The Hull wards to watch in the 2024 local elections

Voters in Hull and across the country go to the polls today (Thursday, May 4) for this year's local elections
Voters in Avenue ward are heading back to the polls following a by-election in February -Credit:LDRS

Voters are set to go to the polls in 19 of Hull's 21 council wards for local elections in May, but contests in some seats could count for more than others.

Marginal seats, ones where the incumbent has stood down this year or those home to a hot political issue could prove interesting. The gap between the ruling Liberal Democrats and opposition Labour groups is wider than it was last year, with the former controlling 33 seats to the latter's 24.

That gives the Liberal Democrats a comfortable cushion to absorb any losses, never mind potential gains it could make following the election on Thursday, May 2. Labour instead has to keep hold of all its current seats and win five more to take back control of the Guildhall which it lost in 2022. Here are five wards where things could get interesting ...



Avenue has long been a hotly-contested Liberal Democrat and Labour marginal and it consistently has one of, if not the highest turn outs of any in Hull. It includes Princes Avenue and Chanterlands Avenue and the streets in between, as well as part of Spring Bank West and Pearson Park.

Last year, Labour's Abhimanyu Singh held the ward with almost 51 per cent of the vote, to the Liberal Democrats' roughly 41.4 per cent, with a turnout of about 37 per cent. But February saw Liberal Democrat Rhiannon Beeson take the seat vacated by Labour's Marjorie Brabazon after she quit as a councillor.

Voters go to the polls on May 6
Hull's local elections race could be tight in some wards and there could be some upsets -Credit:Copyright Unknown

Cllr Beeson won the by-election with 1,186 votes, with Labour's Karen Wood coming second with 1,029 with 29 per cent of registered voters turning out. Liberal Democrat incumbent John Robinson is defending his seat there this year and is in a crowded field of six candidates. A likely recovery of the turn out compared to February and the difference between the Liberal Democrats and Labour in the last contest suggests the race could be tight.


Derringham, in the west of Hull on the East Riding border, is currently solidly Liberal Democrat with the party controlling all three seats. Liberal Democrat Sarita Robinson won there last year with around 54.4 per cent of the vote, compared to Labour's roughly 38.7, with a turn out of about 23.9 per cent.

But the ward is one of the few to buck the trend in Hull as Labour has seen its share of the vote rise there despite losing seats elsewhere. Hull Live understands the party is targeting Derringham this year.

And there is no incumbent defending the seat, with Liberal Democrat fielding a newcomer in Darius Kirtklis while Labour is standing George Grozav who ran last year. Michael Whitehead is standing again for the Conservatives and the Greens are fielding Andy Donegan. The election will be a test of whether Labour can continue increasing its share of the vote and whether that will be enough to change the outcome.


Holderness is another long-standing Liberal Democrat stronghold, with the group controlling three seats and two of its councillors, Jackie Dad and Linda Tock, in the administration's cabinet. Cllr Kalvin Neal held the seat for the Liberal Democrats last year, winning around 65.7 per cent of votes while Labour's Katherine Thompson came second with about 29.4 per cent.

But recent months have seen a backlash from a number of people locally against plans to re-open East Park's gates to traffic. The gate debate has raged since 2020 when they were shut, with sitting Liberal Democrat councillor Linda Tock saying then the move was causing parking problems on neighbouring streets.

Labour have opposed plans to re-open them, citing safety concerns, while the Liberal Democrats have said the move is needed to comply with disability access rules. Cllr Tock is up for re-election this year and the vote could well prove to be a litmus test of local opinion on the issue. Cllr Tock is standing against Labour's Jan Hornby, Conservative Steven Brown and Paul Spooner, of the Trade Union and Socialist Coalition (TUSC).


The two seats in Ings ward are currently held by Labour councillors Alan Gardiner and Denise Thompson, with the former having been on the council since 2011. Cllr Gardiner, who is up for election this year, held his seat for Labour in 2021 with about 47 per cent of the vote, with the Conservatives coming second with around 26.2 per cent.

The Liberal Democrats' Brian Gurevitch finished last in 2021, but two years later, their candidate Mark Collinson narrowed the gap, coming second with 642 votes to Labour's Denise Thompson's 740. Hull Live understands that activists have been particularly present in Ings this year with four candidates vying to win.

Liberal Democrat Mark Bisbey, currently the councillor for Kingswood, has been parachuted into the seat as the party's candidate. Cllr Gardiner is set to face off against Cllr Bisbey, Conservative Zia Vennoyer and Green Gordon Bradshaw.


University ward was once completely under Labour's control, but recent years have seen the balance shift towards the Liberal Democrats. Labour incumbent Gwen Lunn finished second with about 36.4 per cent of the vote to Liberal Democrat Holly Burton's 53.2 in 2022, the same year the Guildhall changed hands.

This year is set to see Labour's Steve Wilson, who was first elected to Hull City Council in 1995, stand down. Cllr Wilson held his seat for Labour in 2021, winning 695 votes - about 49.6 per cent.

His total compared to Conservative Michael Whitehead's 356, about 25.1 per cent, Liberal Democrat Joshua Ingham's 250, about 17.8, and the Greens' Isabel Monteiro dos Santos Pires's 100, 7.14. Labour activist Sian Humphries is looking to hold onto the seat vacated by Cllr Wilson this year. She is set to go up against Liberal Democrat Mark Collinson, Conservative Ben Lavendar and Green Clare Wildey.