Portsmouth City Council is the local authority for the unitary authority of Portsmouth in Hampshire, England. Until 1 April 1997 it was a non-metropolitan district.

Political control

Since the first election to the council in 1973 following the reforms of the Local Government Act 1972, political control of the council has been held by the following parties:[1]

Non-metropolitan district

Election Overall Control Conservative Labour Alliance/Liberal Democrats Independent
1973 Conservative 28 17 0 3 48
1976 Conservative 31 14 0 3
1979 Conservative 31 14 0 3
1983 Conservative 25 11 1 2 39
1984 Conservative 25 11 1 2
1986 Conservative 23 10 5 1
1987 Conservative 24 9 5 1
1988 Conservative 25 8 5 1
1990 Conservative 21 12 5 1
1991 No overall control
(Conservative administration)
19 13 6 1
1992 No overall control
(Conservative administration)
17 14 7 1
1994 No overall control
(Labour administration)
15 14 9 1
1995 No overall control
(Labour administration)
11 18 10 0
1996 Labour 6 21 12 0

Unitary authority

Party in control Years
Labour 1997–2000
No overall control 2000–2009
Liberal Democrats 2009–2014[2]
No overall control 2014–present

Leadership

The leaders of the council since 1994 have been:[3]

Councillor Party From To
Leo Madden Labour 1994 2000
Ian Gibson Conservative 2000 2001
Leo Madden Labour 2001 2002
Frank Worley Conservative 2002 2003
Phil Shaddock Liberal Democrats 2003 22 Jun 2004
Gerald Vernon-Jackson Liberal Democrats 22 Jun 2004 3 Jun 2014
Donna Jones Conservative 3 Jun 2014 15 May 2018
Gerald Vernon-Jackson Liberal Democrats 15 May 2018

Council elections

Non-metropolitan district elections

Unitary authority elections

City result maps

By-election results

Drayton & Farlington by-election 1 September 2005[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Stephen Wemyss 2,148 50.9 +4.2
Liberal Democrats Patrict Whittle 1,973 46.7 +4.3
English Democrat David Knight 102 2.4 +2.4
Majority 175 4.2
Turnout 4,223 43.0
Conservative hold Swing
Fratton by-election 16 August 2007[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats David Fuller 1,196 58.6 +2.6
Conservative Gerry Oldfield 496 24.3 +1.3
Labour Simon Payne 144 7.1 -5.4
English Democrat David Knight 131 6.4 -2.1
Green Sean Sanders 56 2.7 +2.7
Independent Mark Austin 17 0.8 +0.8
Majority 700 34.3 +1.3
Turnout 2,040 20.7
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Nelson by-election 27 September 2007[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Sarah Cook 791 35.0 +3.2
Conservative Jim Fleming 682 30.2 +3.3
Liberal Democrats Alex Naylor 548 24.2 -2.9
UKIP Michelle Essery 90 4.0 +4.0
Green Calum Kennedy 78 3.5 -2.9
English Democrat Clive Percy 71 3.1 -4.4
Majority 109 4.8
Turnout 2,260 22.4
Labour hold Swing
Copnor by-election 7 February 2008[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Andy Fraser 1,835 55.8 +38.4
Conservative Jim Fleming 904 27.5 -18.6
Labour Terry O'Brien 349 10.6 -8.2
English Democrat David Knight 117 3.6 -13.6
UKIP Michelle Essery 57 1.7 +1.7
Independent Mark Austin 28 0.9 +0.9
Majority 931 28.3
Turnout 3,290 33.9
Liberal Democrats gain from Conservative Swing

References

  1. ^ "Council compositions". The Elections Centre. Retrieved 3 May 2016.
  2. ^ "Lib Dems claim fourth defection". BBC News Online. 27 January 2009. Retrieved 31 August 2009.
  3. ^ "Council minutes". Portsmouth City Council. Retrieved 21 July 2022.
  4. ^ legislation.gov.uk - The City of Portsmouth (Electoral Arrangements) Order 1979. Retrieved on 19 November 2015.
  5. ^ "Portsmouth". * BBC News Online. Retrieved 31 August 2009.
  6. ^ legislation.gov.uk - The City of Portsmouth (Electoral Changes) Order 2001. Retrieved on 4 October 2015.
  7. ^ "Drayton & Farlington Ward By-election - 1 September 2005". Portsmouth City Council. Archived from the original on 7 January 2009. Retrieved 31 August 2009.
  8. ^ "Fratton Ward by-election 2007 results". Portsmouth City Council. Archived from the original on 14 May 2010. Retrieved 31 August 2009.
  9. ^ "Nelson Ward by-election 2007 results". Portsmouth City Council. Retrieved 31 August 2009.
  10. ^ "Copnor Ward by-election 2008 results". Portsmouth City Council. Retrieved 31 August 2009.