Portsmouth Council

A third of the seats in Portsmouth were up for election this year. Find out more about these elections.

Election 2018 Results

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Party Elected in 2018 Total councillors Change

PartyConservative

Elected in 2018 6 Total councillors 19 Change+1

PartyLiberal Democrat

Elected in 2018 4 Total councillors 16 Change+1

PartyLabour

Elected in 2018 4 Total councillors 6 Change+4

PartyIndependent

Elected in 2018 0 Total councillors 1 ChangeNo results

PartyUKIP

Elected in 2018 0 Total councillors 0 Change-6
Councillors change compared with 2014

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Portsmouth councillor switches to Lib Dems

A Portsmouth councillor who was formerly a member of the Conservative party has announced she is joining the Liberal Democrats.

Jennie Brent had been a Tory member before becoming an independent earlier this year.

In a letter to constituents in the Eastney and Craneswater Ward, she said the Lib Dems represented her values of "respect, authenticity, loyalty, and a genuine concern for each individual".

Jennie Brent
Portsmouth Lib Dems

The Lib Dems retook control of the city council despite the Conservatives being the largest party following elections in May.

With the support of the five Labour members, the Lib Dems won the leadership vote by 21 votes to 20.

With Ms Brent taking the Lib Dem whip, it leaves both the Conservatives and Lib Dems with 17 seats on the council.

Council bids for hospital site

St James Hospital in Milton
Google

Portsmouth City Council has submitted an offer to buy St James Hospital in Milton as part of plans to create homes and social care services on the site.

Under the plans, Solent NHS Trust would retain part of the property for its mental health services.

Council leader Gerald Vernon-Jackson said: "We understand the site is a much loved area for local residents and we want to make sure it's protected and utilised to its full potential."

The 25-acre NHS site includes listed buildings and parkland.

Bidding for the site closed on Friday.

City council considers creating energy firm

Southampton City Council is trying to tackle fuel poverty by setting up its own energy firm.

Citizen Energy will operate not-for-profit and provide energy from green sources.

Meanwhile, a controversial decision to scrap Portsmouth's energy company - Victory Energy - will be re-examined, after the city council's Lib Dem cabinet believed it wouldn't be financially viable.

Former Portsmouth leader Conservative Donna Jones has successfully demanded a re-think.

Council decision to drop own energy firm 'to be reconsidered'

Portsmouth City Council offices
N Chadwick

A council decision to scrap it's own multi-million-pound energy company is to be reconsidered.

Liberal Democrat-run Portsmouth City Council made the decision to drop Victory Energy at a meeting last month.

However, at a special meeting on Friday, councillors voted unanimously to go back to the drawing board.

The previous meeting heard abandoning the firm, which was set up by the council's previous Conservative administration, would cost at least £2.5m, but losses would be greater if it continued.

Former Tory leader Donna Jones lambasted the move to bin the fledgling company and called for the decision to be discussed at a scrutiny management panel.

She said the Lib Dems had not properly considered all the information provided by independent reviewers such as PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), and Baringa.

Portsmouth to distribute new wheelie bins

New wheelie bins for waste will be given out across the city next week, forming part of a scheme to reduce bagged rubbish.

Green wheelie bins
BBC

With a new 140-litre capacity, the initiative was trialled around Portsmouth over two years and saw levels of waste reduce by up to 20 percent.

All bins will be delivered to homes by mid November.