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United Kingdom local elections, 2008

The 2008 United Kingdom local elections were held on 1 May 2008. These elections took place in 137 English Local Authorities and all Welsh Councils.[1]

United Kingdom local elections, 2008

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137 English Local Authorities and all Welsh Councils

  First party Second party
  David Cameron Gordon Brown
Leader David Cameron Gordon Brown
Party Conservative Labour
Leader since 6 December 2005 24 June 2007
Percentage 44% 24%
Swing Increase4% Decrease3%
Councils 65 18
Councils +/– Increase12 Decrease9
Councillors 3,154 2,368
Councillors +/– Increase256 Decrease331

  Third party Fourth party
  Nick Clegg File:Ieuan Wyn Jones
Leader Nick Clegg Ieuan Wyn Jones
Party Liberal Democrat Plaid Cymru
Leader since 18 December 2007 18 December 2007
Percentage 25%
Swing Decrease1%
Councils 12 0
Councils +/– Increase1 Decrease1
Councillors 1,805 205
Councillors +/– Increase34 Increase31

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Colours denote the winning party, as shown in the main table of results.

There were also extraordinary elections held for four of the new unitary authorities being created, in Northumberland, County Durham and Cheshire (two councils - Cheshire East and Cheshire West and Chester).[2] Scheduled elections for Penwith in Cornwall, Shrewsbury & Atcham in Shropshire, Bedford and South Bedfordshire in Bedfordshire and five district councils in Cheshire were cancelled, due to the up-coming unitary authorities being established in those counties.

The Labour Party finished in 3rd place, trailing the Conservatives by 20%, the largest such margin ever between the two main parties. Aside from the strong showing for David Cameron's Conservatives, the BNP also made substantial gains, making 10 net gains to finish with over 30 seats.

The strong showing for the Conservatives and the disappointing showing by Labour reflected the change in the political mood of Britain at the time, where the Labour government, now led by prime minister Gordon Brown, had suffered a slump in popularity due to the financial crisis and economic fears which were affecting Britain at the time.

Contents

Summary of resultsEdit

Party Councillors Councils
Number Change Number Change
Conservative 3,155  257 65  12
Labour 2,365  334 18  9
Liberal Democrat 1,804  33 12  1
Plaid Cymru 205  31 0  1
Green 47  5 0  
Residents 43  11 0  
BNP 37  10 0  
Liberal 20  2 0  
Health Concern 10   0  
UKIP 8  3 0  
Respect 4  1 0  
Socialist Alternative 2   0  
Others 716  4 0  
No overall control n/a n/a 64  3

EnglandEdit

Metropolitan boroughsEdit

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

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

Unitary authoritiesEdit

Existing councilsEdit

In 19 English unitary authorities one third of the council was up for election.

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

New councilsEdit

Elections were held in three of the current non-metropolitan counties of Cheshire, County Durham and Northumberland for four new unitary authorities which were established in 2009. These councils were "shadow councils" until then.

Council Result Details
Cheshire East Conservative Details
Cheshire West and Chester Conservative Details
Durham Labour Details
Northumberland No overall control

District councilsEdit

Whole councilEdit

In 4 English district authorities the whole council was up for election following ward boundary changes.

Council Previous control Result Details
Barrow-in-Furness No overall control No overall control hold Details
Basingstoke and Deane No overall control Conservative gain Details
South Lakeland Liberal Democrat Liberal Democrat hold Details
Welwyn Hatfield Conservative Conservative hold Details

Half of councilEdit

In 7 English district authorities, half of the council was up for election.

Council Previous control Result Details
Adur Conservative Conservative hold Details
Cheltenham No overall control No overall control hold Details
Fareham Conservative Conservative hold Details
Gosport No overall control No overall control hold Details
Hastings No overall control No overall control hold Details
Nuneaton and Bedworth Labour Conservative gain Details
Oxford No overall control No overall control hold Details

Third of councilEdit

In 67 English district authorities, a third of the council was up for election.

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

Mayoral electionsEdit

Local Authority Previous Mayor Mayor-elect Details
London Ken Livingstone (Labour) Boris Johnson (Conservative) gain Details

WalesEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit