137 English Local Authorities and all Welsh Councils
Colours denote the winning party, as shown in the main table of results.
The 2008 United Kingdom local elections were held on 1 May 2008. These elections took place in 137 English Local Authorities and all Welsh Councils.
There were also extraordinary elections held for four of the new unitary authorities being created, in Northumberland, County Durham and Cheshire (two councils - Cheshire East and Cheshire West and Chester).Scheduled elections for Penwith in Cornwall, Shrewsbury and Atcham in Shropshire, Bedford and South Bedfordshire in Bedfordshire and five district councils in Cheshire were cancelled, due to the up-coming unitary authorities being established in those counties.
The Labour Party finished in 3rd place, trailing the Conservatives by 20%, the largest such margin ever between the two main parties. Aside from the strong showing for David Cameron's Conservatives, Plaid Cymru and the Lib Dems each made net gains of over 30 seats and the BNP made 10 net gains to finish with over 30 seats.
The strong showing for the Conservatives and the disappointing showing by Labour reflected the change in the political mood of Britain at the time, where the Labour government, now led by prime minister Gordon Brown, had suffered a slump in popularity due to the financial crisis and economic fears which were affecting Britain at the time.
|No overall control||n/a||n/a||64||3|
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||Conservative gain||Details|
|Calderdale||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Coventry||Conservative||No overall control gain||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||Conservative gain||Details|
|Oldham||Labour||No overall control gain||Details|
|Rochdale||Liberal Democrats||Liberal Democrats hold||Details|
|Sefton||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Sheffield||No overall control||Liberal Democrats gain||Details|
|Solihull||No overall control||Conservative 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|
|Wolverhampton||Labour||No overall control gain||Details|
In 19 English unitary authorities one third of the council was up for election.
|Blackburn with Darwen||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Derby||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Hartlepool||Labour||No overall control gain|
|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|
|Portsmouth||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Reading||Labour||No overall control gain|
|Slough||No overall control||Labour gain||Details|
|Southampton||No overall control||Conservative gain||Details|
|Stoke-on-Trent||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Thurrock||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Warrington||No overall control||No overall control hold|
Elections were held in three of the current non-metropolitan counties of Cheshire, County Durham and Northumberland for four new unitary authorities which were established in 2009. These councils were "shadow councils" until then.
|Cheshire West and Chester||Conservative||Details|
|Northumberland||No overall control|
In 4 English district authorities the whole council was up for election following ward boundary changes.
|Barrow-in-Furness||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Basingstoke and Deane||No overall control||Conservative gain||Details|
|South Lakeland||Liberal Democrats||Liberal Democrats hold||Details|
|Welwyn Hatfield||Conservative||Conservative hold||Details|
In 7 English district authorities, half of the council was up for election.
|Cheltenham||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Gosport||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Hastings||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Nuneaton and Bedworth||Labour||Conservative gain||Details|
|Oxford||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
In 67 English district authorities, a third of the council was up for election.
|Amber Valley||Conservative||Conservative hold||Details|
|Burnley||No overall control||Liberal Democrats gain||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|
|Colchester||Conservative||No overall control gain||Details|
|Craven||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Eastleigh||Liberal Democrats||Liberal Democrats hold||Details|
|Elmbridge||No overall control||Conservative gain||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||Conservative gain||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||Conservative gain||Details|
|Mole Valley||Conservative||Conservative hold||Details|
|Newcastle-under-Lyme||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|North Hertfordshire||Conservative||Conservative hold||Details|
|Norwich||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Pendle||Liberal Democrats||No overall control gain||Details|
|Preston||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Purbeck||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Redditch||No overall control||Conservative gain||Details|
|Reigate and Banstead||Conservative||Conservative hold||Details|
|Rossendale||No overall control||Conservative gain||Details|
|South Cambridgeshire||Conservative||Conservative hold||Details|
|St Albans||No overall control||Liberal Democrats gain||Details|
|Three Rivers||Liberal Democrats||Liberal Democrats hold||Details|
|Tunbridge Wells||Conservative||Conservative hold||Details|
|Watford||Liberal Democrats||Liberal Democrats hold||Details|
|West Lancashire||Conservative||Conservative hold||Details|
|West Lindsey||Liberal Democrats||Conservative gain||Details|
|West Oxfordshire||Conservative||Conservative hold||Details|
|Weymouth and Portland||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Worcester||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Wyre Forest||No overall control||Conservative gain||Details|
|Local Authority||Previous Mayor||Mayor-elect||Details|
|London||Ken Livingstone (Labour)||Boris Johnson (Conservative) gain||Details|
In all 22 Welsh councils the whole of the council was up for election.
|Blaenau Gwent||Labour||No overall control gain||Details|
|Bridgend||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Caerphilly||Labour||No overall control gain||Details|
|Cardiff||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Carmarthenshire||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Ceredigion||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Conwy||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Denbighshire||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Flintshire||Labour||No overall control gain||Details|
|Gwynedd||Plaid Cymru||No overall control gain||Details|
|Isle of Anglesey||Independent||Independent hold||DetailsI|
|Merthyr Tydfil||Labour||Independent gain||Details|
|Neath Port Talbot||Labour||Labour hold||Details|
|Newport||Labour||No overall control gain||Details|
|Rhondda Cynon Taff||Labour||Labour hold||Details|
|Swansea||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Torfaen||Labour||No overall control gain||Details|
|Vale of Glamorgan||No overall control||Conservative gain||Details|
|Wrexham||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
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