312 English district councils and all Scottish councils
Colours denote the winning party, as shown in the main table of results.
The 2007 UK local government elections were held on 3 May 2007. These elections took place in most of England and all of Scotland. There were no local government elections in Wales though the Welsh Assembly had a general election on the same day. There were no local government elections in Northern Ireland. Just over half of English councils and almost all the Scottish councils began the counts on Friday, rather than Thursday night, because of more complex arrangements regarding postal votes.
These elections were a landmark in the United Kingdom as it was the first time that 18- to 20-year-olds could stand as candidates for council seats. The change was due to an alteration of the Electoral Administration Act. At least fourteen 18- to 20-year-olds are known to have stood as candidates for council seatsand as a result William Lloyd became the youngest person to be elected to official office in Britain. There were also a number of councils which used new voting methods such as internet and telephone voting in addition to the traditional methods of polling stations and postal votes.
These were the final elections to be overseen by Labour leader and prime minister Tony Blair, who resigned the following month after a decade as prime minister to be succeeded by chancellor Gordon Brown. His party only finished in second place with a narrow lead over the third-placed Liberal Democrats, whose leader Menzies Campbell would also resign later in the year, while it was a strong showing for the Conservatives under David Cameron.
There was a suggestion in February 2006 that many of the 2007 local elections in England would be cancelled due to a reform of local government.However, since then possible reforms are still in the consultation stage and no decisions have yet been made.
312 English district councils, nearly all districts in England held some form of election – either thirds or full – on Thursday, 3 May 2007.
The final results are summarised below; firstly, with a table ranked by the party with the greatest number of councillors elected.
|No overall control||85||27||n/a||n/a|
Source BBC BBC NEWS | Politics | Vote 2007 | English councils map
All 36 English Metropolitan borough councils had one third of their seats up for election.
|Birmingham||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Bolton||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Bradford||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Bury||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Calderdale||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Doncaster||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Kirklees||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Leeds||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Liverpool||Liberal Democrats||Liberal Democrats hold||Details|
|Newcastle upon Tyne||Liberal Democrats||Liberal Democrats hold||Details|
|North Tyneside||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Oldham||Labour||No overall control||Details|
|Rochdale||No overall control||Liberal Democrats gain||Details|
|Sefton||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Sheffield||Labour||No overall control gain||Details|
|Solihull||Conservative||No overall control gain||Details|
|South Tyneside||Labour||Labour hold||Details|
|St Helens||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Stockport||Liberal Democrats||Liberal Democrats hold||Details|
|Wirral||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
In 25 English unitary authorities the whole council was up for election.
|Bath and North East Somerset||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Bournemouth||Liberal Democrats||Conservative gain||Details|
|Bracknell Forest||Conservative||Conservative hold||Details|
|Brighton & Hove||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|East Riding of Yorkshire||No overall control||Conservative gain||Details|
|Herefordshire||No overall control||Conservative gain||Details|
|Leicester||No overall control||Labour gain||Details|
|Luton||No overall control||Labour gain||Details|
|North Lincolnshire||Conservative||Labour gain||Details|
|North Somerset||No overall control||Conservative gain||Details|
|Redcar and Cleveland||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|South Gloucestershire||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Stockton-on-Tees||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Telford and Wrekin||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Torbay||Liberal Democrats||Conservative gain||Details|
|West Berkshire||Conservative||Conservative hold||Details|
|Windsor and Maidenhead||Liberal Democrats||Conservative gain||Details|
|York||Liberal Democrats||No overall control gain||Details|
In 20 English unitary authorities one third of the council was up for election.
|Blackburn with Darwen||Labour||No overall control gain||Details|
|Bristol||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Derby||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Kingston upon Hull||No overall control||Liberal Democrats gain||Details|
|Milton Keynes||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|North East Lincolnshire||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Plymouth||No overall control||Conservative gain||Details|
|Portsmouth||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Slough||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Southampton||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Stoke-on-Trent||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Thurrock||Conservative||No overall control||Details|
|Warrington||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
In 153 English district authorities the whole council was up for election.
|Allerdale||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Alnwick||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Ashfield||Labour||No overall control||Details|
|Aylesbury Vale||Conservative||Conservative hold||Details|
|Babergh||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Berwick-upon-Tweed||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Blyth Valley||Labour||Labour hold||Details|
|Boston||No overall control||Boston Bypass Independents gain||Details|
|Braintree||No overall control||Conservative gain||Details|
|Bridgnorth||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Broxtowe||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Canterbury||No overall control||Conservative gain||Details|
|Caradon||No overall control||Liberal Democrats gain||Details|
|Carrick||Liberal Democrats||No overall control||Details|
|Castle Morpeth||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Charnwood||No overall control||Conservative gain||Details|
|Chesterfield||Liberal Democrats||Liberal Democrats hold||Details|
|Dartford||No overall control||Conservative gain||Details|
|Derbyshire Dales||Conservative||Conservative hold||Details|
|Dover||No overall control||Conservative gain||Details|
|Durham||Liberal Democrats||Liberal Democrats hold|
|Eastbourne||Conservative||Liberal Democrats gain||Details|
|East Cambridgeshire||No overall control||Conservative gain||Details|
|East Devon||Conservative||Conservative hold||Details|
|East Dorset||Conservative||Conservative hold||Details|
|East Hampshire||Conservative||Conservative hold||Details|
|East Hertfordshire||Conservative||Conservative hold||Details|
|East Lindsey||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|East Northamptonshire||Conservative||Conservative hold||Details|
|East Staffordshire||Conservative||Conservative hold||Details|
|Eden||Independent||No overall control||Details|
|Epsom and Ewell||Residents Association||Residents Association hold||Details|
|Erewash||No overall control||Conservative gain||Details|
|Forest Heath||Conservative||Conservative hold||Details|
|Forest of Dean||No overall control||Conservative gain||Details|
|Gedling||No overall control||Conservative gain||Details|
|Harborough||No overall control||Conservative gain||Details|
|High Peak||No overall control||Conservative gain||Details|
|Hinckley and Bosworth||Conservative||Liberal Democrats gain||Details|
|Kerrier||Independent||No overall control||Details|
|King's Lynn and West Norfolk||Conservative||Conservative hold||Details|
|Lancaster||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Lewes||Liberal Democrats||Liberal Democrats hold||Details|
|Malvern Hills||No overall control||Conservative gain||Details|
|Mid Bedfordshire||Conservative||Conservative hold||Details|
|Mid Devon||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Mid Suffolk||No overall control||Conservative gain||Details|
|Mid Sussex||No overall control||Conservative gain||Details|
|New Forest||Conservative||Conservative hold||Details|
|Newark and Sherwood||No overall control||Conservative gain||Details|
|North Cornwall||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|North Devon||Liberal Democrats||Conservative gain||Details|
|North Dorset||No overall control||Conservative gain||Details|
|North East Derbyshire||Labour||Labour hold||Details|
|North Hertfordshire||Conservative||Conservative hold||Details|
|North Kesteven||No overall control||Conservative gain||Details|
|North Norfolk||Liberal Democrats||Liberal Democrats hold||Details|
|North Shropshire||No overall control||Conservative gain||Details|
|North Warwickshire||No overall control||Conservative gain||Details|
|North West Leicestershire||Labour||Conservative gain||Details|
|North Wiltshire||No overall control||Conservative gain||Details|
|Northampton||No overall control||Liberal Democrats gain||Details|
|Oadby and Wigston||Liberal Democrats||Liberal Democrats hold||Details|
|Oswestry||No overall control||Conservative gain||Details|
|Restormel||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Ribble Valley||Conservative||Conservative hold||Details|
|Richmondshire||Independent||No overall control||Details|
|Ryedale||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Salisbury||Conservative||No overall control||Details|
|Scarborough||Conservative||No overall control||Details|
|Shepway||No overall control||Conservative gain||Details|
|South Bucks||Conservative||Conservative hold||Details|
|South Derbyshire||Labour||Conservative gain||Details|
|South Hams||Conservative||Conservative hold||Details|
|South Holland||Conservative||Conservative hold||Details|
|South Kesteven||Conservative||Conservative hold||Details|
|South Norfolk||Liberal Democrats||Conservative gain||Details|
|South Northamptonshire||Conservative||Conservative hold||Details|
|South Oxfordshire||Conservative||Conservative hold||Details|
|South Ribble||No overall control||Conservative gain||Details|
|South Shropshire||No overall control||Conservative gain||Details|
|South Somerset||Liberal Democrats||Liberal Democrats hold||Details|
|South Staffordshire||Conservative||Conservative hold||Details|
|St Edmundsbury||Conservative||Conservative hold||Details|
|Staffordshire Moorlands||No overall control||Conservative gain||Details|
|Suffolk Coastal||Conservative||Conservative hold||Details|
|Surrey Heath||Conservative||Conservative hold||Details|
|Taunton Deane||Conservative||No overall control||Details|
|Teignbridge||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Tendring||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Test Valley||Conservative||Conservative hold||Details|
|Tewkesbury||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Tonbridge and Malling||Conservative||Conservative hold||Details|
|Torridge||Independent||No overall control||Details|
|Uttlesford||Liberal Democrats||Conservative gain||Details|
|Vale of White Horse||Liberal Democrats||Liberal Democrats hold||Details|
|Vale Royal||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Warwick||No overall control||Conservative gain||Details|
|Waverley||No overall control||Conservative gain||Details|
|Wear Valley||Labour||No overall control||Details|
|West Devon||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|West Dorset||Conservative||Conservative hold||Details|
|West Somerset||Conservative||Independent gain||Details|
|West Wiltshire||No overall control||Conservative gain||Details|
In 78 English district authorities one third of the council was up for election.
|Amber Valley||Conservative||Conservative hold||Details|
|Barrow-in-Furness||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Basingstoke and Deane||Conservative||Conservative hold||Details|
|Bedford||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Burnley||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Cambridge||Liberal Democrats||Liberal Democrats hold||Details|
|Cannock Chase||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Carlisle||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Castle Point||Conservative||Conservative hold||Details|
|Chester||No overall control||Conservative gain||Details|
|Colchester||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Craven||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Crewe and Nantwich||No overall control||No overall control 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||Conservative||Conservative hold||Details|
|Exeter||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Gloucester||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Great Yarmouth||Conservative||Conservative hold||Details|
|Harlow||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Harrogate||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Hart||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Ipswich||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Maidstone||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Mole Valley||Conservative||Conservative hold||Details|
|Newcastle-under-Lyme||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Norwich||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Pendle||Liberal Democrats||Liberal Democrats hold||Details|
|Penwith||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Preston||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Redditch||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Reigate and Banstead||Conservative||Conservative hold||Details|
|Rugby||No overall control||Conservative gain||Details|
|Shrewsbury and Atcham||Conservative||Conservative hold||Details|
|South Bedfordshire||Conservative||Conservative hold||Details|
|South Cambridgeshire||No overall control||Conservative gain||Details|
|South Lakeland||Liberal Democrats||Liberal Democrats hold||Details|
|St Albans||Liberal Democrats||No overall control||Details|
|Three Rivers||Liberal Democrats||Liberal Democrats hold||Details|
|Tunbridge Wells||Conservative||Conservative hold||Details|
|Watford||Liberal Democrats||Liberal Democrats hold||Details|
|Welwyn Hatfield||Conservative||Conservative hold||Details|
|West Lancashire||Conservative||Conservative hold||Details|
|West Lindsey||Liberal Democrats||Liberal Democrats hold||Details|
|West Oxfordshire||Conservative||Conservative hold||Details|
|Weymouth and Portland||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Woking||No overall control||Conservative gain||Details|
|Wyre Forest||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Bedford||15,967||10,710||4,757||10,551||1,538||Frank Branston||Independent hold|
|Mansfield||13,756||2,770||8,774||1,944||1,489||Tony Egginton||Independent hold|
|Middlesbrough||17,455||1,733||3,539||7,026||no candidate||Ray Mallon||Independent hold|
All 32 Scottish councils had all their seats up for election - all Scottish councils are unitary authorities. These local elections were held on the same day as the Scottish Parliament general election. They were the first election for local government in mainland Great Britain to use the Single Transferable Vote (the system is used in Northern Ireland), as implemented by the Local Governance (Scotland) Act 2004.
|Party||Councils - majority||Councils - in coalition/minority||Councillors|
|Scottish Socialist Party||0||0||1|
|No overall control||27||-||-|
The notional results in the following table are based on a document that John Curtice and Stephen Herbert (Professors at the University of Strathclyde) produced on 3 June 2005, calculating the effect of the introduction of the Single Transferable Vote on the 2003 Scottish Local Elections.
|Council|| 2003 result |
(control before May 2007, if different)
(based on 2003 results)
|Aberdeen City||No overall control (LD + Con)||NOC||No overall control (LD + SNP)||Details|
|Aberdeenshire||No overall control (LD + Ind)||NOC||No overall control (LD + Con)||Details|
|Angus||SNP||NOC||No overall control (Ind + Con + LD + Lab)||Details|
|Argyll and Bute||Independent||Independent||No overall control (Ind + SNP)||Details|
|Clackmannanshire||Labour||NOC||No overall control (Lab minority)||Details|
|Dumfries and Galloway||No overall control (Lab )||NOC||No overall control (Con + LD)||Details|
|Dundee City||No overall control (Lab + LD+ Con)||NOC||No overall control (Lab + LD)||Details|
|East Ayrshire||Labour||Labour||No overall control (SNP minority)||Details|
|East Dunbartonshire||No overall control (LD )||NOC||No overall control (Lab + Con)||Details|
|East Lothian||Labour||NOC||No overall control (SNP + LD)||Details|
|East Renfrewshire||No overall control (Lab + LD)||NOC||No overall control (Lab + LD + Ind + Con)||Details|
|City of Edinburgh||Labour (NOC: Lab )||NOC||No overall control (LD + SNP)||Details|
|Falkirk||No overall control (SNP + Ind + Con)||NOC||No overall control (Lab + Ind + Con)||Details|
|Fife||No overall control (Lab )||NOC||No overall control (LD + SNP)||Details|
|Highland||Independent||Independent||No overall control (Ind + SNP)||Details|
|Inverclyde||Liberal Democrats||NOC||No overall control (Lab minority)||Details|
|Midlothian||Labour||NOC||No overall control (Lab minority)||Details|
|Moray||Independent||Independent||No overall control (Ind + Con)||Details|
|Na h-Eileanan Siar||Independent||Independent||Independent||Details|
|North Ayrshire||Labour||Labour||No overall control (Lab minority)||Details|
|Perth and Kinross||No overall control (SNP + LD + Ind)||NOC||No overall control (SNP + LD)||Details|
|Renfrewshire||Labour||NOC||No overall control (SNP + LD)||Details|
|Scottish Borders||No overall control (Ind + Con)||NOC||No overall control (Ind + Con + LD)||Details|
|South Ayrshire||No overall control (Con )||NOC||No overall control (Con minority)||Details|
|South Lanarkshire||Labour||Labour||No overall control (Lab minority)||Details|
|Stirling||Labour (NOC: Lab )||NOC||No overall control (Lab minority)||Details|
|West Dunbartonshire||Labour||Labour||No overall control (SNP + Ind)||Details|
|West Lothian||Labour||NOC||No overall control (SNP + Ind)||Details|
A Newsnight poll by the analysts Rallings and Thrasher some days before the election predicted the following results for the English council elections:
Con 38% (Conservatives gaining 330 seats and losing 2% of the vote on 2006)
Lab 24% (Labour losing 500 seats and losing 2% of the vote on 2006)
LD 29% (Liberal Democrats gaining 110 seats and gaining 2% of the vote on 2006)
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