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Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council

Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council is the local council of the Metropolitan Borough of Solihull in the West Midlands, England. It is a metropolitan district council, one of seven in the West Midlands and one of 36 in the metropolitan counties of England, and provides the majority of local government services in Solihull.

Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council
Third of council elected three years out of four
Type
Type
History
Founded1 April 1974
Leadership
Mayor of Solihull
Cllr Stuart Davis, Conservative, Labour
since May 2019
Leader of the Council
Cllr Ian Courts, Conservative
since 14 May 2019
Chief Executive
Nick Page
since 22 April 2014
Structure
Seats51 councillors
Solihull Council Composition
Political groups
Administration
     Conservative (27)
Other parties
     Green (14)
     Liberal Democrat (6)
     Labour (3)
     Independent (1)
Elections
First-past-the-post
Last election
2014 (one third of councillors)
2015 (one third of councillors)
2016 (one third of councillors)
Next election
2018 (one third of councillors)
2019 (one third of councillors)
2020 (one third of councillors)
Website
solihull.gov.uk

The council consists of 51 councillors who are elected by the local community. Councillors determine matters of policy on behalf of the local community and make key decisions, such as the annual budget and Council Tax.

Whilst the elected councillors decide the policies, council officers put them into practice. The council employs approximately 8,000 officers to give advice, implement decisions and manage the day to day delivery of its services.

PoliticsEdit

The Conservative Party UK is the majority party in Solihull. They have been in majority since the 2011 local elections following a Labour Party and Liberal Democrat coalition in the borough.[1]

The borough is also notable for having the Green Party as its main opposition. They notably took the 6 seats of Smith's Wood and Chelmsley Wood from the Labour Party in the 2011, 2012 and 2014 Local Elections, and the seats of Shirley South in 2014 and Shirley West in 2014 and 2012.[2]

Affiliation Members[3]
Current
Conservative 27
Green 14
Liberal Democrat 6
Labour 3
  Independent 1
Total number of seats 51
Actual majority 3

Recent historyEdit

Solihull Council appointed Nick Page as their Chief executive on 1 July 2014. He had previously spent five years at Salford City Council and had overseen the complete restructure of Children's Services there.[4]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/local-news/local-elections-2011-conservatives-take-153933
  2. ^ http://solihull.greenparty.org.uk/news/greens-celebrate-becoming-2nd-largest-party-on-solihull-council.html
  3. ^ "Current State of the Parties". Government of the United Kingdom. Retrieved 31 December 2015.
  4. ^ http://www.birminghampost.co.uk/news/regional-affairs/solihull-council-appoints-former-salford-7013227