Local Council Political Compositions

This table is based on published election results for 2010-2013, and by-elections reported by the Association of Liberal Democrat Councillors.

However I cannot guarantee the precise accuracy of the composition of any particular council. In particular it is difficult to obtain data on councillors who have changed their description while in office.

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This page now shows complete results of elections on 2 May 2013. UKIP councillors have been separated from "Others".

There are five tables for the different types of council in England: County Councils, Unitary Authorities, London Boroughs, Metropolitan Boroughs, and District Councils; followed by tables for Scottish Unitary Authorities, and Welsh Unitary Authorities

Two other bodies, the Corporation of the City of London (25 aldermen, 130 councillors), and the Scilly Islands Council (21 councillors), do not fit in any of these classes and have no political groups, so they are not listed.

Councils in Northern Ireland are composed almost entirely of members of Northern Irish or pan-Irish parties and are not included in this tabulation.

Keith Edkins - last updated and © 09/02/2014

Executive types shown for England (Local Government Act 2000):
LC = Leader & Cabinet   MC = Mayor & Cabinet
AA = Alternative Arrangements under Section 31 (option for councils with less than 85,000 population at 30 June 1999).

Parties shown in the Others column:
BNP = British National Pty, ED = English Democrats, ICHC = Independent Community & Health Concern, Lib = Liberal Pty, MK = Mebyon Kernow, RA = Residents Assns, Resp = RESPECT, SDP = Social Democratic Pty, SSP = Scottish Socialist Pty, If not marked, they are "Ind", i.e. Independents and very local "parties"


County Councils

 ExecControl  Con   Labour  LibDem UKIP Green  Others 
Buckinghamshire LC Con 36 1 5 6   1
Cambridgeshire LC   32 7 14 12   4
Cumbria LC   26 36 16     6
Derbyshire LC Lab 18 43 3      
Devon LC Con 38 7 9 4 1 3
Dorset LC Con 27 5 12 1    
East Sussex LC   20 7 10 7   5
Essex LC Con 42 9 9 9 2 RA 1, Ind 3
Gloucestershire LC   23 9 14 3 1 3
Hampshire LC Con 45 4 17 10   2
Hertfordshire LC Con 46 15 16      
Kent LC Con 45 13 7 17 1 RA 1
Lancashire LC   35 39 6   1 3
Leicestershire LC Con 30 10 13 2    
Lincolnshire LC   35 12 4 16   10
Norfolk LC   40 15 10 14 4 1
North Yorkshire LC Con 45 7 8 2   Lib 2, Ind 8
Northamptonshire LC Con 36 11 6 3   1
Nottinghamshire LC Lab 21 34 8     4
Oxfordshire LC   31 15 11   2 4
Somerset LC Con 29 3 18 3   2
Staffordshire LC Con 34 24   2   2
Suffolk LC Con 39 15 7 9 2 3
Surrey LC Con 58 1 9 3 1 RA 9
Warwickshire LC   26 22 9   2 3
West Sussex LC Con 46 6 8 10   1
Worcestershire LC Con 31 12 4 2 2 ICHC 3, Ind 2, RA 1
County Totals  934 382 253 135 19 88


Unitary Authorities

 ExecControl  Con   Labour  LibDem UKIP Green  Others 
Bath & N.E. Somerset LC LD (minority) 27 5 29     4
Bedford MC All party 12 12 12     4
Blackburn with Darwen LC Lab 14 45 5      
Blackpool LC Lab 13 28 1      
Bournemouth LC Con 46 3 2     3
Bracknell Forest LC Con 40 2        
Brighton & Hove LC Grn (minority) 18 14     22  
Bristol LC   14 28 23   4 1
Central Bedfordshire LC Con 47 1 5     7
Cheshire East LC Con 51 16 4 1   10
Cheshire West & Chester LC Con 42 32 1      
Cornwall LC Con + Ind 31 8 37 6 1 Ind 36, MK 4
Darlington LC Lab 15 33 5      
Derby LC Lab 14 28 9      
Durham LC Lab 4 94 9     19
East Riding of Yorkshire LC Con 53 6 3     Ind 4, SDP 1
Halton LC Lab 2 50 4      
Hartlepool MC Lab 3 21       9
Herefordshire LC   29 1 3   1 24
Hull LC Lab 2 39 17     1
Isle of Wight LC   15 2 1 2   20
Leicester LC Lab 1 52 1      
Luton LC Lab 4 36 8      
Medway LC Con 35 15 3     2
Middlesbrough MC Lab + Ind 4 30 1   1 12
Milton Keynes LC   19 16 15 1    
North East Lincolnshire LC Lab 11 24 4 3   2
North Lincolnshire LC Con 23 20        
North Somerset LC Con 41 5 6   1 8
Northumberland LC   21 32 11     3
Nottingham LC Lab 4 51        
Peterborough LC Con 33 11 4     Ind 6, Lib 3
Plymouth LC Lab 25 32        
Poole LC Con 20   18     4
Portsmouth LC LDm 12 5 25      
Reading LC Lab 12 26 4   3 1
Redcar & Cleveland LC Lab 6 33 15     5
Rutland LC Con 17 2   3   4
Shropshire LC Con 48 9 12     5
Slough LC Lab 5 35 1      
South Gloucestershire LC Con (minority) 33 15 21 1    
Southampton LC Lab 16 30 2      
Southend-on-Sea LC Con 26 6 9     10
Stockton-on-Tees LC Lab + Ind 11 27 4 1   13
Stoke-on-Trent LC Lab 2 32       10
Swindon LC Con 29 24 4      
Telford & Wrekin LC Lab 17 33 3     1
Thurrock LC Lab 20 26   1   2
Torbay MC Con 21 1 10 1   3
Warrington LC Lab 4 41 12      
West Berkshire LC Con 39   13      
Wiltshire LC Con 58 4 27 1   8
Windsor & Maidenhead LC Con 47   3 2   5
Wokingham LC Con 43   10     1
York LC Lab 9 25 9   2 2
Unitary Totals  1208 1166 425 23 35 257


London Borough Councils

 ExecControl  Con   Labour  LibDem UKIP Green  Others 
Barking & Dagenham LC Lab 1 48   1   1
Barnet LC Con 38 22 3      
Bexley LC Con 52 11        
Brent LC Lab 6 41 16      
Bromley LC Con 53 3 4      
Camden LC Lab 10 30 13   1  
Croydon LC Con 37 33        
Ealing LC Lab 23 40 5 1    
Enfield LC Lab 27 36        
Greenwich LC Lab 11 40        
Hackney MC Lab 4 50 3      
Hammersmith & Fulham LC Con 31 15        
Haringey LC Lab   34 23      
Harrow LC   25 25 1 1   11
Havering LC Con 32 5   1   RA 12, Ind 4
Hillingdon LC Con 46 19        
Hounslow LC Lab 20 35   4   1
Islington LC Lab   35 13      
Kensington & Chelsea LC Con 42 9 3      
Kingston upon Thames LC LDm 22   26      
Lambeth LC Lab 4 44 15      
Lewisham MC Lab 2 39 12   1  
Merton LC Lab (minority) 21 28 2 3   RA 3, Ind 3
Newham MC Lab   60        
Redbridge LC Con + LD 29 25 7     2
Richmond upon Thames LC Con 30   24      
Southwark LC Lab 3 34 25     1
Sutton LC LDm 11 1 42      
Tower Hamlets LC Lab 8 39 1     Resp 2, Ind 1
Waltham Forest LC Lab 18 36 6      
Wandsworth LC Con 47 13        
Westminster LC Con 48 12        
London Totals  701 862 244 11 2 41


Metropolitan Borough Councils

 ExecControl  Con   Labour  LibDem UKIP Green  Others 
Barnsley LC Lab 5 52       6
Birmingham LC Lab 28 77 15      
Bolton LC Lab 16 41 3      
Bradford LC   24 45 8   3 Ind 5, Resp 5
Bury LC Lab 12 36 2     1
Calderdale LC   17 21 11     2
Coventry LC Lab 11 43        
Doncaster MC Lab 9 50 3     1
Dudley LC Lab 29 42     1  
Gateshead LC Lab   55 11      
Kirklees LC   17 32 11   5 4
Knowsley LC Lab   63        
Leeds LC Lab 19 63 10   2 5
Liverpool MC Lab   74 10   2 Lib 3, Ind 1
Manchester LC Lab   87 9      
Newcastle upon Tyne LC Lab   51 26     1
North Tyneside MC Lab 12 43 4     1
Oldham LC Lab 2 43 14      
Rochdale LC Lab 13 42 5      
Rotherham LC Lab 4 57   1   1
St Helens LC Lab 3 40 5      
Salford LC Lab 8 52        
Sandwell LC Lab 2 68       2
Sefton LC Lab 8 36 20     2
Sheffield LC Lab   60 22   2  
Solihull LC Con 28 6 10   6 RA 1
South Tyneside LC Lab   48   3   1
Stockport LC   10 21 28     4
Sunderland LC Lab 8 64       3
Tameside LC Lab 5 52        
Trafford LC Con 33 26 4      
Wakefield LC Lab 11 52        
Walsall LC   24 28 5     3
Wigan LC Lab 1 63 2     9
Wirral LC Lab 22 37 7      
Wolverhampton LC Lab 13 44 3      
Metropolitan Totals  394 1714 248 4 21 61


District Councils

 ExecControl  Con   Labour  LibDem UKIP Green  Others 
Adur LC Con 24 1 1 1   2
Allerdale LC Lab 12 27 1 1   15
Amber Valley LC Con 24 21        
Arun LC Con 47 3 5     1
Ashfield LC Lab   24 6     3
Ashford LC Con 25 4 5     9
Aylesbury Vale LC Con 38 2 17 2    
Babergh AA Con + LD + Ind 18 3 12     10
Barrow-in-Furness AA Lab 7 29        
Basildon LC Con 24 15 2 1    
Basingstoke & Deane LC Con 32 14 11     3
Bassetlaw LC Lab 11 34       3
Blaby LC Con 28 6 5      
Bolsover LC Lab   33       4
Boston LC Con 17 3   2   ED 1, Ind 9
Braintree LC Con 45 11     2 2
Breckland LC Con 46 6       2
Brentwood AA Con 25 2 9     1
Broadland LC Con 33 1 13      
Bromsgrove LC Con 27 10       2
Broxbourne LC Con 27 3        
Broxtowe LC Lab + LD 18 17 9      
Burnley LC Lab 5 26 14      
Cambridge LC   1 19 21     1
Cannock Chase LC Lab 12 24 5      
Canterbury LC Con 35 3 11 1    
Carlisle LC Lab 19 27 3     2
Castle Point LC Con 25         16
Charnwood LC Con 33 16 1     BNP 1, Ind 1
Chelmsford LC Con 40 1 16      
Cheltenham LC LDm 12   24     4
Cherwell LC Con 41 6 3      
Chesterfield LC Lab   34 14      
Chichester LC Con 38   8     2
Chiltern LC Con 31 1 5 1   2
Chorley LC Lab 20 24 1     2
Christchurch AA Con 22         2
Colchester LC   23 8 26     3
Copeland LC Lab 15 34       2
Corby AA Lab 4 22 3      
Cotswold LC Con 27   12     5
Craven AA   15   4     11
Crawley LC Con 21 16        
Dacorum LC Con 43 1 7      
Dartford LC Con 30 11       3
Daventry AA Con 29 6 1      
Derbyshire Dales AA Con 28 5 4     2
Dover LC Con 26 19        
East Cambridgeshire AA Con 25   10     4
East Devon LC Con 42   10     7
East Dorset AA Con 30   6      
East Hampshire LC Con 39   5      
East Herts LC Con 45   2     3
East Lindsey LC Con 31 11 1 2   15
East Northamptonshire AA Con 35 2       3
East Staffordshire LC Con 22 16 1      
Eastbourne LC LDm 12   15      
Eastleigh LC LDm 4   40      
Eden LC Con + Ind 15   10     13
Elmbridge LC Con 31   6     RA 21, Ind 1
Epping Forest LC Con 38 1 4 1   RA 12, Ind 2
Epsom & Ewell AA Ind 3 3 6 1   26
Erewash LC Con 26 25        
Exeter LC Lab 11 24 5      
Fareham LC Con 22   6 2   1
Fenland LC Con 34   2     4
Forest Heath AA Con 23 1 1     2
Forest of Dean LC Con (minority) 18 17 1 1   11
Fylde LC Con 26   3     22
Gedling LC Lab 15 31 4      
Gloucester LC   18 9 9      
Gosport AA Con 24 5 5      
Gravesham LC Lab 19 25        
Great Yarmouth LC Lab 18 21        
Guildford LC Con 34 2 12      
Hambleton LC Con 39   2     3
Harborough LC Con 27   9     1
Harlow AA Lab 13 20        
Harrogate LC Con 31   19     Ind 3, Lib 1
Hart LC   16   10     RA 7, Ind 2
Hastings LC Lab 9 23        
Havant LC Con 34 3 1      
Hertsmere LC Con 34 5        
High Peak LC Lab (minority) 15 21 3     4
Hinckley & Bosworth LC LDm 15 1 18      
Horsham LC Con 34   8     2
Huntingdonshire LC Con 39 1 7 3   2
Hyndburn LC Lab 9 23       3
Ipswich LC Lab 12 33 3      
Kettering LC Con 25 9   1   1
King's Lynn & W. Norfolk LC Con 42 12 2 1 1 4
Lancaster LC Lab + Grn 15 23     8 14
Lewes LC   20   18 2   1
Lichfield LC Con 45 10 1      
Lincoln LC Lab 7 25       1
Maidstone LC Con 30 1 19     5
Maldon LC Con 27 1       3
Malvern Hills LC Con 21   9 1 2 5
Mansfield MC Ind + Lab   25       11
Melton AA Con 19 6       3
Mendip LC Con 31 1 14     1
Mid Devon LC Con 24   6     Ind 11, Lib 1
Mid Suffolk LC Con 21 1 6 1 4 7
Mid Sussex LC Con 45 1 8      
Mole Valley LC   16   18     Ind 6, SDP 1
New Forest LC Con 52   6 2    
Newark & Sherwood LC Con (minority) 22 15 3     6
Newcastle-under-Lyme LC Lab 15 34 10     1
North Devon LC LD + Ind 18   14     11
North Dorset LC Con 22   7     4
North East Derbyshire LC Lab 17 34       2
North Hertfordshire LC Con 33 10 6      
North Kesteven LC Con 27   3     13
North Norfolk LC Con 27   19 1   1
North Warwickshire AA Lab 17 18        
North West Leicestershire LC Con 21 16 1      
Northampton LC Con 26 14 4 1    
Norwich LC Lab   21 3   15  
Nuneaton & Bedworth LC Lab 9 24     1  
Oadby & Wigston AA LDm 4   22      
Oxford LC Lab   30 12   5 1
Pendle LC   18 18 12     BNP 1
Preston LC Lab 19 31 5     2
Purbeck AA   12   10     2
Redditch LC Lab 14 15        
Reigate & Banstead LC Con 37   2   2 RA 7, Ind 2
Ribble Valley AA Con 33   6     1
Richmondshire AA Ind + LD 13   2 1   18
Rochford LC Con 31   4   2 RA 2
Rossendale LC Lab 9 24 1     2
Rother LC Con 27 2 5     4
Rugby LC Con 25 10 6     1
Runnymede AA Con 34     1   RA 6, Ind 1
Rushcliffe LC Con 34 5 6   2 3
Rushmoor LC Con 25 11   3    
Ryedale AA Con 18   3     Lib 5, Ind 4
St Albans LC   29 8 19   1 1
St Edmundsbury LC Con 36 3   1 1 4
Scarborough LC Con + Ind + LD 24 8 1 2 1 12
Sedgemoor LC Con 31 13 2     2
Selby LC Con 29 10       2
Sevenoaks LC Con 47 4 2 1    
Shepway LC Con 43   1     2
South Bucks LC Con 39         1
South Cambridgeshire LC Con 36 1 13     7
South Derbyshire AA Con 19 17        
South Hams LC Con 30 1 5   3 1
South Holland LC Con 25         12
South Kesteven LC Con 38 6       14
South Lakeland LC LDm 14 3 34      
South Norfolk LC Con 38   8      
South Northamptonshire LC Con 32 1 3     6
South Oxfordshire LC Con 33 4 4     7
South Ribble LC Con 33 21 1      
South Somerset LC LDm 25   31     4
South Staffordshire LC Con 41 2       6
Spelthorne LC Con 26   6     7
Stafford LC Con 36 18 1   1 3
Staffordshire Moorlands LC Con + Ind 26 8 4      
Stevenage LC Lab 6 31 2      
Stratford-on-Avon LC Con 32 1 16     4
Stroud LC   22 17 5   5 2
Suffolk Coastal LC Con 44 4 5     2
Surrey Heath LC Con 35 2 1     2
Swale LC Con 32 13 1     1
Tamworth LC Con 17 12       1
Tandridge AA Con 34   6     2
Taunton Deane LC Con + LD 28 3 23     2
Teignbridge LC Con 25   13     8
Tendring LC Con 33 9 2     16
Test Valley LC Con 36   12      
Tewkesbury LC Con 24   11     3
Thanet LC Con (minority) 25 27   1   3
Three Rivers LC LDm 14 6 28      
Tonbridge & Malling LC Con 47 1 4     1
Torridge AA Con 18   5   1 12
Tunbridge Wells LC Con 37 2 5 2   2
Uttlesford LC Con 34   7     3
Vale of White Horse LC Con 28 1 22      
Warwick LC Con 25 8 9     4
Watford MC LDm 2 8 23   3  
Waveney LC Con (minority) 23 22     1 2
Waverley LC Con 54     3    
Wealden LC Con 47   3     5
Wellingborough AA Con 28 8        
Welwyn Hatfield LC Con 34 11 2     1
West Devon AA Con 18   3     10
West Dorset LC Con 32   11     5
West Lancashire LC Con 28 26        
West Lindsey AA Con 21 2 10     4
West Oxfordshire LC Con 41 4 4      
West Somerset LC Con 19 2       7
Weymouth & Portland AA   13 12 8     3
Winchester LC Con 29 2 25     1
Woking LC Con 22   14      
Worcester LC   17 15 2   1  
Worthing LC Con 24   12     1
Wychavon LC Con 38 1 5     1
Wycombe LC Con 42 6 9 1   2
Wyre LC Con 40 15        
Wyre Forest LC   21 8       ICHC 8, Ind 2, Lib 3
District Totals  5076 1749 1239 45 62 707


Scottish Unitary Authorities

 Control  Con   Labour  LibDem UKIP Green    SNP   Others 
Aberdeen   3 17 5     15 3
Aberdeenshire   14 2 12   1 28 11
Angus SNP 4 1 1     15 8
Argyll & Bute   4   4     12 13
Clackmannanshire   1 8       8 1
Dumfries & Galloway   15 14 1     10 7
Dundee SNP 1 10 1     16 1
East Ayrshire   2 14       15 1
East Dunbartonshire   2 8 3     8 3
East Lothian   3 10       9 1
East Renfrewshire   6 8       4 2
Edinburgh   11 21 3   6 17  
Eilean Siar Ind   3       6 22
Falkirk   2 14       13 3
Fife   3 35 10     26 4
Glasgow Lab 1 45 1   5 26 1
Highland     8 14     22 36
Inverclyde   1 10 2     6 1
Midlothian     8     1 8 1
Moray   3 3       9 11
North Ayrshire   1 11       12 6
North Lanarkshire Lab   41       26 3
Orkney Ind             21
Perth & Kinross   10 4 5     18 4
Renfrewshire Lab 1 22 1     15 1
Scottish Borders   10   6     9 9
Shetland Ind             22
South Ayrshire   10 9       9 2
South Lanarkshire Lab 3 35 1     26 2
Stirling   4 8     1 9  
West Dunbartonshire Lab   12       6 Ind 3, SSP 1
West Lothian   1 16       15 1
Scotland Totals  116 397 70 0 14 418 205


Welsh Unitary Authorities

 Control  Con   Labour  LibDem UKIP Green  Plaid  Others 
Blaenau Gwent Lab   33         9
Bridgend Lab 1 39 3     1 10
Caerphilly Lab   50       20 3
Cardiff Lab 7 46 16     2 4
Carmarthenshire     22       28 24
Ceredigion     1 7     19 15
Conwy   13 10 5     12 19
Denbighshire   9 18 1     7 12
Flintshire   8 30 7     1 24
Gwynedd     4 2     37 31
Isle of Anglesey     3 1     12 14
Merthyr Tydfil Lab   24   1     8
Monmouthshire   19 11 3       10
Neath Port Talbot Lab   52       8 4
Newport Lab 10 37 1       2
Pembrokeshire Ind 3 9 1     5 42
Powys Ind 10 7 8       48
Rhondda Cynon Taff Lab 1 60 1     9 4
Swansea Lab 4 49 11       8
Torfaen Lab 4 30       2 8
Vale of Glamorgan   11 21   1   7 7
Wrexham   5 23 4     1 19
Wales Totals  105 579 71 2 0 171 325


England, Scotland & Wales Totals

ConLabour LibDemUKIPGreen SNPPlaid Others
  8534 6849 2550 220 153 418 171 1684
Others comprise: Ind 1538, RA 83, Lib 18, ICHC 11, Resp 7, MK 4, SDP 2, BNP 2, ED 1, SSP 1

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