West Lancs Borough Council
West Lancs Borough Council is currently under Labour Control with 19 Conservative seats, 33 Labour and 2 seats for Our West Lancashire .
There are 54 Borough Councillors serving the 25 wards of the borough. Councillors are elected by a simple majority and serve for four years. The next elections will be in May 2019.
Lancashire County Council
County Councillors for West Lancashire are elected every four years and are democratically accountable to residents in their electoral division.Lancashire County Council is the upper-tier local authority for the non-metropolitan county of Lancashire, England. It currently consists of 84 councillors, and is controlled by the Conservative Party, who won control of the council in the local council elections in June 2009, ending 28 years of Labour control with 51 seats ( 6 out of 8 in West Lancs) . Following the May 2013 elections the county council became No Overall Control , with Conservatives holding 35 seats. On the 23rd May 2013 Labour and the Liberal Democrats reached an agreement that saw Labour form a minority administration, with the support of the Liberal Democrats. In May 2017 the Conservatives regained control. The composition of the County Council is: Conservative 44, Labour 30, Liberal Democrats 4, Independents 2, Non-aligned 2, Green Party 1, UKIP 1.(26-2-2018).
Houses of Parliament
The West Lancashire Borough is served by the West Lancashire Parliamentary constituency. The wards of Rufford, Tarleton, Hesketh-with-Becconsall and North Meols form part of South Ribble Parliamentary constituency. Each constituency returns one MP on a simple majority. The last UK parliamentary election was held on Thursday 8th June 2017. The West Lancs constituency currently has a Labour MP. Currently the Government is a Conservative one led by Rt Hon Theresa May MP.
Police and Crime Commissioner elections
The Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) role replaced your local police authority in November 2012. PCCs do not run the police but are responsible for holding the police to account for the public. The first election for a PCC took place on Thursday 15 November 2012 and Clive Grunshaw (Labour) was elected for the Lancashire police area.The voting system for PCC elections is different to other elections in that voters put a X in a candidate's box in column 1 for their first preference candidate and then a X in a candidates box in column 2 for their second preference candidate.
Votes across Lancashire Police Authority will be counted and if no candidate receives more than 50% of the vote, the top two candidates are then put through to the second round, were the second preference votes of all other candidates are counted for the first round top two. The candidate with the most second preference votes across Lancashire is then elected. Clive was reselected in 2016. These elections are next held in 2020.