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The 1973 Portsmouth City Council election was held on 10 May 1973 as part of the first elections to the new local authorities established by the Local Government Act 1972 in England and Wales. 48 councillors were elected from 16 electoral divisions. Each division returned three councillors each by first-past-the-post voting for a three-year term of office.

The Conservative Party won overall control of the council.

Election results

Portsmouth City Council election, 1973
Party Seats Seats % Votes % Votes Candidates
Conservative 28 58.3% 49.8% 76,844 48
Labour 17 35.4% 44.7% 68,974 48
Independent 3 6.3% 2.9% 4,462 3
Liberal 0 0 2.6% 4,071 4

Ward results

Buckland

Buckland (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Syd Rapson 1,842 52.0%
Labour J. Wearn 1,734
Conservative R. Taylor 1,697 48.0%
Conservative Ms V. Lubin 1,691
Labour I. Christie 1,642
Conservative B. Lewington 1,622
Turnout 47.4%
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Conservative win (new seat)

Cosham

Cosham (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent P. Ashley 1,942 48.9%
Independent Ms. M. Anderson 1,347
Independent W. Dallas 1,173
Conservative E. Spencer 1,061 26.7%
Labour K. Sparrow 966 24.3%
Conservative E. Burke 925
Labour G. Crowhurst 907
Labour G. Thompson 869
Conservative R. Darragh 849
Turnout 43.5%
Independent win (new seat)
Independent win (new seat)
Independent win (new seat)

Farlington

Farlington (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative I. Gibson 2,556 53.4%
Conservative W. Fry 2,485
Conservative R. Ostler 2,267
Liberal Ms. B. Shepherd 1,533 32.0%
Labour R. Bryant 695 14.5%
Labour J. Smith 673
Labour D. Ingham 673
Turnout 45.4%
Conservative win (new seat)
Conservative win (new seat)
Conservative win (new seat)

Fratton

Fratton (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Mike Hancock 1,544 63.4%
Labour A. Gibbs 1,504
Labour J. James 1,393
Conservative Ms. H. Austin 893 36.6%
Conservative A. Hasker 855
Conservative K. Jordan 826
Turnout 31.6%
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)

Havelock

Havelock (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour C. Johnstone 2,175 50.5%
Conservative E. Taplin 2,134 49.5%
Conservative T. Gregory 2,092
Labour Ms. M. Kenny 2,046
Conservative B. Pickering 2,042
Labour D. Brown 1,985
Turnout 46.9%
Labour win (new seat)
Conservative win (new seat)
Conservative win (new seat)

Highland

Highland (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative C. Wakefield 2,301 53.9%
Conservative A. Elliot 2,247
Conservative J. Lodge 2,177
Labour B. Miller 1,965 46.1%
Labour Mrs. E. Wright 1,820
Labour G. Lemon 1,790
Turnout 41.9%
Conservative win (new seat)
Conservative win (new seat)
Conservative win (new seat)

Kingston

Kingston (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative R. Hancock 2,544 51.5%
Conservative J. Brogden 2,527
Labour P. Chandler 2,399 48.5%
Conservative E. Loney-Hampton 2,385
Labour S. Mitchell 2,299
Labour Ms. J. Sharma 2,222
Turnout 46.6%
Conservative win (new seat)
Conservative win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)

Meredith

Meredith (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative A. Darby 2,374 55.8%
Conservative J. Rigby 2,372
Conservative F. Sorrell 2,288
Labour W. Stillwell 1,882 44.2%
Labour P. Kingswell 1,723
Labour C. Arrowsmith 1,659
Turnout 38.3%
Conservative win (new seat)
Conservative win (new seat)
Conservative win (new seat)

Nelson

Nelson (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative J. Marshall 2,058 55.7%
Conservative A. Mos 1,753
Labour P. Hancock 1,635 44.3%
Conservative C. Fortnum 1,604
Labour J. Attrill 1,334
Conservative A. Golds 1,287
Turnout 54.6%
Conservative win (new seat)
Conservative win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)

North End

Nelson (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative A. Dann 2,131 53.8%
Conservative K. Hale 2,115
Conservative Ms. A. Tomlin 2,093
Labour B. Tyler 1,829 46.2%
Labour Ms. J. Jamieson 1,809
Labour J. Patey 1,726
Turnout 40.7%
Conservative win (new seat)
Conservative win (new seat)
Conservative win (new seat)

Paulsgrove

Paulsgrove (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Ms. M. Price 1,533 51.9%
Labour G. Austin 1,457
Labour J. Mitchell 1,416
Liberal R. Schollar 945 32.0%
Liberal Ms. I. Young 818
Liberal J. Young 775
Conservative W. Snelling 478 16.2%
Conservative M. Rendle 476
Conservative Ms. J. Snelling 475
Turnout 26.1%
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)

Portsea

Portsea (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Ms. A. Ashworth 1,312 69.3%
Labour R. Grant 1,304
Labour R. Thomas 1,289
Conservative T. Hasker 580 30.7
Conservative Mrs. D. Jeram 566
Conservative H. Osborne 541
Turnout 34.0
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)

St. Jude

St. Jude (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative R. Sotnick 1,571 71.8
Conservative J. Lubin 1,495
Conservative J. Cockerill 1,483
Labour M. Smith 616 28.2
Labour F. Guy 601
Labour H. Harris 576
Turnout 26.3
Conservative win (new seat)
Conservative win (new seat)
Conservative win (new seat)

St. Mary & Guildhall

St. Mary & Guildhall (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour E. Kelly 1,354 80.6
Labour A. White 1,316
Labour Mrs. E. Fudge 1,307
Conservative J. Rothery 325 19.4
Conservative A. Stanley 209
Conservative M. Trett 295
Turnout 30.6
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)

St. Simon

St. Simon (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative G. Byng 1,733 71.6
Conservative Ms. A. Scorey 1,678
Conservative A. Spraggs 1,670
Labour Ms. J. Christie 688 28.4
Labour B. Armer 659
Labour D. Elner 649
Turnout 29.9
Conservative win (new seat)
Conservative win (new seat)
Conservative win (new seat)

St. Thomas

St. Thomas (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative S. Fiddy 2,157 56.2
Conservative L. Kitchen 2,049
Conservative C. Worley 1,999
Labour R. Bromley 1,683 43.8
Labour D. Jewell 1,635
Labour M. Murphy 1,552
Turnout 37.8
Conservative win (new seat)
Conservative win (new seat)
Conservative win (new seat)

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