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 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
Labour minority administration
2000-2003[4]
No overall control
Liberal Democrat minority administration
2003-2007
No overall control
Conservative minority administration
2007-2008[5][6]
Conservative 2008-2012[7]
Labour 2012–present[8]

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 Democrat 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 Democrat 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 Democrat 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 Democrat 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[14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Clifford Coombes 984 37.1 +0.4
Labour Mike Brainsby 791 29.9 +13.1
Liberal Democrat 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 Democrat Swing

2010s[edit]

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Coxford By-Election 14 March 2019[15][16]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
 LabourMatthew Raynard66826.2%−2.0%
 ConservativeDiana June Galton52920.7%+4.3%
 Liberal DemocratSam Philip Chapman45017.6%+14.7%
 Socialist Alternative – Putting People FirstSusan Anne Atkins36814.4N/A
 Integrity SouthamptonDavid John Fletcher1787.0%N/A
 IndependentRichard Terrence McQuillan1746.8%N/A
 UKIPDerek Lascelles Humber1234.8%N/A
 GreenCara Anne Sandys532.1%−0.9%
Majority1395.4%
Turnout255125.03%−7.7%
 Labour gain from Independent

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. ^ "Vote 2002". BBC News. 5 May 2002. Retrieved 11 September 2018.
  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. ^ "Vote 2012 - Southampton". BBC News. 4 May 2012. Retrieved 10 September 2018.
  9. ^ The City of Southampton (Electoral Arrangements) Order 1976
  10. ^ The New Forest and Southampton (Areas) Order 1978
  11. ^ legislation.gov.uk - The City of Southampton (Electoral Changes) Order 2001. Retrieved on 4 October 2015.
  12. ^ "Southampton". BBC News Online. Retrieved 25 April 2010.
  13. ^ "Elections explained". Southampton City Council. Retrieved 25 April 2010.
  14. ^ "Bitterne Park ward by election result 15/09/2005". Southampton City Council. Retrieved 25 April 2010.
  15. ^ "Nominees unveiled for Coxford by-election". Southern Daily Echo. Newsquest.
  16. ^ "Declaration of result of poll" (PDF). Southampton City Council. 14 March 2019. Retrieved 18 March 2019.

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