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Medway Council:
The Full Council

As from 1st May 2003, the full Medway Council comprises 55 members elected in 22 wards throughout the Medway Towns..

Under the new "Cabinet-style" political management, introduced on 1st October 2001, the structure is essentially as per the diagram below:

Structure diagram

Essentially what happens now is that the ten-member Cabinet makes all decisions that fit within what is called the Council's policy framework and within the budgets set by the full Council. These decisions are scrutinised by the four Overview and Scrutiny Committees who can call-in decisions that they judge fall outside those limits. The Overview and Scrutiny Committees can refer such decisions up to the full Council, or—after scrutiny—back to the Cabinet. For this reason Cabinet decisions do not take effect immediately, but only after the period allowed for a call-in decision. The Overview and Scrutiny Committees can also formulate and develop policy.


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The political make-up of the Council, from 2011, is as follows:

Conservatives' Torch logoConservative Group:35 members
Labour Group:15 members
Liberal Democrats' Bird of Liberty logoLiberal Democrat Group:3 members
Independent Members:2 members

The memberships of these political groups (except of one group who have asked that their details do not appear here) are given below, with links to a page about each. This is currently awaiting some details of new members, so is incomplete at present:


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Conservative

Conservatives' Torch logo

Name:

Ward:

John AveyStrood South
Ted BakerRochester West
David BrakeWalderslade
Matt BrightPrinces Park
David CarrNorth Central
Diane ChambersHempstead and Wigmore
Rodney Chambers Group/Council LeaderHempstead and Wigmore
Rehman ChishtiRainham Central
Jane ChittyStrood North
Trevor ClarkeRochester South and Horsted
Howard DoeRainham South
Jane EtheridgeStrood North
Phil FilmerPeninsula
Sylvia GriffinRochester South and Horsted
Pat GulvinPrinces Park
Vaughan HewettRainham North
Peter HicksStrood Rural
Alan Jarrett Group/Council Deputy LeaderLordswood & Capstone
Barry KempRainham Central
Craig MackinlayRiver
Ray MaiseyCuxton and Halling
Tom MasonStrood Rural
Mike O'BrienRainham Central
Mark RecklessRochester West
David RoyleRainham South
Les WicksStrood Rural
David WildeyLordswood and Capstone

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Liberal Democrat

Liberal Democrats' Bird of Liberty logo

Name:

Ward:

Geoffrey Juby Group LeaderGillingham South
Sheila KearneyGillingham South
Diana SmithWatling

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Independent Members

Name:

Ward:

Pat Cooper (formerly Liberal Democrat)Gillingham North
Andy Stamp (formerly Liberal Democrat)Gillingham North

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