Hugh Mason - St Jude Ward

Hugh was first elected 10th May 2004 and is defending his seat in the 2021 local elections.


I grew up in south east London. I hold an MA degree from the University of Cambridge and a PhD degree from the University of Wales. I have lived in Portsmouth since 1970 and lectured at Portsmouth Polytechnic and University. I was a union activist, holding national office. I was for many years a school governor. Now, jointly with my wife I own a small farm and a radio station in Uganda.

My political life started by delivering election leaflets at the age of 7 and I have continued doing it ever since. I was secretary and agent of the Portsmouth South Liberal Party for a decade. I first stood for the City Council in 1976 and did so frequently thereafter. I was elected for the Saint Jude Ward in 2004 and have represented it ever since.

Current Council Positions:

  • Cabinet Member for Planning Policy & City Development
  • Standing Deputy for the Planning Committee
  • Standing Deputy for the Licensing Committee
  • Standing Deputy for the Employment Committee

Current Council Appointments:

  • The Regional Flood and Coastal Committee (statutory)
  • The Kings Theatre Trust
  • The Hampshire Joint Pension Fund and Panel
  • The Honor Waite Almshouse Trust
  • The Elementary Education Act Trust
  • The Portsmouth-Haifa Friendship Committee 

Current Community Positions

  • Chair of the Portsmouth City Community Fund
  • Director of the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Community Fund
  • Treasurer of the Teso Development Trust
  • Churchwarden of St Simon’s Church (CofE) and sit on Diocesan Synod and Bishop’s Council
  • Director of the Wessex Community Bank (Hampshire Credit Union)

Contact Hugh:

Phone: 023 9281 6794 & 07981 895 727

Email: [email protected]

Advice Surgery: Southsea Library, Every Thursday, 4:30pm-5:30pm

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