2019 United Kingdom local elections

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United Kingdom local elections, 2019

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248 councils in England
6 directly elected mayors in England
1 Combined Authority Regional Mayor
All 11 councils in Northern Ireland
  Theresa May closeup.jpg Jeremy Corbyn closeup.jpg Vince Cable
Leader Theresa May Jeremy Corbyn Vince Cable
Party Conservative Labour Liberal Democrat
Leader since 13 July 2016 12 September 2015 20 July 2017
Last election 5,521 seats
163 councils
2,278 seats
74 councils
658 seats
4 councils

  Gerard Batten Arlene Foster Michelle O'Neill
Leader Gerard Batten Arlene Foster Michelle O'Neill
Party UKIP DUP Sinn Féin
Leader since 17 February 2018 17 December 2015 23 January 2017
Last election 176 seats
0 councils
130 seats
0 councils
105 seats
0 councils

United Kingdom local elections 2019 map.svg
Map showing areas of England and Northern Ireland which will hold an election in 2019 (cyan). Areas of England in white will not hold an election, those in light grey are other parts of the United Kingdom which again will not hold an election.

Local elections in the United Kingdom are scheduled to be held on Thursday 2 May 2019, contesting about 270 English local councils, six directly elected mayors in England, and all 11 local councils in Northern Ireland. Additionally, there will be by-elections for a number of local authority seats.

With the exception of those areas that have had boundary changes, the seats up for election in England were last contested in the 2015 local elections, and thus on the same day as the General Election from that year.


All registered electors (British, Irish, Commonwealth and European Union citizens) who will be aged 18 or over on the day of the election are entitled to vote in the local elections.[1]


In the run up to the elections, UK politics were dominated by Brexit.

Vince Cable, leader of the Liberal Democrats, announced 14 March that he would be stepping down from that role, with a new leadership election to be held after the May local elections.[2]


In England, council elections are to be held in 33 metropolitan boroughs, 179 of the second-tier districts, 47 of the unitary authorities, as well as for five directly elected mayoral posts. Most English local councils will be holding elections, with the exception of eight unitary authorities, 13 non-metropolitan districts and boroughs, three metropolitan boroughs and the 32 London boroughs. Elections will also take place for most English parish councils.

Metropolitan boroughs[edit]

In 33 of the 36 English metropolitan borough councils one-third of their seats are up for election. Elections will not be held in Birmingham, Doncaster or Rotherham.

Council Current control
Barnsley Labour
Bolton No overall control (Labour minority)
Bradford Labour
Bury Labour
Calderdale No overall control (Labour minority with Lib Dem support)
Coventry Labour
Dudley No overall control (Labour minority with Independent support)
Gateshead Labour
Kirklees Labour
Knowsley Labour
Leeds Labour
Liverpool Labour
Manchester Labour
Newcastle upon Tyne Labour
North Tyneside Labour
Oldham Labour
Rochdale Labour
Salford Labour
Sandwell Labour
Sefton Labour
Sheffield Labour
Solihull Conservative
South Tyneside Labour
St Helens Labour
Stockport No overall control (Labour minority)
Sunderland Labour
Tameside Labour
Trafford No overall control (Labour minority with Lib Dem support)
Wakefield Labour
Walsall No overall control (Conservative minority)
Wigan Labour
Wirral Labour
Wolverhampton Labour

Unitary authorities[edit]

Elections will take place in 46 unitary authorities. No elections will be taking place in Bristol, Cornwall, Durham, the Isle of Wight, Northumberland, Isles of Scilly, Shropshire or Wiltshire.

Whole council[edit]

In 30 English unitary authorities the whole council is up for election.

Unitary authorities for Bournemouth and Poole have merged together with Christchurch district council to form one new unitary for the eastern portion of Dorset, to replace the aforementioned county council. An additional unitary authority replaces the remaining portion of Dorset County Council's area and the district councils of North, West and East Dorset, Weymouth and Portland and Purbeck. Both authorities will have their inaugural elections in May, and their predecessor authorities are all Conservative controlled - except Weymouth and Portland, which is no overall control.

Council Current control

Bath and North East Somerset



No overall control (Labour/Lib Dem coalition)



Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole

New Council (predecessor authorities are all Conservative)
Bracknell Forest Conservative
Brighton and Hove No overall control (Labour minority)
Central Bedfordshire Conservative
Cheshire East Conservative
Cheshire West and Chester Labour
Darlington Labour
Dorset New Council (all predecessors are Conservative except Weymouth and Portland)
East Riding of Yorkshire Conservative
Herefordshire Conservative
Leicester Labour
Luton Labour
Medway Conservative
Middlesbrough Labour
North Lincolnshire Conservative
North Somerset Conservative
Nottingham Labour
Redcar and Cleveland No overall control (Labour minority)
Rutland Conservative
South Gloucestershire Conservative
Stockton-on-Tees Labour
Stoke-on-Trent No overall control (City Independents/Conservative coalition)
Telford & Wrekin Labour
Torbay Conservative
West Berkshire Conservative
Windsor & Maidenhead Conservative
York No overall control (Conservative/Lib Dem coalition)

Third of council[edit]

In 17 English unitary authorities one third of the council is up for election.

Council Previous control
Blackburn with Darwen Labour
Derby No overall control (Con with UKIP & Lib Dem support)
Halton Labour
Hartlepool Labour
Hull Labour
Milton Keynes No overall control (Labour with Lib Dem support)
North East Lincolnshire No overall control (Labour with Lib Dem support)
Peterborough Conservative
Plymouth Labour
Portsmouth No overall control (Lib Dem administration with Lab support)
Reading Labour
Slough Labour
Southampton Labour
Southend-on-Sea Conservative
Swindon Conservative
Thurrock No overall control (Conservative minority)
Wokingham Conservative

Non-metropolitan districts[edit]

Elections will take place in 179 non-metropolitan districts. Elections will not be held in Adur, Cheltenham, Fareham, Gloucester, Gosport, Harrogate, Hastings, Huntingdonshire, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Nuneaton and Bedworth, Oxford, South Cambridgeshire or Stroud.

Whole council[edit]

In 130 English district authorities the whole council is up for election. The new districts of Somerset West and Taunton, East Suffolk and West Suffolk will have their first elections in 2019. They replace elections that would have taken place in Taunton Deane, West Somerset, Waveney, Suffolk Coastal, Forest Heath, and St Edmundsbury.

Aylesbury Vale, Chiltern, Corby, Daventry, East Northamptonshire, Kettering, Northampton, South Bucks, South Northamptonshire, Wellingborough and Wycombe originally had elections scheduled for 2019, but the elections were postponed following a decision to merge these councils into four unitary authorities covering Northamptonshire and Buckinghamshire from 2020.

Great Yarmouth, Hertsmere, Preston and Wyre Forest are electing on new ward boundaries, and thus all of their seats will be elected this year.

Council Current control
Allerdale No overall control (Labour minority)
Arun Conservative
Ashfield No overall control (Ashfield Independents minority)
Ashford Conservative
Babergh Conservative
Barrow-in-Furness Labour
Bassetlaw Labour
Blaby Conservative
Bolsover Labour
Boston Conservative
Braintree Conservative
Breckland Conservative
Broadland Conservative
Bromsgrove Conservative
Broxtowe Conservative
Canterbury Conservative
Charnwood Conservative
Chelmsford Conservative
Chesterfield Labour
Chichester Conservative
Copeland Labour
Cotswold Conservative
Dacorum Conservative
Dartford Conservative
Derbyshire Dales Conservative
Dover Conservative
Eastbourne Liberal Democrat
East Cambridgeshire Conservative
East Devon Conservative
East Hampshire Conservative
East Hertfordshire Conservative
East Lindsey Conservative
East Staffordshire Conservative
East Suffolk New Council (both predecessor districts are Conservative)
Eden Conservative
Epsom and Ewell Residents Association
Erewash Conservative
Fenland Conservative
Folkestone & Hythe Conservative
Forest of Dean No overall control (Conservative minority)
Fylde Conservative
Gedling Labour
Gravesham No overall control (Gravesham Independents minority)
Great Yarmouth Conservative
Guildford Conservative
Hambleton Conservative
Harborough Conservative
Hertsmere Conservative
High Peak Conservative
Hinckley and Bosworth Conservative
Horsham Conservative
King's Lynn and West Norfolk Conservative
Lancaster Labour
Lewes No overall control
Lichfield Conservative
Maldon Conservative
Malvern Hills Conservative
Mansfield No overall control (Mansfield Independent Forum minority)
Melton Conservative
Mendip Conservative
Mid Devon Conservative
Mid Suffolk Conservative
Mid Sussex Conservative
New Forest Conservative
Newark and Sherwood Conservative
North Devon No overall control (Conservative minority)
North East Derbyshire Labour
North Kesteven Conservative
North Norfolk No overall control
North Warwickshire Conservative
North West Leicestershire Conservative
Oadby and Wigston Liberal Democrat
Preston Labour
Reigate & Banstead Conservative
Ribble Valley Conservative
Richmondshire Conservative
Rother Conservative
Rushcliffe Conservative
Ryedale No overall control (Conservative minority)
Scarborough No overall control (Labour minority)
Sedgemoor Conservative
Selby Conservative
Sevenoaks Conservative
Somerset West and Taunton New Council (both predecessor districts are Conservative)
South Derbyshire Conservative
South Hams Conservative
South Holland Conservative
South Kesteven Conservative
South Norfolk Conservative
South Oxfordshire Conservative
South Ribble Conservative
South Somerset Liberal Democrat
South Staffordshire Conservative
Spelthorne Conservative
Stafford Conservative
Staffordshire Moorlands Conservative
Stratford-on-Avon Conservative
Surrey Heath Conservative
Swale Conservative
Teignbridge Conservative
Tendring Conservative
Test Valley Conservative
Tewkesbury Conservative
Thanet No overall control
Tonbridge and Malling Conservative
Torridge Conservative
Uttlesford Conservative
Vale of White Horse Conservative
Warwick Conservative
Waverley Conservative
Wealden Conservative
Wellingborough Conservative
West Devon Conservative
West Lindsey Conservative
West Suffolk New Council (both predecessor districts are Conservative)
Wychavon Conservative
Wycombe Conservative
Wyre Conservative
Wyre Forest Conservative

Third of council[edit]

In 49 English district authorities one third of the council is up for election.

Due to boundary changes, Reigate and Banstead has all out elections; thus all seats are up.

Daventry originally had elections scheduled for 2019, but the elections were postponed following a decision to merge the seven districts of Northamptonshire into two unitary authorities covering the county from 2020.

Council Current Control
Amber Valley Conservative
Basildon Conservative
Basingstoke and Deane Conservative
Brentwood Conservative
Broxbourne Conservative
Burnley Labour
Cambridge Labour
Cannock Chase Labour
Carlisle No overall control
Castle Point Conservative
Cherwell Conservative
Chorley Labour
Colchester No overall control

(LibDem-Lab-Ind Coalition)

Craven Conservative
Crawley Labour
Eastleigh Liberal Democrat
Elmbridge No overall control
Epping Forest Conservative
Exeter Labour
Harlow Labour
Hart No overall control
Havant Conservative
Hyndburn Labour
Ipswich Labour
Lincoln Labour
Maidstone No overall control (LibDem-Ind minority)
Mole Valley Conservative
North Hertfordshire Conservative
Norwich Labour
Pendle Conservative
Redditch Conservative
Rochford Conservative
Rossendale Labour
Rugby Conservative
Runnymede Conservative
Rushmoor Conservative
St Albans Conservative
South Lakeland Liberal Democrat
Stevenage Labour
Tamworth Conservative
Tandridge Conservative
Three Rivers Liberal Democrat
Tunbridge Wells Conservative
Watford Liberal Democrat
Welwyn Hatfield Conservative
West Lancashire Labour
West Oxfordshire Conservative
Winchester Conservative
Woking Conservative
Worcester No overall control
Worthing Conservative

Mayoral elections[edit]

Six direct mayoral elections will be held. Five are for existing positions:

Local Authority Incumbent Mayor
Bedford Dave Hodgson (Liberal Democrats)
Copeland Mike Starkie (Independent)[3]
Leicester Peter Soulsby (Labour)
Mansfield Kate Allsop (Mansfield Independent Forum)
Middlesbrough Dave Budd (Labour)

One election will be held for a regional mayor: this newly established combined authority was set up by groups of local councils, much like similar devolution deals across the country, giving the combined authorities additional powers and funding.

Combined authority Interim mayor/chair Result Details
North of Tyne Norma Redfearn Details

Northern Ireland[edit]

In Northern Ireland, local elections were last held in 2014. No party currently holds a working majority in any council.

Council Current largest party
Belfast City[4] Sinn Féin (19)
North Down & Ards[5] DUP (17)
Antrim & Newtownabbey[6] DUP (15)
Lisburn & Castlereagh[7] DUP (20)
Newry, Mourne & Down[8] Sinn Féin (14)
Armagh, Banbridge & Craigavon[9] DUP (13)
Mid & East Antrim[10] DUP (16)
Causeway Coast & Glens[11] DUP (11)
Mid-Ulster[12] Sinn Féin (18)
Derry & Strabane[13] Sinn Féin (16)
Fermanagh & Omagh[14] Sinn Féin (17)
All eleven councils[15] DUP (130)



  1. ^ "Types of election, referendums, and who can vote". Retrieved 3 February 2019.
  2. ^ https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-47577739
  3. ^ "A Directly Elected Mayor". copeland.gov.uk.
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  7. ^ "Vote 2014: Lisburn and Castlereagh Council candidates". 15 May 2014 – via www.bbc.co.uk.
  8. ^ "Vote 2014: Newry, Mourne and Down council candidates". 15 May 2014 – via www.bbc.co.uk.
  9. ^ "Vote 2014: Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon council candidates". 15 May 2014 – via www.bbc.co.uk.
  10. ^ "Vote 2014: Mid and East Antrim council candidates". 15 May 2014 – via www.bbc.co.uk.
  11. ^ "Vote 2014: Causeway Coast and Glens council candidates". 15 May 2014 – via www.bbc.co.uk.
  12. ^ "Vote 2014: Mid Ulster council candidates". 15 May 2014 – via www.bbc.co.uk.
  13. ^ "Vote 2014: Derry and Strabane council candidates". 15 May 2014 – via www.bbc.co.uk.
  14. ^ "Vote 2014: Fermanagh and Omagh council candidates". 15 May 2014 – via www.bbc.co.uk.
  15. ^ "Vote 2014 Election Results for Councils in Northern Ireland - BBC News". www.bbc.co.uk.

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