The 2012 United Kingdom local elections were held across England, Scotland and Wales on 3 May 2012. Elections were held in 128 English local authorities, all 32 Scottish local authorities and 21 of the 22 Welsh unitary authorities, alongside three mayoral elections including the London mayoralty and the London Assembly. Referendums were also held in 11 English cities to determine whether or not to introduce directly elected mayors.
128 councils in England
all 32 councils in Scotland
21 of 22 councils in Wales
Colours denote the winning party, as shown in the main table of results.
The BBC's projected national vote share put Labour on 38%, the Conservatives on 31%, the Liberal Democrats on 16% and others on 15%. Rallings and Thrasher of Plymouth University estimated 39% for Labour, 33% for the Conservatives, 15% for the Liberal Democrats, and 13% for others.
All registered electors (British, Irish, Commonwealth and European Union citizens) who were aged 18 or over on Thursday 3 May 2012 were entitled to vote in the local elections. Those who were temporarily away from their ordinary address (for example, away working, on holiday, in student accommodation or in hospital) were also entitled to vote in the local elections, although those who had moved abroad and registered as overseas electors cannot vote in the local elections. It is possible to register to vote at more than one address (such as a university student who had a term-time address and lives at home during holidays) at the discretion of the local Electoral Register Office, but it remains an offence to vote more than once in the same local government election.
The deadline to register to vote in the election was midnight on Wednesday 18 April 2012, though anyone who qualified as an anonymous elector had until midnight on Thursday 26 April 2012 to register.
Overall results - Great BritainEdit
|No overall control||51||18||n/a||n/a|
The local authorities having elections in 2012 (excluding mayoral elections) covered about 40% of the total English electorate, with 15.9 million electors entitled to vote. Turnout overall was 31.0%.
In summary, the accumulated local authority vote and seats won by political party was:
Note the equivalent of these figures may not be commonly available for other election years. They represent the actual numbers of votes cast and should not be falsely compared to the more commonly available figures based on the projections for the whole of Great Britain.
All 36 Metropolitan boroughs had one third of their seats up for election.
Whole council up for electionEdit
Two unitary authorities that would usually have had a third of their seats up for election, actually had elections for all their seats because of the implementation of boundary changes.
One third of council up for electionEdit
In 16 English unitary authorities, one third of the council was up for election.
|Blackburn with Darwen||Labour||Labour hold||Details|
|Derby||No overall control||Labour gain||Details|
|Kingston upon Hull||Labour||Labour hold||Details|
|Milton Keynes||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|North East Lincolnshire||No overall control||Labour gain||Details|
|Portsmouth||Liberal Democrats||Liberal Democrats hold||Details|
|Reading||No overall control||Labour gain||Details|
|Southend-on-Sea||Conservative||No overall control gain||Details|
|Thurrock||No overall control||Labour gain||Details|
Whole council up for electionEdit
Four district councils that would usually have had one-third of their seats due for election, actually had full council elections as a result of the implementation of new ward boundaries.
Half of council up for electionEdit
7 district councils had half of their seats up for election.
|Cheltenham||Liberal Democrats||Liberal Democrats hold||Details|
|Nuneaton and Bedworth||No overall control||Labour gain||Details|
One third of council up for electionEdit
In 63 district authorities, one third of the seats were up for election.
Three direct mayoral elections were held.
|Local Authority||Previous Mayor||Mayor-elect||Details|
|London||Boris Johnson (Conservative)||Boris Johnson (Conservative)||Details|
|Salford||none||Ian Stewart (Labour)||Details|
|Liverpool||none||Joe Anderson (Labour)||Details|
Referendums were also held in 11 English cities to determine whether or not to introduce the position of a directly elected mayor. These polls took place in Birmingham, Bradford, Bristol, Coventry, Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne, Nottingham, Sheffield and Wakefield. Of these 11 cities, only Bristol chose direct election (rather than council appointment) of a mayor. In addition, the citizens of Doncaster voted on the same day to continue electing their mayors directly.
All council seats were up for election in the 32 Scottish authorities.
|No overall control||n/a||n/a||n/a||9||5||n/a||n/a|
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- The deadline for the receipt of electoral registration applications is the eleventh working day before election day.
- The deadline for the receipt and determination of anonymous electoral registration applications was the same as the publication date of the notice of alteration to the Electoral Register (i.e. the fifth working day before election day).
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- Excludes Anglesey in vote and seat data. See individual detailed articles below for the breakdown; this is a summary of the overall result.
- "Anglesey council election postponed for year to 2013". BBC News. 17 January 2012. Retrieved 7 February 2012.
Local government elections on Anglesey have been delayed for a year. It will mean people on the island will elect their new council in May 2013, 12 months later than in the rest of Wales.