34 English councils
All 32 Scottish councils
All 22 Welsh councils
8 directly elected mayors in England
The 2017 United Kingdom local elections were held on Thursday 4 May 2017. Local elections were held across Great Britain, with elections to 35 English local authorities and all councils in Scotland and Wales.
Newly created combined authority mayors were directly elected in six areas of England: Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, Greater Manchester, the Liverpool City Region, Tees Valley, the West Midlands, and the West of England. In addition, Doncaster and North Tyneside re-elected local authority mayors. Local by-elections for 107 council seats also took place on 4 May.
The Conservative Party led under Prime Minister Theresa May enjoyed the best local election performance in a decade, making significant gains at the expense of the Labour Party. The UK Independence Party lost every seat they were defending, but gained just one seat at the expense of the Labour Party. The Liberal Democrats lost 41 seats, despite their vote share increasing. The Conservatives won four out of six metro-mayoral areas, including in the traditionally Labour-voting Tees Valley and West Midlands.
The local elections were followed by a general election on 8 June.
All registered electors (British, Irish, Commonwealth and European Union citizens) who were aged 18 or over (or aged 16 or over in Scotland) on polling day were entitled to vote in the local elections. A person who had two homes (such as a university student having a term-time address and living at home during holidays) could register to vote at both addresses as long as they were not in the same electoral area, and could vote in the local elections for the two different local councils.
Individuals had to be registered to vote by midnight twelve working days before polling day (13 April 2017 in England and Wales; 17 April 2017 in Scotland). Anyone qualifying as an anonymous elector had until midnight on 25 April 2017 to register.
In total, 4,851 council seats were up for election in 88 councils; additionally six new mayors were directly elected. Approximately 10,000 people were candidates for election. All 32 councils in Scotland (1,227 seats) and all 22 councils in Wales (1,254 seats) were up for election; an additional 34 councils (2,370 seats) in England were up for election. Of the 35 English councils up for election, 27 were county councils, seven were unitary authorities, and one was the Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council.
According to a BBC News estimate, taking into account boundary changes, the major political parties were effectively defending the following notional results in council seats on election day:
There were also 687 independent councillors and 4 Mebyon Kernow councillors. The remaining 217 seats were held by residents' associations and minor parties. A by-election for the parliamentary constituency of Manchester Gorton (caused by the death of Sir Gerald Kaufman, the sitting MP) was due to be held on the same day as the local election, but the by-election was cancelled after the general election was called for the following month.
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As elections were not held throughout the country, the BBC calculated a Projected National Vote Share (PNV), which aims to assess what the council results indicate the UK-wide vote would be "if the results were repeated at a general election". The BBC's preliminary Projected National Vote Share was 38% for the Conservatives, 27% for Labour, 18% for the Liberal Democrats and 5% for the UK Independence Party, with others on around 12%.
This is the highest vote share for the Conservatives in local elections since 2008, when they faced Labour a decade into government and suffering from the financial crisis. The Liberal Democrats have performed better than at any election since 2010, whilst Labour has not performed so badly since 2010.
UKIP lost 145 of their 146 seats. Prominent former UKIP members talked of the party being finished and that it should disband.
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Note that unlike in Scotland and Wales, where all local authorities were up for election, the England results are for only 34 councils out of 353, and should not be taken as reflective of the whole of England.
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For comparative purposes, the table above shows changes since 2012 across 21 local authorities and the 2013 result from Anglesey Council.
Following boundary changes:
|Party||First-preference votes||Councils||+/-||2012 seats||2017 seats||Seat change|
|Seats won||Notional||Seats won||Seat %||vs Notional|
|Scottish National Party||610,454||32.3%||0.0||0||1||425||438||431||35.1%||7|
|Orkney Manifesto Group||894||0.0%||0||2||0.1%||New|
|West Dunbartonshire Community||2,413||0.1%||0||1||0.1%||New|
|The Rubbish Party||784||0.0%||0||1||0.1%||New|
|UK Independence Party||2,920||0.2%||0.1%||0||0.0%|
|Independent Alliance North Lanarkshire||2,823||0.2%||0||0.0%|
|A Better Britain – Unionist Party||1,196||0.1%||0||0.0%|
|Scottish Independent Network||145||0.0%||0||0.0%|
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The table has been arranged according to popular vote, not the number of seats won.
There were boundary changes in many of these councils, with an increase in council seats across the country from 1,223 to 1,227, making direct comparisons with the 2012 results problematic. Notional seats and seat change are based on a notional 2012 result calculated by the BBC.
(voting areas only)
|Council control |
|Before elections||After elections||Before elections||After elections|
No council election on 4 May 2017
|Largest party by popular vote
(including mayoral elections)
|and its vote share||and the size of its majority|
No election on 4 May 2017
All 27 county councils for areas with a two-tier structure of local governance had all of their seats up for election. These were first-past-the-post elections in a mixture of single-member and multi-member electoral divisions.
These were the last elections to Dorset and Northamptonshire county councils.
|Cambridgeshire ‡||No overall control (Cons. plurality)||Conservative||Details|
|Cumbria||No overall control (Lab. and Lib. Dem. coalition)||No overall control (Lab. and Lib. Dem. coalition)||Details|
|East Sussex ‡||No overall control (Cons. plurality)||Conservative||Details|
|Gloucestershire ‡||No overall control (Cons. plurality)||Conservative||Details|
|Lancashire ‡||No overall control (Lab. plurality w. Lib. Dem. support)||Conservative||Details|
|Lincolnshire ‡||No overall control (Cons. and Lib. Dem. coalition)||Conservative||Details|
|Norfolk||No overall control (Cons. plurality)†||Conservative||Details|
|Nottinghamshire ‡||Labour||No overall control (Cons. and independent coalition)||Details|
|Oxfordshire ‡||No overall control (Cons. plurality)||No overall control (Cons. and independent coalition)||Details|
|Suffolk||No overall control (Cons. plurality)||Conservative||Details|
|Warwickshire ‡||No overall control (Cons. plurality)||Conservative||Details|
|West Sussex ‡||Conservative||Conservative||Details|
Seven single-tier unitary authorities held elections, with all of their seats up for election. These were first-past-the-post elections in a mixture of single-member and multi-member electoral divisions or wards.
|Cornwall||All||No overall control (Lib. Dem. and independents coalition)||No overall control (Lib. Dem. and independents coalition)||Details|
|Isle of Wight||All||No overall control (Cons. plurality)||Conservative||Details|
|Isles of Scilly||All||Independent||Independent||Details|
|Northumberland||All||No overall control (Lab. plurality)||No overall control (Cons. plurality)||Details|
One metropolitan borough, the Metropolitan Borough of Doncaster, had all of its seats up for election, after moving to whole council elections in 2015. This was a first-past-the-post election in a mixture of two-member and three-member wards.
Six elections were held for directly elected regional mayors. These newly established positions lead combined authorities set up by groups of local councils, as part of devolution deals giving the combined authorities additional powers and funding.
|Combined authority||Interim mayor/chair||Result||Details|
|Cambridgeshire and Peterborough||Robin Howe (Con)||James Palmer (Con)||Details|
|Greater Manchester||Tony Lloyd (Lab)||Andy Burnham (Lab)||Details|
|Liverpool City Region||Joe Anderson (Lab)||Steve Rotheram (Lab)||Details|
|Tees Valley||Sue Jeffrey (Lab)||Ben Houchen (Con)||Details|
|West of England||Matthew Riddle (Con)||Tim Bowles (Con)||Details|
|West Midlands||Bob Sleigh (Con)||Andy Street (Con)||Details|
Other planned mayoralties have been postponed or cancelled. The election of the Sheffield City Region Combined Authority mayor was postponed in January 2017 and, following legal action, did not occur until the 2018 local elections. The North East Combined Authority deal was scrapped as several councils in the region voted down the proposal, however the smaller North of Tyne combined authority was approved by the councils and by parliament for the 2019 local elections. The other devolution deals that were scrapped were for the Norfolk and Suffolk, Greater Lincolnshire and the Solent.
There were concerns at the low turnout recorded.
Two elections for directly elected local district mayors will be held. These Mayors act as council leaders in their local authorities.
|Local Authority||Incumbent mayor||Result||Details|
|Doncaster||Ros Jones (Lab)||Ros Jones (Lab)||Details|
|North Tyneside||Norma Redfearn (Lab)||Norma Redfearn (Lab)||Details|
Main article: Scottish local elections, 2017
|Aberdeen City||No overall control||No overall control||Details|
|Aberdeenshire||SNP||No overall control||Details|
|Angus||No overall control||No overall control||Details|
|Argyll and Bute||No overall control||No overall control||Details|
|Clackmannanshire||No overall control||No overall control||Details|
|Dumfries and Galloway||No overall control||No overall control||Details|
|Dundee City||SNP||No overall control||Details|
|East Ayrshire||No overall control||No overall control||Details|
|East Dunbartonshire||No overall control||No overall control||Details|
|East Lothian||No overall control||No overall control||Details|
|East Renfrewshire||No overall control||No overall control||Details|
|City of Edinburgh||No overall control||No overall control||Details|
|Falkirk||No overall control||No overall control||Details|
|Fife||No overall control||No overall control||Details|
|Glasgow City||Labour||No overall control||Details|
|Highland||No overall control||No overall control||Details|
|Inverclyde||No overall control||No overall control||Details|
|Midlothian||No overall control||No overall control||Details|
|Moray||No overall control||No overall control||Details|
|Na h-Eileanan Siar||Independent||Independent||Details|
|North Ayrshire||No overall control||No overall control||Details|
|North Lanarkshire||No overall control||No overall control||Details|
|Perth and Kinross||No overall control||No overall control||Details|
|Renfrewshire||Labour||No overall control||Details|
|Scottish Borders||No overall control||No overall control||Details|
|South Ayrshire||No overall control||No overall control||Details|
|South Lanarkshire||Labour||No overall control||Details|
|Stirling||No overall control||No overall control||Details|
|West Dunbartonshire||Labour||No overall control||Details|
|West Lothian||No overall control||No overall control||Details|
Main article: Welsh local elections, 2017
|Isle of Anglesey||No overall control||No overall control||Details|
|Bridgend||Labour||No overall control||Details|
|Carmarthenshire||No overall control||No overall control||Details|
|Ceredigion||No overall control||No overall control||Details|
|Conwy||No overall control
(PC, Lab., Lib. Dem., and independents coalition) †
|No overall control||Details|
|Denbighshire||No overall control
(PC, independents, and Cons. coalition) ‡
|No overall control||Details|
|Flintshire||No overall control||No overall control||Details|
|Gwynedd||Plaid Cymru††||Plaid Cymru||Details|
|Monmouthshire||No overall control||Conservative||Details|
|Neath Port Talbot||Labour||Labour||Details|
|Powys||Independent||No overall control||Details|
|Rhondda Cynon Taff||Labour||Labour||Details|
|Vale of Glamorgan||No overall control||No overall control||Details|
|Wrexham||No overall control||No overall control||Details|