United Kingdom local elections, 1994

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United Kingdom local elections, 1994
United Kingdom
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All 32 London boroughs, all 36 metropolitan boroughs,
114 out of 296 English districts and all 12 Scottish regions
  Majority party Minority party Third party
  No image.png John Major 1996.jpg ASHDOWN Paddy.jpg
Leader John Smith John Major Paddy Ashdown
Party Labour Conservative Liberal Democrat
Leader since 18 July 1992 28 November 1990 16 July 1988
Percentage 40% 28%
Councillors 9,257 7,286 4,551
Councillors +/- Increase 44 Decrease 516 Increase 428

Local elections were held in the United Kingdom in 1994.[1][2] The results showed a continued decline for the governing Conservatives (now in their 15th successive year of government at Westminster), with the third placed party, the Liberal Democrats, as the main beneficiaries.

The main opposition, the Labour Party, gained 44 seats, bringing their number of councillors to 9,257. Their projected national vote share was 40%, a 1% increase on the 1993 local elections. The Conservative Party lost 516 seats and were left with 7,286 councillors. Their projected national vote share was 28%, a 3% fall since the previous local elections in 1993. The Liberal Democrats gained 428 seats and had 4,551 councillors after the elections.

Summary of results[edit]

England[edit]

London boroughs[edit]

In all 32 London boroughs the whole council was up for election.

Council Previous control Result Details
Barking and Dagenham Labour Labour hold Details
Barnet Conservative No overall control gain Details
Bexley Conservative No overall control gain Details
Brent No overall control No overall control hold Details
Bromley Conservative Conservative hold Details
Camden Labour Labour hold Details
Croydon Conservative Labour gain Details
Ealing Conservative Labour gain Details
Enfield Conservative Labour gain Details
Greenwich Labour Labour hold Details
Hackney Labour Labour hold Details
Hammersmith and Fulham Labour Labour hold Details
Haringey Labour Labour hold Details
Harrow Conservative No overall control gain Details
Havering No overall control No overall control hold Details
Hillingdon Conservative Labour gain Details
Hounslow Labour Labour hold Details
Islington Labour Labour hold Details
Kensington and Chelsea Conservative Conservative hold Details
Kingston upon Thames No overall control Liberal Democrat gain Details
Lambeth Labour No overall control gain Details
Lewisham Labour Labour hold Details
Merton Labour Labour hold Details
Newham Labour Labour hold Details
Redbridge Conservative No overall control gain Details
Richmond upon Thames Liberal Democrat Liberal Democrat hold Details
Southwark Labour Labour hold Details
Sutton Liberal Democrat Liberal Democrat hold Details
Tower Hamlets Liberal Democrat Labour gain Details
Waltham Forest Labour No overall control gain Details
Wandsworth Conservative Conservative hold Details
Westminster Conservative Conservative hold Details

Metropolitan boroughs[edit]

All 36 metropolitan borough councils had one third of their seats up for election.

Council Previous control Result Details
Barnsley Labour Labour hold Details
Birmingham Labour Labour hold Details
Bolton Labour Labour hold Details
Bradford Labour Labour hold Details
Bury No overall control No overall control hold Details
Calderdale No overall control No overall control hold Details
Coventry Labour Labour hold Details
Doncaster Labour Labour hold Details
Dudley No overall control Labour gain Details
Gateshead Labour Labour hold Details
Kirklees Labour No overall control gain Details
Knowsley Labour Labour hold Details
Leeds Labour Labour hold Details
Liverpool No overall control No overall control hold Details
Manchester Labour Labour hold Details
Newcastle upon Tyne Labour Labour hold Details
North Tyneside Labour Labour hold Details
Oldham Labour No overall control gain Details
Rochdale No overall control No overall control hold Details
Rotherham Labour Labour hold Details
Salford Labour Labour hold Details
Sandwell Labour Labour hold Details
Sefton No overall control No overall control hold Details
Sheffield Labour Labour hold Details
Solihull No overall control No overall control hold Details
South Tyneside Labour Labour hold Details
St Helens Labour Labour hold Details
Stockport No overall control No overall control hold Details
Sunderland Labour Labour hold Details
Tameside Labour Labour hold Details
Trafford Conservative Conservative hold Details
Wakefield Labour Labour hold Details
Walsall No overall control No overall control hold Details
Wigan Labour Labour hold Details
Wirral No overall control No overall control hold Details
Wolverhampton No overall control Labour gain Details

District councils[edit]

In 114 districts one third of the council was up for election.

These were the last elections to the district councils of Bristol, Hartlepool, Kingston upon Hull and York before they were made unitary authorities by the Local Government Commission for England (1992).

These were also the last elections to the district councils of Bath, Great Grimsby and Scunthorpe before they were abolished and replaced by unitary authorities by the Local Government Commission for England (1992).

Council Previous control Result Details
Adur Liberal Democrat Liberal Democrat hold Details
Amber Valley Labour Labour hold Details
Barrow-in-Furness No overall control Labour gain Details
Basildon Conservative No overall control gain Details
Basingstoke and Deane Conservative No overall control gain Details
Bassetlaw Labour Labour hold Details
Bath No overall control Liberal Democrat gain Details
Bedford No overall control No overall control hold Details
Blackburn Labour Labour hold Details
Brentwood Liberal Democrat Liberal Democrat hold Details
Brighton Labour Labour hold Details
Bristol Labour Labour hold Details
Broadland Conservative No overall control gain Details
Broxbourne Conservative Conservative hold Details
Burnley Labour Labour hold Details
Cambridge No overall control No overall control hold Details
Cannock Chase Labour Labour hold Details
Carlisle Labour Labour hold Details
Cheltenham Liberal Democrat Liberal Democrat hold Details
Cherwell Conservative Conservative hold Details
Chester No overall control No overall control hold Details
Chorley No overall control No overall control hold Details
Colchester No overall control Liberal Democrat gain Details
Congleton No overall control Liberal Democrat gain Details
Craven No overall control No overall control hold Details
Crawley Labour Labour hold Details
Crewe and Nantwich Labour Labour hold Details
Daventry Conservative Conservative hold Details
Derby No overall control Labour gain Details
Eastbourne Liberal Democrat Liberal Democrat hold Details
Eastleigh No overall control Liberal Democrat gain Details
Ellesmere Port and Neston Labour Labour hold Details
Elmbridge No overall control No overall control hold Details
Epping Forest Conservative No overall control gain Details
Exeter No overall control No overall control hold Details
Fareham Conservative No overall control gain Details
Gillingham No overall control No overall control hold Details
Gloucester No overall control No overall control hold Details
Gosport Liberal Democrat Liberal Democrat hold Details
Great Grimsby Labour Labour hold Details
Great Yarmouth Labour Labour hold Details
Halton Labour Labour hold Details
Harlow Labour Labour hold Details
Harrogate No overall control Liberal Democrat gain Details
Hart No overall control No overall control hold Details
Hartlepool Labour Labour hold Details
Hastings No overall control No overall control hold Details
Havant No overall control No overall control hold Details
Hereford Liberal Democrat Liberal Democrat hold Details
Hertsmere Conservative No overall control gain Details
Huntingdonshire Conservative Conservative hold Details
Hyndburn Labour Labour hold Details
Ipswich Labour Labour hold Details
Kingston upon Hull Labour Labour hold Details
Leominster Independent Independent hold Details
Lincoln Labour Labour hold Details
Macclesfield Conservative Conservative hold Details
Maidstone No overall control No overall control hold Details
Milton Keynes No overall control No overall control hold Details
Mole Valley No overall control No overall control hold Details
Newcastle-under-Lyme Labour Labour hold Details
North Hertfordshire Conservative No overall control gain Details
Norwich Labour Labour hold Details
Nuneaton and Bedworth Labour Labour hold Details
Oxford Labour Labour hold Details
Pendle Labour No overall control gain Details
Penwith No overall control No overall control hold Details
Peterborough No overall control No overall control hold Details
Portsmouth No overall control No overall control hold Details
Preston Labour Labour hold Details
Purbeck No overall control No overall control hold Details
Reading Labour Labour hold Details
Redditch Labour Labour hold Details
Reigate and Banstead No overall control No overall control hold Details
Rochford No overall control Liberal Democrat gain Details
Rossendale Labour Labour hold Details
Rugby No overall control No overall control hold Details
Runnymede Conservative Conservative hold Details
Rushmoor Conservative Conservative hold Details
Scunthorpe Labour Labour hold Details
Shrewsbury and Atcham No overall control No overall control hold Details
Slough Labour Labour hold Details
South Bedfordshire Conservative Conservative hold Details
South Cambridgeshire No overall control No overall control hold Details
South Herefordshire Independent Independent hold Details
South Lakeland No overall control No overall control hold Details
Southampton Labour Labour hold Details
Southend-on-Sea Conservative No overall control gain Details
St Albans No overall control Liberal Democrat gain Details
Stevenage Labour Labour hold Details
Stoke-on-Trent Labour Labour hold Details
Stratford-on-Avon Conservative No overall control gain Details
Stroud No overall control No overall control hold Details
Swale No overall control No overall control hold Details
Tamworth Labour Labour hold Details
Tandridge No overall control Conservative gain Details
Thamesdown Labour Labour hold Details
Three Rivers No overall control No overall control hold Details
Thurrock Labour Labour hold Details
Tunbridge Wells Conservative No overall control gain Details
Watford Labour Labour hold Details
Waveney Labour Labour hold Details
Welwyn Hatfield Conservative Labour gain Details
West Lancashire No overall control Labour gain Details
West Lindsey No overall control No overall control hold Details
West Oxfordshire No overall control No overall control hold Details
Weymouth and Portland No overall control No overall control hold Details
Winchester No overall control No overall control hold Details
Woking Conservative No overall control gain Details
Wokingham Conservative Conservative hold Details
Worcester Labour Labour hold Details
Worthing Conservative Liberal Democrat gain Details
Wyre Forest No overall control No overall control hold Details
York Labour Labour hold Details

Scotland[edit]

Regional councils[edit]

Apart from Orkney, Shetland and Western Isles, these were the last elections to the regional councils before they were abolished by the Local Government etc. (Scotland) Act 1994.

Council Previous control Result Details
Borders Independent No overall control gain Details
Central Labour Labour hold Details
Dumfries and Galloway Independent No overall control gain Details
Fife Labour Labour hold Details
Grampian No overall control No overall control hold Details
Highland Independent Independent hold Details
Lothian Labour Labour hold Details
Orkney Independent Independent hold Details
Shetland Independent Independent hold Details
Strathclyde Labour Labour hold Details
Tayside No overall control No overall control hold Details
Western Isles Independent Independent hold Details

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rallings, Colin; Thrasher, Michael. Local Elections Handbook 1994 (PDF). Local Government Chronicle Elections Centre. Retrieved 3 May 2016. 
  2. ^ "Council compositions". The Elections Centre. Retrieved 3 May 2016.