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United Kingdom local elections, 2015

United Kingdom local elections, 2015

7 May 2015

279 councils in England and
5 directly elected Mayors in England
  David Cameron Ed Miliband
Leader David Cameron Ed Miliband
Party Conservative Labour
Leader since 6 December 2005 25 September 2010
Last election 29%[1] 31%[1]
Councils +/–
Councillors +/–

  Nick Clegg Nigel Farage
Leader Nick Clegg Nigel Farage
Party Liberal Democrat UKIP
Leader since 18 December 2007 5 November 2010
Last election 13%[1] 17%[1]
Councils +/–
Councillors +/–

The 2015 United Kingdom local elections will be held on Thursday 7 May 2015, the same day the next United Kingdom general election is scheduled to take place according to the Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011. In England, direct elections are to be held in all 36 Metropolitan boroughs, 194 Second-tier district authorities, 49 unitary authorities and various mayoral posts, meaning local elections will take place in all parts of England with the exception of six unitary authorities (Cornwall, Durham, the Isle of Wight, Northumberland, Shropshire and Wiltshire), seven districts and boroughs (Adur, Cheltenham, Fareham, Gosport, Hastings, Nuneaton and Bedworth and Oxford), and the 32 London boroughs. For the majority of English districts and the 25 unitary authorities that are elected "all out" these will be the first elections since 2011. In Northern Ireland, there were elections to all 26 local councils in 2011 but these councils have since been scrapped and replaced by 11 super councils, which had their inaugural elections in 2014. Elections will also take place for most English parish councils.

All registered electors (British, Irish, Commonwealth and European Union citizens) who will be aged 18 or over on the day of the election are entitled to vote in the local elections. Those who will be temporarily away from their ordinary address (for example, away working, on holiday, in student accommodation or in hospital) are also entitled to vote in the local elections,[1] although those who have moved abroad and registered as overseas electors cannot vote in the local elections. Those who are registered to vote at more than one address (such as a university student who has a term-time address and lives at home during holidays) are entitled to vote in the local elections at each address, as long as they are not in the same local government area.[2][3]


Metropolitan boroughs

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

Council Previous control Result Details
Barnsley Labour
Birmingham Labour
Bolton Labour
Bradford Labour
Bury Labour
Calderdale No overall control
Coventry Labour
Doncaster Labour
Dudley Labour
Gateshead Labour
Kirklees No overall control
Knowsley Labour
Leeds Labour
Liverpool Labour
Manchester Labour
Newcastle upon Tyne Labour
North Tyneside Labour
Oldham Labour
Rochdale Labour
Rotherham Labour
St Helens Labour
Salford Labour
Sandwell Labour
Sefton Labour
Sheffield Labour
Solihull Conservative
South Tyneside Labour
Stockport No overall control
Sunderland Labour
Tameside Labour
Trafford Conservative
Wakefield Labour
Walsall No overall control
Wigan Labour
Wirral Labour
Wolverhampton Labour

Unitary authorities

Whole council

In 30 English Unitary authorities the whole council were up for election.

Council Previous control Result Details
Bath and North East Somerset No overall control
Bedford No overall control
Blackpool Labour
Bournemouth Conservative
Bracknell Forest Conservative
Brighton & Hove No overall control
Central Bedfordshire Conservative
Cheshire East Conservative
Cheshire West and Chester Conservative
Darlington Labour
East Riding of Yorkshire Conservative
Herefordshire No overall control
Leicester Labour
Luton Labour
Medway Conservative
Middlesbrough Labour
North Lincolnshire Conservative
North Somerset Conservative
Nottingham Labour
Poole No overall control
Redcar and Cleveland No overall control
Rutland Conservative
South Gloucestershire No overall control
Stockton-on-Tees No overall control
Stoke-on-Trent Labour
Telford and Wrekin Labour
Torbay Conservative
West Berkshire Conservative
Windsor and Maidenhead Conservative
York Labour

Third of council

In 19 English Unitary authorities one third of the council were up for election.

Council Previous control Result Details
Blackburn with Darwen Labour
Bristol No overall control
Derby Labour
Halton Labour
Hartlepool Labour
Kingston upon Hull Labour
Milton Keynes No overall control
North East Lincolnshire No overall control
Peterborough No overall control
Plymouth Labour
Portsmouth No overall control
Reading Labour
Slough Labour
Southampton Labour
Southend-on-Sea No overall control
Swindon Conservative
Thurrock No overall control
Warrington Labour
Wokingham Conservative

Non-metropolitan districts

Whole council

In 127 English district authorities the whole council were up for election.

Council Previous control Result Details
Allerdale No overall control
Arun Conservative
Ashfield Labour
Ashford Conservative
Aylesbury Vale Conservative
Babergh No overall control
Barrow-in-Furness Labour
Blaby Conservative
Bolsover Labour
Boston Conservative
Braintree Conservative
Breckland Conservative
Broadland Conservative
Bromsgrove Conservative
Broxtowe No overall control
Canterbury Conservative
Charnwood Conservative
Chelmsford Conservative
Chesterfield Labour
Chichester Conservative
Chiltern Conservative
Christchurch Conservative
Copeland Labour
Corby Labour
Cotswold Conservative
Dacorum Conservative
Dartford Conservative
Derbyshire Dales Conservative
Dover Conservative
Eastbourne Liberal Democrat
East Cambridgeshire Conservative
East Devon Conservative
East Dorset Conservative
East Hampshire Conservative
East Hertfordshire Conservative
East Lindsey No overall control
East Northamptonshire Conservative
East Staffordshire Conservative
Eden No overall control
Epsom and Ewell Residents Association
Erewash Conservative
Fenland Conservative
Forest Heath Conservative
Forest of Dean No overall control
Fylde Conservative
Gedling Labour
Gravesham Labour
Guildford Conservative
Hambleton Conservative
Harborough Conservative
High Peak No overall control
Hinckley and Bosworth Liberal Democrat
Horsham Conservative
Kettering Conservative
King's Lynn and West Norfolk Conservative
Lancaster No overall control Details
Lewes Liberal Democrat
Lichfield Conservative
Maldon Conservative
Malvern Hills Conservative
Mansfield Labour
Melton Conservative
Mendip Conservative
Mid Devon Conservative
Mid Suffolk Conservative
Mid Sussex Conservative
New Forest Conservative
Newark and Sherwood No overall control
North Devon No overall control
North Dorset Conservative
North East Derbyshire Labour
North Kesteven Conservative
North Norfolk Conservative
North Warwickshire Labour
North West Leicestershire Conservative
Northampton Conservative
Oadby and Wigston Liberal Democrat
Ribble Valley Conservative
Richmondshire No overall control
Rother Conservative
Rushcliffe Conservative
Ryedale Conservative
Scarborough No overall control
Sedgemoor Conservative
Selby Conservative
Sevenoaks Conservative
Shepway Conservative
South Bucks Conservative
South Derbyshire Conservative
South Hams Conservative
South Holland Conservative
South Kesteven Conservative
South Norfolk Conservative
South Northamptonshire Conservative
South Oxfordshire Conservative
South Ribble Conservative Details
South Somerset Liberal Democrat
South Staffordshire Conservative
Spelthorne Conservative
St Edmundsbury Conservative
Stafford Conservative
Staffordshire Moorlands No overall control
Stratford-on-Avon Conservative
Suffolk Coastal Conservative
Surrey Heath Conservative
Swale Conservative
Taunton Deane No overall control
Teignbridge Conservative
Tendring Conservative
Test Valley Conservative
Tewkesbury Conservative
Thanet No overall control
Tonbridge and Malling Conservative
Torridge No overall control
Uttlesford Conservative
Vale of White Horse Conservative
Warwick Conservative
Waveney No overall control
Waverley Conservative
Wealden Conservative
Wellingborough Conservative
West Devon Conservative
West Dorset Conservative
West Lindsey Conservative
West Somerset Conservative
Wychavon Conservative
Wycombe Conservative
Wyre Conservative Wyre

Third of council

In 67 English district authorities one third of the council were up for election.

Council Previous control Result Details
Amber Valley Labour
Basildon No overall control
Basingstoke and Deane No overall control
Bassetlaw Labour
Brentwood No overall control
Broxbourne Conservative
Burnley Labour
Cambridge Labour
Cannock Chase Labour
Carlisle Labour
Castle Point No overall control
Cherwell Conservative
Chorley Labour
Colchester No overall control
Craven Conservative
Crawley Labour
Daventry Conservative
Eastleigh Liberal Democrat
Elmbridge Conservative
Epping Forest Conservative
Exeter Labour
Gloucester No overall control
Great Yarmouth No overall control
Harlow Labour
Harrogate Conservative
Hart Conservative
Havant Conservative
Hertsmere Conservative
Huntingdonshire Conservative
Hyndburn Labour
Ipswich Labour
Lincoln Labour
Maidstone No overall control
Mole Valley No overall control
Newcastle-under-Lyme Labour
North Hertfordshire Conservative
Norwich Labour
Pendle No overall control
Preston Labour Details
Purbeck No overall control
Redditch Conservative
Reigate and Banstead Conservative
Rochford Conservative
Rossendale Labour
Rugby Conservative
Runnymede Conservative
Rushmoor Conservative
St Albans No overall control
South Cambridgeshire Conservative
South Lakeland Liberal Democrat
Stevenage Labour
Stroud No overall control
Tamworth Conservative
Tandridge Conservative
Three Rivers Liberal Democrat
Tunbridge Wells Conservative
Watford Liberal Democrat
Welwyn Hatfield Conservative
West Lancashire No overall control
West Oxfordshire Conservative
Weymouth and Portland No overall control
Winchester No overall control
Woking Conservative
Worcester No overall control
Worthing Conservative
Wyre Forest No overall control

Mayoral elections

Five direct mayoral elections will be held.

Local Authority Previous Mayor Mayor-elect Details
Bedford Dave Hodgson (Liberal Democrats)
Leicester Sir Peter Soulsby (Labour)
Mansfield Tony Egginton (Mansfield Independent Forum)
Middlesbrough Ray Mallon (Independent)
Torbay Gordon Oliver (Conservative)


  1. ^ a b c d All vote shares in the infobox are projected national vote shares calculated by the BBC.


  1. ^ "The Representation of the People (Form of Canvass) (England and Wales) Regulations 2006, Schedule Part 1". 13 October 2011. Retrieved 7 December 2012. 
  2. ^ "Students". Retrieved 22 August 2013. 
  3. ^ "I have two homes. Can I register at both addresses?". The Electoral Commission. Retrieved 5 January 2011. 

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