170 English Local Authorities
Colours denote the winning party, as shown in the main table of results.
The 2010 United Kingdom local elections were held on Thursday 6 May 2010, when the 2010 general election also took place. [ citation needed ] losing the general election on the same day, as it was the first time Conservative councillor numbers declined since 1996.[ citation needed ]Direct elections were held to all 32 London boroughs, all 36 metropolitan boroughs, 76 second-tier district authorities, 20 unitary authorities and various Mayoral posts, all in England. For those authorities elected "all out" these were the first elections since 2006. The results provided some comfort to the Labour Party,
|No overall control||n/a||n/a||47||7|
All seats in the 32 London Boroughs were up for election.
|Barking and Dagenham||Labour||Labour hold||Details|
|Brent||No overall control||Labour gain||Details|
|Camden||No overall control||Labour gain||Details|
|Hammersmith and Fulham||Conservative||Conservative hold||Details|
|Hounslow||No overall control||Labour gain||Details|
|Islington||No overall control||Labour gain||Details|
|Kensington and Chelsea||Conservative||Conservative hold||Details|
|Kingston upon Thames||Liberal Democrats||Liberal Democrats hold||Details|
|Lewisham||No overall control||Labour gain||Details|
|Merton||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Redbridge||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Richmond upon Thames||Liberal Democrats||Conservative gain||Details|
|Southwark||No overall control||Labour gain||Details|
|Sutton||Liberal Democrats||Liberal Democrats hold||Details|
|Tower Hamlets||Labour||Labour hold||Details|
|Waltham Forest||No overall control||Labour gain||Details|
One third of the seats in all 36 Metropolitan Boroughs were 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||Conservative||No overall control gain||Details|
|Calderdale||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Coventry||No overall control||Labour gain||Details|
|Doncaster||No overall control||Labour gain||Details|
|Kirklees||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Leeds||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Liverpool||Liberal Democrats||Labour gain||Details|
|Newcastle upon Tyne||Liberal Democrats||Liberal Democrats hold||Details|
|North Tyneside||Conservative||No overall control gain||Details|
|Oldham||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Rochdale||Liberal Democrats||No overall control gain||Details|
|St. Helens||No overall control||Labour gain||Details|
|Sefton||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Sheffield||Liberal Democrats||No overall control gain||Details|
|Solihull||Conservative||No overall control gain||Details|
|South Tyneside||Labour||Labour hold||Details|
|Stockport||Liberal Democrats||Liberal Democrats hold||Details|
|Wirral||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Wolverhampton||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
One third of the council seats were up for election in 20 unitary authorities.
|Council||Previous control||New Control||Details|
|Blackburn with Darwen||No overall control||No overall control||Details|
|Bristol||Liberal Democrats||Liberal Democrats||Details|
|Derby||No overall control||No overall control||Details|
|Hartlepool||No overall control||Labour||Details|
|Kingston upon Hull||Liberal Democrats||Liberal Democrats||Details|
|Milton Keynes||No overall control||No overall control||Details|
|North East Lincolnshire||No overall control||No overall control||Details|
|Portsmouth||No overall control||Liberal Democrats||Details|
|Reading||No overall control||No overall control||Details|
|Stoke-on-Trent||No overall control||No overall control||Details|
|Thurrock||No overall control||No overall control||Details|
|Warrington||No overall control||No overall control||Details|
The elections in Stoke-on-Trent had originally been cancelled following a referendum result which decided to abolish the existing Mayor and Cabinet system of governance, with replacement elections to take place in 2011 following a review of the council by the Boundary Committee for England.However, it was later decided to hold elections to one-third of the council in 2010 as planned.
The elections that were due to be held in Exeter and Norwich were cancelled due to structural changes.After the 2010 general election, the structural changes were cancelled, leading to elections in both cities in September 2010 (see 2010 Exeter City Council election and 2010 Norwich City Council election).
Seven district councils had half of their seats up for election.
|Council||Previous control||New Control||Details|
|Cheltenham||No overall control||Liberal Democrats||Details|
|Gosport||No overall control||Conservative||Details|
|Hastings||No overall control||Labour||Details|
|Nuneaton and Bedworth||Conservative||No overall control||Details|
|Oxford||No overall control||Labour||Details|
69 district councils had one third of their seats up for election.
|Council||Previous control||New Control||Details|
|Barrow-in-Furness||No overall control||No overall control||Details|
|Basingstoke and Deane||Conservative||Conservative||Details|
|Burnley||Liberal Democrats||Liberal Democrats||Details|
|Cambridge||Liberal Democrats||Liberal Democrats||Details|
|Cannock Chase||No overall control||No overall control||Details|
|City of Carlisle||No overall control||No overall control||Details|
|Colchester||No overall control||No overall control||Details|
|Craven||No overall control||Conservative||Details|
|Eastleigh||Liberal Democrats||Liberal Democrats||Details|
|Gloucester||No overall control||No overall control||Details|
|Harrogate||No overall control||Conservative||Details|
|Hart||No overall control||Conservative||Details|
|Hyndburn||Conservative||No overall control||Details|
|Ipswich||No overall control||No overall control||Details|
|Lincoln||Conservative||No overall control||Details|
|Mole Valley||Conservative||No overall control||Details|
|Newcastle-under-Lyme||No overall control||No overall control||Details|
|Pendle||No overall control||No overall control||Details|
|Preston||No overall control||No overall control||Details|
|Purbeck||No overall control||No overall control||Details|
|Reigate and Banstead||Conservative||Conservative||Details|
|St Albans||Liberal Democrats||Liberal Democrats||Details|
|South Lakeland||Liberal Democrats||Liberal Democrats||Details|
|Three Rivers||Liberal Democrats||Liberal Democrats||Details|
|Watford||Liberal Democrats||Liberal Democrats||Details|
|Weymouth and Portland||No overall control||No overall control||Details|
|Woking||Conservative||No overall control||Details|
|Worcester||No overall control||No overall control||Details|
There were four mayoral elections.
|Local Authority||Previous Mayor||New Mayor||Details|
|Hackney||Jules Pipe (Labour)||Jules Pipe (Labour)||Details|
|Lewisham||Sir Steve Bullock (Labour)||Sir Steve Bullock (Labour)||Details|
|Newham||Sir Robin Wales (Labour)||Sir Robin Wales (Labour)||Details|
|Watford||Dorothy Thornhill (Liberal Democrat)||Dorothy Thornhill (Liberal Democrat)||Details|
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