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United Kingdom local elections, 2005

United Kingdom local elections, 2005

5 May 2005

All 34 non-metropolitan counties, 3 out of 46 unitary authorities,
1 sui generis authority, 4 directly elected mayors
and all 26 Northern Irish districts
  Majority party Minority party Third party
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Leader Michael Howard Tony Blair Charles Kennedy
Party Conservative Labour Liberal Democrat
Leader since 6 November 2003 21 July 1994 9 August 1999
Last election 37% 30% 21%
Percentage 40% 28% 25%
Swing 3% 2% 4%
Councils 24 6 3
Councils +/- 7 1 3
Councillors 1193 612 493
Councillors +/- 152 114 40

Elections for local government were held in the England and Northern Ireland on 5 May 2005 along with the 2005 general election across the entire United Kingdom. In addition, the Isle of Wight held a local referendum on the issue of a directly elected mayor.

Despite losing the general election held on the same day, the Conservatives made strong gains at Labour's expense, providing some comfort to the party. Conservative leader Michael Howard resigned soon afterwards and was succeeded by David Cameron, who had a decent platform to build on in his challenge to lead the Conservatives to a general election victory; the party had increased its share of council seats and importantly its share of seats in parliament.


  • Summary of results 1
  • England 2
    • Non-metropolitan county councils 2.1
    • Unitary authorities 2.2
      • Whole council 2.2.1
      • Third of council 2.2.2
    • Sui generis 2.3
    • Mayoral elections 2.4
  • Northern Ireland 3
    • Results summary 3.1
  • References 4

Summary of results

Party Councils Councillors
Gain Loss Change Total Gain Loss Change Total
Conservative +7 24 +152 1,193
Labour –1 6 –114 612
Liberal Democrat +3 3 +40 493
Green 0 0 +6 8
Residents 0 0 –3 8
Liberal 0 0 -3 2
Health Concern 0 0 -5 1
UKIP 0 0 -1 0
Other 0 0 0 0 –26 96
No overall control -9 4

Source: BBC local election results for England[1]


Non-metropolitan county councils

In 34 shire county county council, all seats were up for re-election.

Council Previous control Result Details
Bedfordshire Conservative Conservative hold Details
Buckinghamshire Conservative Conservative hold Details
Cambridgeshire Conservative Conservative hold Details
Cheshire Conservative Conservative hold Details
Cornwall No overall control Liberal Democrat gain Details
Cumbria No overall control No overall control hold Details
Derbyshire Labour Labour hold Details
Devon No overall control Liberal Democrat gain Details
Dorset Conservative Conservative hold Details
Durham Labour Labour hold Details
East Sussex Conservative Conservative hold Details
Essex Conservative Conservative hold Details
Gloucestershire No overall control Conservative gain Details
Hampshire Conservative Conservative hold Details
Hertfordshire Conservative Conservative hold Details
Kent Conservative Conservative hold Details
Lancashire Labour Labour hold Details
Leicestershire Conservative Conservative hold Details
Lincolnshire Conservative Conservative hold Details
Norfolk Conservative Conservative hold Details
North Yorkshire Conservative Conservative hold Details
Northamptonshire Labour Conservative gain Details
Northumberland Labour Labour hold Details
Nottinghamshire Labour Labour hold Details
Oxfordshire No overall control Conservative gain Details
Shropshire No overall control Conservative gain Details
Somerset No overall control Liberal Democrat gain Details
Staffordshire Labour Labour hold Details
Suffolk No overall control Conservative gain Details
Surrey Conservative Conservative hold Details
Warwickshire No overall control No overall control hold Details
West Sussex Conservative Conservative hold Details
Wiltshire Conservative Conservative hold Details
Worcestershire No overall control Conservative gain Details

‡ New ward boundaries

Unitary authorities

Whole council

In two unitary authorities the whole council were up for election and one had a third of the council up for election.

Council Previous control Result Details
Isle of Wight No overall control Conservative gain Details
Stockton-on-Tees Labour No overall control gain Details

‡ New ward boundaries

Third of council

Council Previous control Result Details
Bristol No overall control No overall control hold Details

Sui generis

Council Previous control Result Details
Isles of Scilly Independent Independent hold Details

Mayoral elections

Four direct mayoral elections were held.

Local Authority Previous Mayor Mayor-elect Details
Doncaster Martin Winter (Labour) Martin Winter (Labour)
Hartlepool Stuart Drummond (Independent) Stuart Drummond (Independent)
North Tyneside Linda Arkley (Conservative) John Harrison (Labour) Details
Stoke-on-Trent Mike Wolfe (Independent) Mark Meredith (Labour)

Northern Ireland

All seats were up for election in the 26 districts of Northern Ireland. The many parties and the use of the single transferable vote meant that most councils ended up in no overall control. The DUP gained majority control of three councils: Ards, Ballymena, and Castlereagh.

Results summary

Party Councillors Votes
Change Total % share Total
DUP +51 182 30 208,278
Sinn Féin +18 126 23 163,205
UUP -39 115 18 126,317
SDLP -16 101 17 121,991
Alliance +2 30 5 35,149
Independent -14 20 4 27,677
Green (NI) +3 3 1 5,703
PUP -2 2 1 4,591
United Unionist 0 2 0.3 2,064
Newtownabbey Ratepayers 0 1 0.3 1,897
Socialist Environmental 0 0 0.2 1,321
Conservative 0 0 0.2 1,164
Workers' Party 0 0 0.1 1,052
Socialist Party 0 0 0.1 828
NI Women's Coalition -1 0 0.1 738
UK Unionist -2 0 0.1 734

Source: ARK research and knowledge group[2]


  1. ^ BBC News Election 2005
  2. ^ Local Government Elections 2005, Northern Ireland, ARK research and knowledge group
  • Local and Mayoral elections 2005. House of Commons Library Research Paper 05/93
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