The Borough of Boston is a local government district with borough status in Lincolnshire, England. Its council is based in the town of Boston.

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

At the 2011 Census, the population of the borough was 64,637.[1]


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:[2]

Party Councillors
Conservatives 13
Independent Group 2
Labour 2
Unaligned 1

No party has a majority, but the Conservatives have minority control as of May 2015.[3]

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:

  • Coastal Ward elects two councillors 12.
  • Fishtoft Ward elects three councillors 123.
  • Five Village Ward elects two councillors 12.
  • Frampton & Holme Ward elects one councillor.
  • Kirton Ward elects two councillors 12.
  • Old Leake & Wrangle Ward elects two councillors 12.
  • Swineshead & Holland Fen Ward elects two councillors 12.
  • Wyberton Fen Ward elects two councillors 12.


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 where voters were asked to decide on the question “Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union?” by voting for either “Remain a member of the European Union” or “Leave the European Union”. 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 the European Union 22,974 75.56%
Remain a member of the European Union 7,430 24.44%
Vaild votes 30,404 99.96%
Invalid or blank votes 12 0.04%
Total votes 30,416 100.00%
Registered voters and turnout 39,963 77.27%
Borough of Boston referendum result (without spoiled ballots):
22,974 (75.6%)
7,430 (24.4%)


  1. ^ "Boston (Local Authority): Key Figures for 2011 Census". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 6 May 2017. 
  2. ^ "Ward Map". Boston Borough Council. Retrieved 7 November 2015. 
  3. ^ "How the council works". Boston Borough Council. Retrieved 7 November 2015. 

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Coordinates: 52°57′N 0°09′W / 52.95°N 0.15°W / 52.95; -0.15