Political make-up of local councils in the United Kingdom

Summary

r This article documents the strengths of political parties in the 333 local authorities of England,[1] 32 local authorities of Scotland,[2] 22 principal councils of Wales[3] and 11 local councils of Northern Ireland.[4]

England's 333 local authorities are made up of: 32 London borough councils, 24 county councils and 181 district councils (two tiers of local government which share responsibility for the same physical area), 36 metropolitan district councils and 58 unitary authorities, plus the sui generis City of London Corporation and Council of the Isles of Scilly.[1]

This article does not cover the Greater London Authority or the 10 combined authorities of England (and their respective mayors).[1] It also doesn't cover the 35 police and crime commissioners or the four police, fire and crime commissioners in England and Wales.[5] And it also doesn't include the thousands of parish/local councils of England,[6] community councils of Scotland[7] and community councils of Wales.[3]

English local authorities have a choice of executive arrangements out of a mayor and cabinet executive, a leader and cabinet executive, a committee system or alternative arrangements approved by the Secretary of State.[1] Councils in England[1] and Northern Ireland[8] run on four year cycles, while councils in Scotland[9] and, from 2022, in Wales[10] run on five year cycles. An English local authority's councillors may be elected all at once, by halves or by thirds.[1] Because of this disparate system, various local elections take place every year, but changes in party representation arise frequently regardless due to resignations, deaths, by-elections, co-options and changes of affiliation.

SummaryEdit

Last full update: 22 June 2022[11][12][13][14][15]

Party Total England Wales Scotland Northern
Ireland
Conservative 6,777 6,453 111 213
Labour 5,879 5,073 524 282
Liberal Democrats 2,554 2,399 68 87
Green (E&W) 525 516 9
SNP 453 453
Plaid Cymru 200 200
DUP 114 114
Sinn Féin 104 104
UUP 77 77
SDLP 55 55
Alliance 51 51
Others[n 1] 2,326 1,762 318 188 58
Vacancies 56 46 4 3 3
Total 19,171 16,249 1,234 1,226 462
  1. ^ Other political parties and independents

England: London borough councilsEdit

Last full update: 22 June 2022

London borough councils Control Councillors Cycle Ref.
Total LAB CON LDM GRN Other Vacant
Barking and Dagenham Leader and cabinet LAB 51 51 All URL OCDUK
Barnet Leader and cabinet LAB 63 41 22 All URL OCDUK
Bexley Leader and cabinet CON 45 12 33 All URL OCDUK
Brent Leader and cabinet LAB 57 49 5 3 All URL OCDUK
Bromley Leader and cabinet CON 58 12 36 5 5 All URL OCDUK
Camden Leader and cabinet LAB 55 46 3 4 1 1 All URL OCDUK
Croydon Mayor and cabinet CON NOC 71 34 32 1 2 1 All URL OCDUK
Ealing Leader and cabinet LAB 70 59 5 6 All URL OCDUK
Enfield Leader and cabinet LAB 63 38 25 All URL OCDUK
Greenwich Leader and cabinet LAB 55 52 3 All URL OCDUK
Hackney Mayor and cabinet LAB LAB 57 49 5 2 1 All URL OCDUK
Hammersmith and Fulham Leader and cabinet LAB 50 40 10 All URL OCDUK
Haringey Leader and cabinet LAB 57 49 7 1 All URL OCDUK
Harrow Leader and cabinet CON 55 24 31 All URL OCDUK
Havering Leader and cabinet IND+LAB 55 9 23 23 All URL OCDUK
Hillingdon Leader and cabinet CON 53 23 30 All URL OCDUK
Hounslow Leader and cabinet LAB 62 52 10 All URL OCDUK
Islington Leader and cabinet LAB 51 48 3 All URL OCDUK
Kensington and Chelsea Leader and cabinet CON 50 13 35 2 All URL OCDUK
Kingston upon Thames Leader and cabinet LDM 45 3 41 1 3 All URL OCDUK
Lambeth Leader and cabinet LAB 63 58 3 2 All URL OCDUK
Lewisham Mayor and cabinet LAB LAB 54 54 All URL OCDUK
Merton Leader and cabinet LAB 57 31 7 17 2 All URL OCDUK
Newham Mayor and cabinet LAB LAB 66 63 2 1 All URL OCDUK
Redbridge Leader and cabinet LAB 63 58 5 All URL OCDUK
Richmond upon Thames Leader and cabinet LDM 54 1 48 5 All URL OCDUK
Southwark Leader and cabinet LAB 63 52 11 All URL OCDUK
Sutton Leader and cabinet LDM 54 3 20 29 3 All URL OCDUK
Tower Hamlets Mayor and cabinet IND IND 45 19 1 1 24 All URL OCDUK
Waltham Forest Leader and cabinet LAB 60 47 13 All URL OCDUK
Wandsworth Leader and cabinet LAB 58 34 22 1 1 All URL OCDUK
Westminster Leader and cabinet LAB 54 31 23 All URL OCDUK

England: two-tier county and district councilsEdit

County councilsEdit

Last full update: 6 June 2022

County council Control Councillors Cycle Ref.
Total CON LDM LAB GRN Other Vacant
Cambridgeshire Leader and cabinet LDM+LAB+IND 61 28 20 9 4 All URL OCDUK
Cumbria Leader and cabinet LAB+LDM 84 38 16 26 1 2 1 All URL OCDUK
Derbyshire Leader and cabinet CON 64 45 4 14 1 1 All URL OCDUK
Devon Leader and cabinet CON 60 39 9 7 2 3 All URL OCDUK
East Sussex Leader and cabinet CON 50 27 11 5 4 3 All URL OCDUK
Essex Leader and cabinet CON 75 52 8 5 1 9 All URL OCDUK
Gloucestershire Leader and cabinet CON 53 28 16 5 4 All URL OCDUK
Hampshire Leader and cabinet CON 78 55 17 3 3 All URL OCDUK
Hertfordshire Leader and cabinet CON 78 46 23 7 1 1 All URL OCDUK
Kent Leader and cabinet CON 81 61 6 7 4 3 All URL OCDUK
Lancashire Leader and cabinet CON 84 48 2 32 2 All URL OCDUK
Leicestershire Leader and cabinet CON 55 42 9 4 All URL OCDUK
Lincolnshire Leader and cabinet CON 70 57 1 6 6 All URL OCDUK
Norfolk Leader and cabinet CON 84 58 9 12 3 2 All URL OCDUK
North Yorkshire Leader and cabinet CON 72 54 3 4 11 All URL OCDUK
Nottinghamshire Leader and cabinet CON 66 37 1 15 13 All URL OCDUK
Oxfordshire Leader and cabinet LDM/GRN[c 1]+LAB 63 21 21[c 1] 16 3[c 1] 2 All URL OCDUK
Somerset Leader and cabinet LD 110 36 61 5 5 3 All URL OCDUK
Staffordshire Leader and cabinet CON 62 57 4 1 All URL OCDUK
Suffolk Leader and cabinet CON 75 55 4 5 9 2 All URL OCDUK
Surrey Leader and cabinet CON 81 47 14 2 2 16 All URL OCDUK
Warwickshire Leader and cabinet CON 57 42 5 6 3 1 All URL OCDUK
West Sussex Leader and cabinet CON 70 48 10 9 1 2 All URL OCDUK
Worcestershire Leader and cabinet CON 57 45 4 3 3 2 All URL OCDUK
  1. ^ a b c The Liberal Democrat and Green Party councillors formed a single group, the Liberal Democrat Green Alliance, in advance of wider coalition negotiations. (See: "Conservative/Labour coalition proposed for Oxfordshire County Council". Oxford Mail. 14 May 2021. Retrieved 27 May 2021.)

District councilsEdit

Last full update: 11 June 2022

District council County council Control Councillors Cycle Ref.
Total CON LDM LAB GRN Other Vacant
Adur West Sussex Leader and cabinet CON 29 16 9 2 2 Halves URL OCDUK
Allerdale Cumbria NOC 49 16 15 18 URL
Amber Valley Derbyshire Leader and cabinet CON 45 30 11 3 Thirds URL OCDUK
Arun West Sussex Leader and cabinet CON (minority) 54 24 16 1 2 11 All URL OCDUK
Ashfield Nottinghamshire Leader and cabinet IND 35 3 2 30 All URLOCDUK
Ashford Kent Leader and cabinet CON (minority) 47 23 6 4 14 All URL OCDUK
Babergh Suffolk Alternative arrangements IND+LDM+GRN 32 10 3 1 4 14 URL OCDUK
Barrow-in-Furness Cumbria LAB 36 9 23 3 1 URL
Basildon Essex Leader and cabinet CON 42 22 10 9 Thirds URL OCDUK
Basingstoke and Deane Hampshire Leader and cabinet CON 54 29 7 10 8 Thirds URL OCDUK
Bassetlaw Nottinghamshire Leader and cabinet LAB 48 8 1 34 5 All URL OCDUK
Blaby Leicestershire Leader and cabinet CON 39 25 6 6 1 1 All URL OCDUK
Bolsover Derbyshire Leader and cabinet LAB 37 3 20 14 All URL OCDUK
Boston Lincolnshire Leader and cabinet CON (minority) 30 15 2 13 All URL OCDUK
Braintree Essex Leader and cabinet CON 49 34 2 6 7 All URL OCDUK
Breckland Norfolk Leader and cabinet CON 49 33 6 2 4 1 All URL OCDUK
Brentwood Essex Alternative arrangements CON 37 21 14 2 Thirds URL OCDUK
Broadland Norfolk Leader and cabinet CON 47 31 12 2 2 All URL OCDUK
Bromsgrove Worcestershire Leader and cabinet CON 31 18 3 3 7 All URL OCDUK
Broxbourne Hertfordshire Leader and cabinet CON 30 26 3 1 Thirds URL OCDUK
Broxtowe Nottinghamshire Committee system LAB+LD+IND 44 19 7 14 4 All URL OCDUK
Burnley Lancashire Leader and cabinet LAB+LDM 45 8 8 18 6 5 Thirds URL OCDUK
Cambridge Cambridgeshire Leader and cabinet LAB 42 9 29 3 1 Thirds URL OCDUK
Cannock Chase Staffordshire Leader and cabinet CON 41 25 2 8 2 4 Thirds URL OCDUK
Canterbury Kent Committee system CON 39 22 6 9 1 1 All URL OCDUK
Carlisle Cumbria NOC 38 18 2 13 1 4 URL
Castle Point Essex Leader and cabinet IND 41 15 26 Thirds URL OCDUK
Charnwood Leicestershire Leader and cabinet CON 52 37 12 1 2 All URL OCDUK
Chelmsford Essex Leader and cabinet LDM 57 21 31 5 All URL OCDUK
Cheltenham Gloucestershire Leader and cabinet LDM 40 6 31 1 2 Halves URL OCDUK
Cherwell Oxfordshire Leader and cabinet CON 48 25 7 10 2 4 Thirds URL OCDUK
Chesterfield Derbyshire Leader and cabinet LAB 48 17 28 2 1 All URL OCDUK
Chichester West Sussex Leader and cabinet CON (minority) 36 17 11 1 2 5 All URL OCDUK
Chorley Lancashire Leader and cabinet LAB 42 10 32 Thirds URL OCDUK
Colchester Essex Leader and cabinet LDM+LAB+GRN 51 19 14 13 3 2 Thirds URL OCDUK
Copeland Cumbria Mayor and cabinet CON LAB 33 11 16 6 URL
Cotswold Gloucestershire Leader and cabinet LDM 34 14 18 1 1 All URL OCDUK
Craven North Yorkshire NOC 30 15 1 3 2 9 URL
Crawley West Sussex Leader and cabinet LAB+IND 36 17 19 Thirds URL OCDUK
Dacorum Hertfordshire Leader and cabinet CON 51 31 19 1 All URL OCDUK
Dartford Kent Leader and cabinet CON 42 29 7 6 All URL OCDUK
Derbyshire Dales Derbyshire Alternative arrangements CON 39 19 7 3 2 8 All URL OCDUK
Dover Kent Leader and cabinet CON 32 20 11 1 All URL OCDUK
East Cambridgeshire Cambridgeshire Alternative arrangements CON 28 16 10 2 All URL OCDUK
East Devon Devon Leader and cabinet IND+LDM+GRN 60 22 7 2 2 27 All URL OCDUK
East Hampshire Hampshire Leader and cabinet CON 43 31 8 1 3 All URL OCDUK
East Hertfordshire Hertfordshire Leader and cabinet CON 50 39 6 2 2 1 All URL OCDUK
East Lindsey Lincolnshire Leader and cabinet CON 55 31 1 6 17 All URL OCDUK
East Staffordshire Staffordshire Leader and cabinet CON 39 23 1 11 4 All URL OCDUK
East Suffolk Suffolk CON 55 39 3 7 5 1 All URL OCDUK
Eastbourne East Sussex Leader and cabinet LDM 27 9 18 All URL OCDUK
Eastleigh Hampshire Leader and cabinet LDM 39 1 33 5 Thirds URL OCDUK
Eden Cumbria NOC 38 12 12 2 2 10 URL
Elmbridge Surrey Leader and cabinet IND+LDM 48 15 13 20 Thirds URL OCDUK
Epping Forest Essex Leader and cabinet CON 58 35 4 3 16 Thirds URL OCDUK
Epsom and Ewell Surrey Alternative arrangements IND 38 1 2 3 31 1 All URL OCDUK
Erewash Derbyshire Leader and cabinet CON 47 27 1 15 4 All URL OCDUK
Exeter Devon Leader and cabinet LAB 39 5 2 26 5 1 Thirds URL OCDUK
Fareham Hampshire Leader and cabinet CON 31 25 5 1 Halves URL OCDUK
Fenland Cambridgeshire Leader and cabinet CON 39 27 2 1 9 All URL OCDUK
Folkestone and Hythe Kent Leader and cabinet CON+GRN+LDM+IND 30 11 2 5 6 6 All URL OCDUK
Forest of Dean Gloucestershire Leader and cabinet IND+GRN 38 6 2 3 7 20 All URL OCDUK
Fylde Lancashire Leader and cabinet CON 51 31 1 19 All URL OCDUK
Gedling Nottinghamshire Leader and cabinet LAB 41 8 3 27 2 All URL OCDUK
Gloucester Gloucestershire Leader and cabinet CON 39 25 11 3 All URL OCDUK
Gosport Hampshire Alternative arrangements LDM 28 10 16 2 All URL OCDUK
Gravesham Kent Leader and cabinet LAB (minority) 44 20 22 2 All URL OCDUK
Great Yarmouth Norfolk Leader and cabinet CON 39 21 14 4 All URL OCDUK
Guildford Surrey Leader and cabinet IND+LDM 48 9 16 2 20 1 All URL OCDUK
Hambleton North Yorkshire CON 28 24 1 1 2 URL
Harborough Leicestershire Leader and cabinet CON 37 22 11 1 All URL OCDUK
Harlow Essex Alternative arrangements CON 33 20 12 1 Thirds URL OCDUK
Harrogate North Yorkshire CON 40 29 8 2 1 URL
Hart Hampshire Leader and cabinet IND+LDM 33 10 11 1 11 Thirds URL OCDUK
Hastings East Sussex Leader and cabinet LAB+GRN 32 12 15 5 Halves URL OCDUK
Havant Hampshire Leader and cabinet CON 38 36 2 Thirds URL OCDUK
Hertsmere Hertfordshire Leader and cabinet CON 39 29 3 7 All URL OCDUK
High Peak Derbyshire Leader and cabinet LAB (minority) 43 16 3 21 3 All URL OCDUK
Hinckley and Bosworth Leicestershire Leader and cabinet LDM 34 10 21 2 1 All URL OCDUK
Horsham West Sussex Leader and cabinet CON 48 30 14 3 1 All URL OCDUK
Huntingdonshire Cambridgeshire Leader and cabinet LDM+LAB+IND+GRN 52 22 10 4 1 15 All URL OCDUK
Hyndburn Lancashire Leader and cabinet LAB (minority) 34 14 14 6 Thirds URL OCDUK
Ipswich Suffolk Leader and cabinet LAB 48 12 3 32 1 Thirds URL OCDUK
King's Lynn and West Norfolk Norfolk Leader and cabinet CON 55 29 2 8 1 15 All URL OCDUK
Lancaster Lancashire Leader and cabinet GRN+IND 60 10 4 15 11 19 All URL OCDUK
Lewes East Sussex Leader and cabinet LDM+GRN+LAB+IND 41 18 9 4 8 2 All URL OCDUK
Lichfield Staffordshire Leader and cabinet CON 47 34 1 10 2 All URL OCDUK
Lincoln Lincolnshire Leader and cabinet LAB 33 9 2 22 Thirds URL OCDUK
Maidstone Kent Leader and cabinet CON 55 28 12 5 10 Thirds URL OCDUK
Maldon Essex Leader and cabinet CON+IND+LDM 31 14 1 16 All URL OCDUK
Malvern Hills Worcestershire Leader and cabinet IND+LDM 38 12 4 1 5 16 All URL OCDUK
Mansfield Nottinghamshire Mayor and cabinet LAB NOC 36 2 13 21 All URL OCDUK
Melton Leicestershire Alternative arrangements CON 28 18 9 All URL OCDUK
Mendip Somerset NOC 47 12 23 10 2 URL
Mid Devon Devon Leader and cabinet CON+IND 42 19 11 2 10 All URL OCDUK
Mid Suffolk Suffolk Leader and cabinet CON+IND 34 16 5 12 1 All URL OCDUK
Mid Sussex West Sussex Leader and cabinet CON 54 33 13 4 4 All URL OCDUK
Mole Valley Surrey Leader and cabinet LDM 41 10 24 7 Thirds URL OCDUK
New Forest Hampshire Leader and cabinet CON 60 44 13 3 All URL OCDUK
Newark and Sherwood Nottinghamshire Leader and cabinet CON 39 30 2 5 1 1 All URL OCDUK
Newcastle-under-Lyme Staffordshire Leader and cabinet CON 44 25 19 All URL OCDUK
North Devon Devon Leader and cabinet LDM (minority) 42 9 21 2 10 All URL OCDUK
North East Derbyshire Derbyshire Leader and cabinet CON 52 30 3 17 2 All URL OCDUK
North Hertfordshire Hertfordshire Leader and cabinet LAB+LDM 49 19 13 17 Thirds URL OCDUK
North Kesteven Lincolnshire Leader and cabinet CON+IND 43 20 23 All URL OCDUK
North Norfolk Norfolk Leader and cabinet LDM 40 10 24 6 All URL OCDUK
North Warwickshire Warwickshire Alternative arrangements CON 35 22 11 1 1 All URL OCDUK
North West Leicestershire Leicestershire Leader and cabinet CON 38 21 4 9 1 2 All URL OCDUK
Norwich Norfolk Leader and cabinet LAB 39 3 25 11 Thirds URL OCDUK
Nuneaton and Bedworth Warwickshire Leader and cabinet CON 34 27 5 2 Halves URL OCDUK
Oadby and Wigston Leicestershire Alternative arrangements LDM 26 3 23 All URL OCDUK
Oxford Oxfordshire Leader and cabinet LAB 48 9 32 6 1 Halves URL OCDUK
Pendle Lancashire Leader and cabinet CON 33 17 5 11 Thirds URL OCDUK
Preston Lancashire Leader and cabinet LAB 48 11 7 30 Thirds URL OCDUK
Redditch Worcestershire Leader and cabinet CON 29 20 7 1 1 Thirds URL OCDUK
Reigate and Banstead Surrey Leader and cabinet CON 45 27 3 9 6 Thirds URL OCDUK
Ribble Valley Lancashire Alternative arrangements CON 40 28 10 2 All URL OCDUK
Richmondshire North Yorkshire NOC 24 8 3 1 12 URL
Rochford Essex Leader and cabinet CON 39 21 5 1 12 Thirds URL OCDUK
Rossendale Lancashire Leader and cabinet LAB 36 12 20 4 Thirds URL OCDUK
Rother East Sussex Leader and cabinet IND+LDM+LAB 38 14 7 2 1 13 All URL OCDUK
Rugby Warwickshire Leader and cabinet CON 42 23 9 10 Thirds URL OCDUK
Runnymede Surrey Alternative arrangements CON 41 24 3 3 1 10 Thirds URL OCDUK
Rushcliffe Nottinghamshire Leader and cabinet CON 44 27 3 6 2 6 All URL OCDUK
Rushmoor Hampshire Leader and cabinet CON 39 28 2 9 Thirds URL OCDUK
Ryedale North Yorkshire NOC 30 8 2 18 2 URL
Scarborough North Yorkshire NOC 46 9 13 2 22 URL
Sedgemoor Somerset CON 48 29 7 11 1 URL
Selby North Yorkshire CON 31 17 9 5 URL
Sevenoaks Kent Leader and cabinet CON 54 45 4 1 4 All URL OCDUK
Somerset West and Taunton Somerset LDM 59 9 32 3 2 13 URL
South Cambridgeshire Cambridgeshire Leader and cabinet LDM 45 8 37 All URL OCDUK
South Derbyshire Derbyshire Alternative arrangements LAB (minority) 36 16 15 4 1 All URL OCDUK
South Hams Devon Leader and cabinet CON 31 16 10 2 3 All URL OCDUK
South Holland Lincolnshire Leader and cabinet CON 37 24 13 All URL OCDUK
South Kesteven Lincolnshire Leader and cabinet CON 56 40 2 3 11 All URL OCDUK
South Lakeland Cumbria LDM 51 14 32 3 1 1 URL
South Norfolk Norfolk Leader and cabinet CON 46 32 10 1 3 All URL OCDUK
South Oxfordshire Oxfordshire Leader and cabinet LDM+GRN 36 10 13 3 5 5 All URL OCDUK
South Ribble Lancashire Leader and cabinet LAB (minority) 50 22 5 23 All URL OCDUK
South Somerset Somerset LDM 60 13 39 1 6 1 URL
South Staffordshire Staffordshire Leader and cabinet CON 49 35 1 3 9 1 All URL OCDUK
Spelthorne Surrey Leader and cabinet CON (minority) 39 14 7 3 3 12 All URL OCDUK
St Albans Hertfordshire Leader and cabinet LDM 56 4 50 1 1 Thirds URL OCDUK
Stafford Staffordshire Leader and cabinet CON (minority) 40 20 10 1 9 All URL OCDUK
Staffordshire Moorlands Staffordshire Leader and cabinet CON 56 30 1 13 12 All URL OCDUK
Stevenage Hertfordshire Leader and cabinet LAB 39 9 6 24 Thirds URL OCDUK
Stratford-on-Avon Warwickshire Leader and cabinet CON 36 20 12 1 3 All URL OCDUK
Stroud Gloucestershire Leader and cabinet LAB+GRN+LDM 50 19 3 15 13 1 All URL OCDUK
Surrey Heath Surrey Leader and cabinet CON (minority) 35 17 9 1 2 6 All URL OCDUK
Swale Kent Committee system LAB+IND+LDM+GRN 47 15 4 10 2 16 All URL OCDUK
Tamworth Staffordshire Leader and cabinet CON 30 25 3 2 Thirds URL OCDUK
Tandridge Surrey Leader and cabinet IND 42 10 11 21 Third URL OCDUK
Teignbridge Devon Leader and cabinet LDM (minority) 47 12 22 13 All URL OCDUK
Tendring Essex Leader and cabinet CON+IND 48 21 2 6 19 All URL OCDUK
Test Valley Hampshire Leader and cabinet CON 43 26 12 5 All URL OCDUK
Tewkesbury Gloucestershire Leader and cabinet CON 38 23 8 1 6 All URL OCDUK
Thanet Kent Leader and cabinet CON (minority) 56 26 16 6 8 All URL OCDUK
Three Rivers Hertfordshire Leader and cabinet LDM 39 11 23 3 2 Thirds URL OCDUK
Tonbridge and Malling Kent Leader and cabinet CON 54 36 9 1 4 4 All URL OCDUK
Torridge Devon Alternative arrangements IND 36 11 2 3 2 18 All URL OCDUK
Tunbridge Wells Kent Leader and cabinet LDM+IND+LAB 48 24 13 5 6 Thirds URL OCDUK
Uttlesford Essex Leader and cabinet IND 39 5 5 3 26 All URL OCDUK
Vale of White Horse Oxfordshire Leader and cabinet LDM 38 6 31 1 All URL OCDUK
Warwick Warwickshire Leader and cabinet CON+IND 44 17 9 5 8 5 All URL OCDUK
Watford Hertfordshire Mayor and cabinet LDM LDM 36 27 9 Thirds URL OCDUK
Waverley Surrey Leader and cabinet IND+LDM+LAB+GRN 57 20 15 2 2 17 1 All URL OCDUK
Wealden East Sussex Leader and cabinet CON 45 29 5 3 7 1 All URL OCDUK
Welwyn Hatfield Hertfordshire Leader and cabinet CON 48 26 12 10 Thirds URL OCDUK
West Devon Devon Alternative arrangements CON 31 17 1 2 11 All URL OCDUK
West Lancashire Lancashire Leader and cabinet LAB (minority) 54 20 26 8 Thirds URL OCDUK
West Lindsey Lincolnshire Alternative arrangements CON (minority) 36 17 12 7 All URL OCDUK
West Oxfordshire Oxfordshire Leader and cabinet LDM+LAB+GRN 49 23 14 8 2 2 Thirds URL OCDUK
West Suffolk Suffolk CON 64 41 4 1 19 All URL OCDUK
Winchester Hampshire Leader and cabinet LDM 45 15 27 1 2 Thirds URL OCDUK
Woking Surrey Leader and cabinet LDM 30 8 16 3 3 Thirds URL OCDUK
Worcester Worcestershire Leader and cabinet CON (minority) 35 15 3 12 5 Thirds URL OCDUK
Worthing West Sussex Leader and cabinet LAB 37 13 1 23 Thirds URL OCDUK
Wychavon Worcestershire Leader and cabinet CON 45 35 6 3 1 All URL OCDUK
Wyre Lancashire Leader and cabinet CON 50 35 8 5 All URL OCDUK
Wyre Forest Worcestershire Leader and cabinet IND+LDM+LAB+GRN 33 13 3 2 1 13 1 All URL OCDUK

England: metropolitan district councilsEdit

Last full update: 22 June 2022

Metropolitan district council Control Councillors Cycle Ref.
Total LAB CON LDM GRN Other Vacant
Barnsley Leader and cabinet LAB 63 46 4 9 4 Thirds URL OCDUK
Birmingham Leader and cabinet LAB 101 65 22 12 2 All URL OCDUK
Bolton Leader and cabinet CON (minority) 60 19 23 5 13 Thirds URL OCDUK
Bradford Leader and cabinet LAB 90 52 21 6 6 5 Thirds URL OCDUK
Bury Leader and cabinet LAB 51 29 12 1 9 Thirds URL OCDUK
Calderdale Leader and cabinet LAB 51 28 15 6 1 1 Thirds URL OCDUK
Coventry Leader and cabinet LAB 54 38 15 1 1 Thirds URL OCDUK
Doncaster Mayor and cabinet LAB LAB 55 40 11 4 All URL OCDUK
Dudley Leader and cabinet CON 72 26 46 Thirds URL OCDUK
Gateshead Leader and cabinet LAB 66 51 15 Thirds URL OCDUK
Kirklees Leader and cabinet LAB 69 36 18 8 3 4 Thirds URL OCDUK
Knowsley Leader and cabinet LAB 45 32 3 5 5 Thirds URL OCDUK
Leeds Leader and cabinet LAB 99 58 21 7 3 10 Thirds URL OCDUK
Liverpool Mayor and cabinet LAB LAB 90 59 11 4 15 1 Thirds URL OCDUK
Manchester Leader and cabinet LAB 96 92 2 2 Thirds URL OCDUK
Newcastle upon Tyne Leader and cabinet LAB 78 51 21 6 Thirds URL OCDUK
North Tyneside Mayor and cabinet LAB LAB 60 50 9 1 Thirds URL OCDUK
Oldham Leader and cabinet LAB 60 35 9 9 7 Thirds URL OCDUK
Rochdale Leader and cabinet LAB 60 43 10 3 4 Thirds URL OCDUK
Rotherham Leader and cabinet LAB 59 33 18 4 4 All URL OCDUK
Salford Mayor and cabinet LAB 60 49 8 2 1 All URL OCDUK
Sandwell Leader and cabinet LAB 72 61 9 2 Thirds URL OCDUK
Sefton Leader and cabinet LAB 66 46 5 8 7 Thirds URL OCDUK
Sheffield Committee system LAB+LDM+GRN 84 39 1 29 14 1 Thirds URL OCDUK
Solihull Leader and cabinet CON 51 28 5 14 4 Thirds URL OCDUK
South Tyneside Leader and cabinet LAB 54 41 1 6 6 Thirds URL OCDUK
St Helens Leader and cabinet LAB 48 29 2 4 6 7 All URL OCDUK
Stockport Leader and cabinet LDM (minority) 63 25 5 28 2 3 Thirds URL OCDUK
Sunderland Leader and cabinet LAB 75 41 18 14 1 1 Thirds URL OCDUK
Tameside Leader and cabinet LAB 57 48 8 1 Thirds URL OCDUK
Trafford Leader and cabinet LAB 63 41 13 5 4 Thirds URL OCDUK
Wakefield Leader and cabinet LAB 63 45 13 3 2 Thirds URL OCDUK
Walsall Leader and cabinet CON 60 20 38 2 Thirds URL OCDUK
Wigan Leader and cabinet LAB 75 61 7 7 Thirds URL OCDUK
Wirral Committee system LAB (minority) 66 25 24 6 9 1 1 Thirds URL OCDUK
Wolverhampton Leader and cabinet LAB 60 44 16 Thirds URL OCDUK

England: unitary authoritiesEdit

Last full update: 22 June 2022

Unitary authority Control Councillors Cycle Ref.
Total CON LAB LDM GRN Other Vacant
Bath and North East Somerset LDM 59 10 5 35 1 8 All URL OCDUK
Bedford Mayor and cabinet LDM NOC 40 12 11 14 2 1 All URL OCDUK
Blackburn with Darwen LAB 51 13 36 1 1 Thirds URL OCDUK
Blackpool LAB (minority) 42 16 20 6 All URL OCDUK
Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole CON 76 37 3 13 2 21 All URL OCDUK
Bracknell Forest CON 42 37 4 1 All URL OCDUK
Brighton & Hove GRN (minority) 54 12 16 20 6 All URL OCDUK
Bristol Mayor and cabinet LAB NOC 70 14 24 6 24 2 All URL OCDUK
Buckinghamshire Leader and cabinet CON 147 112 4 15 1 14 1 All URL OCDUK
Central Bedfordshire CON 59 40 1 3 15 All URL OCDUK
Cheshire East LAB+IND 82 30 25 4 23 All URL OCDUK
Cheshire West and Chester LAB (minority) 75 29 34 2 1 4 All URL OCDUK
Cornwall Leader and cabinet CON 87 47 5 12 1 22 All URL OCDUK
Darlington CON (minority) 50 24 16 3 2 5 All URL OCDUK
Derby CON (minority) 51 18 16 8 9 Thirds URL OCDUK
Dorset CON 82 43 1 28 5 5 All URL OCDUK
Durham Leader and cabinet IND+CON+LDM 126 23 55 17 1 30 All URL OCDUK
East Riding of Yorkshire CON 67 43 11 11 2 All URL OCDUK
Halton LAB 54 3 48 3 Thirds URL OCDUK
Hartlepool CON+IND 36 14 12 9 1 Thirds URL OCDUK
Herefordshire IND+GRN 53 14 7 7 25 All URL OCDUK
Isle of Wight Leader and cabinet IND+GRN 39 18 1 1 2 17 All URL OCDUK
Kingston upon Hull LDM 57 27 29 1 Thirds URL OCDUK
Leicester Mayor and cabinet LAB LAB 54 1 51 1 1 All URL OCDUK
Luton LAB 48 2 31 14 1 All URL OCDUK
Medway CON 55 32 21 2 All URL OCDUK
Middlesbrough Mayor and cabinet IND NOC 46 3 20 22 1 All URL OCDUK
Milton Keynes LAB+LDM 57 23 19 14 1 Thirds URL OCDUK
North East Lincolnshire CON 42 30 8 3 1 Thirds URL OCDUK
North Lincolnshire CON 43 28 14 1 All URL OCDUK
North Northamptonshire CON 78 58 14 1 3 2 All URL OCDUK
North Somerset IND+LDM+LAB+GRN 50 13 6 10 4 17 All URL OCDUK
Northumberland Leader and cabinet CON (minority) 67 33 20 4 2 8 All URL OCDUK
Nottingham LAB 55 2 50 3 All URL OCDUK
Peterborough CON (minority) 60 28 17 8 3 4 Thirds URL OCDUK
Plymouth CON 57 29 24 2 2 Thirds URL OCDUK
Portsmouth LDM (minority) 42 13 9 17 3 Thirds URL OCDUK
Reading LAB 48 6 32 3 7 Thirds URL OCDUK
Redcar & Cleveland IND+LDM 59 6 14 14 25 All URL OCDUK
Rutland CON+IND+GRN 27 6 1 5 1 13 1 All URL OCDUK
Shropshire Leader and cabinet CON 74 42 9 13 4 5 1 All URL OCDUK
Slough LAB 42 6 35 1 Thirds URL OCDUK
South Gloucestershire Committee system CON 70 33 11 17 All URL OCDUK
Southampton LAB 48 21 26 1 Thirds URL OCDUK
Southend-on-Sea LAB+IND+LDM 51 21 16 6 8 Thirds URL OCDUK
Stockton-on-Tees LAB (minority) 56 16 24 1 15 All URL OCDUK
Stoke-on-Trent CON (minority) 44 22 13 9 All URL OCDUK
Swindon CON 57 34 23 Thirds URL OCDUK
Telford and Wrekin LAB 54 14 35 4 1 All URL OCDUK
Thurrock CON 49 30 14 5 Thirds URL OCDUK
Torbay LDM+IND 36 14 12 10 All URL OCDUK
Warrington Leader and cabinet LAB 58 11 35 8 4 All URL OCDUK
West Berkshire CON 52 24 16 3 All URL OCDUK
West Northamptonshire CON 93 65 20 5 3 All URL OCDUK
Wiltshire CON 98 61 3 27 7 All URL OCDUK
Windsor and Maidenhead Royal CON 57 22 10 9 All URL OCDUK
Wokingham LDM+LAB+IND 54 26 3 23 2 Thirds URL OCDUK
York LDM+GRN 47 2 17 21 3 4 All URL OCDUK

England: sui generis councilsEdit

Last full update: 22 June 2022

Sui generis council Control Councillors Cycle Ref.
Total LAB Other Vacant
City of London Corporation 125 5 119 URL
Isles of Scilly IND 16 16 URL OCDUK

ScotlandEdit

All 32 Scottish unitary authorities had all their seats up for election by Single Transferable Vote in May 2022. Elections are on a five-year cycle and are next due in May 2027. Only two mainland councils are controlled by majority administrations: Dundee and West Dumbartonshire, who are controlled by Scottish Labour and the Scottish National Party, respectively. The three island councils (Orkney, Shetland and the Western Isles) are each 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.).[16]

Last update 6 May 2022.[17][18]

Council Control Web Total SNP CON LAB LD SGP Alba Other Vacant Upcoming by-elections
Aberdeen NOC CON+ALAB[s 1]+IND co URL 45 19 10 9[s 1] 3 4
Aberdeenshire NOC CON+LD+IND co URL 70 19 20 1 13 1 3 16
Angus NOC CON+IND+LD co URL 28 9 8 1 10
Argyll & Bute NOC CON+LD+IND+ISP co[19] URL 36 11 8 5 11 1
Clackmannanshire NOC SNP min[20] URL 18 7 5 4 1 1
Dumfries & Galloway NOC LAB+SNP co URL 43 10 16 10 1 6
Dundee SNP SNP maj URL 29 15 1 9 4
East Ayrshire NOC SNP min URL 32 14 6 9 3
East Dunbartonshire NOC LD+CON co[21] URL 22 7 5 2 6 1 1
East Lothian NOC LAB min URL 22 6 7 9
East Renfrewshire NOC SNP+LAB co URL 18 5 5 4 4
Edinburgh NOC SNP+LAB co[22] URL 63 16 17 11 6 7 5 1
Falkirk NOC SNP+IND co[23] URL 30 13 7 7 3
Fife NOC SNP+LAB j.l.[24] URL 75 29 13 23 7 2 1
Glasgow NOC SNP min[25] URL 85 35 7 30 6 2 5
Highland NOC IND+LD+LAB co URL 74 19 10 3 11 1 29 1
Inverclyde NOC LAB min URL 22 5 2 8 1 2 4
Midlothian NOC LAB min URL 18 7 5 6
Moray NOC SNP min URL 26 7 9 1 8 1
Na h-Eileanan Siar IND IND URL 31 6 1 1 1 22
North Ayrshire NOC LAB min URL 33 9 8 11 5
North Lanarkshire NOC LAB min URL 77 26 8 31 3 9
Orkney IND IND URL 21 2 19
Perth & Kinross NOC CON min URL 40 13 18 1 5 3
Renfrewshire NOC SNP min URL 43 19 8 13 1 2
Scottish Borders NOC CON+IND co URL 34 8 15 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 11 17 3 8
Stirling NOC SNP+LAB URL 23 7 9 4 1 1 1
West Dunbartonshire LAB LAB maj URL 22 9 12 1
West Lothian NOC LAB min URL 33 14 7 11 1
  1. ^ a b 9 Aberdeen Labour (Councillors suspended by Labour from party for their coalition with Conservatives).

WalesEdit

All 22 Welsh unitary authorities had all of their seats up for election in May 2022, and the next elections are expected in May 2027.

Last update 9 June 2022.

Council Control Web Total LAB PC CON LD GP Other Vacant
Blaenau Gwent LAB maj URL 33 21 12[w 1]
Bridgend LAB maj URL 51 27 2 1 21[w 2]
Caerphilly LAB maj URL 69 45 18 6[w 3]
Cardiff LAB maj URL 79 55 11 10 3[w 4]
Carmarthenshire PC maj URL 75 23 38 14[w 5]
Ceredigion PC maj URL 38 1 20 7 10[w 6]
Conwy NOC IND+LAB+PC URL 55 11 7 10 4 1 22[w 7]
Denbighshire NOC LAB+PC URL 48 19 8 6 1 2 12[w 1]
Flintshire NOC LAB min URL 67 31 2 4 30[w 8]
Gwynedd PC maj URL 69 1 44 1 23[w 9]
Isle of Anglesey PC maj URL 35 3 21 1 10[w 10]
Merthyr Tydfil NOC IND min URL 30 15 15[w 11]
Monmouthshire NOC LAB min URL 46 22 18 1 5[w 12]
Neath Port Talbot NOC IND+PC URL 58 25 12 2 1 18[w 13]
Newport LAB maj URL 51 35 7 1 1 7[w 14]
Pembrokeshire NOC IND+LAB+PC+LD URL 60 10 2 11 2 35[w 15]
Powys NOC LD+LAB URL 68 9 3 14 24 1 17[w 16]
Rhondda Cynon Taf LAB maj URL 75 59 8 2 6[w 3]
Swansea LAB maj URL 75 45 7 11 1 11[w 17]
Torfaen LAB maj URL 40 30 10[w 10]
Vale of Glamorgan NOC LAB+IND URL 54 25 8 13 8[w 18]
Wrexham NOC IND+CON URL 56 14 9 9 1 23[w 9]
  1. ^ a b 12 Independents
  2. ^ 21 Independents
  3. ^ a b 6 Independents
  4. ^ 2 Common Ground, 1 Propel
  5. ^ 11 Independents, 3 New Independents
  6. ^ 9 Independents, 1 Gwlad
  7. ^ 22 Independents
  8. ^ 30 Independents
  9. ^ a b 23 Independents
  10. ^ a b 10 Independents
  11. ^ 15 Independents
  12. ^ 5 Independents
  13. ^ 18 Independents
  14. ^ 4 Independents, 3 Newport Independents Party
  15. ^ 13 Independents, 22 non-aligned
  16. ^ 17 Independents
  17. ^ 5 Independents, 4 Uplands Party, 2 Independents@Swansea
  18. ^ 4 Independents, 4 Llantwit First Independents

Northern IrelandEdit

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 1 June 2022.[27]

Council Control Web Total DUP SF UUP SDLP APNI GP TUV PBP Aontú PUP ML Independent Vacant
Antrim and Newtownabbey NOC DUP largest party URL 40 14 5 9 4 6 2
Ards and North Down NOC DUP largest party URL 40 13 8 1 10 3 1 4
Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon NOC DUP largest party URL 41 11 10 10 6 3 1
Belfast NOC SF largest party URL 60 15 18 4 6 9 4 3 1
Causeway Coast and Glens NOC DUP largest party URL 40 13 9 6 4 2 1 5
Derry City and Strabane NOC SF largest party URL 40 6 11 2 10 2 2 1 6
Fermanagh and Omagh NOC SF largest party URL 40 5 15 9 5 1 1 4
Lisburn and Castlereagh NOC DUP largest party URL 40 14 2 11 2 9 1 1
Mid and East Antrim NOC DUP largest party URL 40 16 2 6 1 7 5 3
Mid-Ulster NOC SF largest party URL 40 9 17 6 5 1 2
Newry, Mourne and Down NOC SF largest party URL 41 2 16 3 11 2 1 6
Total 462 118 105 74 55 51 8 7 5 2 2 1 34


See alsoEdit

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