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Coordinates: 53°26′20″N 2°51′04″W / 53.439°N 2.851°W / 53.439; -2.851

Metropolitan Borough of Knowsley
Status: Metropolitan borough
Region: North West England
Admin. County: Merseyside
Ranked 232nd
86.47 km²
Admin. HQ: Huyton
ONS code: 00BX
  Total (2008 est.):
Ranked 121st
1744 / km²
Ethnicity: 98.4% White

Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council
Leadership: Leader & Cabinet
Executive: Labour
MPs: George Howarth, Edward O'Hara

The Metropolitan Borough of Knowsley is a metropolitan borough of Merseyside, England. It comprises the towns of Kirkby, Prescot, Huyton, Whiston, Halewood and Cronton; Kirkby, Huyton, and Prescot being the major commercial centres. It takes its name from the village of Knowsley.

The borough was formed on 1 April 1974 by the merger of Huyton-with-Roby Urban District, Kirkby Urban District and Prescot Urban District, along with most of Whiston Rural District and a small part of West Lancashire Rural District, all from the administrative county of Lancashire.

It is famed for Knowsley Hall and Knowsley Safari Park.

The "ow" in the name can be pronounced as in "how" or as in "hoe", but Knowsley Village and the surrounding area usually use the latter.

The district contained the Cronton and Sutton Manor collieries, which closed in 1984 and 1991 respectively.


Local government

As of 2008 the Metropolitan Borough of Knowsley is governed by the Labour Party, the largest party represented on the council. The Liberal Democrats, the second largest party, are currently in opposition.

Year Labour Liberal Democrats
2008 47 16

Parliamentary constituencies

Twin towns

Knowsley is twinned with

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