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United Kingdom local elections, 2001

United Kingdom local elections, 2001

7 June 2001

All 34 non-metropolitan counties, 11 out of 46 unitary authorities,
1 sui generis authority and all 26 Northern Irish districts
  Majority party Minority party Third party
  Tony Blair.JPG
Leader William Hague Tony Blair Charles Kennedy
Party Conservative Labour Liberal Democrat
Leader since 19 June 1997 21 July 1994 9 August 1999
Percentage 40 31 25
Councils 18 14 0
Councils +/- 5 2 2
Councillors 1,094 830 498
Councillors +/- 121 0 70

Local elections took place in some parts of the UK on 7 June 2001. Elections took place for all of the English shire counties, some English unitary authorities and all of the Northern Ireland districts. The elections were delayed from the usual date of the first Thursday in May due to the 2001 UK foot and mouth crisis and were held on the same day as the general election.

While the results were overshadowed by the re-election of the Labour government, they did provide some comfort to the Conservative party. The Conservatives consolidated their position as the largest party on the English county councils.

Contents

  • Summary of results 1
  • England 2
    • Non-metropolitan county councils 2.1
    • Unitary authorities 2.2
      • Whole council 2.2.1
      • Third of council 2.2.2
    • Sui generis 2.3
  • Northern Ireland 3
  • References 4

Summary of results

The results of the English local elections saw the Conservative party make significant progress, gaining control of a further five councils. The Labour party lost control of Cumbria and Warwickshire county councils, while the Liberal Democrats suffered losses of both councils and councillors.

Party Councils Councillors
Gain Loss Change Total Gain Loss Change Total
Conservative +5 18 +120 1,093
Labour -2 14 +7 843
Liberal Democrat -2 0 -80 449
Independent 0 0 -25 67
Other 0 0 0 0 -1 28
No overall control -1 13

England

Non-metropolitan county councils

In all 34 English county councils the whole council was up for election.

Council Previous control Result Details
Bedfordshire Conservative Conservative hold Details
Buckinghamshire Conservative Conservative hold Details
Cambridgeshire Conservative Conservative hold Details
Cheshire No overall control Conservative gain Details
Cornwall No overall control No overall control hold Details
Cumbria Labour No overall control gain Details
Derbyshire Labour Labour hold Details
Devon Liberal Democrat No overall control gain Details
Dorset No overall control Conservative gain Details
Durham Labour Labour hold Details
East Sussex No overall control Conservative gain Details
Essex Conservative Conservative hold Details
Gloucestershire No overall control No overall control hold Details
Hampshire Conservative Conservative hold Details
Hertfordshire Conservative Conservative hold Details
Kent Conservative Conservative hold Details
Lancashire Labour Labour hold Details
Leicestershire No overall control Conservative gain Details
Lincolnshire Conservative Conservative hold Details
Norfolk No overall control Conservative gain Details
North Yorkshire Conservative Conservative hold Details
Northamptonshire Labour Labour hold Details
Northumberland Labour Labour hold Details
Nottinghamshire Labour Labour hold Details
Oxfordshire No overall control No overall control hold Details
Shropshire No overall control No overall control hold Details
Somerset Liberal Democrat No overall control gain Details
Staffordshire Labour Labour hold Details
Suffolk No overall control No overall control hold Details
Surrey Conservative Conservative hold Details
Warwickshire Labour No overall control gain Details
West Sussex Conservative Conservative hold Details
Wiltshire Conservative Conservative hold Details
Worcestershire No overall control No overall control hold Details

‡ New ward boundaries

Unitary authorities

In two English unitary authorities the whole council was up for election while a further nine unitary authorities had one third of the council up for election.

Whole council

Council Previous control Result Details
Isle of Wight No overall control No overall control hold Details
Southend-on-Sea Conservative Conservative hold Details

‡ New ward boundaries

Third of council

Council Previous control Result Details
Blackburn with Darwen Labour Labour hold Details
Bristol Labour Labour hold Details
Halton Labour Labour hold Details
Peterborough No overall control No overall control hold Details
Reading Labour Labour hold Details
Slough Labour Labour hold Details
Thurrock Labour Labour hold Details
Warrington Labour Labour hold Details
Wokingham No overall control No overall control hold Details

Sui generis

Council Previous control Result Details
Isles of Scilly Details

Northern Ireland

In all 26 Northern Ireland districts the whole council was up for election. They were elected by Single Transferable Vote. They saw the Democratic Unionist Party and Sinn Féin make gains at the expense of the other parties.

Council Previous control Result Details
Antrim Details
Ards Details
Armagh Details
Ballymena Details
Ballymoney Details
Banbridge Details
Belfast Details
Carrickfergus Details
Castlereagh Details
Coleraine Details
Cookstown Details
Craigavon Details
Derry Details
Down Details
Dungannon and South Tyrone Details
Fermanagh Details
Larne Details
Limavady Details
Lisburn Details
Magherafelt Details
Moyle Details
Newry and Mourne Details
Newtownabbey Details
North Down Details
Omagh Details
Strabane Details

References

  • Vote 2001 BBC News
  • The local elections of 7 June 2001. House of Commons Library Research Paper 01/71.
  • Northern Ireland local election results
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