West Lothian Council (//) is the local authority for the West Lothian area of Scotland and has 33 elected members. Councillors are generally elected every five years, with the next election falling on May 5th 2022.
West Lothian Council
Provost of West Lothian
Cathy Muldoon, Labour
since May 2022
Leader of the Council
Lawrence Fitzpatrick, Labour
since May 2017
since September 2010
|Single transferable vote|
|4 May 2017|
|5 May 2022|
|West Lothian Civic Centre, Livingston|
The Council makes its decisions at its meetings, or those of its Committees and Sub-Committees which are held at the West Lothian Civic Centre in Livingston. This building is acts as the headquarters for the council.
The council is responsible for the co-ordination of the planning and provision of public services in West Lothian. It works closely with other public bodies such as police, fire and health, through its community planning partnership.
During elections West Lothian Council is divided geographically into 9 wards which then elect either three or four councillors each by the Single Transferable Vote system. The electoral system of local councils in Scotland is governed by the Local Governance (Scotland) Act 2004, an Act of the Scottish Parliament which first introduced proportional representation to councils. These electoral wards are as follows:
|Ward Number||Ward Name||Elected Members|
|2||Broxburn, Uphall and Winchburgh||4|
|5||East Livingston and East Calder||4|
|6||Fauldhouse and the Briech Valley||3|
|7||Whitburn and Blackburn||4|
|9||Armadale and Blackridge||3|
|2007||Minority||SNP-Conservative-Action to Save St. John's Hospital|
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