Brighton and Hove City Council elections

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Brighton and Hove Unitary Council in England is elected every four years. Since the last boundary changes in 2003, 54 councillors have been elected from 21 wards.[1][2]

Political control[edit]

Since 1996 political control of the council has been held by the following parties:[3]

Party in control Years
Labour 1996–2003
No overall control 2003 – present

Council elections[edit]

Overview[edit]

Year Conservative Green Labour Liberal Democrats Independent
2011 18 23 13 0 0
2007 26 12 13 2 1
2003 20 6 24 3 1
1999 23 3 44 5 3

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By-election results[edit]

Overview[edit]

By-election Date Incumbent party Result
Wish 1 May 1997 Labour Labour
Hollingbury 24 July 1997 Labour Labour
Portslade South 7 May 1998 Labour Labour
Rottingdean 7 May 1998 Conservative Conservative
Tenantry 1 September 1999 Labour Labour
Goldsmid 7 June 2001 Conservative Labour
Patcham 11 April 2002 Conservative Conservative
Westdene 16 May 2002 Conservative Conservative
Hangleton and Knoll 7 October 2004 Labour Conservative
Regency 13 December 2007 Green Green
Goldsmid 23 July 2009 Conservative Green
St Peter's and North Laine 8 July 2010 Green Green
Westbourne 22 December 2011 Conservative Conservative
East Brighton 18 October 2012 Labour Labour
Hanover and Elm Grove 11 July 2013 Green Labour

1995–1999[edit]

Wish By-Election 1 May 1997
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour 2,054 43.5 -2.3
Conservative 1,771 37.5 -2.2
Hove Conservative 562 11.9 +11.9
Green 255 5.4 -0.8
Natural Law 84 1.8 +1.8
Majority 283 6.0
Turnout 4,726
Labour hold Swing
Hollingbury By-Election 24 July 1997
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour 1,131 60.8 -6.3
Conservative 432 23.2 +9.6
Green 101 5.4 -4.4
Independent 95 5.1 +5.1
Liberal Democrat 68 3.7 -5.7
Socialist Labour 32 1.7 +1.7
Majority 699 37.6
Turnout 1,859
Labour hold Swing
Portslade South ward By-Election 7 May 1998[6]

(resignation of Ivor Caplin following election as MP in 1997)

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Les Hamilton 1,290 62.5 +3.2
Conservative Ted Kemble 483 23.4 -2.7
Liberal Democrat Nigel Donovan 217 10.5 -0.6
Green Nigel Baker 74 3.6 +0.1
Majority 807 39.1
Turnout 1,990 30.0
Labour hold Swing
Rottingdean ward By-Election 7 May 1998[6]

(death of Cllr Shirley Wrigley)

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative David Smith 1,724 58.8 +6.1
Labour Mark Bunting 803 27.4 +3.8
Liberal Democrat Harold de Souza 319 10.9 -3.3
Green Peter Poole 84 2.9 -0.5
Majority 921 31.4
Turnout 2,930 38.0
Conservative hold Swing

1999–2003[edit]

Tenantry By-Election 30 September 1999
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour 789 51.9 -4.2
Conservative 383 25.2 +7.8
Green 147 9.7 -7.5
Independent 117 7.7 +7.7
Liberal Democrat 52 3.4 -6.0
Independent 33 2.2 +2.2
Majority 406 26.7
Turnout 1,521 19.5
Labour hold Swing
Goldsmid By-Election 7 June 2001
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Vincent Meegan 1,690 37.0 -16.2
Conservative 1,640 35.9 +0.2
Liberal Democrat 577 12.6 +12.6
Green 481 10.5 -0.6
ProLife Alliance 119 2.6 +2.6
UKIP 57 1.2 +1.2
Majority 50 1.1
Turnout 4,564
Labour gain from Conservative Swing
Patcham By-Election 11 April 2002[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Brian Pidgeon 1,352 59.5 +4.3
Labour Elizabeth Stewart 463 20.5 -10.1
Liberal Democrat Trefor Hunter 336 14.9 +6.6
Green Elizabeth Wakefield 107 4.7 -0.9
Majority 889 39.0
Turnout 2,258 32.1
Conservative hold Swing
Westdene By-Election 16 May 2002[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Ken Norman 1,347 55.5 +3.2
Labour Malcolm Prescott 645 26.6 -0.9
Liberal Democrat Don McBeth 234 9.6 +0.1
Green Richard Mallender 199 8.2 -2.5
Majority 702 28.9
Turnout 2,425 31.0
Conservative hold Swing

2003–2007[edit]

Hangleton and Knoll By-Election 7 October 2004[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Dawn Barnett 1,535 42.1 +3.4
Labour Eddy Sears 1,165 32.0 -8.3
Liberal Democrat Mark Barnard 618 17.0 +8.8
Green Elizabeth Wakefield 170 4.7 -2.4
Independent Janet Berridge-Brown 156 4.3 +1.9
Majority 370 10.1
Turnout 3,644 35.3
Conservative gain from Labour Swing

2007–2011[edit]

Regency By-Election 13 December 2007[10][11]
(Resignation of Cllr. Hermionie Roy due to health grounds)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Green Jason Kitcat 749 41.6 +8.7
Conservative Robert Nemeth 397 22.1 +2.1
Labour Delia Forester 376 20.9 -0.6
Liberal Democrat Simon Doyle 148 8.2 -9.1
Independent Tony Davenport 130 7.2 -1.1
Majority 352 19.5
Turnout 1,800 23.0
Green hold Swing
Goldsmid By-Election 23 July 2009[12]
(Resignation of Cllr. Paul Lainchbury due to financial reasons)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Green Alexandra Phillips 1,456 38.5 +17.2
Conservative Andrew Wealls 1,104 29.1 +1.1
Labour Lis Telcs 816 21.6 -4.4
Liberal Democrat Howard Spencer 280 7.4 -7.8
UKIP Maria McCallum 129 3.4 +3.4
Majority 352 9.3
Turnout 3,792 32.9 -4.6
Green gain from Conservative Swing
St Peter's And North Laine By-Election 8 July 2010[13]
(Resignation of Keith Taylor due to election to European Parliament)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Green Lizzie Deane 1,816 56.8 +2.5%
Labour Tom French 880 27.5 +4.3%
Conservative Rob Buckwell 365 11.4 -0.7%
Liberal Democrat Trefor Hunter 103 3.2 -4.9%
Independent Gerald O’Brien 32 1.0 -1.3%
Majority 936 29.3 -1.8%
Turnout 3,196 24.1 -10%
Green hold Swing

2011–2015[edit]

Westbourne By-Election 22 December 2011[14]
(Resignation of Brian Oxley)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Graham Cox 1,027 39.3 +0.9
Labour Nigel Jenner 826 31.6 +2.2
Green Louisa Greenbaum 645 24.6 +0.1
Liberal Democrat Gareth Jones 45 1.7 -5.5
UKIP Paul Perrin 36 1.4 +1.4
TUSC Pip Tindall 20 0.8 +0.8
The European Citizens Party Susan Collard 13 0.5 -0.1
Majority 201 7.7
Turnout 2,612 35.0 -10.5%
Conservative hold Swing


East Brighton By-Election 18 October 2012[15]
(Resignation of Craig Turton)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Chaun Wilson 1596 56.1 +6.59
Conservative Joe Miller 531 18.6 -4.36
Green Carlie Nicole Goldsmith 456 16.0 -5.49
UKIP Sabiha Choudhury 148 5.2 +5.2
Liberal Democrat Dominic Felix Sokalski 59 2.1 -2.78
TUSC Jon Redford 55 1.9 +0.63
Majority 1,065 37.3
Turnout 2,857 26.2% -13.3%
Labour hold Swing


Hanover and Elm Grove By-Election 11 July 2013 (Resignation of Matt Follett)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Emma Daniel 1396 39.8 +8.00
Green David Stuart Gibson 1358 38.7 -14.43
Conservative Robert John Knight 275 7.8 -1.02
UKIP Patricia Ann Mountain 250 7.1 +7.13
TUSC Phil Clarke 172 4.9 +1.88
Liberal Democrat Lev Eakins 56 1.6 -1.56
Majority 38 1.1
Turnout 3,520 29.2%
Labour gain from Green Swing

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Your Local Councillors". Brighton & Hove City Council. Retrieved 8 October 2009. [dead link]
  2. ^ "Councillors & Meetings". Brighton & Hove City Council. Retrieved 8 October 2009. [dead link]
  3. ^ "Brighton & Hove". BBC News Online. Retrieved 8 October 2009. 
  4. ^ "Vote 2003 – Local elections – Brighton & Hove". BBC News. Retrieved 23 August 2010. 
  5. ^ "Council election results 2007". Brighton & Hove City Council. Retrieved 23 August 2010. 
  6. ^ a b "How you voted". The Argus (Brighton). 8 May 1998. p. 12. 
  7. ^ "Tories win city by-election". The Argus. 12 April 2002. Retrieved 8 October 2009. 
  8. ^ "Byelection woe for Labour". guardian.co.uk. 17 May 2002. Retrieved 8 October 2009. 
  9. ^ "Tories make post-conference council gains". guardian.co.uk. 8 October 2004. Retrieved 8 October 2009. 
  10. ^ "Greens win Regency by-election". The Argus. 13 December 2007. Retrieved 8 October 2009. 
  11. ^ "Regency Ward By-Election". Brighton & Hove City Council. Retrieved 8 October 2009. 
  12. ^ "Brighton and Hove Greens win key Goldsmid council by-election". The Argus. 24 July 2009. Retrieved 8 October 2009. 
  13. ^ "Greens retain seat at Brighton and Hove City Council by-election". The Argus. 9 July 2010. Retrieved 9 July 2010. 
  14. ^ "Declaration of Result of Poll – Westbourne". Brighton and Hove City Council. 22 December 2011. Retrieved 23 December 2011. 
  15. ^ "Declaration of Result of Poll – East Brighton". Brighton and Hove City Council. 18 October 2012. Retrieved 25 October 2012. 

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