Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council
Coat of arms or logo
Mayor of Stockport
David Wilson, Labour Party
Leader of the Council
Chief executive
Caroline Simpson
since January 2022
Seats63 councillors
Stockport Council composition
Political groups
  Liberal Democrats (28)
Other parties
  Labour (22)
  Conservative (4)
  Heald Green Ratepayers (3)
  Green (2)
  Independent (4)
Joint committees
Greater Manchester Combined Authority
Greater Manchester Police, Fire and Crime Panel
Length of term
4 years
First past the post
Last election
2019 (one third of councillors)
2021 (one third of councillors)
2022 (one third of councillors)
Next election
2023 (all councillors)
2024 (one third of councillors)
Meeting place
Stockport Town Hall.jpg
Stockport Town Hall, Edward Street

Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council is the local authority for the Metropolitan Borough of Stockport, Greater Manchester, England.[2] The council is currently run by a Liberal Democrat minority administration. At the 2022 local elections, the Liberal Democrats gained two more seats, increasing their lead over the Labour Party to three seats, and took control of the council at the following full council meeting. The Liberal Democrats currently have 28 seats, Labour 24, Conservatives 4, Heald Green Ratepayers 3, and Greens 2.

There are now four Independent councillors. Matt Wynne resigned to sit as an independent following what he called moves by the hard left to deselect him for the 2023 elections. Councillor Alanna Vine was expelled from the Conservative Party following an investigation into racist tweets.[3] Amanda Peers and Andy Sorton (both Brinnington & Central) resigned from the Labour group in February 2023.[4]


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.[5][6] 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.[6]

The Local Government Act 1972 would abolish this county borough, creating the Metropolitan Borough of Stockport within Greater Manchester.

Wards and councillors

There are 21 wards, each represented by three councillors.[2]

Council Wards 1 Bramhall North  2 Bramhall South & Woodford  3 Bredbury & Woodley  4 Bredbury Green & Romiley  5 Brinnington & Central  6 Cheadle & Gatley  7 Cheadle Hulme North  8 Cheadle Hulme South  9 Davenport & Cale Green  10 Edgeley & Cheadle Heath  11 Hazel Grove  12 Heald Green  13 Heatons North  14 Heatons South  15 Manor  16 Marple North  17 Marple South & High Lane  18 Offerton  19 Reddish North  20 Reddish South 21 Stepping Hill
Council Wards
1 Bramhall North
2 Bramhall South & Woodford
3 Bredbury & Woodley
4 Bredbury Green & Romiley
5 Brinnington & Central
6 Cheadle & Gatley
7 Cheadle Hulme North
8 Cheadle Hulme South
9 Davenport & Cale Green
10 Edgeley & Cheadle Heath
11 Hazel Grove
12 Heald Green
13 Heatons North
14 Heatons South
15 Manor
16 Marple North
17 Marple South & High Lane
18 Offerton
19 Reddish North
20 Reddish South
21 Stepping Hill
Parliamentary constituency Ward Councillor Party Term of office
Cheadle Bramhall North Francesca Singleton Liberal Democrats 2022–23
Alanna Vine Independent[a] 2019–23
Linda Holt Conservative 2021–23
Bramhall South and Woodford Ian Powney Liberal Democrats 2022–23
Mike Hurleston Conservative 2019–23
Brian Bagnall Conservative 2021–23
Cheadle and Gatley Ian Hunter Liberal Democrats 2022–23
Graham Greenhalgh Liberal Democrats 2019–23
Keith Holloway Liberal Democrats 2021–23
Cheadle Hulme North David Meller Labour Co-op 2022–23
Tom Morrison Liberal Democrats 2019–23
Jilly Julian Liberal Democrats 2021–23
Cheadle Hulme South Helen Foster-Grime Liberal Democrats 2022–23
Suzanne Wyatt Liberal Democrats 2019–23
Mark Hunter Liberal Democrats 2021–23
Heald Green Catherine Stuart Independent[b] 2022–23
Carole McCann Independent[b] 2019–23
Anna Charles-Jones Independent[b] 2021–23
Stepping Hill Christine Carrigan Labour 2022–23
Grace Baynham Liberal Democrats 2019–23
Rory Leonard Labour 2021–23
Denton and Reddish[c] Reddish North David Wilson Labour 2022–23
Roy Driver Labour 2019–23
Kate Butler Labour 2021–23
Reddish South Liz Crix Green 2022–23
Janet Mobbs Labour 2019–23
Gary Lawson Green 2021–23
Hazel Grove Bredbury and Woodley Vince Shaw Liberal Democrats 2022–23
Stuart Corris Liberal Democrats 2019–23
Sue Thorpe Liberal Democrats 2021–23
Bredbury Green and Romiley Angie Clark Liberal Democrats 2022–23
Mark Roberts Liberal Democrats 2019–23
Lisa Smart Liberal Democrats 2021–23
Hazel Grove Paul Ankers Liberal Democrats 2022–23
Lou Ankers Liberal Democrats 2019–23
Oliver Johnstone Conservative 2021–23
Marple North Steve Gribbon Liberal Democrats 2022–23
Becky Senior Liberal Democrats 2019–23
Malcolm Allan Liberal Democrats 2021–23
Marple South and High Lane Colin MacAlister Liberal Democrats 2022–23
Aron Thornley Liberal Democrats 2019–23
Shan Alexander Liberal Democrats 2021–23
Offerton Will Dawson Liberal Democrats 2022–23
Wendy Meikle Liberal Democrats 2019–23
Oliver Harrison Liberal Democrats 2021–23
Stockport Brinnington and Central Amanda Peers Independent[d] 2022–23
Kerry Waters Labour 2019–23
Andy Sorton Independent[e] 2021–23
Davenport and Cale Green Elise Wilson Labour 2022–23
Dickie Davies Labour 2019–23
Wendy Wild Labour 2021–23
Edgeley and Cheadle Heath Louise Heywood Labour 2022–23
Matt Wynne Independent[f] 2019–23
Georgia Lynott Labour 2022–23[g]
Heatons North John Taylor Labour 2022–23
Dena Ryness Labour 2019–23
David Sedgwick Labour 2021–23
Heatons South Tom McGee Labour 2022–23
Dean Fitzpatrick Labour 2019–23
Colin Foster Labour 2021–23
Manor Susan Glithero Labour 2022–23
Laura Clingan Labour 2019–23
Charlie Stewart Labour 2021–23
  1. ^ Elected as a Conservative councillor but was suspended from the party on 13 July 2022[7] and subsequently expelled in September.[8]
  2. ^ a b c Sponsored by the Heald Green and Long Lane Ratepayers Association
  3. ^ this parliamentary constituency includes the Denton, Dukinfield and Audenshaw wards of Tameside Council
  4. ^ Elected as Labour and Co-operative
  5. ^ Elected as Labour
  6. ^ Elected as a Labour councillor but resigned to sit as an independent on 7 October 2022[9]
  7. ^ by-election following the death of Sheila Bailey on 3 August 2022[10]


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:[11]


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.[3] 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.[12] However, a short time after this election, he chose to serve as an Independent Councillor,[13] then returned to the Liberal Democrats,[14] then declared himself Independent again.[15]

During 2009, which was supposed to be a "fallow year" (one without elections), there were three by-elections following the deaths of serving councillors.[16][17][18] Subsequently, Labour councillor Anne Graham joined the Liberal Democrat group, bringing them to 36 Councillors of 63.[19]

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.[19] Roy Driver was not selected for a seat in the May 2011 and unsuccessfully contested Bredbury and Woodley for Labour in May 2012.[20] He was eventually elected councillor for Reddish North in 2015.[21]

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;[22] he subsequently joined the Liberal Democrat group in December 2012,[23] but quit in April 2016, a month after being re-elected.[24]

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".[25]

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.[26]


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  3. ^ a b "Your Councillors". Government of the United Kingdom, Stockport MBC. 21 May 2022.
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  6. ^ a b Kelly's Directory of Cheshire 1914. Kelly's Directories Ltd. pp. 583–586. OCLC 1131686510.
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  8. ^ Statham, Nick (13 September 2022). "Stockport councillor thrown out of Tory party for Twitter posts 'deemed discriminatory towards those of the Islamic faith'". Manchester Evening News. Retrieved 14 October 2022.
  9. ^ Statham, Nick (7 October 2022). "Labour councillor deemed 'unfit' to stand for election delivers blistering attack on local party as he resigns during meeting". Manchester Evening News. Retrieved 2 October 2022.
  10. ^ "Death of Councillor Sheila Bailey". 4 August 2022. Retrieved 25 September 2022.
  11. ^ "Cabinet 2022/23" (PDF). Stockport Council. Retrieved 29 June 2022.
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  13. ^ Manchester Evening News (18 April 2010). "Councillor guilty of race abuse". Manchester Evening News. Retrieved 23 March 2018.
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  15. ^ Manchester Evening News (16 June 2011). "Defection number four from Stockport Lib Dems". Manchester Evening News. Retrieved 23 March 2018.
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  17. ^ Manchester Evening News (24 July 2009). "Labour hold onto North Reddish seat". Manchester Evening News. Retrieved 23 March 2018.
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  19. ^ a b Manchester Evening News (3 February 2011). "Control of Stockport council hangs in the balance after defections". Manchester Evening News. Retrieved 23 March 2018.
  20. ^ "Election results for Bredbury & Woodley: Local Election 2012 – Thursday, 3rd May, 2012". Stockport MBC. 4 May 2012. Retrieved 23 March 2018.
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  23. ^ "Councillor Patrick McAuley joins Stockport Lib Dems". Stockport Lib Dems. 7 December 2012. Retrieved 23 March 2018.
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  25. ^ Davis, Matthew (5 November 2014). "Third councillor quits Stockport Labour Party in a month". Manchester Evening News. Retrieved 31 May 2016.
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