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[1] and 40 police and crime commissioners in England and Wales.[2] There will also be an election to the London Assembly in conjunction with the London mayoral election.

2020 United Kingdom local elections
7 May 2020

118 councils in England
8 directly elected mayors in England
40 Police and Crime Commissioners in England and Wales
 
Leader TBD Boris Johnson TBD
Party Labour Conservative Liberal Democrats
Leader since 23 July 2019
Last election 1,326 seats
15 PCCs
58 councils
842 seats
20 PCCs
38 councils
378 seats
0 PCCs
4 councils

 
Leader Jonathan Bartley and Siân Berry
Party Green
Leader since 4 September 2018
Last election 364 seats
0 PCCs
1 councils

Map showing areas of England which will hold an election in 2020 (cyan). Areas in white will not hold an election, whilst those in light grey are Wales and Scotland.

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.

Background

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.[3] 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.[4] The Liberal Democrats will also have leadership election following Jo Swinson losing her seat.[5]

England

Metropolitan boroughs

Whole metropolitan council

Two of 36 metropolitan boroughs have all of its seats up for election.

Council Seats Previous control Result
up of
Rotherham 63 63 Labour
Salford 60 60 Labour

33 of 36 metropolitan boroughs have one-third of their seats up for election.

Council Seats Previous control Result
up of
Barnsley 21 63 Labour
Bolton 20 60 No overall control (Conservative minority with Lib Dem/UKIP/Independent support)
Bradford 30 90 Labour
Bury 17 51 Labour
Calderdale 17 51 Labour
Coventry 18 54 Labour
Dudley 24 72 No overall control (Conservative minority)
Gateshead 22 66 Labour
Kirklees 23 69 Labour
Knowsley 15 45 Labour
Leeds 33 99 Labour
Liverpool 30 90 Labour
Manchester 32 96 Labour
Newcastle upon Tyne 26 78 Labour
North Tyneside 20 60 Labour
Oldham 20 60 Labour
Rochdale 20 60 Labour
Sandwell 24 72 Labour
Sefton 22 66 Labour
Sheffield 28 84 Labour
Solihull 17 51 Conservative
South Tyneside 18 54 Labour
St Helens 16 48 Labour
Stockport 21 63 No overall control (Labour minority)
Sunderland 25 75 Labour
Tameside 19 57 Labour
Trafford 21 63 Labour
Wakefield 21 63 Labour
Walsall 20 60 Conservative
Wigan 25 75 Labour
Wirral 22 66 No overall control (Labour minority)
Wolverhampton 20 60 Labour
All 33 councils 726 2,181

Unitary authorities

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.[6] Another new election will take place in Buckinghamshire where the county council with its four district councils Aylesbury Vale, Chiltern, South Buckinghamshire and Wycombe.[7]

Council Seats Previous control Result
Bristol 70 Labour
Buckinghamshire*[7] - New council (predecessor authorities were all Conservative)
North Northamptonshire*[6] - New council (predecessor authorities were all Conservative)
West Northamptonshire*[6] - New council (predecessor authorities were all Conservative except Corby which was Labour)
All 5 councils - -
* New council (3)

16 unitary authorities have one-third of their seats up for election.

District Councils

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.

51 non-metropolitan district councils have one-third of their seats up for election.

Mayoral elections

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.

London

Mayor

Sadiq Khan is standing again for a second term as the Labour party candidate for the Mayor of London.

Assembly

The London Assembly consists of the 25 members elected using the Additional member system, which elects members using both constituencies and a London-wide electoral region.

Wales

Police and Crime Commissioner elections

4 Police and Crime Commissioners in Wales are up for election.

References

  1. "Directly elected mayors". www.local.gov.uk.
  2. "Electoral Commission | Police and Crime Commissioner elections". www.electoralcommission.org.uk.
  3. "Who will be Labour's next leader?". BBC News. 15 December 2019. Retrieved 16 December 2019.
  4. Mason, Rowena; Pidd, Helen (15 December 2019). "Labour leadership race begins as senior figures back Rebecca Long-Bailey". The Guardian. Retrieved 16 December 2019.
  5. "Lib Dem leader Jo Swinson to step down". BBC News. 13 December 2019. Retrieved 16 December 2019.
  6. "Northamptonshire County Council: No local elections for cash-crisis county". BBC News. 1 May 2019. Retrieved 13 August 2019.
  7. Jones, Claire. "New Buckinghamshire Council moves a step closer". Wycombe Today. Retrieved 13 August 2019.
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