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.
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:
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.
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||17|
|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 information for old wards, please go here.
Elections to Medway Council
The following elections to Medway Council have taken place since it was formed:
|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|