He was elected to Leicestershire County Council for the Western Park division in 1993, and then to Leicester City Council for the same ward in 1995. In 2000 he became leader of the Liberal Democrat group on the council. After the 2003 local elections, the Liberal Democrats became the largest party on the council, and Blackmore became leader in May 2003, leading a Liberal Democrat/Conservative coalition. From November 2004 to May 2005 Ross Willmott served as leader, in a minority Labour administration. He stood down from the council in 2011.
- Leicester City Council biography
- "Councillor Roger Blackmore". Leicester City Council.
- "Valete et Salvete" (PDF). The Abingdonian.
- "Blackmore calls a halt to 53-year career in politics" Leicester Mercury 29 March 2011
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