Wirral Council has 66 Councillors in 22 electoral wards. Each ward is represented by three Councillors. One Councillor in each ward stands for election in three out of every four years.
Each Councillor is elected for a term of four years, except in 2021, when Councillors were elected for a three year term. This is because elections were held over from 2020.
The political composition of the council is as follows:
- Labour – 26 seats
- Conservative – 24 seats
- The Green Party – 9 seats
- Liberal Democrats – 6 seats
- Independent Members - 1 seat
The council is governed by a committee system. Places on committees are allocated in proportion to the number of council seats held by each political group. The Leader of the Council is Councillor Janette Williamson (Labour).
The full Council meets around seven times a year to approve the constitution, set annual budgets and agree council policies.
Other duties of the full Council include:
- the receipt of petitions
- taking questions from members of the public through a ‘Question time’ session (subject to appropriate notice)
- the receipt of decisions and consideration of recommendations from the committees
- consideration of motions submitted by individual members