Altogether there are 143 councils holding elections across England:
· 3 newly formed unitary councils
· 26 Other Unitaries
· 24 Shire Counties
· 36 Metropolitan District Councils
· 54 Other District Councils
140 out of the 143 were held in 2016 and 2017
· 47 are held by the Conservatives
· 54 by Labour
· 6 by the LibDems
· 33 under NOC (“no overall control”)
English locals, regionals, districts and unitaries and Mayorals
There are 24 Shire County elections in England for those counties which have not postponed their elections until unitary councils have been established. These were scheduled for this year. There are Metropolitan and other district elections which were postponed from last year and some were going to happen in 2017 anyway. All elected by first past the post. All are controlled by the Conservatives except Cumbria (No Overall Control - NOC - Labour and LibDem) and Nottinghamshire (NOC - Conservative and Mansfield Independent Forum) and Oxfordshire (NOC - Conservative and Independent).
1 April was the first day of Buckinghamshire Council – this new unitary authority has replaced Wycombe, South Bucks, Chiltern and Aylesbury Vale District Councils and the old Buckinghamshire County Council. On the same day North Northamptonshire Council (Corby, East Northants, Kettering and Wellingborough) and West Northamptonshire Council (Daventry District, Northampton and South Northants) came into being. All three will be elected for the first time on Thursday.
Unitary Authorities with all out elections:
New: Buckinghamshire, North Northamptonshire and West Northamptonshire.
Labour: Bristol, County Durham, Halton and Warrington.
NOC LibDem and Independent: Cornwall
NOC Conservative: Northumberland
Conservative: Isle of Wight, Shropshire and Wiltshire
NOC Conservative and Brexit: Hartlepool.
Unitary Authorities with a third of the Council up:
Labour: Blackburn with Darwen, Hull, Plymouth, Reading, Slough and Southampton.
NOC Labour Minority: Milton Keynes,
NOC Labour, Independent, Libdem: Southend
NOC LibDem Minority: Portsmouth.
NOC Conservative Minority: Derby, Milton Keynes, Peterborough, Thurrock
Conservative: North East Lincolnshire, Swindon, Wokingham
English district councils postponed from last year and up in 2021
Metropolitan Boroughs only three up, all all out, all Labour: Doncaster, Rotherham and Salford.
Elections by thirds: the majority are Labour: Barnsley, Bradford, Bury, Calderdale, Coventry, Gateshead, Kirklees, Knowsley, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne, North Tyneside, Oldham, Rochdale, St Helens, Sandwell, Sefton, Sheffield, Solihull, South Tyneside, Sunderland, Tameside, Trafford, Wakefield, Wigan and Wolverhampton.
No Overall Control (NOC) with a Labour Minority: Stockport and Wirral.
NOC Conservative Minority: Bolton and Dudley
Conservative: Solihull and Walsall
Other District Elections
Of 54 District Elections, keen watchers are looking to Cannock Chase District Council in Staffordshire County council which was moving against Labour and has a third, a third, a third elections postponed from 2020 and Worthing, West Sussex County Council which is moving towards Labour. They will try to judge if the Brexit effects are still evident.
Combined Authority Mayors
New and hopefully Labour: West Yorkshire region, (Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds and Wakefield) with Labour’s Tracy Brabin standing. There is a first time mayor to be elected in West Yorkshire, as the Metropolitan Authorities closed down by Margaret Thatcher in 1980s are reconstructed as elected Mayors. People will be asking whether Labour can win in the West Midlands where it lost seats in the GE2019 or attract the third party voters’ second choice votes against the Conservative Mayors there or in Tees Valley or indeed West of England.
Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, Tees Valley (Darlington, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Redcar and Cleveland, and Stockton-on-Tees) where the LibDem candidate in 2017, Chris Foote-Wood, is now in the Labour Party, West Midlands (18 local authorities Birmingham and the Black Country (Andy Street v Liam Byrne); West of England (WECA) – Dan Norris (former MP). Worth watching to see if third party supporters have learned to use their second preference against the Conservatives. Last time the Green and LibDem parties voted for each other and their votes were thrown away.
Greater Manchester (Andy Burnham) Liverpool City Region (Steve Rotheram)
Single Authority Mayors
Bristol (Marvin Rees), Doncaster, Liverpool (with new Candidate Joanne Anderson standing to replace Joe Anderson, no relation), North Tyneside, and Salford.
PCC elections in England and Wales
The 39 Police and Crime (and some add Fire) Commissioners cover everywhere in England and Wales. These and mayoral elections are elected by SV.