Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council

A third of the seats in Wigan were up for election this year. Find out more about these elections.

Election 2018 Results

Party Elected in 2018 Total councillors Change


Elected in 2018 18 Total councillors 60 Change-5


Elected in 2018 4 Total councillors 8 Change+3


Elected in 2018 3 Total councillors 7 Change+2
Councillors change compared with 2014

Most recent

Wigan Council leader steps down after 27 years

The leader of Wigan Council is to step down after 27 years in the post.

Lord Peter Smith

Lord Peter Smith - the longest serving council leader in Greater Manchester - said it was "now time to pass the baton" to a new leader.

He will continue as a councillor and chairman of the Greater Manchester group responsible for the region's devolved healthcare.

Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham described him as "a great friend and mentor" and "outstanding leader".

The new leader will be chosen by the Labour group on 14 May.

Next steps for Wigan Pier scheme

Three derelict 18th Century industrial buildings on the Leeds-Liverpool Canal in Wigan are to be regenerated in the next stage of work on the Wigan Pier Quarter.

Wigan Pier
Wigan Council

The Warehouse, The Orwell public house, and the Education Centre are to be redeveloped.

It's part of a 10-year regeneration programme announced by Wigan Council in 2014.

So far, a 1,200-seat venue named The Edge has been built and the former Wigan Pier nightclub has been demolished.