United Kingdom local elections, 2014

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United Kingdom local elections, 2014
United Kingdom
2013 ←
22 May 2014
→ 2015

162 councils and 5 directly-elected mayors in England, all 11 new councils in Northern Ireland
  First party Second party
  Ed Miliband David Cameron
Leader Ed Miliband David Cameron
Party Labour Conservative
Leader since 25 September 2010 6 December 2005
Popular vote 31%[a] 29%[a]
Swing Increase2%[b] Increase4%[b]
Councils 82 41
Councils +/– Increase 6 Decrease 11
Councillors 2121 1364
Councillors +/– Increase 324 Decrease 236

  Third party Fourth party
  Nick Clegg Nigel Farage
Leader Nick Clegg Nigel Farage
Party Liberal Democrat UKIP
Leader since 18 December 2007 5 November 2010
Popular vote 13%[a] 17%[a]
Swing Decrease1%[b] Decrease5%[b]
Councils 6 0 Steady
Councils +/– Decrease 2 0 Steady
Councillors 427 166[c]
Councillors +/– Decrease 310 Increase 163[c]

English council results 2014.svg

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 as provided by 'The Local Elections (Ordinary Day of Elections in 2014) Order 2013' (S.I. 2013/2277).[1][2] Usually these elections are held on the first Thursday in May, but they were put back from 1 May to 22 May to coincide with the 2014 European Parliament Elections on that date.[3] Direct elections were held for all 32 London boroughs, all 36 metropolitan boroughs, 74 second-tier district authorities, 20 unitary authorities and various mayoral posts, all in England. Elections to the new councils in Northern Ireland were also held on the same day.[4]

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.

Overview of results[edit]

England[edit]

Overall in England,

The Respect Party lost both their remaining councillors.[5]

Shift of control[edit]

This table describes how the control of local councils shifted in this election.

The data along the diagonal represents no shift in control of a local council: for example, in Chorley, there was no change to the Labour controlled council. The other cells represent the shifts of control: for example, in Harrow, Labour gained control from No Overall Control. The intensity of the colour in a table cell reflects the relative number of losses in council control suffered by each party.

after election N.O.C. Labour Cons. Lib.
Dem.
Old
total
losses
before election
No Overall Control 19 5 - - 24 − 5
Labour 4 73 - - 77 − 4
Conservative 8 4 40 - 52 −12
Liberal Democrats 1 - 1 6 8 − 2
New total 32 82 41 6 161 -
gains +13 + 9 + 1 - - -
Net change + 8 + 5 −11 − 2 - -

Last updated at 11:30:10 on 27 May 2014[6]


London boroughs[edit]

All seats in the 32 London Borough Councils were up for election.

Council Previous control Result Cons Lab Lib
Dem
UKIP Others
Barking and Dagenham Labour Labour 51
Barnet Conservative Conservative 32 27 1
Bexley Conservative Conservative 45 15 3
Brent Labour Labour 6 56 1
Bromley Conservative Conservative 51 7 2
Camden Labour Labour 12 40 1  1  Green
Croydon Conservative Labour 30 40
Ealing Labour Labour 12 53 4
Enfield Labour Labour 22 41
Greenwich Labour Labour 8 43
Hackney Labour Labour 4 50 3
Hammersmith and Fulham Conservative Labour 20 26
Haringey Labour Labour 48 9
Harrow No overall control Labour 26 34 1   2  Independ't
Havering Conservative No overall control
(Con minority)
22 1 7 24  Res' Assn
Hillingdon Conservative Conservative 42 23
Hounslow Labour Labour 11 49
Islington Labour Labour 47  1  Green
Kensington and Chelsea Conservative Conservative 38 11 1
Kingston upon Thames Liberal Democrat Conservative 28 2 18
Lambeth Labour Labour 3 59  1  Green
Lewisham Labour Labour 53  1  Green
Merton No overall control Labour 20 36 1  3  Res' Assn
Newham Labour Labour 60
Redbridge No overall control Labour 25 35 3
Richmond upon Thames Conservative Conservative 39 15
Southwark Labour Labour 2 48 13
Sutton Liberal Democrat Liberal Democrat 9 47
Tower Hamlets Labour No overall control 4 20 18  TH First
Waltham Forest Labour Labour 16 44
Wandsworth Conservative Conservative 41 19
Westminster Conservative Conservative 44 16
Totals 612 1,052 118 12 51
abbreviations: Green (Eng. & Wales); Res' Assn = Residents' Association; TH First = Tower Hamlets First
Councils whose control changed hands highlighted thus.

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). Independent Labour withdrew their support for the Conservatives on 16 September 2013 leading to a brief Conservative minority administration.

Metropolitan boroughs[edit]

One third of the seats in all 36 Metropolitan Boroughs were up for election. The numbers shown are those elected, followed by a comma then the total in the administration after the results.

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 0, 1 1,3Grn
1,11Ind
Bury Labour Labour 2, 11 15, 38 0, 1 0, 1
Calderdale No overall control No overall control
(Con/LD min'y coalition)
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
0,2Ind
Gateshead Labour Labour 18, 55 4, 11
Kirklees No overall control No overall control
(Lab minority)
6, 18 10, 32 5, 11 1,5Grn
1,3Ind
Knowsley Labour Labour 21, 63
Leeds Labour Labour 6, 19 20, 62 4, 9 1,3Grn
2,6Ind
Liverpool Labour Labour 27, 79 0, 3 2,4Grn
1,4Ind
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
(Lab minority)
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
Totals 117,
373
563,
1,741
62,
189
33,
37
28,
104

Unitary authorities[edit]

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
Slough Labour Labour 8 33 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.
Dem.
UKIP Indep. Others
Previous control New control
Blackburn
   with Darwen
  Labour won the most seats 4 16 1
Labour Labour 12 48 4
Bristol     6 10 6 1 - 3 Green
No overall control No overall control 15 31 16 1 1 6 Green
Derby     6 8 3 1 -
Labour Labour 14 27 7 2 1
Halton   Labour won the most seats 16 1
Labour Labour 2 51 3
Hartlepool   Labour won the most seats 1 6 2 2
Labour Labour 3 19 2 9
Kingston
   upon Hull
  Labour won the most seats 1 12 7 - -
Labour Labour 2 37 15 1 4
North East
   Lincolnshire
    3 3 2 7
Labour No overall control
(Labour minority)
10 21 3 8
Peterborough     10 2 3 3 2
Conservative No overall control
(Conservative minority)
28 12 4 3 10
Plymouth     9 7 3
Labour Labour 24 30 3
Portsmouth     5 - 3 6 -
Liberal Democrat No overall control (Con
with UKIP & Lab support)
12 4 19 6 1
Reading   Labour won the most seats 2 11 1 2 Green
Labour Labour 10 31 2 3 Green
Southampton     8 8 1
Labour Labour 18 28 2
Southend-
  on-Sea
    4 4 1 5 4 -
Conservative No overall control
(Ind/Lab/LD coalition)
19 9 5 5 10 3 Liberal
Swindon   Conservatives won most seats 11 8 1
Conservative Conservative 30 23 4
Thurrock     5 6 5 -
Labour No overall control
(Labour minority)
18 23 6 2
Warrington   Labour won the most seats 1 15 5
Labour Labour 3 43 11
Wokingham   Conservatives won most seats 15 1 2 2
Conservative Conservative 44 1 7 2
Totals   seats won in May 2014 91 133 36 33 11 5 Green
Total membership of new councils 264 438 100 37 45 9 Green, 3 Lib.
source: BBC News, retrieved June 2014 Cons Lab LD UKIP Ind others

Non-metropolitan districts[edit]

Whole council[edit]

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[edit]

Seven district councils had half of their seats up for election (showing those elected and the new council).

Council Previous control Result Cons Lab LibDem UKIP Others
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
0,1Ind
Oxford Labour Labour 17, 33 5, 8 3,6Grn
0,1Ind
Totals 43, 86 44, 92 23, 43 5, 8 7, 19

Third of council[edit]

65 district councils had one third of their seats up for election.

Council Previous control Result Cons Lab LibDem UKIP Others
Amber Valley Conservative Labour 4, 21 11, 23 0, 1
Basildon Conservative No overall control Con minority 4, 17 0, 10 0, 1 11, 12 0, 2
Basingstoke and Deane No overall control No overall control Con minority 8, 28 8, 17 3, 9 1, 2 2, 4
Bassetlaw Labour Labour 3, 11 12, 34 1, 3
Brentwood Conservative No overall control LibDem/Ind/Lab coalition 6, 18 1, 3 5, 11 0, 5
Broxbourne Conservative Conservative 9, 26 1, 3 1, 1
Burnley Labour Labour 1, 5 10, 28 4, 12
Cambridge No overall control Labour 0, 1 10, 25 4, 14 1, 2
Cannock Chase Labour Labour 1, 6 6, 25 1, 2 4, 6 1, 2
Carlisle Labour Labour 7, 19 9, 29 0, 2 1, 2
Castle Point Conservative No overall control Con minority 20, 20 5, 5 0, 16
Cherwell Conservative Conservative 12, 40 4, 7 1, 2 0, 1
Chorley Labour Labour 3, 13 13, 32 1, 2
Colchester No overall control No overall control LibDem/Lab/Ind coalition 8, 23 2, 8 9, 25 1, 4
Craven Conservative Conservative 7, 18 0, 2 2, 10
Crawley Conservative Labour 5, 16 8, 20 0, 1
Daventry Conservative Conservative 10, 28 0, 4 0, 1 2, 3
Eastleigh Liberal Democrat Liberal Democrat 2, 4 13, 40
Elmbridge Conservative Conservative 13, 32 0, 6 0, 22
Epping Forest Conservative Conservative 0, 37 0, 1 2, 3 0, 2 0,1Grn
5,14Ind
Exeter Labour Labour 2, 10 10, 27 1, 3
Gloucester No overall control No overall control Con minority 8, 18 3, 9 4, 9
Great Yarmouth Labour No overall control Lab minority 2, 14 1, 15 10, 10
Harlow Labour Labour 3, 11 4, 17 5, 5
Harrogate Conservative Conservative 9, 34 8, 15 2, 5
Havant Conservative Conservative 10, 31 1, 4 1, 1 2, 2
Hertsmere Conservative Conservative 11, 34 2, 5
Huntingdonshire Conservative Conservative 11, 34 0, 1 1, 6 3, 7 0,4Grn
2,3Ind
Hyndburn Labour Labour 2, 8 7, 23 0, 2 2, 2
Ipswich Labour Labour 4, 10 12, 35 1, 3
Lincoln Labour Labour 2, 6 9, 27
Maidstone Conservative No overall control Con minority 5, 25 1, 2 9, 19 4, 4 1, 5
Mole Valley No overall control No overall control 6, 19 4, 15 1, 1 3, 6
Newcastle-under-Lyme Labour Labour 5, 16 11, 32 5, 6 0,5 0,1Grn
North Hertfordshire Conservative Conservative 12, 33 5, 12 0, 3 0, 1
Norwich Labour Labour 8, 21 1, 3 5,15Grn
Pendle No overall control No overall control 5, 19 7, 18 3, 11 1, 1
Preston Labour Labour 6, 19 7, 32 2, 5 0, 1
Purbeck No overall control No overall control Con minority 6, 12 2, 11 0, 1
Redditch Labour Labour 3, 9 6, 17 2, 2 0, 1
Reigate and Banstead Conservative Conservative 12, 37 1, 2 1, 1 1,3Grn
2,8Ind
Rochford Conservative Conservative 6, 26 1, 1 1, 3 3, 3 1,2Grn
1,4Ind
Rossendale Labour Labour 5, 10 6, 24 1, 2
Rugby Conservative Conservative 7, 23 3, 10 3, 7 2, 2
Runnymede Conservative Conservative 12, 35 0, 1 2, 6
Rushmoor Conservative Conservative 8, 24 4, 12 1, 3
St Albans No overall control No overall control Con minority 12, 29 3, 10 7, 17 0,1Grn
0,1Ind
South Cambridgeshire Conservative Conservative 10, 35 0, 1 7, 13 2, 8
South Lakeland Liberal Democrat Liberal Democrat 2, 15 0, 3 15, 33
Stevenage Labour Labour 2, 2 34, 34 3, 3
Stratford-on-Avon Conservative Conservative 15, 35 0, 1 3, 12 0, 5
Stroud No overall control No overall control Lab/Green/LibDem coalition 10, 22 6, 20 0, 2 2,6Grn
0,1Ind
Tamworth Conservative Conservative 6, 16 3, 12 1, 1 0, 1
Tandridge Conservative Conservative 13, 34 1, 6 0, 2
Tunbridge Wells Conservative Conservative 14, 38 1, 3 1, 3 0, 2 0, 2
Watford Liberal Democrat Liberal Democrat 1, 1 4, 11 7, 23 1,1Grn
Welwyn Hatfield Conservative Conservative 13, 31 4, 14 1, 2 0, 1
West Lancashire Conservative No overall control Con minority 11, 27 8, 27
West Oxfordshire Conservative Conservative 15, 40 1, 5 1, 3 0, 1
Weymouth and Portland No overall control No overall control Lab/LibDem coalition 4, 11 5, 15 1, 6 1, 1 1, 1
Winchester No overall control No overall control Con minority 11, 28 1, 3 7, 25 0, 1
Woking Conservative Conservative 7, 23 1, 1 3, 11 1, 1
Worcester No overall control No overall control Con minority 6, 17 6, 16 0, 1 0,1Grn
Worthing Conservative Conservative 9, 27 1, 7 1, 1 1,1Grn
0,1Ind
Wyre Forest No overall control No overall control 5, 15 2, 9 5, 5 1, 13
Totals 446, 1,348 283, 796 163, 421 66, 88 47, 211

,

† Elected councilors will hold office for one year only.[7] Purbeck District will adopt whole council elections from 2015.[8]

Mayoral elections[edit]

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 (Independent)
Watford Dorothy Thornhill (Liberal Democrat) Dorothy Thornhill (Liberal Democrat)

Northern Ireland[edit]

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.[4]

The eleven new districts
Leading party in each new council. Sinn Féin won more seats than any other party in (1) Belfast, (9) Mid-Ulster, (10) Derry & Strabane and (11) Fermanagh & Omagh. Sinn Féin and the SDLP each elected more councillors in (5) Newry, Mourne & Down than any other party. The Democratic Unionist Party won more seats than any other party in each of the other six councils, and won more than all other parties combined in (4) Lisburn & Castlereagh.

Party composition of new councils[edit]

The party abbreviations in this table are explained in the total-vote table that follows it.

Seats won[9]
map
key
Council Sinn
Féin
SDLP Alli-
ance
UUP DUP TUV Ind. others
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
9 Mid-Ulster 18 6 7 8 1
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
Total 105 66 32 88 130 13 15 13
1 * Belfast other: 3 Progressive Unionist, 1 Green (N.I.) & 1 People Before Profit
source: BBC News, retrieved on June 1st, 2014

Votes cast[edit]

These elections used the Single Transferable Vote method of proportional representation. Votes and percentages for each party reflect the first preference on each ballot.

abbre-
viation
Party or affiliation Seats First-
Preference
Votes
% Share
of First
prefs
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
Ind. Independent 15 26,682 4.3
All others (listed below) 13 48,329 7.7
PUP Progressive Unionist Party 4 12,753 2.0
NI21 NI21 1 11,495 1.8
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
éirígí éirígí 0 1,756 0.3
WP Workers' Party of Ireland 0 985 0.2
  6 other parties or affiliations † 0 2,064 0.3
Total 462 627,777 100.0
† 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

Electoral administration[edit]

Eligibility to vote[edit]

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,[10] 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.[11][12]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d All vote shares in the infobox are projected national vote shares calculated by the BBC.
  2. ^ a b c d 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
  3. ^ a b England: 163 councillors (+161 net). Northern Ireland: 3 councillors (+2 net)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Local Elections (Ordinary Day of Elections in 2014) Order 2013". Legislation.gov. Retrieved 19 May 2014. 
  2. ^ "Ukip chances of 2014 euro election win 'strengthened by polling date change'". The Daily Telegraph. 26 June 2013. Retrieved 27 June 2013. 
  3. ^ "England local elections 2014". Local Government Information Unit. Retrieved 12 March 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "European Parliament and council polls on same day". http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 22 August 2013. 
  5. ^ "BBC English Council Results". bbc news. 28 May 2014. Retrieved 28 May 2014. 
  6. ^ "Council Elections 2014". The Guardian. 
  7. ^ Riglar, Kirsty (3 Mar 2014). "District Council Elections in Purbeck". Purbeck District Council Central Services. Retrieved 3 Mar 2014. 
  8. ^ "Minutes of the special meeting of the Purbeck District Council". dorsetforyou.com. 21 Feb 2012. Retrieved 3 Mar 2014. 
  9. ^ Vote 2014 Northern Ireland Council Results, BBC News, retrieved 30 May 2014
  10. ^ "The Representation of the People (Form of Canvass) (England and Wales) Regulations 2006, Schedule Part 1". Legislation.gov.uk. 13 October 2011. Retrieved 7 December 2012. 
  11. ^ "Students". http://www.aboutmyvote.co.uk/. Retrieved 22 August 2013. 
  12. ^ "I have two homes. Can I register at both addresses?". The Electoral Commission. Retrieved 5 January 2011.