Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council
Arms of Knowsley Council
Mayor of Knowsley
Frank Walsh, Labour
since 2020/21
Leader of the Council
Graham Morgan, Labour
since 18 May 2018
Leader of the Opposition
Kai Taylor, Green since May 2019
Chief executive
Mike Harden
since 30 October 2014
Seats45 councillors[1]
Knowsley Council composition
Political groups
Administration (31)
  Labour (31)
Other Parties (14)
  Green (7)
  Lib Dem (3)
  Independent (4)
Vacancies (0)
Joint committees
Liverpool City Region Combined Authority
Last election
4 May 2023
Next election
Meeting place
Municipal Building, Archway Road, Huyton

Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council is the local authority of the Metropolitan Borough of Knowsley in Merseyside, England. It is a metropolitan district council, one of five in Merseyside and one of 36 in the metropolitan counties of England, and provides the majority of local government services in Knowsley. It is a constituent council of the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority.[2]


The current local authority was first elected in 1973, a year before formally coming into its powers and prior to the creation of the Metropolitan Borough of Knowsley on 1 April 1974. The council gained borough status, entitling it to be known as Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council.

Political control

For historical political control and leadership, see Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council elections.

Since the first election to the council in 1973 political control of the council has been held by the following parties:[3]

Party in control Years
Labour 1973–present


The council's main offices and meeting place are at the Municipal Building in Archway Road in Huyton.[4] The building was erected in 1962–1963, formally opening in November 1963 as the headquarters of Huyton-with-Roby Urban District Council, one of Knowsley's predecessor authorities.[5][6][7][8]


  1. ^ "Your councillors". Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council.
  2. ^ "Proposal to establish a combined authority for Greater Merseyside" (PDF). Department for Communities and Local Government. November 2013. Retrieved 10 December 2013.
  3. ^ "Knowsley". BBC News Online. 19 April 2008. Retrieved 27 November 2009.
  4. ^ "Council Meeting" (PDF). Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council. 18 September 2019. Retrieved 23 November 2020.
  5. ^ "Work on new Huyton Town Centre begun: Council Offices first". Liverpool Echo. 9 May 1962. p. 7. Retrieved 28 August 2022.
  6. ^ "Gift to council and Huyton members also get plaques". Liverpool Echo. 6 November 1963. p. 9. Retrieved 28 August 2022.
  7. ^ "St Michael's Church Conservation Area Appraisal" (PDF). p. 13. Retrieved 23 November 2020.
  8. ^ "Huyton". Historic Liverpool. Retrieved 23 November 2020.