Independent 3, Green Party 1. Dorset seaside resort, with a large conference centre frequently used for political conferences (eg Kinnock speech in 1985). Was until 2007 a Liberal Democrat stronghold.
The council is due to be merged with Poole and Christchurch as from 1 April 2019. Chris Mayne (West Southbourne) moved from Conservative to Independent in December 2018.
Next local elections