2002 United Kingdom local elections

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2002 United Kingdom local elections
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  2001 2 May 2002 2003  

All 32 London boroughs, all 36 metropolitan boroughs,
18 unitary authorities, 88 English districts
and 7 directly elected mayors
 Majority partyMinority partyThird party
  Tony Blair in 2002.jpg Iain Duncan Smith Nightingale 1 (cropped).JPG Charles Kennedy MP (cropped).jpg
Leader Tony Blair Iain Duncan Smith Charles Kennedy
Party Labour Conservative Liberal Democrats
Leader since21 July 199413 September 20019 August 1999
Percentage33% [lower-alpha 1] 34%27%
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Councils644215
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Councillors2,4162,0071,250
Councillors +/-Decrease2.svg334Increase2.svg238Increase2.svg37

Local elections took place in many parts of England on 2 May 2002. All London borough council seats were elected as well a third of the seats on each of the Metropolitan Boroughs. Many unitary Authorities and District councils also had elections. There were no local elections in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.

Contents

Summary of results

England

London boroughs

In all 32 London boroughs, the whole council was up for election.

CouncilPrevious controlResultDetails
Barking and Dagenham Labour Labour hold Details
Barnet No overall control Conservative gain Details
Bexley No overall control Labour gainDetails
Brent Labour Labour hold Details
Bromley Conservative Conservative hold Details
Camden Labour Labour hold Details
Croydon Labour Labour hold Details
Ealing Labour Labour holdDetails
Enfield Labour Conservative gain Details
Greenwich Labour Labour hold Details
Hackney Labour Labour holdDetails
Hammersmith and Fulham Labour Labour hold Details
Haringey Labour Labour holdDetails
Harrow Labour No overall control gainDetails
Havering No overall control No overall control hold Details
Hillingdon No overall control No overall control holdDetails
Hounslow Labour Labour holdDetails
Islington Liberal Democrats Liberal Democrats hold Details
Kensington and Chelsea Conservative Conservative hold Details
Kingston upon Thames No overall control Liberal Democrats gain Details
Lambeth Labour No overall control gain Details
Lewisham Labour Labour hold Details
Merton Labour Labour hold Details
Newham Labour Labour hold Details
Redbridge No overall control Conservative gainDetails
Richmond upon Thames Liberal Democrats Conservative gainDetails
Southwark No overall control No overall control hold Details
Sutton Liberal Democrats Liberal Democrats holdDetails
Tower Hamlets Labour Labour hold Details
Waltham Forest Labour No overall control gain Details
Wandsworth Conservative Conservative holdDetails
Westminster Conservative Conservative holdDetails

‡ New ward boundaries

Metropolitan boroughs

All 36 English Metropolitan borough councils had one third of their seats up for election.

CouncilPrevious controlResultDetails
Barnsley Labour Labour hold Details
Birmingham Labour Labour holdDetails
Bolton Labour Labour hold Details
Bradford No overall control No overall control hold Details
Bury Labour Labour holdDetails
Calderdale Conservative No overall control gain Details
Coventry Labour Labour hold Details
Doncaster Labour Labour holdDetails
Dudley Labour Labour holdDetails
Gateshead Labour Labour hold Details
Kirklees No overall control No overall control holdDetails
Knowsley Labour Labour hold Details
Leeds Labour Labour hold Details
Liverpool Liberal Democrats Liberal Democrats hold Details
Manchester Labour Labour hold Details
Newcastle upon Tyne Labour Labour holdDetails
North Tyneside Labour Labour holdDetails
Oldham Liberal Democrats No overall control gainDetails
Rochdale Labour Labour hold Details
Rotherham Labour Labour holdDetails
Salford Labour Labour hold Details
Sandwell Labour Labour hold Details
Sefton No overall control No overall control hold Details
Sheffield Liberal Democrats No overall control gain Details
Solihull Conservative Conservative hold Details
South Tyneside Labour Labour hold Details
St Helens Labour Labour hold Details
Stockport Liberal Democrats Liberal Democrats holdDetails
Sunderland Labour Labour hold Details
Tameside Labour Labour holdDetails
Trafford Labour Labour hold Details
Wakefield Labour Labour hold Details
Walsall No overall control No overall control hold Details
Wigan Labour Labour hold Details
Wirral No overall control No overall control hold Details
Wolverhampton Labour Labour hold Details

Unitary authorities

Whole council

In six English Unitary authorities, the whole council was up for election.

CouncilPrevious controlResultDetails
Derby Labour Labour hold Details
Kingston upon Hull Labour No overall control gain Details
Milton Keynes No overall control Liberal Democrats gain Details
Portsmouth No overall control No overall control hold Details
Southampton No overall control No overall control hold Details
Stoke-on-Trent Labour No overall control gainDetails

‡ New ward boundaries

Third of council

In 12 English Unitary authorities, one third of the council was up for election.

CouncilPrevious controlResultDetails
Blackburn with Darwen Labour Labour holdDetails
Bristol Labour Labour holdDetails
Halton Labour Labour hold Details
Hartlepool No overall control No overall control hold Details
Peterborough No overall control Conservative gain Details
Reading Labour Labour holdDetails
Slough Labour Labour holdDetails
Southend-on-Sea Conservative Conservative hold Details
Swindon No overall control No overall control hold Details
Thurrock Labour Labour hold Details
Warrington Labour Labour holdDetails
Wokingham No overall control Conservative gain Details

District councils

Whole council

In 46 English district authorities, the whole council was up for election.

CouncilPrevious controlResultDetails
Basildon No overall control No overall control hold Details
Basingstoke and Deane No overall control No overall control hold Details
Bassetlaw Labour Labour hold Details
Bedford No overall control No overall control hold Details
Brentwood Liberal Democrats Liberal Democrats hold Details
Burnley Labour Labour hold Details
Cannock Chase Labour Labour hold Details
Cheltenham Conservative Liberal Democrats gain Details
Cherwell Conservative Conservative hold Details
Chorley No overall control No overall control hold Details
Colchester No overall control No overall control hold Details
Craven No overall control No overall control hold Details
Eastbourne Conservative Liberal Democrats gain Details
Eastleigh Liberal Democrats Liberal Democrats hold Details
Epping Forest No overall control No overall control hold Details
Fareham Conservative Conservative hold Details
Gloucester No overall control No overall control holdDetails
Gosport No overall control No overall control hold Details
Harlow Labour No overall control gain Details
Harrogate Liberal Democrats No overall control gain Details
Hart No overall control Conservative gain Details
Hastings Labour Labour hold Details
Havant No overall control Conservative gain Details
Hyndburn Conservative Labour gain Details
Ipswich Labour Labour hold Details
Maidstone No overall control No overall control hold Details
Newcastle-under-Lyme Labour No overall control gain Details
Nuneaton and Bedworth Labour Labour hold Details
Oxford No overall control Labour gain Details
Pendle No overall control No overall control hold Details
Preston No overall control No overall control hold Details
Rochford No overall control Conservative gain Details
Rossendale Conservative Labour gain Details
Rugby No overall control No overall control hold Details
Rushmoor Conservative Conservative hold Details
Shrewsbury and Atcham No overall control Conservative gain Details
South Bedfordshire Conservative Conservative hold Details
Stratford-on-Avon Conservative Conservative hold Details
Stroud No overall control Conservative gain Details
Swale No overall control Conservative gain Details
Tamworth Labour Labour hold Details
Tunbridge Wells Conservative Conservative hold Details
Waveney Labour No overall control gain Details
West Lancashire No overall control Conservative gain Details
West Oxfordshire Conservative Conservative hold Details
Winchester Liberal Democrats Liberal Democrats hold Details

‡ New ward boundaries

Third of council

In 42 English district authorities, one third of the council was up for election.

CouncilPrevious controlResultDetails
Adur No overall control Conservative gain Details
Amber Valley Conservative Conservative hold Details
Barrow-in-Furness No overall control No overall control hold Details
Broadland Conservative Conservative holdDetails
Broxbourne Conservative Conservative hold Details
Cambridge Liberal Democrats Liberal Democrats holdDetails
Carlisle Conservative Conservative hold Details
Chester No overall control No overall control holdDetails
Congleton No overall control No overall control holdDetails
Crawley Labour Labour hold Details
Crewe and Nantwich No overall control No overall control holdDetails
Daventry Conservative Conservative hold Details
Ellesmere Port and Neston Labour Labour hold Details
Elmbridge No overall control Residents gainDetails
Exeter Labour Labour holdDetails
Great Yarmouth Conservative Conservative hold Details
Hertsmere Conservative Conservative hold Details
Huntingdonshire Conservative Conservative hold Details
Lincoln Labour Labour hold Details
Macclesfield Conservative Conservative holdDetails
Mole Valley No overall control No overall control hold Details
North Hertfordshire Conservative Conservative holdDetails
Norwich Labour Liberal Democrats gainDetails
Penwith No overall control No overall control hold Details
Purbeck Conservative Conservative hold Details
Redditch Labour No overall control gain Details
Reigate and Banstead Conservative Conservative holdDetails
Runnymede Conservative Conservative hold Details
South Cambridgeshire No overall control No overall control holdDetails
South Lakeland No overall control No overall control hold Details
St Albans No overall control No overall control hold Details
Stevenage Labour Labour hold Details
Tandridge Conservative Conservative hold Details
Three Rivers Liberal Democrats Liberal Democrats hold Details
Watford No overall control No overall control hold Details
Welwyn Hatfield Labour Conservative gain Details
West Lindsey No overall control No overall control hold Details
Weymouth and Portland No overall control No overall control hold Details
Woking No overall control No overall control hold Details
Worcester No overall control No overall control hold Details
Worthing Conservative Liberal Democrats gain Details
Wyre Forest No overall control Health Concern gain Details

Mayoral elections

There were seven elections for directly elected mayors.

Local AuthorityPrevious MayorMayor-electDetails
Doncaster New Post Martin Winter (Labour)
Hartlepool New Post Stuart Drummond (Independent) Details
Lewisham New Post Steve Bullock (Labour)
Middlesbrough New Post Ray Mallon (Independent)
Newham New Post Robin Wales (Labour)
North Tyneside New Post Chris Morgan (Conservative)
Watford New Post Dorothy Thornhill (Liberal Democrat) Details

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References

    1. All vote shares in the infobox are projected national vote shares, not total votes cast.