Borough of Middlesbrough
Middlesbrough Town Hall
Official logo of Borough of Middlesbrough
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Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Constituent countryEngland
RegionNorth East England
Combined authorityTees Valley
Ceremonial countyNorth Yorkshire
ConstituenciesMiddlesbrough and Thornaby East
Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland
Civil parishesNunthorpe
Stainton and Thornton
 • Total21 sq mi (54 km2)
 • Rank241st
 • Total148,285
 • RankRanked 150th
 • Density7,100/sq mi (2,700/km2)
Ethnicity (2021)
 • Ethnic groups
Religion (2021)
 • Religion
Time zoneUTC+0 (Greenwich Mean Time)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+1 (British Summer Time)
TS1, TS2, TS3, TS4, TS5, TS7, TS8
Area codeTS
ONS code00EH (ONS)
E06000002 (GSS)

The Borough of Middlesbrough is a local government district with borough status in the ceremonial county of North Yorkshire, England, based around the town of Middlesbrough in the north of the county. Since 1996, its council, Middlesbrough Council, has been a unitary authority. The borough is part of the Tees Valley Combined Authority, along with the boroughs of Stockton-on-Tees, Redcar and Cleveland, Hartlepool and Darlington. There are two parish councils in the area of the borough of Middlesbrough, Nunthorpe and Stainton and Thornton respectively.


See also: Middlesbrough Rural District and Old Town Hall, Middlesbrough

From the county's creation in 1889 (from the historic subdivision of Yorkshire) areas under Middlesbrough's governance remained part of North Riding of Yorkshire county for varing amounts of self-governance. The final iteration of this governance was reconstituted as a non-metropolitan district in the county of Cleveland (the county itself governed from Middlesbrough) in 1974. Since 1996, for ceremonial purposes, the district is part of North Yorkshire as a unitary authority. Fire and Police, however, remain as well as the borough's placement in North East England instead of Yorkshire and the Humber, which large parts of North Yorkshire is in. It is included within the combined authority area of Tees Valley.

County Borough/ district
Name Type Dependant Type From Until Notes
Yorkshire Historic checkY Municipal borough 1856 1889
North Riding of Yorkshire Geographical ☒N County borough 1889 1968 Merged into Teesside
Cleveland (county town) Non-metropolitan checkY Shire district 1974 1996
North Yorkshire Ceremonial ☒N Unitary authority 1996

Areas of the borough

The borough contains the following areas:


The borough is made up of 19 council wards (formerly 21 as Gresham ward merged with Newport ward between the 2011 and 2021 censuses) within the borough of Middlesbrough. Each ward has a non-statutory community committee.[4] There are also two statutory parish councils for "Nunthorpe" and "Stainton and Thornton".[5] East, north and west Middlesbrough as well as parts of Park End-and-Beckfield, Berwick-Hils-and-Pallister and Ladgate are covered by the Middlesbrough parliamentary constituency. South Middlesbrough as well as the other parts of the wards are covered by the Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland parliamentary constituency.

Skyline of Middlesbrough
Acklam (W)
Aryesome (W)
Longlands and Beechwood (N)
Berwick Hills and Pallister (E)
Brambles and Thorntree (E)
Central (N)
Kader (W)
Ladgate (W)
Linthorpe (N)
Newport (N)
North Ormesby (E)
Park (N)
Park End and Beckfield (E)
Trimdon (W)
Coulby Newham (S)
Hemlington (S)
Marton East (S)
Marton West (S)
Nunthorpe (S)
Stainton and Thornton (S)

The council operates a with directly elected Mayor of Middlesbrough. The political composition of the council, as of the May 2019 local election, is Independent 23, Labour 20; and Conservative 3.

Political party make-up of Middlesbrough Borough Council
   Party Seats[6][7] Current council
  Independent 23                                                                      
  Labour 20                                                                      
  Conservative 3                                                                      

Teesside International Airport (formerly known as Durham Tees Valley Airport), is joint owned by the borough and the other four Tees Valley councils The council also owns multiple buildings in the borough.


See also: Mayor of Middlesbrough

The first ten mayors of Middlesbrough[8]
Year Name of Mayor
1853 Henry Bolckow
1854 Issac Wilson
1855 John Vaughan
1856 Henry Thompson
1858 John Richardson
1859 William Fallows
1860 George Bottomley
1861 James Harris
1862 Thomas Brentnall
1863 Edgar Gilkes
The first directly elected mayors of Middlesbrough[9]
Years Name of Mayor
2002–2015 Ray Mallon
2015–2019 Dave Budd
2019–2023 Andy Preston
2023– Chris Cooke

The first mayor of Middlesbrough was the German-born Henry Bolckow in 1853.[10][11] In the 20th century, encompassing introduction of universal suffrage in 1918 and changes in local government in the United Kingdom, the role of mayor changed and became largely ceremonial.

In 2001, as part of a wider programme of devolution, voters in Middlesbrough were offered a referendum to decide between a directly elected mayor or the cabinet system then in operation, with the traditional civic and ceremonial functions of the Mayors being transferred to the Chair of Middlesbrough Council, which they did so by a large margin.[12]

In 2002, Ray Mallon (Independent), formerly a senior officer in Cleveland Police, became Middlesbrough's first directly elected mayor. He was re-elected in 2007[13] and then in 2011.[14] Mallon chose not to stand for a fourth term in 2015 and his deputy mayor, Dave Budd (Labour) was elected to succeed him.[15][16] Budd decided not to stand for a second term and in the May 2019 mayoral election, local businessman Andy Preston (independent) won with 59% of the vote.[17]


Main article: Demographics of Tees Valley


The borough of Middlesbrough's total resident population was 148,285, by the 2022 The population of Middlesbrough as a county borough peaked at almost 165,000 in the late 1960s, however this has declined since the early 1980s before starting to recover in the 2010s.[18]

Women in the former Middlehaven ward (absorbed into the central ward) had the second lowest life expectancy at birth, 74 years, of any ward in England and Wales in 2016.[19]

Population 2011 Borough
White British 86.0%
Asian 7.8%
Black 1.3%

In the borough of Middlesbrough, 14.0% of the population were non-white British.


Middlesbrough Town Hall, Albert Street

This is a chart of trend of regional gross value added of Middlesbrough at current basic prices published (pp. 240–253) by Office for National Statistics with figures in millions of British Pounds Sterling.

Year Regional Gross Value Added4 Agriculture1 Industry2 Services3
1995 1,115 8 377 729
2000 1,192 6 417 768
2003 1,538 6 561 971

^1 includes hunting and forestry

^2 includes energy and construction

^3 includes financial intermediation services indirectly measured

^4 Components may not sum to totals due to rounding

Freedom of the Borough

The following people and military units have received the Freedom of the Borough of Middlesbrough.

This list is incomplete; you can help by adding missing items. (August 2020)


Military units


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  6. ^ "Local Election Results 2011 Summary". Association of Liberal Democrat Councillors. Archived from the original on 23 December 2012. Retrieved 22 July 2011.
  7. ^ "Borough and Parish Elections results - Thursday 2 May 2019".
  8. ^ "Middlesbrough Parish information from Bulmers' 1890". GENUKI. Retrieved 1 November 2008.
  9. ^ "Local elections 2019: the directly elected mayoral contests". Democratic Audit Website. 30 April 2019. Retrieved 8 May 2019.
  10. ^ "Bolckow, Henry". Appletons' Annual Cyclopaedia and Register of Important Events. Vol. 18. 1886. p. 650. William Ferdinand, a British manufacturer, born in Germany in 1806, died 18 June 1878. ... He was the first Mayor of Middlesbrough, a place which owes much of its prosperity to his energy and enterprise
  11. ^ Up The Boro!. 2011. p. 9. This was followed in 1868 by Middlesbrough's first Parliamentary Elections, in which Henry Bolckow (1806–1878) of the firm Bolckow & Vaughan wanted to stand for election, however this was initially blocked by the fact that he was a foreigner ...
  12. ^ "Mayoral referendum result – Middlesbrough Council". Local Government Chronicle (LGC). 19 October 2001. Retrieved 12 January 2020.
  13. ^ "2007 Mayoral election". 12 June 2017. Archived from the original on 12 January 2020. Retrieved 12 January 2020.
  14. ^ "2011 Mayoral election". 7 June 2016. Archived from the original on 4 May 2019. Retrieved 12 January 2020.
  15. ^ "2015 Mayoral election". 7 June 2016. Retrieved 12 January 2020.
  16. ^ "Dave Budd replaces Ray Mallon as Middlesbrough mayor". BBC News. 8 May 2015. Retrieved 11 May 2015.
  17. ^ "2019 mayoral and local election". 29 April 2019. Retrieved 12 January 2020.
  18. ^ "Middlesbrough Unitary Authority: Total Population". GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, A Vision of Britain through Time. Retrieved 14 June 2021.
  19. ^ Bennett, James; et al. (22 November 2018). "Contributions of diseases and injuries to widening life expectancy inequalities in England from 2001 to 2016: a population-based analysis of vital registration data". Lancet public health. Retrieved 23 November 2018.
  20. ^ "Freedom of the Borough presented to Sir Joseph Calvert 7th November 1919". 11 January 2013. Retrieved 29 November 2020 – via Flickr.
  21. ^ "Middlesbrough Borough Council" (PDF).
  22. ^ "England manager Gareth Southgate given freedom of Middlesbrough". BBC News. 29 July 2021. Retrieved 21 August 2021.
  23. ^ Craigie, Emily (29 July 2021). "Gareth Southgate awarded Freedom of the Borough". The Northern Echo. Retrieved 21 August 2021.
  24. ^ Craigie, Emily (29 July 2021). "Gareth Southgate granted prestigious Freedom of the Borough after huge public support". Teesside Gazette. Retrieved 21 August 2021.
  25. ^ Speare-Cole, Rebecca (30 July 2021). "Gareth Southgate: England manager given Freedom of Middlesbrough award". Sky News. Retrieved 21 August 2021.

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