United Kingdom local elections, 2011

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United Kingdom local elections, 2011
United Kingdom
2010 ←
5 May 2011 → 2012

279 councils in England
all 26 councils in Northern Ireland
  First party Second party Third party
  David Cameron Ed Miliband Nick Clegg
Leader David Cameron Ed Miliband Nick Clegg
Party Conservative Labour Liberal Democrat
Leader since 6 December 2005 25 September 2010 18 December 2007
Last election 35%[1][2] 27%[1] 26%[1]
Popular vote 35%[2][1] 37%[1][2] 15%[2][1]
Swing 0%[3] Increase10%[3] Decrease11%[3]
Councils 157[1] 57 10[1]
Councils +/– Increase4[1] Increase26[1] Decrease9[1]
Councillors 5,109[1] 2,459[1] 1,098[1]
Councillors +/– Increase86[1] Increase857[1] Decrease748[1]

United Kingdom local elections 2011 map.svg

The results in England. Northern Ireland results are not shown. White areas indicate elections were not held here in 2011.

The 2011 United Kingdom local elections were held on Thursday 5 May 2011. In England, direct elections were held in all 36 Metropolitan boroughs, 194 Second-tier district authorities, 49 unitary authorities and various mayoral posts, meaning local elections took place in all parts of England with the exception of six unitary authorities (Cornwall, Durham, the Isle of Wight, Northumberland, Shropshire and Wiltshire), and seven districts and boroughs (Adur, Cheltenham, Fareham, Gosport, Hastings, Nuneaton and Bedworth and Oxford). For the majority of English districts and the 25 unitary authorities that are elected "all out" these were the first elections since 2007. In Northern Ireland, there were elections to all 26 local councils. Elections also took place to most English parish councils.

On the same day, elections to the Scottish Parliament, National Assembly of Wales and Northern Ireland Assembly were held. A UK-wide referendum[4] on whether to adopt the Alternative Vote electoral system for elections to the House of Commons and the Leicester South by-election was also held.

British, Irish, Commonwealth and European Union citizens living in the UK who were 18 or over on election day were entitled to vote in the local council and devolved assembly elections. The deadline for voters in England, Wales and Northern Ireland to register to vote in the 5 May elections was midnight on Thursday 14 April 2011, whilst voters in Scotland had until midnight on Friday 15 April 2011 to register. Anyone in the United Kingdom who qualified as an anonymous elector had until midnight on Tuesday 26 April 2011 to register.[5]

Background[edit]

Elections were due to be held to Scottish councils, but these have been postponed until 2012 to avoid clashing with the elections to the Scottish Parliament, which in 2007 had caused confusion among voters.[6]

Results[edit]

The Labour Party was described as obtaining "mixed results".[7] Their support recovered following a string of poor local election results during Gordon Brown's tenure and they gained over 800 council seats, mostly off the Liberal Democrats. Labour's gains were overshadowed by the coinciding Scottish Parliament election where they were routed by the Scottish National Party. The Conservatives narrowly obtained more votes than Labour and gained a small number of seats. They were helped by the gaining additional seats from the Liberal Democrats in the south west, south, south east and East Anglia.

The election was a disaster for the Liberal Democrats, who lost 40% of the council seats they were defending (mostly to Labour) and lost majorities in 9 of the 19 councils they controlled, including strongholds in Sheffield and Hull. There were some surprising gains for the Conservatives against the Liberal Democrats, with councils previously considered strongholds for the latter, like North Norfolk, Vale of White Horse and Lewes changing hands. This led to some calls for Nick Clegg to resign.[8] The losses coincided with the landslide rejection of the Alternative Vote referendum which had been supported by the Liberal Democrats and some members of the Labour Party.

Summary of English result[edit]

Party Councillors Councils
+/− Total +/− Total
Conservative +86 5,109 +4 157
Labour +857 2,459 +26 57
Liberal Democrat -748 1,098 -9 10
Green +14 79 0 0
Residents -3 48 0 1
UKIP 0 7 0 0
BNP -11 2 0 0
Liberal -2 8 0 0
Others -207 640 0 0
No overall control n/a n/a −19 54

Source: [1]

England[edit]

Metropolitan boroughs[edit]

All 36 English Metropolitan borough councils one third of their seats were 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 Labour gain Details
Bradford No overall control No overall control hold Details
Bury No overall control Labour gain Details
Calderdale No overall control No overall control hold Details
Coventry Labour Labour hold Details
Doncaster Labour Labour hold
Dudley Conservative Conservative hold Details
Gateshead Labour Labour hold
Kirklees No overall control No overall control hold
Knowsley Labour Labour hold
Leeds No overall control Labour gain Details
Liverpool Labour Labour hold Details
Manchester Labour Labour hold Details
Newcastle upon Tyne Liberal Democrat Labour gain
North Tyneside No overall control Labour gain Details
Oldham No overall control Labour gain
Rochdale No overall control No overall control hold
Rotherham Labour Labour hold
St Helens Labour Labour hold
Salford Labour Labour hold Details
Sandwell Labour Labour hold Details
Sefton No overall control No overall control hold
Sheffield No overall control Labour gain Details
Solihull No overall control Conservative gain Details
South Tyneside Labour Labour hold
Stockport Liberal Democrat No overall control gain Details
Sunderland Labour Labour hold Details
Tameside Labour Labour hold
Trafford Conservative Conservative hold Details
Wakefield Labour Labour hold Details
Walsall Conservative No overall control gain Details
Wigan Labour Labour hold
Wirral No overall control No overall control hold Details
Wolverhampton No overall control Labour gain Details

Unitary authorities[edit]

Whole council[edit]

In 30 English Unitary authorities the whole council were up for election.

Council Previous control Result Details
Bath and North East Somerset No overall control No overall control hold Details
Bedford No overall control No overall control hold
Blackpool Conservative Labour gain Details
Bournemouth Conservative Conservative hold Details
Bracknell Forest Conservative Conservative hold
Brighton & Hove No overall control No overall control hold Details
Central Bedfordshire Conservative Conservative hold
Cheshire East Conservative Conservative hold
Cheshire West and Chester Conservative Conservative hold Details
Darlington Labour Labour hold
East Riding of Yorkshire Conservative Conservative hold
Herefordshire Conservative Conservative hold
Leicester Labour Labour hold
Luton Labour Labour hold
Medway Conservative Conservative hold
Middlesbrough Labour Labour hold
North Lincolnshire Labour Conservative gain Details
North Somerset Conservative Conservative hold Details
Nottingham Labour Labour hold Details
Poole Conservative No overall control gain Details
Redcar and Cleveland No overall control Labour gain
Rutland Conservative Conservative hold
South Gloucestershire No overall control No overall control hold
Stockton-on-Tees No overall control No overall control hold
Stoke-on-Trent No overall control Labour gain
Telford and Wrekin No overall control Labour gain Details
Torbay Conservative Conservative hold Details
West Berkshire Conservative Conservative hold
Windsor and Maidenhead Conservative Conservative hold
York No overall control Labour gain Details

Third of council[edit]

In 19 English Unitary authorities one third of the council were up for election.

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

Non-metropolitan districts[edit]

Whole council[edit]

In 127 English district authorities the whole council were up for election.

Council Previous control Result Details
Allerdale No overall control No overall control hold Details
Arun Conservative Conservative hold Details
Ashfield No overall control Labour gain Details
Ashford Conservative Conservative hold Details
Aylesbury Vale Conservative Conservative hold Details
Babergh No overall control No overall control hold Details
Barrow-in-Furness No overall control Labour gain Details
Blaby Conservative Conservative hold
Bolsover Labour Labour hold Details
Boston Boston Bypass Independents Conservative gain Details
Braintree Conservative Conservative hold
Breckland Conservative Conservative hold
Broadland Conservative Conservative hold
Bromsgrove Conservative Conservative hold
Broxtowe No overall control No overall control hold Details
Canterbury Conservative Conservative hold
Charnwood Conservative Conservative hold
Chelmsford Conservative Conservative hold
Chesterfield Liberal Democrat Labour gain
Chichester Conservative Conservative hold
Chiltern Conservative Conservative hold
Christchurch Conservative Conservative hold
Copeland Labour Labour hold Details
Corby Labour Labour hold
Cotswold Conservative Conservative hold
Dacorum Conservative Conservative hold Details
Dartford Conservative Conservative hold
Derbyshire Dales Conservative Conservative hold Details
Dover Conservative Conservative hold
Eastbourne Liberal Democrat Liberal Democrat hold Details
East Cambridgeshire Conservative Conservative hold
East Devon Conservative Conservative hold
East Dorset Conservative Conservative hold Details
East Hampshire Conservative Conservative hold Details
East Hertfordshire Conservative Conservative hold
East Lindsey No overall control No overall control hold
East Northamptonshire Conservative Conservative hold
East Staffordshire Conservative Conservative hold
Eden No overall control No overall control
Epsom and Ewell Residents Association Residents Association hold Details
Erewash Conservative Conservative hold
Fenland Conservative Conservative hold Details
Forest Heath Conservative Conservative hold
Forest of Dean Conservative No overall control gain
Fylde Conservative Conservative hold Details
Gedling Conservative Labour gain Details
Gravesham Conservative Labour gain Details
Guildford Conservative Conservative hold
Hambleton Conservative Conservative hold
Harborough Conservative Conservative hold
High Peak Conservative No overall control gain
Hinckley and Bosworth Liberal Democrat Liberal Democrat hold
Horsham Conservative Conservative hold
Kettering Conservative Conservative hold
King's Lynn and West Norfolk Conservative Conservative hold
Lancaster No overall control No overall control hold Details
Lewes Liberal Democrat Conservative gain
Lichfield Conservative Conservative hold
Maldon Conservative Conservative hold
Malvern Hills Conservative Conservative hold
Mansfield Independent Labour gain
Melton Conservative Conservative hold
Mendip No overall control Conservative gain
Mid Devon No overall control Conservative gain
Mid Suffolk Conservative Conservative hold Details
Mid Sussex Conservative Conservative hold
New Forest Conservative Conservative hold
Newark and Sherwood Conservative No overall control gain
North Devon Conservative No overall control gain Details
North Dorset Conservative Conservative hold
North East Derbyshire Labour Labour gain
North Kesteven Conservative Conservative hold
North Norfolk Liberal Democrat Conservative gain Details
North Warwickshire Conservative Labour gain Details
North West Leicestershire Conservative Conservative hold Details
Northampton Liberal Democrat Conservative gain
Oadby and Wigston Liberal Democrat Liberal Democrat hold
Ribble Valley Conservative Conservative hold
Richmondshire No overall control No overall control hold
Rother Conservative Conservative hold Details
Rushcliffe Conservative Conservative hold
Ryedale No overall control Conservative gain
Scarborough No overall control No overall control hold
Sedgemoor Conservative Conservative hold
Selby Conservative Conservative hold
Sevenoaks Conservative Conservative hold
Shepway Conservative Conservative hold
South Bucks Conservative Conservative hold
South Derbyshire Conservative Conservative hold
South Hams Conservative Conservative hold Details
South Holland Conservative Conservative hold
South Kesteven Conservative Conservative hold
South Norfolk Conservative Conservative hold Details
South Northamptonshire Conservative Conservative hold
South Oxfordshire Conservative Conservative hold
South Ribble Conservative Conservative hold Details
South Somerset Liberal Democrat Liberal Democrat hold
South Staffordshire Conservative Conservative hold Details
Spelthorne Conservative Conservative hold
St Edmundsbury Conservative Conservative hold
Stafford Conservative Conservative hold
Staffordshire Moorlands Conservative No overall control gain
Suffolk Coastal Conservative Conservative hold
Surrey Heath Conservative Conservative hold
Swale Conservative Conservative hold
Taunton Deane No overall control No overall control hold
Teignbridge No overall control Conservative gain
Tendring No overall control Conservative gain
Test Valley Conservative Conservative hold Details
Tewkesbury No overall control Conservative gain
Thanet Conservative No overall control gain
Tonbridge and Malling Conservative Conservative hold Details
Torridge No overall control No overall control hold Details
Uttlesford Conservative Conservative hold
Vale of White Horse Liberal Democrat Conservative gain
Warwick Conservative Conservative hold Details
Waveney Conservative No overall control gain
Waverley Conservative Conservative hold
Wealden Conservative Conservative hold Details
Wellingborough Conservative Conservative hold
West Devon No overall control Conservative gain
West Dorset Conservative Conservative hold
West Lindsey Conservative Conservative hold
West Somerset Independent Conservative gain Details
Wychavon Conservative Conservative hold
Wycombe Conservative Conservative hold
Wyre Conservative Conservative hold Details

Third of council[edit]

In 67 English district authorities one third of the council were up for election.

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

Mayoral elections[edit]

Five direct mayoral elections were held.

Local Authority Previous Mayor Mayor-elect Details
Bedford Dave Hodgson (Liberal Democrats) Dave Hodgson (Liberal Democrats) Details
Leicester None (New post) Sir Peter Soulsby (Labour) Details
Mansfield Tony Egginton (Mansfield Independent Forum) Tony Egginton (Mansfield Independent Forum) Details
Middlesbrough Ray Mallon (Independent) Ray Mallon (Independent) Details
Torbay Nicholas Bye (Conservative) Gordon Oliver (Conservative) Details

Northern Ireland[edit]

Elections were held on the same day to local government in Northern Ireland.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q Elections 2011: SNP steals show amid Lib Dem woes
  2. ^ a b c d Sparrow, Andrew (5 May 2011). "Election results 2011 - Thursday 5 May". The Guardian (London). 
  3. ^ a b c Compared to the United Kingdom local elections, 2010
  4. ^ "Clegg announces date for AV referendum". BBC Democracy Live. 2010-07-05. Retrieved 2010-07-07. 
  5. ^ The deadline for the receipt and determination of anonymous electoral registration applications is the same as the publication date of the notice of alteration to the Electoral Register (i.e. the fifth working day before election day).
  6. ^ "Election separation plan passed". BBC News. 2009-06-17. Retrieved 2010-07-07. 
  7. ^ Watt, Nicholas (6 May 2011). "Elections 2011: Ed Miliband puts a brave face on mixed results for Labour". The Guardian (London). 
  8. ^ "Vote 2011: Nick Clegg quit calls after council losses". BBC News. 7 May 2011. 
  9. ^ "Plan to cut Northern Ireland councils may be delayed until 2015". Belfast Telegraph. 2010-05-07. Retrieved 2010-07-07.