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Craigavon Borough Council is a local council in counties Armagh, Down and Antrim, in Northern Ireland. The headquarters of the council is in Craigavon, on the shores of Lough Neagh, a new town built between Lurgan and Portadown. The council area includes the large towns of Lurgan and Portadown, as well as smaller ones including Waringstown and Donaghcloney. The council budget of £15.5 million provides a wide range of services to over 90,000 people living in the area.

The council area consists of four electoral areas - Central, Loughside, Lurgan and Portadown - in which 26 councillors are elected every four years. The council holds an annual meeting in June, at which a new Mayor and Deputy Mayor are elected. Parties elected in 2005 were Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) nine seats, Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) six, Sinn Féin six, Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP) four, and Independent one. 1 member has since defected to Traditional Unionist Voice. The current Mayor is DUP Councilor Robert Smyth, and his Deputy is Ken Twyble of the UUP. The next election was due to take place in May 2009, but on April 25, 2008, Shaun Woodward, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland announced that the scheduled 2009 district council elections were to be postponed until the introduction of the eleven new councils in 2011. The proposed reforms were abandoned in 2010, and the next district council elections will take place in 2011

Together with part of the district of Banbridge, it forms the Upper Bann constituency for elections to the Westminster Parliament and Northern Ireland Assembly.

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