Councils with No Overall Control

There are currently 72 councils with no overall control or no political control in England. Who controls these councils and how many of them are up for election?

56 NOC councils are holding elections.

  • 15 unitaries
  • 37 districts
  • 4 metropolitan boroughs

25 NOCs are having all out elections

  • 7 unitaries
  • 18 districts

30 NOCs are electing 1/3 of councillors

  • 7 unitary authorities
  • 19 districts
  • 4 metropolitan boroughs

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1 NOC is holding an all out and a mayoral election – Bedford (unitary).

Of the 56 NOC councils up for election where the political control can be worked out:

  • 17 are run by the Conservatives
  • 3 are run by the Conservatives and Independents or another local party
  • 1 is run by the Conservatives in coalition with Labour
  • 1 is run by the Conservatives, Labour and the Liberal Democrats
  • 1 is run by the Conservatives, Labour, the Liberal Democrats and Greens
  • 1 is run by the Conservatives, Labour, Liberal Democrats and Independent/other local party
  • 1 is run by the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats
  • 2 are run by the Conservatives, Liberal Democrats and Independent/other local party
  • 2 are run by the Conservatives and UKIP
  • 1 is run by Greens
  • 8 are run by Labour
  • 1 is run by Labour and Greens
  • 3 are run by Labour and Independent/other local party
  • 2 are run by Labour, Liberal Democrats and Independent/other local party
  • 2 are run by the Liberal Democrats
  • 2 are run by the Liberal Democrats and Independent/other local party
  • 2 are unknown

For councils which have adopted the committee system, we have listed all the political affiliations of elected members, the largest party and the politics of the leader. Of NOC committee system councils up for election:

  • 1 is a committee system with Conservatives, Labour, Liberal Democrats, Green and Independent/other local party, with Conservatives as the largest party and a Conservative leader or equivalent
  • 1 is a committee system with Conservatives, Labour, Liberal Democrats and Independent/other local party, with Conservatives as the largest party and a Liberal Democrat leader or equivalent
  • 1 is a committee system with Conservatives, Labour, Liberal Democrats and UKIP, with Conservatives as the largest party and a Conservative leader or equivalent
  • 1 is a committee system with Conservatives, Labour, Liberal Democrats, UKIP and Independent/other local party, with Labour as the largest party and a Labour leader or equivalent
  • 1 is a committee system with Conservatives, Liberal Democrats and Independent/other local party, with Conservatives as the largest party and a Conservative leader or equivalent
  • 1 is a committee system with Conservatives, Liberal Democrats, Greens and Independent/other local party, with Conservatives as the largest party and an Independent/other local party leader or equivalent

Notes:

  • No overall control means that no political party holds an absolute majority on the council.
  • Some are run by loose coalitions of parties, others by formal coalitions.
  • The balance of power in a council with no overall control is not always clear, particularly where a council uses the committee system of governance rather than a leader and cabinet model.
  • Where there is a clear executive, we have based the political control on the politics of the leader and executive members.