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Sefton Council

Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council
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Type
Type Metropolitan Borough of the Sefton
Leadership
Leader of the Council Peter Dowd, Labour Party
Seats 66
Elections
Voting system First past the post
Last election 3 May 2012
Next election 2014
Meeting place
Southport Town Hall, Hall Road
Website
sefton.gov.uk

Sefton Council is the governing body for the Metropolitan Borough of Sefton in Merseyside, north-western England. The council was under no overall control from the 1980s until 2012 when the Labour Party took control. It consists of sixty-six councillors, three for each of the borough's twenty-two wards which are as listed:

Political makeup

Elections are usually by thirds, in three of every four years.

Party Councillors Change
(on 2011)
Conservative 8 -2
Labour 36 +8
Liberal Democrat 20 -3
Independent Conservative 2 -2
Total 66 -
Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/special/vote2012/council/E08000014.stm
Year Control
2012–Present Labour
1986–2012 No overall control
1973†–1986 Conservative

Elections since 2000

Since 2000 the borough has been divided into 22 wards, each returning 3 councillors. This necessitated an election of the whole council in 2000, returning to a system of elections by thirds thereafter.[1]

Year Conservative Labour Lib Dems UKIP Others Control
2012[2] 8 36 20 0 2 Labour
2011[3] 14 28 23 1 0 No overall control
2010[4] 15 23 28 0 0 No overall control
2008[5] 18 21 27 0 0 No overall control
2007[6] 18 22 26 0 0 No overall control
2006[7] 19 21 26 0 0 No overall control
2004[8] 19 20 27 0 0 No overall control
2003[9] 17 25 21 0 3 No overall control
2002[10] 16 26 21 0 3 No overall control
2000[11] 19 22 25 0 0 No overall control

Elections 1973-1999

From 1973 to 2000 the borough was divided into 23 wards, returning 3 councillors each, giving a total of 69 councillors.[12][13] One third of seats was elected in three out of every four years.[14] Councillors had a four year term of office, and there were elections to the Merseyside County Council were held in the years in which borough elections were not held until the county council's abolition in 1986.[14]

Year Conservative Labour Liberal Independent Others‡ Control
Lib Dems
1999[15] 15 30 24 0 0 No overall control
1998[16] 14 31 23 1 0 No overall control
1992[17] 25 27 17 0 0 No overall control
1991[18] 22 27 20 0 0 No overall control
1990[19] 24 27 18 0 0 No overall control
1988[20] 25 24 20 0 0 No overall control
1987[21] 27 24 15 0 SDP 3 No overall control
1986[22] 30 24 12 0 SDP 2
1 vacancy
Conservative lose to no overall control
1984[23] 36 22 9 1 SDP 1 Conservative
1983[24] 39 21 7 1 SDP 1 Conservative
1982[25] 39 20 5 1 SDP 4 Conservative
1980[26] 39 22 5 1 Ratepayers 2 Conservative
1979[27] 41 23 4 0 Ratepayers 1 Conservative
1978[28] 44 21 3 0 Ratepayers 1 Conservative
1976[29] 43 21 3 1 Ratepayers 1 Conservative
1975[30] 40 22 3 2 Ratepayers 2 Conservative
1973†[31] 37 24 3 2 Ratepayers 3 Conservative
  • † The first election of councillors was on 10 May 1973. Sefton Council operated as a "shadow" authority before coming into its full powers on 1 April 1974. There were no elections in 1974, with elections by thirds starting in 1975.[14][31]
  • ‡ The Liberal Party and the Social Democratic Party merged to form the Liberal Democrats in March 1988.

History

Sefton Council was created by the local government reorganisation of 1974, which created a two-tier system of government in the United Kingdom. It was a metropolitan district of the metropolitan county of Merseyside. Until 1986, the five metropolitan borough councils of Merseyside shared power with the central Merseyside County Council, but this was later abolished and its functions devolved solely to its districts. As a result, the borough is effectively a unitary authority within the ceremonial county of Merseyside.

Sefton Council is not directly responsible for transport, waste-disposal and emergency services - these are administered by joint-boards of the five boroughs of Merseyside.

References

External links

  • Sefton Council
  • Latest election results, May 2006
  • Southport Conservative Party
  • Sefton Central Conservative Party
  • Sefton Labour Party
  • Southport Liberal Democrats
  • Crosby Liberal Democrats

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