United Kingdom local elections, 2014
|Map showing results of English local elections, 2014. Black represents No Overall Control, white represents areas that did not hold an election, blue represents the Conservative Party, red represents the Labour Party and gold represents the Liberal Democrats. Areas shown in grey are not part of England.|
The 2014 United Kingdom local elections were held on 22 May 2014. Usually these elections are held on the first Thursday in May but were postponed to coincide with the 2014 European Parliament Elections. Direct elections were held for all 32 London boroughs, all 36 metropolitan boroughs, 74 district/borough councils, 20 unitary authorities and various mayoral posts in England and elections to the new councils in Northern Ireland.
For the fourth year running, the Labour Party enjoyed the largest share of the vote in local elections, but its share of the vote was its smallest since 2010. The UK Independence Party, which topped the same day's European elections, finished third with 17% of the votes, claiming council seats from Labour, the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats.
- 1 Overview of results
- 2 London boroughs
- 3 Metropolitan boroughs
- 4 Unitary authorities
- 5 Non-metropolitan districts
- 6 Mayoral elections
- 7 Northern Ireland
- 8 Electoral administration
- 9 Enacting legislation
- 10 See also
- 11 Notes
- 12 References
Overview of results
Overall in England:
- 2,121 Labour Councillors were elected (up 324),
- 1,364 Conservatives (down 236),
- 427 Liberal Democrats (down 310),
- 163 UK Independence Party (up 161),
- 38 Greens (up 18),
- 53 Residents Association (up 14),
- 18 Tower Hamlets First (up 18),
- 2 Liberal Party (down 2),
- 1 British National Party (down 1),
- 1 Independent Community and Health Concern (down 2), and
- 71 Independents (up 18) were elected.
Shift of control
This table depicts how the control of local councils shifted in this election.
The data along the diagonal represents no shift in control in that number of councils: for example, Chorley was among the solid colour no change 73 Labour controlled councils. The other cells represent the shifts of control: for example, Harrow was one of five councils of which Labour gained control from No Overall Control. The intensity of the colour in a table cell other than the diagonal reflects the relative number of losses in council control suffered by each party.
|after election →||N.O.C.||Labour||Cons.||Lib.
|↓ before election|
|No Overall Control||19||5||-||-||24||− 5|
|Liberal Democrats||1||-||1||6||8||− 2|
|gains||+13||+ 9||+ 1||-||-||-|
|Net change||+ 8||+ 5||−11||− 2||-||-|
Last updated at 11:30:10 on 27 May 2014
All seats in the 32 London Borough Councils were up for election.
Harrow's Council was elected in 2010 with a Labour majority but divisions within this majority in 2013 led to a coalition struck between the Conservatives and the Independent Labour Group (formed of eight ex-Labour councillors). Conservatives withdrew their support for Independent Labour on 16 September 2013 leading to a brief Conservative minority administration.
One third of the seats in all 36 Metropolitan Boroughs were up for election (showing those elected and each party's total in the new council).
|Council||Previous control||Result||Cons||Labour||Lib Dem||UKIP||Others|
|Barnsley||Labour||Labour||1, 4||18, 52||2, 7|
|Birmingham||Labour||Labour||13, 31||22, 77||5, 12|
|Bolton||Labour||Labour||5, 15||13, 40||1, 3||2, 2|
|Bradford||No overall control||Labour||7, 21||17, 46||3, 8||1, 1||1,3Grn
|Bury||Labour||Labour||2, 11||15, 38||0, 1||0, 1|
|Calderdale||No overall control||No overall control
(Lab minority, then
|6, 19||9, 25||1, 6||1, 1|
|Coventry||Labour||Labour||6, 11||13, 43|
|Doncaster||Labour||Labour||3, 8||15, 48||1, 1||2, 6|
|Dudley||Labour||Labour||7, 20||10, 40||7, 9||0,1Grn
|Gateshead||Labour||Labour||18, 55||4, 11|
|Kirklees||No overall control||No overall control
|6, 18||10, 32||5, 11||1,5Grn
|Leeds||Labour||Labour||6, 19||20, 62||4, 9||1,3Grn
|Liverpool||Labour||Labour||27, 79||0, 3||2,4Grn
|Manchester||Labour||Labour||33, 95||1, 1|
|Newcastle upon Tyne||Labour||Labour||18, 52||8, 24||0, 2|
|North Tyneside||Labour||Labour||3, 12||15, 44||1, 4|
|Oldham||Labour||Labour||0, 2||14, 45||3, 10||2, 2||1, 1|
|Rochdale||Labour||Labour||3, 11||16, 48||1, 1|
|Rotherham||Labour||Labour||0, 2||11, 50||10, 10||0, 1|
|St Helens||Labour||Labour||1, 3||14, 43||1, 2|
|Salford||Labour||Labour||3, 8||17, 52|
|Sandwell||Labour||Labour||0, 1||23, 70||1, 1|
|Sefton||Labour||Labour||2, 7||13, 40||6, 17||1, 2|
|Sheffield||Labour||Labour||18, 60||6, 17||3, 3||2,4Grn|
|Solihull||Conservative||Conservative||9, 29||0, 2||3, 8||1, 1||4,10Grn|
|South Tyneside||Labour||Labour||0, 1||17, 49||0, 1||1, 3|
|Stockport||No overall control||No overall control
(Lib Dem minority)
|4, 10||7, 22||9, 28||1, 3|
|Sunderland||Labour||Labour||3, 8||21, 63||1, 4|
|Tameside||Labour||Labour||2, 6||17, 51|
|Trafford||Conservative||Conservative||12, 33||9, 27||1, 3|
|Wakefield||Labour||Labour||1, 6||17, 54||2, 2||1, 1|
|Walsall||No overall control||No overall control
|6, 21||9, 30||0, 3||3, 3||1, 3|
|Wigan||Labour||Labour||1, 2||23, 62||1, 11|
|Wirral||Labour||Labour||8, 22||11, 37||2, 6||1,1Grn|
|Wolverhampton||Labour||Labour||4, 12||15, 45||0, 2||1, 1|
Two unitary authorities had all of their seats up for election following boundary changes.
|Council||Previous control||Result||Cons.||Lab.||Lib Dem||UKIP|
|Milton Keynes||No overall control||No overall control (Lab minority)||18||25||13||1|
One third of the council seats were up for election in 17 unitary authorities (elected and totals shown).
|Council||May 2014 result||Cons.||Lab.||Lib.
|Previous control||New control|
|Labour won the most seats||4||16||1|
|No overall control||No overall control||15||31||16||1||1||6 Green|
|Halton||Labour won the most seats||16||1|
|Hartlepool||Labour won the most seats||1||6||2||2|
|Labour won the most seats||1||12||7||-||-|
|Labour||No overall control
|Conservative||No overall control
|Liberal Democrat||No overall control (Con
with UKIP & Lab support)
|Reading||Labour won the most seats||2||11||1||2 Green|
|Conservative||No overall control
|Swindon||Conservatives won most seats||11||8||1|
|Labour||No overall control
|Warrington||Labour won the most seats||1||15||5|
|Wokingham||Conservatives won most seats||15||1||2||- |
|Totals||seats won in May 2014||91||133||36||33||9||5 Green|
|Total membership of new councils||264||438||100||37||42||9 Green|
|source: BBC News, retrieved June 2014||Cons||Lab||LD||UKIP||Ind||others|
Two district councils had all of their seats up for election following boundary changes.
|Council||Previous control||Result||Cons||Lab||Lib Dem||Others|
|Hart||No overall control||No overall control||14||9||10|
|Three Rivers||Liberal Democrat||Liberal Democrat||10||3||23|
Half of council
Seven district councils had half of their seats up for election (showing those elected and the new council).
|Adur||Conservative||Conservative||9, 20||0, 1||4, 6||1, 2|
|Cheltenham||Liberal Democrat||Liberal Democrat||4, 11||13, 24||2, 5|
|Fareham||Conservative||Conservative||11, 23||3, 5||1, 1||1, 2|
|Gosport||Conservative||Conservative||12, 21||2, 6||2, 6||0, 1|
|Hastings||Labour||Labour||5, 8||11, 24|
|Nuneaton and Bedworth||Labour||Labour||2, 3||14, 28||1,2Grn
|Oxford||Labour||Labour||17, 33||5, 8||3,6Grn
|Totals||43, 86||44, 92||23, 43||5, 8||7, 19|
Third of council
65 district councils had one third of their seats up for election.
There were five mayoral elections.
|Local Authority||Previous Mayor||New Mayor|
|Hackney||Jules Pipe (Labour)||Jules Pipe (Labour)|
|Lewisham||Sir Steve Bullock (Labour)||Sir Steve Bullock (Labour)|
|Newham||Robin Wales (Labour)||Robin Wales (Labour)|
|Tower Hamlets||Lutfur Rahman (Independent)||Lutfur Rahman (Tower Hamlets First)|
|Watford||Dorothy Thornhill (Liberal Democrat)||Dorothy Thornhill (Liberal Democrat)|
These were the first elections to the 11 new 'super-councils' in Northern Ireland, following a reorganisation. These will operate in shadow form for one year, with the current 26 councils existing in parallel.
Party composition of new councils
The party abbreviations in this table are explained in the total-vote table that follows it.
|3||Antrim and Newtownabbey||3||4||4||12||15||2|
|6||Armagh, Banbridge & Craigavon||8||6||12||13||1||1 UKIP|
|1||Belfast City||19||7||8||7||13||1||5 *|
|8||Causeway Coast and Glens||7||6||1||10||11||3||1||1 PUP|
|10||Derry and Strabane||16||10||2||8||4|
|11||Fermanagh and Omagh||17||8||9||5||1|
|4||Lisburn and Castlereagh||3||7||8||20||1||1 NI21|
|7||Mid and East Antrim||3||1||3||9||16||5||2||1 UKIP|
|5||Newry, Mourne and Down||14||14||2||3||4||3||1 UKIP|
|2||North Down and Ards||1||7||9||17||1||2||3 GPNI|
|1||* Belfast other: 3 Progressive Unionist, 1 Green (N.I.) & 1 People Before Profit|
|source: BBC News, retrieved on June 1st, 2014|
These elections used the Single Transferable Vote method of proportional representation. Votes and percentages for each party reflect the first preference on each ballot.
|Party or affiliation||Seats||First-
|Sinn Féin||Sinn Féin||105||151,137||24.1|
|SDLP||Social Democratic & Labour Party||66||85,237||13.6|
|Alliance||Alliance Party of Northern Ireland||32||41,769||6.7|
|UUP||Ulster Unionist Party||88||101,385||16.2|
|DUP||Democratic Unionist Party||130||144,928||23.1|
|TUV||Traditional Unionist Voice||13||28,310||4.5|
|All others (listed below)||13||48,329||7.7|
|PUP||Progressive Unionist Party||4||12,753||2.0|
|UKIP||UK Independence Party||3||9,311||1.5|
|GPNI||Green Party in Northern Ireland||4||5,515||0.9|
|Cons.||Northern Ireland Conservatives||0||2,527||0.4|
|PBPA||People Before Profit Alliance||1||1,923||0.3|
|WP||Workers' Party of Ireland||0||985||0.2|
|6 other parties or affiliations †||0||2,064||0.3|
|† Each winning no seats and fewer than 600 first-preference votes (0.1%) :
Fermanagh Against Fracking 555, Republican Network for Unity 502,
Community Partnership (N.I.) 388, Socialist Party 272,
British National Party 174 & Democracy First 173
|source: BBC News, retrieved June 1st, 2014|
Eligibility to vote
All registered electors (British, Irish, Commonwealth and European Union citizens) who were aged 18 or over on the day of the election were entitled to vote in the local elections. Those who were temporarily away from their ordinary address (for example, away working, on holiday, in student accommodation or in hospital) were also entitled to vote in the local elections, although those who have moved abroad and registered as overseas electors cannot vote in the local elections. Those who were registered to vote at more than one address (such as a university student who has a term-time address and lives at home during holidays) were entitled to vote in the local elections at each address, as long as they were not in the same local government area.
- Swing figures are between the BBC national projected vote share extrapolation from United Kingdom local elections, 2013, and the BBC equivalent vote share projection from these local elections held in different areas
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