The 2023 Guildford Borough Council election is scheduled to take place on 4 May 2023 to elect members of Guildford Borough Council in England. This is on the same day as other local elections.[1]

Boundary Changes

The election will be contested on new ward boundaries, due to a periodic review by the Local Government Boundary Commission for England. The council size will remain unchanged at 48 councillors.[2]


There have been changes to the political make up of the council since the 2019 election. In the May 2021 local elections three by-elections were held simultaneously to fill vacancies on the council (two due to resignations, one due to the death of a councillor). However, each seat was won by the same party which has won it at the 2019 election.[3] Subsequently, in November 2021, a Liberal Democrat councillor defected to the Conservatives, taking them to 10 seats on the council and reducing the Liberal Democrats to 16.[4]

Additionally, the sole Green party councillor chose to sit as part of the R4GV group on the council shortly after the May 2019 election, but continues to be a Green party councillor.

Going in to the election, the council administration consists of a Liberal Democrats and R4GV coalition, with the Conservatives forming the main opposition party.[5]


  1. ^ "Election Timetable in England". Department for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities. Retrieved 21 February 2022.
  2. ^ "Guildford". Local Government Boundary Commission for England. Retrieved 21 February 2022.
  3. ^ "As It Happened: Tories Lose Four Guildford Seats But Retain County Council Control". Guildford Dragon. 8 May 2021.
  4. ^ "Shock Move at Millmead – Leading Lib Dem Councillor Defects to the Conservatives". Guildford Dragon. 3 November 2021.
  5. ^ "Guildford Borough Council leadership to 'rotate' between Lib Dems and R4GV following 'new agreement'". Get Surrey. 7 May 2020.