Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council
is the local authority
for the Metropolitan Borough of Stockport
, Greater Manchester
. This includes the constituencies of Stockport
, Hazel Grove
and the Reddish area of the Denton and Reddish
constituency. It is currently controlled by the Liberal Democrats
, who hold 35 of the 63 seats on the council, there are two other parties, the Conservatives
and the Labour Party
, the Independent Ratepayers
are also present.
The Mayor and Mayoress of Stockport for 2006/2007 were Councillor Peter Burns and Mrs Margaret Burns and the Mayor's Charity during his Mayoral year is in aid of the building fund for Wellspring (Stockport).
There are four MPs covering Stockport Metropolitan Bourough, Andrew Stunell (Liberal Democrat), Ann Coffey (Labour), Mark Hunter (Liberal Democrat) and Andrew Gwynne (Labour).
Wards and Councillors
There are 21 wards
, each represented by three councillors.
- Bramhall North
- Bramhall South
- Bredbury and Woodley
- Bredbury Green and Romiley
- Brinnington and Central
- Cheadle and Gatley
- Cheadle Hulme North
- Cheadle Hulme South
- Davenport and Cale Green
- Edgeley and Cheadle Heath
- Hazel Grove
- Heald Green
- Heatons North
- Heatons South
- Marple North
- Marple South
- Reddish North
- Reddish South
- Stepping Hill
The Council Executive is as follows
- Leader of the Council: David Goddard
- Deputy Leader and Regeneration Portfolio: Sue Derbyshire
- Transportation Portfolio: David White
- Children and Young people Portfolio: Mark Weldon
- Adults and Health Portfolio: Maggie Clay
- Customer Focus Portfolio: Martin Candler
- Leisure Portfolio: Shan Alexander
- Communities Portfolio: Hazel Lees
- Environment Portfolio: Stuart Bodsworth
- Finance Portfolio: Paul Carter
Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council (Stockport Council) uses an executive system. There are 10 executive councillors, including the leader of the council, each has a separate portfolio containing responsibilities for different services and areas of the council. There are also six scrutiny committees which scrutinize decisions made by the executive.
Stockport Council has 63 elected members, belonging to three different parties. The largest party, and the ruling party is the Liberal Democrat
party, which has 35 of the 63 seats. In the council elections on Thursday 4th May 2006, in which one third of the seats were up for re-election there was no major change, however there were Liberal Democrat gains in Offerton
where ex-LibDem councillor, then independent, Eric Pyle lost his seat in favour of John Smith - a retired police-officer. However, there was a significant loss in Bredbury Green and Romiley, as councillor Brendon Jones was defeated by 400 votes, and replaced by the Conservative
candidate, Syd Lloyd. It is notable that Ex-Councillor Foulkes, lost his seat and was replaced by the then, Ex-Councillor, now Councillor Tom McGee, standing for the Labour Party
. Labour was the only party to make a net change in this election.
The 'All Out'
The previous election before 2006 was in 2004, when all councilors on the council were put up for election at the same time. This election was conducted exclusively by Postal voting
. Each elector was given three votes, and asked to pick three candidates - the number of votes each candidate received then determined when they would next stand for election. Elections are scheduled for 2007, 2008 and then 2010.
Stockport Council has seen a number of candidates for non-mainstream parties including the Green Party of England and Wales
, United Kingdom Independence Party
and the British National Party
.There have also been independents. However, so far, only the independents have been successful as non-mainstream candidates to win seats.