Glasgow City Council
|Full council election every 5 years|
|Preceded by||Glasgow District Council|
Leader of the Council
since 12 November 2014
|Single transferable vote|
|5 May 2022|
|6 May 2027|
|Let Glasgow Flourish|
|Glasgow City Chambers|
Glasgow City Council is the local government authority for the City of Glasgow, Scotland. It was created in 1996 under the Local Government etc. (Scotland) Act 1994, largely with the boundaries of the post-1975 City of Glasgow district of the Strathclyde region.
Main article: Politics of Glasgow
The early city, a sub-regional capital of the old Lanarkshire county, was run by the old "Glasgow Town Council" based at the Tollbooth, Glasgow Cross. In 1895, the Town Council became "The Corporation of the City of Glasgow" ("Glasgow Corporation" or "City Corporation"), around the same time as its headquarters moved to the newly built Glasgow City Chambers in George Square.
It retained this title until local government re-organisation in 1975, when it became the "City of Glasgow District Council", a second-tier body under Strathclyde Regional Council which was also headquartered in Glasgow. Created under the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973, it included the former county of the city of Glasgow and a number of areas previously within the county of Lanark: Cambuslang (Central and North, and South lying outwith East Kilbride), Rutherglen (including the burgh of Rutherglen), part of a Carmunnock area (that lying outwith East Kilbride) and Baillieston, Carmyle, Garrowhill, Mount Vernon and Springboig.
The city council established in 1996 (Local Government etc. (Scotland) Act 1994) was one of the newly created single-tier local authorities, taking on the powers and responsibilities previously divided between the City of Glasgow District and Strathclyde Region bodies, which were abolished, and with boundaries somewhat different from those of the former: the Cambuslang, Halfway, Rutherglen and Fernhill areas (four wards) were transferred from the city area to the new South Lanarkshire council area.
The council is ceremonially headed by the Lord Provost of Glasgow, who is elected to convene the council and perform associated tasks as a general civic leader and Lord Lieutenant; the role has history dating from the 15th century. The current Lord Provost, elected in January 2020, is Philip Braat with previous incumbent Eva Bolander (in post from May 2017 to October 2019) having resigned following criticism of her personal 'civic allowance' spending.
|•||Scottish National Party||37|
Administration parties denoted with bullets (•)
The council's City Administration Committee is headed by a Leader of the Council, who is the leader of the largest political grouping, currently the Scottish National Party. The City Administration Committee is usually formed of 19 members across all the elected parties proportionally, however this would have given the SNP a majority of 10 seats despite not gaining one through the election. The Greens proposed an amendment to add an additional seat for each party, making the SNP the biggest minority party. It was passed and so its composition of 23 seats is currently:
|Scottish National Party||11|
The council changed from an executive-led governance system to a committee-led system in September 2017.
|1996–1997: Bob Gould (Labour)|
|1997–1999: Frank McAveety (Labour)|
|1999–2005: Charlie Gordon (Labour)|
|2005–2010: Steven Purcell (Labour)|
|2010–2015: Gordon Matheson (Labour)|
|2015–2017: Frank McAveety (Labour)|
|No overall control||2017–present||2017–present: Susan Aitken (SNP)|
Main article: 2022 Glasgow City Council election
The council consists of 85 councillors elected for a five-year term from 23 wards. These wards were introduced for the 2017 election, replacing those introduced in 2007, and each returns three or four members by the single transferable vote system of election. This system was introduced by the Local Governance (Scotland) Act 2004, as a means of ensuring a reasonably proportionately representative outcome.
The most recent full council election took place on 5 May 2022. The Scottish National Party became the largest party (37) but did not gain an overall majority; Labour returned more councillors (36) and was one seat short from the SNP. The Scottish Greens also returned more councillors (10) whilst the Conservatives lost all but two councillors (2).
The next election is due to take place on 6 May 2027.
Since creation of Glasgow City Council
Main article: Wards of Glasgow
The current multi-member ward system (23 wards, 85 seats) was introduced for the 2017 council election, replacing a similar model (21 wards, 79 seats) in place between 2007 and 2017:
|Ward||Number of councillors||Population |
|1. Linn[c]||4 members||29,575|
|2. Newlands/Auldburn[d]||3 members||23,144|
|3. Greater Pollok[e]||4 members||30,729|
|4. Cardonald[f]||4 members||29,639|
|5. Govan[g]||4 members||26,769|
|6. Pollokshields[h]||4 members||27,983|
|7. Langside[i]||4 members||29,060|
|8. Southside Central[j]||4 members||25,266|
|9. Calton[k]||4 members||27,460|
|10. Anderston/City/Yorkhill[l]||4 members||30,184|
|11. Hillhead[m]||3 members||25,411|
|12. Victoria Park[n]||3 members||20,950|
|13. Garscadden/Scotstounhill[o]||4 members||30,565|
|14. Drumchapel/Anniesland[p]||4 members||29,432|
|15. Maryhill[q]||3 members||22,244|
|16. Canal[r]||4 members||25,000|
|17. Springburn/Robroyston[s]||4 members||27,237|
|18. East Centre[t]||4 members||27,991|
|19. Shettleston[u]||4 members||25,806|
|20. Baillieston[v]||3 members||21,663|
|21. North East[w]||3 members||20,457|
|22. Dennistoun[x]||3 members||20,861|
|23. Partick East/Kelvindale[y]||4 members||28,914|