Local Council Political Compositions

This is the composition before the May 2002 elections. For the current compositions see makeup.htm

This table is based on published election results for 1996-2001, 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 01/02/2002


County Councils

 Control Con   Labour LibDem Others 
BedfordshireCon261310 
BuckinghamshireCon4059 
CambridgeshireCon34916 
CheshireCon281751
Cornwall 993625
CumbriaCon + LD3340101
DerbyshireLab134371
Devon 235215
DorsetCon234141
DurhamLab25342
East SussexCon24713 
EssexCon4919101
Gloucestershire 2719161
HampshireCon46919 
HertfordshireCon402610 
KentCon522210 
LancashireLab264462
LeicestershireCon291510 
LincolnshireCon492143
NorfolkCon472611 
North YorkshireCon4112174
NorthamptonshireLab33391 
NorthumberlandLab173893
NottinghamshireLab20403 
Oxfordshire 2624182
ShropshireLab/LD/Ind171197
Somerset 24529 
StaffordshireLab23363 
Suffolk 3135122
SurreyCon516136
Warwickshire 2028131
West SussexCon421118 
WiltshireCon283142
Worcestershire 261489
County Totals 101970840879


Unitary Authorities

 Control Con   Labour LibDem Others 
Bath & N.E. Somerset 1617302
Blackburn with DarwenLab19376 
BlackpoolLab15254 
Bournemouth 276186
Bracknell ForestCon3010  
Brighton & HoveLab264633
BristolLab94021 
DarlingtonLab15352 
DerbyLab9296 
East Riding of Yorkshire 2712226
HaltonLab14563
Hartlepool 1022132
Herefordshire 2152014
Isle of Wight 1251912
Kingston upon HullLab244104
LeicesterLab103016 
LutonLab3369 
Medway Towns 3825152
MiddlesbroughLab44171
Milton Keynes 822201
North East LincolnshireLab112353
North LincolnshireLab1923  
North SomersetCon3113125
NottinghamLab11404 
Peterborough 272235
PlymouthCon3921  
Poole 17319 
Portsmouth 16158 
ReadingLab3366 
Redcar & ClevelandLab1431113
Rutland 11414
SloughLab82616
South GloucestershireLDm102337 
Southampton 72216 
Southend-on-SeaCon33117 
Stockton-on-TeesLab12385 
Stoke-on-TrentLab632715
Swindon 23288 
Telford & WrekinLab153045
ThurrockLab1037 2
TorbayCon30 6 
WarringtonLab44313 
West BerkshireLDm25 281
Windsor & Maidenhead 291217
Wokingham 27 27 
York 325241
Unitary Totals 7331076523123


London Borough Councils

 Control Con   Labour LibDem Others 
Barking & DagenhamLab 4623
Barnet 28266 
BexleyCon32246 
BrentLab19434 
BromleyCon32622 
CamdenLab11426 
CroydonLab31381 
EalingLab16523 
EnfieldLab2342 1
GreenwichLab8522 
HackneyLab1032162
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 242792
Richmond upon ThamesLDm14434 
Southwark 431272
SuttonLDm5546 
Tower HamletsLab 419 
Waltham ForestLab1430121
WandsworthCon5011  
WestminsterCon4713  
London Totals 540104029937


Metropolitan Borough Councils

 Control Con   Labour LibDem Others 
BarnsleyLab35238
BirminghamLab2767185
BoltonLab153411 
Bradford 3741111
BuryLab13323 
CalderdaleCon2810151
CoventryLab153513
DoncasterLab64098
DudleyLab184311 
GatesheadLab 47181
Kirklees 1525293
KnowsleyLab 624 
LeedsLab1661193
LiverpoolLDm 206910
ManchesterLab 7821 
Newcastle upon TyneLab 6117 
North TynesideLab17358 
Oldham 225303
RochdaleLab83121 
RotherhamLab46011
St HelensLab43515 
SalfordLab3525 
SandwellLab655101
Sefton 182325 
SheffieldLDm136473
SolihullCon29148 
South TynesideLab 5064
StockportLDm622323
SunderlandLab8643 
TamesideLab64722
TraffordLab27333 
WakefieldLab65511
Walsall 26277 
WiganLab1683 
WirralLab203412 
WolverhamptonLab22335 
Metropolitan Totals 407150750361


District Councils

 Control Con   Labour LibDem Others 
AdurCon + Res181362
AllerdaleLab83384
Alnwick 221412
Amber ValleyCon3212 1
ArunCon37892
AshfieldLab12912
Ashford 2411104
Aylesbury Vale 261247
Babergh 1051314
Barrow-in-Furness 1618 4
Basildon 19203 
Basingstoke & Deane 2415153
BassetlawLab143132
Bedford 7181612
Berwick-upon-TweedLDm31187
BlabyCon2568 
Blyth ValleyLab236102
BolsoverLab 32 5
Boston 131036
BraintreeLab163149
BrecklandCon341423
BrentwoodLDm11224 
Bridgnorth 44421
BroadlandCon32791
BromsgroveCon307 2
BroxbourneCon353  
BroxtoweLab1126111
BurnleyLab325911
CambridgeLDm315231
Cannock ChaseLab8277 
Canterbury 191317 
Caradon  22019
CarlisleCon301552
CarrickLDm92286
Castle Morpeth 410712
Castle PointLab1524  
Charnwood 212461
Chelmsford 235262
CheltenhamCon232115
CherwellCon331342
Chester 1822182
Chester-le-StreetLab13011
ChesterfieldLab 2819 
ChichesterCon29 192
ChilternCon29 192
Chorley 152472
ChristchurchCon17 53
Colchester 2114241
CongletonLDm14232 
CopelandLab183012
CorbyLab1271 
Cotswold 141822
Craven 17 512
CrawleyLab6242 
Crewe & NantwichLab21294 
DacorumCon28204 
DartfordLab1429 4
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  1532
Ellesmere Port & NestonLab6361 
Elmbridge 221928
Epping Forest 20121611
Epsom & EwellResidents 3927
ErewashLab162934
ExeterLab62554
FarehamCon29211 
FenlandCon28713
Forest HeathCon21121
Forest of DeanLab229612
Fylde 222322
GedlingCon291873
Gloucester 12198 
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
HyndburnCon2918  
IpswichLab15312 
KennetCon224410
Kerrier 4111019
KetteringLab172314
King's Lynn & W. Norfolk 262753
Lancaster 916728
LewesLDm17 292
LichfieldCon30242 
LincolnLab429  
MacclesfieldCon366153
Maidstone 1612225
MaldonCon185 7
Malvern Hills 21 129
MansfieldLab5392 
Melton 911 6
Mendip 1810162
Mid BedfordshireCon35765
Mid Devon 311719
Mid Suffolk 146155
Mid SussexCon292212
Mole Valley 191147
New ForestCon29 263
Newark & Sherwood 212553
Newcastle-under-LymeLab930161
North Cornwall 3 1124
North DevonLDm5 2613
North Dorset 16 106
North East DerbyshireLab93833
North HertfordshireCon27193 
North Kesteven 166108
North Norfolk 14101210
North Shropshire 105322
North WarwickshireLab92221
North West LeicestershireLab831 1
North Wiltshire 194272
NorthamptonLab82811 
NorwichLab12621 
Nuneaton & BedworthLab1035  
Oadby & WigstonLDm4 22 
Oswestry 45515
OxfordLibDem + Grn121227
Pendle 92319 
Penwith 103714
Preston 1725114
PurbeckCon16 44
RedditchLab10172 
Reigate & BansteadCon33846
Restormel 1311713
Ribble Valley 19 182
Richmondshire 7 918
Rochford 19993
RossendaleCon2412  
RotherCon28584
Rugby 1418106
RunnymedeCon333 6
RushcliffeCon3011121
RushmoorCon2410101
Ryedale 11156
St Albans 1915231
St EdmundsburyCon231623
Salisbury 2811163
Scarborough 1811614
SedgefieldLab 4333
SedgemoorCon301631
Selby 151925
SevenoaksCon33893
ShepwayCon291116 
Shrewsbury & Atcham 1618113
South Bedfordshire 267173
South BucksCon30 28
South Cambridgeshire 2051515
South DerbyshireLab924 1
South HamsCon29254
South Holland 193 16
South KestevenCon3011314
South Lakeland 179224
South NorfolkLDm162272
South NorthamptonshireCon30534
South Oxfordshire 217193
South Ribble 1821123
South Shropshire 1 1722
South SomersetLDm13 416
South StaffordshireCon36923
SpelthorneCon2794 
Stafford 232881
Staffordshire Moorlands 1315919
StevenageLab3333 
Stratford-on-AvonCon282196
Stroud 241858
Suffolk CoastalCon377101
Surrey HeathCon2277 
Swale 151222 
TamworthLab1316 1
TandridgeCon29310 
Taunton Deane 215235
Teesdale 39 19
Teignbridge 2011720
Tendring 16211112
Test ValleyCon30 14 
Tewkesbury 138411
ThanetLab1833 3
Three RiversLDm15726 
Tonbridge & Malling 27721 
Torridge 121221
Tunbridge WellsCon315102
Tynedale 2312116
Uttlesford 151188
Vale of White HorseLDm152331
Vale RoyalLab16338 
WansbeckLab 2520 
Warwick 1017135
Watford 81810 
WaveneyLab152733
WaverleyCon31224 
WealdenCon36 202
Wear ValleyLab 3055
WellingboroughLab1520 1
Welwyn HatfieldLab2325  
West Devon 9 813
West Dorset 2141514
West LancashireLab2331 1
West Lindsey 93169
West OxfordshireCon262138
West SomersetCon19516
West WiltshireLDm112264
Weymouth & Portland 514115
WinchesterLDm114355
Woking 155151
Worcester 161514
WorthingCon20 16 
WychavonCon304114
WycombeCon42972
WyreCon35192 
Wyre Forest 511422
District Totals 4066304923911246


Scottish Unitary Authorities

 Control Con   Labour LibDem   SNP  Others 
Aberdeen CityLab622123 
Aberdeenshire 8 272310
AngusSNP212213
Argyll & Bute 316422
ClackmannanshireSNP17 10 
Dumfries & Galloway 9126515
Dundee 412111 
East AyrshireLab117 14 
East Dunbartonshire 31110  
East LothianLab516 2 
East Renfrewshire 892 1
EdinburghLab1331131 
Falkirk 214 106
FifeLab34021113
GlasgowLab174121
Highland  1110851
Inverclyde 1109  
MidlothianLab 171  
Moray 162215
North AyrshireLab225 21
North LanarkshireLab 56 122
Orkney     21
Perth & Kinross 1167152
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 112540156208204


Welsh Unitary Authorities

 Control Con   Labour LibDem Pl.Cym Others 
Blaenau GwentLab 333 6
BridgendLab140625
CaerphillyPlC 293383
CardiffLab5491911
Carmarthenshire  2911430
Ceredigion  181421
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 167 59
Rhondda Cynon TaffPlC 262425
SwanseaLab5461029
TorfaenLab1391 3
Vale of Glamorgan 221816 
Wrexham 4248 19
Wales Totals 76559102204331


England, Scotland & Wales Totals

 Con   Labour LibDem   SNP  Pl.Cym Others 
 6953847943822082042081