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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:

The following parties have also been represented on the council since the first elections in 1997:

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:

2019/2020 £873,946.00
Basic £564,248.00
Special Responsibility £304,884.00
Travel & Subsistence £4,814.00

2018/2019 £758,090.00
Basic £483,510.00
Special Responsibility £270,539.00
Travel & Subsistence £4,041.00

2017/2018 £743,473.00
Basic £471,667.00
Special Responsibility £268,118.00
Travel & Subsistence £3,688.00

2016/2017 £735,387.00
Basic £465,894.00
Special Responsibility £266,025.00
Travel & Subsistence £3,468.00

2015/2016 £729,116.00
Basic £466,711.00
Special Responsibility £258,297.00
Travel & Subsistence £4,108.00

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:

2019 to 2023
Total Attendance 78.2%

2015 to 2019
Total Attendance 88.9%

2011 to 2015
Total Attendance 92.0%

2007 to 2011
Total Attendance 89.1%

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:

2019 to 2023
Recorded Votes 4

2015 to 2019
Recorded Votes 28

2011 to 2015
Recorded Votes 13

2007 to 2011
Recorded Votes 18

2003 to 2007
Recorded Votes 15

2000 to 2003
Recorded Votes 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:

Click on the name of a ward above to see councillor history and election results. 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

20 November 2014

Full election
5 May 2011

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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The Local Government Boundary Commission for England are currently reviewing Medway's ward boundaries. The new boundaries are expected to increase the number of councillors in Medway from 55 to 59 and will be introduced for the next elections to Medway council in 2023. They have launched a public consultation for residents and organisations in Medway to help them decide where the boundaries should be drawn. The consultation is open until 2 March 2020, with draft recommendations due to be published in June 2020. You can have your say on the new boundaries by clicking the button below, which will take you to the Local Government Boundary Commission for England's consultation.

Medway Elects is not affiliated with the Local Government Boundary Commission for England and is not responsible for the content of their website or the conduct of their boundary review.

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