Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council
Mayor of Stockport
Graham Greenhalgh, Lib Dem
Leader of the Council
since January 2022
|Greater Manchester Combined Authority|
Greater Manchester Police, Fire and Crime Panel
Length of term
|First past the post|
|2023 (all 63 councillors)|
|2024 (one third of councillors)|
|Stockport Town Hall, Edward Street|
Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council (SMBC) is the local authority for the Metropolitan Borough of Stockport, Greater Manchester, England. The council is currently run by a Liberal Democrat minority administration. At the 2023 local elections, the Liberal Democrats gained two more seats, increasing their lead over the Labour Party to six seats, and retaining minority control. This lead is now five seats after one of the Liberal Democrats’ councillors resigned the whip, days after being re-elected. The Liberal Democrats currently have 29 seats, Labour 24, and the Heald Green Ratepayers, Greens and the Edgeley Community Association each holding 3. There is 1 independent.
Stockport became incorporated in 1835 under the Municipal Corporations Act 1835. In 1888, the County Borough of Stockport was created under the Local Government Act 1888. The Borough would be enlarged in 1901 and 1903, absorbing urban districts such as Reddish and Heaton Norris from the counties of Lancashire and Cheshire.
The Local Government Act 1972 would abolish this county borough, creating the Metropolitan Borough of Stockport within Greater Manchester.
|Ward||Councillor||Party||Term of office|
|Bramhall North||Mark Jones||Liberal Democrats||2023–27|
|Suzanne Wyatt||Liberal Democrats||2023–26|
|Alex Wynne||Liberal Democrats||2023–24|
|Bramhall South and Woodford||Ian Powney||Liberal Democrats||2023–27|
|Dallas Jones||Liberal Democrats||2023–26|
|Jeremy Meal||Liberal Democrats||2023–24|
|Bredbury and Woodley||Joe Barratt||Labour||2023–27|
|Sue Thorpe||Liberal Democrats||2023–26|
|Bredbury Green and Romiley||Lisa Smart||Liberal Democrats||2023–27|
|Angie Clark||Liberal Democrats||2023–26|
|Mark Roberts||Liberal Democrats||2023–24|
|Brinnington and Stockport Central||Christine Carrigan||Labour Co-op||2023–27|
|Cheadle East and Cheadle Hulme North||David Meller||Labour Co-op||2023–27|
|Jilly Julian||Liberal Democrats||2023–26|
|Yvonne Guariento||Labour Co-op||2023–24|
|Cheadle Hulme South||Mark Hunter||Liberal Democrats||2023–27|
|Helen Foster-Grime||Liberal Democrats||2023–26|
|Keith Holloway||Liberal Democrats||2023–24|
|Cheadle West and Gatley||Clive Greenhalgh||Liberal Democrats||2023–27|
|Ian Hunter||Liberal Democrats||2023–26|
|Tom Morrison||Liberal Democrats||2023–24|
|Davenport and Cale Green||Dickie Davies||Labour||2023–27|
|Edgeley||Matt Wynne||Edgeley Community Association||2023–27|
|Leah Taylor||Edgeley Community Association||2023–26|
|Asa Caton||Edgeley Community Association||2023–24|
|Hazel Grove||Jake Austin||Liberal Democrats||2023–27|
|Wendy Meikle||Liberal Democrats||2023–26|
|Frankie Singleton||Liberal Democrats||2023–24|
|Heald Green||Carole McCann||Heald Green Ratepayers||2023–27|
|Ana Charles-Jones||Heald Green Ratepayers||2023–26|
|Catherine Stuart||Heald Green Ratepayers||2023–24|
|Heatons North||David Sedgwick||Labour||2023–27|
|Dena Ryness||Labour Co-op||2023–24|
|Heatons South||Colin Foster||Labour||2023–27|
|Claire Vibert||Labour Co-op||2023–24|
|Marple North||Steve Gribbon||Liberal Democrats||2023–27|
|Geoff Abell||Liberal Democrats||2023–26|
|Becky Senior||Liberal Democrats||2023–24|
|Marple South and High Lane||Shan Alexander||Liberal Democrats||2023–27|
|Colin MacAlister||Liberal Democrats||2023–24|
|Norbury and Woodsmoor||Grace Baynham||Liberal Democrats||2023–27|
|Dominic Hardwick||Liberal Democrats||2023–26|
|Pete West||Liberal Democrats||2023–24|
|Offerton||Will Dawson||Liberal Democrats||2023–27|
|Reddish North||David Wilson||Labour||2023–27|
|Rachel Wise||Labour Co-op||2023–24|
|Reddish South||Liz Crix||Green||2023–27|
Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council (Stockport Council) uses a Leader and cabinet system. There are eight cabinet members, including the leader of the council; each has a separate portfolio containing responsibilities for different services and areas of the council. There are also six scrutiny committees which scrutinise decisions made by the cabinet.
The Cabinet of the Council consists of eight Councillors:
For historical political control and leadership, see Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council elections.
Stockport Council has 63 elected members, belonging to five different parties. The Liberal Democrats have 28 seats, Labour 24, Conservatives four, Heald Green Ratepayers three, Greens two, and there are two independent councillors. No party has overall control: the council is led by a Liberal Democrat minority administration.
In the 2004 election, all councillors on the council were put up for election at the same time. This election was conducted exclusively by postal voting. Each elector was given three votes, and asked to pick three candidates. The number of votes each candidate received then determined when they would next stand for election.
Elections were then scheduled for 2006, 2007, and 2008.
In the council elections on Thursday 1 May 2008, in which one third of the seats were up for re-election, there were two main changes. In the Cheadle & Gatley ward, incumbent councillor Paul Carter of the Liberal Democrat party lost his seat to the Conservative candidate Mick Jones. Similarly in the Brinnington and Central Ward, Labour councillor Maureen Rowles lost her seat to the Liberal Democrat candidate Christian Walker. However, a short time after this election, he chose to serve as an Independent Councillor, then returned to the Liberal Democrats, then declared himself Independent again.
During 2009, which was supposed to be a "fallow year" (one without elections), there were three by-elections following the deaths of serving councillors. Subsequently, Labour councillor Anne Graham joined the Liberal Democrat group, bringing them to 36 Councillors of 63.
On 2 February 2011, Councillors David White, Roy Driver and Anne Graham all resigned from the Liberal Democrat Group. All three cited unhappiness with the national party's involvement with a "Tory-led" government. They became Independent Left Councillors, forming the Independent Left Group on the Council, whilst awaiting the result of membership applications to the Labour Party and subsequently joined the Labour Group after the 2011 elections. Roy Driver was not selected for a seat in the May 2011 and unsuccessfully contested Bredbury and Woodley for Labour in May 2012. He was eventually elected councillor for Reddish North in 2015.
On 21 January 2012, Patrick McAuley, Labour councillor for Manor since May 2011, announced on Twitter that he had resigned from the Labour Party but that would continue to serve as a councillor; he subsequently joined the Liberal Democrat group in December 2012, but quit in April 2016, a month after being re-elected.
In October and November 2014, Stockport Labour lost 3 seats with Brian Hendley, Paul Moss and Laura Booth all leaving the party. Hendley was deselected without his knowing, Moss resigned due to house building on Reddish Vale Country Park and Booth quit over allegations of a "culture of systematic bullying".
Heald Green Ratepayers are the only non-mainstream candidates to win seats.
Following the 2022 Local Elections, the Liberal Democrats became the largest group on the council and Mark Hunter became leader.