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United Kingdom local elections, 2002


United Kingdom local elections, 2002

United Kingdom local elections, 2002

2 May 2002

  Majority party Minority party Third party
Leader Tony Blair Iain Duncan Smith Charles Kennedy
Party Labour Conservative Liberal Democrat
Leader since 21 July 1994 September 2001 9 August 1999
Percentage 33 34 27
Councils 64 42 15
Councils +/- 7 9 2
Councillors 2,416 2,007 1,250
Councillors +/- 334 238 37

Local elections took place in many parts of England on 2 May 2002. All London borough council seats were elected as well a third of the seats on each of the Metropolitan Boroughs. Many unitary Authorities and District councils also had elections. There were no local elections in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.

London boroughs

In all 32 London boroughs, the whole council was up for election.

Council Former control New control Type Link to council election
Barking and Dagenham Labour Labour London borough Barking and Dagenham
Barnet NOC Conservative London borough Barnet
Bexley NOC Labour London borough
Brent Labour Labour London borough
Bromley Conservative Conservative London borough
Camden Labour Labour London borough Camden
Croydon Labour Labour London borough Croydon
Ealing Labour Labour London borough
Enfield Labour Conservative London borough Enfield
Greenwich Labour Labour London borough
Hackney Labour Labour London borough
Hammersmith and Fulham Labour Labour London borough
Haringey Labour Labour London borough
Harrow Labour NOC London borough
Havering NOC NOC London borough
Hillingdon NOC NOC London borough
Hounslow Labour Labour London borough
Islington Liberal Democrat Liberal Democrat London borough Islington
Kensington and Chelsea Conservative Conservative London borough Kensington and Chelsea
Kingston upon Thames NOC Liberal Democrat London borough Kingston upon Thames
Lambeth Labour NOC London borough Lambeth
Lewisham Labour Labour London borough
Merton Labour Labour London borough
Newham Labour Labour London borough
Redbridge NOC Conservative London borough
Richmond upon Thames Liberal Democrat Conservative London borough
Southwark NOC NOC London borough Southwark
Sutton Liberal Democrat Liberal Democrat London borough
Tower Hamlets Labour Labour London borough Tower Hamlets
Waltham Forest Labour NOC London borough
Wandsworth Conservative Conservative London borough
Westminster Conservative Conservative London borough

Metropolitan boroughs

All 36 English Metropolitan borough councils had one third of their seats up for election.

Council Former control New control Type Link to council election
Barnsley Labour Labour Metropolitan Barnsley
Birmingham Labour Labour Metropolitan
Bolton Labour Labour Metropolitan Bolton
Bradford NOC NOC Metropolitan
Bury Labour Labour Metropolitan
Calderdale Conservative NOC Metropolitan Calderdale
Coventry Labour Labour Metropolitan
Doncaster Labour Labour Metropolitan
Dudley Labour Labour Metropolitan
Gateshead Labour Labour Metropolitan Gateshead
Kirklees NOC NOC Metropolitan
Knowsley Labour Labour Metropolitan Knowsley
Leeds Labour Labour Metropolitan Leeds
Liverpool Liberal Democrat Liberal Democrat Metropolitan Liverpool
Manchester Labour Labour Metropolitan
Newcastle upon Tyne Labour Labour Metropolitan
North Tyneside Labour Labour Metropolitan
Oldham Liberal Democrat NOC Metropolitan
Rochdale Labour Labour Metropolitan Rochdale
Rotherham Labour Labour Metropolitan
Salford Labour Labour Metropolitan Salford
Sandwell Labour Labour Metropolitan Sandwell
Sefton NOC NOC Metropolitan Sefton
Sheffield Liberal Democrat NOC Metropolitan
Solihull Conservative Conservative Metropolitan Solihull
South Tyneside Labour Labour Metropolitan South Tyneside
St Helens Labour Labour Metropolitan St Helens
Stockport Liberal Democrat Liberal Democrat Metropolitan
Sunderland Labour Labour Metropolitan Sunderland
Tameside Labour Labour Metropolitan
Trafford Labour Labour Metropolitan Trafford
Wakefield Labour Labour Metropolitan Wakefield
Walsall NOC NOC Metropolitan Walsall
Wigan Labour Labour Metropolitan Wigan
Wirral NOC NOC Metropolitan Wirral
Wolverhampton Labour Labour Metropolitan Wolverhampton

Unitary Authorities

Whole council

In six English Unitary authorities, the whole council was up for election.

Council Former control New control Type Link to council election
Derby Labour Labour Unitary Derby
Kingston upon Hull Labour NOC Unitary Hull
Milton Keynes NOC Liberal Democrat Unitary Milton Keynes
Portsmouth NOC NOC Unitary Portsmouth
Southampton NOC NOC Unitary Southampton
Stoke-on-Trent Labour NOC Unitary

One third of council

In 12 English Unitary authorities, one third of the council was up for election.

Council Former control New control Type Link to council election
Blackburn with Darwen Labour Labour Unitary
Bristol Labour Labour Unitary
Halton Labour Labour Unitary Halton
Hartlepool NOC NOC Unitary Hartlepool
Peterborough NOC Conservative Unitary Peterborough
Reading Labour Labour Unitary
Slough Labour Labour Unitary
Southend-on-Sea Conservative Conservative Unitary Southend-on-Sea
Swindon NOC NOC Unitary Swindon
Thurrock Labour Labour Unitary Thurrock
Warrington Labour Labour Unitary
Wokingham NOC Conservative Unitary Wokingham

District councils

Whole council

In 46 English district authorities, the whole council was up for election.

Council Former control New control Type Link to council election
Basildon NOC NOC District Basildon
Basingstoke and Deane NOC NOC District Basingstoke and Deane
Bassetlaw Labour Labour District
Bedford NOC NOC District
Brentwood Liberal Democrat Liberal Democrat District Brentwood
Burnley Labour Labour District Burnley
Cannock Chase Labour Labour District
Cheltenham Conservative Liberal Democrat District Cheltenham
Cherwell Conservative Conservative District Cherwell
Chorley NOC NOC District Chorley
Colchester NOC NOC District Colchester
Craven NOC NOC District Craven
Eastbourne Conservative Liberal Democrat District Eastbourne
Eastleigh Liberal Democrat Liberal Democrat District Eastleigh
Epping Forest NOC NOC District Epping Forest
Fareham Conservative Conservative District Fareham
Gloucester NOC NOC District
Gosport NOC NOC District Gosport
Harlow Labour NOC District Harlow
Harrogate Liberal Democrat NOC District Harrogate
Hart NOC Conservative District Hart
Hastings Labour Labour District Hastings
Havant NOC Conservative District Havant
Hyndburn Conservative Labour District Hyndburn
Ipswich Labour Labour District Ipswich
Maidstone NOC NOC District Maidstone
Newcastle-under-Lyme Labour NOC District Newcastle-under-Lyme
Nuneaton and Bedworth Labour Labour District Nuneaton and Bedworth
Oxford NOC Labour District Oxford
Pendle NOC NOC District Pendle
Preston NOC NOC District Preston
Rochford NOC Conservative District Rochford
Rossendale Conservative Labour District Rossendale
Rugby NOC NOC District Rugby
Rushmoor Conservative Conservative District Rushmoor
Shrewsbury and Atcham NOC Conservative District
South Bedfordshire Conservative Conservative District
Stratford-on-Avon Conservative Conservative District Stratford-on-Avon
Stroud NOC Conservative District Stroud
Swale NOC Conservative District
Tamworth Labour Labour District Tamworth
Tunbridge Wells Conservative Conservative District Tunbridge Wells
Waveney Labour NOC District Waveney
West Lancashire NOC Conservative District West Lancashire
West Oxfordshire Conservative Conservative District
Winchester Liberal Democrat Liberal Democrat District Winchester

One third of council

In 42 English district authorities, one third of the council was up for election.

Council Former control New control Type Link to council election
Adur NOC Conservative District Adur
Amber Valley Conservative Conservative District Amber Valley
Barrow-in-Furness NOC NOC District Barrow-in-Furness
Broadland Conservative Conservative District
Broxbourne Conservative Conservative District Broxbourne
Cambridge Liberal Democrat Liberal Democrat District
Carlisle Conservative Conservative District Carlisle
Chester NOC NOC District
Congleton NOC NOC District
Crawley Labour Labour District Crawley
Crewe and Nantwich NOC NOC District
Daventry Conservative Conservative District Daventry
Ellesmere Port and Neston Labour Labour District Ellesmere Port and Neston
Elmbridge NOC Residents District
Exeter Labour Labour District
Great Yarmouth Conservative Conservative District Great Yarmouth
Hertsmere Conservative Conservative District Hertsmere
Huntingdonshire Conservative Conservative District Huntingdonshire
Lincoln Labour Labour District Lincoln
Macclesfield Conservative Conservative District
Mole Valley NOC NOC District Mole Valley
North Hertfordshire Conservative Conservative District
Norwich Labour Liberal Democrat District
Penwith NOC NOC District Penwith
Purbeck Conservative Conservative District Purbeck
Redditch Labour NOC District Redditch
Reigate and Banstead Conservative Conservative District
Runnymede Conservative Conservative District Runnymede
South Cambridgeshire NOC NOC District
South Lakeland NOC NOC District South Lakeland
St Albans NOC NOC District St Albans
Stevenage Labour Labour District Stevenage
Tandridge Conservative Conservative District Tandridge
Three Rivers Liberal Democrat Liberal Democrat District Three Rivers
Watford NOC NOC District Watford
Welwyn Hatfield Labour Conservative District Welwyn Hatfield
West Lindsey NOC NOC District West Lindsey
Weymouth and Portland NOC NOC District Weymouth and Portland
Woking NOC NOC District Woking
Worcester NOC NOC District Worcester
Worthing Conservative Liberal Democrat District Worthing
Wyre Forest NOC Health Concern District Wyre Forest

Mayoral Elections

There were seven elections for directly elected mayors.

Council Winning Candidate Party Type Link to mayoral election
Doncaster Martin Winter Labour Metropolitan
Hartlepool Stuart Drummond Independent Unitary Hartlepool
Lewisham Steve Bullock Labour London borough
Middlesbrough Ray Mallon Independent Unitary
Newham Robin Wales Labour London borough
North Tyneside Chris Morgan Conservative Metropolitan
Watford Dorothy Thornhill Liberal Democrat District Watford

External links

  • BBC local elections 2002
  • Full 2002 ward results
  • The Guardian local election coverage
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