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Councillors and Democracy

West Lothian Council is one of 32 Scottish unitary local authorities serving over 175,000 citizens.

  • Councillors and Wards

    Find out which councillors represent where you live and how to contact them.

  • Decision Making

    The council is made up of 33 elected members. Those members meet periodically at meetings of full council, and these take place approximately every six weeks. Below the council there is a structure of other bodies which are designed to make decisions and set council policy in an efficient and transparent way.

  • Community councils

    The role of community councils is to express the views of the community to local authorities and other public bodies, and to take action in the interests of its community.

  • How to Become a Councillor

    Scottish local government is currently comprised of 1,223 elected members across 32 local authorities. These local authorities are responsible for managing and delivering a wide range of services, from education and social work to leisure and recreation.

  • Leader of the Council

    Councillor Lawrence Fitzpatrick (Labour) is Leader of West Lothian Council and is a representative of Livingston South. As Leader of West Lothian Council, Councillor Fitzpatrick Chairs the Council Executive.

  • Councillors' Code of Conduct

    Information on the rules which apply to the council members on the way they go about their work