All 36 metropolitan boroughs, all 296 English districts and all 37 Welsh districts
Local elections were held in the United Kingdom in 1991.The results were a setback for the governing Conservative Party, who were left with their lowest number of councillors since 1973 - though their popular vote was an improvement from the 1990 local elections (John Major had succeeded Margaret Thatcher as prime minister in November 1990), and the Conservatives would go on to win the general election in 1992.
Labour and the Liberal Democrats both benefited from the Conservative losses.
The main opposition Labour Party gained 584 seats, bringing their number of councillors to 9,504 - their highest since 1975. Their projected share of the vote was 38%, a decline of 6% from the previous year. They overtook the Conservatives in number of councillors and would remain in that position until 2003.
The governing Conservative Party lost 1,035 seats, leaving them with 7,985 councillors. Their share of the vote was projected to be 35%, an increase of 2% from the previous year.
The Liberal Democrats gained 407 seats and had 3,672 councillors after the elections, a record number and a sign of their improving popularity after a series of disastrous performances in local and European elections after their formation in March 1988. Their projected share of the vote was 22%, up from 17% in 1990.
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All 36 metropolitan borough councils had one third of their seats up for election.
|Newcastle upon Tyne||Labour||Labour hold||Details|
|North Tyneside||Labour||Labour hold||Details|
|Sefton||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Solihull||Conservative||No overall control gain||Details|
|South Tyneside||Labour||Labour hold||Details|
|St Helens||Labour||Labour hold||Details|
|Stockport||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Wirral||No overall control||Labour gain||Details|
In 185 districts the whole council was up for election.
Three of those districts - Oadby and Wigston, Tonbridge and Malling and Torbay - returned to whole councils elections having previously been elected by thirds.
In 9 districts there were new ward boundaries, following further electoral boundary reviews by the Local Government Boundary Commission for England.
These were the last elections to the district councils of Langbaurgh-on-Tees, Middlesbrough, Stockton-on-Tees and Woodspring before they were made unitary authorities by the Local Government Commission for England (1992).
These were also the last elections to the district councils of Beverley, Boothferry, Cleethorpes, East Yorkshire, Glanford, Holderness, Kingswood, Medina, Northavon, South Wight and Wansdyke before they were abolished and replaced by unitary authorities by the Local Government Commission for England (1992).
|Allerdale||No overall control||Labour gain||Details|
|Alnwick||No overall control||Liberal Democrats gain||Details|
|Aylesbury Vale||Conservative||No overall control gain||Details|
|Babergh||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Berwick-upon-Tweed||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Beverley||Conservative||No overall control gain||Details|
|Blackpool||No overall control||Labour gain||Details|
|Blyth Valley ‡||Liberal Democrats||Labour gain||Details|
|Boothferry||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Boston||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Bournemouth||Conservative||No overall control gain||Details|
|Bracknell Forest||Conservative||Conservative hold||Details|
|Braintree||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Burnley ‡||Labour||Labour hold||Details|
|Canterbury||Conservative||No overall control gain||Details|
|Carrick||No overall control||Liberal Democrats gain||Details|
|Castle Morpeth||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Castle Point||Conservative||Conservative hold||Details|
|Chelmsford||Liberal Democrats||Conservative gain||Details|
|Cleethorpes||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Darlington||No overall control||Labour gain||Details|
|Derbyshire Dales||Conservative||Conservative hold||Details|
|Dover||Conservative||No overall control gain||Details|
|East Cambridgeshire||Independent||Independent hold||Details|
|East Devon||Conservative||Conservative hold||Details|
|East Dorset||Conservative||Conservative hold||Details|
|East Hampshire||Conservative||No overall control gain||Details|
|East Hertfordshire||Conservative||Conservative hold||Details|
|East Lindsey||Independent||Independent hold||Details|
|East Northamptonshire||Conservative||Conservative hold||Details|
|East Staffordshire||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|East Yorkshire||Conservative||No overall control gain||Details|
|Epsom and Ewell||Independent||Independent hold||Details|
|Forest Heath||Conservative||No overall control gain||Details|
|Forest of Dean||No overall control||Labour gain||Details|
|Fylde||Conservative||No overall control gain||Details|
|Glanford||Conservative||No overall control gain||Details|
|Gravesham||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Guildford||Conservative||No overall control gain||Details|
|Hambleton||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Harborough||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|High Peak||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Hinckley and Bosworth||Conservative||Conservative hold||Details|
|Kennet||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Kerrier||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Kettering||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|King's Lynn and West Norfolk||Conservative||No overall control gain||Details|
|Lancaster||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Langbaurgh-on-Tees ‡||No overall control||Labour gain||Details|
|Lewes||Conservative||Liberal Democrats gain||Details|
|Maldon||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Malvern Hills||No overall control||Independent gain||Details|
|Medina||Conservative||No overall control gain||Details|
|Mendip||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Mid Bedfordshire||Conservative||Conservative hold||Details|
|Mid Devon||Independent||Independent hold||Details|
|Mid Suffolk||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Mid Sussex||Conservative||Conservative hold||Details|
|New Forest||Conservative||No overall control gain||Details|
|Newark and Sherwood||No overall control||Labour gain||Details|
|Newbury||Conservative||Liberal Democrats gain||Details|
|North Cornwall||Independent||Independent hold||Details|
|North Devon||No overall control||Liberal Democrats gain||Details|
|North Dorset||Independent||Independent hold||Details|
|North East Derbyshire||Labour||Labour hold||Details|
|North Kesteven||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|North Norfolk||Independent||No overall control gain||Details|
|North Shropshire||Independent||Independent hold||Details|
|North Warwickshire||Labour||Labour hold||Details|
|North West Leicestershire||No overall control||Labour gain||Details|
|North Wiltshire||Conservative||Liberal Democrats gain||Details|
|Northampton||Conservative||No overall control gain||Details|
|Northavon||Conservative||No overall control gain||Details|
|Oadby and Wigston||Conservative||Liberal Democrats gain||Details|
|Oswestry||No overall control||Independent gain||Details|
|Poole||Conservative||Liberal Democrats gain||Details|
|Restormel||No overall control||Liberal Democrats gain||Details|
|Ribble Valley||Conservative||Conservative hold||Details|
|Rochester-upon-Medway||Conservative||No overall control gain||Details|
|Rother||Conservative||No overall control gain||Details|
|Rutland||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Ryedale||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Scarborough||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Selby||Conservative||No overall control gain||Details|
|Shepway||No overall control||Liberal Democrats gain||Details|
|South Bucks||Conservative||Conservative hold||Details|
|South Derbyshire||Labour||Labour hold||Details|
|South Hams||Conservative||Conservative hold||Details|
|South Herefordshire ‡||Independent||Independent hold||Details|
|South Holland||No overall control||Independent gain||Details|
|South Kesteven||Conservative||No overall control gain||Details|
|South Norfolk||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|South Northamptonshire||Conservative||Conservative hold||Details|
|South Oxfordshire||Conservative||Conservative hold||Details|
|South Ribble||Conservative||Conservative hold||Details|
|South Shropshire||Independent||Independent hold||Details|
|South Somerset ‡||Liberal Democrats||Liberal Democrats hold||Details|
|South Staffordshire ‡||Conservative||Conservative hold||Details|
|South Wight||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|St Edmundsbury||Conservative||No overall control gain||Details|
|Stafford||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Staffordshire Moorlands||No overall control||Independent gain||Details|
|Stockton-on-Tees||Labour||No overall control gain||Details|
|Suffolk Coastal||Conservative||Conservative hold||Details|
|Surrey Heath||Conservative||Conservative hold||Details|
|Taunton Deane||Conservative||Liberal Democrats gain||Details|
|Teignbridge||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Tendring||Conservative||No overall control gain||Details|
|Test Valley||Conservative||Conservative hold||Details|
|Tewkesbury||No overall control||Independent gain||Details|
|Thanet||No overall control||Conservative gain||Details|
|The Wrekin||Labour||Labour hold||Details|
|Tonbridge and Malling ‡||Conservative||Conservative hold||Details|
|Torbay||No overall control||Liberal Democrats gain||Details|
|Tynedale||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Vale of White Horse||Conservative||Conservative hold||Details|
|Vale Royal||No overall control||Labour gain||Details|
|Wansdyke||Conservative||No overall control gain||Details|
|Warrington ‡||Labour||Labour hold||Details|
|Waverley||Conservative||No overall control gain||Details|
|Wear Valley||Labour||Liberal Democrats gain||Details|
|Welwyn Hatfield ‡||Labour||Labour hold||Details|
|West Devon||No overall control||Independent gain||Details|
|West Dorset||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|West Somerset||Independent||Independent hold||Details|
|West Wiltshire||Conservative||Liberal Democrats gain||Details|
|Windsor and Maidenhead||Conservative||No overall control gain||Details|
|Wychavon||Conservative||No overall control gain||Details|
‡ New ward boundaries
In 111 districts one third of the council was up for election.
|Adur||Liberal Democrats||Liberal Democrats hold||Details|
|Amber Valley||Conservative||Labour gain||Details|
|Barrow-in-Furness||Labour||No overall control gain||Details|
|Basildon||Labour||No overall control gain||Details|
|Basingstoke and Deane||Conservative||Conservative hold||Details|
|Bath||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Brentwood||No overall control||Liberal Democrats gain||Details|
|Cannock Chase||Labour||Labour hold||Details|
|Cheltenham||No overall control||Liberal Democrats gain||Details|
|Chester||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Chorley||Labour||No overall control gain||Details|
|Colchester||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Congleton||No overall control||Liberal Democrats gain||Details|
|Craven||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Crewe and Nantwich||Labour||Labour hold||Details|
|Derby||Conservative||No overall control gain||Details|
|Eastbourne||No overall control||Liberal Democrats gain||Details|
|Eastleigh||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Ellesmere Port and Neston||Labour||Labour hold||Details|
|Elmbridge||Conservative||No overall control gain||Details|
|Epping Forest||Conservative||Conservative hold||Details|
|Exeter||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Gillingham||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Gloucester||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Gosport||No overall control||Liberal Democrats gain||Details|
|Great Grimsby||Labour||Labour hold||Details|
|Great Yarmouth||Labour||Labour hold||Details|
|Harrogate||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Hart||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Hastings||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Havant||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Hereford||Liberal Democrats||Liberal Democrats hold||Details|
|Kingston upon Hull||Labour||Labour hold||Details|
|Maidstone||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Milton Keynes||No overall control||Labour gain||Details|
|Mole Valley||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|North Bedfordshire||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|North Hertfordshire||Conservative||Conservative hold||Details|
|Nuneaton and Bedworth||Labour||Labour hold||Details|
|Pendle||No overall control||Labour gain||Details|
|Penwith||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Peterborough||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Portsmouth||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Purbeck||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Reigate and Banstead||Conservative||No overall control gain||Details|
|Rochford||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Rugby||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Shrewsbury and Atcham||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|South Bedfordshire||Conservative||Conservative hold||Details|
|South Cambridgeshire||Independent||Independent hold||Details|
|South Lakeland||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|St Albans||Conservative||No overall control gain||Details|
|Stratford-on-Avon||Conservative||No overall control gain||Details|
|Stroud||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Swale||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Tandridge||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Three Rivers||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Tunbridge Wells||Conservative||Conservative hold||Details|
|West Lancashire||Conservative||No overall control gain||Details|
|West Lindsey||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|West Oxfordshire||Independent||Independent hold||Details|
|Weymouth and Portland||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Winchester||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Woking||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Wyre Forest||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
These were the last elections to the district councils before they were abolished by the Local Government (Wales) Act 1994.
|Aberconwy||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Alyn and Deeside||Labour||Labour hold||Details|
|Anglesey - Ynys Môn||Independent||Independent hold||Details|
|Arfon||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Blaenau Gwent||Labour||Labour hold||Details|
|Cardiff||No overall control||Labour gain||Details|
|Colwyn||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Cynon Valley||Labour||Labour hold||Details|
|Delyn||No overall control||Independent gain||Details|
|Dinefwr||Labour||No overall control gain||Details|
|Lliw Valley||Labour||Labour hold||Details|
|Merthyr Tydfil||Labour||Labour hold||Details|
|Monmouth||Conservative||No overall control gain||Details|
|Port Talbot||Labour||Labour hold||Details|
|Preseli Pembrokeshire||Independent||Independent hold||Details|
|Rhymney Valley||Labour||Labour hold||Details|
|South Pembrokeshire||Independent||Independent hold||Details|
|Taff-Ely||Labour||No overall control gain||Details|
|Vale of Glamorgan||Conservative||No overall control gain||Details|
|Wrexham Maelor||Labour||Labour hold||Details|
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