Manchester City Council
|Third of council elected three years out of four|
Coat of arms
|Founded||1 April 1974|
Cllr Abid Latif Chohan, Labour
since 15 May 2019
Leader of the Council
Leader of the Opposition
Joanne Roney OBE
| Greater Manchester Combined Authority |
Greater Manchester Police and Crime Panel
|First past the post|
| 2019 (one third of councillors)|
2018 (all councillors due to boundary changes)
2016 (one third of councillors)
| 2020 (one third of councillors)|
2022 (one third of councillors)
2023 (one third of councillors)
|Concilio et Labore|
|Manchester Town Hall, Albert Square, Manchester|
Manchester City Council is the local government authority for Manchester, a city and metropolitan borough in Greater Manchester, England. It is composed of 96 councillors, three for each of the 32 electoral wards of Manchester. The council is controlled by the Labour Party and led by Sir Richard Leese. The opposition is formed by the Liberal Democrats and led by former Manchester Withington MP John Leech. Joanne Roney is the chief executive. Many of the council's staff are based at Manchester Town Hall.
Manchester is a city and metropolitan borough in Greater Manchester, England. With a population of 545,500 (2017) it is the sixth largest city in the United Kingdom. It is fringed by the Cheshire Plain to the south, the Pennines to the north and east, and an arc of towns with which it forms a continuous conurbation. The local authority is Manchester City Council.
A metropolitan borough is a type of local government district in England, and is a subdivision of a metropolitan county. Created in 1974 by the Local Government Act 1972, metropolitan boroughs are defined in English law as metropolitan districts. However, all of them have been granted or regranted royal charters to give them borough status. Metropolitan boroughs have been effectively unitary authority areas since the abolition of the metropolitan county councils by the Local Government Act 1985. However, metropolitan boroughs pool much of their authority in joint boards and other arrangements that cover whole metropolitan counties, such as combined authorities.
The Labour Party is a centre-left political party in the United Kingdom that has been described as an alliance of social democrats, democratic socialists and trade unionists. The party's platform emphasises greater state intervention, social justice and strengthening workers' rights.
Manchester was incorporated in 1838 under the Municipal Corporations Act 1835 as the Corporation of Manchester or Manchester Corporation. It achieved city status in 1853, only the second such grant since the Reformation. The area included in the city has been increased many times, in 1885 (Bradford, Harpurhey and Rusholme), 1890 (Blackley, Crumpsall, part of Droylsden, Kirkmanshulme, Moston, Newton Heath, Openshaw, and West Gorton), 1903 (Heaton), 1904 (Burnage, Chorlton cum Hardy, Didsbury, and Moss Side), 1909 (Gorton, and Levenshulme), 1931 (Wythenshawe: Baguley, Northenden, and Northen Etchells), and Ringway in 1974. A new Town Hall was opened in 1877 (by Alderman Abel Heywood) and the Mayor of Manchester was granted the title of Lord Mayor in 1893.
The Municipal Corporations Act 1835, sometimes known as the Municipal Reform Act, was an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom that reformed local government in the incorporated boroughs of England and Wales. The legislation was part of the reform programme of the Whigs and followed the Reform Act 1832, which had abolished most of the rotten boroughs for parliamentary purposes.
City status in the United Kingdom is granted by the monarch of the United Kingdom to a select group of communities: as of 2014, there are 69 cities in the United Kingdom – 51 in England, six in Wales, seven in Scotland and five in Northern Ireland. The holding of city status gives a settlement no special rights. This appellation carries its own prestige and competition for the status is hard-fought.
The English Reformation was a series of events in 16th-century England by which the Church of England broke away from the authority of the Pope and the Roman Catholic Church. These events were, in part, associated with the wider European Protestant Reformation, a religious and political movement that affected the practice of Christianity across western and central Europe. Causes included the decline of feudalism and the rise of nationalism, the rise of the common law, the invention of the printing press and increased circulation of the Bible, and the transmission of new knowledge and ideas among scholars, the upper and middle classes and readers in general. However, the various phases of the English Reformation, which also covered Wales and Ireland, were largely driven by changes in government policy, to which public opinion gradually accommodated itself.
Under the Local Government Act 1972 the council was reconstituted as a metropolitan borough council in 1974, and since then it has been controlled by the Labour Party. In 1980, Manchester was the first council to declare itself a nuclear-free zone. In 1984 it formed an equal opportunities unit as part of its opposition to Section 28.
The Local Government Act 1972 is an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom that reformed local government in England and Wales on 1 April 1974.
A nuclear-free zone is an area in which nuclear weapons and nuclear power plants are banned. The specific ramifications of these depend on the locale in question.
Section 28 or Clause 28 of the Local Government Act 1988 caused the addition of Section 2A to the Local Government Act 1986, which affected England, Wales and Scotland. The amendment was enacted on 24 May 1988, and stated that a local authority "shall not intentionally promote homosexuality or publish material with the intention of promoting homosexuality" or "promote the teaching in any maintained school of the acceptability of homosexuality as a pretended family relationship". It was repealed on 21 June 2000 in Scotland by the Ethical Standards in Public Life etc. (Scotland) Act 2000, one of the first pieces of legislation enacted by the new Scottish Parliament, and on 18 November 2003 in the rest of the United Kingdom by section 122 of the Local Government Act 2003. The law's existence caused many groups to close or limit their activities or self-censor. For example, a number of lesbian, gay and bisexual student support groups in schools and colleges across Britain were closed owing to fears by council legal staff that they could breach the act.
Elections are usually by thirds (a third of the seats elected, three years in every four), although the 2018 and 2004 elections saw all seats contested due to substantial boundary changes. Labour has controlled a majority of seats in every election since the council was reconstituted. Between 2014 and 2016 Labour occupied every seat with no opposition.In the local elections held on 5 May 2016, former Manchester Withington MP, John Leech, was elected with 53% of the vote signifying the first gain for any party other than Labour for the first time in six years in Manchester and providing an opposition for the first time in two years. On 7 March 2017, it was reported that City Centre Councillor Kevin Peel had been suspended from the Manchester Labour group after reports of bullying. He sat as an independent, still taking the Labour Group whip until he rejoined Labour.
Elections to Manchester City Council were held on 3 May 2018, as part of the 2018 United Kingdom local elections. Although the council is normally elected in thirds, all 96 council seats were up for election due to boundary changes. Labour retained its near-complete dominance of the council. The sole change was that the Liberal Democrats gained a second seat in Didsbury West.
John Sampson Macfarlane Leech is a British Liberal Democrat politician who is currently Leader of the Opposition on Manchester City Council. He was the Member of Parliament for Manchester Withington from 2005 to 2015. He was one of two Lib Dem MPs to vote against entering Coalition in 2010 and the very first MP to speak out against the under-occupancy penalty in Parliament.
A coat of arms was granted to the Manchester Corporation in 1842, passing on to Manchester City Council when the borough of Manchester was granted the title of city in 1853.
Heraldry is a broad term, encompassing the design, display, and study of armorial bearings, as well as related disciplines, such as vexillology, together with the study of ceremony, rank, and pedigree. Armory, the best-known branch of heraldry, concerns the design and transmission of the heraldic achievement. The achievement, or armorial bearings usually includes a coat of arms on an shield, helmet, and crest, together with any accompanying devices, such as supporters, badges, heraldic banners, and mottoes.
The Industrial Revolution, now also known as the First Industrial Revolution, was the transition to new manufacturing processes in Europe and the United States, in the period from about 1760 to sometime between 1820 and 1840. This transition included going from hand production methods to machines, new chemical manufacturing and iron production processes, the increasing use of steam power and water power, the development of machine tools and the rise of the mechanized factory system. The Industrial Revolution also led to an unprecedented rise in the rate of population growth.
In 1954 the Manchester Corporation successfully took the Manchester Palace of Varieties to court for improperly using the Corporation's arms in its internal decoration and its company seal. The case of Manchester Corporation v Manchester Palace of Varieties Ltd;was the first sitting of the Court of Chivalry for two hundred years, and it has not sat since.
In April 2013, Manchester City Council threatened to take legal action against The Manchester Gazette, for its use of the City's coat of arms on their website. The News Outlet claimed it already gained permission and continued to use it for a further 8 months in spite of the warnings. Withington MP John Leech said the town hall's latest move a ‘massive over-reaction and waste of money’, adding: "Have the council’s legal department got nothing better to do?"
On 29 March 2001, a Labour councillor resigned after allegations of housing benefit fraud. The Manchester Evening News reported that Andy Harland, who represented Beswick and Clayton for over three years and served on the city's "executive committee, quit" after failing "to declare a portion of income that relates to a housing benefit claim."A by-election was held later that year. Harland was elected in 2018 to represent Clayton and Openshaw.
On 14 April 2010 the BBC reported that council leader Richard Leese had stood down temporarily from his post as leader of Manchester City Council after having been arrested on suspicion of the common assault of his 16-year-old stepdaughter. He was released after accepting a police caution and admitting striking his stepdaughter across the face.
On 7 March 2017, it was reported that City Centre Councillor Kevin Peel had been suspended from the Manchester Labour group after reports of bullying. He sat as an independent, still taking the Labour Group whip until he rejoined Labour.He did not stand in the following election.
On 9 April 2018, it was reported that the Labour Party had received formal complaints about Chris Paul, Labour councillor for Withington since 2011. There were social media comments describing women as "cows", "slobs" and "bitches", and inciting violence against women.Greater Manchester Police, The Labour Party and Manchester City Council all launched investigations and Paul eventually apologised. Paul was re-elected in Withington ward with a reduced majority, beating Lib Dem candidate April Preston. Manchester Council bosses banned elected opposition members from asking questions about Paul and on 18 July 2018, more than three months after initial reports surfaced, The Sun newspaper reported that Paul was still under investigation. It also revealed that Manchester Withington MP Jeff Smith posted a selfie photograph with the councillor on Twitter which was met negatively by some locals.
On 12 February 2019, an 'enormous political row'erupted after Manchester Council announced it was consulting the public on a new Public Spare Protection Order which, among other things, targeted ‘aggressive’ begging and rough sleepers who pitch tents or sleep in doorways. The council’s opposition leader, and former Lib Dem MP, John Leech, sparked further controversy when he tweeted that the potential council policy which was still out for public consultation was "absolute crap". When asked to clarify his comments by local media, Leech refused to apologise and instead went on to describe the policy as "social cleansing", promising his party would "oppose it until the end of time." Twitter users dubbed the controversey #CrapGate. Labour Deputy Council Leader and City Centre councillor Sam Wheeler both defended the policy claiming the intention is only to target those caught 'aggressively begging'.
On 8 March 2019, at a routine council budget meeting, an extraordinary row erupted before proceedings began.The argument was prompted by a sign put up by Labour above the Lord Mayor’s chair at the front of the council chamber, reading ‘10 Years of Tory And Lib Dem Cuts’. When the Lib Dem leader John Leech entered the chamber, he took down the message – prompting senior Labour Councillor Pat Karney to ‘thunder’ across the chamber. He began ‘screaming’ and ‘shouting’ and Leech and told him to hand over the laminated A4 pieces of paper at least 11 times. Reports claim Leech remained quiet in his seat whilst Karney ‘aggressively shouted’ at him whilst ‘standing intimidatingly over him’. A statement from the Lib Dems after said they had reported the events and didn’t tolerate bullying, intimidation or abuse.
On 15 April, The Times uncovered a number of offensive tweets from Fallowfield Labour councillor Jade Doswell.Doswell had tweeted that she was a "little bit sick in my mouth" at the sight of an Israeli flag and claimed the flag was 'offensive' and provocative’. She apologised on a private Facebook post.
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|1982–1984||Bill Egerton||Labour Party|
|1984–1996||Graham Stringer||Labour Party|
|1996–present||Sir Richard Leese||Labour Party|
|1973-1990||Harold Tucker||Conservative Party||Tucker was Lord Mayor of Manchester from 1984-1985.|
|1991-1997||James Ashley||Liberal Democrats||James Ashley was Lord Mayor of Manchester from 17 May 2006 to 12 August 2006. He died in office at age 66.|
|1997–2011||Simon Ashley||Liberal Democrats|
|2011–2014||Simon Wheale||Liberal Democrats|
|2014–2016||Vacant||N/A||Labour held 96/96 seats|
|2016–2018||Vacant||N/A||John Leech was the sole opposition member from 2016-18.|
|2018 – present||John Leech||Liberal Democrats||John Leech was Deputy Leader of the Opposition 1998-2005, MP for Manchester Withington 2005-15, and the city's sole opposition member 2016-18.|
|Blackley and Broughton||Manchester Gorton||Wythenshawe and Sale East|
|Manchester Central||Manchester Withington|
Each ward is represented by three councillors.
|Parliamentary constituency||Ward||Councillor||Party||Term of office|
| Blackley and Broughton|
|Higher Blackley||Paula Sadler||Labour||2019-23|
| Manchester Central|
|Ancoats and Beswick||Mohammed Majid Dar||Labour||2019-23|
|Clayton and Openshaw||Sean McHale||Labour||2019-23|
|Miles Platting and Newton Heath||John Flanagan||Labour||2019-23|
|Moss Side||Mahadi Hussein Sharif Mahamed||Labour||2019-23|
| Manchester Gorton|
|Ali R. Ilyas||Labour||2019-22|
|Gorton and Abbey Hey||Afia Kamal||Labour||2019-23|
|Whalley Range||Angeliki Stogia||Labour Co-op||2019-23|
| Manchester Withington|
|Chorlton Park||Dave Rawson||Labour||2019-23|
|Didsbury East||James Wilson||Labour Co-op||2019-23|
|Didsbury West||Greg Stanton||Lib Dem||2019-23|
|Richard Kilpatrick||Lib Dem||2018-20|
|John Leech||Lib Dem||2018-22|
|Old Moat||Garry Bridges||Labour||2019-23|
|Chris Wills||Labour Co-op||2018-20|
| Wythenshawe and Sale East|
|Tracy Rawlins||Labour Co-op||2018-20|
|Paul Andrews||Labour Co-op||2018-22|
|Sharston||Tim Whiston||Labour Co-op||2019-23|
|Tommy Judge||Labour Co-op||2018-22|
|Woodhouse Park||Edward Newman||Labour||2019-23|
p. II (note by W. H. Shercliff)Reprinted by Manchester Education Committee (1962).
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