Portsmouth City Council
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Portsmouth City Council logo
Founded7 June 1973 (1973-06-07) (Non-metropolitan district)
1 April 1997 (1997-04-01) (Unitary authority)
Hugh Mason
since May 2022
Leader of the Council
Chief Executive
David Williams
Seats42 councillors
Political groups
Administration (17)
  Liberal Democrats (17)
Opposition (25)
  Conservative (13)
  Labour (9)
  Portsmouth Independent Party (3)
Length of term
4 years
Last election
May 2022
Next election
May 2023
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Meeting place
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The Guildhall, Guildhall Square, Portsmouth

Portsmouth City Council is the local authority of the city of Portsmouth, Hampshire, England. It is a unitary authority, having the powers of a non-metropolitan county and district council combined. It provides a full range of local government services including Council Tax billing, libraries, social services, processing planning applications, waste collection and disposal, and it is a local education authority.

Powers and functions

The local authority derives its powers and functions from the Local Government Act 1972 and subsequent legislation. For the purposes of local government, Portsmouth is within a non-metropolitan area of England. As a unitary authority, Portsmouth City Council has the powers and functions of both a non-metropolitan county and district council combined. In its capacity as a district council it is a billing authority collecting council tax and business rates, it processes local planning applications, and it is responsible for housing, waste collection, and environmental health. In its capacity as a unitary council it is a local education authority, responsible for social services, libraries, and waste disposal.

Political composition

Portsmouth City Council consists of 42 councillors with one third of the council being elected every four years, electing one out of three councillors for each of the city's 14 wards.

Since the first election to the council in 1973 political control of the council has been held by the following parties:

Party in control
Non-metropolitan district
Conservative 1973–1990[1]
No overall control 1990–1995
Labour 1995–1997
Unitary authority
Labour 1996–2000
No overall control 2000–2009[2][3]
Liberal Democrats 2009–2014[4]
No overall control (Conservative Administration) 2014–2018[5]
No overall control (Liberal Democrat Administration) 2018–present[6]

Councillors and wards

List of Portsmouth city councillors by ward:[7]

Ward Councillor Term in
Baffins Darren Sanders 2021–24 Sanders was his party's candidate in the 2001, 2010, 2015, and 2017 general elections in the Portsmouth North constituency, and his party's candidate in the 2005 general election in the Streatham constituency. Cabinet Member for Housing and Preventing Homelessness.
Baffins Abdul Kadir 2022–26
Baffins Lynne Stagg 2019–23 Cabinet Member for Traffic & Transportation.
Central Southsea Charlotte Gerada 2021–24 Deputy Leader of the Labour Group
Central Southsea George Fielding 2022–26
Central Southsea Suzy Horton 2019–23 Deputy Group Leader; Cabinet Member for Children, Families & Education.
Charles Dickens Kirsty Mellor 2021–24
Charles Dickens Yinka Adeniran 2022–26
Charles Dickens Cal Corkery 2019–23 Leader of the Labour Group
Copnor Lewis Gosling 2021–24
Copnor Ben Swann 2022–26
Copnor Robert New 2019–23
Cosham Asghar Shah 2022–26
Cosham Lee Mason 2019–23
Cosham Matthew Atkins 2021–24
Drayton & Farlington Ryan Brent 2021–24 Conservative Deputy Group Leader
Drayton & Farlington Simon Bosher 2022–26 Conservative Group Leader
Drayton & Farlington Terry Norton 2019–23
Eastney & Craneswater John Smith 2021–24
Eastney & Craneswater Matthew Winnington 2022–26 Winnington was his party's candidate for Fareham in the 2015, 2017, and 2019 general election.
Eastney & Craneswater Linda Symes 2019–23
Fratton Stuart Brown 2021–24
Fratton Tom Coles 2022–26
Fratton Dave Ashmore 2019–23 Cabinet Member for Community Safety & Environment.
Hilsea Daniel Wemyss 2021–24
Hilsea Russell Simpson 2022–26
Hilsea Scott Payter-Harris 2019–23
Milton Kimberly Barrett 2021–24 Cabinet Member for Climate Change and the Green Recovery.
Milton Steve Pitt 2022–24 Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Economic Development
Milton Gerald Vernon-Jackson 2019–23 Liberal Democrats group leader and leader of the council since 2018. Vernon-Jackson was his party's candidate for Portsmouth South in the 2015 and 2017 general elections. Former Portsmouth Council Leader from 2004 to 2014.
Nelson Leo Madden 2021–24 Former Leader of the Council from 1994-2000, and again from 2001-2002.
Nelson Jason Fazackarley 2022–26 Cabinet Member for Health, Wellbeing & Social Care.
Nelson Lee Hunt 2019–23 Cabinet Member for Community Safety
Paulsgrove George Madgwick 2021–24
Paulsgrove Brian Madgwick 2022–26
Paulsgrove Gemma New 2019–23
St Jude Hugh Mason 2021–24 Cabinet Member for Planning Policy & City Development.
St Jude Judith Smyth 2022–26
St Jude Graham Heaney 2019–23
St Thomas Ian Holder 2021–24
St Thomas Mark Jeffrey 2022–26
St Thomas Chris Attwell 2019–23 Cabinet Member for Communities and Central Services.

See also


  1. ^ "Portsmouth City Council Election Results 1973–1995" (PDF). The Elections Centre, Plymouth University. June 2015.
  2. ^ "Portsmouth Local Elections 2007". BBC News. 4 May 2007.
  3. ^ "Portsmouth Local Elections 2008". BBC News. 2 May 2008.
  4. ^ "Lib Dems claim fourth defection". BBC News Online. 27 January 2009.
  5. ^ "Conservatives continue running Portsmouth City Council". BBC News. 20 May 2015.
  6. ^ "Gerald Vernon-Jackson replaces Donna Jones as Portsmouth City Council leader". The News. Portsmouth. 15 May 2018.
  7. ^ "Your Councillors by Ward". Portsmouth City Council. 3 May 2018.