All 32 London boroughs, all 36 metropolitan boroughs,
20 out of 46 unitary authorities and 88 out of 238 English districts
Local government elections took place in England (only) on Thursday 4 May 2006. Polling stations were open between 7:00 and 22:00.
All London borough council seats were up for election, as well as a third of the seats on each of the metropolitan borough councils, and a third of some unitary authorities and shire districts. Several councils elected half of their seats: these were Adur, Cheltenham, Fareham, Gosport, Hastings, Nuneaton and Bedworth, and Oxford. Local elections follow a four-year cycle, and the 2006 election was the follow-on from the 2002 elections.
Mayoral contests were held in the London boroughs of Hackney, Lewisham and Newham, and in Watford. Crewe and Nantwich held a referendum on the issue of whether or not to have a directly elected mayor.
This was the first set of elections since David Cameron was elected leader of the Conservative Party. The Conservatives strengthened their position as the largest party in local government, making headway against Labour.
Note: Figures for number of councils and councillors is only in regard to those councils up for election in 2006, and does not include councils not up for election.
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On 7 April, a report produced by the University of Plymouth for Newsnight, based on results of council by-elections in the past three months, suggested that, compared to the 2002 local elections:
This prediction may be seen to be almost entirely inaccurate.
UK Independence Party (UKIP) launched their local election campaign on 28 March 2006, where they put forward their policies for the local elections which included: the reduction of council tax by 50%; local binding referendums on major issues; and giving councils control of business rates and letting them receive the proceeds from stamp duty.
The Liberal Democrats' campaign launch was held on 3 April 2006 and was led by Sir Menzies Campbell MP.
Labour's campaign for the local elections was launched on 5 April 2006 and was led by the Prime Minister, Tony Blair MP (Lab, Sedgefield) and the Chancellor of the Exchequer and Blair's expected successor, Gordon Brown MP (Lab, Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath) in the wake of rumours of a split between the two over when Blair should stand down as PM.
Respect launched their election manifesto on 10 April 2006 calling the local elections a referendum on New Labour.
The Greens launched their campaign on 11 April 2006, having already announced that 1,300 candidates will be standing across the country.
The BNP launched their election manifesto on 14 April 2006. Soon after, Margaret Hodge, the Labour Employment Minister, told the press that 8 out of 10 white voters in her east London constituency of Barking admitted being tempted to vote for the BNP, hinting that the party's share of council seats was set to increase.
The Conservatives launched their campaign on 18 April. David Cameron, Eric Pickles, Caroline Spelman and Peter Ainsworth fronted a press conference that focused on environmental issues.
|28 March||UKIP (United Kingdom Independence Party) launch local election campaign.|
|29 March||The London Communications Agency issue a study suggesting that the Conservatives would gain a minimum of six London Borough councils.|
|3 April||The Liberal Democrats launch local election campaign.|
|4 April||Independent anti-war strategic voting web site launched in London.|
|5 April||Labour launch their local election campaign.
Conservatives offer a chance for "ordinary people" to appear in the local election broadcast.
|10 April||Respect launch their local election campaign.|
|14 April||The British National Party launch their election campaign.|
|18 April||The first party election broadcast by the Labour Party depicts David Cameron MP (Con, Witney) as a chamleon and even launch a website to promote the idea. See also: Dave the Chameleon.|
|19 April||The Conservative Election Broadcast (using the tagline "Vote Blue Go Green") was presented by people responding to the Conservatives request for "ordinary people" as reported on 5 April 2006.|
|20 April||The Liberal Democrat Election Broadcast recounted the election of Menzies Campbell MP as leader.|
|24 April||The Green Party Election Broadcast asks voters to use their multi member vote to elect Greens onto their local council.|
|26 April||In a day described by the tabloid press as "New Labour's Black Wednesday", three cabinet ministers have three different 'crises' on the same day.|
|27 April||Liberal Democrat leader Sir Menzies Campbell MP challenges the Conservatives over their 'Vote Blue Go Green' campaign.|
|28 April||Local Government Minister David Miliband MP urges voters to "think local" rather than on national issues.|
|2 May||The Conservative Party and the Liberal Democrats criticise the Labour Party for taking credit for London's successful Olympic bid in their Party Election Broadcast.
The West Midlands Police confirm their presence at Birmingham polling stations on election day amid fears of widespread ballot fraud.
|3 May||The final PMQs before the election sees party leaders debating national scandals and Labour Party insiders predicting the worst results since 1968.|
|4 May||The Labour Party acknowledges it could face the loss of former strongholds and even slip into third place nationally in local government numbers.|
|Barking and Dagenham||Labour||Labour hold||Details|
|Brent||Labour||No overall control gain||Details|
|Camden||Labour||No overall control gain||Details|
|Hammersmith and Fulham||Labour||Conservative gain||Details|
|Harrow||No overall control||Conservative gain||Details|
|Havering||No overall control||Conservative gain||Details|
|Hillingdon||No overall control||Conservative gain||Details|
|Hounslow||Labour||No overall control gain||Details|
|Islington||Liberal Democrats||No overall control gain||Details|
|Kensington and Chelsea||Conservative||Conservative hold||Details|
|Kingston upon Thames||Liberal Democrats||Liberal Democrats hold||Details|
|Lambeth||No overall control||Labour gain||Details|
|Lewisham||Labour||No overall control gain||Details|
|Merton||Labour||No overall control gain||Details|
|Richmond upon Thames||Conservative||Liberal Democrats gain||Details|
|Southwark||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Sutton||Liberal Democrats||Liberal Democrats hold||Details|
|Tower Hamlets||Labour||Labour hold||Details|
|Waltham Forest||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
One third of the seats in all 36 Metropolitan Boroughs were up for election.
|Birmingham||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Bolton||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Bradford||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Bury||Labour||No overall control gain||Details|
|Calderdale||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Coventry||No overall control||Conservative gain||Details|
|Doncaster||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Kirklees||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Leeds||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Liverpool||Liberal Democrats||Liberal Democrats hold||Details|
|Newcastle upon Tyne||Liberal Democrats||Liberal Democrats hold||Details|
|North Tyneside||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Rochdale||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|St. Helens||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Sefton||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|South Tyneside||Labour||Labour hold||Details|
|Stockport||Liberal Democrats||Liberal Democrats hold||Details|
|Wirral||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
One third of the council seats were up for election in 20 unitary authorities.
|Blackburn with Darwen||Labour||Labour hold||Details|
|Bristol||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Derby||Labour[A]||No overall control gain||Details|
|Kingston upon Hull||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Milton Keynes||Liberal Democrats||No overall control gain||Details|
|North East Lincolnshire||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Plymouth||Labour||No overall control gain||Details|
|Portsmouth||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Slough||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Southampton||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Stoke-on-Trent||Labour||No overall control gain||Details|
|Warrington||Labour||No overall control gain||Details|
|Cheltenham||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Gosport||No overall control gain||Details|
|Nuneaton and Bedworth||Labour||Labour hold||Details|
|Oxford||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
In 81 English district authorities one third of the council was up for election.
|Amber Valley||Conservative||Conservative hold||Details|
|Barrow-in-Furness||No overall control gain||Details|
|Basingstoke and Deane||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Bedford||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Burnley||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Cambridge||Liberal Democrats||Liberal Democrats hold||Details|
|Cannock Chase||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Carlisle||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Castle Point||Conservative||Conservative hold||Details|
|Chester||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Colchester||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Craven||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Crewe and Nantwich||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Eastleigh||Liberal Democrats||Liberal Democrats hold||Details|
|Ellesmere Port and Neston||Labour||Labour hold||Details|
|Elmbridge||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Epping Forest||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Exeter||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Gloucester||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Great Yarmouth||Conservative||Conservative hold||Details|
|Harlow||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Harrogate||No overall control gain||Details|
|Hart||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Ipswich||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Maidstone||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Mole Valley||Conservative gain||Details|
|Newcastle-under-Lyme||No overall control gain||Details|
|North Hertfordshire||Conservative||Conservative hold||Details|
|Norwich||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Pendle||Liberal Democrats||Liberal Democrats hold||Details|
|Penwith||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Preston||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Redditch||No overall control gain||Details|
|Reigate and Banstead||Conservative||Conservative hold||Details|
|Rugby||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|St Albans||Liberal Democrats gain||Details|
|Shrewsbury and Atcham||Conservative gain||Details|
|South Bedfordshire||Conservative||Conservative hold||Details|
|South Cambridgeshire||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|South Lakeland||Liberal Democrats gain||Details|
|Three Rivers||Liberal Democrats||Liberal Democrats hold||Details|
|Tunbridge Wells||Conservative||Conservative hold||Details|
|Watford||Liberal Democrats||Liberal Democrats hold||Details|
|Welwyn Hatfield||Conservative||Conservative hold||Details|
|West Lancashire||Conservative||Conservative hold||Details|
|West Lindsey||No overall control gain||Details|
|West Oxfordshire||Conservative||Conservative hold||Details|
|Weymouth and Portland||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Woking||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Wyre Forest||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|