Medway Elects
Medway Council

Medway Council consists of 55 councillors who are elected every four years. Councillors have responsibility for aspects of local matters including housing, local business, planning and schools.

Medway Councillors

Colour denotes the highest-polling candidate in the most recent election in each ward. If there are councillors from another party in the same ward, they are denoted by a star.

Candidates usually stand for a political party (although some stand as independent candidates) and, if elected, sit in that party's political group. A party requires two or more members to formally constitute a group.

Medway Council is currently made up of the following political groups:

  Conservative Group 34 members
  Labour Group 15 members
  Independent 4 members
  UKIP 1 member
  Vacancy 1 member

The following parties have also been represented on the council since it was formed in 1997:

  Liberal Democrat

A political group requires 28 members for an overall majority on the council. If no group has more than 28 members then the Administration is classed as "NOC", or No Overall Control. Prior to 2003, when there were 80 councillors elected to Medway Council, a political group required 41 members for an overall majority. The 2003 election was the first time a single political group had an overall majority on the council.

Cabinet & Committees

In addition to periodic meetings of the full council, councillors may sit on specialist committees which have delegated authority to take decisions or hold the Council's executive branch, the Cabinet, to account.

To find out more about the Cabinet and committees, including their current members, please go here.

Councillors' Allowances

All councillors are entitled to a basic allowance and to claim for certain travel and subsistence expenses. Some councillors have special responsibilities (e.g. a cabinet portfolio or chairing a committee) and receive an additional allowance. The amount paid each year for these was:

Year Basic Special Responsibility Travel & Subsistence Total
2017/2018 £471,667.00 £268,118.00 £3,688.00 £743,473.00
2016/2017 £465,894.00 £266,025.00 £3,468.00 £735,387.00
2015/2016 £466,711.00 £258,297.00 £4,108.00 £729,116.00
2014/2015 £470,628.27 £258,037.47 £4,506.96 £733,172.70
2013/2014 £471,465.36 £257,258.10 £6,048.58 £734,772.04
Totals £2,346,365.63 £1,307,735.57 £21,819.54 £3,675,920.74

Allowances information shown for the last five years only. To see a full history since 2005, click here.

Councillors' Attendance

In addition to cabinet and committee meetings, the full Council meets six times a year and, unless there are extenuating circumstances, all councillors are expected to attend these meetings. The attendances recorded in each council term is as follows:

Council Term Total Attendance
2015-2019 88.7%
2011-2015 92.0%
2007-2011 88.0%

Attendance records are only available from February 2010 onwards. Click on a council term to see individual attendance records for each councillor.

Councillors' Voting History

Most decisions taken by councillors at meetings of the whole Council are made by unanimous agreement or, if the decision is disputed, by show of hands. However, the Council's Constitution states that in certain circumstances, or if six or more members request, a "recorded vote" may be taken, where each councillor's vote is recorded in the minutes of the meeting. The number of votes recorded in each council term is as follows:

Council Term Recorded Votes
2015 to 2019 20
2011 to 2015 13
2007 to 2011 18
2003 to 2007 15
2000 to 2003 5

Recorded votes are only available from December 2001 onwards. Click on a council term to see the full list of recorded votes, whether they were carried or lost and how each councillor voted.

Medway Council Wards

The following wards are currently represented on Medway Council:

      Chatham Central
      Cuxton and Halling
      Gillingham North
      Gillingham South
      Hempstead and Wigmore
      Lordswood and Capstone
      Luton and Wayfield
      Princes Park
      Rainham Central
      Rainham North
      Rainham South
      Rochester East
      Rochester South and Horsted
      Rochester West
      Strood North
      Strood Rural
      Strood South

To see historical information for old wards, please go here.

Elections to Medway Council

The following elections to Medway Council have taken place since it was formed:

Election Date
Full election 2 May 2019
Rochester West 8 March 2018
Rainham Central 3 November 2016
Strood South 20 October 2016
Full election 7 May 2015
Peninsula 20 November 2014
Full election 5 May 2011
River 21 October 2010
River 12 August 2010
Luton and Wayfield 3 September 2009
Rochester South and Horsted 8 May 2008
Full election 3 May 2007
Full election 1 May 2003
Full election 4 May 2000
Gillingham South 19 February 1998
Full election 1 May 1997

To view the results for each election, click on the election date above.

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