2020 United Kingdom local elections
Local elections in the United Kingdom are scheduled to be held on Thursday 7 May 2020, contesting about 118 English local councils, 8 directly elected mayors in England and 40 police and crime commissioners in England and Wales. There will also be an election to the London Assembly in conjunction with the London mayoral election.
118 councils in England
8 directly elected mayors in England
40 Police and Crime Commissioners in England and Wales
With the exception of those areas that have had boundary changes, the seats up for election were last contested in the 2016 local elections.
New unitary authorities to replace the county and district councils in Northamptonshire and Buckinghamshire are due to hold their inaugural elections this year.
The local elections in May 2019 across a majority of council's in England saw the Conservative party suffer significant losses to the Liberal Democrats, who regained council's they lost to the Conservatives in 2015. The Labour party, though made gains in some areas had a net loss of over 80 seats in traditionally Labour voting areas, particularly to independent candidates. Local elections also took place at the same time in Northern Ireland, which saw a rise in the Alliance Party's representation across the region. At the 2019 European Parliament election in the United Kingdom, a few weeks after, the Conservatives had their lowest share of the vote in a nation-wide election in their history, with the Brexit party and the Liberal Democrats coming first and second, respectively.
On 12 December 2019, the UK had a snap general election that lead to the Conservative party winning a majority of 80 in the House of Commons. The Labour party, achieved their worst share of the seats since the 1935 general election. Following the election result the leader of the Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn resigned from his position, though remains an MP. The results of party's leadership and deputy leadership election will be unveiled in March. The Liberal Democrats will also have leadership election following Jo Swinson losing her seat.
Whole metropolitan council
Two of 36 metropolitan boroughs have all of its seats up for election.
One-third of metropolitan council
33 of 36 metropolitan boroughs have one-third of their seats up for election.
|Bolton||20||60||No overall control (Conservative minority with Lib Dem/UKIP/Independent support)|
|Dudley||24||72||No overall control (Conservative minority)|
|Newcastle upon Tyne||26||78||Labour|
|Stockport||21||63||No overall control (Labour minority)|
|Wirral||22||66||No overall control (Labour minority)|
|All 33 councils||726||2,181|
Whole unitary council
5 unitary authorities have all of their seats up for election including 3 new unitary authorities in Northamptonshire and Buckinghamshire. Due to Northamptonshire County Council going bankrupt, South Northamptonshire, Northampton, Daventry and Northamptonshire County Council will merge to create West Northamptonshire; Whilst Corby, East Northamptonshire, Kettering and Wellingborough will merge to form North Northamptonshire. Another new election will take place in Buckinghamshire where the county council with its four district councils Aylesbury Vale, Chiltern, South Buckinghamshire and Wycombe.
|Buckinghamshire*||-||New council (predecessor authorities were all Conservative)|
|North Northamptonshire*||-||New council (predecessor authorities were all Conservative)|
|West Northamptonshire*||-||New council (predecessor authorities were all Conservative except Corby which was Labour)|
|All 5 councils||-||-|
- * New council (3)
One-third of unitary council
16 unitary authorities have one-third of their seats up for election.
Whole district councils
12 District Councils have all of their seats up for election.
Half of councils
6 non-metropolitan district councils have half of their seats up for election.
One-third of district councils
51 non-metropolitan district councils have one-third of their seats up for election.
Combined authority mayors
4 Combined authority mayors are up for election.
|Combined authority||Previous Mayor||Mayor-elect||Details|
|Greater Manchester||Andy Burnham (Lab)||-||Details|
|Liverpool City Region||Steve Rotheram (Lab)||-||Details|
|Tees Valley||Ben Houchen (Con)||-||Details|
|West Midlands||Andy Street (Con)||-||Details|
Single authority mayors
3 Single authority mayors are up for election.
|Local Authority||Previous Mayor||Mayor-elect||Details|
|Bristol||Marvin Rees (Lab)||-||Details|
|Liverpool||Joe Anderson (Lab)||-||Details|
|Salford||Paul Dennett (Lab)||-||Details|
Police and Crime Commissioner elections
36 Police and Crime Commissioners in England are up for election.
Police and Crime Commissioner elections
4 Police and Crime Commissioners in Wales are up for election.
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- "Electoral Commission | Police and Crime Commissioner elections". www.electoralcommission.org.uk.
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