Portsmouth City Council

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.

Portsmouth City Council
Portsmouth City Council logo
Type
Type
History
Founded7 June 1973 (Non-metropolitan district)
1 April 1997 (Unitary authority)
Leadership
Cllr David Fuller
since 14th May 2019
Leader of the Council
Cllr Gerald Vernon-Jackson CBE, Liberal Democrat
since 15th May 2018
Chief Executive
David Williams
Structure
Seats42 councillors
Portsmouth City Council composition
Political groups
Administration (18)
     Liberal Democrats (18)
Confidence and Supply (6)
     Labour (6)
Opposition (18)
     Conservative (16)
     Independent (2)
Length of term
4 years
Elections
First-past-the-post
Last election
3 May 2018
Next election
2 May 2019
Meeting place
Civic Offices, Guildhall Walk, Portsmouth
Website
www.portsmouth.gov.uk

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, 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
office
Notes
Baffins Darren Sanders 2016-20 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.
Baffins Jeanette Smith 2018-22
Baffins Lynne Stagg 2019-23 Cabinet Member for Traffic & Transportation.
Central Southsea Steve Pitt 2016-20 Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport & Deputy Leader.
Central Southsea George Fielding 2018-22
Central Southsea Suzy Horton 2019-23 Cabinet Member for Education.
Charles Dickens Stephen Morgan 2016-20 Labour Party group leader, Member of Parliament for Portsmouth South
Charles Dickens Claire Udy 2018-22
Charles Dickens Cal Corkery 2019-23
Copnor Neill Young 2016-20
Copnor Ben Swann 2018-22
Copnor Robert New 2019-23
Cosham Hannah Hockaday 2018-22
Cosham Lee Mason 2019-23 Lord Mayor of Portsmouth[8]
Cosham Matthew Atkins 2019-23
Drayton & Farlington Steve Wemyss 2016-20
Drayton & Farlington Simon Bosher 2018-22
Drayton & Farlington Terry Norton 2019-23
Eastney & Craneswater Matthew Winnington 2016-20 Winnington was his party's candidate for the Fareham constituency in the 2015 and 2017 general elections. Cabinet Member for Health, Wellbeing and Social Care.
Eastney & Craneswater Luke Stubbs 2018-22 Deputy Conservative Group Leader.
Eastney & Craneswater Linda Symes 2019-23
Fratton David Fuller 2016-20 Deputy Lord Mayor
Fratton Tom Coles 2018-22
Fratton Dave Ashmore 2019-23 Cabinet Member for Environment and Community Safety.
Hilsea Donna Jones 2016-20 Conservative group and former Leader of the Council from 2014 to 2018.[9]
Hilsea Frank Jonas BEM 2018-22
Hilsea Scott Payter-Harris 2019-23
Milton Will Purvis 2016-20
Milton Ben Dowling 2018-22 Cabinet Member for Planning, Regeneration and Economic Development.
Milton Gerald Vernon-Jackson
CBE
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 2016-20 Former Leader of the Council from 1994-2000, and again from 2001-2002.
Nelson Jason Fazackarley 2018-22
Nelson Lee Hunt 2019-23
Paulsgrove John Ferrett 2016-20 Former leader of the Labour group; although a member of Renew Britain,[10] Ferrett sits as a Non Aligned Independent.[11]
Paulsgrove Jo Hooper 2018-22
Paulsgrove Gemma New 2019-23
St Jude Hugh Mason 2016-20
St Jude Judith Smyth 2018-22
St Jude Graham Heaney 2019-23
St Thomas Tom Wood 2016-20
St Thomas Rob Wood 2018-22 Cabinet Member for Children and Families.
St Thomas Chris Attwell 2019-23

See also

References

  1. ^ "Portsmouth City Council Election Results 1973-1995" (PDF). The Elections Centre, Plymouth University. June 2015.
  2. ^ "Portsmouth Local Elections 2007". BBC News Online. 4 May 2007.
  3. ^ "Portsmouth Local Elections 2008". BBC News Online. 2 May 2008.
  4. ^ "Lib Dems claim fourth defection". BBC News Online. 27 January 2009.
  5. ^ "Conservatives continue running Portsmouth City Council". BBC News Online. 20 May 2015.
  6. ^ "Gerald Vernon-Jackson replaces Donna Jones as Portsmouth City Council leader". Portsmouth News. 15 May 2018.
  7. ^ "Your Councillors by Ward". Portsmouth City Council. 3 May 2018.
  8. ^ "The current Lord Mayor of Portsmouth". Portsmouth City Council. 15 May 2018.
  9. ^ "Councillor Donna Jones". Portsmouth City Council. 3 June 2014.
  10. ^ Cotterill, Tom (3 May 2018). "Former Portsmouth Labour leader joins anti-Brexit Renew party". The News. Portsmouth. Retrieved 2 October 2018.
  11. ^ "Councillor John Ferrett". Portsmouth City Council. Retrieved 2 October 2018.
1998 Portsmouth City Council election

Elections to Portsmouth City Council were held on 7 May 1998. One third of the council was up for election and the Labour party stayed in overall control of the council.

After the election, the composition of the council was

Labour 21

Liberal Democrat 10

Conservative 8

1999 Portsmouth City Council election

Elections to Portsmouth City Council were held on 6 May 1999. One third of the council was up for election and the Labour party stayed in overall control of the council.

After the election, the composition of the council was

Labour 20

Conservative 10

Liberal Democrat 9

2000 Portsmouth City Council election

Elections to Portsmouth City Council were held on 4 May 2000. One third of the council was up for election and the Labour party lost overall control of the council to no overall control.

After the election, the composition of the council was

Conservative 16

Labour 15

Liberal Democrat 8

2002 Portsmouth City Council election

Elections to Portsmouth City Council were held on 2 May 2002. The whole council was up for election with boundary changes since the last election in 2000 increasing the number of seats by 3. The council stayed under no overall control.

2003 Portsmouth City Council election

Elections to Portsmouth City Council were held on 1 May 2003. One third of the council was up for election and the council stayed under no overall control. Overall turnout was 26.6%.

After the election, the composition of the council was

Liberal Democrat 16

Conservative 15

Labour 11

2004 Portsmouth City Council election

Elections to Portsmouth City Council Council were held on 10 June 2004. One third of the council was up for election and the council stayed under no overall control. Overall turnout was 34.9%.

After the election, the composition of the council was

Liberal Democrat 20

Conservative 15

Labour 7

2006 Portsmouth City Council election

Elections to Portsmouth City Council were held on 4 May 2006. One third of the council was up for election and the council stayed under no overall control.

After the election, the composition of the council was

Liberal Democrat 21

Conservative 16

Labour 5

2007 Portsmouth City Council election

Elections to Portsmouth City Council were held on 3 May 2007. One third of the council was up for election and the council stayed under no overall control.

After the election, the composition of the council was

Liberal Democrat 19

Conservative 17

Labour 5

Independent 1

2008 Portsmouth City Council election

The 2008 Portsmouth City Council election took place on Thursday 1 May 2008 to elect members of Portsmouth City Council in Hampshire, England. One third of the council (14 seats) was up for election using the first-past-the-post voting system. The Conservatives won a majority of the seats being contested, while the council remained in no overall control.

After the election, the composition of the council was:

Conservatives: 19

Liberal Democrats: 19

Labour: 2

Independent: 2

2010 Portsmouth City Council election

The 2010 Portsmouth City Council election took place on Thursday 6 May 2010 to elect members of Portsmouth City Council in Hampshire, England. The election took place on the same day as a parliamentary general election, and one third of the council (14 seats) was up for election using the first-past-the-post voting system. The Liberal Democrats won a majority of the seats being contested, and remained in overall control of the council, which they had achieved following a series of defections to the party in 2009.After the election, the composition of the council was:

Liberal Democrats: 24

Conservatives: 16

Labour: 2

2011 Portsmouth City Council election

The 2011 Portsmouth City Council election took place on Thursday 5 May 2011 to elect members of Portsmouth City Council in Hampshire, England. The election took place on the same day as a referendum on the parliamentary voting system, and one third of the council (14 seats) was up for election using the first-past-the-post voting system. The Liberal Democrats won a majority of the seats being contested, and remained in overall control of the council.After the election, the composition of the council was:

Liberal Democrats: 23

Conservatives: 17

Labour: 2

2012 Portsmouth City Council election

The 2012 Portsmouth City Council elections took place on Thursday 3 May 2012 to elect members of Portsmouth City Council in Hampshire, England. One third of the council (14 seats) was contested using the first-past-the-post voting system. The ruling Liberal Democrats won a majority of the seats being contested, and remained in overall control of the council.After the election, the composition of the council was:

Liberal Democrats: 26

Conservatives: 12

Labour: 4

2014 Portsmouth City Council election

The 2014 Portsmouth City Council elections took place on Thursday 22 May 2014 to elect members of Portsmouth City Council in Hampshire, England. One third of the council's seats were contested using the first-past-the-post voting system, alongside elections to the European Parliament. The ruling Liberal Democrat group lost control of the council to No overall control, with UKIP making 6 gains to win their first seats on the Council.

After the election, the composition of the council was:

Liberal Democrats - 18 (-5)

Conservatives - 12 (0)

UKIP - 6 (+6)

Labour - 4 (-1)

2015 Portsmouth City Council election

The 2015 Portsmouth City Council election took place on 7 May 2015 to elect members of Portsmouth City Council in England. This was on the same day as other local elections.

2016 Portsmouth City Council election

The 2016 Portsmouth City Council election took place on 5 May 2016 to elect members of Portsmouth City Council. This took place on the same day as other local elections taking place around the UK, including the London Mayoral election and the Scottish and Welsh Parliament elections.

14 of 42 seats were contested during these elections within this unitary authority.

After this year's local elections, the composition of the council is now (compared to the situation immediately prior to the election):

Conservatives: 19 (0)

Liberal Democrats: 15 (+1)

UKIP: 4 (0)

Labour: 3 (0)

Independent: 1 (-1)

2018 Portsmouth City Council election

The 2018 Portsmouth City Council election took place on Thursday 3 May 2018 to elect members of Portsmouth City Council.

14 of 42 seats were contested during this elections within the unitary authority.

After this year's local elections, the composition of the council is now (compared to the situation immediately prior to the election):

The Statement of Persons Nominated was made on 6 April 2018 by Returning Officer David Williams.

2019 Portsmouth City Council election

Elections to Portsmouth City Council took place on Thursday 2 May 2019, alongside other local elections across the country. The council went into no overall control at the last election. The seats contested in this election were last contested in 2015. The Conservative party had 8 seats they were defending, the Liberal Democrats 5 and Labour 1 seat. A by-election occurred within the vacant Cosham seat from last years election, due to the sitting Conservative standing down. No party gained a majority from this election, and therefore the council remains under no overall control.

Portsmouth

Portsmouth ( (listen)) is a port city in Hampshire, England, with a total population of 205,400 residents. The city of Portsmouth is nicknamed Pompey and is mainly built on Portsea Island, a flat, low-lying island measuring 24 square kilometres (9 sq mi) in area, just off the south-east coast of Hampshire. Portsmouth is the only island city in the United Kingdom, and is the only city whose population density exceeds that of London.Portsmouth is located 70 miles (110 km) south-west of London and 19 miles (31 km) south-east of Southampton. With the surrounding towns of Gosport, Fareham, Havant and Waterlooville, Portsmouth forms the eastern half of the South Hampshire metropolitan area, which includes Southampton and Eastleigh in the western half.

Portsmouth's history can be traced back to Roman times. A significant naval port for centuries, Portsmouth has the world's oldest dry dock. In the sixteenth century, Portsmouth was England's first line of defence during the French invasion of 1545. By the early nineteenth century, the world's first mass production line was set up in Portsmouth Dockyard's Block Mills, making it the most industrialised site in the world and birthplace of the Industrial Revolution. Portsmouth was also the most heavily fortified town in the world, and was considered "the world's greatest naval port" at the height of the British Empire throughout Pax Britannica. Defences known as the Palmerston Forts were built around Portsmouth in 1859 in anticipation of another invasion from continental Europe.

In 1926, Portsmouth was officially elevated in status from a town to a city. The motto "Heaven's Light Our Guide", a reference to the city's eight-pointed star and crescent moon emblem, was registered to the City of Portsmouth in 1929. During the Second World War, the city of Portsmouth was bombed extensively in the Portsmouth Blitz, which resulted in the deaths of 930 people. In 1944, Portsmouth was the pivotal embarkation point for the D-Day landings of 6 June 1944. In 1982, a large proportion of the task force dispatched to liberate the Falkland Islands deployed from the city's naval base. Her Majesty's Yacht Britannia left the city to oversee the transfer of Hong Kong in 1997, which marked for many the end of the empire. In 1997, Portsmouth became a Unitary Authority, with Portsmouth City Council gaining powers of a non-metropolitan county and district council combined, responsibilities previously held by Hampshire County Council.

Portsmouth is one of the world's best known ports. HMNB Portsmouth is considered to be the home of the Royal Navy and is home to two-thirds of the UK's surface fleet. The city is home to some famous ships, including HMS Warrior, the Tudor carrack Mary Rose and Horatio Nelson's flagship, HMS Victory (the world's oldest naval ship still in commission). The former HMS Vernon naval shore establishment has been redeveloped as a retail park known as Gunwharf Quays. Portsmouth is among the few British cities with two cathedrals: the Anglican Cathedral of St Thomas and the Roman Catholic Cathedral of St John the Evangelist. The waterfront and Portsmouth Harbour are dominated by the Spinnaker Tower, one of the United Kingdom's tallest structures at 560 feet (170 m). Nearby Southsea is a seaside resort with a pier amusement park and medieval castle.

Portsmouth F.C., the city's professional football club, play their home games at Fratton Park in the Milton area of the city, near Fratton railway station. Portsmouth has several mainline railway stations that connect to Brighton, Cardiff, London Victoria and London Waterloo amongst other lines in southern England. Portsmouth International Port is a commercial cruise ship and ferry port for international destinations. The port is the second busiest in the United Kingdom after Dover, handling around three million passengers a year. The city formerly had its own airport, Portsmouth Airport, until its closure in 1973. The University of Portsmouth enrols 23,000 students and is ranked among the world's best modern universities. Portsmouth is also the birthplace of author Charles Dickens, engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel and former Prime Minister James Callaghan.

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