Southampton City Council elections

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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[edit]

Since the first election to the council in 1973 following the reforms of the Local Government Act 1972, 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 2000–2008
Conservative 2008–2012
Labour 2012–2021
Conservative 2021–2022
Labour 2022–present

Leadership[edit]

The leaders of the council since 1996 have been:[4]

Councillor Party From To
John Arnold Labour 1996 1999
June Bridle Labour 1999 21 May 2003
Adrian Vinson Liberal Democrats 21 May 2003 16 May 2007
Alec Samuels[5][6] Conservative 16 May 2007 20 Feb 2008
June Bridle Labour 20 Feb 2008 4 May 2008
Alec Samuels[7] Conservative 14 May 2008 14 Jul 2010
Royston Smith Conservative 14 Jul 2010 16 May 2012
Richard Williams Labour 16 May 2012 25 Apr 2013
Jacqui Rayment Labour 25 Apr 2013 15 May 2013
Simon Letts Labour 15 May 2013 6 May 2018
Christopher Hammond Labour 16 May 2018 19 May 2021
Daniel Fitzhenry Conservative 19 May 2021 18 May 2022
Satvir Kaur Labour 18 May 2022

Council elections[edit]

Non-metropolitan district elections[edit]

Unitary authority elections[edit]

City result maps[edit]

By-election results[edit]

1990s[edit]

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 Democrats 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 Democrats 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 Democrats 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 Democrats 231 11.9 +3.3
Majority 2 0.1
Turnout 1,945 19.3
Labour hold Swing

2000s[edit]

Bitterne Park By-Election 15 September 2005[15]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Clifford Coombes 984 37.1 +0.4
Labour Mike Brainsby 791 29.9 +13.1
Liberal Democrats 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 Democrats Swing

2010s[edit]

Coxford By-Election 14 March 2019[16]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Co-op Matthew Raynard 668 26.2 -2.0
Conservative Charles Perez-Storey 529 20.7 +4.3
Liberal Democrats Josh Smith 450 17.6 +14.7
Socialist Alternative Susan Anne Atkins 368 14.4 N/A
Integrity Southampton David John Fletcher 178 7.0 N/A
Independent Richard Terrence McQuillan 174 6.8 N/A
UKIP Derek Lascelles Humber 123 4.8 N/A
Green Cara Anne Sandys 53 2.1 −0.9
Majority 139 5.4
Turnout 2,551 25.0 −7.7
Labour gain from Independent Swing

References[edit]

  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. ^ "Council minutes". Southampton City Council. Retrieved 21 July 2022.
  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. ^ The City of Southampton (Electoral Arrangements) Order 1976
  9. ^ The New Forest and Southampton (Areas) Order 1978
  10. ^ legislation.gov.uk - The City of Southampton (Electoral Changes) Order 2001. Retrieved on 4 October 2015.
  11. ^ "Southampton". BBC News Online. Retrieved 25 April 2010.
  12. ^ "Elections explained". Southampton City Council. Retrieved 25 April 2010.
  13. ^ "Plan to make city council bigger – how to have your say".
  14. ^ "Why councillors could only stand for one year in Southampton". Southern Daily Echo. Newsquest. Retrieved 6 May 2022.
  15. ^ "Bitterne Park ward by election result 15/09/2005". Southampton City Council. Retrieved 25 April 2010.
  16. ^ "Nominees unveiled for Coxford by-election". Southern Daily Echo. Newsquest.

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