Borough of Boston

Borough of Boston

Shown within the ceremonial county of Lincolnshire
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Constituent country England
Region East Midlands
Administrative county Lincolnshire
Admin. HQ Boston
  Type Boston Borough Council
  Leadership: Leader & Cabinet
  Executive: Conservative
  MPs: Mark Simmonds
  Total 140.9 sq mi (364.9 km2)
Area rank 116th
Population (mid-2014 est.)
  Total 64,637
  Rank Ranked 305th
  Density 460/sq mi (180/km2)
Time zone Greenwich Mean Time (UTC+0)
  Summer (DST) British Summer Time (UTC+1)
ONS code 32UB (ONS)
E07000136 (GSS)
Ethnicity 98.4% White

The Borough of Boston is a local government district with borough status in Lincolnshire, England. Its council is based in the town of Boston. It lies around N 53°0' W 0°0'.

Boston borough borders East Lindsey to the north, The Wash to the east, South Holland to the south, and North Kesteven to the west.

Post codes used in the district are: in Boston town, PE21 and elsewhere, PE20 and PE22.


The borough was formed on 1 April 1974 by the merger of the former borough of Boston with Boston Rural District.

Until 1974, Lincolnshire comprised three Parts, somewhat like the Ridings of Yorkshire. In Lincolnshire, "Parts" was the formal designation. They were the Parts of Lindsey, Kesteven and Holland. In their final form, they were each, in effect, an administrative county. The 1974 changes divided the Parts of Holland into two districts; the Borough of Boston is the northern one.


Political composition

The political composition of the council following the elections in May 2015 is as follows:[1]

Conservatives 13
Independent Group 2
Labour 2
Unaligned 1

No party has a majority, but the Conservatives have minority control as of May 2015.[2]

Election results

For full election results see: Boston local elections.

Electoral arrangements

The Borough includes the town of Boston and eight other, rural wards.

The town electoral wards

They are as follows:

The rural electoral wards

Each comprises one or more civil parishes:


In 2007, for all districts of Lincolnshire, Boston got the lowest GCSE results. It also has the least-educated group of people in Lincolnshire. At the 2001 census, there were 55,739 citizens in the district. The district has the highest Total Fertility Rate for district councils in England. Only the unitary authorities of Peterborough, Luton, Slough, Blackburn with Darwen. Newham, Barking with Dagenham, and Rutland (the highest) have larger TFRs. It has the same TFR as Oldham, a unitary authority.

2016 EU Referendum

On Thursday 23 June 2016 the Borough of Boston voted in only the third major UK-wide referendum on the issue of the United Kingdom's membership of the European Union in the 2016 EU Referendum under the provisions of the European Union Referendum Act 2015. The result produced the highest majority vote to "Leave the European Union" in the United Kingdom out of 382 voting areas with over 75% of voters voting to leave on a high turnout of 77% and went against the views of the local MP Matt Warman who campaigned for a "Remain" vote.

The result was declared at the Peter Paine Sports Centre in Boston early on Friday 24 June 2016 by the "Counting officer" (CO) Phil Drury.

United Kingdom European Union membership referendum, 2016 (Borough of Boston)
Choice Votes %
Leave 22,974 75.56
Remain 7,430 24.44
Valid votes 30,404 73.59
Invalid or blank votes 12 00.4
Total votes 30,416 100.00
Registered voters and turnout 39,363 77.27


  1. "Ward Map". Boston Borough Council. Retrieved 7 November 2015.
  2. "How the council works". Boston Borough Council. Retrieved 7 November 2015.
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