2019 United Kingdom local elections
248 councils in England
6 directly elected mayors in England
1 Combined Authority Regional Mayor
All 11 councils in Northern Ireland
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.
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.
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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.
|Bolton||No overall control (Labour minority)|
|Calderdale||No overall control (Labour minority with Lib Dem support)|
|Dudley||No overall control (Labour minority with Independent support)|
|Newcastle upon Tyne||Labour|
|Stockport||No overall control (Labour minority)|
|Trafford||No overall control (Labour minority with Lib Dem support)|
|Walsall||No overall control (Conservative minority)|
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.
Third of council
In 17 English unitary authorities one third of the council is up for election.
|Blackburn with Darwen||Labour|
|Derby||No overall control (Con with UKIP & Lib Dem support)|
|Milton Keynes||No overall control (Labour with Lib Dem support)|
|North East Lincolnshire||No overall control (Labour with Lib Dem support)|
|Portsmouth||No overall control (Lib Dem administration with Lab support)|
|Thurrock||No overall control (Conservative minority)|
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.
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.
Third of council
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.
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)|
|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|
|Council||Current largest party|
|Belfast City||Sinn Féin (19)|
|North Down & Ards||DUP (17)|
|Antrim & Newtownabbey||DUP (15)|
|Lisburn & Castlereagh||DUP (20)|
|Newry, Mourne & Down||Sinn Féin (14)|
|Armagh, Banbridge & Craigavon||DUP (13)|
|Mid & East Antrim||DUP (16)|
|Causeway Coast & Glens||DUP (11)|
|Mid-Ulster||Sinn Féin (18)|
|Derry & Strabane||Sinn Féin (16)|
|Fermanagh & Omagh||Sinn Féin (17)|
|All eleven councils||DUP (130)|
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