Coaton Labour 2015-19
Sheila Bailey Labour 2016-20
Hazel Grove Oliver Johnstone Conservative 2014-18
Julian Lewis-Booth Conservative 2015-19
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
Alexander Ganotis Labour 2015-19
David Sedgwick Labour 2016-20
Heatons South Tom McGee Labour 2014-18
Dean Fitzpatrick Labour 2015-19
Colin Foster Labour 2016-20
Manor Daniel Hawthorne Liberal Democrat 2014-18
Patrick McAuley Independent 2015-19
Charlie Stewart Labour 2016-20
Marple North Geoff Abell Liberal Democrat 2014-18
Annette Finnie Conservative 2015-19
Malcolm Allan Liberal Democrat 2016-20
Marple South Sue Ingham Liberal Democrat 2014-18
Kenny Blair Conservative 2015-19
Tom Dowse Conservative 2016-20
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
Roy Driver Labour 2015-19
Kate Butler Labour 2016-20
Reddish South Tom Grundy Labour 2014-18
Walter Brett Labour 2015-19
Yvonne Guariento Labour 2016-20
Stepping Hill John Wright Conservative 2014-18
Paul Hadfield Conservative 2015-19
Mark Weldon Liberal Democrat 2016-20

Executive Councillors[edit]

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

Structure[edit]

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.

Politics[edit]

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".[4]

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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Stockport Council
  2. ^ "Your Councillors". democracy.stockport.gov.uk. Stockport MBC. 
  3. ^ Stockport Council
  4. ^ Davis, Matthew (5 November 2014). "Third councillor quits Stockport Labour Party in a month". Manchester Evening News. Trinity Mirror. Retrieved 31 May 2016. 

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