Local Council Political Compositions

This is the composition before the May 1999 elections. For the current compositions see makeup.htm

This table is based on published election results where elections were held in 1996 and 1997; tables in the Municipal Yearbook for authorities which did not have elections in these years; Scottish Authority Tables collated by Iain Old; 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.

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

This table shows the authorities operating as from 1st April 1998

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 © 01/10/2017 to present data as at 24/04/1999


County Councils

 Ctrl Con   Labour LibDem Others 
BedfordshireCon251410 
BuckinghamshireCon385101
CambridgeshireCon331016 
Cheshire 191910 
Cornwall 983824
CumbriaLab2344124
DerbyshireLab124561
DevonLDm144315
Dorset 155211
DurhamLab25324
East Sussex 21716 
Essex 3924151
Gloucestershire 2217222
HampshireCon428222
Hertfordshire 38309 
KentCon462371
LancashireLab234771
Leicestershire 2517111
LincolnshireCon4319113
Norfolk 3634131
North Yorkshire 3512216
NorthamptonshireLab27374 
NorthumberlandLab144282
NottinghamshireLab17424 
Oxfordshire 2722192
Shropshire 178136
SomersetLDm17337 
StaffordshireLab20402 
Suffolk 3133151
SurreyCon476176
Warwickshire 223181
West SussexCon379241
Wiltshire 234191
Worcestershire 252282
County Totals 88474448880


Unitary Authorities

 Ctrl Con   Labour LibDem Others 
Bath & N.E. Somerset 162128 
BlackburnLab12464 
BlackpoolLab8333 
Bournemouth 196284
Bracknell ForestCon2317  
Brighton & HoveLab2354 1
BristolLab74418 
DarlingtonLab133621
DerbyLab4373 
East Riding of Yorkshire 2022196
HaltonLab1478 
HartlepoolLab53381
HerefordshireLDm823218
Isle of Wight 1541613
Kingston upon HullLab15342
LeicesterLab73910 
LutonLab3369 
Medway Towns 203921 
MiddlesbroughLab24542
Milton KeynesLab427191
North East LincolnshireLab23271
North LincolnshireLab735  
North SomersetLDm176306
NottinghamLab35021
Peterborough 242724
PlymouthLab1347  
PooleLDm13323 
PortsmouthLab82110 
ReadingLab3366 
Redcar & ClevelandLab14972
Rutland 2279
SloughLab434 3
South Gloucestershire 831301
SouthamptonLab32814 
Southend-on-Sea 19713 
Stockton-on-TeesLab7444 
Stoke-on-TrentLab15432
SwindonLab5409 
ThurrockLab346  
TorbayLDm14220 
WarringtonLab44511 
West BerkshireLDm15 381
Windsor & Maidenhead 211297
WokinghamCon31 23 
WrekinLab93843
YorkLab330182
Unitary Totals 451134954691


London Borough Councils

 Ctrl Con   Labour LibDem Others 
Barking & DagenhamLab 4713
Barnet 28266 
BexleyCon32246 
BrentLab19434 
Bromley 28725 
CamdenLab11426 
CroydonLab31381 
EalingLab15533 
EnfieldLab2343  
GreenwichLab8522 
Hackney 1229163
Hammersmith & FulhamLab1436  
HaringeyLab2543 
HarrowLab203292
Havering 1429317
Hillingdon 33324 
HounslowLab114441
Islington  2626 
Kensington & ChelseaCon3915  
Kingston upon Thames 211019 
LambethLab54118 
LewishamLab2614 
MertonLab123933
NewhamLab 60  
Redbridge 24299 
Richmond upon ThamesLDm14434 
SouthwarkLab43327 
SuttonLDm5546 
Tower HamletsLab 419 
Waltham ForestLab1430121
WandsworthCon5011  
WestminsterCon4713  
London Totals 537105030030


Metropolitan Borough Councils

 Ctrl Con   Labour LibDem Others 
BarnsleyLab16212
BirminghamLab1783161
BoltonLab8475 
BradfordLab18657 
BuryLab6393 
Calderdale 1327131
CoventryLab745 2
DoncasterLab34668
DudleyLab7587 
GatesheadLab 5115 
KirkleesLab743202
KnowsleyLab 651 
LeedsLab989101
LiverpoolLDm 39528
ManchesterLab 8316 
Newcastle upon TyneLab 6414 
North TynesideLab84471
OldhamLab 36231
RochdaleLab63618 
RotherhamLab165  
St HelensLab24111 
SalfordLab 573 
SandwellLab26091
Sefton 1431231
SheffieldLab14937 
Solihull 2117112
South TynesideLab 5163
Stockport 327303
SunderlandLab46821
TamesideLab24924
TraffordLab23364 
WakefieldLab259 1
Walsall 163068
WiganLab 7221
WirralLab164181
WolverhamptonLab14442 
Metropolitan Totals 231181939053


District Councils

 Ctrl Con   Labour LibDem Others 
AdurLDm610212
AllerdaleLab63757
Alnwick 26129
Amber ValleyLab835  
ArunCon3010142
AshfieldLab 33  
Ashford 1913143
Aylesbury ValeLDm154318
Babergh 9121011
Barrow-in-FurnessLab1123 4
BasildonLab62313 
Basingstoke & Deane 2515134
BassetlawLab93431
Bedford 921167
Berwick-upon-Tweed 211312
Blaby 111792
Blyth ValleyLab 3971
BolsoverLab 35 2
Boston 71467
BraintreeLab103767
Breckland 212129
BrentwoodLDm112251
Bridgnorth 36515
Broadland 211684
BromsgroveLab132312
BroxbourneCon3111  
BroxtoweLab73651
BurnleyLab33096
Cambridge 32118 
Cannock ChaseLab 393 
Canterbury 111523 
Caradon 121820
CarlisleLab143331
Carrick 871811
Castle Morpeth 611710
Castle PointLab534  
CharnwoodLab153052
ChelmsfordLDm137324
CheltenhamLDm91265
Cherwell 182374
Chester 1526172
Chester-le-StreetLab12911
ChesterfieldLab 3611 
Chichester 221234
Chiltern 221243
ChorleyLab63372
Christchurch 8 116
Colchester 1517271
CongletonLDm711261
CopelandLab1435 2
CorbyLab1242 
Cotswold 34830
Craven 134134
CrawleyLab3272 
Crewe & NantwichLab153741
DacorumLab203242
DartfordLab1035 2
Daventry 171332
Derbyshire Dales 15816 
DerwentsideLab 50 5
DoverLab16373 
DurhamLab 3874
EasingtonLab 4425
East Cambridgeshire  41419
East Devon 29 2110
East DorsetLDm12 231
East HampshireLDm13 273
East Hertfordshire 238163
East Lindsey  14739
East NorthamptonshireLab10232 
East StaffordshireLab63433
EastbourneLDm13 17 
EastleighLDm7829 
Eden  2431
Ellesmere Port & NestonLab536  
Elmbridge 237822
Epping Forest 16171412
Epsom & EwellRes12432
ErewashLab93922
ExeterLab32283
Fareham 148164
Fenland 161428
Forest Heath 10465
Forest of DeanLab129514
Fylde 185422
GedlingLab202971
GloucesterLab6258 
Gosport 91038
GraveshamLab1033 1
Great YarmouthLab1236  
Guildford 216171
HambletonCon254315
Harborough 128161
HarlowLab1383 
HarrogateLDm124421
Hart 14 156
HastingsLab11813 
Havant 148146
HertsmereLab11226 
High PeakLab53063
Hinckley & Bosworth 41317 
HorshamLDm18 223
HuntingdonshireCon343142
HyndburnLab1235  
IpswichLab840  
Kennet 99814
Kerrier 1161215
KetteringLab73133
King's Lynn & W. NorfolkLab173661
LancasterLab935411
LewesLDm162282
LichfieldLab193322
LincolnLab128 3
MacclesfieldCon3710103
Maidstone 1416214
MaldonCon16716
Malvern Hills 1012011
MansfieldLab145  
Melton 71146
Mendip 99205
Mid Bedfordshire 222155
Mid DevonLDm 12118
Mid Suffolk 717115
Mid Sussex 194274
Mole Valley 142169
New ForestLDm23 323
Newark & SherwoodLab123453
Newcastle-under-LymeLab5429 
North Cornwall 1 1225
North DevonLDm1 3112
North DorsetLDm111912
North East DerbyshireLab54223
North HertfordshireLab172661
North Kesteven 61788
North Norfolk  191215
North Shropshire 36 31
North WarwickshireLab429 1
North West LeicestershireLab335 2
North WiltshireLDm126304
NorthamptonLab1375 
NorwichLab 3513 
Nuneaton & BedworthLab441  
Oadby & WigstonLDm1 25 
Oswestry 210512
OxfordLab 33144
PendleLDm317301
Penwith 76129
PrestonLab1330131
Purbeck 6385
RedditchLab4232 
Reigate & Banstead 1913116
RestormelLDm232910
Ribble Valley 181191
Richmondshire 4 921
Rochford 612184
RossendaleLab1125  
Rother 165195
Rugby 122259
RunnymedeCon231216
Rushcliffe 2617101
Rushmoor 171414 
Ryedale 4199
St AlbansLDm111630 
St Edmundsbury 162152
Salisbury 1011298
Scarborough 132448
SedgefieldLab 47 2
Sedgemoor 2213122
SelbyLab92714
Sevenoaks 1812194
Shepway 1915193
Shrewsbury & Atcham 1121124
South Bedfordshire 1321163
South Bucks 20 515
South Cambridgeshire 1491517
South DerbyshireLab628  
South Hams 192914
South Holland 89 21
South Kesteven 2511813
South Lakeland 1310209
South NorfolkLDm123302
South Northamptonshire 151069
South Oxfordshire 913217
South RibbleLab16299 
South Shropshire  1732
South SomersetLDm91446
South StaffordshireCon281543
SpelthorneCon22153 
StaffordLab1633101
Staffordshire Moorlands 1126712
StevenageLab 372 
Stratford-on-Avon 185248
Stroud 1026910
Suffolk Coastal 2015155
Surrey HeathCon2347 
Swale 719221
TamworthLab228  
Tandridge 17718 
Taunton DeaneLDm156273
Teesdale 210 19
Teignbridge 762421
TendringLab93669
Test Valley 21 165
Tewkesbury  5822
ThanetLab444 6
Three Rivers 17823 
Tonbridge & Malling 231121 
Torridge 251316
Tunbridge WellsCon277122
Tynedale 1219124
Uttlesford 144195
Vale of White HorseLDm115341
Vale RoyalLab15414 
WansbeckLab 46  
Warwick 1317114
WatfordLab7218 
WaveneyLab34122
WaverleyLDm192351
WealdenCon31 234
Wear ValleyLab 3523
Wellingborough 1417 3
Welwyn HatfieldLab2027  
West Devon  11514
West Dorset 1951318
West LancashireLab2032 3
West Lindsey 451810
West Oxfordshire 14101213
West Somerset 107312
West WiltshireLDm74284
Weymouth & Portland  16136
WinchesterLDm104374
Woking 117161
WorcesterLab102222
WorthingLDm15 21 
Wychavon 1310188
Wycombe 2415192
WyreLab183043
Wyre ForestLab42954
District Totals 2573411226791352


Scottish Unitary Authorities

 Ctrl Con   Labour LibDem   SNP  Others 
Aberdeen CityLab929111 
Aberdeenshire 5 161511
AngusSNP2 2211
Argyll & Bute 324420
ClackmannanshireLab18 3 
Dumfries & Galloway 22110928
DundeeLab428 31
East AyrshireLab 21 9 
East DumbartonshireLab215  9
East LothianLab315   
East Renfrewshire 982 1
EdinburghLab1433101 
FalkirkLab123 84
FifeLab 5325104
GlasgowLab374141
Highland 1451151
InverclydeLab1136  
MidlothianLab 13 2 
MoraySNP 3 132
North AyrshireLab127 11
North LanarkshireLab 58 92
Orkney     28
Perth & KinrossSNP265181
Renfrewshire 2203132
Scottish Borders 3416629
Shetland  23 21
South AyrshireLab520   
South LanarkshireLab26129 
StirlingLab812 2 
West DunbartonshireLab 13 9 
West LothianLab115 11 
Western Isles  5  25
Scotland Totals 84606121192242


Welsh Unitary Authorities

 Ctrl Con   Labour LibDem Pl.Cym Others 
Blaenau GwentLab133116
BridgendLab2402 4
CaerphillyLab 55 103
CardiffLab25591 
Carmarthenshire 1381832
Ceredigion  110923
Conwy 91917510
Denbighshire  203719
FlintshireLab3448 17
GwyneddPlC 1144523
Isle of Anglesey 15 627
Merthyr TydfilLab 30  3
MonmouthshireLab11261 4
Neath & Port TalbotLab 52327
NewportLab145   
Pembrokeshire  143438
Powys 5910157
Rhondda Cynon TaffLab 57 144
SwanseaLab154719
TorfaenLab1411 1
Vale of GlamorganLab635 51
WrexhamLab4344 9
Wales Totals 4871884119297


England, Scotland & Wales Totals

 Con   Labour LibDem   SNP  Pl.Cym Others 
 48091039746081921192145