United Kingdom local elections, 2005

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United Kingdom local elections, 2005
United Kingdom
2004 ←
5 May 2005 → 2006

38 English county and unitary councils
26 Northern Irish district and borough councils
  Majority party Minority party Third party
  Michael Howard 1099 cropped.jpg Tony Blair.JPG Charles kennedy feb 2009.jpg
Leader Michael Howard Tony Blair Charles Kennedy
Party Conservative Labour Liberal Democrat
Leader since November 2003 21 July 1994 9 August 1999
Last election 37% 30% 21%
Percentage 40% 28% 25%
Swing Increase3% Decrease2% Increase4%
Councils 24 6 3
Councils +/- Increase7 Decrease1 Increase3
Councillors 1193 612 493
Councillors +/- Increase152 Decrease114 Increase40

Elections for local government were held in the England and Northern Ireland on 5 May 2005 along with the 2005 general election across the entire United Kingdom. In addition, the Isle of Wight held a local referendum on the issue of a directly elected mayor.

Despite losing the general election held on the same day, the Conservatives made strong gains at Labour's expense, providing some comfort to the party. Conservative leader Michael Howard resigned soon afterwards and was succeeded by David Cameron, who had a decent platform to build on in his challenge to lead the Conservatives to a general election victory; the party had increased its share of council seats and importantly its share of seats in parliament.

England Results[edit]

Party Councils Councillors
Change Total Change Total
Conservative +7 24 +152 1193
Labour –1 6 –114 612
Liberal Democrat +3 3 +40 493
Green 0 0 +6 8
Residents Associations 0 0 –3 8
Liberal 0 0 -3 2
Health Concern 0 0 -5 1
UKIP 0 0 -1 0
Other 0 0 –26 96
No Overall Control -9 4

Source: BBC local election results for England[1]

Mayoral elections[edit]

Four direct mayoral elections were held.

Local Authority Previous Mayor Candidate elected Details
Doncaster Martin Winter (Labour) Martin Winter (Labour)
Hartlepool Stuart Drummond (Independent) Stuart Drummond (Independent)
North Tyneside Linda Arkley (Conservative) John Harrison (Labour) Details
Stoke-on-Trent Mike Wolfe (Independent) Mark Meredith (Labour)

County councils[edit]

In 34 shire county county council, all seats were up for re-election.

Council Previous control Result Details
Bedfordshire Conservative Conservative hold
Buckinghamshire Conservative Conservative hold
Cambridgeshire Conservative Conservative hold Details
Cheshire Conservative Conservative hold
Cornwall No overall control Liberal Democrat gain
Cumbria No overall control No overall control hold
Derbyshire Labour Labour hold
Devon No overall control Liberal Democrat gain
Dorset Conservative Conservative hold
Durham Labour Labour hold
East Sussex Conservative Conservative hold
Essex Conservative Conservative hold Details
Gloucestershire No overall control Conservative gain
Hampshire Conservative Conservative hold
Hertfordshire Conservative Conservative hold Details
Kent Conservative Conservative hold Details
Lancashire Labour Labour hold Details
Leicestershire Conservative Conservative hold
Lincolnshire Conservative Conservative hold Details
Norfolk Conservative Conservative hold
North Yorkshire Conservative Conservative hold
Northamptonshire Labour Conservative gain Details
Northumberland Labour Labour hold
Nottinghamshire Labour Labour hold
Oxfordshire No overall control Conservative gain
Shropshire No overall control Conservative gain Details
Somerset No overall control Liberal Democrat gain
Staffordshire Labour Labour hold
Suffolk No overall control Conservative gain Details
Surrey Conservative Conservative hold
Warwickshire No overall control No overall control hold Details
West Sussex Conservative Conservative hold Details
Wiltshire Conservative Conservative hold Details
Worcestershire No overall control Conservative gain

Unitary authorities[edit]

In three unitary authorities the whole council were up for election and one had a third of the council up for election.

Council Proportion up
for election
Previous control Result Details
Bristol 1/3 No overall control No overall control hold
Isle of Wight All No overall control Conservative gain Details
Isles of Scilly All Independent Independent hold
Stockton-on-Tees All Labour No overall control gain

Northern Ireland district and borough councils[edit]

All seats were up for election in the 26 districts of Northern Ireland. The many parties and the use of the single transferable vote meant that most councils ended up in no overall control. The DUP gained majority control of three councils: Ards, Ballymena, and Castlereagh.

Results summary[edit]

Party Councillors Votes
Change Total  % share Total
DUP +51 182 30 208,278
Sinn Féin +18 126 23 163,205
UUP -39 115 18 126,317
SDLP -16 101 17 121,991
Alliance +2 30 5 35,149
Independent -14 20 4 27,677
Green (NI) +3 3 1 5,703
PUP -2 2 1 4,591
United Unionist 0 2 0.3 2,064
Newtownabbey Ratepayers 0 1 0.3 1,897
Socialist Environmental 0 0 0.2 1,321
Conservative 0 0 0.2 1,164
Workers' Party 0 0 0.1 1,052
Socialist Party 0 0 0.1 828
NI Women's Coalition -1 0 0.1 738
UK Unionist -2 0 0.1 734

Source: ARK research and knowledge group[2]


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