Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council

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Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council
Coat of arms or logo
Logo
Type
Type
Leadership
Ann McLachlan
Structure
Seats 66
Wirral Council Composition 2017.svg
Political groups

Governing Party

Opposition

Joint committees
Liverpool City Region Combined Authority
Elections
Last election
5 May 2016
Next election
2018
Meeting place
Chambers 1.jpg.gallery.jpg
Wallasey Town Hall
Brighton Street
Wallasey
CH44 8ED
Website
www.wirral.gov.uk

Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council is the local authority of the Metropolitan Borough of Wirral in Merseyside, England. It is a metropolitan district council, one of five in Merseyside and one of 36 in the metropolitan counties of England, and provides the majority of local government services in Wirral. It is a constituent council of Liverpool City Region Combined Authority.[1]

History[edit]

The current local authority was first elected in 1973, a year before formally coming into its powers and prior to the creation of the Metropolitan Borough of Wirral on 1 April 1974. The council gained borough status, entitling it to be known as Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council.

Council Wards[2][edit]

Wirral is split into twenty-two separate wards for election with three members each. They are elected in a four year cycle with three elections for the three different seats using the First Past the Post system. Hence why few wards contain any variation in representation.

Ward Labour Conservative Liberal Democrats Green Party
Bebington 3 0 0 0
Bidston and St James 3 0 0 0
Birkenhead and Tranmere 2 0 0 1
Bromborough 3 0 0 0
Clatterbridge 0 3 0 0
Claughton 3 0 0 0
Eastham 0 0 3 0
Greasby, Frankby and Irby 0 3 0 0
Heswall 0 3 0 0
Hoylake and Meols 0 3 0 0
Leasowe and Moreton East 3 0 0 0
Liscard 3 0 0 0
Moreton West and Saughall Massie 0 3 0 0
New Brighton 3 0 0 0
Oxton 1 0 2 0
Pensby and Thingwall 3 0 0 0
Prenton 3 0 0 0
Rock Ferry 3 0 0 0
Seacombe 3 0 0 0
Upton 3 0 0 0
Wallasey 0 3 0 0
West Kirby and Thurstaston 0 3 0 0

Political control[edit]

Since the first election to the council in 1973 political control of the council has been held by the following parties:[3]

Party in control Years
No overall control 1973 - 1975
Conservative 1975 - 1986
No overall control 1986 - 1991
Labour 1991 - 1992
No overall control 1992 - 1995
Labour 1995 - 2002
No overall control 2002 - 2012
Labour 2012–present

Wirral Borough Council Composition[edit]

Current Composition (outer ring) against number of votes 2016 (inner ring)*
Year Labour Conservatives Liberal Democrats Green Party Independent
2008 21 24 20 0 1
2009 20 25 20 0 1
2010 24 27 15 0 0
2011 30 27 9 0 0
2012 37 22 7 0 0
2013 36 23 7 0 0
2013 37 22 7 0 0
2013 37 22 6 0 1
2014 38 21 6 1 0
2016 39 21 5 1 0

*includes 2017 Claughton election but not the results for Claughton in 2016

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Proposal to establish a combined authority for Greater Merseyside" (PDF). Department for Communities and Local Government. November 2013. Retrieved 10 December 2013. 
  2. ^ "Ward boundaries | www.wirral.gov.uk". www.wirral.gov.uk. Retrieved 2017-10-31. 
  3. ^ "Wirral". BBC News Online. 2008-04-19. Retrieved 2009-11-27.