Nottingham City Council elections are held every four years. Nottingham City Council is the local authority for the unitary authority of Nottingham in Nottinghamshire, England. Until 1 April 1998 it was a non-metropolitan district. Since the last boundary changes in 2019, 55 councillors are elected from 20 wards.[1]

Political control

From 1889 to 1974 Nottingham was a county borough, independent of any county council.[2] Under the Local Government Act 1972 it became a non-metropolitan district, with Nottinghamshire County Council providing county-level services. The first election to the reformed city council was held in 1973, initially operating as a shadow authority before coming into its revised powers on 1 April 1974. Nottingham became a unitary authority on 1 April 1998, regaining its independence from Nottinghamshire County Council.[3] Political control of the city council since 1973 has been held by the following parties:[4]

Non-metropolitan district

Party in control Years
Labour 1973–1976
Conservative 1976–1979
Labour 1979–1987
Conservative 1987–1988
No overall control 1988–1991
Labour 1991–1998

Unitary authority

Party in control Years
Labour 1998–present

Leadership

The role of Lord Mayor of Nottingham is largely ceremonial. Political leadership is instead provided by the leader of the council. The leaders since 1983 have been:[5]

Councillor Party From To
Len Maynard Labour May 1983
Betty Higgins Labour May 1983 May 1987
Bill Bradbury[6] Conservative May 1987 Nov 1988
Betty Higgins[7] Labour Nov 1988 May 1993
John Taylor Labour May 1993 May 1995
Graham Chapman[8] Labour May 1995 3 May 2002
Brian Parbutt Labour 3 May 2002 16 May 2003
Jon Collins Labour 16 May 2003 5 May 2019
David Mellen Labour 20 May 2019

Council elections

City result maps

By-election results

Byron by-election 3 November 1988
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Alan Clark 2,977 54.3
Conservative Jessie Paterson 2,377 43.4
SLD Ian Hale 89 1.6
Independent David Merrick 20 0.4
Radical Liberal James Welch 16 0.3
Majority 600 10.9
Turnout 51.9
Labour gain from Conservative Swing

This by-election was triggered by the death of Conservative councillor David Flowerday. Following the by-election the council was under no overall control, with both Labour and the Conservatives holding 27 seats, with the balance of power held by the only other councillor, John Peck of the Communist Party.[7]

Sherwood By-Election 20 November 2003[13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour 1,459 44.2 +10.0
Conservative 963 29.2 -1.7
Independent 288 8.7 +8.7
Liberal Democrats 278 8.4 -6.7
Green 203 6.1 -6.8
Socialist Alliance 74 2.2 -4.7
Church of the Militant Elvis 36 1.1 +1.1
Majority 496 15.0
Turnout 3,301
Labour gain from Conservative Swing
Wollaton East and Lenton Abbey By-Election 5 May 2005[14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats 1,045 35.0 -6.7
Conservative 901 30.2 -8.7
Labour 759 25.4 +6.0
Green 220 7.4 +7.4
UKIP 60 2.0 +2.0
Majority 144 4.8
Turnout 2,985
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Wollaton West By-Election 7 August 2008[15]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative 2,769 62.2 +15.7
Labour 1,042 23.4 +3.0
Liberal Democrats 424 9.5 -4.5
UKIP 220 4.9 -3.5
Majority 1,727 38.8
Turnout 4,455
Conservative hold Swing
Bridge By-Election 18 October 2011[16]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Michael Edwards 1,152 50.2 -1.8
Liberal Democrats Saghir Akhtar 892 38.9 +2.7
Conservative Michael Ilyas 172 7.5 -4.3
UKIP Andrew Taylor 50 2.2 +2.2
Church of the Militant Elvis David Bishop 27 1.2 +1.2
Majority 260 11.3
Turnout 2,293
Labour hold Swing
Bilborough By-Election 4 April 2013[17]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Wendy Smith 1,542 67.2 +5.9
UKIP Irenea Marriott 347 15.1 +15.1
Conservative Ian Culley 176 7.7 -11.9
Green Katharina Boettge 103 4.5 +4.5
Liberal Democrats John Calvert 96 4.2 -5.8
Church of the Militant Elvis David Bishop 31 1.4 +1.4
Majority 1,195 52.1
Turnout 2,295
Labour hold Swing
Wollaton East and Lenton Abbey By-Election 4 April 2013[18]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Sam Webster 627 52.9 +10.0
Liberal Democrats Tony Sutton 368 31.0 +1.4
Conservative Jeanna Parton 116 9.8 -14.3
UKIP Andrew Taylor 75 6.3 +2.8
Majority 259 21.8
Turnout 1,186
Labour hold Swing
Wollaton West By-Election 6 June 2013[19]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Steve Battlemuch 2,211 46.8 +11.1
Conservative James Spencer 1,594 33.8 -16.9
UKIP Chris Clarke 565 12.0 +12.0
Liberal Democrats Barbara Pearce 216 4.6 -9.0
Green Katharina Boettge 106 2.2 +2.2
Church of the Militant Elvis David Bishop 28 0.6 +0.6
Majority 617 13.1
Turnout 4,720
Labour gain from Conservative Swing
Dales By-Election 7 November 2013[20]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Neghat Khan 1,644 66.4 +12.3
UKIP Irenea Marriott 364 14.7 +14.7
Conservative Neale Mittenshaw-Hodge 220 8.9 -9.0
Green Adam McGregor 99 4.0 +4.0
Liberal Democrats Tad Jones 78 3.1 -17.8
TUSC Cathy Meadows 72 2.9 +2.9
Majority 1,280 51.7
Turnout 2,477
Labour hold Swing
Radford and Park By-Election 7 November 2013[21]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Anne Peach 1,146 65.2 +17.1
Conservative Nicholas Packham 355 20.2 -6.1
UKIP Francesco Lari 123 7.0 +7.0
Green Katharine Boettge 80 4.6 -9.7
Church of the Militant Elvis David Bishop 31 1.8 +1.8
TUSC Geraint Thomas 22 1.3 +1.3
Majority 791 45.0
Turnout 1,757
Labour hold Swing
Clifton North By-Election 6 March 2014[22]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Patricia Ferguson 1,179 41.2 -9.7
Conservative Andrew Rule 1,025 35.8 -13.3
UKIP Kevin Clarke 536 18.7 +18.7
Church of the Militant Elvis David Bishop 67 2.3 +2.3
Liberal Democrats Tony Marshall 56 2.0 +2.0
Majority 154 5.4
Turnout 2,863
Labour hold Swing
Sherwood By-Election 4 May 2017[23]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Adele Williams 2,816 63.5 +19.4
Conservative William Scott 847 19.1 +0.7
Liberal Democrats Barry Holliday 359 8.1 +2.0
Green Zeb Brigham 221 5.0 -12.8
UKIP Carol Boultby 139 3.1 -5.9
Church of the Militant Elvis David Bishop 51 1.2 +1.2
Majority 1,969 44.4
Turnout 4,433
Labour hold Swing
Basford By-Election 19 October 2017[24]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Nick Raine 1,409 68.2 +19.4
Conservative Bradley Wing 408 19.7 -0.4
UKIP Bill Ottewell 119 5.8 -10.3
Green Zeb Brigham 81 3.9 -8.4
Liberal Democrats Rebecca Proctor 49 2.4 +2.4
Majority 1,001 48.5
Turnout 2,066
Labour hold Swing
Bestwood By-Election 19 October 2017[25]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Georgia Power 1,280 63.4 +7.8
UKIP Francesco Lari 301 14.9 -7.0
Conservative William Scott 297 14.7 -1.2
Liberal Democrats Christina Morgan-Danvers 57 2.8 +2.8
Green Liam McClelland 50 2.5 -4.1
Church of the Militant Elvis David Bishop 34 1.7 +1.7
Majority 979 48.5
Turnout 2,019
Labour hold Swing
Bulwell Forest By-Election 19 October 2017[26]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Cheryl Barnard 1,420 54.4 +8.1
Conservative Karen Kemp 966 37.0 +17.2
UKIP Tony Blay 141 5.4 -14.6
Green Andrew Jones 52 2.0 -5.6
Liberal Democrats Callum Southern 31 1.2 -3.0
Majority 454 17.4
Turnout 2,610
Labour hold Swing
Wollaton West By-Election 8 March 2018[27]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Cate Woodward 2,193 48.8 +10.1
Conservative Paul Brittain 1,950 43.4 +8.2
Liberal Democrats Tony Sutton 237 5.3 -1.7
Green Adam McGregor 72 1.6 -8.2
Church of the Militant Elvis David Bishop 41 0.9 +0.9
Majority 243 5.4
Turnout 4,493
Labour gain from Conservative Swing
Clifton North By-Election 27 September 2018[28]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Roger Steel 1,311 47.7 +12.1
Labour Shuguftah Quddoos 928 33.8 -4.2
Nottingham Independents Kevin Clarke 307 11.2 +11.2
Liberal Democrats Rebecca Procter 92 3.3 +3.3
Green Kirsty Jones 64 2.3 +2.3
Church of the Militant Elvis David Bishop 46 1.7 +1.7
Majority 383 13.9
Turnout 2,748
Conservative gain from Labour Swing
St Ann's By-Election 7 October 2021[29]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Corall Jenkins 1,048 65.5 +0.9
Nottingham Independents Francesco Lari 204 12.7 +12.7
Conservative Ngoc Thanh Tran 193 12.1 +1.2
Green Barbara Coulson 92 5.7 +5.7
Liberal Democrats James Housley 40 2.5 -8.0
TUSC Florence Trevorah 24 1.5 +1.5
Majority 844 52.7
Turnout 1,601
Labour hold Swing
Sherwood By-Election 7 October 2021[30]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Nayab Patel 1,174 47.8 -17.1
Nottingham Independents Colin Barratt 629 25.6 +25.6
Conservative Alfred Pryor 320 13.0 -1.0
Green Catriona Sibert 195 7.9 +7.9
TUSC Geraint Thomas 76 3.1 +3.1
Liberal Democrats Alison Rouse 63 2.6 -9.8
Majority 545 22.2
Turnout 2,457
Labour hold Swing

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