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Local elections took place in some parts of the UK on the 7 June 2001. Elections took place for all of the English shire counties, some English unitary authorities and all of the Northern Ireland districts. The elections were delayed from the usual date of the first Thursday in May due to the 2001 UK foot and mouth crisis and were held on the same day as the general election.

While the results were overshadowed by the re-election of the Labour government, they did provide some comfort to the Conservative party. The Conservatives consolidated their position as the largest party on the English county councils.


Summary of results

The results of the English local elections saw the Conservative party make significant progress, gaining control of a further five councils. The Labour party lost control of Cumbria and Warwickshire county councils, while the Liberal Democrats suffered losses of both councils and councillors.

Party Councillors Councils
+/- Total +/- Total
Conservative Party +120 1,093 +5 18
Labour Party +7 843 -2 14
Liberal Democrat -80 449 -2 0
Independents -25 67 0 0
Others -1 28 0 0
No overall control 0 0 -1 13

County councils

In all 34 English county councils the whole council was up for election.

Council Former control New control Type Link to council election
Bedfordshire Conservative Conservative County
Buckinghamshire Conservative Conservative County Details
Cambridgeshire Conservative Conservative County
Cheshire NOC Conservative County
Cornwall NOC NOC County
Cumbria Labour NOC County
Derbyshire Labour Labour County
Devon Liberal Democrat NOC County
Dorset NOC Conservative County
Durham Labour Labour County
East Sussex NOC Conservative County
Essex Conservative Conservative County
Gloucestershire NOC NOC County
Hampshire Conservative Conservative County
Hertfordshire Conservative Conservative County
Kent Conservative Conservative County Details
Lancashire Labour Labour County Details
Leicestershire NOC Conservative County
Lincolnshire Conservative Conservative County
Norfolk NOC Conservative County
North Yorkshire Conservative Conservative County
Northamptonshire Labour Labour County
Northumberland Labour Labour County
Nottinghamshire Labour Labour County
Oxfordshire NOC NOC County
Shropshire NOC NOC County Details
Somerset Liberal Democrat NOC County
Staffordshire Labour Labour County
Suffolk NOC NOC County Details
Surrey Conservative Conservative County
Warwickshire Labour NOC County
West Sussex Conservative Conservative County
Wiltshire Conservative Conservative County Details
Worcestershire NOC NOC County

Unitary authorities

In two English unitary authorities the whole council was up for election while a further nine unitary authorities had one third of the council up for election.


Whole council

Council Former control New control Type Link to council election
Isle of Wight NOC NOC Unitary
Southend-on-Sea Conservative Conservative Unitary

One third of council

Council Former control New control Type Link to council election
Blackburn with Darwen Labour Labour Unitary
Bristol Labour Labour Unitary
Halton Labour Labour Unitary
Peterborough NOC NOC Unitary Peterborough
Reading Labour Labour Unitary
Slough Labour Labour Unitary
Thurrock Labour Labour Unitary Thurrock
Warrington Labour Labour Unitary
Wokingham NOC NOC Unitary Wokingham

Northern Ireland

In all 26 Northern Ireland districts the whole council was up for election. They were elected by Single Transferable Vote. They saw the Democratic Unionist Party and Sinn Féin make gains at the expense of the other parties.

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Preceded by
United Kingdom local elections, 2000
United Kingdom local elections Succeeded by
United Kingdom local elections, 2002


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