Metropolitan Borough of Sefton

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Borough of Sefton
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Sefton UK locator map.svg
Sefton shown within Merseyside and England
Coordinates: 53°26′42″N2°59′53″W / 53.445°N 2.998°W / 53.445; -2.998
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Constituent country England
Region North West England
City region Liverpool
Ceremonial county Merseyside
Historic county Lancashire
Founded1 April 1974
Admin. HQ Bootle and Southport
  Type Metropolitan Borough
  Governing body Sefton Council
   Leadership:Leader & Cabinet
  Executive: Labour Party
  Leader of the CouncilCllr Ian Maher
Labour Party
   MPs: Peter Dowd, Labour
Bill Esterson, Labour
Damien Moore, Conservative
  Total59.8 sq mi (155.0 km2)
Area rank 181st
 (mid-2019 est.)
  Rank Ranked 55th
  Density4,600/sq mi (1,800/km2)
Time zone UTC+0 (Greenwich Mean Time)
  Summer (DST) UTC+1 (British Summer Time)
ONS code 00CA (ONS)
E08000014 (GSS)
Ethnicity98.4% White
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Bootle Town Hall

The Metropolitan Borough of Sefton is a metropolitan borough of Merseyside, England. It was formed on 1 April 1974, [1] by the amalgamation of the county boroughs of Bootle and Southport, the municipal borough of Crosby, the urban districts of Formby and Litherland, and part of West Lancashire Rural District. It consists of a coastal strip of land on the Irish Sea which extends from Southport in the north to Bootle in the south, and an inland part to Maghull in the south-east, bounded by the city of Liverpool to the south, the Metropolitan Borough of Knowsley to the south-east, and West Lancashire to the east.


It is named after Sefton, near Maghull. When the borough was created, a name was sought that would not unduly identify the borough with any of its constituent parts, particularly the former county boroughs of Bootle and Southport. The area had strong links with both the Earl of Sefton and the Earl of Derby, resident of Knowsley Hall, [2] and the adjacent borough was subsequently named Knowsley. A Sefton Rural District covering some of the villages in the district existed from 1894 to 1932. [3]


Liverpool City Region Combined Authority

The Metropolitan Borough of Sefton is one of the six constituent local government districts of the Liverpool City Region. Since 1 April 2014, some of the borough's responsibilities have been pooled with neighbouring authorities within the metropolitan area and subsumed into the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority. [4]

The combined authority has effectively become the top-tier administrative body for the local governance of the city region and the leader of Sefton Council, along with the five other leaders from neighbouring local government districts, take strategic decisions over economic development, transport, employment and skills, tourism, culture, housing and physical infrastructure. [4]

In July 2015, negotiations took place between the UK national government and the combined authority over a possible devolution deal to confer greater powers on the region, including whether to introduce an elected 'Metro Mayor' to oversee the entire metropolitan area. [5]

Historic controversy

The existence of Sefton has been an ongoing local controversy, especially in Southport, where local Members of Parliament (MPs) and councillors have campaigned for separation from Bootle and the possible inclusion of the town as a district in the non-metropolitan county of Lancashire. [6] It was highlighted after the 2012 local government election that different regions in Sefton had vastly different socio-economic backgrounds and needs. There are high levels of poverty around the Bootle area and central Southport. [7]

Sefton Council composition

The council has 66 councillors, three for each of the borough's 22 wards:

As of April 2021, the council is composed of 41 Labour councillors, 12 for The Liberal Democrat and Progressive Alliance Group, six Conservatives, and five for The Independents Group. There are two vacancies. [8]


The borough has a strong income from tourism, most of whom visit the Aintree Grand National, the most valuable horse race in Europe, Anthony Gormley's Another Place at Crosby Beach and Southport. Birkdale is also home to the Royal Birkdale Golf Club which has played host to the Open Championship, Ryder Cup, Walker Cup and Curtis Cup. [9]

This is a chart of trend of regional gross value added of Sefton at current basic prices published (pp. 240–53) by Office for National Statistics with figures in millions of British Pounds Sterling.

YearRegional gross value added Agriculture Industry Services

^ Components may not sum to totals due to rounding ^ includes hunting and forestry ^ includes energy and construction ^ includes financial intermediation services indirectly measured

Towns and villages in Sefton

Parliamentary constituencies

Sister cities

Sefton is twinned with: [10]

Freedom of the Borough

The following people, military units and Organisations and Groups have received the Freedom of the Borough of Sefton.


Military Units



Organisations and Groups


See also

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