United Kingdom local elections, 2008

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United Kingdom local elections, 2008
United Kingdom
2007 ←
1 May 2008
→ 2009

137 English Local Authorities and all Welsh Councils
  Majority party Minority party Third party
  David Cameron Gordon Brown Nick Clegg
Leader David Cameron Gordon Brown Nick Clegg
Party Conservative Labour Liberal Democrat
Leader since 6 December 2005 24 June 2007 18 December 2007
Last election 40% 27% 26%
Percentage 44% 24% 25%
Swing Increase4 Decrease3 Decrease1
Councils 65 18 12
Councils +/– Increase12 Decrease9 Increase1
Councillors 3,154 2,368 1,805
Councillors +/– Increase256 Decrease331 Increase34

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.[1]

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).[2] 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[edit]

Party Councillors Councils
+/- Total +/- Total
Conservative +257 3,155 +12 65
Labour -334 2,365 -9 18
Liberal Democrat +33 1,804 +1 12
Plaid Cymru +31 205 -1 0
Green +5 47 0 0
Residents -11 43 0 0
BNP +10 37 0 0
Liberal -2 20 0 0
Health Concern 0 10 0 0
UKIP +3 8 0 0
Respect – The Unity Coalition +1 4 0 0
Socialist 0 2 0 0
Others +4 716 0 0
No overall control n/a n/a -3 64

Metropolitan boroughs[edit]

All 36 English metropolitan borough councils had one third of their seats up for election.

Council Previous control Result Details
Barnsley Labour Labour hold Details
Birmingham No overall control No overall control hold Details
Bolton No overall control No overall control hold Details
Bradford No overall control No overall control hold
Bury No overall control Conservative gain Details
Calderdale No overall control No overall control hold Details
Coventry Conservative No overall control gain Details
Doncaster No overall control No overall control hold
Dudley Conservative Conservative hold Details
Gateshead Labour Labour hold
Kirklees No overall control No overall control hold
Knowsley Labour Labour hold Details
Leeds No overall control No overall control hold
Liverpool Liberal Democrat Liberal Democrat hold Details
Manchester Labour Labour hold Details
Newcastle upon Tyne Liberal Democrat Liberal Democrat hold
North Tyneside No overall control Conservative gain Details
Oldham Labour No overall control gain Details
Rochdale Liberal Democrat Liberal Democrat hold Details
Rotherham Labour Labour hold
Salford Labour Labour hold Details
Sandwell Labour Labour hold Details
Sefton No overall control No overall control hold Details
Sheffield No overall control Liberal Democrat gain Details
Solihull No overall control Conservative gain Details
South Tyneside Labour Labour hold Details
St Helens No overall control No overall control hold Details
Stockport Liberal Democrat Liberal Democrat hold Details
Sunderland Labour Labour hold Details
Tameside Labour Labour hold Details
Trafford Conservative Conservative hold Details
Wakefield Labour Labour hold Details
Walsall Conservative Conservative hold Details
Wigan Labour Labour hold Details
Wirral No overall control No overall control hold Details
Wolverhampton Labour No overall control gain Details

Unitary authorities[edit]

Existing councils[edit]

In 19 English unitary authorities one third of the council was up for election.

Council Previous control Result Details
Blackburn with Darwen No overall control No overall control hold Details
Derby No overall control No overall control hold Details
Halton Labour Labour hold Details
Hartlepool Labour No overall control gain
Kingston upon Hull No overall control Liberal Democrat gain Details
Milton Keynes No overall control No overall control hold Details
North East Lincolnshire No overall control No overall control hold
Peterborough Conservative Conservative hold Details
Plymouth Conservative Conservative hold
Portsmouth No overall control No overall control hold Details
Reading Labour No overall control gain
Slough No overall control Labour gain Details
Southampton No overall control Conservative gain Details
Southend-on-Sea Conservative Conservative hold Details
Stoke-on-Trent No overall control No overall control hold Details
Swindon Conservative Conservative hold Details
Thurrock No overall control No overall control hold Details
Warrington No overall control No overall control hold
Wokingham Conservative Conservative hold Details

New councils[edit]

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.

Council Result Details
Cheshire East Conservative Details
Cheshire West and Chester Conservative Details
Durham Labour Details
Northumberland No overall control

District councils[edit]

Whole council[edit]

In 4 English district authorities the whole council was up for election following ward boundary changes.

Council Previous control Result Details
Barrow-in-Furness No overall control No overall control hold Details
Basingstoke and Deane No overall control Conservative gain Details
South Lakeland Liberal Democrat Liberal Democrat hold Details
Welwyn Hatfield Conservative Conservative hold Details

Half of council[edit]

In 7 English district authorities, half of the council was up for election.

Council Previous control Result Details
Adur Conservative Conservative hold Details
Cheltenham No overall control No overall control hold Details
Fareham Conservative Conservative hold Details
Gosport No overall control No overall control hold Details
Hastings No overall control No overall control hold Details
Nuneaton and Bedworth Labour Conservative gain Details
Oxford No overall control No overall control hold Details

Third of council[edit]

In 67 English district authorities, a third of the council was up for election.

Council Previous control Result Details
Amber Valley Conservative Conservative hold Details
Basildon Conservative Conservative hold Details
Bassetlaw Conservative Conservative hold Details
Brentwood Conservative Conservative hold Details
Broxbourne Conservative Conservative hold Details
Burnley No overall control Liberal Democrat gain Details
Cambridge Liberal Democrat Liberal Democrat hold
Cannock Chase No overall control No overall control hold
Carlisle No overall control No overall control hold Details
Castle Point Conservative Conservative hold Details
Cherwell Conservative Conservative hold Details
Chorley Conservative Conservative hold Details
Colchester Conservative No overall control gain Details
Craven No overall control No overall control hold Details
Crawley Conservative Conservative hold
Daventry Conservative Conservative hold Details
Eastleigh Liberal Democrat Liberal Democrat hold
Elmbridge No overall control Conservative gain
Epping Forest Conservative Conservative hold
Exeter No overall control No overall control hold
Gloucester No overall control No overall control hold
Great Yarmouth Conservative Conservative hold Details
Harlow No overall control Conservative gain Details
Harrogate No overall control No overall control hold Details
Hart No overall control No overall control hold Details
Havant Conservative Conservative hold Details
Hertsmere Conservative Conservative hold Details
Huntingdonshire Conservative Conservative hold Details
Hyndburn Conservative Conservative hold Details
Ipswich No overall control No overall control hold Details
Lincoln Conservative Conservative hold
Maidstone No overall control Conservative gain Details
Mole Valley Conservative Conservative hold Details
Newcastle-under-Lyme No overall control No overall control hold
North Hertfordshire Conservative Conservative hold
Norwich No overall control No overall control hold Details
Pendle Liberal Democrat No overall control gain Details
Preston No overall control No overall control hold Details
Purbeck No overall control No overall control hold Details
Redditch No overall control Conservative gain Details
Reigate and Banstead Conservative Conservative hold
Rochford Conservative Conservative hold Details
Rossendale No overall control Conservative gain Details
Rugby Conservative Conservative hold
Runnymede Conservative Conservative hold Details
Rushmoor Conservative Conservative hold Details
South Cambridgeshire Conservative Conservative hold Details
St Albans No overall control Liberal Democrat gain Details
Stevenage Labour Labour hold Details
Stratford-on-Avon Conservative Conservative hold Details
Stroud Conservative Conservative hold Details
Swale Conservative Conservative hold
Tamworth Conservative Conservative hold Details
Tandridge Conservative Conservative hold Details
Three Rivers Liberal Democrat Liberal Democrat hold Details
Tunbridge Wells Conservative Conservative hold Details
Watford Liberal Democrat Liberal Democrat hold Details
Waveney Conservative Conservative hold
West Lancashire Conservative Conservative hold Details
West Lindsey Liberal Democrat Conservative gain
West Oxfordshire Conservative Conservative hold
Weymouth and Portland No overall control No overall control hold Details
Winchester Conservative Conservative hold Details
Woking Conservative Conservative hold Details
Worcester No overall control No overall control hold Details
Worthing Conservative Conservative hold Details
Wyre Forest No overall control Conservative gain Details

Welsh councils[edit]

Map showing the results of the elections in Wales
Key:
  Labour control
  Conservative control
  No Overall Control

In all 22 Welsh councils the whole of the council was up for election.

Council Previous control Result Details
Blaenau Gwent Labour No overall control gain
Bridgend No overall control No overall control hold
Caerphilly Labour No overall control gain
Cardiff No overall control No overall control hold Details
Carmarthenshire No overall control No overall control hold
Ceredigion No overall control No overall control hold Details
Conwy No overall control No overall control hold
Denbighshire No overall control No overall control hold
Flintshire Labour No overall control gain
Gwynedd Plaid Cymru No overall control gain
Isle of Anglesey No overall control No overall control hold
Merthyr Tydfil Labour No overall control gain
Monmouthshire Conservative Conservative hold Details
Neath Port Talbot Labour Labour hold
Newport Labour No overall control gain
Pembrokeshire No overall control No overall control hold
Powys No overall control No overall control hold
Rhondda Cynon Taff Labour Labour hold
Swansea No overall control No overall control hold
Torfaen Labour No overall control gain
Vale of Glamorgan No overall control Conservative gain
Wrexham No overall control No overall control hold

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