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2004 United Kingdom 2006
United Kingdom local elections, 2005
38 English county and unitary councils
26 Northern Irish district and borough councils
5 May 2005
Majority party Minority party Third party
     
Leader Michael Howard Tony Blair Charles Kennedy
Party Conservative Labour Liberal Democrat
Leader since November 2003 21 July 1994 9 August 1999
Percentage 40 28 25
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.

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England Results

Party Councils Councillors
Change Total Change Total
Conservative +7 24 +152 1193
Labour –1 6 –114 612
Liberal Democrat +3 3 +40 493
Green 0 0 +6 8
Residents Associations 0 0 –3 8
Liberal 0 0 -3 2
Health Concern 0 0 -5 1
UKIP 0 0 -1 0
Other 0 0 –26 96
No Overall Control -9 4

Source: BBC local election results for England[1]

Directly-elected mayors

District Winner Party Incumbent Party Election details
Doncaster Martin Winter Labour Martin Winter Labour
Hartlepool Stuart Drummond Independent Stuart Drummond Independent
North Tyneside John Harrison Labour Linda Arkley Conservative North Tyneside mayoral election, 2005
Stoke-on-Trent Mark Meredith Labour Mike Wolfe Independent

England County councils

All shire county county council seats were up for re-election.

Bedfordshire (Council) Conservative hold
Buckinghamshire (Council) Conservative hold
Cambridgeshire (Council) Conservative hold
Cheshire (Council) Conservative hold
Cornwall (Council) Liberal Democrat gain from NOC
Cumbria (Council) NOC hold
Derbyshire (Council) Labour hold
Devon (Council) Liberal Democrat gain from NOC
Dorset (Council) Conservative hold
Durham (Council) Labour hold
East Sussex (Council) Conservative hold
Essex (Council) Conservative hold
Gloucestershire (Council) Conservative gain from NOC
Hampshire (Council) Conservative hold
Hertfordshire (Council) Conservative hold Hertfordshire Council election, 2005
Kent (Council) Conservative hold Kent Council election, 2005
Lancashire (Council) Labour hold Lancashire Council election, 2005
Leicestershire (Council) Conservative hold
Lincolnshire (Council) Conservative hold Lincolnshire County Council elections, 2005
Norfolk (Council) Conservative hold
North Yorkshire (Council) Conservative hold
Northamptonshire (Council) Conservative gain from Labour
Northumberland (Council) Labour hold
Nottinghamshire (Council) Labour hold
Oxfordshire (Council) Conservative gain from NOC
Shropshire (Council) Conservative gain from NOC Shropshire County Council election, 2005
Somerset (Council) Liberal Democrat gain from NOC
Staffordshire (Council) Labour hold
Suffolk (Council) Conservative gain from NOC Suffolk Council election, 2005
Surrey (Council) Conservative hold
Warwickshire (Council) NOC hold
West Sussex (Council) Conservative hold West Sussex Council election, 2005
Wiltshire (Council) Conservative hold Wiltshire Council election, 2005
Worcestershire (Council) Conservative gain from NOC

Unitary authorities

Bristol (Council) NOC hold 1/3
Isle of Wight (Council) NOC to Conservatives all up Isle of Wight Council election, 2005
Isles of Scilly Independent hold all up
Stockton-on-Tees (Council) NOC gain from Labour all up

Northern Ireland district and borough councils

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.

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Results summary

Party Councillors Votes
Change Total  % share Total
Democratic Unionist +51 182 30 208,278
Sinn Féin +18 126 23 163,205
Ulster Unionist -39 115 18 126,317
Social Democratic and Labour -16 101 17 121,991
Alliance +2 30 5 35,149
Independent -14 20 4 27,677
Green (NI) +3 3 1 5,703
Progressive Unionist -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]

References

Preceded by
United Kingdom local elections, 2004
United Kingdom local elections Succeeded by
United Kingdom local elections, 2006

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