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Local Elections 2016

Published Thursday, May 19, 2016

Local elections were held for 2,782 council seats across 124 district, unitary and metropolitan borough councils in England on 5 May 2016. In the elections the Conservatives had a net loss of 38 seats, Labour a net loss of 15 seats and the Liberal Democrats a net gain of 48 seats. Changes in council control across England were minimal.

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Local elections were held for 2,782 seats on 124 local councils in England on 5 May 2016. These elections comprised:

  • 1,393 seats on 70 district councils;
  • 468 seats on 19 unitary authority councils;
  • 921 seats on 35 metropolitan borough councils.

In the elections, Conservatives had a net loss of 38 seats, Labour a net loss of 15 seats and the Liberal Democrats, a net gain of 48 seats. The changes in council control across the country were minimal.

  • The Conservatives won 31% of seats up for election; this is nearly half the percentage of available seats received in 2015 (59%) but is almost identical to the comparable elections in 2012 (33%)
  • Labour won 47% of the seats up for election; this is almost double the percentage of available seats received in 2015 (25%) but is almost identical to the comparable elections in 2012 (49%).
  • The Liberal Democrats won 14% of the seats up for election; this is the highest percentage since 2013 where they won 15% and 2% more than the comparable elections in 2012.

The table below summarises changes in council control that occurred as a direct result of May 2016 elections (that is, excluding changes that occurred due to by-elections and defections outside of the usual electoral cycle):

Changes in council control in the 2016 local elections

 

 

Commons Briefing papers CBP-7596

Authors: Christopher Watson; Richard Keen; Elise Uberoi

Topics: Election results : UK, Elections, Local government

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