Political make-up of local councils in the United Kingdom

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This page documents political party strengths in the United Kingdom's principal local authorities (commonly known as local councils). The last major change to council compositions was the 3 May 2018 local elections, but changes in party representation arise frequently due to resignations, deaths, by-elections, co-options and defections. There are currently 418 principal local authorities in the UK: 27 county and 201 district councils (two tiers with separate responsibilities covering the same physical area), 55 unitary authorities plus the sui generis Council of the Isles of Scilly, 36 metropolitan boroughs, 32 London boroughs plus the ancient City of London Corporation, 32 Scottish unitary authorities, 22 Welsh unitary authorities and 11 Northern Ireland councils. This list does not include parish and town councils, the lowest tier of local government with limited powers.

Information on this page is drawn from council websites and council data aggregators.[1][2][3][4][5][6]

Summary

This table numbers the seats held by each party as of 5 May 2018.

Party Total England England Wales
Wales
Scotland
Scot.
Northern Ireland
NI
County District London Metro. UA S.g.
Conservative 9,081 1,200 5,165 511 403 1,346 182 273 1
Labour 6,470 259 1,566 1,120 1,700 1,099 5 472 249
Liberal Democrats 1,870 223 890 151 176 303 61 66
SNP 424 424
Plaid Cymru 200 200
Green (All) 196 18 73 11 34 38 1 18 3
DUP 131 131
UKIP 125 1 92 21 11
Sinn Féin 103 103
UUP 84 84
SDLP 59 59
Alliance 30 30
TUV 10 10
PUP 4 4
Others[a] 1,876 86 727 34 65 281 111 339 197 36
Vacancies 19 0 10 6 1 1 0 0 0 1
Total 20,683 1,787 8,523 1,833 2,400 3,086 116 1,254 1,222 462
  1. ^ "Others" includes lesser known parties and independents. For further detail, see the URLs to council webpages in the tables below.

Technical information

Councils in England, Wales and Northern Ireland[7] elect to each of their seats once every four years, while in Scotland elections are held every five years. English councils may elect to all of their seats at once, roughly half at a time, or roughly one third at a time; councils elsewhere in the UK elect to all of their seats at once. Following boundary changes, councils which normally elect in parts often elect to all seats, and the cycle timing may change (for example in Northern Ireland, the new councils elected in 2014 shadowed the old councils for a year, delaying the second election to 2019). Breakdowns of election schedules are given in the sections for each council type. 16 councils in England are distinguished by having a directly elected mayor, elected every four years (indicated by (M) beside the council name).

Elections in England and Wales use first-past-the-post voting, while Scotland and Northern Ireland use the single transferable vote (STV) system. To facilitate STV, Scottish council wards elect multiple members, while Northern Ireland wards are grouped into District Electoral Areas with the number of councillors elected matching the number of wards.[8]

In the tables below, two "Control" columns indicate political control in each council. The first column indicates the party with a majority, if any. Councils with directly elected mayors have the affiliation of the mayor in the second column. For non-mayoral councils with no overall control (NOC) the second column gives the membership and format of the governing coalition, minority government, or if unknown the largest party followed by ellipsis (...).

England: two-tier council system

County councils

Non-metropolitan counties elect their councillors all at once every four years, in the year after leap years. All 27 counties had elections in May 2017 and the next elections are expected on 6 May 2021.

Council Control Web Total CON LAB LD GP Other Vacant Upcoming by-elections
Buckinghamshire CON maj URL 49 41 1 4 3
Cambridgeshire CON maj URL 61 36 7 15 3
Cumbria NOC LAB+LD URL 84 37 26 16 5
Derbyshire CON maj URL 64 37 24 3
Devon CON maj URL 60 42 7 7 1 3
Dorset[u 1] CON maj URL 46 33 1 10 2
East Sussex CON maj URL 50 30 4 11 5
Essex CON maj URL 75 56 6 7 1 5
Gloucestershire CON maj URL 53 31 5 14 2 1
Hampshire CON maj URL 78 56 2 19 1
Hertfordshire CON maj URL 78 51 10 17
Kent CON maj URL 81 67 5 7 1 1
Lancashire CON maj URL 84 45 30 4 1 4
Leicestershire CON maj URL 55 36 6 13
Lincolnshire CON maj URL 70 58 6 1 5
Norfolk CON maj URL 84 54 16 11 3
North Yorkshire CON maj URL 72 55 4 3 10
Northamptonshire CON maj URL 57 43 12 2
Nottinghamshire NOC CON+IND URL 66 31 23 1 11
Oxfordshire NOC CON+IND URL 63 31 14 13 5
Somerset CON maj URL 55 35 3 12 2 3
Staffordshire CON maj URL 62 51 10 1
Suffolk CON maj URL 75 52 11 5 3 4
Surrey CON maj URL 81 60 1 9 1 10
Warwickshire CON maj URL 57 36 10 7 2 2
West Sussex CON maj URL 70 56 5 9
Worcestershire CON maj URL 57 40 10 3 2 2

District councils

Geographically, non-metropolitan districts are subdivisions of non-metropolitan counties. They have complimentary powers to counties and some have ceremonial statuses of borough, royal borough or city. They vary in whether they elect all, half or one-third of their seats at once:

  • The six that elect to half of their seats at a time do so in even years;
  • The 58 that elect to a third of their seats all do so in leap years, two years after leap years and three years after,
    • but note that Weymouth and Portland's 2018 election was cancelled pending a merger;[u 1]
  • Of the 138 that elect to all of their seats at once:
    • two (Gloucester and Stroud) elect in leap years (),
    • five elect two years after leap years (),
    • and 131 do so three years after ().

69 of the 201 district councils have elections on 3 May 2018 ().

Copeland and Mansfield have directly elected mayors. Folkestone & Hythe was known as Shepway before 1 April 2018. Six district councils in Dorset will be subsumed into unitary authorities by 2019 under current government policy.[u 1]

Last update 4 May 2018.

Council Control Web Total CON LAB LD UKIP GP Other Vacant Cycle Upcoming by-elections Next election
Adur CON maj URL 29 16 7 4 2 halves 7 May 2020
Allerdale NOC LAB+IND URL 56 15 28 2 11 all, 2 May 2019
Amber Valley CON maj URL 45 25 20 thirds 2 May 2019
Arun CON maj URL 54 43 1 7 1 2 all, 2 May 2019
Ashfield NOC AI[d 1]+IND min URL 35 5 14 16 all, 2 May 2019
Ashford CON maj URL 43 34 3 1 2 3 all, 2 May 2019
Aylesbury Vale CON maj URL 59 41 2 12 4 all, 2 May 2019
Babergh CON maj URL 43 24 2 3 14 all, 2 May 2019
Barrow-in-Furness LAB maj URL 36 9 26 1 all, 2 May 2019
Basildon CON maj URL 42 23 12 5 2 thirds 2 May 2019
Basingstoke & Deane CON maj URL 60 33 21 5 1 thirds 2 May 2019
Bassetlaw LAB maj URL 48 12 32 4 all, 2 May 2019
Blaby CON maj URL 39 29 6 4 all, 2 May 2019
Bolsover LAB maj URL 37 32 5 all, 2 May 2019
Boston NOC CON min URL 30 16 1 6 7 all, 2 May 2019
Braintree CON maj URL 49 42 4 1 2 all, 2 May 2019
Breckland CON maj URL 49 39 3 4 3 all, 2 May 2019
Brentwood CON maj URL 37 25 2 9 1 thirds 2 May 2019
Broadland CON maj URL 47 42 5 all, 2 May 2019
Bromsgrove CON maj URL 31 17 7 7 all, 2 May 2019
Broxbourne CON maj URL 30 28 2 thirds 3 May 2018
Broxtowe CON maj URL 44 27 12 4 1 all, 2 May 2019
Burnley LAB maj URL 45 5 25 5 2 1 7 thirds 2 May 2019
Cambridge LAB maj URL 42 26 14 1 1 thirds 2 May 2019
Cannock Chase LAB maj URL 41 15 21 1 3 1 thirds 2 May 2019
Canterbury CON maj URL 39 30 4 3 2 all, 2 May 2019
Carlisle NOC LAB min URL 52 22 25 1 4 thirds 2 May 2019
Castle Point CON maj URL 41 27 14 thirds 2 May 2019
Charnwood CON maj URL 52 41 9 1 1 all, 2 May 2019
Chelmsford CON maj URL 57 52 5 all, 2 May 2019
Cheltenham LD maj URL 40 6 32 2 halves 7 May 2020
Cherwell CON maj URL 48 36 9 1 1 1 thirds 21 June 2018 2 May 2019
Chesterfield LAB maj URL 48 37 9 2 all, 2 May 2019
Chichester CON maj URL 48 40 5 3 all, 2 May 2019
Chiltern CON maj URL 40 38 2 all, 2 May 2019
Chorley LAB maj URL 47 13 32 2 thirds 2 May 2019
Christchurch[u 1] CON maj URL 24 21 1 2 all, 2 May 2019
Colchester NOC LD+LAB+IND URL 51 25 11 12 3 thirds 2 May 2019
Copeland (M) LAB IND Mayor URL 51 18 29 4 all, 2 May 2019
Corby LAB maj URL 29 5 24 all, 2 May 2019
Cotswold CON maj URL 34 22 12 all, 2 May 2019
Craven CON maj URL 30 17 3 1 1 1 7 thirds 2 May 2019
Crawley LAB maj URL 37 17 20 thirds 2 May 2019
Dacorum CON maj URL 51 43 2 5 1 all, 2 May 2019
Dartford CON maj URL 44 34 7 3 all, 2 May 2019
Daventry CON maj URL 36 30 5 1 thirds 2 May 2019
Derbyshire Dales CON maj URL 39 29 5 3 2 all, 2 May 2019
Dover CON maj URL 45 25 18 1 1 all, 2 May 2019
East Cambridgeshire CON maj URL 39 35 3 1 all, 2 May 2019
East Devon CON maj URL 59 35 7 17 all, 2 May 2019
East Dorset[u 1] CON maj URL 29 26 3 all, 2 May 2019
East Hampshire CON maj URL 44 43 1 all, 2 May 2019
East Hertfordshire CON maj URL 50 48 2 all, 2 May 2019
East Lindsey CON maj URL 55 35 4 1 5 10 all, 2 May 2019
East Northamptonshire CON maj URL 40 36 2 2 all, 2 May 2019
East Staffordshire CON maj URL 39 25 12 1 1 all, 2 May 2019
Eastbourne LD maj URL 27 8 18 1 all, 2 May 2019
Eastleigh LD maj URL 39 4 32 3 thirds 2 May 2019
Eden CON maj URL 38 20 1 7 10 all, 2 May 2019
Elmbridge NOC IND+LD URL 48 24 9 15 thirds 2 May 2019
Epping Forest CON maj URL 58 39 2 2 15 thirds 2 May 2019
Epsom and Ewell IND IND URL 38 4 3 31 all, 2 May 2019
Erewash CON maj URL 47 30 17 all, 2 May 2019
Exeter LAB maj URL 39 8 29 1 1 thirds 2 May 2019
Fareham CON maj URL 31 24 5 1 1 halves 7 May 2020
Fenland CON maj URL 39 34 2 3 all, 2 May 2019
Folkestone & Hythe CON maj URL 30 23 4 3 all, 2 May 2019
Forest Heath CON maj URL 27 20 3 4 all, 2 May 2019
Forest of Dean NOC CON min URL 48 20 9 5 2 12 all, 2 May 2019
Fylde CON maj URL 51 32 1 2 16 all, 2 May 2019
Gedling LAB maj URL 41 14 25 1 1 all, 2 May 2019
Gloucester CON maj URL 39 22 10 7 all, 7 May 2020
Gosport CON maj URL 34 18 2 14 halves 7 May 2020
Gravesham CON maj URL 44 24 20 all, 2 May 2019
Great Yarmouth CO maj URL 39 23 15 1 thirds 2 May 2019
Guildford CON maj URL 48 34 2 9 3 all, 2 May 2019
Hambleton CON maj URL 28 27 1 all, 2 May 2019
Harborough CON maj URL 37 29 8 all, 2 May 2019
Harlow LAB maj URL 33 13 20 thirds 2 May 2019
Harrogate CON maj URL 40 31 7 2 all, 5 May 2022
Hart NOC CON min URL 33 15 8 10 thirds 2 May 2019
Hastings LAB maj URL 32 8 24 all, 5 May 2022
Havant CON maj URL 38 31 2 1 2 2 thirds 2 May 2019
Hertsmere CON maj URL 39 35 4 all, 2 May 2019
High Peak CON maj URL 43 23 17 2 1 all, 2 May 2019
Hinckley & Bosworth CON maj URL 34 21 1 12 all, 2 May 2019
Horsham CON maj URL 44 38 4 2 all, 2 May 2019
Huntingdonshire CON maj URL 52 30 4 7 11 all, 5 May 2022
Hyndburn LAB maj URL 35 9 26 thirds 2 May 2019
Ipswich LAB maj URL 48 12 34 2 thirds 2 May 2019
Kettering CON maj URL 36 26 7 1 2 all, 2 May 2019
King's Lynn and West Norfolk CON maj URL 62 49 7 6 all, 2 May 2019
Lancaster NOC LAB min URL 60 18 29 7 3 3 all, 17 May 2018 (3) 2 May 2019
Lewes NOC CON min URL 41 20 11 3 7 all, 2 May 2019
Lichfield CON maj URL 47 42 4 1 all, 2 May 2019
Lincoln LAB maj URL 33 9 24 thirds 2 May 2019
Maidstone NOC LD min URL 55 25 3 20 7 thirds 2 May 2019
Maldon CON maj URL 31 27 4 all, 2 May 2019
Malvern Hills CON maj URL 38 23 4 3 8 all, 2 May 2019
Mansfield (M) NOC IND Mayor URL 36 1 17 18 all, 2 May 2019
Melton CON maj URL 28 26 1 1 all, 2 May 2019
Mendip CON maj URL 47 32 10 3 2 all, 2 May 2019
Mid Devon CON maj URL 42 28 5 1 7 1 all, 7 June 2018 2 May 2019
Mid Suffolk CON maj URL 40 29 4 6 1 all, 2 May 2019
Mid Sussex CON maj URL 54 53 1 all, 2 May 2019
Mole Valley NOC t.b.d. URL 41 20 14 7 thirds 3 May 2018
New Forest CON maj URL 60 56 2 1 1 all, t.b.d. 2018 2 May 2019
Newark & Sherwood CON maj URL 39 24 12 3 all, 2 May 2019
Newcastle-under-Lyme NOC CON min URL 44 20 18 3 3 all, 5 May 2022
North Devon NOC CON min URL 43 18 14 11 all, 2 May 2019
North Dorset[u 1] CON maj URL 33 29 3 1 all, 2 May 2019
North East Derbyshire LAB maj URL 53 18 33 1 1 all, 2 May 2019
North Hertfordshire CON maj URL 49 29 14 6 thirds 2 May 2019
North Kesteven CON maj URL 43 29 13 1 all, 24 May 2018 2 May 2019
North Norfolk CON maj URL 48 22 18 8 all, 2 May 2019
North Warwickshire CON maj URL 35 21 13 1 all, 2 May 2019
North West Leicestershire CON maj URL 38 25 9 1 3 all, 2 May 2019
Northampton CON maj URL 45 25 17 3 all, 2 May 2019
Norwich LAB maj URL 39 31 3 5 thirds 2 May 2019
Nuneaton & Bedworth NOC t.b.d. URL 34 16 17 1 halves 7 May 2020
Oadby & Wigston LD maj URL 26 4 20 2 all, 2 May 2019
Oxford LAB maj URL 48 36 9 2 1 halves 7 May 2020
Pendle CON maj URL 49 24 15 9 1 thirds 2 May 2019
Preston LAB maj URL 57 17 35 5 thirds 2 May 2019
Purbeck[u 1] CON maj URL 25 20 4 1 all, 2 May 2019
Redditch CON maj URL 29 12 17 thirds 2 May 2019
Reigate & Banstead CON maj URL 51 40 1 3 7 thirds 2 May 2019
Ribble Valley CON maj URL 40 35 1 4 all, 2 May 2019
Richmondshire CON maj URL 34 24 1 9 all, 2 May 2019
Rochford CON maj URL 39 25 3 3 8 thirds 2 May 2019
Rossendale LAB maj URL 36 14 20 2 thirds 2 May 2019
Rother CON maj URL 38 31 3 4 all, 2 May 2019
Rugby CON maj URL 42 24 9 9 thirds 2 May 2019
Runnymede CON maj URL 42 32 1 9 thirds 2 May 2019
Rushcliffe CON maj URL 44 34 4 2 2 2 all, 2 May 2019
Rushmoor CON maj URL 39 26 11 1 1 thirds 2 May 2019
Ryedale NOC NOC URL 30 13 2 15 all, 2 May 2019
Scarborough CON maj URL 50 25 13 2 10 all, 2 May 2019
Sedgemoor CON maj URL 48 35 10 1 2 all, 2 May 2019
Selby CON maj URL 31 22 7 2 all, 2 May 2019
Sevenoaks CON maj URL 54 48 1 2 2 1 all, 2 May 2019
South Bucks CON maj URL 28 27 1 all, 2 May 2019
South Cambridgeshire LD maj URL 45 11 2 30 2 all, 5 May 2022
South Derbyshire CON maj URL 36 23 12 1 all, 2 May 2019
South Hams CON maj URL 31 24 5 2 all, 2 May 2019
South Holland CON maj URL 37 28 2 7 all, 2 May 2019
South Kesteven CON maj URL 56 45 3 1 7 all, 2 May 2019
South Lakeland LD maj URL 51 19 3 29 thirds 2 May 2019
South Norfolk CON maj URL 46 40 6 all, 2 May 2019
South Northamptonshire CON maj URL 42 35 4 3 all, 2 May 2019
South Oxfordshire CON maj URL 36 33 1 1 1 all, 2 May 2019
South Ribble CON maj URL 50 26 18 3 3 all, 2 May 2019
South Somerset NOC LD min URL 60 26 30 4 all, 2 May 2019
South Staffordshire CON maj URL 49 43 1 1 4 all, 2 May 2019
Spelthorne CON maj URL 39 30 1 3 5 all, 2 May 2019
St Albans CON maj URL 58 30 6 19 1 2 thirds 2 May 2019
St Edmundsbury CON maj URL 45 34 2 1 1 7 all, 2 May 2019
Stafford CON maj URL 40 30 7 3 all, 2 May 2019
Staffordshire Moorlands CON maj URL 56 33 9 2 2 10 all, 2 May 2019
Stevenage LAB maj URL 39 9 26 4 thirds 2 May 2019
Stratford-on-Avon CON maj URL 36 29 1 4 2 all, 2 May 2019
Stroud NOC LAB+GRN+LD URL 51 22 18 2 8 1 all, 7 May 2020
Suffolk Coastal CON maj URL 42 36 1 2 2 1 all, 17 May 2018 2 May 2019
Surrey Heath CON maj URL 40 36 1 1 2 all, 2 May 2019
Swale CON maj URL 47 32 5 10 all, 2 May 2019
Tamworth CON maj URL 30 22 5 1 1 1 thirds 24 May 2018 2 May 2019
Tandridge CON maj URL 42 22 9 11 thirds 2 May 2019
Taunton Deane[d 2] CON maj URL 56 33 2 15 1 1 4 all, 2 May 2019
Teignbridge CON maj URL 46 24 17 5 all, 2 May 2019
Tendring CON maj URL 60 33 4 1 8 14 all, 2 May 2019
Test Valley CON maj URL 48 38 9 1 all, 2 May 2019
Tewkesbury CON maj URL 38 33 2 3 all, 2 May 2019
Thanet NOC CON min URL 56 21 6 13 16 all, 2 May 2019
Three Rivers LD maj URL 39 16 3 20 thirds 2 May 2019
Tonbridge & Malling CON maj URL 54 48 4 2 all, 2 May 2019
Torridge CON maj URL 36 19 1 3 3 2 8 all, 2 May 2019
Tunbridge Wells CON maj URL 48 43 2 3 thirds 2 May 2019
Uttlesford CON maj URL 39 24 4 11 all, 2 May 2019
Vale of White Horse CON maj URL 38 29 9 all, 2 May 2019
Warwick CON maj URL 46 31 9 2 1 3 all, 2 May 2019
Watford LD maj URL 36 10 26 thirds 2 May 2019
Waveney CON maj URL 48 28 16 1 3 all, 2 May 2019
Waverley CON maj URL 57 50 1 5 1 all, 24 May 2018 2 May 2019
Wealden CON maj URL 55 49 6 all, 2 May 2019
Wellingborough CON maj URL 36 27 9 all, 2 May 2019
Welwyn Hatfield CON maj URL 48 25 15 8 thirds 2 May 2019
West Devon CON maj URL 31 21 10 all, 2 May 2019
West Dorset[u 1] CON maj URL 42 30 11 1 all, 2 May 2019
West Lancashire LAB maj URL 54 21 31 2 thirds 2 May 2019
West Lindsey CON maj URL 36 24 3 7 2 all, 2 May 2019
West Oxfordshire CON maj URL 49 35 6 8 thirds 2 May 2019
West Somerset[d 2] CON maj URL 28 20 1 2 2 3 all, 2 May 2019
Weymouth & Portland[u 1] NOC All Party URL 36 17 12 5 1 1 thirds, ended Cancelled[9]
Winchester CON maj URL 45 23 22 thirds 2 May 2019
Woking CON maj URL 30 16 3 8 3 thirds 2 May 2019
Worcester NOC LAB min URL 35 17 15 3 thirds 2 May 2019
Worthing CON maj URL 37 28 5 2 1 1 thirds 2 May 2019
Wychavon CON maj URL 45 39 5 1 all, 2 May 2019
Wycombe CON maj URL 60 49 6 1 4 all, 2 May 2019
Wyre CON maj URL 50 36 13 1 all, 2 May 2019
Wyre Forest CON maj URL 33 22 3 2 6 thirds 2 May 2019
  1. ^ 8 Ashfield Independents, 2 Selston Parish Independents
  2. ^ a b The government has approved and will seek approval in parliament for a planned merger between West Somerset District Council and Taunton Deane Borough Council, with the first election to be held to the new Somerset West and Taunton District Council on 2 May 2019. – Javid, Sajid (22 Mar 2018) LOCAL GOVERNMENT POLICY :Written statement - HCWS578 parliament.uk. Retrieved 30 Mar 2018.

England: unitary authorities

Unitary authorities vary in whether they elect to all or a third of their seats at a time.

  • The 17 that elect by thirds do so in leap years (), two years after leap years () and three years after (), as in district and metropolitan borough councils.
  • Of the other 38 councils that elect to all of their seats at once:
    • two, Warrington and Bristol, elect in leap years (),
    • six elect in the year after leap years (, e.g. May 2017),
    • and 30 elect three years after leap years ().

Five UAs have directly elected mayors.

Last update 4 May 2018.

Council Control Web Total CON LAB LD UKIP GP Other Vacant Schedule Upcoming by-elections Next election
Bath and North East Somerset CON maj URL 65 37 6 16 1 5 all, 2 May 2019
Bedford (M) NOC LD Mayor URL 40 15 14 9 2 all, 2 May 2019
Blackburn with Darwen LAB maj URL 51 13 37 1 thirds 2 May 2019
Blackpool LAB maj URL 42 12 29 1 all, 2 May 2019
Bournemouth[u 1] CON maj URL 54 51 1 2 all, 2 May 2019
Bracknell Forest CON maj URL 42 41 1 all, 2 May 2019
Brighton & Hove NOC LAB min URL 54 20 22 11 1 all, 2 May 2019
Bristol (M) LAB LAB Mayor URL 70 14 37 7 11 1 all, 7 May 2020
Central Bedfordshire CON maj URL 59 52 2 1 4 all, 2 May 2019
Cheshire East CON maj URL 82 51 16 2 13 all, 2 May 2019
Cheshire West and Chester LAB maj URL 75 36 38 1 all, 2 May 2019
Cornwall NOC LD+IND URL 123 46 4 37 36 all, 6 May 2021
Darlington LAB maj URL 50 16 29 3 2 all, 2 May 2019
Derby NOC t.b.d. URL 51 20 23 5 3 thirds 2 May 2019
Durham LAB maj URL 126 10 74 14 28 all, 6 May 2021
East Riding of Yorkshire CON maj URL 67 48 6 3 3 7 all, 2 May 2019
Halton LAB maj URL 56 2 52 2 thirds 2 May 2019
Hartlepool LAB maj URL 33 3 19 11 thirds 2 May 2019
Herefordshire CON maj URL 53 28 2 4 19 all, 2 May 2019
Isle of Wight CON maj URL 40 25 1 2 1 11 all, 6 May 2021
Kingston upon Hull LAB maj URL 57 2 31 24 thirds 2 May 2019
Leicester (M) LAB maj URL 54 1 52 1 all, 2 May 2019
Luton LAB maj URL 48 5 34 8 1 all, 2 May 2019
Medway CON maj URL 55 37 16 2 all, 2 May 2019
Middlesbrough (M) LAB LAB Mayor URL 46 5 31 10 all, 2 May 2019
Milton Keynes NOC LAB min URL 57 24 21 12 thirds 2 May 2019
North East Lincolnshire NOC LAB min URL 42 18 19 4 1 thirds 2 May 2019
North Lincolnshire CON maj URL 43 26 17 all, 2 May 2019
North Somerset CON maj URL 50 36 4 4 1 5 all, 2 May 2019
Northumberland NOC CON min URL 67 33 24 3 7[u 2] all, 6 May 2021
Nottingham LAB maj URL 55 2 52 1 all, 2 May 2019
Peterborough CON maj URL 60 31 14 6 1 1 7 thirds 2 May 2019
Plymouth LAB maj URL 57 26 31 thirds 2 May 2019
Poole[u 1] CON maj URL 42 29 7 1 5 all, 2 May 2019
Portsmouth NOC CON min URL 42 19 6 16 1 thirds 2 May 2019
Reading LAB maj URL 46 12 30 1 3 thirds 2 May 2019
Redcar & Cleveland NOC LAB min URL 59 11 28 11 9 all, 2 May 2019
Rutland CON maj URL 26 17 1 8 all, 2 May 2019
Shropshire CON maj URL 74 49 8 12 5 all, 6 May 2021
Slough LAB maj URL 42 7 34 1 thirds 2 May 2019
South Gloucestershire CON maj URL 70 40 14 16 all, 2 May 2019
Southampton LAB LAB URL 48 19 25 4 thirds 2 May 2019
Southend-on-Sea CON maj URL 51 29 11 2 9 thirds 2 May 2019
Stockton-on-Tees LAB maj URL 56 12 30 1 13 all, 2 May 2019
Stoke-on-Trent NOC IND+CON+UKIP URL 44 7 20 1 16 all, 2 May 2019
Swindon CON maj URL 57 29 26 2 thirds 2 May 2019
Telford & Wrekin LAB maj URL 54 21 28 3 2 all, 2 May 2019
Thurrock NOC CON min URL 49 20 17 12 thirds 2 May 2019
Torbay (M) CON CON Mayor URL 36 20 7 9 all, 2 May 2019
Warrington LAB maj URL 58 1 45 12 all, 7 May 2020
West Berkshire CON maj URL 52 47 5 all, 2 May 2019
Wiltshire CON maj URL 98 68 3 20 7 all, 6 May 2021
Windsor & Maidenhead CON maj URL 57 49 1 7 all, 2 May 2019
Wokingham CON maj URL 54 42 3 8 1 thirds 2 May 2019
York NOC CON+LD URL 47 12 15 12 4 4 all, 2 May 2019
  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k The government has approved and will seek approval from parliament for the merger between Bournemouth and Pool unitary authorities and the Borough of Christchurch in Dorset County to form one unitary authority (currently dubbed "Conurbation Dorset"), and between the remaining five districts of Dorset County to form another unitary authority("Dorset Area"). First elections to the two new councils would be on 2 May 2019. – Javid, Sajid (26 Feb 2018) LOCAL GOVERNMENT POLICY:Written statement - HCWS486 UK Parliament. Retrieved 30 Mar 2018. The one-third elections originally scheduled for Weymouth West and Portland District Council on 3 May 2018 were cancelled. – Weymouth & Portland area elections and referendums www.dorsetforyou.gov.uk. Retrieved 10 Apr 2018.
  2. ^ 3 Bedlington Independents

The Council of the Isles of Scilly is a similar single-tier authority, which had all its seats up for election in May 2017. All candidates stood independently.

Council Control Web Total IND Vacant Last change
Isles of Scilly IND IND URL 16 16 Election, 4 May 2017

England: metropolitan borough councils

Of the 36 metropolitan borough councils:

  • three elect to all of their seats at once, either:
    • in a leap year (, Rotherham),
    • in the year after a leap year (, Doncaster, e.g. May 2017),
    • or two years after (, Birmingham, e.g. May 2018);
  • the other 33 boroughs hold elections for one third of their seats at a time, all with seats elected to either in , or years.

They all next have elections in May 2018.[10]

Doncaster, Liverpool and Salford are mayoral metropolitan boroughs.

Last update 4 May 2018.

Council Control Web Total CON LAB LD UKIP GP Other Vacant Schedule Upcoming by-elections Next election
Barnsley LAB maj URL 63 4 56 1 2 thirds 2 May 2019
Birmingham LAB maj URL 101 25 67 8 1 all, 5 May 2022
Bolton LAB maj URL 60 19 31 3 3 4 thirds 2 May 2019
Bradford LAB maj URL 90 22 52 7 2 7 thirds 2 May 2019
Bury LAB maj URL 51 17 31 3 thirds 2 May 2019
Calderdale NOC LAB min URL 51 19 24 6 2 thirds 2 May 2019
Coventry LAB maj URL 54 13 40 1 thirds 2 May 2019
Doncaster (M) LAB LAB Mayor URL 55 7 43 5 all, 6 May 2021
Dudley NOC LAB min URL 72 35 35 1 1 thirds 2 May 2019
Gateshead LAB maj URL 66 54 12 thirds 2 May 2019
Kirklees LAB maj URL 69 20 36 7 3 3 thirds 2 May 2019
Knowsley LAB maj URL 45 40 3 1 1 thirds 2 May 2019
Leeds LAB maj URL 99 19 60 9 3 8 thirds 2 May 2019
Liverpool (M) LAB LAB Mayor URL 90 76 7 4 3 thirds 2 May 2019
Manchester LAB maj URL 96 94 2 thirds 2 May 2019
Newcastle upon Tyne LAB maj URL 78 56 19 3 thirds 2 May 2019
North Tyneside LAB maj URL 60 6 53 1 thirds 2 May 2019
Oldham LAB maj URL 60 4 47 8 1 thirds 2 May 2019
Rochdale LAB maj URL 60 10 48 2 thirds 2 May 2019
Rotherham LAB maj URL 63 48 1 13 1 all, 7 May 2020
Salford (M) LAB LAB Mayor URL 60 9 50 1 thirds 2 May 2019
Sandwell LAB maj URL 72 70 2 thirds 2 May 2019
Sefton LAB maj URL 66 8 43 12 3 thirds 2 May 2019
Sheffield LAB maj URL 84 53 22 3 6 thirds 2 May 2019
Solihull CON maj URL 51 32 2 4 1 11 1 thirds 2 May 2019
South Tyneside LAB maj URL 54 1 53 thirds 2 May 2019
St Helens LAB maj URL 48 3 41 3 1 thirds 2 May 2019
Stockport NOC LAB min URL 63 13 23 21 5 1 thirds 2 May 2019
Sunderland LAB maj URL 75 8 61 6 thirds 2 May 2019
Tameside LAB maj URL 57 6 51 thirds 2 May 2019
Trafford NOC t.b.d. URL 63 29 30 2 2 thirds 2 May 2019
Wakefield LAB maj URL 63 11 52 thirds 2 May 2019
Walsall NOC LAB+LD min URL 60 26 30 2 2 thirds 2 May 2019
Wigan LAB maj URL 75 7 60 8 thirds 2 May 2019
Wirral LAB maj URL 66 21 39 5 1 thirds 2 May 2019
Wolverhampton LAB maj URL 60 9 51 thirds 2 May 2019


London borough councils

The London Assembly is (together with the elected Mayor of London) the governing body for the Greater London Authority. Within its administrative area, the 32 borough councils perform lower functions.

Elections to all seats of all 32 London boroughs were last held in May 2018 and will next be held in May 2022.

Last update 4 May 2018.

Council Control Web Total CON LAB LD GP Other Vacant Upcoming by-elections
Barking & Dagenham LAB maj URL 51 51
Barnet CON maj URL 63 38 25
Bexley CON maj URL 45 34 11
Brent LAB maj URL 63 3 57 3 t.b.d. 2018
Bromley CON maj URL 60 50 8 2
Camden LAB maj URL 54 7 43 3 1
Croydon LAB maj URL 70 29 41
Ealing LAB maj URL 69 8 57 4
Enfield LAB maj URL 63 17 46
Greenwich LAB maj URL 51 9 42
Hackney (M) LAB maj URL 57 5 52
Hammersmith & Fulham LAB maj URL 46 11 35
Haringey LAB maj URL 57 42 15
Harrow LAB maj URL 63 28 35
Havering NOC CON+IND URL 54 25 5 24[l 1]
Hillingdon CON maj URL 65 44 21
Hounslow LAB maj URL 60 9 51
Islington LAB maj URL 48 47 1
Kensington & Chelsea CON maj URL 50 36 13 1
Kingston upon Thames LD maj URL 48 9 39
Lambeth LAB maj URL 63 1 57 5
Lewisham (M) LAB LAB Mayor URL 54 54
Merton LAB maj URL 60 17 34 6 3
Newham (M) LAB LAB Mayor URL 60 60
Redbridge LAB maj URL 63 12 51
Richmond upon Thames LD maj URL 54 11 39 4
Southwark LAB maj URL 63 49 11 3 14 June 2018
Sutton LD maj URL 54 18 33 3
Tower Hamlets (M) NOC LAB Mayor URL 45 2 42 1
Waltham Forest LAB maj URL 60 14 46
Wandsworth CON maj URL 60 33 26 1
Westminster CON maj URL 60 41 19

The 100-member Court of Common Council of the City of London, a municipal corporation, was last elected in March 2017. Most members are non-aligned; the largest party is Temple & Farringdon Together[11] and the only national party represented is Labour.

Council Control Web Total IND TFT LAB Vacant Last change
City of London Corporation IND IND URL 100 85 10 5 By-election, 22 March 2018
  1. ^ 22 various Residents Associations, 2 independents

Scotland

All 32 Scottish unitary authorities had all their seats up for election by Single Transferable Vote in May 2017. Elections are on a five-year cycle and are next due on 5 May 2022. Currently, none of the mainland councils are controlled by the "big four" parties in Scotland, and the three island councils are controlled by local independents.

Political control may be held by minority governments (min), coalitions (co), joint leadership arrangements (j.l.) or partnership working arrangements (p.w.).[5]

Last update 4 May 2018.

Council Control Web Total SNP CON LAB LD GP Other Vacant Upcoming by-elections
Aberdeen NOC CON+ALAB[s 1]+IND co URL 45 19 11 3 12[s 1]
Aberdeenshire NOC CON+LD+IND co URL 70 21 23 1 14 1 10
Angus NOC IND+CON+LD co URL 28 9 8 2 9
Argyll & Bute NOC CON+LD+IND co[12] URL 36 11 9 6 10
Clackmannanshire NOC SNP min[13] URL 18 8 5 5
Dumfries & Galloway NOC LAB+SNP co URL 43 11 16 10 1 5
Dundee NOC SNP+IND co URL 29 14 3 9 2 1
East Ayrshire NOC SNP min URL 32 14 6 9 3
East Dunbartonshire NOC LD+CON co[14] URL 22 7 6 2 6 1
East Lothian NOC LAB min URL 22 6 7 9
East Renfrewshire NOC SNP+LAB+IND co URL 18 5 6 4 3
Edinburgh NOC SNP+LAB co[15] URL 58 17 18 12 6 8 2
Eilean Siar IND IND URL 31 7 2 22
Falkirk NOC SNP min[16] URL 30 12 7 9 2
Fife NOC SNP+LAB j.l.[17] URL 75 29 15 24 7
Glasgow NOC SNP min[18] URL 85 39 8 31 7
Highland NOC IND+LD+LAB co URL 74 19 10 3 10 1 31
Inverclyde NOC LAB min URL 22 6 2 8 1 5
Midlothian NOC LAB min URL 18 7 5 6
Moray NOC CON+IND co URL 26 9 8 1 8
North Ayrshire NOC LAB min URL 33 11 7 11 4
North Lanarkshire NOC LAB min URL 77 33 9 33 2
Orkney IND IND URL 21 21
Perth & Kinross NOC CON+LD+IND co URL 40 15 17 1 4 3
Renfrewshire NOC SNP min URL 43 19 8 13 1 2
Scottish Borders NOC CON+IND co URL 34 9 14 2 9
Shetland IND IND URL 22 1 21
South Ayrshire NOC SNP+LAB+IND p.w. URL 28 9 12 5 2
South Lanarkshire NOC SNP min URL 64 25 14 19 1 5
Stirling NOC SNP+LAB URL 23 9 8 4 1 1
West Dunbartonshire NOC SNP+IND URL 22 10 2 8 2
West Lothian NOC LAB min URL 33 13 7 12 1

Wales

All 22 Welsh unitary authorities had all of their seats up for election in May 2017, and the next elections are expected on 6 May 2021. The deaths of two candidates postponed the elections in one ward in Merthyr Tydfil and one in Ceredigion to 8 June, the day of the 2017 general election; no-one stood for election in one single-member ward in Powys.[19][20]

Last update 4 May 2018.

Council Control Web Total LAB PC CON LD GP Other Vacant Upcoming by-elections
Blaenau Gwent IND IND URL 42 13 1 29
Bridgend NOC LAB... URL 54 26 3 8 1 16
Caerphilly LAB maj URL 73 50 18 5
Cardiff LAB maj URL 75 40 2 20 11 2
Carmarthenshire NOC PC... URL 74 22 37 15
Ceredigion NOC PC... URL 42 20 8 14
Conwy NOC IND... URL 59 8 8 16 4 23
Denbighshire NOC CON URL 47 13 9 15 10
Flintshire NOC LAB... URL 70 34 6 5 25
Gwynedd PC maj URL 75 1 41 1 32
Isle of Anglesey NOC PC... URL 30 2 14 1 13
Merthyr Tydfil IND maj URL 33 15 18
Monmouthshire CON maj URL 43 10 25 3 5
Neath Port Talbot LAB maj URL 64 43 15 1 5
Newport LAB maj URL 50 31 12 2 5
Pembrokeshire IND IND URL 60 7 6 11 1 35
Powys NOC IND... URL 73 7 2 20 13 1 30
Rhondda Cynon Taf LAB maj URL 75 47 17 4 1 6
Swansea LAB maj URL 72 48 9 7 8
Torfaen LAB maj URL 44 29 4 11
Vale of Glamorgan NOC CON... URL 47 14 4 23 6
Wrexham NOC IND... URL 52 12 3 9 2 26


Northern Ireland

Elections were held for 11 newly created councils in Northern Ireland in May 2014, and will next be held in May 2019 and on a four-year cycle after that.[21] All seats are filled at once by Single Transferable vote within district electoral areas of 5 to 7 wards.

The councils have ceremonial mayors elected by council members. Uniquely in the UK, vacancies are filled by co-option by whichever party won the seat at the previous election.

Last update 18 April 2018.[22]

Council Control Web Total DUP SF UUP SDLP APNI TUV PUP GP CON Other Vacant Upcoming co-options
Antrim and Newtownabbey NOC DUP... URL 40 15 3 12 4 4 1 1
Ards and North Down NOC DUP... URL 40 18 9 1 7 1 2 2
Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon NOC DUP... URL 41 13 8 11 6 3
Belfast NOC SF... URL 60 12 19 6 4 8 3 1 6[n 1] 1 1 DUP
Causeway Coast and Glens NOC DUP... URL 40 12 7 8 6 1 3 1 1 1
Derry and Strabane NOC SF... URL 40 7 16 2 8 7
Fermanagh and Omagh NOC SF... URL 40 6 16 8 6 4
Lisburn and Castlereagh NOC DUP... URL 40 20 9 4 5 1 1
Mid and East Antrim NOC DUP... URL 40 16 2 9 1 3 4 5
Mid-Ulster NOC SF... URL 40 8 18 7 5 2
Newry, Mourne and Down NOC ... URL 41 4 14 3 14 2 4

See also

References

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  2. ^ "Britain Elects". Elector. Retrieved 26 March 2018. 
  3. ^ "LocalCouncils". Thorncliffe. Retrieved 30 March 2018. 
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  6. ^ "England local elections 2017". BBC News. 5 May 2017. Retrieved 5 May 2018. 
  7. ^ "Elections | nidirect". nidirect. 2015-11-13. Retrieved 2018-03-23. 
  8. ^ "The District Electoral Areas (Northern Ireland) Order 2014". www.legislation.gov.uk. Retrieved 2018-04-14. 
  9. ^ "Weymouth & Portland area elections and referendums". www.dorsetforyou.gov.uk. Retrieved 2018-04-10. 
  10. ^ "Open Council Data UK - compositions councillors parties wards elections". opencouncildata.co.uk. Retrieved 2018-03-23. 
  11. ^ "Temple and Farringdon Together". Temple and Farringdon Together. Retrieved 2018-04-02. 
  12. ^ "Economic growth and education priorities in Argyll | Press and Journal". Press and Journal. Retrieved 2018-03-25. 
  13. ^ "Cooperation and collaboration on the agenda at Clacks Council". Alloa and Hillfoots Advertiser. Retrieved 2018-03-25. 
  14. ^ "Protests as new Lib Dem/Tory coalition takes control at East Dunbartonshire Council". Retrieved 2018-03-30. 
  15. ^ Gordon, Rebecca. "Leaders sign coalition agreement to run the Capital". www.edinburgh.gov.uk. Retrieved 2018-03-25. 
  16. ^ "SNP minority takes control of Falkirk Council". Retrieved 2018-03-25. 
  17. ^ "Fife Council agree to SNP and Labour joint partnership". Dunfermline Press. Retrieved 2018-03-25. 
  18. ^ Glasgow Young Scot, 20 Trongate (2017-05-18). "Councillor Eva Bolander chosen as Glasgow's Lord Provost". Retrieved 2018-03-25. 
  19. ^ "Merthyr Tydfil: 30 seats declared - no final results". ITV News. Retrieved 2017-05-11. 
  20. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-politics-39560254
  21. ^ "Fianna Fail to stand for elections in Northern Ireland". BelfastTelegraph.co.uk. ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 2018-03-03. 
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External links

  • Open Council Data UK: All UK councillors with parties and wards
  • Edkins, Keith: Local Council Political Compositions
  • A to Z of Local Councils. Directgov.
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