Southampton City Council elections

Southampton City Council elections are held three out of every four years to elect members of Southampton City Council, the local authority for the city of Southampton in Hampshire, England. Since 1 April 1997 Southampton has been a unitary authority responsible for all local government functions; prior to this it was a non-metropolitan district beneath Hampshire County Council.

Southampton City Council is made up of 48 councillors, with three councillors representing each of 16 wards. One councillor from each ward is elected each May on a four-year cycle, with no elections in the fourth year.[1]

Political control

Since the first election to the council in 1973 political control of the council has been held by the following parties:[2][3]

Non-metropolitan district

Party in control Years
Labour 1973-1976
Conservative 1976-1984
Labour 1984-1987
No overall control 1987-1988
Labour 1988-1997

Unitary authority

Party in control Years
Labour 1997-2000
No overall control
Labour minority administration
2000-2003[4]
No overall control
Liberal Democrat minority administration
2003-2007
No overall control
Conservative minority administration
2007-2008[5][6]
Conservative 2008-2012[7]
Labour 2012–present[8]

Council elections

Non-metropolitan district elections

  • 1973 Southampton City Council election
  • 1976 Southampton City Council election
  • 1979 Southampton City Council election (New ward boundaries & city boundary changes also took place)[9][10]
  • 1980 Southampton City Council election
  • 1982 Southampton City Council election
  • 1983 Southampton City Council election
  • 1984 Southampton City Council election
  • 1986 Southampton City Council election
  • 1987 Southampton City Council election
  • 1988 Southampton City Council election
  • 1990 Southampton City Council election
  • 1991 Southampton City Council election
  • 1992 Southampton City Council election
  • 1994 Southampton City Council election
  • 1995 Southampton City Council election

Unitary authority elections

City result maps

Southampton labelled ward map 2002

Ward boundaries used since 2002

Southampton UK local election 2002 map

2002 results map

Southampton UK local election 2003 map

2003 results map

Southampton UK local election 2004 map

2004 results map

Southampton 2006 election map

2006 results map

Southampton 2007 election map

2007 results map

Southampton 2008 election map

2008 results map

Southampton UK local election 2010 map

2010 results map

Southampton UK local election 2011 map

2011 results map

Southampton UK local election 2012 map

2012 results map

Southampton UK local election 2014 map

2014 results map

Southampton UK local election 2015 map

2015 results map

Southampton UK local election 2016 map

2016 results map

Southampton UK local election 2018 map

2018 results map

Southampton UK local election 2019 map

2019 results map

By-election results

1990s

Bargate By-Election 23 October 1997
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour 885 52.6 -6.4
Conservative 259 15.4 -3.0
Socialist Labour 257 15.3 +9.3
Liberal Democrat 250 14.9 +4.7
Independent Labour 31 1.8 -4.7
Majority 626 37.2
Turnout 1,682 13.0
Labour hold Swing
Woolston By-Election 12 March 1998
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour 975 47.8 -9.4
Liberal Democrat 725 35.6 +6.1
Conservative 339 16.6 +3.3
Majority 250 12.2
Turnout 2,039 17.9
Labour hold Swing
Bassett By-Election 8 October 1998
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative 1,025 58.9 +8.9
Labour 372 21.4 -16.2
Liberal Democrat 344 19.8 +7.5
Majority 653 37.5
Turnout 1,741 14.5
Conservative hold Swing
Harefield By-Election 8 October 1998
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour 858 44.1 -6.7
Conservative 856 44.0 +9.3
Liberal Democrat 231 11.9 +3.3
Majority 2 0.1
Turnout 1,945 19.3
Labour hold Swing

2000s

Bitterne Park By-Election 15 September 2005[14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Clifford Coombes 984 37.1 +0.4
Labour Mike Brainsby 791 29.9 +13.1
Liberal Democrat Anne Work 785 29.6 -4.3
Green Joseph Cox 89 3.4 +3.4
Majority 193 7.2
Turnout 2,649
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrat Swing

2010s

Coxford By-Election 14 March 2019[15][16]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
 LabourMatthew Raynard66826.2%−2.0%
 ConservativeDiana June Galton52920.7%+4.3%
 Liberal DemocratSam Philip Chapman45017.6%+14.7%
 Socialist Alternative – Putting People FirstSusan Anne Atkins36814.4N/A
 Integrity SouthamptonDavid John Fletcher1787.0%N/A
 IndependentRichard Terrence McQuillan1746.8%N/A
 UKIPDerek Lascelles Humber1234.8%N/A
 GreenCara Anne Sandys532.1%−0.9%
Majority1395.4%
Turnout255125.03%−7.7%
 Labour gain from Independent

References

  1. ^ Name of file (2018). "Councillors – Southampton City Council". Southampton.gov.uk. Retrieved 13 August 2018.
  2. ^ "Council compositions". The Elections Centre. Retrieved 3 May 2016.
  3. ^ "Southamoton". BBC News Online. 19 April 2008. Retrieved 25 April 2010.
  4. ^ "Vote 2002". BBC News. 5 May 2002. Retrieved 11 September 2018.
  5. ^ "'Shock move' gives Tories power". BBC News Online. 17 May 2007. Retrieved 30 January 2011.
  6. ^ "Tories lose city council control". BBC News. 21 February 2008. Retrieved 11 September 2018.
  7. ^ "Tories seize power in Southampton". BBC News. 2 May 2008. Retrieved 11 September 2018.
  8. ^ "Vote 2012 - Southampton". BBC News. 4 May 2012. Retrieved 10 September 2018.
  9. ^ The City of Southampton (Electoral Arrangements) Order 1976
  10. ^ The New Forest and Southampton (Areas) Order 1978
  11. ^ legislation.gov.uk - The City of Southampton (Electoral Changes) Order 2001. Retrieved on 4 October 2015.
  12. ^ "Southampton". BBC News Online. Retrieved 25 April 2010.
  13. ^ "Elections explained". Southampton City Council. Retrieved 25 April 2010.
  14. ^ "Bitterne Park ward by election result 15/09/2005". Southampton City Council. Retrieved 25 April 2010.
  15. ^ "Nominees unveiled for Coxford by-election". Southern Daily Echo. Newsquest.
  16. ^ "Declaration of result of poll" (PDF). Southampton City Council. 14 March 2019. Retrieved 18 March 2019.

External links

1998 Southampton City Council election

The 1998 Southampton Council election took place on 7 May 1998 to elect members of Southampton Unitary Council in Hampshire, England. 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 28

Liberal Democrat 14

Conservative 3

1999 Southampton City Council election

The 1999 Southampton Council election took place on 6 May 1999 to elect members of Southampton Unitary Council in Hampshire, England. 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 27

Liberal Democrat 14

Conservative 4

2000 Southampton City Council election

The 2000 Southampton Council election took place on 4 May 2000 to elect members of Southampton Unitary Council in Hampshire, England. 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

Labour 22

Liberal Democrat 16

Conservative 7

2002 Southampton City Council election

The 2002 Southampton Council election took place on 2 May 2002 to elect members of Southampton Unitary Council in Hampshire, England. The whole council was up for election with boundary changes since the last election in 2000 increasing the number of seat by 3. The council stayed under no overall control.

2003 Southampton City Council election

The 2003 Southampton Council election took place on 1 May 2003 to elect members of Southampton Unitary Council in Hampshire, England. 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 18

Labour 16

Conservative 12

Liberal 1

Independent 1

2004 Southampton City Council election

The 2004 Southampton Council election took place on 10 June 2004 to elect members of Southampton Unitary Council in Hampshire, England. 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

Labour 15

Conservative 14

2006 Southampton City Council election

The 2006 Southampton Council election took place on 4 May 2006 to elect members of Southampton Unitary Council in Hampshire, England. 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 16

Labour 16

Conservative 16

2007 Southampton City Council election

The 2007 Southampton Council election took place on 3 May 2007 to elect members of Southampton Unitary Council in Hampshire, England. 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

Conservative 18

Labour 18

Liberal Democrat 12

2008 Southampton City Council election

The 2008 Southampton Council election took place on 1 May 2008 to elect members of Southampton Unitary Council in Hampshire, England. One third of the council was up for election and the Conservative party gained overall control of the council from no overall control.After the election, the composition of the council was

Conservative 26

Labour 14

Liberal Democrat 8

2010 Southampton City Council election

The 2010 Southampton Council election took place on 6 May 2010 to elect members of Southampton Unitary Council in Hampshire, England. One third of the council was up for election and the Conservative party stayed in overall control of the council.After the election, the composition of the council was

Conservative 28

Labour 15

Liberal Democrat 5

2011 Southampton City Council election

The 2011 Southampton Council election took place on 6 May 2011 to elect members of Southampton Unitary Council in Hampshire, England. One third of the council (16 seats) was up for election. Labour won a majority of the seats being contested and the Conservatives stayed in overall control of the council.Southampton Council is elected in thirds, which means the vote share change is compared to the corresponding 2007 Southampton Council election.

After the election, the composition of the council was

Conservative 26 (-2)

Labour 19 (+4)

Liberal Democrat 3 (-2)

2012 Southampton City Council election

The 2012 Southampton Council election took place on Thursday 3 May 2012 to elect members of Southampton City Council in Hampshire, England. One third of the council (16 seats) was scheduled for election, whilst two additional vacancies, caused by the resignation of sitting councillors, were also filled in Bitterne Park and Peartree wards, meaning a total of 18 of the city’s 48 seats were elected.

The ruling conservative party had come under intense public scrutiny for their sweeping program of privatisation of council services and implementing pay cuts to council jobs which led to union disputes. Labour won a majority of the seats being contested, and also gained overall control of the council from the Conservatives.

2014 Southampton City Council election

The 2014 Southampton City Council election took place on Thursday 22 May 2014 to elect members of Southampton City Council in Hampshire, England. One third of the council (16 seats) was up for election, and an additional vacancy in Millbrook ward caused by the resignation of a sitting councillor who had been elected in 2012, was also filled, meaning a total of 17 of the city’s 48 seats were elected. The elections took place on the same day as the elections to the European Parliament.

Southampton Council is elected in thirds, which means the all comparisons are to the corresponding 2010 Southampton City Council election. In Millbrook, the candidate with the most votes was elected for a full term lasting until 2018. The candidate who came second was elected for the remainder of the resigned councillor's term, ending in 2016.

Coxford councillors who formed the Putting People First group originally split from Labour in 2013 Keith Morrell was up for election in the ward in this election

2015 Southampton City Council election

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

After the election, the composition of the council was

Labour 26 (-2)

Conservative 20 (+2)

Councillors Against Cuts 2Just one week after the election, newly re-elected Labour councillor for Redbridge, Andrew Pope, who had represented the area since 2011, left Labour to sit as an independent, citing concerns he had with the leader of the council, Simon Letts, who he accused of "putting his own position ahead of the people of Southampton" and of lacking "vision and strong leadership".

2016 Southampton City Council election

The 2016 Southampton City Council election took place on 5 May 2016 to elect members of Southampton City Council in England. This was on the same day as other local elections.

After the election, the composition of the council was

Labour 25

Conservative 19 (-1)

Councillors Against Cuts 3 (+1)

Independent 1

2018 Southampton City Council election

Elections to Southampton City Council took place on Thursday 3 May 2018, alongside nationwide local elections, alongside other local elections across the country. The elections saw no changes in the overall composition of the council, however saw seats being exchanged. The Labour Party lost Bitterne, Millbrook and Peartree to the Conservative party while the Conservatives lost Freemantle, Portswood and Swaythling to Labour. This led to the Labour leader of the council, Simon Letts, and the leader of the Conservative group in the city, Jeremy Moulton, losing their seats.

2019 Southampton City Council election

Elections to Southampton City Council took place on Thursday 2 May 2019, alongside other local elections across the country. The Labour Party held a narrow majority of two at the last election and the seats contested in this election were last contested in 2015 Labour were defending 6 seats, the Conservatives were defending 8, whilst independent councillors, who held two seats, were not standing re-elections. Following a by-election in the Coxford ward where Labour gained the seat formerly held by a independent.

The result saw the Labour party gain Coxford, Freemantle, Portswood and Swaythling, but lost Millbrook and Bitterne to the Conservatives, making a new gain of three.

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