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
Leader of the Opposition
Cllr Steve Caudwell, Green
Chief Executive
Nick Page
since 22 April 2014
Structure
Seats51 councillors[1]
Political groups
Administration (30)
  Conservative (26)
Other parties (21)
  Green (14)
  Liberal Democrat (5)
  Labour (3)
  Independent (2)
Vacancies (0)
Elections
First-past-the-post
Last election
2018 (one third of councillors)
2019 (one third of councillors)
2021 (one third of councillors)
Next election
2022 (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.

Politics


The Conservative Party 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.[2]

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.[3] In 2018 they won their first seat in Castle Bromwich, from the Conservatives.[4]

Affiliation Members[5]
Current
Conservative 30
Green 15
Liberal Democrats 3
Labour 2
  Independent 1
Total number of seats 51
Actual majority 9

Recent history


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.[6]

See also


References


  1. "Open Council Data UK - compositions councillors parties wards elections". opencouncildata.co.uk.
  2. Live, Birmingham (6 May 2011). "Local Elections 2011: Conservatives take power in Solihull". BirminghamLive.
  3. "Greens Celebrate Becoming 2nd Largest Party on Solihull Council". solihull.greenparty.org.uk.
  4. "Local elections 2018: Party leaders lose Solihull seats". BBC News. 4 May 2018. Retrieved 24 April 2021.
  5. "Current State of the Parties". Government of the United Kingdom. Retrieved 31 December 2015.
  6. "Solihull Council appoints former Salford boss as chief executive". Business Live. 22 April 2014.