2019 Brighton and Hove City Council election

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2019 Brighton and Hove City Council election
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All 54 council seats
28 seats needed for a majority
Turnout42.7%
  First party Second party Third party
  Blank Blank Blank
Leader Daniel Yates Phelim Mac Cafferty Tony Janio
Party Labour Green Conservative
Last election 23 seats, 33.7% 11 seats, 24.8% 20 seats, 28.6%
Seats before 20 11 21 seats
Seats won 20 19 14
Seat change Steady Increase8 Decrease7
Percentage 32.5% 34.1% 21.0%
Swing Decrease1.2% Increase9.3% Decrease7.6%

Previous Largest Party before election


Labour

Subsequent Largest Party

TBD

Elections to Brighton and Hove City Council election took place on 2 May 2019, electing all 54 members of the council, alongside other local elections in England and Northern Ireland.[1][2]

The Labour Party lost 3 seats compared to the last election in 2015 but recovered its place as the largest party on the council, having seen its numbers reduced from 23 to 19 over the four years following 2015, while the strength of the Conservative group had been increased by one member in 2019, as a Labour councillor had changed allegiance shortly before the election. In addition to Labour and the Conservatives, the Green Party, which was in minority control from 2011 to 2015, fielded candidates for every seat on the council at this election.

Other parties contesting were the Liberal Democrats, the Women's Equality Party (for the first time in the city, with two candidates) and United Kingdom Independence Party, together with a number of independent candidates.

Background and campaigning[edit]

The Green Party lost their minority control of the council after the 2015 election, following internal disputes. Labour became the largest party on the council, winning 23 seats. This was reduced in 2017 to 22 after a Labour councillor, Michael Inkpin-Leissner, for Hollingdean and Stanmer became an independent.[3] There have been two council by-elections since the last election: the first in 2016 in the East Brighton ward was won by Lloyd Russell-Moyle,[4] and the second, 18 months later and for the same seat, when Russell-Moyle resigned as a councillor having been elected as MP for Brighton Kemptown.[5]

Warren Morgan, Labour leader of the council, resigned from the position in February 2018, some attributing it to internal party conflicts related to the rise of Momentum, a left-wing campaigning group within the Labour Party, who supported many of the candidates selected for seats in the city.[6][7] In February 2019 Morgan resigned his Labour membership, to form a bloc supporting The Independent Group with Inkpin-Leissner.[8] Anne Meadows, a Labour councillor, defected to the Conservatives, making the Conservatives the largest party on the council.[9] Fifteen councilors were reported to be standing down at this election.[10]

Labour published its manifesto in late March, with key policies such as building 800 new council homes over the next four years, making the city carbon neutral by 2030 and auditing outsourced services and bringing them back into council services should they fail in value.[11] Controversy came when a provisional version of the document was leaked to the local media titled the "many-fest", a 210-page document that brought together ideas from consultation of local labour members.[12][13]

The Green party also posted their manifesto and coordinated their campaigning with Young Greens of England and Wales, who organised their activists from around the country to go to Brighton in April.[14]

The Liberal Democrats released a manifesto focusing on five major themes, including housing and homelessness, with a flagship proposal of developing 1,500 new homes on part of the council-owned Hollingbury golf course.[15]

The Conservatives announced their proposal to use money in the city council's reserves to fund projects,[9] as well as the establishment of a local lottery programme to invest in sports and cultural facilities.[16] A Conservative candidate standing in the Westbourne ward was forced to resign during the local campaigning period due to him posting islamophobic and other offensive jokes online.[17]

A hustings for the elections – which focused on community housing in the city – was hosted on 27 March with councillors from Labour, the Conservatives, the Green party and a Liberal Democrat candidate.[18]

Results of election[edit]

Brighton & Hove Election Result 2019
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Labour 20 Steady
  Green 19 Increase8
  Conservative 14 Decrease7
  Independent 1 1 0 Increase1
  Liberal Democrat 0 0 0 Steady
  UKIP 0 0 0 Steady
  Change UK – TIG 0 0 2 Decrease2

Immediately ahead of this election, the composition of the council was:

20 11 21 2
Labour Green Conservative TIG

The results were as follows:

20 19 14 1
Labour Green Conservative I

Wards and candidates[edit]

Details of the candidates for the 21 wards of the authority were published by the council after nominations closed on 3 April.[2]

Brunswick and Adelaide[edit]

Brunswick and Adelaide highlighted
Brunswick and Adelaide (2)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Green Hannah Clare 1,697 27.18 +7.13
Green Phélim Mac Cafferty 1,654 26.49 +7.96
Labour Joy Robinson 1,035 16.58 -1.27
Labour Darryl Telles 785 12.57 -0.64
Conservative Roz Rawcliffe 263 4.21 -6.85
Conservative Tricia Dearlove 261 4.18 -4.01
Liberal Democrat Christian Chadwick 230 3.68 0.11
Liberal Democrat Duncan Moore 203 3.25 0.36
UKIP John Gartside 116 1.86 -0.15
Turnout 3211 42.73 +11.32
Green hold Swing
Green hold Swing

Central Hove[edit]

Central Hove highlighted
Central Hove (2)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Clare Moonan 1,370 23.62 +6.53
Labour Gary Wilkinson 1,053 18.16 +6.74
Green Aditi Bhonagiri 1,013 17.47 +4.55
Green Carol Bullock 639 11.01 -0.73
Conservative Steve Barrey 586 10.10 -5.10
Conservative Rico Wojtulewicz 510 8.79 -5.45
Women’s Equality Jessie MacNeil-Brown 282 4.86 N/A
Liberal Democrat David John Sears 224 3.86 -2.93
UKIP Nigel Furness 122 2.10 -1.62
Turnout 41.77
Labour hold Swing
Labour gain from Conservative Swing

East Brighton[edit]

East Brighton highlighted
East Brighton (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Nancy Platts 1,887 19.27 +1.23
Labour Nichole Brennan 1,652 16.87 -1.15
Labour Gill Williams 1,582 16.16 -0.15
Green Anna Shepherd 976 9.97 +2.39
Green Bryan Coyle 778 7.95 +2.24
Conservative Anthony Keith Meadows 574 5.86 -2.87
Green Paul Steedman 547 5.59 +0.81
Conservative William Jack Jonathan Rudrum 525 5.36 -3.08
Conservative George Harvey Soper 495 5.06 -2.85
Independent David Trangmar 438 4.47 N/A
Liberal Democrat Paul Chandler 338 3.45 +0.40
Turnout 3,527 33.94 -11.86
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing

Goldsmid[edit]

Goldsmid highlighted
Goldsmid (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Green Marianna Ebel 2,258 14.40 +2.66
Labour Jackie O’Quinn 2,145 13.68 -0.28
Labour John Allcock 2,049 13.07 +0.77
Green Raphael Hill 1,962 12.51 +3.37
Labour Debbie Taylor 1,911 12.19 +0.94
Green Steve Moses 1,772 11.30 +3.09
Conservative Steve Harmer-Strange 677 4.32 +5.48
Conservative Martin Hugo Hess 651 4.15 -5.62
Conservative Peter Alan Revell 620 3.95 -4.72
Liberal Democrat Orla May 538 3.43 N/A
Liberal Democrat Andrew England 514 3.28 N/A
Liberal Democrat Laura Mullin 398 2.54 N/A
UKIP Carl Taylor 183 1.17 -0.37
Turnout 5,424 45.25 -7.97
Green hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing

Hangleton and Knoll[edit]

Hangleton and Knoll highlighted
Hangleton and Knoll (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Dawn Barnett 2,159 15.89 -1.72
Conservative Tony Janio 1,926 14.18 -0.54
Conservative Nick Lewry 1,901 13.99 -0.08
Labour John Hewitt 1,899 13.98 +1.73
Labour Birgit Miller 1,762 12.97 +1.18
Labour Kevin Thomas 1,750 12.88 +3.50
Green Jacqui Cuff 548 4.03 +0.85
Green Lily Worfolk 369 2.71 +0.23
Green Benedict Allbrooke 329 2.42 +0.3
UKIP Steven Richards 285 2.09 -1.84
Independent Stuart Nicholas Bower 249 1.83 N/A
Liberal Democrat Leah Mooney 214 1.58 -0.14
Independent Henrietta Zita Izso 190 1.39 N/A
Turnout 43.57
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing

Hanover and Elm Grove[edit]

Hanover and Elm Grove highlighted
Hanover and Elm Grove (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Green David Gibson 3,332 20.84 +3.80
Green Elaine Hills 3,170 19.83 +4.57
Green Steph Powell 2,267 14.18 +1.77
Labour Emma Daniel 2,133 13.34 -1.12
Labour Danielle Cornish-Spencer 1,657 10.36 -3.40
Labour Eleanor Humphrey 1,400 8.76 -3.98
Women’s Equality Beverley Barstow 931 5.82 N/A
Conservative Ed De Souza 295 1.84 -1.91
Liberal Democrat Elizabeth Robinson 289 1.81 -0.39
Conservative Peter William Goodman 257 1.60 -1.95
Conservative Kerry Ann Underhill 251 1.57 -1.64
Turnout 48.15
Green hold Swing
Green hold Swing
Green gain from Labour Swing

Hollingdean and Stanmer[edit]

Hollingdean and Stanmer highlighted
Hollingdean and Stanmer (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Tracey Hill 1,664 15.51 -0.64
Labour Theresa Fowler 1,512 14.01 +1.07
Green Martin Osborne 1,487 13.87 +1.34
Labour Phillip Clarke 1,431 13.34 +0.54
Green Jack Hazelgrove 1,409 13.14 +3.17
Green Alice Bennett 1,335 12.45 +3.20
Conservative Gary Martin Cohen 414 3.86 -2.60
Conservative Tammi Kim Cohen 390 3.63 -1.92
Conservative Malcolm Murray 373 3.48 -1.73
UKIP Desmond Jones 319 2.97 -0.58
Liberal Democrat Ashley Ridley 228 2.12 +0.23
Liberal Democrat Keith Jago 182 1.68 -0.21
Turnout 34.91
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Green gain from Labour Swing

Hove Park[edit]

Hove Park highlighted
Hove Park (2)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Vanessa Brown 1,910 26.88 -2.50
Conservative Samer Bagaeen 1,630 22.94 -9.28
Labour Charles Harrison 1,002 14.10 +3.18
Labour Nigel Jenner 934 13.14 +3.45
Green Iain Martin 567 7.98 +3.55
Green Paul Philo 369 5.19 +0.88
Liberal Democrat Simon Jardine 295 4.15 +0.04
Liberal Democrat Nick O’Shea 270 3.80 -0.31
UKIP Daniel Goodhand 129 1.82 -0.46
Turnout 3,680 44.20 -7.32
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing

Moulsecoomb and Bevendean[edit]

Moulsecoomb and Bevendean highlighted
Moulsecoomb and Bevendean (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Daniel Yates 1,540 17.29 +0.96
Labour Amanda Jane Grimshaw 1,527 17.15 +2.06
Labour Kate Knight 1,503 16.88 +5.05
Green Mitchie Alexander 1,063 11.94 +2.89
Green Libby Darling 869 9.76 +3.07
Green Amelia Mills 650 7.30 +0.81
Conservative Anne Christine Meadows 627 7.04 +0.04 (-8.05)
Conservative Martin Kenig 580 6.51 -0.28
Conservative Robyn Victoria Simson 544 6.11 +0.04
Turnout 27.06
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing

North Portslade[edit]

North Portslade highlighted
North Portslade (2)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Peter Atkinson 1,476 29.56 +8.47
Labour Anne Pissaridou 1,171 23.45 -3.33
Conservative Hannah Felton 585 11.71 -7.41
Conservative Emma Louise Hogan 553 11.07 -5.70
UKIP Ian Harris 308 6.17 -2.13
UKIP Patricia Mountain 302 6.05 -0.54
Green Sharon Hamlin 281 5.62 +0.83
Liberal Democrat Elizabeth Craig 163 3.26 +1.18
Green Alexander Sallons 154 3.08 +1.31
Turnout 34.86
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing

Patcham[edit]

Patcham highlighted
Patcham (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Lee Wares 2,618 18.29 +3.17
Conservative Carol Ann Theobald 2,249 15.71 -0.36
Conservative Alistair McNair 2,044 14.28 -1.99
Green Geraldine Keenan 1,382 9.65 +4.4
Labour Adam John Scott 1,288 9.00 -1.92
Labour Janet Smith 1,279 8.94 -1.05
Green Rebecca Duffy 1,226 8.56 -3.66
Labour Renato Marques 1,197 8.36 -0.12
Green Janaki Jayasuriya 1,026 7.17 +2.39
Turnout 46.21
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing

Preston Park[edit]

Preston Park highlighted
Preston Park (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Green Leo Littman 3,542 20.57 +6.31
Green Amy Heley 3,534 20.53 +7.48
Green Siriol Hugh-Jones 3,377 19.61 +7.35
Labour Julie Cattell 1,905 11.06 -3.61
Labour Juan Baeza 1,638 9.51 -3.81
Labour Denise Friend 1,562 9.07 -2.60
Conservative Sue Ellerton 458 2.66 -2.52
Conservative Mark Watson 430 2.49 -3.31
Liberal Democrat Melanie Hunter-Taylor 385 2.23 +0.72
Conservative Heather Newberry-Martin 383 2.22 -2.68
Turnout
Green hold Swing
Green gain from Labour Swing
Green gain from Labour Swing

Queen's Park[edit]

Queen's Park highlighted
Queen's Park (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Green Clare Rainey 2,083 15.16 -3.29
Labour Amanda Evans 1,996 14.52 -0.73
Labour Nick Childs 1,894 13.78 -0.23
Green Lucy Agace 1,749 12.73 +1.19
Labour Colin Piper 1,737 12.64 -0.20
Green Martin Farley 1,691 12.30 +2.72
Conservative James Noble 591 4.30 -2.44
Conservative Lee Farmer 574 4.17 -2.18
Conservative Josephine O’Carroll 546 3.97 -2.34
Independent Adrian Guy Hart 500 3.63 N/A
Liberal Democrat George Taylor 377 2.74 -0.01
Turnout 43.08
Green gain from Labour Swing
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing

Regency[edit]

Regency highlighted
Regency (2)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Green Alex Phillips 1,909 33.37 +10.68
Green Tom Druitt 1,837 32.11 +8.73
Labour Poppy Burt 684 11.95 -2.12
Labour Dan Simmonds 492 8.60 -5.46
Conservative Tim Catt 329 5.75 -4.15
Conservative John Kapp 274 4.79 -4.26
Liberal Democrat Laurence Eke 195 3.40 -0.05
Turnout 39.19
Green hold Swing
Green hold Swing

Rottingdean Coastal[edit]

Rottingdean Coastal highlighted
Rottingdean Coastal (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Independent Bridget Helen Fishleigh 1,932 13.71 N/A
Conservative Mary Mears 1,784 12.66 -5.45%
Conservative Joe Miller 1,666 11.82 -4.78%
Conservative David Plant 1,421 10.08 -8.96%
Labour Paul Christopher Johnson 1,321 9.37 +1.06%
Labour Jane Chetwynd-Appleton 1,315 9.33 +1.56%
Labour Robert McIntosh 1,203 8.54 +1.12%
Green Ruby Jackson-Hall 1,088 7.72 +1.85%
Liberal Democrat Lucy Catherine Curle 762 5.41 +2.50%
Green Florence Traini-Cobb 670 4.75 +0.66%
Liberal Democrat Simon Kenneth Gamble 500 3.55 N/A
Green Matt Traini-Cobb 430 3.05 -0.20%
Turnout 5129 45.85 -8.69%
Independent gain from Conservative Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing

South Portslade[edit]

South Portslade highlighted
South Portslade (2)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Leslie Hamilton 1,467 29.21 +5.77
Labour Alan Robins 1,317 26.22 +4.31
Conservative Jamie Gillespie 454 9.04 -3.88
Green Fiona Bennett 453 9.02 +3.15
Conservative Danielle Harmer-Strange 375 7.11 -9.74
Green Simon Gulliver 254 5.05 +1.33
Liberal Democrat Ken Rist 252 5.01 +2.57
UKIP Kenneth Nightingale 241 4.80 -0.55
Liberal Democrat Marjorie Leeds 208 4.14 +1.95
Turnout 36.03
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing

St Peter's and North Laine[edit]

St Peter's and North Laine highlighted
St Peter's and North Laine (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Green Lizzie Deane 3,655 24.67 +5.85
Green Sue Shanks 3,348 22.60 +5.39
Green Pete West 3,252 21.95 +5.90
Labour Maureen Elizabeth Winder 1,050 7.08 -1.27
Labour Daniel Thomas Gray 1,018 6.87 -4.53
Labour Gabriel McCook 1,018 6.87 -3.35
Liberal Democrat Rob Heale 399 2.69 -0.78
Conservative Nick Garside 323 2.18 -2.00
Conservative Mike Long 287 1.93 -2.08
Conservative Linda Mary Murray 279 1.88 -1.79
Independent Gerald David O’Brien 184 1.24 N/A
Turnout
Green hold Swing
Green hold Swing
Green hold Swing

Westbourne[edit]

Westbourne highlighted
Westbourne (2)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Carmen Appich 1,457 21.46 +0.91
Labour Chris Henry 1,314 19.35 +2.28
Green Christopher Hawtree 1,073 15.80 +5.52
Conservative Denise Cobb 812 11.90 -7.66
Conservative Charlie Nicholls 746 10.98 -4.58
Green Guy Davidson 733 10.79 +1.96
Liberal Democrat Hilary Ellis 275 4.05 -0.72
Liberal Democrat Geoff Date 252 3.71 -1.06
UKIP Robert Harding 127 1.87 -1.51
Turnout
Labour hold Swing
Labour gain from Conservative Swing

Wish[edit]

Wish highlighted
Wish (2)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Robert Nemeth 1,531 21.23 +0.56
Conservative Garry Peltzer Dunn 1,421 19.74 +0.46
Labour Alexandrina Braithwaite 1,275 17.68 -0.57
Labour Adam Imanpour 1,107 15.35 -2.00
Green Andrew Coleman 973 13.49 +5.44
Green Alasdair Howie 521 7.22 +2.73
Liberal Democrat Alfred Emery 262 3.63 +0.60
UKIP Gemma Furness 121 1.67 -1.28
Turnout
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing

Withdean[edit]

Withdean highlighted
Withdean (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Green Sarah Nield 2,791 17.04 +7.71
Green Steve Davis 2,734 16.69 +8.45
Green Jamie Lloyd 2,631 16.06 +8.11
Conservative Tim Hodges 1,535 9.37 -5.53
Conservative Nick Taylor 1,507 9.20 -3.53
Conservative Stephen Wade 1,353 8.26 -6.02
Labour Josh Guilmant 1,263 7.70 -3.18
Labour James Thompson 1,092 6.67 -2.58
Labour Ian McIsaac 1,004 6.13 -3.02
Liberal Democrat Hyder Khalil 431 2.63 +0.24
Turnout 5,667 50.77 -7.73
Green gain from Conservative Swing
Green gain from Conservative Swing
Green gain from Conservative Swing

Woodingdean[edit]

Woodingdean highlighted
Woodingdean (2)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Dee Simson 1,388 24.11 -3.13
Conservative Steve Bell 1,312 22.79 -5.5
Labour Sunny Choudhury 1,239 21.52 +3.98
Labour David Joseph Wilson 1,126 19.56 +5.09
Green Gwyneth Jones 395 6.86 +2.32
Green Cameron Hardie 296 5.14 +0.88
Turnout 3,039 40.39 -13
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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