United Kingdom local elections, 2008
The 2008 United Kingdom local elections were held on 1 May 2008. These elections took place in 137 English Local Authorities and all Welsh Councils.
There were also extraordinary elections held for four of the new unitary authorities being created, in Northumberland, County Durham and Cheshire (two councils - Cheshire East and Cheshire West and Chester). Scheduled elections for Penwith in Cornwall, Shrewsbury & Atcham in Shropshire, Bedford and South Bedfordshire in Bedfordshire and five district councils in Cheshire were cancelled, due to the up-coming unitary authorities being established in those counties.
Summary of results
All 36 English metropolitan borough councils had one third of their seats up for election.
In 19 English unitary authorities one third of the council was up for election.
Elections were held in three of the current non-metropolitan counties of Cheshire, County Durham and Northumberland for four new unitary authorities which were established in 2009. These councils were "shadow councils" until then.
In 4 English district authorities the whole council was up for election following ward boundary changes.
Half of council
In 7 English district authorities, half of the council was up for election.
Third of council
In 67 English district authorities, a third of the council was up for election.
Map showing the results of the elections in Wales
No Overall Control
In all 22 Welsh councils the whole of the council was up for election.