Mayor of Leicester

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Mayor of Leicester
Arms of Leicester.svg
Coat of arms of Leicester
Peter Soulsby.JPG
Peter Soulsby

since 6 May 2011
StyleCity Mayor (to distinguish from Lord Mayor, a separate post)
AppointerElectorate of Leicester
Term lengthFour years
Inaugural holderPeter Soulsby
WebsiteLeicester Mayor website

The mayor of Leicester is responsible for the executive function of Leicester City Council. The incumbent is Peter Soulsby of Labour.


In December 2010 the Labour controlled Leicester City Council approved plans to give the city a directly elected Mayor with responsibility for all council decisions during their four-year term and for selecting up to nine councillors as a supporting cabinet. The creation of the post was approved by Leicester City Council on 10 December 2010. A referendum on establishing a directly elected mayoralty was not held. The first election took place in May 2011.[1]



The first mayoral election on 5 May 2011 saw Peter Soulsby elected as mayor in the first round.[2]

Leicester Mayoral Election 5 May 2011 [3]
Party Candidate 1st round 2nd round
 First round votes  Transfer votes 
Total Of round Transfers Total Of round
Labour Peter Soulsby 46,948 55.3%
Conservative Ross Grant 9,688 11.4%
Independent Rick Moore 7,365 8.7%
Liberal Democrats Gary Hunt 6,029 7.1%
Green Geoff Forse 3,452 4.1%
Independent Nima Patel 3,358 4.0%
UKIP Regine Anderson 2,195 2.6%
Unity for Peace and Socialism Mohinda Farma 1,944 2.3%
Independent David Bowley 1,784 2.1%
Independent Mu-Hamid Pathan 1,465 1.7%
Independent Lee Sowden 631 0.7%
Labour win


Soulsby won re-election in 2015, again polling more than half the first preference vote to win on the first round.

Leicester Mayoral Election 7 May 2015 [4]
Party Candidate 1st round 2nd round
 First round votes  Transfer votes 
Total Of round Transfers Total Of round
Labour Peter Soulsby 71,533 54.6%
Conservative Paul Bremner 24,327 18.6%
UKIP Dutch Veldhuizen 12,532 9.6%
Green Tim Grayson 8,637 6.6%
Liberal Democrats Adrian Barnes 8,315 6.3%
TUSC Barbie Potter 3,028 2.3%
Independent Avtar Singh 2,662 2.0%
Labour hold


Again, Soulsby won re-election in 2019, retaining his position as City Mayor for a third term, with an increased majority.

Leicester Mayoral Election 2 May 2019 [5]
Party Candidate 1st round 2nd round
 First round votes  Transfer votes 
Total Of round Transfers Total Of round
Labour Peter Soulsby 51,444 61.0%
Conservative Sandip Verma 14,519 17.2%
Green Mags Lewis 6,659 7.9%
Liberal Democrats Nigel Porter 4,101 4.9%
UKIP Stuart Young 3,525 4.2%
Independent Sanjay Gogia 2,445 2.9%
Socialist Alternative Stephen Score 1,643 2.0%
Labour hold

List of Mayors[edit]

Portrait Name Term of office Political party Time in office
1 Peter Soulsby.JPG Peter Soulsby
(b. 1948)
6 May 2011
Labour 8 years, 203 days
2011, 2015, 2019
Sir Peter Soulsby was elected Mayor of Leicester on 5 May 2011, with a majority of 37,260.[6] In August 2011, he claimed to have delivered 99 out of 100 pledges within the first 100 days of office.[7] He said the remaining pledge, on the future of the council offices in New Walk, would be achieved by Christmas.[7] However he was criticised by opposition councillors for not explaining what services would be cut in future.[7]


  1. ^ "Leicester elected mayor plan is approved". BBC Leicester. 10 December 2010. Retrieved 5 April 2011.
  2. ^ "Former MP Peter Soulsby wins Leicester mayoral race". BBC News. 6 May 2011.
  3. ^ "City Mayor Results". Leicester City Council. 5 May 2011. Archived from the original on 5 October 2012. Retrieved 9 December 2012.
  4. ^ "Mayoral Election Results". Leicester City Council. 8 May 2015. Retrieved 16 May 2015.
  5. ^ "Mayoral Statement of Persons Nominated" (PDF). Leicester City Council. 4 April 2019. Retrieved 5 April 2019.
  6. ^ Elections 2011: Leicester Mayor | This is Leicestershire Archived 18 May 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ a b c "Leicester mayor Sir Peter Soulsby hails pledge 'success'". BBC news. 16 August 2011. Retrieved 16 August 2011.