United Kingdom local elections, 2005
All 34 non-metropolitan counties, 3 out of 46 unitary authorities,
1 sui generis authority, 4 directly elected mayors
and all 26 Northern Irish districts
Colours denote the winning party, as shown in the main table of results.
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.
Summary of results
|No overall control||-9||4||—||—||—||—|
Source: BBC local election results for England
Non-metropolitan county councils
‡ New electoral division boundaries
In two unitary authorities the whole council were up for election and one had a third of the council up for election.
|Isle of Wight||No overall control||Conservative gain||Details|
|Stockton-on-Tees ‡||Labour||No overall control gain||Details|
‡ New ward boundaries
Third of council
|Bristol||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Isles of Scilly||Independent||Independent hold||Details|
Four direct mayoral elections were held.
|Local Authority||Previous Mayor||Mayor-elect||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)|
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.
|NI Women's Coalition||-1||0||0.1||738|