Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council

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Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council
30th Wigan Council
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Preceded by 14 councils[notes 1]
Cllr William Rotherham
Cllr Phyllis Cullen
Cllr David Molyneux, 
Labour Party
Leader of the Opposition
Cllr Gary Wilkes, Wigan Independent Network
Seats 75
Joint committees
Greater Manchester Combined Authority
Greater Manchester Police and Crime Panel
Last election
3, May 2012
Next election
Meeting place
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Wigan Town Hall
United Kingdom

The Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council is the unicameral legislature of 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 30th and current Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council:[1]

Ward Name Party Offices
Abram Cllr. Eunice Smethurst Labour
Abram Cllr. Martyn Smethurst Labour
Abram Cllr. Carl Sweeney Labour Chairman of Audit, Governance and Improvement Review Committee
Ashton Cllr. Nigel Dennis Ash Labour Chairman of Health & Social Care Scrutiny Committee
Ashton Cllr. Bill Clarke Labour
Ashton Cllr. Jennifer Bullen Labour
Aspull Cllr. John Hilton Labour Vice-Chairman of Regulation and Licensing Committee
Aspull Cllr. Ronald Josef Conway Labour
Aspull Cllr. Christopher Ready Labour Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Housing Leisure, Client/Communications
Astley Cllr. Christine Lillian Roberts Labour
Astley Cllr. Joanne Platt Labour and Co-Operative Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Children and Young People
Astley Cllr. Barry John Taylor Labour
Atherleigh Cllr. Mark Aldred Labour
Atherleigh Cllr. Pamela Stewart MBE Labour
Atherleigh Cllr. Susan Loudon Labour
Atherton Cllr. Karen Aldred Labour
Atherton Cllr. Martin Luke Aldred Labour
Atherton Cllr. Jamie Hodgkinson Wigan Independent Network
Bryn Cllr. John Donald Hodgkinson Wigan Independent Network
Bryn Cllr. Margaret Ann Rampling Labour
Bryn Cllr. Nathan George Murray Wigan Independent Network Leader of the Opposition
Douglas Cllr. Maggie Skilling Labour
Douglas Cllr. Michael Anthony Dewhurst Labour
Douglas Cllr. Shirley Dewhurst Labour
Golborne and Lowton West Cllr. Richard Andrew Barber Labour
Golborne and Lowton West Cllr. Stuart Keane Labour
Golborne and Lowton West Cllr. Yvonne Klieve Labour
Hindley Cllr. James Churton Labour
Hindley Cllr. Jim Ellis Wigan Independent Network
Hindley Cllr. James Talbot Labour
Hindley Green Cllr. Robert Brierley Independent
Hindley Green Cllr. Francis Stanley Carmichael Labour
Hindley Green Cllr. David Keir Stitt Labour and Co-operative Party Vice-Chairman of Confident Council Scrutiny Committee
Ince Cllr. David Trevor Molyneux Labour Deputy Leader of the Council
Cabinet Portfolio Holder - Regeneration
Ince Cllr. James Moodie Labour Chairman of the Confident Council Scrutiny Committee
Ince Cllr. Janice Sharratt Labour
Leigh East Cllr. Keith Cunliffe Labour Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Adults and Social Care
Leigh East Cllr. Anita Thorpe Labour
Leigh East Cllr. Fredrick Bown Walker Labour
Leigh South Cllr. Kevin Anderson Labour and Co-Operative Cabinet Portfolio Holder for the Environment
Leigh South Cllr. John David O'Brien Labour Chairman of the Confident Places Scrutiny Committee
Leigh South Cllr. Charles Rigby Labour
Leigh West Cllr. Susan June Greensmith Labour
Leigh West Cllr. Peter Richard Charles Smith (Lord Smith of Leigh) Labour Executive Leader of the Council
Leigh West Cllr. Myra Joan Whiteside Labour
Lowton East Cllr. Edward Houlton Conservative
Lowton East Cllr. Kathleen Houlton Conservative
Lowton East Cllr. James Nelson Grundy Conservative
Orrell Cllr. David John Arrowsmith Labour
Orrell Cllr. Steven Murphy Labour Vice-Chairman of Confident Council Scrutiny Committee
Orrell Cllr. Kelly Ready Labour
Pemberton Cllr. Paul Prescott Labour Chairman of Planning Committee
Chairman of the Regulation and Licensing Committee
Pemberton Cllr. Jeanette Prescott Labour
Pemberton Cllr. Sam Marc Murphy Labour
Shevington with Lower Ground Cllr. Paul Anthony Collins Labour
Shevington with Lower Ground Cllr. Michael John Crosby Labour
Shevington with Lower Ground Cllr. Damian Edwardson Labour
Standish-with-Langtree Cllr. George Allan Fairhurst Independent
Standish-with-Langtree Cllr. Gareth William Fairhurst Independent
Standish-with-Langtree Cllr. Debbie Fairhurst Independent
Tyldesley Cllr. Robert Mark Bleakley Liberal Democrat
Tyldesley Cllr. Stephen John Hellier Labour
Tyldesley Cllr. Joanne Marshall Labour
Wigan Central Cllr. George Davies Labour
Wigan Central Cllr. Lawrence Hunt Labour
Wigan Central Cllr. Michael McLoughlin Labour
Wigan West Cllr. Phyllis Cullen Labour Deputy Mayor of Wigan
Wigan West Cllr. Stephen Dawber Labour Vice-Chairman of Confident People Scrutiny Committee
Wigan West Cllr. Terence William Halliwell Labour
Winstanley Cllr. Paul Terence Kenny Labour and Co-Operative
Winstanley Cllr. Clive William Morgan Labour
Winstanley Cllr. Marie Morgan Labour
Worsley Mesnes Cllr. Phil Kelly Labour
Worsley Mesnes Cllr. William Rotherham Labour Mayor of Wigan
Vice-Chairman of the Regulation and Licensing Committee
Worsley Mesnes Cllr. Patricia Lynne Holland Labour


Eight councilors are appointed to the cabinet who are each a 'Portfolio Holder' for an area of responsibility.[2] (Such as 'Portfolio Holder for Environment').

Portfolio Notes
  • Responsibility for policy direction, finance, partnership working, external relations within Greater Manchester and at national level.
  • Planning, transportation, delivery of future housing, infrastructure, economic development and green infrastructure needs.
Children and Young People Services
  • Responsible for issues and services for ages ranging from 0 -19.
Adult and Social Care
  • Supporting people’s improved health and wellbeing in Wigan, including relationships with health partners.
  • Building up safer communities with police and other partners and stronger communities based on sustainable and affordable housing.
Communities and Housing
  • Building Self Reliance, Strengthening Communities and Communications.
Leisure Client and Resources
  • Human resources, and links to the Communication Portfolio in relation to its strategic lead for outward-facing services across the council in terms of commissioning i.e. organisational development, reputation management, policy support and performance management (for example, the Joint Service Centre).
Service Transformation
  • Transformation plans, public service reform and growth, customer services, welfare reform and the modern Councillor.

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.[3] The office for a third councillor currently[when?] remains vacant.

See also[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


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