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Gillingham was a non-metropolitan district in Kent, England. It was abolished on 1 April 1998 and replaced by Medway.


The Borough of Gillingham was formed in 1903. In 1928 the adjoining parish of Rainham was added.

In 1944, a Medway Towns Joint Amalgamation Committee was formed by the borough corporations of Chatham, Gillingham and Rochester, to discuss the possibility of the towns forming a single county borough. In 1948 the Local Government Boundary Commission recommended that the area become a "most purposes" county borough, but the recommendation was not carried out.

Political control

From the first election to the council in 1973 until the council's abolition in 1998 political control of the council was held by the following parties:[1]

Party in control Years
No overall control 1973–1976
Conservative 1976–1990
No overall control 1990–1995
Liberal Democrats 1995–1998


The leaders of the council from 1976 until its abolition in 1998 were:

Councillor Party From To
Michael Lewis[2] Conservative 1976 May 1990
Bob Sayer[3] Liberal Democrats May 1990 31 Mar 1998

Council elections

Borough result maps

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By-election results

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  1. ^ "Council compositions". The Elections Centre. Retrieved 3 May 2016.
  2. ^ Horn, Jenni (23 May 2014). "Tributes to Michael Lewis, former leader of Gillingham Borough Council". Kent Online. Retrieved 24 July 2022.
  3. ^ Hinks, Gerald (18 May 1990). "Liberal Democrats take control in borough: Green for go!". The News. Chatham. p. 1. Retrieved 24 July 2022.
  4. ^ The Borough of Gillingham (Electoral Arrangements) Order 1976
  5. ^ The Gillingham and Swale (Areas) Order 1982