Portsmouth City Council
Portsmouth City Council
|Founded||7 June 1973(Non-metropolitan district) |
1 April 1997 (Unitary authority)
since May 2020
Leader of the Council
Length of term
|Civic Offices, Guildhall Walk, Portsmouth|
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.
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.
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|
|No overall control||1990-1995|
|No overall control||2000-2009|
|No overall control (Conservative Administration)||2014–2018|
|No overall control (Liberal Democrat Administration)||2018–present|
Councillors and wards
List of Portsmouth city councillors by ward:
|Baffins||Darren Sanders||2021-24||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. Cabinet Member for Housing and Preventing Homelessness.|
|Baffins||Lynne Stagg||2019-23||Cabinet Member for Traffic & Transportation.|
|Central Southsea||Charlotte Gerada||2021-24|
|Central Southsea||George Fielding||2022-2026||Leader of the Labour Group|
|Central Southsea||Suzy Horton||2019-23||Deputy Group Leader; Cabinet Member for Children, Families & Education.|
|Charles Dickens||Kirsty Mellor||2021-24|
|Charles Dickens||Yinka Adeniran||2022-26|
|Charles Dickens||Cal Corkery||2019-23||Deputy Leader of the Labour Group|
|Drayton & Farlington||Ryan Brent||2021-24||Conservative Deputy Group Leader|
|Drayton & Farlington||Simon Bosher||2022-26||Conservative Group Leader|
|Drayton & Farlington||Terry Norton||2019-23|
|Eastney & Craneswater||John Smith||2021-24|
|Eastney & Craneswater||Matthew Winnington||2022-26||Winnington was his party's candidate for Fareham in the 2015, 2017, and 2019 general election.|
|Eastney & Craneswater||Linda Symes||2019-23|
|Fratton||Dave Ashmore||2019-23||Cabinet Member for Community Safety & Environment.|
|Milton||Kimberly Barrett||2021-24||Cabinet Member for Climate Change and the Green Recovery.|
|2019-23||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.|
|Nelson||Leo Madden||2021-24||Former Leader of the Council from 1994-2000, and again from 2001-2002.|
|Nelson||Jason Fazackarley||2022-26||Cabinet Member for Health, Wellbeing & Social Care.|
|Nelson||Lee Hunt||2019-23||Cabinet Member for Community Safety|
|St Jude||Hugh Mason||2021-24||Cabinet Member for Planning Policy & City Development.|
|St Jude||Judith Smyth||2022-26|
|St Jude||Graham Heaney||2019-23|
|St Thomas||Ian Holder||2021-24|
|St Thomas||Mark Jeffrey||2022-26|
|St Thomas||Chris Attwell||2019-23||Cabinet Member for Communities and Central Services.|
- "Portsmouth City Council Election Results 1973-1995" (PDF). The Elections Centre, Plymouth University. June 2015.
- "Portsmouth Local Elections 2007". BBC News Online. 4 May 2007.
- "Portsmouth Local Elections 2008". BBC News Online. 2 May 2008.
- "Lib Dems claim fourth defection". BBC News Online. 27 January 2009.
- "Conservatives continue running Portsmouth City Council". BBC News Online. 20 May 2015.
- "Gerald Vernon-Jackson replaces Donna Jones as Portsmouth City Council leader". Portsmouth News. 15 May 2018.
- "Your Councillors by Ward". Portsmouth City Council. 3 May 2018.