Dudley Metropolitan Borough
|Leader & Cabinet|
|Founded||1 April 1974|
|Preceded by||Dudley Borough, Stourbridge Borough, Halesowen Borough|
Leader of the Council
Patrick Harley, Conservative
Steve Clark, Conservative
Deputy Chief Executive
|First past the post|
|5 May 2022|
|Unity and Progress|
|Council House, Dudley|
|Dudley Metropolitan Borough shown within West Midlands|
Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council is the local authority for Dudley metropolitan borough. It is more commonly known as Dudley Council or Dudley MBC.
The present authority was formed as a result of further reorganisation of local government in 1974. It incorporates the areas of Dudley, Brierley Hill, Stourbridge and Halesowen.
The council’s origins are from 1865 when it was incorporated as a municipal borough which allowed the development of an elected town council. This consisted of a mayor, alderman and councillors.
In 1888 Dudley Council became a county borough and so the council took responsibility for neighbouring towns and districts.
In April 1966, under the West Midlands order of the borough, Dudley was extended to take in former Brierley Hill and Sedgley Urban Districts as well as parts of the Coseley Urban District.
For historical political control and leadership, see Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council elections.
Dudley Council has its main offices in Dudley town centre (where Dudley Council House is located), along with additional smaller offices throughout the borough. The council is made up of 72 councillors representing 24 wards.
On its formation in 1974, the Metropolitan Borough of Dudley was controlled by the Labour Party. Since then the controlling party has frequently changed, sometimes with no political party having a clear majority.
The Tories currently have control of Dudley Council as a majority run administration. After a no overall control result in the previous local elections the Tories gained control of Dudley council in the 2021 local elections.
|1980||No overall control|
|1984||No overall control|
|2003||No overall control||Conservative led minority administration|
|2016||No overall control||Labour led minority administration|
|2017||No overall control||Conservative led minority administration|
|2018||No overall control||Conservative led minority administration|
The 24 wards of the Dudley Borough are each represented by 3 councillors. The council groups wards together into 10 Community Forums to enable community engagement.
|Cradley and Wollescote|
|Lye and Stourbridge North|
|Hayley Green and Cradley South|
|Brockmoor and Pensnett|
|5||Castle and Priory|
|Upper Gornal and Woodsetton|
|8||Kingswinford North and Wall Heath|
|9||Netherton, Woodside and St. Andrews|
|Quarry Bank and Dudley Wood|
|Pedmore and Stourbridge East|
|Wollaston and Stourbridge Town|
Current members of parliament for constituencies within Dudley MBC area are:
|Constituency||Member of Parliament||Political Party|
|Dudley North||Marco Longhi||Conservative|
|Dudley South||Mike Wood||Conservative|
|Halesowen and Rowley Regis||James Morris||Conservative|
|Wolverhampton South East||Pat McFadden||Labour|
|1973-1986||John Francis Mulvehill|
|1986||Leslie Thomas Barnfield|
|1986-1988||Tom Headley Meredith|
|1988-1999||Alistair Vivian Astling|
The Mayor presides over meetings of the full Council to ensure that business is carried out properly and efficiently, with due regard to the rights of Councillors and the interest of the Community. The Mayor of the Borough is elected at the Annual Meeting of the Council (usually in May each year) from the existing elected councillors.
The Mayor also nominates charities they wish to support during their mayoral year and hosts the annual Mayors Ball and Civic Awards. The Civic Awards aim to recognise individuals and groups who make a difference in the borough. Each award is named for a local personality in that field.
Dudley’s coat of arms was designed in 1975. It symbolises each of the authorities that came together to form the present borough. Key themes on the civic arms reflect the area’s pride in its industrial past.
The council adopted “Unity and Progress” as its motto in 1974.
In 2021, the council proposed the borough (rather than simply the town) of Dudley become a city, as part of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations. The bid was unsuccessful, having also been unsuccessful in 2011.