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Brighton and Hove City Council

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Brighton and Hove City Council
Arms of Brighton and Hove City Council
Coat of arms
Brighton and Hove City Council logo
Corporate Logo
Founded1 April 1997
Preceded byEast Sussex County Council
Cllr Dee Simson
since 18 May 2017
Leader of the council
Cllr Daniel Yates, Labour
since 23 April 2018
Leader of the opposition
Cllr Tony Janio, Conservative
Convenor of the Green Group
Cllr Phelim MacCafferty, Green
Chief Executive
Geoffrey Raw
Seats54 councillors
Brighton and Hove City Council composition
Political groups
     Labour (20)
Other parties
     Green (19)
     Conservative (14)
     Independent (1)[1]
Joint committees
Greater Brighton City Board
Length of term
4 years
First past the post, multi-member
Last election
2 May 2019
Next election
May 2023
Meeting place
Brighton Town Hall
Hove Town Hall

Brighton and Hove City Council is the local authority of the city of Brighton and Hove. 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, Brighton and Hove is within a non-metropolitan area of England. As a unitary authority, Brighton and Hove 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 county council it is a local education authority, responsible for social services, libraries and waste disposal.

Political control

Since the first election to the council in 1996 political control of the council has been held by the following parties:[2]

Party in control Party in minority lead
Labour 1996–2003
No overall control 2003–present Labour 2003–2007
Conservative 2007–2011
Green 2011–2015
Labour 2015–present *

Note: * on Wed 20 February 2019 Labour no longer was the biggest party as Cllr Meadows defected to the Conservative group. The Labour and Co-operative group remain the “administration” until the next full council in which the position can be challenged.

The Green led council from 2011-2015 was the first of its kind in the United Kingdom.[3]

Councillors and wards

When Brighton Borough Council and Hove Borough Council merged in 1996 the wards were carried over from the respective councils who had both been under East Sussex County Council.

There were originally 26 Wards each with three councillors totally 78 councillors in the newly created Brighton and Hove Borough Council: Brunswick and Adelaide, Goldsmid, Hangleton, Hanover, Hollingbury, Kings Cliff, Marine, Moulsecoomb, Nevill, North Portslade, Patcham, Portslade South, Preston, Queens Park, Regency, Rottingdean, Seven Dials, St. Peters, Stanford, Stanmer, Tenantry, Vallance, Westbourne, Westdene, Wish, Woodingdean

Ward of Brighton and Hove Borough Council 1996 - 2003
Ward of Brighton and Hove Borough Council 1996 - 2003

The 2001 boundary review [4][5][6] reduced the wards to 21 Wards with a mix of two or three councillors each totalling 54 councillors for the then city council. These boundary were used in the 2003 election for the first time with the following wards: Brunswick and Adelaide, Central Hove, East Brighton, Goldsmid, Hangleton and Knoll, Hanover and Elm Grove, Hollingbury and Stanmer (which then became Hollingdean and Stanmer in 2007), Stanford (which became Hove Park in 2007), Moulsecoomb and Bevendean, North Portslade, Patcham, Preston Park, Queen's Park, Regency, Rottingdean Coastal, South Portslade, St Peter's and North Laine, Westbourne, Wish, Withdean, Woodingdean.

Results of the 2003 elections with new ward boundaries
Results of the 2003 elections with new ward boundaries

List of Brighton and Hove City Councillors by ward:[7]

Councillor Party Ward Elected Notes
Phelim Mac Cafferty Green Party of England and Wales Brunswick & Adelaide 2011 Convener of the Green Group
Hannah Clare Green Party of England and Wales Brunswick & Adelaide 2019
Clare Moonan Labour and Co-operative Central Hove 2015
Gary Wilkinson Labour and Co-operative Central Hove 2019
Gill Williams Labour and Co-operative East Brighton 2019
Nichole Brennan Labour and Co-operative East Brighton 2019
Nancy Platts Labour and Co-operative East Brighton 2018 Lead Member for Economic Development and Social Value
John Allcock Labour and Co-operative Goldsmid 2019
Marianna Ebel Green Party of England and Wales Goldsmid 2019
Jackie O'Quinn Labour and Co-operative Goldsmid 2015 Chair of the Licensing Committee
Dawn Barnett Conservative Party Hangleton & Knoll 2007
Tony Janio Conservative Party Hangleton & Knoll 2007 Leader of the Official Opposition
Nick Lewry Conservative Party Hangleton & Knoll 2015
David Gibson Green Party of England and Wales Hanover & Elm Grove 2015
Elaine Hills Green Party of England and Wales Hanover & Elm Grove 2019
Steph Powell Green Party of England and Wales Hanover & Elm Grove 2019
Tracey Hill Labour and Co-operative Hollingdean & Stanmer 2015
Theresa Fowler Labour and Co-operative Hollingdean & Stanmer 2019
Martin Osborne Green Party of England and Wales Hollingdean & Stanmer 2019
Samer Bagaeen Conservative Party Hove Park 2019
Vanessa Brown Conservative Party Hove Park 2003
Amanda Grinshaw Labour and Co-operative Moulsecoomb & Bevendean 2019
Kate Knight Labour and Co-operative Moulsecoomb & Bevendean 2019
Daniel Yates Labour and Co-operative Moulsecoomb & Bevendean 2015 Leader of the Labour & Co-operative Group
Chair of the Policy, Resources and Growth Committee
Peter Atkinson Labour and Co-operative North Portslade 2015
Anne Pissaridou Labour and Co-operative North Portslade 2019
Carol Theobald Conservative Party Patcham 2003
Alistair McNair Conservative Party Patcham 2019
Lee Wares Conservative Party Patcham 2015 Deputy Leader of the Conservative Group
Amy Heley Green Party of England and Wales Preston Park 2019
Siriol Hugh-Jones Green Party of England and Wales Preston Park 2019
Leo Littman Green Party of England and Wales Preston Park 2011
Clare Rainey Green Party of England and Wales Queen's Park 2019
Amanda Evans Labour and Co-operative Queen's Park 2019
Nick Childs Labour and Co-operative Queen's Park 2019
Tom Druitt Green Party of England and Wales Regency 2015
Alex Phillips Green Party of England and Wales Regency 2009 Deputy Mayor
Bridget Helen Fishleigh Independent Rottingdean Coastal 2019
Mary Mears Conservative Party Rottingdean Coastal 2003
Joe Miller Conservative Party Rottingdean Coastal 2015 Chair of Audit & Standards Committee
Les Hamilton Labour and Co-operative South Portslade 2003 Deputy Chair of the Policy, Resources & Growth Committee
Alan Robins Labour and Co-operative South Portslade 2015 Chair of the Economic Development & Culture Committee
Lizzie Deane Green Party of England and Wales St Peter's & North Laine 2010 Deputy Convener of the Green Group
Sue Shanks Green Party of England and Wales St Peter's & North Laine 2019
Pete West Green Party of England and Wales St Peter's & North Laine 1996
Carmen Appich Labour and Co-operative Westbourne 2019
Chris Henry Labour and Co-operative Westbourne 2019
Robert Nemeth Conservative Party Wish 2015
Garry Peltzer Dunn Conservative Party Wish 2003
Srah Nield Green Party of England and Wales Withdean 2019
Steve Davis Green Party of England and Wales Withdean 2019
Nick Taylor Green Party of England and Wales Withdean 2019
Steve Bell Conservative Party Woodingdean 2015 Deputy Leader of the Conservative Group
Dee Simson Conservative Party Woodingdean 2003 Mayor

Future structure

In October 2017, it was announced that the city council was to merge with Brighton and Hove Clinical Commissioning Group to form a Health and Social Care Integration Board: the merge, commencing in April 2018 and culminating in a full merger a year later, is intended to prevent the duplication of work and streamline provision of health and social care within the city.[8]


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  2. ^ "Brighton & Hove". BBC News Online. Retrieved 8 October 2009.
  3. ^ "Go Green for first Green-led council in UK". Retrieved 2016-12-20.
  4. ^ - The City of Brighton and Hove (Electoral Changes) Order 2001. Retrieved on 4 October 2015.
  5. ^ "Your Local Councillors". Brighton & Hove City Council. Archived from the original on 30 January 2009. Retrieved 8 October 2009.
  6. ^ "Councillors & Meetings". Brighton & Hove City Council. Archived from the original on 25 August 2009. Retrieved 8 October 2009.
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  8. ^ le Duc, Frank (12 October 2017). "Brighton and Hove council to merge with NHS commissioning body". Brighton and Hove News.
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