Local Council Political Compositions

This is the composition before the June 2001 elections. For the current compositions see makeup.htm

This table is based on published election results for 1996-2000, 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

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 26/04/2001


County Councils

 Control Con   Labour LibDem Others 
BedfordshireCon251410 
BuckinghamshireCon385101
CambridgeshireCon331016 
Cheshire 191910 
Cornwall 883627
CumbriaLab2443124
DerbyshireLab124462
DevonLDm154296
Dorset 155211
DurhamLab25234
East Sussex 20717 
EssexCon + Ind3824143
Gloucestershire 2415203
HampshireCon438221
HertfordshireCon402881
KentCon462216 
LancashireLab234671
Leicestershire 2517111
LincolnshireCon4319113
Norfolk 3733131
North YorkshireCon4011194
NorthamptonshireLab27383 
NorthumberlandLab144282
NottinghamshireLab17424 
Oxfordshire 2720212
Shropshire 216116
SomersetLDm18336 
StaffordshireLab20402 
Suffolk 3132143
SurreyCon486166
Warwickshire 223181
West SussexCon389231
WiltshireCon264143
Worcestershire 232092
County Totals 90272748089


Unitary Authorities

 Control Con   Labour LibDem Others 
Bath & N.E. Somerset 1617302
BlackburnLab20366 
BlackpoolLab16244 
Bournemouth 276186
Bracknell ForestCon3010  
Brighton & HoveLab274533
BristolLab103624 
DarlingtonLab15352 
DerbyLab9296 
East Riding of Yorkshire 2712226
HaltonLab24374
Hartlepool 1021142
Herefordshire 2142114
Isle of Wight 1441613
Kingston upon HullLab244104
LeicesterLab103016 
LutonLab3369 
Medway Towns 3825152
MiddlesbroughLab44171
Milton Keynes 822201
North East LincolnshireLab112254
North LincolnshireLab1923  
North SomersetCon3213115
NottinghamLab11404 
Peterborough 272226
PlymouthCon3921  
Poole 17319 
Portsmouth 16158 
ReadingLab3366 
Redcar & ClevelandLab1432112
Rutland 12413
SloughLab82616
South GloucestershireLDm102337 
Southampton 72216 
Southend-on-SeaCon2559 
Stockton-on-TeesLab12385 
Stoke-on-TrentLab632715
Swindon 23288 
Telford & WrekinLab153045
ThurrockLab1136 2
TorbayCon31 5 
WarringtonLab44313 
West BerkshireLDm25 281
Windsor & Maidenhead 291217
Wokingham 27 27 
York 325241
Unitary Totals 7351058525125


London Borough Councils

 Control Con   Labour LibDem Others 
Barking & DagenhamLab 4623
Barnet 28266 
BexleyCon32246 
BrentLab19434 
Bromley 30723 
CamdenLab11426 
CroydonLab31381 
EalingLab16523 
EnfieldLab2342 1
GreenwichLab8522 
Hackney 1030173
Hammersmith & FulhamLab1435 1
HaringeyLab2543 
HarrowLab203292
Havering 1231316
Hillingdon 33324 
HounslowLab114351
IslingtonLDm 2527 
Kensington & ChelseaCon3915  
Kingston upon Thames 211019 
LambethLab54118 
LewishamLab25942
MertonLab133923
NewhamLab 59 1
Redbridge 24299 
Richmond upon ThamesLDm14434 
Southwark 431272
SuttonLDm5546 
Tower HamletsLab 419 
Waltham ForestLab1430121
WandsworthCon5011  
WestminsterCon4713  
London Totals 538104130136


Metropolitan Borough Councils

 Control Con   Labour LibDem Others 
BarnsleyLab35238
BirminghamLab2866185
BoltonLab153411 
Bradford 3741111
BuryLab13323 
CalderdaleCon2810151
CoventryLab153513
DoncasterLab64098
DudleyLab184311 
GatesheadLab 47181
Kirklees 1525293
KnowsleyLab 624 
LeedsLab1661193
LiverpoolLDm 206910
ManchesterLab 7821 
Newcastle upon TyneLab 6216 
North TynesideLab17349 
Oldham 225303
RochdaleLab83121 
RotherhamLab45912
St HelensLab43515 
SalfordLab3525 
SandwellLab655101
Sefton 192225 
SheffieldLDm137471
SolihullCon29148 
South TynesideLab 5064
StockportLDm622323
SunderlandLab8643 
TamesideLab64722
TraffordLab27333 
WakefieldLab65511
Walsall 26277 
WiganLab1683 
WirralLab203412 
WolverhamptonLab24333 
Metropolitan Totals 411150550160


District Councils

 Control Con   Labour LibDem Others 
Adur 151392
AllerdaleLab83375
Alnwick 221313
Amber ValleyCon3212 1
ArunCon368102
AshfieldLab12912
Ashford 2411104
Aylesbury Vale 251257
Babergh 1051314
Barrow-in-Furness 1618 4
Basildon 18204 
Basingstoke & Deane 2415153
BassetlawLab143132
Bedford 1318166
Berwick-upon-TweedLDm31187
BlabyCon2568 
Blyth ValleyLab23693
BolsoverLab 32 5
Boston 131036
BraintreeLab163149
BrecklandCon341423
BrentwoodLDm10225 
Bridgnorth 44421
BroadlandCon32791
BromsgroveCon307 2
BroxbourneCon353  
BroxtoweLab1126111
Burnley 324912
CambridgeLDm315231
Cannock ChaseLab8277 
Canterbury 181318 
Caradon 121919
CarlisleCon301552
CarrickLDm92286
Castle Morpeth 410712
Castle PointLab1524  
Charnwood 212461
Chelmsford 235262
CheltenhamCon232115
CherwellCon331342
Chester 1821192
Chester-le-StreetLab13011
ChesterfieldLab 2819 
ChichesterCon29 192
ChilternCon29 192
Chorley 152472
ChristchurchCon17 53
Colchester 2214231
CongletonLDm14232 
CopelandLab183012
CorbyLab1271 
Cotswold 141822
CravenCon18 412
CrawleyLab6242 
Crewe & NantwichLab21294 
DacorumCon28204 
DartfordLab1428 5
DaventryCon201332
Derbyshire DalesCon21594
DerwentsideLab 46 9
Dover 262811
DurhamLab 33133
EasingtonLab 4515
East CambridgeshireLDm142012
East DevonCon381156
East DorsetCon26 91
East HampshireCon22 173
East HertfordshireCon32792
East Lindsey 69836
East NorthamptonshireCon2015 1
East StaffordshireLab15283 
EastbourneCon18 12 
EastleighLDm9728 
Eden 11531
Ellesmere Port & NestonLab6361 
Elmbridge 221928
Epping Forest 20121611
Epsom & EwellResidents 3927
ErewashLab162934
ExeterLab62554
FarehamCon29211 
FenlandCon29613
Forest HeathCon21121
Forest of DeanLab130612
Fylde 212323
GedlingCon291873
Gloucester 111981
Gosport 13116 
GraveshamLab1529  
Great YarmouthCon2721  
Guildford 176202
HambletonCon35246
Harborough 163144
HarlowLab8268 
HarrogateLDm18140 
Hart 17 126
HastingsLab6188 
Havant 201183
HertsmereCon22125 
High PeakLab102752
Hinckley & Bosworth 11914 
HorshamCon24 163
HuntingdonshireCon37 133
HyndburnCon3116  
IpswichLab15312 
KennetCon224410
Kerrier 4111019
Kettering 182214
King's Lynn & W. Norfolk 262753
Lancaster 916728
LewesLDm16 302
LichfieldCon29252 
LincolnLab429  
MacclesfieldCon366153
Maidstone 1612225
MaldonCon176 7
Malvern Hills 21 129
MansfieldLab5392 
Melton 911 6
Mendip 1810162
Mid BedfordshireCon35765
Mid Devon 211819
Mid Suffolk 156145
Mid SussexCon292212
Mole Valley 191147
New ForestCon30 253
Newark & Sherwood 212652
Newcastle-under-LymeLab930161
North Cornwall 3 1124
North DevonLDm5 2613
North Dorset 16 106
North East DerbyshireLab93833
North HertfordshireCon28192 
North Kesteven 16699
North Norfolk 14101210
North Shropshire 94324
North WarwickshireLab92221
North West LeicestershireLab831 1
North Wiltshire 204262
NorthamptonLab82811 
NorwichLab12621 
Nuneaton & BedworthLab1035  
Oadby & WigstonLDm4 22 
Oswestry 46415
OxfordLibDem + Grn121218
Pendle 92319 
Penwith 103714
Preston 1725114
PurbeckCon17 34
RedditchLab10172 
Reigate & BansteadCon33846
Restormel 1311713
Ribble Valley 19 182
Richmondshire 6 919
Rochford 19993
RossendaleCon2412  
RotherCon28584
Rugby 141897
RunnymedeCon333 6
RushcliffeCon3011121
RushmoorCon2410101
Ryedale 11156
St Albans 1915231
St EdmundsburyCon231623
Salisbury 2811163
Scarborough 1811515
SedgefieldLab 4324
SedgemoorCon301631
Selby 151925
SevenoaksCon33992
ShepwayCon291116 
Shrewsbury & Atcham 1618113
South Bedfordshire 267173
South BucksCon28 210
South Cambridgeshire 2051515
South DerbyshireLab924 1
South HamsCon29344
South Holland 193115
South KestevenCon3011314
South Lakeland 159235
South NorfolkLDm162272
South NorthamptonshireCon28734
South Oxfordshire 207203
South Ribble 1821123
South Shropshire   1624
South SomersetLDm13 416
South StaffordshireCon37922
SpelthorneCon2794 
Stafford 232881
Staffordshire Moorlands 1315919
StevenageLab3333 
Stratford-on-AvonCon282187
Stroud 241858
Suffolk CoastalCon368101
Surrey HeathCon2277 
Swale 151222 
TamworthLab1316 1
TandridgeCon29310 
Taunton Deane 215235
Teesdale 29 20
Teignbridge 2011720
Tendring 1623912
Test ValleyCon28 151
Tewkesbury 138411
ThanetLab1833 3
Three RiversLDm15726 
Tonbridge & Malling 27721 
Torridge 121221
Tunbridge WellsCon315111
Tynedale 2312116
Uttlesford 151188
Vale of White HorseLDm152331
Vale RoyalLab16338 
WansbeckLab 2520 
Warwick 1016136
Watford 81810 
WaveneyLab132843
WaverleyCon31224 
WealdenCon34 222
Wear ValleyLab 3055
WellingboroughLab1520 1
Welwyn HatfieldLab2325  
West Devon 9 813
West Dorset 2141514
West LancashireLab2231 2
West Lindsey 93169
West OxfordshireCon262138
West SomersetCon19516
West WiltshireLDm112264
Weymouth & Portland 513125
WinchesterLDm104365
Woking 155151
Worcester 161514
WorthingCon20 16 
WychavonCon304114
WycombeCon42972
WyreCon35192 
Wyre Forest 511422
District Totals 4051305223911258


Scottish Unitary Authorities

 Control Con   Labour LibDem   SNP  Others 
Aberdeen CityLab622123 
Aberdeenshire 7 282310
AngusSNP212213
Argyll & Bute 316422
ClackmannanshireSNP17 10 
Dumfries & Galloway 8136515
Dundee 413 11 
East AyrshireLab117 14 
East Dunbartonshire 31110  
East LothianLab516 2 
East Renfrewshire 892 1
EdinburghLab1331131 
Falkirk 214 106
FifeLab24221103
GlasgowLab174121
Highland  1110851
Inverclyde 1109  
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 LanarkshireLab253111 
Stirling 1011 1 
West DunbartonshireLab 14 71
West LothianLab120 11 
Western Isles  5 322
Scotland Totals 109544155208204


Welsh Unitary Authorities

 Control Con   Labour LibDem Pl.Cym Others 
Blaenau GwentLab 341 7
BridgendLab140625
CaerphillyPlC 293383
CardiffLab5501811
Carmarthenshire  2811530
Ceredigion  171422
Conwy 52013813
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
SwanseaLab5461029
TorfaenLab1391 3
Vale of Glamorgan 221816 
Wrexham 4248 19
Wales Totals 7656097205334


England, Scotland & Wales Totals

 Con   Labour LibDem   SNP  Pl.Cym Others 
 6822848744502082052106