All 36 metropolitan boroughs, 14 out of 25 unitary authorities
and 100 out of 262 English districts
Local elections were held in the United Kingdom in 1996.They were the last local elections until 2010 to show a decline in the number of Conservative councillors and an increase in the number of Labour councillors.
The main opposition Labour Party gained 468 seats, bringing their number of councillors to 10,929. Their share of the vote was projected to be 43%, 4% down on the 1995 local elections.
The governing Conservative Party lost 607 seats and were left with 4,276 councillors - still in third place behind the Liberal Democrats. The Conservatives' projected share of the vote was 29%, a 4% increase since the previous local elections in 1995.
The Liberal Democrats gained 136 seats and had 5,078 councillors after the elections.
|No overall control||+1||-16||-15||—||—||—||—|
Source: Parliamentary Research Briefing on 1996 Local Election
All 36 metropolitan borough councils had one third of their seats up for election.
|Liverpool||No overall control||Labour gain||Details|
|Newcastle upon Tyne||Labour||Labour hold||Details|
|North Tyneside||Labour||Labour hold||Details|
|Rochdale||No overall control||Labour gain||Details|
|Sefton||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Solihull||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|South Tyneside||Labour||Labour hold||Details|
|St Helens||Labour||Labour hold||Details|
|Stockport||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Trafford||No overall control||Labour gain||Details|
|Walsall||Labour||No overall control gain||Details|
These were the first elections to 13 more unitary authorities established by the Local Government Commission for England (1992). They acted as "shadow authorities" until 1 April 1997.
|Bournemouth||New Council||No overall control||Details|
|Brighton and Hove||New Council||Labour||Details|
|Milton Keynes ‡||New Council||Labour||Details|
|Poole||New Council||Liberal Democrats||Details|
‡ New ward boundaries from predecessor authorities
In 1 unitary authority one third of the council was up for election.
In 100 districts one third of the council was up for election.
These were the last elections to the district councils of Blackburn, Halton, Peterborough, Reading, Slough, Southend-on-Sea, Thurrock and Wokingham before they became unitary authorities by the Local Government Commission for England (1992).
These were also the last elections to the district councils of Gillingham, Hereford, Leominster and South Herefordshire before they were abolished and replaced by unitary authorities by the Local Government Commission for England (1992).
|Adur||Liberal Democrats||Liberal Democrats hold||Details|
|Amber Valley||Labour||Labour hold||Details|
|Basildon||No overall control||Labour gain||Details|
|Basingstoke and Deane||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Bedford||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Brentwood||Liberal Democrats||Liberal Democrats hold||Details|
|Broadland||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Cambridge||No overall control||Labour gain||Details|
|Cannock Chase||Labour||Labour hold||Details|
|Cheltenham||Liberal Democrats||Liberal Democrats hold||Details|
|Cherwell||No overall control||Labour gain||Details|
|Chester||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Colchester||Liberal Democrats||Liberal Democrats hold||Details|
|Congleton||Liberal Democrats||Liberal Democrats hold||Details|
|Craven||No overall control||Liberal Democrats gain||Details|
|Crewe and Nantwich||Labour||Labour hold||Details|
|Daventry||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Eastbourne||Liberal Democrats||Liberal Democrats hold||Details|
|Eastleigh||Liberal Democrats||Liberal Democrats hold||Details|
|Ellesmere Port and Neston||Labour||Labour hold||Details|
|Elmbridge||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Epping Forest||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Fareham||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Gillingham||Liberal Democrats||Liberal Democrats hold||Details|
|Gosport||Liberal Democrats||Liberal Democrats hold||Details|
|Great Yarmouth||Labour||Labour hold||Details|
|Harrogate||Liberal Democrats||Liberal Democrats hold||Details|
|Hart||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Hastings||No overall control||Liberal Democrats gain||Details|
|Havant||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Hereford||Liberal Democrats||Liberal Democrats hold||Details|
|Hertsmere||No overall control||Labour gain||Details|
|Leominster||No overall control||Independent gain||Details|
|Maidstone||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Mole Valley||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|North Hertfordshire||No overall control||Labour gain||Details|
|Nuneaton and Bedworth||Labour||Labour hold||Details|
|Pendle||Liberal Democrats||Liberal Democrats hold||Details|
|Penwith||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Peterborough||No overall control||Labour gain||Details|
|Purbeck||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Reigate and Banstead||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Rochford||Liberal Democrats||Liberal Democrats hold||Details|
|Rugby||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Runnymede||Conservative||No overall control gain||Details|
|Rushmoor||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Shrewsbury and Atcham||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|South Bedfordshire||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|South Cambridgeshire||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|South Herefordshire||Independent||Independent hold||Details|
|South Lakeland||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Southend-on-Sea||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|St Albans||Liberal Democrats||Liberal Democrats hold||Details|
|Stratford-on-Avon||No overall control||No overall control hold||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||No overall control||Liberal Democrats gain||Details|
|Welwyn Hatfield||Labour||Labour hold||Details|
|West Lancashire||Labour||Labour hold||Details|
|West Lindsey||No overall control||Liberal Democrats gain||Details|
|West Oxfordshire||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Weymouth and Portland||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Winchester||Liberal Democrats||Liberal Democrats hold||Details|
|Woking||No overall control||Liberal Democrats gain||Details|
|Wokingham||No overall control||Liberal Democrats gain||Details|
|Worthing||Liberal Democrats||Liberal Democrats hold||Details|
|Wyre Forest||No overall control||Labour gain||Details|
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