Political make-up of local councils in the United Kingdom

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This page documents political party strengths in the United Kingdom's principal local authorities (commonly known as local councils). The last major change to council compositions was the 2 May 2019 local elections, but changes in party representation arise frequently due to resignations, deaths, by-elections, co-options and changes of affiliation.

Since 2018 there have been 418 principal local authorities in the UK. England has 353 councils of seven types: 27 county and 201 district councils (two tiers with separate responsibilities covering the same physical area), 55 unitary authorities plus the sui generis Council of the Isles of Scilly, 36 metropolitan boroughs, 32 London boroughs plus the ancient, sui generis City of London Corporation. Scotland has 32 councils, Wales has 22 councils and Northern Ireland has 11 councils. This list does not include parish and town councils, the lowest tier of local government with limited powers.

In 2019, several local government restructurings are taking effect in England. Four statutory instruments have been made which abolish Dorset county council, 12 districts and two unitary authorities and replace them by three new districts and two new unitary authorities.[1][2][3][4] From 1 April to 2 May the councillors from the predecessor councils regroup into shadow authorities under the new structure. The new council totals are 408 principal authority areas, 343 in England, including 26 counties, 192 districts and 55 unitary authorities.

2020 will see at least one further change with the merger of Buckinghamshire County and its four districts.[5]

Information on political compositions is drawn from council websites and council data aggregators.[6][7][8][9][10][11]

Summary[edit]

This table numbers the seats held by each party as of May 2019.

Party Total England England Wales
Wales
Scotland
Scot.
Northern Ireland
NI
County District London Metro. UA S.g.
Conservative 7,615 1,185 5,068 510 405 1,325 180 268
Labour 6,407 258 1,548 1,118 1,688 1,074 5 464 252
Liberal Democrats 2,588 226 896 154 177 305 61 65
SNP 422 422
Green (all) 406 18 76 12 33 38 1 19 8
Plaid Cymru 200 200
DUP 122 122
UKIP 102 1 72 19 10
Sinn Féin 105 105
UUP 75 75
SDLP 59 59
Alliance 53 53
Others[a] 2,482 95 800 39 75 319 111 345 198 40
Vacancies 114 4 63 1 3 15 0 2 4 0
Total 20,687 1,787 8,523 1,833 2,400 3,086 116 1,253 1,227 462
  1. ^ "Others" includes lesser known parties and independents. For further detail, see the URLs to council webpages in the tables below.

Technical information[edit]

Councils in England, Wales and Northern Ireland[12] elect to each of their seats once every four years, while in Scotland elections are held every five years. English councils may elect to all of their seats at once, roughly half at a time, or roughly one third at a time; councils elsewhere in the UK elect to all of their seats at once. Following boundary changes, councils which normally elect in parts often elect to all seats, and the cycle timing may change (for example in Northern Ireland, the new councils elected in 2014 shadowed the old councils for a year, delaying the second election to 2019). Breakdowns of election schedules are given in the sections for each council type. 16 councils in England are distinguished by having a directly elected mayor, elected every four years (indicated by (M) beside the council name).

Elections in England and Wales use first-past-the-post voting, while Scotland and Northern Ireland use the single transferable vote (STV) system. To facilitate STV, Scottish council wards elect multiple members, while Northern Ireland wards are grouped into District Electoral Areas with the number of councillors elected matching the number of wards.[13]

In the tables below, two "Control" columns indicate political control in each council. The first column indicates the party with a majority, if any. Councils with directly elected mayors have the affiliation of the mayor in the second column. For non-mayoral councils with no overall control (NOC) the second column gives the membership and format of the governing coalition, minority government, or if unknown the largest party followed by ellipsis (...).

England: two-tier council system[edit]

County councils[edit]

Non-metropolitan counties elect their councillors all at once every four years, in the year after leap years. All 27 counties had elections in May 2017 and the next elections are expected on 6 May 2021.

Last full update 4 May 2019.

Council Control Web Total CON LAB LD GP Other Vacant Upcoming by-elections Next election
Buckinghamshire[u 1] CON maj URL 49 39 1 4 5 6 May 2021
Cambridgeshire CON maj URL 61 36 7 15 3 6 May 2021
Cumbria NOC LAB+LD URL 84 37 26 16 5 6 May 2021
Derbyshire CON maj URL 64 37 24 3 6 May 2021
Devon CON maj URL 60 42 7 6 1 4 6 May 2021
East Sussex CON maj URL 50 30 4 11 5 6 May 2021
Essex CON maj URL 75 53 6 8 1 7 6 May 2021
Gloucestershire CON maj URL 53 31 5 14 2 1 6 May 2021
Hampshire CON maj URL 78 56 2 19 1 6 May 2021
Hertfordshire CON maj URL 78 50 10 18 6 May 2021
Kent CON maj URL 81 67 5 7 1 1 6 May 2021
Lancashire CON maj URL 84 45 30 4 1 4[u 2] 6 May 2021
Leicestershire CON maj URL 55 36 6 13 6 May 2021
Lincolnshire CON maj URL 70 57 6 1 6 6 May 2021
Norfolk CON maj URL 84 54 16 11 3 6 May 2021
North Yorkshire CON maj URL 72 53 4 4 11 6 May 2021
Northamptonshire CON maj URL 57 42 11 2 2 6 May 2021
Nottinghamshire NOC CON+IND URL 66 31 23 1 11 6 May 2021
Oxfordshire NOC CON+IND URL 63 30 14 13 6 6 May 2021
Somerset CON maj URL 55 33 3 14 2 3 6 May 2021
Staffordshire CON maj URL 62 51 10 1 6 May 2021
Suffolk CON maj URL 75 50 11 5 3 6 6 May 2021
Surrey CON maj URL 81 59 1 9 1 11 6 May 2021
Warwickshire CON maj URL 57 36 10 8 2 1 6 May 2021
West Sussex CON maj URL 70 56 5 9 6 May 2021
Worcestershire CON maj URL 57 40 10 3 2 2 6 May 2021

District councils[edit]

Geographically, non-metropolitan districts are subdivisions of non-metropolitan counties. They have complimentary powers to counties and some have ceremonial statuses of borough, royal borough or city. They vary in whether they elect all, half or one-third of their seats at once:

  • The seven that elect to half of their seats at a time do so in even years;
  • The 58 that elect to a third of their seats all do so in years divisible by 4, two years after that and three years after, So they would hold elections in 2016 (divisable by 4), 2018 and 2019
    • but note that Weymouth and Portland's 2018 election was cancelled pending a merger;[u 3]
  • Of the 137 that elect to all of their seats at once:
    • two (Gloucester and Stroud) elect in years divisable by 4 (2012, 2016, 2020, ...),
    • four elect two years after a year divisable by 4 (2014, 2018, 2022, ...),
    • and 131 do so three years after a year divisable by 4 (2015, 2019, 2023, ...).

69 of the 201 district councils had elections on 3 May 2018 ().

Copeland and Mansfield have directly elected mayors. Folkestone & Hythe was known as Shepway before 1 April 2018. Six district councils in Dorset will be subsumed into unitary authorities in 2019.[u 3] The four district councils of Buckinghamshire will be subsumed into a single unitary authority in 2020; the elections due in 2019 may be cancelled.[u 1]

Last full update 4 May 2019.

Council Control Web Total CON LAB LD UKIP GP Other Vacant Cycle Upcoming by-elections Next election
Adur CON maj URL 29 16 8 3 2 halves 7 May 2020
Allerdale NOC TBA URL 49 15 14 20 all, 4 May 2023
Amber Valley LAB maj URL 45 19 25 1 thirds 7 May 2020
Arun NOC LD min URL 54 21 1 22 2 8 all, 4 May 2023
Ashfield IND maj URL 35 3 2 30 all, 4 May 2023
Ashford CON maj URL 47 26 7 2 12 all, 4 May 2023
Aylesbury Vale[u 1] CON maj URL 59 39 2 12 1 5 all, none
Babergh NOC TBA URL 32 15 2 3 4 8 all, 4 May 2023
Barrow-in-Furness LAB maj URL 36 12 24 all, 4 May 2023
Basildon CON maj URL 42 20 15 1 6 thirds 7 May 2020
Basingstoke and Deane CON maj URL 60 31 21 7 1 thirds 7 May 2020
Bassetlaw LAB maj URL 48 5 37 1 5 all, 4 May 2023
Blaby CON maj URL 39 25 6 6 1 1 all, 23 May 2023
Bolsover NOC TBA URL 37 2 18 1 16 all, 4 May 2023
Boston CON maj URL 30 16 2 1 11 all, 4 May 2023
Braintree CON maj URL 49 34 2 6 7[d 1] all, 4 May 2023
Breckland CON maj URL 49 37 6 2 4 all, 4 May 2023
Brentwood CON maj URL 37 21 3 12 1 thirds 7 May 2020
Broadland CON maj URL 47 32 2 12 1 all, 4 May 2023
Bromsgrove CON maj URL 31 17 5 3 6[d 2] all, 4 May 2023
Broxbourne CON maj URL 30 27 2 1 thirds 7 May 2020
Broxtowe NOC LAB+LD+IND URL 44 20 14 5 5 all, 4 May 2023
Burnley NOC TBA URL 45 5 27 6 2 1 4 thirds 7 May 2020
Cambridge LAB maj URL 42 26 15 1 thirds 7 May 2020
Cannock Chase NOC TBA URL 41 15 18 2 5 1 thirds 7 May 2020
Canterbury CON maj URL 39 23 10 6 all, 4 May 2023
Carlisle NOC LAB min URL 52 17 15 1 1 1 4 thirds 7 May 2020
Castle Point CON maj URL 41 25 16 thirds 7 May 2020
Charnwood CON maj URL 52 37 13 1 1 all, 4 May 2023
Chelmsford LD maj URL 57 21 31 5 all, 4 May 2023
Cheltenham LD maj URL 40 6 32 2 halves 7 May 2020
Cherwell CON maj URL 48 32 9 2 1 4 thirds 7 May 2020
Chesterfield LAB maj URL 48 28 17 3 all, 4 May 2023
Chichester NOC TBA URL 48 18 2 11 2 3 all, 4 May 2023
Chiltern[u 1] CON maj URL 40 38 2 all, none
Chorley LAB maj URL 47 8 37 2 thirds 7 May 2020
Colchester NOC LD+LAB+IND URL 51 23 11 13 1 3 thirds 7 May 2020
Copeland (M) LAB IND Mayor URL 33 10 19 4 all, 4 May 2023
Corby LAB maj URL 29 5 24 all, 7 May 2020
Cotswold LD maj URL 34 14 18 1 1 all, 4 May 2023
Craven NOC TBA URL 30 15 3 1 2 9 thirds 7 May 2020
Crawley LAB maj URL 36 17 19 thirds 7 May 2020
Dacorum CON maj URL 51 31 19 1 all, 4 May 2023
Dartford CON maj URL 44 29 10 3 all, 4 May 2023
Daventry CON maj URL 36 30 5 1 thirds 7 May 2020
Derbyshire Dales CON maj URL 39 20 6 8 2 3 all, 4 May 2023
Dover CON maj URL 32 19 12 1 all, 4 May 2023
East Cambridgeshire CON maj URL 28 15 13 all, 4 May 2023
East Devon IND maj URL 60 19 8 2 31 all, 4 May 2023
East Hampshire CON maj URL 43 32 2 7 2 all, 4 May 2023
East Hertfordshire CON maj URL 50 40 2 6 2 all, 4 May 2023
East Lindsey CON maj URL 55 29 7 1 18 all, 4 May 2023
East Northamptonshire CON maj URL 40 36 2 2 all, 7 May 2020
East Staffordshire CON maj URL 39 25 10 1 3 all, 4 May 2023
East Suffolk CON maj URL 88 39 7 3 4 2 all, 4 May 2023
Eastbourne LD maj URL 27 9 18 all, 4 May 2023
Eastleigh LD maj URL 39 2 34 3 thirds 7 May 2020
Eden NOC TBA URL 38 14 2 10 2 10 all, 4 May 2023
Elmbridge NOC TBA URL 48 21 10 17 thirds 7 May 2020
Epping Forest CON maj URL 58 37 3 3 15[d 3] thirds 7 May 2020
Epsom and Ewell IND IND URL 38 1 3 2 32[d 4] all, 4 May 2023
Erewash CON maj URL 47 27 19 1 all, 4 May 2023
Exeter LAB maj URL 39 6 29 2 1 1 thirds 7 May 2020
Fareham CON maj URL 31 24 5 1 1 halves 7 May 2020
Fenland CON maj URL 39 26 2 1 10 all, 4 May 2023
Folkestone and Hythe NOC TBA URL 30 13 6 2 2 6 1 all, 4 May 2023
Forest of Dean NOC TBA URL 48 10 5 6 17 all, 4 May 2023
Fylde CON maj URL 51 31 1 19 all, 4 May 2023
Gedling LAB maj URL 41 8 29 2 2 all, 4 May 2023
Gloucester CON maj URL 39 22 10 7 all, 7 May 2020
Gosport CON maj URL 34 18 2 13 1 LD halves 30 May 2019 7 May 2020
Gravesham LAB maj URL 44 18 24 2 all, 4 May 2023
Great Yarmouth CON maj URL 39 20 15 1 3 thirds 7 May 2020
Guildford NOC LD min URL 48 9 2 17 1 19 all, 4 May 2023
Hambleton CON maj URL 28 24 1 1 2 all, 4 May 2023
Harborough CON maj URL 37 22 1 11 all, 4 May 2023
Harlow LAB maj URL 33 13 20 thirds 7 May 2020
Harrogate CON maj URL 40 31 7 2 all, 5 May 2022
Hart NOC IND+LD URL 33 11 10 12[d 5] thirds 7 May 2020
Hastings LAB maj URL 32 8 23 1 halves 7 May 2020
Havant CON maj URL 38 33 2 1 2 thirds 7 May 2020
Hertsmere CON maj URL 39 29 7 3 all, 4 May 2023
High Peak LAB maj URL 43 16 22 3 2 all, 4 May 2023
Hinckley and Bosworth LD maj URL 34 11 2 21 all, 4 May 2023
Horsham CON maj URL 44 32 13 2 1 all, 4 May 2023
Huntingdonshire CON maj URL 52 30 4 7 11 all, 5 May 2022
Hyndburn LAB maj URL 35 9 26 thirds 7 May 2020
Ipswich LAB maj URL 48 9 36 3 thirds 7 May 2020
Kettering CON maj URL 36 25 7 1 3 all, 7 May 2020
King's Lynn and West Norfolk CON maj URL 62 28 10 1 1 15 all, 4 May 2023
Lancaster NOC TBA URL 60 12 21 3 10 14 all, 4 May 2023
Lewes NOC TBA URL 41 19 3 8 9 2 all, 4 May 2023
Lichfield CON maj URL 47 34 10 1 2 all, 4 May 2023
Lincoln LAB maj URL 33 9 24 thirds 7 May 2020
Maidstone NOC LD+5 IND+LAB URL 55 24 4 20 7 thirds 7 May 2020
Maldon CON maj URL 31 17 14 all, 4 May 2023
Malvern Hills NOC TBA URL 38 13 1 9 5 10 all, 4 May 2023
Mansfield (M) NOC IND Mayor URL 36 2 15 19 all, 4 May 2023
Melton CON maj URL 28 22 1 5 all, 4 May 2023
Mendip NOC TBA URL 47 10 22 10 5 all, 4 May 2023
Mid Devon NOC TBA URL 42 18 12 2 10 all, 4 May 2023
Mid Suffolk NOC TBA URL 34 16 5 12 1 all, 4 May 2023
Mid Sussex CON maj URL 54 34 13 3 4 all, 4 May 2023
Mole Valley LD maj URL 41 12 22 7 thirds 7 May 2020
New Forest CON maj URL 60 46 13 1 all, 4 May 2023
Newark and Sherwood CON maj URL 39 27 7 2 3 all, 4 May 2023
Newcastle-under-Lyme NOC CON min URL 44 17 19 3 4 1 all, 5 May 2022
North Devon LD maj URL 43 11 21 2 8 all, 4 May 2023
North East Derbyshire CON maj URL 53 30 18 3 2 all, 4 May 2023
North Hertfordshire NOC TBA URL 49 22 16 11 thirds 7 May 2020
North Kesteven IND IND URL 43 20 23 all, 4 May 2023
North Norfolk LD maj URL 40 6 30 4 all, 4 May 2023
North Warwickshire CON maj URL 35 21 14 all, 4 May 2023
North West Leicestershire CON maj URL 38 20 10 4 1 3 all, 4 May 2023
Northampton CON maj URL 45 25 16 3 1 all, 7 May 2020
Norwich LAB maj URL 39 27 3 9 thirds 7 May 2020
Nuneaton and Bedworth NOC LAB min URL 34 16 17 1 halves 7 May 2020
Oadby and Wigston LD maj URL 26 2 24 all, 4 May 2023
Oxford LAB maj URL 48 35 9 2 2 halves 7 May 2020
Pendle NOC TBA URL 49 23 16 10 thirds 7 May 2020
Preston LAB maj URL 48 9 30 9 thirds 7 May 2020
Redditch CON maj URL 29 18 11 thirds 7 May 2020
Reigate and Banstead CON maj URL 51 29 3 6 7 thirds 7 May 2020
Ribble Valley CON maj URL 40 28 10 2 all, 4 May 2023
Richmondshire NOC TBA URL 34 10 3 1 10 all, 4 May 2023
Rochford CON maj URL 39 26 3 3 7[d 6] thirds 7 May 2020
Rossendale LAB maj URL 36 13 20 3 thirds 7 May 2020
Rother NOC TBA URL 38 14 3 7 1 13 all, 4 May 2023
Rugby CON maj URL 42 24 9 9 thirds 7 May 2020
Runnymede CON maj URL 42 26 2 3 1 9 thirds 7 May 2020
Rushcliffe CON maj URL 44 29 7 3 2 3 all, 4 May 2023
Rushmoor CON maj URL 39 26 11 2 thirds 7 May 2020
Ryedale NOC CON min URL 30 12 2 16 all, 4 May 2023
Scarborough NOC TBA URL 50 16 13 1 2 14 all, 4 May 2023
Sedgemoor CON maj URL 48 28 12 7 all, 4 May 2023
Selby CON maj URL 31 16 8 7 all, 4 May 2023
Sevenoaks CON maj URL 54 46 1 3 4 all, 4 May 2023
Somerset West and Taunton LD maj URL 82 10 3 30 2 14 all, 4 May 2023
South Bucks[u 1] CON maj URL 28 25 3 all, none
South Cambridgeshire LD maj URL 45 11 2 30 2 all, 5 May 2022
South Derbyshire CON maj URL 36 22 14 all, 4 May 2023
South Hams CON maj URL 31 16 10 3 2 all, 4 May 2023
South Holland CON maj URL 37 24 13 all, 4 May 2023
South Kesteven CON maj URL 56 40 3 2 11 all, 4 May 2023
South Lakeland LD maj URL 51 15 3 32 1 thirds 7 May 2020
South Norfolk CON maj URL 46 35 1 10 all, 4 May 2023
South Northamptonshire CON maj URL 42 34 5 3 all, 7 May 2020
South Oxfordshire NOC LD+GRN URL 36 10 3 13 6 4[d 7] all, 4 May 2023
South Ribble NOC TBA URL 50 21 22 5 2 all, 4 May 2023
South Somerset LD maj URL 60 15 41 4 all, 4 May 2023
South Staffordshire CON maj URL 49 35 1 1 3 9 all, 4 May 2023
Spelthorne CON maj URL 39 23 4 8 2 2 all, 4 May 2023
St Albans NOC TBA URL 58 23 6 25 1 3 thirds 7 May 2020
Stafford CON maj URL 40 22 10 1 7 all, 4 May 2023
Staffordshire Moorlands NOC TBA URL 56 25 13 1 17 all, 4 May 2023
Stevenage LAB maj URL 39 7 27 5 thirds 7 May 2020
Stratford-on-Avon CON maj URL 36 20 11 1 4 all, 4 May 2023
Stroud NOC LAB+GRN+LD URL 50 22 16 2 9 2 all, 7 May 2020
Surrey Heath CON maj URL 40 18 1 10 2 4 all, 4 May 2023
Swale NOC TBA URL 47 16 11 5 1 2 12 all, 4 May 2023
Tamworth CON maj URL 30 22 5 2 1 thirds 7 May 2020
Tandridge NOC TBA URL 42 16 11 15[d 8] thirds 7 May 2020
Teignbridge LD maj URL 46 12 26 9 all, 4 May 2023
Tendring NOC TBA URL 60 16 6 2 5 17[d 9] all, 4 May 2023
Test Valley CON maj URL 48 24 12 7 all, 4 May 2023
Tewkesbury CON maj URL 38 23 8 1 6 all, 4 May 2023
Thanet NOC TBA URL 56 25 20 3 8 all, 4 May 2023
Three Rivers LD maj URL 39 12 3 24 thirds 7 May 2020
Tonbridge and Malling CON maj URL 54 39 1 9 2 3 all, 4 May 2023
Torridge NOC TBA URL 36 11 3 2 2 18 all, 4 May 2023
Tunbridge Wells CON maj URL 48 28 4 9 7 thirds 7 May 2020
Uttlesford IND IND URL 39 4 7 28[d 10] all, 4 May 2023
Vale of White Horse LD maj URL 38 6 31 1 all, 4 May 2023
Warwick NOC TBA URL 46 19 5 9 8 3 all, 4 May 2023
Watford LD maj URL 36 10 26 thirds 7 May 2020
Waverley NOC TBA URL 57 23 2 14 2 16[d 11] all, 4 May 2023
Wealden CON maj URL 55 34 4 2 5 all, 4 May 2023
Wellingborough CON maj URL 36 27 9 all, none
Welwyn Hatfield NOC TBA URL 48 23 13 12 thirds 7 May 2020
West Devon CON maj URL 31 16 2 2 11 all, 4 May 2023
West Lancashire LAB maj URL 54 19 29 6 thirds 7 May 2020
West Lindsey CON maj URL 36 19 12 5 all, 4 May 2023
West Oxfordshire CON maj URL 49 28 9 10 2 thirds 7 May 2020
West Suffolk CON maj URL 73 19 12 5 all, 4 May 2023
Winchester LD maj URL 45 18 27 thirds 7 May 2020
Woking NOC TBA URL 30 14 3 10 3 thirds 7 May 2020
Worcester NOC TBA URL 35 17 15 3 thirds 7 May 2020
Worthing CON maj URL 37 21 10 3 1 2 thirds 7 May 2020
Wychavon CON maj URL 45 36 6 2 1 all, 4 May 2023
Wycombe[u 1] CON maj URL 60 49 6 1 4 all,
Wyre CON maj URL 50 37 9 4 all, 4 May 2023
Wyre Forest NOC TBA URL 33 14 2 3 1 13[d 12] thirds 7 May 2020
  1. ^ 4 Halstead Residents' Association Party
  2. ^ 1 Whythall Residents' Association
  3. ^ 13 Loughton Residents Association; 1 For Britain Movement
  4. ^ 32 Residents Associations of Epsom and Ewell
  5. ^ 11 Community Campaign Hart
  6. ^ 2 Rochford District Residents
  7. ^ 3 Henley Residents Group
  8. ^ 7 Oxted & Limpsfield Residents Group
  9. ^ 4 Tendring First, 3 Holland-on-Sea and Eastcliff Matters, 1 Foundation Party
  10. ^ 26 Residents for Uttlesford
  11. ^ 15 Farnham Residents
  12. ^ 8 Independent Community and Health Concern

England: unitary authorities[edit]

Unitary authorities vary in whether they elect to all or a third of their seats at a time.

  • The 17 that elect by thirds do so in leap years (), two years after leap years () and three years after (), as in district and metropolitan borough councils.
  • Of the other 38 councils that elect to all of their seats at once:
    • two, Warrington and Bristol, elect in leap years (),
    • six elect in the year after leap years (, e.g. May 2017),
    • and 30 elect three years after leap years ().

Five UAs have directly elected mayors.

Last full update 4 May 2019.

Council Control Web Total CON LAB LD UKIP GP Other Vacant Schedule Upcoming by-elections Next election
Bath and North East Somerset LD maj URL 65 11 5 37 6 all, 4 May 2023
Bedford (M) NOC LD Mayor URL 40 11 11 15 2 1 all, 4 May 2023
Blackburn with Darwen LAB maj URL 51 13 36 2 thirds 4 May 2023
Blackpool LAB maj URL 42 15 23 4 all, 4 May 2023
Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole NOC TBA URL 76 36 3 15 1 2 19 all, 4 May 2023
Bracknell Forest CON maj URL 42 38 3 1 all, 4 May 2023
Brighton & Hove NOC TBA URL 54 14 20 19 1 all, 4 May 2023
Bristol (M) LAB LAB Mayor URL 70 15 37 7 11 all, 7 May 2020
Central Bedfordshire CON maj URL 59 41 1 3 1 13 all, 4 May 2023
Cheshire East NOC LAB+IND URL 82 34 25 4 19[u 4] all, 4 May 2023
Cheshire West and Chester NOC TBA URL 75 35 28 2 1 4 all, 4 May 2023
Cornwall NOC LD+IND URL 123 47 4 36 36 all, 6 May 2021
Darlington NOC TBA URL 50 22 20 3 2 3 all, 4 May 2023
Derby NOC CON min URL 51 20 16 7 5 3 thirds 7 May 2020
Dorset CON maj URL 82 43 2 29 4 4 all, 4 May 2023
Durham LAB maj URL 126 10 74 14 28 all, 6 May 2021
East Riding of Yorkshire CON maj URL 67 49 8 10 all, 4 May 2023
Halton LAB maj URL 56 2 51 3 thirds 7 May 2020
Hartlepool NOC TBA URL 33 3 13 1 16 thirds 7 May 2020
Herefordshire NOC IND min URL 53 13 6 7 27 all, 4 May 2023
Isle of Wight CON maj URL 40 25 1 2 12 all, 6 May 2021
Kingston upon Hull LAB maj URL 57 2 31 24 thirds 7 May 2020
Leicester (M) LAB LAB Mayor URL 54 53 1 all, 4 May 2023
Luton LAB maj URL 48 4 32 12 all, 4 May 2023
Medway CON maj URL 55 33 20 2 all, 4 May 2023
Middlesbrough (M) NOC LAB Mayor URL 46 3 20 23 all, 4 May 2023
Milton Keynes NOC LAB min URL 57 19 23 15 thirds 7 May 2020
North East Lincolnshire CON maj URL 42 23 14 4 1 thirds 7 May 2020
North Lincolnshire CON maj URL 43 27 16 all, 4 May 2023
North Somerset NOC IND+LD+GRN URL 50 13 6 11 3 17 all, 4 May 2023
Northumberland NOC CON min URL 67 33 24 3 7[u 5] all, 6 May 2021
Nottingham LAB maj URL 55 2 50 3 all, 4 May 2023
Peterborough NOC TBA URL 60 28 17 9 2 3 thirds 7 May 2020
Plymouth LAB maj URL 57 25 31 thirds 7 May 2020
Portsmouth NOC LD min URL 42 16 6 18 2 thirds 7 May 2020
Reading LAB maj URL 46 10 30 2 4 thirds 7 May 2020
Redcar & Cleveland NOC IND+LD URL 59 11 15 13 2 18 all, 4 May 2023
Rutland CON maj URL 26 15 3 1 8 all, 4 May 2023
Shropshire CON maj URL 74 49 8 12 1 4 all, 6 May 2021
Slough LAB maj URL 42 5 37 thirds 7 May 2020
South Gloucestershire CON maj URL 70 33 11 17 all, 4 May 2023
Southampton LAB LAB URL 48 18 29 1 thirds 7 May 2020
Southend-on-Sea NOC TBA URL 51 20 14 5 12 thirds 7 May 2020
Stockton-on-Tees NOC TBA URL 56 14 24 2 16 all, 4 May 2023
Stoke-on-Trent NOC TBA URL 44 15 16 13 all, 4 May 2023
Swindon CON maj URL 57 31 24 2 thirds 7 May 2020
Telford & Wrekin LAB maj URL 54 13 36 4 1 all, 4 May 2023
Thurrock NOC CON min URL 49 22 18 9 thirds 7 May 2020
Torbay NOC LD+IND[14] URL 36 15 13 8 all, 4 May 2023
Warrington LAB maj URL 58 1 44 12 1 all, 7 May 2020
West Berkshire CON maj URL 52 24 16 3 all, 4 May 2023
Wiltshire CON maj URL 98 67 3 20 8 all, 6 May 2021
Windsor & Maidenhead Royal CON maj URL 57 23 9 9[u 6] all, 4 May 2023
Wokingham CON maj URL 54 31 3 16 4 thirds 7 May 2020
York NOC LD+GRN URL 47 2 17 21 4 3 all, 4 May 2023
  1. ^ a b c d e f Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government James Brokenshire announced on 1 November that a single unitary authority would be established in Buckinghamshire in 2020. – HCWS1058
  2. ^ 1 UKIP
  3. ^ a b On 1 April 2019, Bournemouth and Poole unitary authorities and the Borough of Christchurch in Dorset County will be replaced by Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole unitary authority, and the remaining five districts of Dorset County by Dorset unitary authority (entailing the abolition of the county, the six districts and the two unitary authorities). First elections to the two new councils will be on 2 May 2019. Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council elections will take place every 4 years after that (elections in years), while the first two terms of Dorset Council will last 5 years (), with terms reverting to 4 years from 2029 (). – S.I. 2018/648. The one-third elections originally scheduled for Weymouth West and Portland District Council on 3 May 2018 were cancelled. – Weymouth & Portland area elections and referendums www.dorsetforyou.gov.uk. Retrieved 10 Apr 2018.
  4. ^ 4 Residents of Wilmslow; 2 Bollington First; 1 Alderley Edge First
  5. ^ 3 Bedlington Independents
  6. ^ 3 West Windsor Residents Association (WWRA); 3 tBf - the Borough first; 2 Old Windsor Residents Association; 1 National Flood Prevention Party

The Council of the Isles of Scilly is a similar single-tier authority, which had all its seats up for election in May 2017. All candidates stood independently.

Council Control Web Total IND Vacant Last change
Isles of Scilly IND IND URL 16 16 Election, 4 May 2017

England: metropolitan borough councils[edit]

Of the 36 metropolitan borough councils:

  • three elect to all of their seats at once, either:
    • in a leap year (, Rotherham),
    • in the year after a leap year (, Doncaster, e.g. May 2017),
    • or two years after (, Birmingham, e.g. May 2018);
  • the other 33 boroughs hold elections for one third of their seats at a time, all with seats elected to either in , or years (e.g. May 2019).

Doncaster, Liverpool and Salford are mayoral metropolitan boroughs.

Last full update 4 May 2019.

Council Control Web Total CON LAB LD UKIP GP Other Vacant Schedule Upcoming by-elections Next election
Barnsley LAB maj URL 63 3 49 4 7 thirds 4 May 2023
Birmingham LAB maj URL 101 25 67 8 1 all, 5 May 2022
Bolton NOC TBA URL 60 20 23 6 3 8 thirds 4 May 2023
Bradford LAB maj URL 90 22 52 9 2 5 thirds 4 May 2023
Bury LAB maj URL 51 16 29 4 2 thirds 4 May 2023
Calderdale LAB maj URL 51 14 28 7 2 thirds 4 May 2023
Coventry LAB maj URL 54 13 40 1 thirds 7 May 2020
Doncaster (M) LAB LAB Mayor URL 55 7 43 5 all, 6 May 2021
Dudley NOC LAB min URL 72 36 36 thirds 7 May 2020
Gateshead LAB maj URL 66 52 14 thirds 7 May 2020
Kirklees LAB maj URL 69 16 36 10 3 4 thirds 7 May 2020
Knowsley LAB maj URL 45 37 3 3 2 thirds 7 May 2020
Leeds LAB maj URL 99 23 58 8 3 7 thirds 7 May 2020
Liverpool (M) LAB LAB Mayor URL 90 72 10 4 4 thirds 7 May 2020
Manchester LAB maj URL 96 93 3 thirds 7 May 2020
Newcastle upon Tyne LAB maj URL 78 54 20 4 thirds 7 May 2020
North Tyneside LAB maj URL 60 7 51 1 1 thirds 7 May 2020
Oldham LAB maj URL 60 4 45 8 3 thirds 7 May 2020
Rochdale LAB maj URL 60 9 47 4 thirds 7 May 2020
Rotherham LAB maj URL 63 48 1 13 1 all, 7 May 2020
Salford (M) LAB LAB Mayor URL 60 8 50 2 thirds 7 May 2020
Sandwell LAB maj URL 72 72 thirds 7 May 2020
Sefton LAB maj URL 66 6 43 12 5 thirds 7 May 2020
Sheffield LAB maj URL 84 49 26 1 8 thirds 7 May 2020
Solihull CON maj URL 51 26 3 6 14 2 thirds 7 May 2020
South Tyneside LAB maj URL 54 48 1 5 thirds 7 May 2020
St Helens LAB maj URL 48 3 37 4 2 2 thirds 7 May 2020
Stockport NOC LAB min URL 63 8 26 26 12 thirds 7 May 2020
Sunderland LAB maj URL 75 12 51 8 3 1 thirds 7 May 2020
Tameside LAB maj URL 57 5 51 1 thirds 7 May 2020
Trafford LAB maj URL 63 20 36 4 3 thirds 7 May 2020
Wakefield LAB maj URL 63 11 49 1 2 thirds 7 May 2020
Walsall CON maj URL 60 32 26 2 thirds 7 May 2020
Wigan LAB maj URL 75 8 57 10 thirds 7 May 2020
Wirral NOC TBA URL 66 22 32 6 3 3 thirds 7 May 2020
Wolverhampton LAB maj URL 60 10 50 thirds 7 May 2020


London borough councils[edit]

The London Assembly is (together with the elected Mayor of London) the governing body for the Greater London Authority. Within its administrative area, the 32 borough councils perform lower functions.

Elections to all seats of all 32 London boroughs were last held in May 2018 and will next be held in May 2022.

Last full update 28 March 2019.

Council Control Web Total CON LAB LD GP Other Vacant Upcoming by-elections
Barking & Dagenham LAB maj URL 51 51
Barnet CON maj URL 63 38 24 1 [l 1]
Bexley CON maj URL 45 34 10 1 [l 2]
Brent LAB maj URL 63 3 60
Bromley CON maj URL 60 50 8 2 [l 3]
Camden LAB maj URL 54 7 43 3 1
Croydon LAB maj URL 70 29 41
Ealing LAB maj URL 69 8 57 4
Enfield LAB maj URL 63 16 46 1 [l 4]
Greenwich LAB maj URL 51 9 41 1 [l 5]
Hackney (M) LAB LAB Mayor URL 57 5 52
Hammersmith & Fulham LAB maj URL 46 11 35
Haringey LAB maj URL 57 42 15
Harrow LAB maj URL 63 28 35
Havering NOC CON+IND URL 54 26 5 23 [l 6]
Hillingdon CON maj URL 65 44 21
Hounslow LAB maj URL 60 9 51
Islington LAB maj URL 48 47 1
Kensington & Chelsea CON maj URL 50 36 13 1
Kingston upon Thames LD maj URL 48 9 38 1
Lambeth LAB maj URL 63 1 57 5
Lewisham (M) LAB LAB Mayor URL 54 54
Merton LAB maj URL 60 17 34 6 3[l 7]
Newham (M) LAB LAB Mayor URL 60 60
Redbridge LAB maj URL 63 12 51
Richmond upon Thames LD maj URL 54 11 39 4
Southwark LAB maj URL 63 49 14
Sutton LD maj URL 54 18 33 3 [l 8]
Tower Hamlets (M) LAB LAB Mayor URL 45 2 41 1 1 [l 9]
Waltham Forest LAB maj URL 60 14 46
Wandsworth CON maj URL 60 33 26 1 [l 10]
Westminster CON maj URL 60 41 19

The 100-member Court of Common Council of the City of London, a municipal corporation, was last elected in March 2017. Most members are non-aligned; the largest party is Temple & Farringdon Together[15] and the only national party represented is Labour.

Council Control Web Total IND TFT LAB Vacant Last change
City of London Corporation IND IND URL 100 85 10 5 By-election, 30 April 2019
  1. ^ 1 Independent (ex-Labour)
  2. ^ 1 Independent (ex-Labour)
  3. ^ 2 Independents
  4. ^ 1 Independent
  5. ^ suspended from Labour Party
  6. ^ 22 various Residents Associations, 1 Independent
  7. ^ Merton Park Independent Residents
  8. ^ 3 Sutton Independent Residents
  9. ^ Aspire
  10. ^ 1 Independent

Scotland[edit]

All 32 Scottish unitary authorities had all their seats up for election by Single Transferable Vote in May 2017. Elections are on a five-year cycle and are next due on 5 May 2022. Currently, none of the mainland councils are controlled by the "big four" parties in Scotland, and the three island councils are controlled by local independents.

Political control may be held by minority governments (min), coalitions (co), joint leadership arrangements (j.l.) or partnership working arrangements (p.w.).[10]

Last update 15 May 2019.

Council Control Web Total SNP CON LAB LD GP Other Vacant Upcoming by-elections
Aberdeen NOC CON+ALAB[s 1]+IND co URL 45 19 11 3 12[s 1]
Aberdeenshire NOC CON+LD+IND co URL 70 21 21 1 14 1 12
Angus NOC CON+IND+LD co URL 28 9 8 2 9
Argyll & Bute NOC CON+LD+IND co[16] URL 36 11 9 6 10
Clackmannanshire NOC SNP min[17] URL 18 8 4 5 1
Dumfries & Galloway NOC LAB+SNP co URL 43 11 16 10 1 5
Dundee NOC SNP+IND co URL 29 14 3 8 2 2
East Ayrshire NOC SNP min URL 32 14 6 9 3
East Dunbartonshire NOC LD+CON co[18] URL 22 7 6 2 6 1
East Lothian NOC LAB min URL 22 6 7 9
East Renfrewshire NOC SNP+LAB co URL 18 5 6 4 3
Edinburgh NOC SNP+LAB co[19] URL 63 18 17 11 6 8 3
Eilean Siar IND IND URL 31 7 1 23
Falkirk NOC SNP min[20] URL 30 12 6 8 4
Fife NOC SNP+LAB j.l.[21] URL 75 29 16 23 7
Glasgow NOC SNP min[22] URL 85 37 8 31 7 2
Highland NOC IND+LD+LAB co URL 74 20 11 3 9 1 30
Inverclyde NOC LAB min URL 22 7 2 8 1 4
Midlothian NOC LAB min URL 18 7 5 6
Moray NOC CON+IND co URL 26 9 8 1 8
North Ayrshire NOC LAB min URL 33 11 7 11 4
North Lanarkshire NOC LAB min URL 77 31 8 33 5
Orkney IND IND URL 21 1 20
Perth & Kinross NOC CON+LD+IND co URL 40 15 17 1 4 3
Renfrewshire NOC SNP min URL 43 19 8 13 1 2
Scottish Borders NOC CON+IND co URL 34 9 14 2 9
Shetland IND IND URL 22 1 21
South Ayrshire NOC SNP+LAB+IND p.w. URL 28 9 12 5 2
South Lanarkshire NOC SNP min URL 64 25 14 17 1 8
Stirling NOC SNP+LAB URL 23 9 8 4 1 1
West Dunbartonshire NOC SNP+IND URL 22 10 2 8 2
West Lothian NOC LAB min URL 33 13 7 12 1
  1. ^ a b 9 Aberdeen Labour (Councillors suspended by Scottish Labour from party for their coalition with Conservatives)

Wales[edit]

All 22 Welsh unitary authorities had all of their seats up for election in May 2017, and the next elections are expected on 6 May 2021. The deaths of two candidates postponed the elections in one ward in Merthyr Tydfil and one in Ceredigion to 8 June, the day of the 2017 general election. No-one stood for election in one single-member ward in Powys, necessitating a by-election on 22 June for which six parties stood.[23][24][25]

Last update 4 May 2019.

Council Control Web Total LAB PC CON LD GP Other Vacant Upcoming by-elections
Blaenau Gwent IND IND URL 42 12 29
Bridgend NOC LAB min URL 54 26 3 8 1 16
Caerphilly LAB maj URL 73 49 18 6
Cardiff LAB maj URL 75 39 3 20 11 2
Carmarthenshire NOC PC+IND URL 74 18 37 19
Ceredigion NOC PC+IND URL 42 19 8 14 1 TBA
Conwy NOC CON+IND URL 59 8 8 16 4 23
Denbighshire NOC CON+PC+IND URL 47 12 9 15 11
Flintshire NOC LAB min URL 70 34 6 5 25
Gwynedd PC maj URL 75 1 41 1 32
Isle of Anglesey NOC PC+IND URL 30 2 14 1 13
Merthyr Tydfil IND maj URL 33 14 19
Monmouthshire CON maj URL 43 10 25 3 5
Neath Port Talbot LAB maj URL 64 40 15 1 6 2 23 May 2019
Newport LAB maj URL 50 31 12 2 5
Pembrokeshire IND IND+LAB+LD+PC URL 60 7 6 11 1 35
Powys NOC IND+CON URL 73 7 2 19 13 1 31
Rhondda Cynon Taf LAB maj URL 75 47 17 2 1 8
Swansea LAB maj URL 72 48 9 7 8
Torfaen LAB maj URL 44 27 5 12
Vale of Glamorgan NOC CON+IND URL 47 14 4 23 6
Wrexham NOC All party URL 52 12 3 8 2 27


Northern Ireland[edit]

Elections were held for 11 newly created councils in Northern Ireland in May 2014, and May 2019 and on a four-year cycle after that.[26] All seats are filled at once by Single Transferable vote within district electoral areas of 5 to 7 wards.

The councils have ceremonial mayors elected by council members. Uniquely in the UK, vacancies are filled by co-option by whichever party won the seat at the previous election.

Last update 5 May 2019.[27]

Council Control Web Total DUP SF UUP SDLP APNI TUV PUP GP PBP Other Vacant Upcoming co-options
Antrim and Newtownabbey NOC DUP... URL 40 14 5 9 4 7 1
Ards and North Down NOC DUP... URL 40 14 8 1 10 1 3 3
Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon NOC DUP... URL 41 11 10 10 6 3 1
Belfast NOC SF... URL 60 15 18 2 6 10 2 4 3
Causeway Coast and Glens NOC DUP... URL 40 14 9 7 6 2 1 1
Derry and Strabane NOC SF... URL 40 7 11 2 11 2 2 5[n 1]
Fermanagh and Omagh NOC SF... URL 40 5 15 9 5 1 5[n 2]
Lisburn and Castlereagh NOC DUP... URL 40 15 2 11 2 9 1
Mid and East Antrim NOC DUP... URL 40 15 2 7 1 7 5 3
Mid-Ulster NOC SF... URL 40 9 17 6 6 2
Newry, Mourne and Down NOC ... URL 41 3 16 4 11 2 5
  1. ^ 1 Aontú
  2. ^ 1 Cross Community Labour Alternative

See also[edit]

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