Labour won a sizeable majority on Brighton and Hove City Council this week, achieving overall control for the first time in 20 years.

A "political earthquake", as it was coined by new Labour council leader Bella Sankey, ousted Conservatives in Woodingdean and Hangleton and Knoll, with Green council leader Phelim Mac Cafferty and deputy leader Hannah Allbrooke also losing their seats.

After all the votes were counted, Labour's surge in support had secured them 38 seats on the city council, with the Green Party a distant second with just seven councillors - down from 19 at the last election in 2019.

The Conservatives avoided a complete wipe-out, retaining six councillors.


Bridget Fishleigh's new Brighton and Hove Independents group won both seats in Rottingdean and West Saltdean, with independent councillor Peter Atkinson also re-elected in North Portslade.

Turnout across the city was down around two per cent on 2019, with 40.8 per cent of residents going to the polls to cast their vote.