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2020 United Kingdom local elections

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2020 United Kingdom local elections
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118 councils in England
8 directly elected mayors in England
40 Police and Crime Commissioners in England and Wales
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Official portrait of Rt Hon Sir Edward Davey MP crop 2.jpg
Leader TBD Boris Johnson Ed Davey & Mark Pack (acting)
Party Labour Conservative Liberal Democrats
Leader since 23 July 2019 13 December 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 45 seats
0 PCCs
1 council

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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.

Local elections in the United Kingdom are scheduled to be held on Thursday 7 May 2020, contesting about 118 English local councils, eight directly elected mayors in England[1] and forty 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.

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.

Voters and voting systems

All residents of the areas covered that are 18 years or over and is a British or Irish citizen, a qualifying Commonwealth citizen, or a citizen of the European Union is eligible to vote.[3] A resident can be registered to vote in two different local authorities, such as a student, but can only vote in one.[4]

Because this wave of local elections incorporates different positions, voters will use different voting systems to elect politicians. Councillors will be elected using First Past The Post, meaning that the councillor with the most votes in a ward is elected.[4] Councils having "all-up" elections will have block voting, where voters have a vote for each seat the ward represents and the top councillors are elected. All mayors of England and Police and Crime Commissioners of England and Wales are elected using the supplementary vote system- which means voters select a first and second choice when you vote. If no candidate receives 50% of the vote all except for the top two are eliminated. If your first choice candidate is eliminated, and your second choice is for one of the top 2, then your second choice is counted.[5][6] Whilst the Mayor of London is elected using the supplementary vote system too, the London Assembly uses the Additional member system. You vote once for your single member constituency and once for a London-wide representative.[5]


The local elections in May 2019 across a majority of councils in England saw the Conservative party suffer significant losses to the Liberal Democrats, who regained councils they lost to the Conservatives in 2015. The Labour party, despite making some gains, had a net loss of over eighty seats in areas that had traditionally voted for them, 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 eighty in the House of Commons. The Labour party, achieved their worst share of the seats since the 1935 general election.[7] Following the election result the leader of the Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn announced he would be stepping down from his position, though remain an MP. The results of party's leadership and deputy leadership election will be unveiled in April.[8] The Liberal Democrats will also have a leadership election, with the results being announced in July, following Jo Swinson losing her seat.[9] During this period, the party's Deputy Leader Ed Davey and party President Mark Pack will act as co-leaders.[10]


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

One-third of metropolitan council

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

Five unitary authorities have all of their seats up for election including three new unitary authorities, two in Northamptonshire and a single authority across 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.[11] An election for the new unitary Buckinghamshire Council will take place, replacing both the existing county council and the four district councils of Aylesbury Vale, Chiltern, South Buckinghamshire and Wycombe.[12] The unitary authorities of Halton[13] and Hartlepool,[14] both within the thirds cycle, are having all-up elections due to boundary review.

Council Seats Previous control Result
Bristol 70 Labour
Buckinghamshire*[12] 147 New council (predecessor authorities were all Conservative)
Halton 54 Labour
Hartlepool 36 No overall control (Brexit party/Conservative coalition)
West Northamptonshire*[11] - New council (predecessor authorities were all Conservative)
North Northamptonshire*[11] - New council (predecessor authorities were all Conservative except Corby which was Labour)
Warrington 58 Labour
All 7 councils - -
* New council (3)

One-third of unitary council

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

Council Seats Previous control Result
up of
Blackburn with Darwen 17 51 Labour
Derby 17 51 No overall control (Conservative minority with UKIP/Lib Dem support)
Hull 19 57 Labour
Milton Keynes 19 57 No overall control (Labour minority with Lib Dem support)
North East Lincolnshire 15 42 Conservative
Peterborough 20 60 No overall control (Conservative minority with Independent support)
Plymouth 19 57 Labour
Portsmouth 14 42 No overall control (Lib Dem minority with Labour support)
Reading 15 46 Labour
Slough 14 42 Labour
Southampton 16 48 Labour
Southend-on-Sea 17 51 No overall control (Labour/Lib Dem/independent coalition)
Swindon 19 57 Conservative
Thurrock 16 49 No overall control (Conservative minority)
Wokingham 18 54 Conservative
All 15 councils 255' 764

District Councils

Whole district councils

Twelve district councils have all of their seats up for election.

Half of councils

Six 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.

Mayoral elections

Combined authority mayors

Four 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

Three 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.



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


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.


Police and Crime Commissioner elections

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


  1. ^ "Directly elected mayors".
  2. ^ "Electoral Commission | Police and Crime Commissioner elections".
  3. ^ "Local councils". Electoral Commission (United Kingdom). 1 November 2019. Retrieved 3 February 2020.
  4. ^ a b "Types of election, referendums, and who can vote: Local government". GOV.UK. Retrieved 3 February 2020.
  5. ^ a b "Types of election, referendums, and who can vote: Local mayors, Mayor of London and London Assembly". GOV.UK. Retrieved 3 February 2020.
  6. ^ "Types of election, referendums, and who can vote: Police and Crime Commissioner". GOV.UK. Retrieved 3 February 2020.
  7. ^ "Who will be Labour's next leader?". BBC News. 15 December 2019. Retrieved 16 December 2019.
  8. ^ Mason, Rowena; Pidd, Helen (15 December 2019). "Labour leadership race begins as senior figures back Rebecca Long-Bailey". The Guardian. Retrieved 16 December 2019.
  9. ^ "Lib Dem leader Jo Swinson to step down". BBC News. 13 December 2019. Retrieved 16 December 2019.
  10. ^ "Timetable agreed for Liberal Democrat leadership election". Mark Pack. 18 January 2020. Retrieved 31 January 2020.
  11. ^ a b c "Northamptonshire County Council: No local elections for cash-crisis county". BBC News. 1 May 2019. Retrieved 13 August 2019.
  12. ^ a b Jones, Claire. "New Buckinghamshire Council moves a step closer". Wycombe Today. Retrieved 13 August 2019.
  13. ^ "Halton". Local Government Boundary Commission. Retrieved 18 December 2019.
  14. ^ "Hartlepool". Local Government Boundary Commission. Retrieved 18 December 2019.

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