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.
Candidates usually stand for a political party (although some stand as independent candidates) and, if elected, sit in that party's political group. Medway Council is currently made up of the following political groups:
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.
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|
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||12|
|2011 to 2015||13|
|2007 to 2011||18|
|2003 to 2007||15|
|2000 to 2003||5|
Medway Council Wards
The following wards are currently represented on Medway Council:
Cuxton and Halling
Hempstead and Wigmore
Lordswood and Capstone
Luton and Wayfield
Rochester South and Horsted
To see historical results for old wards, please go here.
Elections to Medway Council
The following elections to Medway Council have taken place since it was formed:
By-election on 3 November 2016
By-election on 20 October 2016
Full election on 7 May 2015
By-election on 20 November 2014
Full election on 5 May 2011
By-election on 21 October 2010
By-election on 12 August 2010
By-election on 3 September 2009
By-election on 8 May 2008
Full election on 3 May 2007
Full election on 1 May 2003
Full election on 4 May 2000
By-election on 19 February 1998
Full election on 1 May 1997