Leicester City Council

Leicester City Council is a unitary authority responsible for local government in the city of Leicester, England. It consists of 54 councillors, representing 22 wards in the city, overseen by a directly elected mayor. It is currently controlled by the Labour Party and has been led by Mayor Sir Peter Soulsby since his election on 6 May 2011. The main council building is City Hall on Charles Street, but council meetings are held in the 19th-century Town Hall.

As a unitary authority, the council is responsible for running nearly all local services in Leicester with the exception of the Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service and Leicestershire Constabulary which are run by joint boards with Leicestershire County Council and Rutland County Council.

Leicester City Council
Executive mayor elected every four years
Whole council elected every four years
Arms of Leicester
Coat of arms
Leicester City Council Logo
Council logo
Founded1 April 1974
Cllr Annette Byrne
since 16 May 2019
Sir Peter Soulsby, Labour
since 6 May 2011
Chief operating officer
Andy Keeling
Seats1 executive mayor
54 councillors
Leicester City Council composition
Council political groups
     Labour (53)
     Liberal Democrat (1)
Supplementary vote
Leicester Town Hall tower
Leicester Town Hall tower
New Walk Centre, Leicester
New Walk Centre; former council offices that were demolished in 2015


The Council traces its roots to the Corporation of Leicester, and before then to the Merchant Gild and the Portmanmoot. The Portmanmoot consisted of 24 Jurats, elected from the burgesses (members of the Gild Merchant, or freemen), along with two bailiffs, and a clerk. It appears to have existed before the Norman Conquest in 1066. In 1209, the lead member of the Portmanmoot, the Alderman, became known as a mayor. The Gild Merchant and the Moot overlapped in membership and had probably become effectively merged in the 14th century. Membership of the Twenty-Four appears to have been by co-option, chosen by themselves.

Traditionally, the general populace attended some meetings of the Moot and Guild, but this was restricted to burgesses in 1467. Later, in 1489, this changed to a system where the Mayor and the Twenty-Four chose Forty-Eight burgesses to represent the others, and the Twenty-Four and the Forty-Eight would govern jointly.

After doubts as to the ability of the Moot and Gild to hold property arose in the 16th century, the Corporation was formed, replacing the Gild and Portmanmoot, in 1589. A second charter was granted in 1599, reconfirming this, to The Mayor, Bailiffs and Burgesses of the Borough of Leicester. The 24 Jurats became known as the Aldermen of the Corporation, and the 48 other Burgesses as the Common Council. The members of the Corporation chose the burgesses to send to the House of Commons.

The Corporation, as with most English municipal corporations, continued effectively unreformed until the Municipal Reform Act of 1835, although the freemen in general obtained the right to participate in the election of MPs after the Restoration. The Municipal Reform Act replaced the existing system of co-option for members of the council with elections by rate-payers. This led to a prolonged spell of Liberal control of the council.

Leicester became, in 1889, under the Local Government Act, a county borough. The Corporation was replaced in 1974 under the Local Government Act 1972, with the modern Leicester City Council, a non-metropolitan district council under Leicestershire County Council. Leicestershire County Council's jurisdiction over the City of Leicester was transferred to the City Council on 1 April 1997, making it a unitary authority, as part of the 1990s UK local government reform.

Lord Mayor

The position of Lord Mayor of Leicester is mainly a ceremonial post, and is combined with that of chairman of the council. The position is elected yearly by members of the council and rotates. Councillor Annette Byrne is the current Lord Mayor.


The City is divided into 21 electoral wards, each of which returns two or three councillors, using the bloc voting system, as follows:[1]

Ward Councillors Notes
Abbey 3 from Abbey Park up to Stocking Farm and Mowmacre Hill
Aylestone 2 Aylestone Village, Gilmorton estate, part of Aylestone Park, Aylestone Meadows, one side of Saffron Lane from the Porkpie roundabout to Knighton Lane and Aylestone Road/Lutterworth Road from Grace Road to the county border at Glen Parva.
Beaumont Leys 3
Belgrave 3 most of the Belgrave area
Braunstone Park & Rowley Fields 3 including most of Braunstone
Castle 3 city centre, Southfields, Clarendon Park
Evington 3
Eyres Monsell 2
Fosse 2
Humberstone & Hamilton 3 including Nether Hall
Knighton 3
North Evington 3
Rushey Mead 3 Includes parts of the Belgrave area
Saffron 2
Spinney Hills 2 including parts of Highfields
Stoneygate 3 also including parts of Highfields
Thurncourt 2 The Thurnby Lodge estate
Troon 2 The Northfields estate, parts of the former Charnwood ward and a small part of the Rushey Mead area
Westcotes 2
Western 3 The New Parks estate
Wycliffe 2 St Matthew's estate and part of Highfields

A new set of wards and ward boundaries came into effect for the 7 May 2015 council elections. Wards that previously existed and were abolished are Charnwood, Coleman, Freeman, Latimer, New Parks and Western Park.

The previous ward boundaries were adopted for the 2003 local elections.[2] Prior to this, there had been 28 wards, each electing 2 members. Wards that had existed and been abolished were Crown Hills, East Knighton, Mowmacre, North Braunstone, Rowley Fields, Saffron, St Augustine's, West Humberstone, West Knighton and Wycliffe.

Political control

The current composition of the council is as follows:

Party Seats[3]
Labour 53
Liberal Democrat 1

The Council had been under the control of the Labour Party from 1979 until the 2003 local elections, where no overall control was established. Labour regained control in 2007 and consolidated its position in 2011.

In December 2010 the Council voted to introduce a directly elected mayor with effect from May 2011. On 5 May 2011 Sir Peter Soulsby was elected to the post with 55% of the vote on the first ballot. He was re-elected in May 2015 and 2019 to serve four-year terms.

Veejay Patel was the last Leader of the Council until May 2011, having replaced Ross Willmott on 25 March 2010. Councillor Willmott served three spells as Leader: from May 1999 to May 2003; from November 2004 to May 2005; and from May 2007 to March 2010.

The council was under no overall control between 2003 and 2007. A Liberal Democrat-Conservative administration controlled the council from May 2003 until it collapsed in November 2004, after which a Labour minority administration took power.[4] The Liberal Democrat-Conservative administration re-grouped in 2005 and controlled the council until May 2007 when Labour returned to power, consolidated its position still further in May 2011, 2015 and 2019 when the Conservative Party lost its only councillor.[5]

As of May 2019, the Council is composed of 53 Labour councillors, plus the directly elected mayor, who is eligible to take part and vote in Council meetings and one Liberal Democrat councillor.[6]

The next election is due to take place in May 2023,[7] although by-elections take place when a seat becomes vacant due to resignation or death of a councillor.


Incompletent list of council leaders:


Previous results of elections to the city council:

Overall control Labour Conservative Lib Dem Green
2019 Labour 53 - 1
2015 Labour 52 1 1
2011 Labour 52 1 1
2007 Labour 38 8 6 2
2003 No overall control 20 9 25
1999 Labour 30 10 16
1996 Labour 41 7 8
1995 Labour 45 4 7
1991 Labour
1987 Labour
1983 Labour
1979 Labour
1976 Conservative 21 27
1973 Labour 37 11

The May 1996 elections were held out of sequence because of the upcoming unitary authority status, which came into effect on 1 April 1997.


  1. ^ Local Government Boundary Commission for England. "Leicester (Electoral Changes) Order 2014". www.lgbce.org.uk.
  2. ^ Local Government Boundary Commission for England. "Electoral review of Leicester 2002". www.lgbce.org.uk.
  3. ^ https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/topics/cgmxywxe9nzt/leicester-city-council
  4. ^ "Labour snatches council control". BBC News. 26 November 2004.
  5. ^ https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/topics/cgmxywxe9nzt/leicester-city-council
  6. ^ https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/topics/cgmxywxe9nzt/leicester-city-council
  7. ^ Keith Adkins. "UK Local Government Information - Trailor 2019". uklocalgov. Retrieved 25 January 2017.

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2015 Leicester City Council election

The 2015 Leicester City Council election took place on 7 May 2015 to elect members of Leicester City Council in England. This was on the same day as other local elections, the 2015 general election and the election for the directly elected Mayor of Leicester.

2019 Leicester City Council election

The 2019 Leicester City Council election took place on 2 May 2019 to elect all fifty-four members of the Leicester City Council in England. This was on the same day as other local elections, and the election for the directly elected Mayor of Leicester.

Castle, Leicester

Castle (Ward) is an electoral ward and administrative division of the city of Leicester, England, consisting of the Leicester suburbs of the City Centre, Clarendon Park, Blackfriars and Southfields.

Castle Ward returned the first ever Green Party Councillors to Leicester City Council in 2007.


Evington is an Electoral ward and administrative division of the city of Leicester, England. It used to be a small village centred on Main Street and the Anglican church of St Denys but was close enough to Leicester to become one of the outer suburbs in the 1930s. Today, the ward comprises the historical village of Evington, as well as the modern ex-council estates of Rowlatts Hill and Goodwood. The population of the ward at the 2011 census was 11,133.

Eyres Monsell

Eyres Monsell is a large village apart of the blaby distict of Leicester, England, comprising the southern Leicester suburb of Eyres Monsell and glen parva. The population of the village at the 2011 census was 11,520.

Goss Meadows

Goss Meadows is a 2.8 hectares (6.9 acres) Local Nature Reserve on the north-western outskirts of Leicester. It is owned and managed by Leicester City Council.This is a long narrow strip along the western side of Anstey Lane. It is woodland and grassland, which has some uncommon wild flowers, such as spiny restharrow.There is access from Anstey Lane.

Jewry Wall

The Jewry Wall is a substantial ruined wall of 2nd-century Roman masonry, with two large archways, in Leicester, England. It stands alongside St Nicholas' Circle and St Nicholas' Church. It formed the west wall of a public building in Ratae Corieltauvorum (Roman Leicester), alongside public baths, the foundations of which were excavated in the 1930s and are also open to view. The wall gives its name to the adjacent Jewry Wall Museum.

Jewry Wall Museum

The Jewry Wall Museum is a museum in Leicester. It was built in the 1960s, facing the Jewry Wall ruins in a building shared with Vaughan College. It housed artefacts from Iron Age, Roman, and medieval Leicester. With the ending of Vaughan College's use of the building in 2013, the whole site was acquired by the city council, and expansion and improvement plans were put in place.

Kirby Frith Nature Reserve

Kirby Frith is a 2.1-hectare (5.2-acre) Local Nature Reserve on the western outskirts of Leicester. It is owned and managed by Leicester City Council.This site is described by Natural England as the richest wildflower grassland in the county, with species such as devil's-bit scabious, betony and yellow rattle. Butterflies include speckled woods and meadow browns.There is access from Cherry Hills Road.

Knighton Spinney

Knighton Spinney is a 2.9-hectare (7.2-acre) Local Nature Reserve in Leicester. It is owned by Leicester City Council and managed by Environ for the council.This oak and ash plantation is part of Knighton Park. Flora include wood anemones, and there are birds such as nuthatches, treecreepers and great spotted woodpeckers.The site is closed to the public apart from on occasional open days.


Leicester ( (listen) LEST-ər) is a city and unitary authority area in the East Midlands of England, and the county town of Leicestershire. The city lies on the River Soar and close to the eastern end of the National Forest.The 2016 mid year estimate of the population of the City of Leicester unitary authority was 348,300, an increase of approximately 18,500 ( 5.6%) from the 2011 census figure of 329,839, making it the most populous municipality in the East Midlands region. The associated urban area is also the 11th most populous in England and the 13th most populous in the United Kingdom.Leicester is at the intersection of two major railway lines—the north/south Midland Main Line and the east/west Birmingham to London Stansted CrossCountry line; as well as the confluence of the M1/M69 motorways and the A6/A46 trunk routes. Leicester is the home to football club Leicester City and rugby club Leicester Tigers.

Leicester City Council elections

Leicester is a unitary authority in Leicestershire, England. Until 1 April 1997 it was a non-metropolitan district. Since 2011 it has also had a directly elected mayor.

List of lord mayors of Leicester

The position of Lord Mayor of Leicester is a mainly ceremonial post, being the title of the chairman of the Leicester City Council, elected annually by the members of the council.

The role of Lord Mayor is in many ways similar to that carried out by the Speaker in the House of Commons.

From the Middle Ages until 1928 the title was simply Mayor of Leicester. Until the 19th century, the mayors were usually elected annually by the Corporation of Leicester. Since the development of forms of local democracy, the mayors and Lord Mayors of the city have been elected indirectly from among elected councillors and aldermen, but since 1971 no unelected aldermen have been entitled to vote.

List of public art in Leicestershire

This is a list of public art in the Leicestershire county of England. This list applies only to works of public art on permanent display in an outdoor public space. For example, this does not include artworks in museums.

Mary Linwood Comprehensive School

Mary Linwood Comprehensive School was a secondary school located in the English city of Leicester. The school was an all-girls school till 1976 when it started to admit boys from the, closing, Linwood Boys school, the last year of all girls left in 1980. Before closure in 1997, the school became an annex of Riverside Business & Enterprise College (formerly Riverside Community College) and after Mary Linwood School's closure most of the teachers and any remaining students transferred to Riverside.

In 2007, Leicester City Council considered the establishment of a City Academy on the site of the former Mary Linwood Secondary School. The principal sponsor of this Academy is the Church of England. The Council transferred the site of the former secondary school (Mary Linwood) to the sponsors. Samworth, Leicester's first City Academy, was built on the site of the old Mary Linwood school and completed in September, 2007.

The children of author Sue Townsend attended the school during the late 1970s and early 1980s; their experiences influenced her highly successful Adrian Mole books. The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole was reputedly based on Sue Townsend's son's experiences at the school. Several of the teachers who appear in the book (such as Mr. Dock and Miss Fossington-Gore) are based on actual staff who worked at the school in the early 1980s.

Mayor of Leicester

The mayor of Leicester is responsible for the executive function of Leicester City Council. The incumbent is Peter Soulsby of Labour.

New College Leicester

New College Leicester (formed in 1999/2000 in a merger between New Parks Community College, Alderman Newton's School, and Wycliffe Community College) is a coeducational foundation secondary school and sixth form, located in the New Parks area of Leicester in the English county of Leicestershire.New College Leicester became a foundation school in June 2010. As a foundation school it is administered by a trust which includes Leicester City Council, Wyggeston and Queen Elizabeth I College and the CfBT Education Trust.The school offers GCSEs, BTECs and ASDAN qualifications as programmes of study for pupils, with those in the sixth form have the option to study from a range of A Levels and further BTECs.

Nigel Porter

Nigel Carl Porter is a Liberal Democrat politician in the City of Leicester. He currently serves as the Leader of the Opposition on the Leicester City Council, and has been a ward councillor for Aylestone since 2004.

Rutland County Council

Rutland County Council is a unitary authority responsible for local government in the historic county of Rutland in the East Midlands of England. The current council was created in April 1997. The population of the Council at the 2011 census was 37,369.As a unitary authority, the council is responsible for almost all local services in Rutland, with the exception of the Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service and Leicestershire Police, which are run by joint boards with Leicestershire County Council and Leicester City Council.

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