Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council

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Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council
33rd Wigan Council
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Founded 1 April 1974 (1974-04-01)
Preceded by 14 councils[notes 1]
Cllr Ronald Conway
Cllr Bill Clarke
Cllr David Molyneux,
Labour Party
Leader of the Opposition
Cllr Michael Winstanley, Conservative
Seats 75
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Political groups
  •      Labour (65)
  •      Conservative (5)
  •      Independent Network (2)
  •      Standish Independent (2)
  •      Independent (1)
Joint committees
Greater Manchester Combined Authority
Greater Manchester Police and Crime Panel
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
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Wigan Town Hall
United Kingdom

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 33rd and current Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council:[1]

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