Brighton and Hove City Council elections

Brighton and Hove City Council is a unitary authority in East Sussex, England. It was created as Brighton and Hove Borough Council on 1 April 1997 replacing Brighton and Hove Borough Councils. It was granted city status in 2001.

Political control

Since the first election to the council in 1996 political control of the council has been held by the following parties:[1]

Party in control Party in minority lead
Labour 1996–2003
No overall control 2003–present Labour 2003–2007
Conservative 2007–2011
Green Party § 2011–2015
Labour 2015–present

§ first Green led council in the United Kingdom[2]

Council elections

Overview

Election Results

Year Conservative Green Labour Liberal Democrats Independent
2019 14 19 20 0 1
2015 20 11 23 0 0
2011 18 23 13 0 0
2007 26 12 13 2 1
2003 20 6 24 3 1
1999 27 3 45 3 0
1996 23 1 54 0 0

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Party political make-up of Brighton and Hove City Council
   Party Seats Council Composition May 2019
1996 1999 2003 2007 2011 2015 2019
  Green 1 3 6 12 23 11 19                                        
  Conservative 23 27 20 26 18 20 14                                        
  Labour 54 45 24 13 13 23 20                                        
  Independent 0 0 1 1 0 0 1                                        
  Liberal Democrats 0 3 2 0 0 0 0                                        

District result maps

Brighton and Hove City Council election 2003 map

2003 results map

Brighton and Hove City Council election 2007 map

2007 results map

Brighton and Hove City Council election 2011 map

2011 results map

Brighton and Hove City Council election 2015 map

2015 results map

By-election results

Overview

By-election Date Incumbent party Result
Wish 1 May 1997 Labour Labour
Hollingbury 24 July 1997 Labour Labour
Portslade South 7 May 1998 Labour Labour
Rottingdean 7 May 1998 Conservative Conservative
Tenantry 1 September 1999 Labour Labour
Goldsmid 7 June 2001 Conservative Labour
Patcham 11 April 2002 Conservative Conservative
Westdene 16 May 2002 Conservative Conservative
Hangleton and Knoll 7 October 2004 Labour Conservative
Regency 13 December 2007 Green Green
Goldsmid 23 July 2009 Conservative Green
St Peter's and North Laine 8 July 2010 Green Green
Westbourne 22 December 2011 Conservative Conservative
East Brighton 18 October 2012 Labour Labour
Hanover and Elm Grove 11 July 2013 Green Labour
East Brighton 4 August 2016 Labour Labour
East Brighton 8 February 2018 Labour Labour

1995–1999

Wish By-Election 1 May 1997
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour 2,054 43.5 -2.3
Conservative 1,771 37.5 -2.2
Hove Conservative 562 11.9 +11.9
Green 255 5.4 -0.8
Natural Law 84 1.8 +1.8
Majority 283 6.0
Turnout 4,726
Labour hold Swing
Hollingbury By-Election 24 July 1997 (resignation of David Lepper upon being elected as MP)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour 1,131 60.8 -6.3
Conservative 432 23.2 +9.6
Green 101 5.4 -4.4
Independent 95 5.1 +5.1
Liberal Democrat 68 3.7 -5.7
Socialist Labour 32 1.7 +1.7
Majority 699 37.6
Turnout 1,859
Labour hold Swing
Portslade South ward By-Election 7 May 1998[8] (resignation of Ivor Caplin following election as MP in 1997)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Les Hamilton 1,290 62.5 +3.2
Conservative Ted Kemble 483 23.4 -2.7
Liberal Democrat Nigel Donovan 217 10.5 -0.6
Green Nigel Baker 74 3.6 +0.1
Majority 807 39.1
Turnout 1,990 30.0
Labour hold Swing
Rottingdean ward By-Election 7 May 1998[8] (death of Cllr Shirley Wrigley)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative David Smith 1,724 58.8 +6.1
Labour Mark Bunting 803 27.4 +3.8
Liberal Democrat Harold de Souza 319 10.9 -3.3
Green Peter Poole 84 2.9 -0.5
Majority 921 31.4
Turnout 2,930 38.0
Conservative hold Swing

1999–2003

Tenantry By-Election 30 September 1999 (resignation of Cllr Lord Bassam upon being made a Government Minister)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour 789 51.9 -4.2
Conservative 383 25.2 +7.8
Green 147 9.7 -7.5
Independent 117 7.7 +7.7
Liberal Democrat 52 3.4 -6.0
Independent 33 2.2 +2.2
Majority 406 26.7
Turnout 1,521 19.5
Labour hold Swing
Goldsmid By-Election 7 June 2001
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Vincent Meegan 1,690 37.0 -16.2
Conservative 1,640 35.9 +0.2
Liberal Democrat 577 12.6 +12.6
Green 481 10.5 -0.6
ProLife Alliance 119 2.6 +2.6
UKIP 57 1.2 +1.2
Majority 50 1.1
Turnout 4,564
Labour gain from Conservative Swing
Patcham By-Election 11 April 2002[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Brian Pidgeon 1,352 59.5 +4.3
Labour Elizabeth Stewart 463 20.5 -10.1
Liberal Democrat Trefor Hunter 336 14.9 +6.6
Green Elizabeth Wakefield 107 4.7 -0.9
Majority 889 39.0
Turnout 2,258 32.1
Conservative hold Swing
Westdene By-Election 16 May 2002[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Ken Norman 1,347 55.5 +3.2
Labour Malcolm Prescott 645 26.6 -0.9
Liberal Democrat Don McBeth 234 9.6 +0.1
Green Richard Mallender 199 8.2 -2.5
Majority 702 28.9
Turnout 2,425 31.0
Conservative hold Swing

2003–2007

Hangleton and Knoll By-Election 7 October 2004[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Dawn Barnett 1,535 42.1 +3.4
Labour Eddy Sears 1,165 32.0 -8.3
Liberal Democrat Mark Barnard 618 17.0 +8.8
Green Elizabeth Wakefield 170 4.7 -2.4
Independent Janet Berridge-Brown 156 4.3 +1.9
Majority 370 10.1
Turnout 3,644 35.3
Conservative gain from Labour Swing

2007–2011

Regency By-Election 13 December 2007[12][13]
(Resignation of Cllr. Hermione Roy for health reasons)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Green Jason Kitcat 749 41.6 +8.7
Conservative Robert Nemeth 397 22.1 +2.1
Labour Delia Forester 376 20.9 -0.6
Liberal Democrat Simon Doyle 148 8.2 -9.1
Independent Tony Davenport 130 7.2 -1.1
Majority 352 19.5
Turnout 1,800 23.0
Green hold Swing
Goldsmid By-Election 23 July 2009[14]
(Resignation of Cllr. Paul Lainchbury due to financial reasons)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Green Alexandra Phillips 1,456 38.5 +17.2
Conservative Andrew Wealls 1,104 29.1 +1.1
Labour Lis Telcs 816 21.6 -4.4
Liberal Democrat Howard Spencer 280 7.4 -7.8
UKIP Maria McCallum 129 3.4 +3.4
Majority 352 9.3
Turnout 3,792 32.9 -4.6
Green gain from Conservative Swing
St Peter's And North Laine By-Election 8 July 2010[15]
(Resignation of Keith Taylor upon becoming member of European Parliament)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Green Lizzie Deane 1,816 56.8 +2.5%
Labour Tom French 880 27.5 +4.3%
Conservative Rob Buckwell 365 11.4 -0.7%
Liberal Democrat Trefor Hunter 103 3.2 -4.9%
Independent Gerald O’Brien 32 1.0 -1.3%
Majority 936 29.3 -1.8%
Turnout 3,196 24.1 -10%
Green hold Swing

2011–2015

Westbourne By-Election 22 December 2011[16]
(Resignation of Brian Oxley)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Graham Cox 1,027 39.3 +0.9
Labour Nigel Jenner 826 31.6 +2.2
Green Louisa Greenbaum 645 24.6 +0.1
Liberal Democrat Gareth Jones 45 1.7 -5.5
UKIP Paul Perrin 36 1.4 +1.4
TUSC Pip Tindall 20 0.8 +0.8
The European Citizens Party Susan Collard 13 0.5 -0.1
Majority 201 7.7
Turnout 2,612 35.0 -10.5%
Conservative hold Swing
East Brighton By-Election 18 October 2012[17]
(Resignation of Craig Turton)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Chaun Wilson 1596 56.1 +6.59
Conservative Joe Miller 531 18.6 -4.36
Green Carlie Nicole Goldsmith 456 16.0 -5.49
UKIP Sabiha Choudhury 148 5.2 +5.2
Liberal Democrat Dominic Felix Sokalski 59 2.1 -2.78
TUSC Jon Redford 55 1.9 +0.63
Majority 1,065 37.3
Turnout 2,857 26.2% -13.3%
Labour hold Swing
Hanover and Elm Grove By-Election 11 July 2013 (Resignation of Matt Follett)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Emma Daniel 1396 39.8 +8.00
Green David Stuart Gibson 1358 38.7 -14.43
Conservative Robert John Knight 275 7.8 -1.02
UKIP Patricia Ann Mountain 250 7.1 +7.13
TUSC Phil Clarke 172 4.9 +1.88
Liberal Democrat Lev Eakins 56 1.6 -1.56
Majority 38 1.1
Turnout 3,520 29.2%
Labour gain from Green Swing

2015-present

Brighton East by-election 4 August 2016 (Resignation of Maggie Barradell)[18]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Lloyd Russell-Moyle 1,488 57.5 +11.1
Conservative David Plant 514 19.9 -2.6
Green Mitch Alexander 286 11.1 -8.5
UKIP Leigh Farrow 152 5.9 N/A
Liberal Democrat Andrew England 116 4.5 -3.4
Independent Ramon Sammut 31 1.2 N/A
Majority 974 37.6
Turnout 2,594 24.48
Labour hold Swing
Brighton East by-election 8 February 2018 (Resignation of Lloyd Russell-Moyle)[19]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Nancy Platts 1,889 67.5 +10.0
Conservative Edward Wilson 481 17.2 -2.7
Green Ed Baker 316 11.3 +0.2
Liberal Democrat George Taylor 114 4.1 -0.4
Majority 1,408 50.3
Turnout 2,800 27.34
Labour hold Swing

References

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  17. ^ "Declaration of Result of Poll – East Brighton" (PDF). Brighton and Hove City Council. 18 October 2012. Retrieved 25 October 2012.
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External links

2011 Brighton and Hove City Council election

Elections to Brighton and Hove City Council were held on 5 May 2011, in line with other local elections in the United Kingdom. The whole council, a unitary authority, was up for election with 54 councillors elected from 21 wards.

The Green Party made significant gains, overtaking the Conservatives to become the largest party with 23 seats, the largest Green group on any council. The Greens gained seats at the expense of all three other parties, taking the only ward previously in Liberal Democrat hands. The Conservatives lost not only to the Greens but to Labour Co-op candidates in different parts of the city.The Greens, Conservatives and Labour Co-op fielded candidates for every seat on the council. The Liberal Democrats contested all but one ward. The UK Independence Party, European Citizens Party and Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts also fielded candidates. In addition, there were six independents standing, including re-standing councillor and former Liberal Democrat David Watkins.Following the election the Labour Co-operative group rejected the possibility of forming a coalition with the Green Party, who then went on to form the first ever Green council administration in the UK, as a minority administration. As of 2018, it is the most recent local authority election in which the Green Party of England and Wales won the most votes and seats.

Following the election, the composition of the council was as follows:

Green: 23

Conservative: 18

Labour: 13

2015 Brighton and Hove City Council election

The 2015 Brighton and Hove City Council election took place on 7 May 2015 to elect members of Brighton and Hove City Council in England. This is on the same day as the general election and other local elections.

The election saw the Green party lose their minority control of the council. The party had gained control of the council from the Conservative party following the previous election, with the party elected on a promise to resist cuts from central government. During the administration however the council was faced with cuts of up to £80 million.Other issues faced by the party included internal disputes, which had seen several attempts to remove Green party leader (and leader of Brighton & Hove Council), Jason Kitcat. In one prominent incident the Green administration faced a strike by the city's binmen, following changes to their allowances. The strike, undertaken during the summer, saw refuse go uncollected. The Green administration split over the strike, with several Green councillors (alongside Brighton Pavilion MP Caroline Lucas), including Kitcat's deputy, siding with the binmen.

2019 Brighton and Hove City Council election

Elections to Brighton and Hove City Council election took place on 2 May 2019, electing all 54 members of the council, alongside other local elections in England and Northern Ireland.The Labour Party lost 3 seats compared to the last election in 2015 but recovered its place as the largest party on the council, having seen its numbers reduced from 23 to 19 over the four years following 2015, while the strength of the Conservative group had been increased by one member in 2019, as a Labour councillor had changed allegiance shortly before the election. In addition to Labour and the Conservatives, the Green Party, which was in minority control from 2011 to 2015, fielded candidates for every seat on the council at this election.

Other parties contesting were the Liberal Democrats, the Women's Equality Party (for the first time in the city, with two candidates) and United Kingdom Independence Party, together with a number of independent candidates.

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