Councillors have voted down a proposal to change Derby’s electoral cycle, at a meeting of the authority last night.

A proposal was considered for switching to an ‘all-out’ model, where 51 members are elected at the same time. Currently, Derby elects a third of its councillors three out of every four years.

The decision, which needed two-thirds of those in attendance to approve, did not meet the required threshold with 27 councillors voting in favour and 21 against. There was one abstention.

The ruling Labour Group argued for the proposals, citing both the stability and cost savings a single election would deliver. However, the Conservative and Liberal Democrat Groups opposed the change, arguing that election by thirds provided greater accountability to residents.

To view the debate, visit the Derby City Council YouTube channel.