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
Founded 7 June 1973 (Non-metropolitan district)
1 April 1997 (Unitary authority)
Cllr Lee Mason
Since 15 May 2018
Leader of the Council
Cllr Gerald Vernon-Jackson CBE, Liberal Democrat
Since 15 May 2018
Chief Executive
David Williams
Seats 42 councillors
Portsmouth City Council composition
Political groups
     Liberal Democrats (16)
     Labour (5)
Other Parties
     Conservative (19)
     Independent (2)
Length of term
4 years
Last election
5 May 2016
Next election
3 May 2018
Meeting place
Civic Offices, Guildhall Walk, Portsmouth

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
Baffins Lynne Stagg 2015-19
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.
Baffins Jeanette Smith 2018-22
Central Southsea Suzy Horton 2015-19
Central Southsea Steve Pitt 2016-20
Central Southsea George Fielding 2018-22
Charles Dickens Yahiya Chowdhury 2015-19
Charles Dickens Stephen Morgan 2016-20 Labour Party group leader, Member of Parliament for Portsmouth South
Charles Dickens Claire Udy 2018-22
Copnor Robert New 2015-19 Cabinet Member for Environment and Community Safety
Copnor Neill Young 2016-20
Copnor Ben Swann 2018-22
Cosham Lee Mason 2015-19 Deputy Lord Mayor
Cosham James Fleming 2016-20
Cosham Hannah Hockaday 2018-22 Cabinet Member for Education
Drayton & Farlington Ken Ellcome 2015-19 Lord Mayor of Portsmouth[8]
Drayton & Farlington Steve Wemyss 2016-20
Drayton & Farlington Simon Bosher 2018-22 Cabinet Member for Traffic & Transportation
Eastney & Craneswater Jennie Brent 2015-19 Cabinet Member for Housing
Eastney & Craneswater Matthew Winnington 2016-20 Winnington was his party's candidate for the Fareham constituency in the 2015 and 2017 General Elections.
Eastney & Craneswater Luke Stubbs 2018-22 Deputy Leader of the Council and Cabinet Member, Deputy leader of the Conservative group.
Fratton Dave Ashmore 2015-19
Fratton David Fuller 2016-20
Fratton Tom Coles 2018-22
Hilsea Scott Payter-Harris 2015-19
Hilsea Donna Jones 2016-20 Conservative group and former Leader of the Council from 2014 to 2018.[9]
Hilsea Frank Jonas BEM 2018-22 Cabinet Member for Resources
Milton Gerald Vernon-Jackson
2015-19 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.
Milton Will Purvis 2016-20
Milton Ben Dowling 2018-22
Nelson Ian Lyon 2015-19
Nelson Leo Madden 2016-20 Former Leader of the Council from 1994-2000, and again from 2001-2002.
Nelson Jason Fazackarley 2018-22
Paulsgrove Gemma New 2015-19
Paulsgrove John Ferrett 2016-20 Former leader of the Labour group.
Paulsgrove Jo Hooper 2018-22
St Jude David Tompkins 2015-19
St Jude Hugh Mason 2016-20
St Jude Judith Smyth 2018-22
St Thomas Ryan Brent 2015-19 Cabinet Member for Children and Families
St Thomas Tom Wood 2016-20
St Thomas Rob Wood 2018-22

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 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. 16 May 2017.
  9. ^ "Councillor Donna Jones". Portsmouth City Council. 3 June 2014.

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