Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council is a unitary authority in Dorset, England. It was formed in April 2019, with the inaugural elections held in May of that year. The council is made up of 76 councillors from 33 wards, elected for a four-year term, with the next elections due take place in 2024.

Political control

After the 2019 Election no party was in overall control, with the Conservatives 3 seats short of a majority, with a "Unity Alliance" coalition, lead by the Liberal Democrats instead forming a majority administration.[1] In 2020, a vote of no confidence lead to the Conservatives forming a minority administration.[2]

Years Party in Control Political Control
2019 No overall control "Unity Alliance"[1]
2020 Conservative[2]

Result maps

Council elections

By-election results


Two by-elections were held in May 2021 alongside national local elections after the death of a Liberal Democrat and an Independent councillor in the wards of Canford Heath and Commons.[3][4]

Canford Heath

Canford Heath
Canford Heath (1 of 3 seats)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Sean Gabriel 1,406 40.50
Liberal Democrats Jennie Hodges 1,365 39.32
Labour Janet Elizabeth Green 335 9.65
Independent John Sheldon 132 3.80
Green Ben Pantling 128 3.68
UKIP Vicky Spence 105 3.02
Turnout 31.96


Commons (1 seat of 2)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Christchurch Independents Vanessa Helen Ricketts 1,310 44.67
Conservative Lisle Carol Smith 822 28.03
Independent Fred Neale 296 10.09
Liberal Democrats Carol Ann Gardiner 242 8.25
Labour Peter Stokes 214 7.29
UKIP Peter James Bailey 48 1.6
Total votes


  1. ^ a b "Vikki Slade named leader of BCP Council as 'Unity Alliance' takes control of new authority". Bournemouth Echo. Retrieved 2021-04-10.
  2. ^ a b "Tories back in control of BCP conurbation after leadership vote". Bournemouth Echo. Retrieved 2021-04-10.
  3. ^ "Canford Heath ward by-election 2021". Retrieved 2021-04-10.
  4. ^ "Commons ward by-election 2021". Retrieved 2021-04-10.