Portsmouth City Council

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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
Cllr Ken Ellcome
Since 17 May 2017
Leader of the Council
Cllr Donna Jones, Conservative
Since 3 June 2014
Chief Executive
David Williams
Seats 42 councillors
Portsmouth City Council composition
Political groups
     Conservative (20)
Other Parties
     Liberal Democrats (15)
     Labour (2)
     UKIP (2)
     Independent (2)
     Vacant (1)
Length of term
4 years
Last election
5 May 2016
Next election
3 May 2018

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 control

Since the first election to the council in 1973 political control of the council has been held by the following parties:[1][2][3]

Party in control
Non-metropolitan district
Conservative 1973-1990
No overall control 1990-1995
Labour 1995-1997
Unitary authority
Labour 1996-2000
No overall control 2000-2009[3]
Liberal Democrats 2009-2014[4]
No overall control (Conservative Administration) 2014–present

Councillors and Wards

List of Portsmouth City Councillors by Ward [5]

Ward Councillor Term in
Baffins Vacant Most recently Steve Hastings (elected UKIP, defected to the Conservatives). Resigned to contest a seat on the Isle of Wight.
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.
Central Southsea Lee Hunt 2014-18
Central Southsea Suzy Horton 2015-19
Central Southsea Steve Pitt 2016-20
Charles Dickens Paul Godier 2014-18
Charles Dickens Yahiya Chowdhury 2015-19
Charles Dickens Stephen Morgan 2016-20 Labour Party group leader, Member of Parliament for Portsmouth South
Copnor Alicia Denny 2014-18
Copnor Robert New 2015-19 Cabinet Member for Environment and Community Safety
Copnor Neill Young 2016-20
Cosham Hannah Hockaday 2014-18 Cabinet Member for Education
Cosham Lee Mason 2015-19 Deputy Lord Mayor
Cosham James Fleming 2016-20
Drayton & Farlington Simon Bosher 2014-18 Cabinet Member for Traffic & Transportation
Drayton & Farlington Ken Ellcome 2015-19 Lord Mayor of Portsmouth[6]
Drayton & Farlington Steve Wemyss 2016-20
Eastney & Craneswater Luke Stubbs 2014-18 Deputy Leader of the Council and Cabinet Member, Deputy leader of the Conservative group.
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.
Fratton Julie Bird 2014-18
Fratton Dave Ashmore 2015-19
Fratton David Fuller 2016-20
Hilsea Frank Jonas BEM 2014-18 Cabinet Member for Resources
Hilsea Scott Payter-Harris 2015-19
Hilsea Donna Jones 2016-20 Leader of the Council and of the Conservative group since 2014.[7]
Milton Ben Dowling 2014-18
Milton Gerald Vernon-Jackson
2015-19 Liberal Democrats group leader. Vernon-Jackson was his party's candidate for Portsmouth South in the 2015 and 2017 General Elections. Formally Portsmouth Council Leader from 2004 to 2014.
Milton Will Purvis 2016-20
Nelson George Galloway 2014-18 UKIP group leader
Nelson Ian Lyon 2015-19
Nelson Leo Madden 2016-20
Paulsgrove Stuart Potter 2014-18
Paulsgrove Gemma New 2015-19
Paulsgrove John Ferrett 2016-20 Former leader of the Labour group
St Jude Linda Symes 2014-18 Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport
St Jude David Tompkins 2015-19
St Jude Hugh Mason 2016-20
St Thomas Rob Wood 2014-18
St Thomas Ryan Brent 2015-19 Cabinet Member for Children and Families
St Thomas Tom Wood 2016-20

See also


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