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Borough of Middlesbrough

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Borough of Middlesbrough
Middlesbrough Town Hall
Middlesbrough shown within North Yorkshire and England
Middlesbrough shown within North Yorkshire and England
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Constituent countryEngland
RegionNorth East England
City regionTees Valley
Ceremonial countyNorth Yorkshire
Admin. HQMiddlesbrough
 • TypeMiddlesbrough Borough Council
 • Leadership:Leader & Cabinet
 • Executive:Labour
 • Tees Valley MayorBen Houchen
 • MPs:Simon Clarke (C)
Andy McDonald (L)
 • Total20.81 sq mi (53.89 km2)
Area rank262nd
 (mid-2019 est.)
 • Total140,980
 • RankRanked 155th
 • Density6,800/sq mi (2,600/km2)
Time zoneUTC+0 (Greenwich Mean Time)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+1 (British Summer Time)
ONS code00EH (ONS)
E06000002 (GSS)
Ethnicity88% White, 8% S.Asian, 4% other

The Borough of Middlesbrough is a borough and unitary authority in the ceremonial county of North Yorkshire, Northern England. In 2016, the borough had a population of 140,398. Most of the borough consists of unparished parts around the town of Middlesbrough. Parished areas include Nunthorpe, Thornton and Stainton villages. The borough is part of the Tees Valley region along with Stockton-on-Tees, Redcar and Cleveland, Hartlepool and Darlington boroughs.


Skyline of the borough of Middlesbrough
Skyline of the borough of Middlesbrough

The current borough boundaries were formed on 1 April 1974, by the creation of a new non-metropolitan district of the former County Borough of Teesside by the Local Government Act 1972, covering the previous county borough of Middlesbrough along with nearly all of Middlesbrough Rural District. It remained part of North Riding of Yorkshire for administrative purposes until reconstituted as a unitary authority on 1 April 1997. For ceremonial purposes it remains part of North Yorkshire, with whom it no longer continues to share certain local services. It has its own services in the Teesside conurbation such as Cleveland Fire Services and Police. It is included within the Tees Valley area for both cultural and regional government administration.

It is made up of 20 council wards within the town of Middlesbrough, which are also covered by the Middlesbrough parliamentary constituency and Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland parliamentary constituency.

As well as Middlesbrough itself the borough includes the surrounding suburbs and villages of:

The district contains 2 parishes "Nunthorpe" and "Stainton and Thornton",[1] the rest is unparished.[2]

It is near to Teesside International Airport (previously known as Durham Tees Valley Airport), of which the borough council shares joint ownership with the other four Tees Valley councils and Peel Holdings.

The council operates a Leader and Cabinet model of political leadership although a group of local residents aimed to force a referendum on moving to a system with directly elected executive Mayor.[3] Their bid was unsuccessful.

The political composition of the council, as of the May 2019 local elections, is Conservative 3;Labour 20; and Independent 23.

Political party make-up of Middlesbrough Borough Council
   Party Seats[4][5] Current council
  Conservative 3                                                                      
  Labour 20                                                                    
  Independent 23                                                                        


Middlesbrough Town Hall, Albert Street
Middlesbrough Town Hall, Albert Street

This is a chart of trend of regional gross value added of Middlesbrough at current basic prices published (pp. 240–253) by Office for National Statistics with figures in millions of British Pounds Sterling.

Year Regional Gross Value Added4 Agriculture1 Industry2 Services3
1995 1,115 8 377 729
2000 1,192 6 417 768
2003 1,538 6 561 971

^1 includes hunting and forestry

^2 includes energy and construction

^3 includes financial intermediation services indirectly measured

^4 Components may not sum to totals due to rounding

Freedom of the Borough

The following people and military units have received the Freedom of the Borough of Middlesbrough.


  • Councillor Joseph Calvert JP: 7 November 1919.[6]
  • L. Taylor – 30 March 1967 (deceased 23 May 1983)
  • Right Rev. Monsignor Canon M O'Sullivan – 26 March 1968 (deceased 6 May 1978)
  • Mrs Mary A. Daniel – 16 October 1974 (deceased 23 December 1983)
  • Mrs Ethel A. Gaunt – 16 October 1974 (deceased 10 June 1990)
  • Rt. Hon. Lord Bottomley OBE PC of Middlesbrough in the County of Cleveland – 21 December 1976 (deceased 3 November 1995)
  • Councillor Mr E. A. Dickinson MBE – 8 May 1981 (deceased 2001)
  • Mrs Rose M. Haston – 9 May 1986 (deceased 22 January 1991)
  • Councillor Mr Arthur Pearson CBE – 9 May 1986 (deceased 23 February 1997)
  • Councillor Mr Robert I. Smith – 9 May 1986 (deceased 23 February 1993)
  • Councillor W. Ferrier MBE – 16 June 1992 (deceased 4 March 2015)
  • Councillor Miss G. Popple – 16 June 1992 (deceased 10 May 2003)
  • Councillor Mr Len Poole BEM JP – 16 June 1992 (deceased 15 May 2011)
  • Mr John Robert Foster OBE – 8 March 1996
  • Alma Collin MBE – 15 March 2000 (deceased 2014)
  • Councillor Mrs Hazel Pearson OBE – 3 December 2003 (deceased 5 February 2016)
  • Mr Steve Gibson – 18 March 2004
  • Mr Jack Hatfield – 30 June 2009 (deceased January 2014)
  • Mr Mackenzie Thorpe – 11 April 2019[7]

Military units


  1. ^ "Middlesbrough". Ordnance Survey. Retrieved 17 February 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "Middlesbrough Registration District". UKBMD. Retrieved 17 February 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "Pro-mayor group halfway to securing a referendum". The Northern Echo. 29 August 2006. Retrieved 29 August 2007.
  4. ^ "Local Election Results 2011 Summary". Association of Liberal Democrat Councillors. Archived from the original on 23 December 2012. Retrieved 22 July 2011.
  5. ^ "Borough and Parish Elections results - Thursday 2 May 2019".
  6. ^ "Freedom of the Borough presented to Sir Joseph Calvert 7th November 1919". 11 January 2013. Retrieved 29 November 2020 – via Flickr.
  7. ^ "Middlesbrough Borough Council" (PDF).

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