Local Council Political Compositions

This is the composition before the May 2000 elections. For the current compositions see makeup.htm

This table is based on published election results for 1996-1999, 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 27/04/2000


County Councils

 Ctrl Con   Labour LibDem Others 
BedfordshireCon251410 
BuckinghamshireCon385101
CambridgeshireCon331016 
Cheshire 191910 
Cornwall 883726
CumbriaLab2443124
DerbyshireLab124561
DevonLDm154305
Dorset 155211
DurhamLab25234
East Sussex 20717 
Essex 3824161
Gloucestershire 2321222
HampshireCon428222
HertfordshireCon40289 
KentCon452381
LancashireLab234771
Leicestershire 2517111
LincolnshireCon4319113
Norfolk 3733131
North Yorkshire 3612206
NorthamptonshireLab27374 
NorthumberlandLab144282
NottinghamshireLab17424 
Oxfordshire 2720212
Shropshire 188126
SomersetLDm18336 
StaffordshireLab20402 
Suffolk 3133151
SurreyCon486166
Warwickshire 223181
West SussexCon389231
WiltshireCon244181
Worcestershire 252282
County Totals 89274148682


Unitary Authorities

 Ctrl Con   Labour LibDem Others 
Bath & N.E. Somerset 1617302
BlackburnLab16433 
BlackpoolLab8333 
Bournemouth 256206
Bracknell ForestCon2317  
Brighton & HoveLab274533
BristolLab103624 
DarlingtonLab15352 
DerbyLab6344 
East Riding of Yorkshire 2712226
HaltonLab1468 
HartlepoolLab630101
HerefordshireLDm923118
Isle of Wight 1541613
Kingston upon HullLab15154
LeicesterLab103016 
LutonLab3369 
Medway Towns 203921 
MiddlesbroughLab44171
Milton Keynes 425193
North East LincolnshireLab112254
North LincolnshireLab1923  
North SomersetCon3213115
NottinghamLab44921
Peterborough 242625
PlymouthLab1347  
Poole 17319 
PortsmouthLab10209 
ReadingLab3366 
Redcar & ClevelandLab1432112
Rutland 12413
SloughLab632 3
South GloucestershireLDm82537 
SouthamptonLab42714 
Southend-on-Sea 19812 
Stockton-on-TeesLab12385 
Stoke-on-TrentLab24846
SwindonLab53910 
Telford & WrekinLab103743
ThurrockLab244  
TorbayLDm14220 
WarringtonLab44511 
West BerkshireLDm14 391
Windsor & Maidenhead 211297
WokinghamCon30 24 
YorkLab327221
Unitary Totals 5481228553108


London Borough Councils

 Ctrl Con   Labour LibDem Others 
Barking & DagenhamLab 4823
Barnet 28266 
BexleyCon32246 
BrentLab19434 
Bromley 29724 
CamdenLab11426 
CroydonLab31381 
EalingLab16523 
EnfieldLab2343  
GreenwichLab8522 
Hackney 1229172
Hammersmith & FulhamLab1435 1
HaringeyLab2543 
HarrowLab203292
Havering 1429317
Hillingdon 33324 
HounslowLab114441
IslingtonLDm 2527 
Kensington & ChelseaCon3915  
Kingston upon Thames 211019 
LambethLab54118 
LewishamLab26041
MertonLab123933
NewhamLab 60  
Redbridge 24299 
Richmond upon ThamesLDm14434 
SouthwarkLab43327 
SuttonLDm5546 
Tower HamletsLab 419 
Waltham ForestLab1430121
WandsworthCon5011  
WestminsterCon4713  
London Totals 540104630231


Metropolitan Borough Councils

 Ctrl Con   Labour LibDem Others 
BarnsleyLab35823
BirminghamLab2077163
BoltonLab10419 
BradfordLab265410 
BuryLab83631
Calderdale 1920141
CoventryLab844 2
DoncasterLab537912
DudleyLab85410 
GatesheadLab 49152
Kirklees 1035243
KnowsleyLab 642 
LeedsLab1270152
LiverpoolLDm 286011
ManchesterLab 8019 
Newcastle upon TyneLab 6414 
North TynesideLab133881
OldhamLab13326 
RochdaleLab63519 
RotherhamLab2631 
St HelensLab33714 
SalfordLab 564 
SandwellLab259101
Sefton 153024 
SheffieldLDm139461
Solihull 2415111
South TynesideLab 5163
StockportLDm225324
SunderlandLab8643 
TamesideLab44823
TraffordLab27333 
WakefieldLab357 3
WalsallLab213162
WiganLab 693 
WirralLab173910 
WolverhamptonLab17403 
Metropolitan Totals 295167345359


District Councils

 Ctrl Con   Labour LibDem Others 
Adur 915132
AllerdaleLab83375
Alnwick 221313
Amber ValleyLab1132  
ArunCon368102
AshfieldLab12912
Ashford 2411104
Aylesbury Vale 241267
Babergh 1051314
Barrow-in-Furness 1718 3
BasildonLab11238 
Basingstoke & Deane 2415144
BassetlawLab123233
Bedford 919187
Berwick-upon-TweedLDm11189
BlabyCon2568 
Blyth ValleyLab23693
BolsoverLab 32 5
Boston 121136
BraintreeLab163149
BrecklandCon341423
BrentwoodLDm92253
Bridgnorth 44421
BroadlandCon261193
BromsgroveCon307 2
BroxbourneCon335  
BroxtoweLab1126111
BurnleyLab33195
Cambridge 32019 
Cannock ChaseLab3345 
Canterbury 181318 
Caradon 121820
CarlisleCon281662
CarrickLDm92277
Castle Morpeth 410712
Castle PointLab1524  
Charnwood 212461
Chelmsford 225272
CheltenhamCon221153
Cherwell 261952
Chester 1822182
Chester-le-StreetLab13011
ChesterfieldLab 2819 
ChichesterCon29 192
ChilternCon29 192
ChorleyLab93162
Christchurch 8 116
Colchester 1815261
CongletonLDm8238 
CopelandLab183012
CorbyLab1271 
Cotswold 142722
CravenCon191410
CrawleyLab5252 
Crewe & NantwichLab202952
Dacorum 26206 
DartfordLab1428 5
DaventryCon201332
Derbyshire DalesCon21594
DerwentsideLab 47 8
Dover 262811
DurhamLab 33133
EasingtonLab 4515
East CambridgeshireLDm142012
East DevonCon381156
East DorsetCon26 91
East HampshireCon22 173
East HertfordshireCon31892
East Lindsey 69836
East NorthamptonshireCon2015 1
East StaffordshireLab15283 
Eastbourne 15 15 
EastleighLDm7829 
Eden  2531
Ellesmere Port & NestonLab5371 
Elmbridge 246822
Epping Forest 19141511
Epsom & EwellRes 3927
ErewashLab152944
ExeterLab32283
Fareham 225152
FenlandCon29613
Forest HeathCon21121
Forest of DeanLab130612
Fylde 212323
GedlingCon291873
GloucesterLab8238 
Gosport 101172
GraveshamLab1529  
Great YarmouthLab1929  
Guildford 176202
HambletonCon35246
Harborough 163144
HarlowLab4344 
HarrogateLDm15341 
Hart 16 145
HastingsLab31910 
Havant 168117
HertsmereCon20136 
High PeakLab102752
Hinckley & Bosworth 11914 
HorshamCon24 163
HuntingdonshireCon37 143
Hyndburn 2323 1
IpswichLab10371 
KennetCon224410
Kerrier 4111019
Kettering 182214
King's Lynn & W. Norfolk 262753
Lancaster 917628
LewesLDm16 302
LichfieldCon292421
LincolnLab231  
MacclesfieldCon377133
Maidstone 1513225
MaldonCon176 7
Malvern Hills 1012110
MansfieldLab5392 
Melton 911 6
Mendip 1810162
Mid BedfordshireCon34766
Mid Devon 211819
Mid Suffolk 156145
Mid SussexCon292212
Mole Valley 171167
New ForestCon30 253
Newark & Sherwood 202653
Newcastle-under-LymeLab736121
North Cornwall 3 1025
North DevonLDm5 2613
North Dorset 16 106
North East DerbyshireLab93833
North HertfordshireCon28183 
North Kesteven 147109
North Norfolk 14101210
North Shropshire 85225
North WarwickshireLab92221
North West LeicestershireLab831 1
North Wiltshire 204262
NorthamptonLab82811 
NorwichLab 3414 
Nuneaton & BedworthLab540  
Oadby & WigstonLDm4 22 
Oswestry 46415
OxfordLab 28167
Pendle 720231
Penwith 951011
Preston 1328142
PurbeckCon13155
RedditchLab6203 
Reigate & Banstead 221386
Restormel 1311713
Ribble Valley 19 182
Richmondshire 6 919
Rochford 1112134
RossendaleLab1521  
RotherCon28584
Rugby 122178
RunnymedeCon25926
RushcliffeCon3111111
Rushmoor 181314 
Ryedale 11156
St Albans 211621 
St EdmundsburyCon231623
Salisbury 2711164
Scarborough 1713514
SedgefieldLab 4324
SedgemoorCon311621
Selby 151925
SevenoaksCon33992
ShepwayCon301313 
Shrewsbury & Atcham 1320114
South Bedfordshire 1615193
South BucksCon27 310
South Cambridgeshire 1591516
South DerbyshireLab924 1
South HamsCon29344
South Holland 193115
South Kesteven 2912314
South Lakeland 1510216
South NorfolkLDm162272
South NorthamptonshireCon28734
South Oxfordshire 207203
South Ribble 1821123
South Shropshire   1426
South SomersetLDm13 416
South StaffordshireCon371012
SpelthorneCon2794 
Stafford 232881
Staffordshire Moorlands 1315919
StevenageLab3333 
Stratford-on-Avon 244207
Stroud 172459
Suffolk CoastalCon368101
Surrey HeathCon2277 
Swale 91723 
TamworthLab227 1
Tandridge 18717 
Taunton Deane 215235
Teesdale 110 20
Teignbridge 1911721
Tendring 1623912
Test ValleyCon28 151
Tewkesbury 138411
ThanetLab1734 3
Three RiversLDm15726 
Tonbridge & Malling 27721 
Torridge 121221
Tunbridge WellsCon287121
Tynedale 2214106
Uttlesford 162186
Vale of White HorseLDm152331
Vale RoyalLab16338 
WansbeckLab 25191
Warwick 1016136
WatfordLab71910 
WaveneyLab53832
WaverleyCon31224 
WealdenCon34 222
Wear ValleyLab 3055
WellingboroughLab1520 1
Welwyn Hatfield 2424  
West Devon 8 814
West Dorset 2141514
West LancashireLab2132 2
West Lindsey 103168
West Oxfordshire 1971310
West SomersetCon18517
West WiltshireLDm102274
Weymouth & Portland 215126
WinchesterLDm124345
Woking 137141
WorcesterLab112023
WorthingCon19 161
WychavonCon295114
WycombeCon42972
WyreCon35192 
Wyre Forest 518415
District Totals 3715332624451265


Scottish Unitary Authorities

 Ctrl Con   Labour LibDem   SNP  Others 
Aberdeen CityLab622123 
Aberdeenshire 7 282310
AngusSNP212213
Argyll & Bute 316521
Clackmannanshire 17 10 
Dumfries & Galloway 8136515
Dundee 414 10 
East AyrshireLab117 14 
East Dunbartonshire 31110  
East LothianLab517 1 
East Renfrewshire 892 1
EdinburghLab1331131 
Falkirk 215 96
FifeLab2432193
GlasgowLab174121
Highland  1012850
InverclydeLab1118  
MidlothianLab 171  
Moray 162215
North AyrshireLab225 21
North LanarkshireLab 56 122
Orkney     21
Perth & Kinross 1166162
RenfrewshireLab1213150
Scottish Borders 1114414
Shetland   8 14
South AyrshireLab1317   
South LanarkshireLab254110 
Stirling 1011 1 
West DunbartonshireLab 14 71
West LothianLab120 11 
Western Isles  5 32
Scotland Totals 109549156204202


Welsh Unitary Authorities

 Ctrl Con   Labour LibDem Pl.Cym Others 
Blaenau GwentLab 341 7
BridgendLab141435
CaerphillyPlC 293383
CardiffLab5501811
Carmarthenshire  2811431
Ceredigion  171422
Conwy 52014713
Denbighshire 2141822
FlintshireLab1427 20
GwyneddPlC 1264421
Isle of Anglesey 14 926
Merthyr Tydfil  16 413
Monmouthshire 19181 4
Neath & Port TalbotLab 4021011
NewportLab540  2
Pembrokeshire 4133238
Powys 166 60
Rhondda Cynon TaffPlC 262425
SwanseaLab4471029
TorfaenLab1391 3
Vale of Glamorgan 2219 6 
Wrexham 4267 15
Wales Totals 7556496203331


England, Scotland & Wales Totals

 Con   Labour LibDem   SNP  Pl.Cym Others 
 6174912744912042032078