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Brighton was a non-metropolitan district in East Sussex, England. It was abolished on 1 April 1997 and replaced by Brighton and Hove.

Political control

From the first election to the council in 1973 until its abolition in 1997 political control of the council was held by the following parties:[1]

Party in control Years
Conservative 1973–1983
No overall control 1983–1988
Labour 1988–1997


The last leader of the council, Steve Bassam, who had led the council from 1987, went on to be the first leader of the replacement authority, Brighton and Hove City Council.

Councillor Party From To
Steve Bassam[2] Labour 1987 1997

Council elections

Elections from 1973 to 1983 were for the whole council. Following the 1983 election, one-third of the council (one seat in each of the 16 three-member wards) was up for election each year, other than county council election years. There was no election in 1996: the councillors due for election in that year had their term of office extended up to the end of the borough council in April 1997.

Borough result maps

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By-election results

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  1. ^ "Council compositions". The Elections Centre. Retrieved 3 May 2016.
  2. ^ "Lord Bassam of Brighton". House of Lords Information Office. Archived from the original on 5 September 2012. Retrieved 11 May 2012.
  3. ^ The Borough of Brighton (Electoral Arrangements) Order 1980