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Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council
Coat of arms of Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council.png
Logo
Type
Type
History
Founded1 April 1974; 45 years ago (1974-04-01)
Preceded by14 councils[notes 1]
Leadership
Mayor of Wigan
Cllr Stephen Dawber, Labour
since 22 May 2019
Leader of the Council
Cllr David Molyneux,
Labour
Chief executive
Alison McKenzie-Folan
since 6 March 2019
Structure
Seats75 (38 needed for a majority)
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Political groups
Administration
Opposition parties
Joint committees
Greater Manchester Combined Authority
Greater Manchester Police and Crime Panel
Elections
First-past-the-post
Last election
2016 (one third of councillors)
2018 (one third of councillors)
2019 (one third of councillors)
Next election
2020 (one third of councillors)
2022 (one third of councillors)
Meeting place
Entrance to Wigan Town Hall.jpg
Wigan Town Hall
United Kingdom
Website
wigan.gov.uk

The Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council is the local authority for the Metropolitan Borough of Wigan in the United Kingdom. It consists of 75 Councillors with one-third being elected every three years in four. The borough is separated into 25 wards. Councillors are democratically accountable to the ward they are elected to represent. Each ward is represented on the council by three council members.

Council members by ward[edit]

This is a list of the current Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council:[1]

Ward Councillor Party Offices[2]
Abram Eunice Smethurst Labour Chair of Confident Council Scrutiny Committee

Sitting member of the Constitutional Working Group

Martyn Smethurst Labour Sitting member of the Children and Young People's Services Scrutiny Committee and Health and Social Care Scrutiny Committee
Carl Sweeney Labour Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Planning and Environmental Services

Sitting member of the Honorary Aldermen Nominations Committee and the Establishment (Ad Hoc) Committee

Ashton Anthony John Skyes Labour
Bill Clarke Labour Sitting member of the Planning Committee, the Licensing Committee, and the Regulation Committee
Jennifer Bullen Labour Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Children and Young People Services
Aspull, New Springs and Whelley John Hilton Labour Sitting member of the Planning Committee, the Licensing Committee, and the Regulation Committee
Ronald Josef Conway Labour Chair of the Health and Social Care Scrutiny Committee

Sitting member of the Honorary Aldermen Nominations Committee

Christopher Ready Labour Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Communities and Housing

Chair of the Honorary Aldermen Nominations Committee

Chair of the Councillor Services Group

Astley Mosley Common Christine Lillian Roberts Labour Sitting member of the Licensing Committee and the Regulation Committee
Paula Wakefield Labour Co-operative Lead Member for Equalities and Domestic Abuse
Barry John Taylor Labour Sitting member of the Confident Places Scrutiny Committee and the Children and Young People Scrutiny Committee
Atherleigh Mark Aldred Labour Vice-Chair of the Children and Young People Scrutiny Committee
Debra Wailes Labour Sitting member of the Children and Young People Scrutiny Committee
John Harding Labour Sitting member of the Confident Council Scrutiny Committee and the Planning Committee
Atherton Stuart Gerrard Independent Network Sitting member of the Confident Places Scrutiny Committee
James Paul Watson Independent
Jamie Hodgkinson Independent Network Sitting member of the Children and Young People Scrutiny Committee and the Councillor Services Group
Bryn Sylvia Wilkinson Independent
Andrew Collinson Independent Sitting member of the Health and Social Care Scrutiny Committee and the Planning Committee
Stephen Jones Independent Sitting member of the Health and Social Care Scrutiny Committee and the Constitutional Working Group
Douglas Pat Draper Labour Sitting member of the Health and Social Care Scrutiny Committee and the Audit, Governance and Standards Committee
Sheila Rosaleen Ramsdale Labour
Shirley Dewhurst Labour Vice-Chair of the Audit, Governance and Standards Committee

Sitting member of the Planning Committee

Golborne and Lowton West Susan Gambles Labour Sitting member of the Confident Places Scrutiny Committee and the Children and Young People Scrutiny Committee
Gena Merrett Labour
Yvonne Klieve Labour Lead Member for District Centres and Night Time Economy
Hindley Jim Ellis Independent
Paul Blay Labour Sitting member of the Confident Council Scrutiny Committee, the Licensing Committee, and the Regulation Committee
James Talbot Labour Sitting member of the Confident Council Scrutiny Committee, the Planning Committee, the Licensing Committee, and the Regulation Committee
Hindley Green Robert Brierley Independent Sitting member of the Confident Council Scrutiny Committee
John Vickers Labour
Paul Maiden Independent Sitting member of the Licensing Committee and the Regulation Committee
Ince David Trevor Molyneux Labour Leader of the Council and Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Economic Development and Regeneration

Chair of the Constitutional Working Group

James Moodie Labour Lead Member for Leisure and Public Health and Chair of Confident Council Scrutiny Committee

Sitting member of the Councillor Services Group and the Constitutional Working Group

Janice Sharratt Labour Sitting member of the Children and Young People Scrutiny Committee and the Planning Committee
Leigh East Keith Cunliffe Labour Deputy Leader of Wigan Council and Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Adult and Social Care

Sitting member of the Constitutional Working Group

Anita Thorpe Labour Sitting member of the Confident Places Scrutiny Committee and the Audit, Governance and Standards Committee
Fredrick Bown Walker Labour Sitting member of the Children and Young People Scrutiny Committee
Leigh South Kevin Anderson Labour Co-operative Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Police, Crime and Civil Contingencies
John David O'Brien Labour Chair of Confident Places Scrutiny Committee

Sitting member of the Establishment (Ad Hoc) Committee and the Councillor Services Group

Charles Rigby Labour Chair of Audit, Governance and Standards Committee
Leigh West Susan June Greensmith Labour Mayor of Wigan

Sitting member of the Honorary Aldermen Nominations Committee

Lord Smith of Leigh Labour Sitting member of the Audit, Governance and Standards Committee
Dane Anderton Labour
Lowton East Edward Houlton Conservative Sitting member of the Licensing Committee, the Regulation Committee
Kathleen Houlton Conservative Sitting member of the Children and Young People Scrutiny Committee, the Licensing Committee, and the Regulation Committee
James Grundy Conservative Sitting member of the Confident Places Scrutiny Committee and the Councillor Services Group, Member of Parliament for Leigh
Orrell Richard Clayton Conservative Sitting member of the Health and Social Care Scrutiny Committee
Steven Evans Conservative
Michael Winstanley Conservative Sitting member of the Audit, Governance and Standards Committee, the Honorary Aldermen Nominations Committee, the Establishment (Ad Hoc) Committee, and the Constitutional Working Group
Pemberton Paul Prescott Labour Chair of the Planning Committee

Chair of the Regulation Committee

Chair of the Licensing Committee

Jeanette Prescott Labour Sitting member of the Children and Young People Scrutiny Committee and the Planning Committee
Eileen Rigby Labour
Shevington with Lower Ground Paul Anthony Collins Labour Vice-Chair of the Health and Social Care Scrutiny Committee
Janet Brown Shevington Independents Sitting member of the Confident Places Scrutiny Committee and the Children and Young People Scrutiny Committee
Marlaine Whitham Labour Sitting member of the Health and Social Care Scrutiny Committee
Standish with Langtree Raymond Whittingham Conservative Sitting member of the Planning Committee
Debbie Parkinson Labour
Adam Marsh Conservative Sitting member of the Confident Council Scrutiny Committee
Tyldesley Nazia Rehman Labour Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Resources, Finance and Transformation

Chair of the Establishment (Ad Hoc) Committee

Stephen John Hellier Labour Vice-Chair of Planning Committee
Joanne Marshall Labour Lead Member for Greener Wigan
Wigan Central George Davies Labour Sitting member of the Confident Places Scrutiny Committee
Lawrence Hunt Labour Sitting member of the Confident Council Scrutiny Committee and the Health and Social Care Scrutiny Committee
Michael McLoughlin Labour Sitting member of the Health and Social Care Scrutiny Committee, the Audit, Governance and Standards Committee, and the Councillor Services Group
Wigan West Phyllis Cullen Labour Sitting member of the Confident Places Scrutiny Committee, the Licensing Committee, and the Regulation Committee
Stephen Dawber Labour Deputy Mayor of Wigan

Sitting member of the Children and Young People Scrutiny Committee, the Licensing Committee, and the Regulation Committee

Terence William Halliwell Labour Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Housing and Welfare

Sitting member of the Establishment (Ad Hoc) Committee and the Councillor Services Group

Winstanley Paul Terence Kenny Labour Co-operative Sitting member of the Confident Places Scrutiny Committee, the Confident Council Scrutiny Committee, and the Constitutional Working Group
Clive William Morgan Labour Lead Member for Armed Forces and Veterans

Sitting member of the Confident Council Scrutiny Committee

Marie Morgan Labour Sitting member of the Confident Places Scrutiny Committee, the Confident Council Scrutiny Committee, and the Honorary Aldermen Nominations Committee
Worsley Mesnes Phil Kelly Labour Sitting member of the Confident Places Scrutiny Committee, the Licensing Committee, and the Regulation Committee
Billy Rotherham Labour Vice-Chair of the Regulation Committee

Vice-Chair of the Licensing Committee

Sitting member of the Confident Places Scrutiny Committee

Patricia Lynne Holland Labour Vice-Chair of the Confident Council Scrutiny Committee

Sitting member of the Audit, Governance and Standards Committee

Cabinet[edit]

Eight councillors are appointed to the cabinet who are each a 'Portfolio Holder' for an area of responsibility.[3] (Such as 'Portfolio Holder for Environment').

Portfolio Current Holder Notes
Executive Leader David Molyneux
  • Responsibility for policy direction, finance, partnership working, external relations within Greater Manchester and at national level, the performance of Cabinet Members and of Leader Members, and implementing the "Deal for the Future" policy.
Deputy Leader Kieth Cunliffe
  • Responsible for supporting the Executive Leader.
Economic Development and Regeneration David Molyneux
  • Responsible for transportation, delivery of future housing, infrastructure, economic development and skills and green infrastructure needs.
Children and Young People Services Jenny Bullen
  • Responsible for issues and services for ages ranging from 0 -19.
Housing and Welfare Terry Halliwell
  • Responsible for Wigan and Leigh Housing, chairing the Housing Panel, and Council Welfare Policy
Adult Social Care Keith Cunliffe
  • Support for older people and adults with disabilities and for their carers and ensuring vulnerable groups feel safe and protected and that their welfare is promoted. Enhancing self-reliance, improving life opportunities and independence.
Planning and Environmental Services Carl Sweeney
  • Responsible for operational delivery of services, including waste collection/disposal, street scene, highways, transport provision, building maintenance, school catering, environmental protection, and environmental health and licensing. .
Communities and Neighbourhoods Chris Ready
  • Building Self Reliance, Strengthening Communities and Communications.
Police, Crime and Civil Contingencies Kevin Anderson
  • Responsible for Police and safety, with the aim at reducing crime.
Resources, Finance and Transformation Nazia Rehman
  • Responsible for improvement and efficiency, and transforming the way the council works and serves its customers, providing joined-up, ‘connected’ services in a customer-focused environment, and adopting the ‘one team, one council’ theme.

Deaths in office

  • On 28 January 2013, Councillor Barbara Bourne, a representative of Pemberton since 1996, died in office following a long term illness. She was responsible for a long campaign for a new medical centre, which was opened in the area of Kitt Green, in 2010.[4]

Local election results[edit]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Abram Urban District Council, Ashton in Makerfield Urban District Council, Aspull Urban District Council, Atherton Urban District Council, Billinge and Winstanley Urban District Council, Hindley Urban District Council, Ince-in-Makerfield Urban District Council, Golborne Urban District Council, Leigh Borough Council, Orrell Urban District Council, Standish-with-Langtree Urban District Council, Tyldesley Urban District Council, Wigan Borough Council, Wigan Rural District Council

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://democracy.wigan.gov.uk/mgMemberIndex.aspx?FN=WARD&VW=LIST&PIC=0
  2. ^ (PDF) http://democracy.wigan.gov.uk/documents/s41274/Appx%201%20-%20Appointment%20of%20Committees%20201819.pdf?a=1. Missing or empty |title= (help)"Appx 1 – Appointment of Committees 201819" (PDF). Government of the United Kingdom.
  3. ^ "About the Cabinet". Government of the United Kingdom.
  4. ^ http://manchestergazette.co.uk/archives/11573

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