United Kingdom local elections, 2001

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United Kingdom local elections, 2001
United Kingdom
2000 ←
7 June 2001
→ 2002

  Majority party Minority party Third party
  William Hague 2010.jpg Tony Blair.JPG Charles kennedy feb 2009.jpg
Leader William Hague Tony Blair Charles Kennedy
Party Conservative Labour Liberal Democrat
Leader since 19 June 1997 21 July 1994 9 August 1999
Percentage 40 31 25
Councils 18 14 0
Councils +/- Increase5 Decrease2 Decrease2
Councillors 1,094 830 498
Councillors +/- Increase121 0 Decrease70

Local elections took place in some parts of the UK on 7 June 2001. Elections took place for all of the English shire counties, some English unitary authorities and all of the Northern Ireland districts. The elections were delayed from the usual date of the first Thursday in May due to the 2001 UK foot and mouth crisis and were held on the same day as the general election.

While the results were overshadowed by the re-election of the Labour government, they did provide some comfort to the Conservative party. The Conservatives consolidated their position as the largest party on the English county councils.

Summary of results[edit]

The results of the English local elections saw the Conservative party make significant progress, gaining control of a further five councils. The Labour party lost control of Cumbria and Warwickshire county councils, while the Liberal Democrats suffered losses of both councils and councillors.

Party Councillors Councils
+/- Total +/- Total
Conservative Party +120 1,093 +5 18
Labour Party +7 843 -2 14
Liberal Democrat -80 449 -2 0
Independents -25 67 0 0
Others -1 28 0 0
No overall control 0 0 -1 13

County councils[edit]

In all 34 English county councils the whole council was up for election. NOC = No Overall Control.

Council Former control New control Type Link to council election
Bedfordshire Conservative Conservative County
Buckinghamshire Conservative Conservative County Details
Cambridgeshire Conservative Conservative County
Cheshire NOC Conservative County
Cornwall NOC NOC County
Cumbria Labour NOC County
Derbyshire Labour Labour County
Devon Liberal Democrat NOC County
Dorset NOC Conservative County
Durham Labour Labour County
East Sussex NOC Conservative County
Essex Conservative Conservative County Details
Gloucestershire NOC NOC County
Hampshire Conservative Conservative County
Hertfordshire Conservative Conservative County
Kent Conservative Conservative County Details
Lancashire Labour Labour County Details
Leicestershire NOC Conservative County
Lincolnshire Conservative Conservative County
Norfolk NOC Conservative County
North Yorkshire Conservative Conservative County
Northamptonshire Labour Labour County
Northumberland Labour Labour County
Nottinghamshire Labour Labour County
Oxfordshire NOC NOC County
Shropshire NOC NOC County Details
Somerset Liberal Democrat NOC County
Staffordshire Labour Labour County
Suffolk NOC NOC County Details
Surrey Conservative Conservative County
Warwickshire Labour NOC County
West Sussex Conservative Conservative County
Wiltshire Conservative Conservative County Details
Worcestershire NOC NOC County

Unitary authorities[edit]

In two English unitary authorities the whole council was up for election while a further nine unitary authorities had one third of the council up for election.

Whole council[edit]

Council Former control New control Type Link to council election
Isle of Wight NOC NOC Unitary
Southend-on-Sea Conservative Conservative Unitary Southend-on-Sea

One third of council[edit]

Council Former control New control Type Link to council election
Blackburn with Darwen Labour Labour Unitary
Bristol Labour Labour Unitary
Halton Labour Labour Unitary Halton
Peterborough NOC NOC Unitary Peterborough
Reading Labour Labour Unitary
Slough Labour Labour Unitary
Thurrock Labour Labour Unitary Thurrock
Warrington Labour Labour Unitary
Wokingham NOC NOC Unitary Wokingham

Northern Ireland[edit]

In all 26 Northern Ireland districts the whole council was up for election. They were elected by Single Transferable Vote. They saw the Democratic Unionist Party and Sinn Féin make gains at the expense of the other parties.

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