Glasgow City Council
|Full council election every 4 years|
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|Preceded by||Glasgow District Council|
Leader of the Council
since 12 November 2014
|Single transferable vote|
|5 May 2017|
|5 May 2022|
|Let Glasgow Flourish|
|Glasgow City Chambers|
Glasgow City Council, the local government body of the city of Glasgow, Scotland, became one of the newly created single tier local authorities in 1996, under the Local Government etc. (Scotland) Act 1994, with boundaries somewhat different from those of the former City of Glasgow district of the Strathclyde region: parts of the Cambuslang and Halfway and Rutherglen and Fernhill areas were transferred from the city area to the new South Lanarkshire council area.
The district had been created in 1975 under the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973 to include: the former county of the city of Glasgow and a number of areas previously within the county of Lanark: Cambuslang (Central and North, and South lying outwith East Kilbride), Rutherglen (including the burgh of Rutherglen), part of a Carmunnock area (that lying outwith East Kilbride) and Baillieston, Carmyle, Garrowhill, Mount Vernon and Springboig.
The early city was run by the old "Glasgow Town Council". In 1895, the Town Council became "The Corporation of the City of Glasgow" ("Glasgow Corporation" or "City Corporation"). It retained this title until local government re-organisation in 1975, when it became "City of Glasgow District Council". In 1996, following the dissolution of Strathclyde Regional Council and Glasgow District Council, their responsibilities transferred to the new single-tier local authority Glasgow City Council.
The title Lord Provost of Glasgow, used now for the civic leader of the city council, has history dating from the 15th century.
Glasgow Corporation Transport was under the control of the Glasgow Corporation, and ran the local buses and Glasgow Trams, until it was superseded by the Greater Glasgow Passenger Transport Executive on 1 June 1973.
During the period of two tier local government (Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973), 1975 to 1996, Glasgow District Council was responsible for refuse collection, museums, libraries and housing, while Strathclyde Regional Council had responsibilities for policing, fire service, water, education, social work and transport.
The city council established in 1996 (Local Government etc. (Scotland) Act 1994), took on the powers and responsibilities previously divided between councils of the Glasgow City district and the Strathclyde region.
The council is ceremonially headed by the Lord Provost of Glasgow, who is elected to convene the council and perform associated tasks as a general civic leader and Lord Lieutenant. The role is vacant as of January 2020, with previous incumbent Eva Bolander, in post from May 2017, having resigned in October 2019 following criticism of her personal 'civic allowance' spending.
The council's executive branch is headed by a Leader of the Council, who is the leader of the largest political grouping, currently the Scottish National Party. The executive committee is usually formed of 19 members across all the elected parties proportionally, however this would have given the SNP a majority of 10 seats despite not gaining one through the election. The Greens proposed an amendment to add an additional seat for each party, making the SNP the biggest minority party. It was passed and so its composition of 23 seats is currently:
|Scottish National Party||11|
|No overall control||1934-1945||1933-1934: George Smith (Labour)|
|1934-1938: Patrick Dollan (Labour)|
|1938-1941: Hector McNeill (Labour)|
|1941-1948: George Smith (Labour)|
|1948-1949: Andrew Hood (Labour)|
|No overall control||1949-1950||1949-1952: John Donald Kelly (Progressive)|
|Labour||1952-1968||1952-1955: Andrew Hood (Labour)|
|1955-1957: Jean Roberts (Labour)|
|1957-1958: Myer Galpern (Labour)|
|1958-1963: Peter Meldrum (Labour)|
|1963-1968: William Taylor (Labour)|
|No overall control||1968-1969||1968-1969: John Douglas Glen (Progressive)|
|Progressives||1969-1970||1969-1970: Peter Gemmill (Progressive)|
|No overall control||1970-1971|
|Labour||1971-1977||1971-1972: John Mains (Labour)|
|1972-1973: Richard Dynes (Labour)|
|1973-1974: Geoff Shaw (Labour)|
|1974-1977: Richard Dynes (Labour)|
|No overall control||1977-1980||1977-1979: John Young (Conservative)|
|1979-1986: Jean McFadden (Labour)|
|1986-1992: Pat Lally (Labour)|
|1992-1994: Jean McFadden (Labour)|
|1994-1996: Pat Lally (Labour)|
|1996-1997: Bob Gould (Labour)|
|1997-1999: Frank McAveety (Labour)|
|1999-2005: Charlie Gordon (Labour)|
|2005-2010: Steven Purcell (Labour)|
|2010-2015: Gordon Matheson (Labour)|
|2015-2017: Frank McAveety (Labour)|
|No overall control||2017-present||2017-present: Susan Aitken (SNP)|
The council consists of 85 councillors elected for a five-year term from 23 wards. These wards were introduced for the 2017 election, replacing those introduced in 2007, and each returns three or four members by the single transferable vote system of election. This system was introduced by the Local Governance (Scotland) Act 2004, as a means of ensuring a reasonably proportionately representative outcome.
The most recent full council election took place on Thursday 4 May 2017. The Scottish National Party became the largest party (39) but did not gain an overall majority; Labour returned fewer councillors (31) and lost overall control, with increased numbers for the Conservatives (8) and the Greens (7).
Since creation of Glasgow City Council
For previous ward compositions, see Wards of Glasgow#Previous ward systems
A new multi-member ward system was introduced for the 2017 council election:
|Ward||Number of councillors||Population |
|1. Linn[a]||4 members||29,575|
|2. Newlands/Auldburn[b]||3 members||23,144|
|3. Greater Pollok[c]||4 members||30,729|
|4. Cardonald[d]||4 members||29,639|
|5. Govan[e]||4 members||26,769|
|6. Pollokshields[f]||4 members||27,983|
|7. Langside[g]||4 members||29,060|
|8. Southside Central[h]||4 members||25,266|
|9. Calton[i]||4 members||27,460|
|10. Anderston/City/Yorkhill[j]||4 members||30,184|
|11. Hillhead[k]||3 members||25,411|
|12. Victoria Park[l]||3 members||20,950|
|13. Garscadden/Scotstounhill[m]||4 members||30,565|
|14. Drumchapel/Anniesland[n]||4 members||29,432|
|15. Maryhill[o]||3 members||22,244|
|16. Canal[p]||4 members||25,000|
|17. Springburn/Robroyston[q]||4 members||27,237|
|18. East Centre[r]||4 members||27,991|
|19. Shettleston[s]||4 members||25,806|
|20. Baillieston[t]||3 members||21,663|
|21. North East[u]||3 members||20,457|
|22. Dennistoun[v]||3 members||20,861|
|23. Partick East/Kelvindale[w]||4 members||28,914|