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2008 United Kingdom 2010
United Kingdom local elections, 2009
35 English Local Authorities
4 June 2009
First party Second party Third party
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Leader David Cameron Nick Clegg Gordon Brown
Party Conservative Liberal Democrat Labour
Leader since 6 December 2005 18 December 2007 24 June 2007
Last election 44%[1] 25%[1] 24%[1]
Percentage 38%[2] 28%[2] 23%[2]
Councils 30 1 0
Councils +/– +7 −1 −4
Councillors 1531 484 178
Councillors +/– +244 −2 −291

The 2009 United Kingdom local elections were elections held to all 27 County Councils, three existing Unitary Authorities and five new Unitary Authorities, all in England, on 4 June 2009.[3][4] The elections were due to be held on 7 May 2009, but were delayed in order to coincide with elections to the European Parliament.[5][6]


Summary of results

Mapped results
Party Councillors Councils
+/− Total +/− Total
Conservative +244 1,531 +7 30
Liberal Democrat −2 484 −1 1
Labour −291 178 −4 0
Independent +6 97 0 0
Green +8 18 0 0
Residents +2 9 0 0
UKIP +7 7 0 0
Mebyon Kernow 0 3 0 0
BNP +3 3 0 0
Liberal 0 2 0 0
Others +15 30 0 0
No overall control n/a n/a −2 3

Source: BBC News

Isles of Scilly Council not included in the above figures.

County councils

All 27 English County Councils were up for election. All seats on the councils were contested at this election.

Council Previous control Result Details
Buckinghamshire Conservative Conservative hold Details
Cambridgeshire Conservative Conservative hold Details
Cumbria No overall control No overall control hold Details
Derbyshire Labour Conservative gain Details
Devon Liberal Democrat Conservative gain Details
Dorset Conservative Conservative hold Details
East Sussex Conservative Conservative hold Details
Essex Conservative Conservative hold Details
Gloucestershire Conservative Conservative hold Details
Hampshire Conservative Conservative hold Details
Hertfordshire Conservative Conservative hold Details
Kent Conservative Conservative hold Details
Lancashire Labour Conservative gain Details
Leicestershire Conservative Conservative hold Details
Lincolnshire Conservative Conservative hold Details
Norfolk Conservative Conservative hold Details
North Yorkshire Conservative Conservative hold Details
Northamptonshire Conservative Conservative hold Details
Nottinghamshire Labour Conservative gain Details
Oxfordshire Conservative Conservative hold Details
Somerset Liberal Democrat Conservative gain Details
Staffordshire Labour Conservative gain Details
Suffolk Conservative Conservative hold Details
Surrey Conservative Conservative hold Details
Warwickshire No overall control Conservative gain Details
West Sussex Conservative Conservative hold Details
Worcestershire Conservative Conservative hold Details

Unitary authorities


Existing authorities

Council Proportion up
for election
Previous control Result Details
Bristol 1/3 No overall control Liberal Democrat gain Details
Isle of Wight All Conservative Conservative hold Details
Isles of Scilly All Independent Independent hold Details

New authorities

Elections were held for five new unitary authorities. All councillors were elected at this election.

Council Result Details
Bedford No overall control Details
Central Bedfordshire Conservative Details
Cornwall No overall control Details
Shropshire Conservative Details
Wiltshire Conservative Details

Mayoral elections

Local Authority Previous Mayor Candidate elected Details
Doncaster Martin Winter (Independent[7]) Peter Davies (English Democrats) Details
Hartlepool Stuart Drummond (Independent) Stuart Drummond (Independent) Details
North Tyneside John Harrison (Labour) Linda Arkley (Conservative) Details

A mayoral election was also due to be held in Stoke-on-Trent, however voters in the city voted to abolish the directly elected mayor system in a referendum held in October 2008. The referendum decided to replace the mayor and executive system with a council leader and cabinet system of local government.[8]

See also

External links


  1. ^ a b c "BBC projected national vote shares from 2008". BBC News. 2008-05-04. Retrieved 2009-06-06.  
  2. ^ a b c "BBC projected national vote shares for 2009". BBC News. Retrieved 2009-06-06.  
  3. ^ "Communities and Local Government - Local government elections in 2009". Retrieved 2009-06-06.  
  4. ^ Communities and Local Government - Moving the date of English Local Government elections to the date of the European Parliament elections in 2009 - Consultation
  5. ^ Department of the Official Report (Hansard), House of Commons, Westminster (2008-11-04). "House of Commons Hansard Debates from 04 Nov 2008 - Local Government Motion". Retrieved 2009-06-06.  
  6. ^ "'British expenses scandal dominates political debate', 23 May 2009". City Mayors. 2009-05-23. Retrieved 2009-06-06.  
  7. ^ Winter was elected as the Labour Party candidate, but declared himself an independent following the 2008 local elections. After refusing to back down, Winter was expelled from the Labour Party on May 29, 2008, and has since lost a motion of no confidence but has refused to step down. See Winter's own article for further details.
  8. ^ "Mayor faces final months in power". BBC News. 2009-03-06. Retrieved 2009-06-06.  
Preceded by
United Kingdom local elections, 2008
UK local elections Succeeded by
United Kingdom local elections, 2010


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