Glasgow City Council

Glasgow City Council, the local government body of the city of Glasgow, Scotland, became one of the newly created single tier local authorities in 1996, under the Local Government etc. (Scotland) Act 1994,[4] with boundaries somewhat different from those of the former City of Glasgow district of the Strathclyde region: parts of the Cambuslang and Halfway and Rutherglen and Fernhill areas were transferred from the city area to the new South Lanarkshire council area.

Glasgow City Council
Full council election every 4 years
Coat of arms
Glasgow City Council logo
Preceded byGlasgow District Council
Cllr Eva Bolander, SNP
since 18 May 2017[1]
Leader of the Council
Cllr Susan Aitken, SNP
since 18 May 2017[2]
Chief executive
Annemarie O'Donnell
since 12 November 2014
Political groups
     SNP (38)
Other parties
     Labour (30)
     Conservative (8)
     Scottish Greens (7)
     Independent (2)
Single transferable vote
Last election
5 May 2017
Next election
5 May 2022[3]
Let Glasgow Flourish
Meeting place
Glasgow City Chambers

The district had been created in 1975 under the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973 to include: the former county of the city of Glasgow and a number of areas previously within the county of Lanark: Cambuslang (Central and North, and South lying outwith East Kilbride), Rutherglen (including the burgh of Rutherglen), part of a Carmunnock area (that lying outwith East Kilbride) and Baillieston, Carmyle, Garrowhill, Mount Vernon and Springboig.[5][6][7]


The early city was run by the old "Glasgow Town Council". In 1895, the Town Council became "The Corporation of the City of Glasgow" ("Glasgow Corporation" or "City Corporation"). It retained this title until local government re-organisation in 1975, when it became "City of Glasgow District Council". In 1996, following the dissolution of Strathclyde Regional Council and Glasgow District Council, their responsibilities transferred to the new single-tier local authority Glasgow City Council.

The title Lord Provost of Glasgow, used now for the civic leader of the city council, has history dating from the 15th century.

During World War I, the council was unique in the United Kingdom in appointing an official war artist, Frederick Farrell.[8]

Glasgow Corporation Transport was under the control of the Glasgow Corporation, and ran the local buses and Glasgow Trams, until it was superseded by the Greater Glasgow Passenger Transport Executive on 1 June 1973.

During the period of two tier local government (Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973), 1975 to 1996, Glasgow District Council was responsible for refuse collection, museums, libraries and housing, while Strathclyde Regional Council had responsibilities for policing, fire service, water, education, social work and transport.

The city council established in 1996 (Local Government etc. (Scotland) Act 1994), took on the powers and responsibilities previously divided between councils of the Glasgow City district and the Strathclyde region.

The council area borders onto East Dunbartonshire, East Renfrewshire, North Lanarkshire, Renfrewshire, South Lanarkshire and West Dunbartonshire.

Council structure

The council is ceremonially headed by the Lord Provost of Glasgow, who is elected to convene the council and perform associated tasks as a general civic leader and Lord Lieutenant. The current incumbent is Eva Bolander.

The council's executive branch is headed by a Leader of the Council, who is the leader of the largest political grouping, currently the Scottish National Party. The executive committee is usually formed of 19 members across all the elected parties proportionally, however this would have given the SNP a majority of 10 seats despite not gaining one through the election. The Greens proposed an amendment to add an additional seat for each party, making the SNP the biggest minority party.[9] It was passed and so its composition of 23 seats is currently:[10]

Affiliation Councillors
Scottish National Party 12
Scottish Labour 7
Scottish Conservative 2
Scottish Greens 2

History of leaders and administrations

Controlling party Years Leader
No overall control 1934–1945 1933–1934: George Smith (Labour)
1934–1938: Patrick Dollan (Labour)
1938–1941: Hector McNeill (Labour)
1941–1948: George Smith (Labour)
Labour 1945–1949
1948–1949: Andrew Hood (Labour)
No overall control 1949–1950 1949–1952: John Donald Kelly (Progressive)
Progressives 1950–1952
Labour 1952–1968 1952–1955: Andrew Hood (Labour)
1955–1957: Jean Roberts (Labour)
1957–1958: Myer Galpern (Labour)
1958–1963: Peter Meldrum (Labour)
1963–1968: William Taylor (Labour)
No overall control 1968–1969 1968–1969: John Douglas Glen (Progressive)
Progressives 1969–1970 1969–1970: Peter Gemmill (Progressive)
No overall control 1970–1971
Labour 1971–1977 1971–1972: John Mains (Labour)
1972–1973: Richard Dynes (Labour)
1973–1974: Geoff Shaw (Labour)
1974–1977: Richard Dynes (Labour)
No overall control 1977–1980 1977–1979: John Young (Conservative)
1979–1986: Jean McFadden (Labour)
Labour 1980–2017
1986–1992: Pat Lally (Labour)
1992–1994: Jean McFadden (Labour)
1994–1996: Pat Lally (Labour)
1996–1997: Bob Gould (Labour)
1997–1999: Frank McAveety (Labour)
1999–2005: Charlie Gordon (Labour)
2005–2010: Steven Purcell (Labour)
2010–2015: Gordon Matheson (Labour)
2015–2017: Frank McAveety (Labour)
No overall control 2017–present 2017–present: Susan Aitken (SNP)


The council consists of 85 councillors elected for a five-year term from 23 wards. These wards were introduced for the 2017 election, replacing those introduced in 2007, and each returns three or four members by the single transferable vote system of election. This system was introduced by the Local Governance (Scotland) Act 2004,[11] as a means of ensuring a reasonably proportionately representative outcome.

The most recent full council election took place on Thursday 4 May 2017. The Scottish National Party became the largest party (39) but did not gain an overall majority; Labour returned fewer councillors (31) and lost overall control, with increased numbers for the Conservatives (8) and the Greens (7).

Previous elections

Since creation of Glasgow City Council

Current multi-member ward system

For previous ward compositions, see Wards of Glasgow#Previous ward systems

A new multi-member ward system was introduced for the 2017 council election:

Ward Number of councillors Population
1. Linn[lower-alpha 1] 4 members 29,575
2. Newlands/Auldburn[lower-alpha 2] 3 members 23,144
3. Greater Pollok[lower-alpha 3] 4 members 30,729
4. Cardonald[lower-alpha 4] 4 members 29,639
5. Govan[lower-alpha 5] 4 members 26,769
6. Pollokshields[lower-alpha 6] 4 members 27,983
7. Langside[lower-alpha 7] 4 members 29,060
8. Southside Central[lower-alpha 8] 4 members 25,266
9. Calton[lower-alpha 9] 4 members 27,460
10. Anderston/City/Yorkhill[lower-alpha 10] 4 members 30,184
11. Hillhead[lower-alpha 11] 3 members 25,411
12. Victoria Park[lower-alpha 12] 3 members 20,950
13. Garscadden/Scotstounhill[lower-alpha 13] 4 members 30,565
14. Drumchapel/Anniesland[lower-alpha 14] 4 members 29,432
15. Maryhill[lower-alpha 15] 3 members 22,244
16. Canal[lower-alpha 16] 4 members 25,000
17. Springburn/Robroyston[lower-alpha 17] 4 members 27,237
18. East Centre[lower-alpha 18] 4 members 27,991
19. Shettleston[lower-alpha 19] 4 members 25,806
20. Baillieston[lower-alpha 20] 3 members 21,663
21. North East[lower-alpha 21] 3 members 20,457
22. Dennistoun[lower-alpha 22] 3 members 20,861
23. Partick East/Kelvindale[lower-alpha 23] 4 members 28,914

Ward notes

  1. Carmunnock, Castlemilk, Cathcart (part), Croftfoot, King's Park (part), Muirend, Simshill
  2. Arden, Auldhouse, Carnwadric, Cowglen, Eastwood, Hillpark, Kennishead, Mansewood, Merrylee, Newlands, Pollokshaws
  3. Crookston (part), Darnley, Deaconsbank, Hurlet, Nitshill, Parkhouse, Pollok (part), Priesthill, Southpark
  4. Cardonald, Corkerhill, Crookston (part), Hillington, Mosspark, Penilee, Pollok (part)
  5. Cessnock, Drumoyne, Govan, Ibrox, Kinning Park, Shieldhall, Tradeston
  6. Bellahouston, Craigton, Dumbreck, Pollokshields, Port Eglinton, Shawlands (part), Strathbungo
  7. Battlefield, Cathcart (part), Langside, King's Park (part), Mount Florida, Shawlands (part), Toryglen
  8. Crosshill, Gorbals, Queen's Park, Govanhill, Hutchesontown, Oatlands
  9. Barrowfield, Bridgeton, Calton, Dalmarnock, Gallowgate, Newbank, Parkhead (part)
  10. Anderston, Charing Cross, Cowcaddens, Finnieston, Garnethill, Glasgow City Centre, Kelvingrove, Kelvinhaugh, Merchant City, Townhead, Yorkhill
  11. Hillhead, Kelvinbridge, North Kelvinside, Park District, St George's Cross, Woodlands, Woodside
  12. Anniesland (part), Broomhill, Glasgow Harbour, Jordanhill, Thornwood, Whiteinch
  13. Garscadden, Knightswood (part), Scotstounhill, Scotstoun, Yoker
  14. Anniesland (part), Blairdardie, Drumchapel, Knightswood (part), Old Drumchapel, Temple
  15. Gilshochill, Maryhill, Summerston, Wyndford
  16. Cadder, Colston, Hamiltonhill, Milton, Lambhill, Parkhouse, Port Dundas, Possilpark, Ruchill
  17. Balornock, Barmulloch, Millerston (part), Robroyston, Springburn
  18. Barlanark, Cranhill, Carntyne, Greenfield Riddrie, Springboig
  19. Braidfauld, Carmyle, Lilybank, Mount Vernon, Parkhead (part), Sandyhills, Shettleston, Tollcross
  20. Baillieston, Broomhouse, Easthall, Garrowhill, Swinton, Wellhouse
  21. Blackhill, Craigend, Easterhouse, Garthamlock, Hogganfield, Ruchazie
  22. Dennistoun, Germiston, Haghill, Royston, Sighthill
  23. Dowanhill, Hyndland, Kelvindale, Kelvinside, Partick (part)

See also


  1. "Glasgow's new Lord Provost is revealed". Evening Times.
  2. "SNP will run Glasgow Council as minority". 18 May 2017 via
  3. King, Hannah. "Upcoming elections".
  4. See also Local Government etc. (Scotland) Act 1994, Office of Public Sector Information (OPSI) website Archived 1 March 2010 at the Wayback Machine (OPSI home page Archived 18 April 2008 at the Wayback Machine)
  5. "New Local Government areas". Hansard. 22 October 1973. Retrieved 4 November 2018.
  6. Irene Maver. "Modern Times: 1950s to The Present Day > Neighbourhoods". The Glasgow Story. Retrieved 4 November 2018.
  7. "Scotland's Landscape: City of Glasgow". BBC. Retrieved 4 November 2018.
  8. "Glasgow's forgotten war artist Fred Farrell". Herald Scotland. 24 May 2014. Retrieved 9 May 2015.
  9. "Garscadden/Scotstounhill councillor to oversee all city schools as new minority SNP council takes charge". Clydebank Post. Retrieved 20 May 2017.
  10. "Glasgow City Council on Twitter". Twitter. Glasgow City Council. Retrieved 18 May 2017.
  11. See also Local Governance (Scotland) Act 2004, Office of Public Sector Information (OPSI) website
  12. Scottish Council Elections 1995 - Results and Statistics, H.M. Bochel, D.T. Denver, p.95-97
  13. Scottish Council Elections 1999 - Results and Statistics, H.M. Bochel, D.T. Denver
  14. Chapter 57 Clyde Councils, Local Election Results, 5th May 2003, Andrew Teale
  15. Local Election Results 3rd May 2007, Andrew Teale (2008)
  16. Local Election Results 2012: Glasgow, Local Elections Archive Project (LEAP), Andrew Teale
  17. "Local Ward Factsheets". Glasgow City Council. 1 January 2017. Retrieved 6 July 2018.
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
LGC Council of the Year
Succeeded by
Tameside Metropolitan
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