Coventry City Council

Coventry City Council is the local government body responsible for the governance of the City of Coventry in England, which has been a metropolitan district since 1974.

Coventry City Council
Third of council elected three years out of four
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Coat of arms
Term limits
Founded1 April 1974
Preceded byCoventry City Council (of the County Borough of Coventry)
Meriden Rural District Council
West Midlands County Council
New session started
16 May 2013 (Municipal year 2013/2014)
Leader of the Council
Cllr George Duggins, Labour
since 19 May 2016
Cllr Linda Bigham
since May 2019
Chief executive
Martin Reeves
since April 2009
Seats54 councillors
40 / 54
13 / 54
1 / 54
First past the post
Last election
2 May 2019 [1]
Camera Principis
Meeting place
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Council House, Coventry
Chief Executive Martin Reeves, seen on 20 October 2012

The city is divided up into 18 Wards each with three councillors. Coventry has usually been controlled by the Labour Party over the past few decades, and at times they appeared to be in safe control. However, the Conservatives held control for a short time in the 1970s, and they also held control from July 2004 until 2010. For a time they held control on the casting vote of the Lord Mayor, but they won clear control at the local elections of 4 May 2006. However, in 2010 the Conservatives lost control of Coventry City Council when Labour gained enough seats to have overall control.

The leader of the Conservative group is Gary Ridley who has held the post since May 2017 after John Blundell, stood down. The leader of the controlling Labour group is George Duggins. He has held the post of Leader of the Council since May 2016 after winning a leadership election against the incumbent Ann Lucas.[2] The Chief Executive is Martin Reeves.[3]

In 2017 the Council will move the majority of its staff to the Friargate development. It will be the first tenant in the new business district, located next to Coventry railway station.

Council affiliationEdit

Affiliation Members[4]
Labour 40
Conservative 13
  Independent 1
Total number of seats 54

See alsoEdit


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  2. ^ "Coventry City Council leader Ann Lucas ousted in Labour Party coup". Coventry Telegraph. BBC. 6 May 2016. Retrieved 10 May 2016.
  3. ^ "Chief Executive". Coventry City Council. Retrieved 26 September 2012.
  4. ^ "Current State of the Parties". Retrieved 31 December 2015.

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