End of day briefing. How the local government landscape has changed

The last 36 hours at the LGiU have been dominated by coverage of the local elections and mayoral elections. There are only a few more councils left to declare results. As things stand at 16:30, the scene across the country looks like this:

Party Councils Councillors
  Total +/- Total +/-
Labour 71 +30 1908 +739
Conservative 41 -12 963 -388
Liberal Democrat 6 -1 388 -273
Scottish National Party 2 +2 353 +40
Plaid Cymru 0 -1 147 -28
Green 0 0 28 +8

Key highlights from today include:

  • Bristol has voted for an elected mayor by a 53% majority
  • All other cities – except Leeds who are still counting – have said “No” to having an elected mayor.
  • In Doncaster people have voted to keep their mayor – meaning Peter Davies will keep his job. 
  • In Salford, Labour’s Ian Stewart has become their first elected mayor. This means Labour have taken both mayoralties outside of London. 
  • Labour have broken through the +700 mark that many media pundits were expecting them to achieve. In doing so, they have taken some key battles grounds – such as Harlow, Southampton, Thurrock and Reading.
  • In London the mayoral race is ever tightening with Boris now on 44% and Ken on 40%. Meanwhile a fascinating three way tie is developing between Siobhan Benita, Jenny Jones and Brian Paddick. Much may depend on second preferences but most commentators still calling a Boris victory.
  • Voter turnout across the board has been low
Below is a list of all councils that have change control

Conservative lose to NOC

Gloucester
Hart
Monmouthshire
Southend-on-Sea
Vale of Glamorgan
Worcester
Wyre Forest

Labour lose to NOC

Midlothian

Liberal Democrat lose to NOC

Cambridge

Plaid Cymru lose to NOC

Gwynedd

Conservative gain from NOC

Winchester

Labour gain from NOC

Birmingham
Bridgend
Burnley
Cannock Chase
Carlisle
Chorley
Derby
Exeter
Newcastle-under-Lyme
North East Lincolnshire
Norwich
Nuneaton & Bedworth
Reading
Renfrewshire
Rossendale
Sefton
Swansea
Thurrock
Torfaen
Wirral

Labour gain from Conservative

Dudley
Great Yarmouth
Harlow
Plymouth
Redditch
Southampton

Labour gain from Independent/Other

Blaenau Gwent
Merthyr Tydfil

Scottish National Party gain from NOC

Angus
Dundee

That’s it from us for today. We’ll send a full member briefing next week