2023 United Kingdom local elections
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230 Unitary, Metropolitan and District Councils in England
4 directly elected mayors in England
All 11 councils in Northern Ireland
 
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Leader Keir Starmer Rishi Sunak Ed Davey
Party Labour Conservative Liberal Democrats

 
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Leader Carla Denyer and Adrian Ramsay Jeffrey Donaldson Michelle O'Neill[n 1]
Party Green DUP Sinn Féin

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Local authorities up for election:
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  •   Unitary authority
  •   District council
  •   District councils in Northern Ireland
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Local elections are scheduled to be held in the United Kingdom in May 2023. Elections in England are scheduled to be held on 4 May, with the Northern Irish election scheduled to be held on 18 May.[1] These will include district councils, unitary authorities, and directly-elected mayors in England, and all local councils in Northern Ireland.[2][3]

Following the passing of the Elections Act 2022 all voters will require photo ID in order to vote in the Local Elections in May 2023.[4]

England

Metropolitan boroughs

There are thirty-six metropolitan boroughs, which are single-tier local authorities. Thirty-three of them elect a third of their councillors every year for three years, with no election in each fourth year. These councils hold their elections on the same timetable, which includes elections in 2023. Due to boundary changes, seven councils which generally elect their councillors in thirds, will elect all of their councillors in 2023. They will then return to the thirds schedule.

In 2021, the government appointed commissioners to oversee Liverpool City Council following an investigation into the mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson. In 2022, the government announced it would take greater control of the council.[5] Liverpool was required to move to all-out elections from 2023 under new boundaries following a report by the government commissioner Max Caller.[6]

Wirral Council has also decided to move to all-out elections from 2023, on the existing ward boundaries.[7]

Whole council

Council Seats Party control Details
Previous
Bolton 60[a][8] No overall control Details
Liverpool 85[9] Labour Details
Oldham 60[a][10] Labour Details
Stockport 63[a][11] No overall control Details
Tameside 57[a][12] Labour Details
Trafford 63[a][13] Labour Details
Wigan 75[a][14] Labour Details
Wirral 66[7] No overall control Details
Wolverhampton 60[a][15] Labour Details
All councils

Third of council

By-elections or uncontested wards can cause the seats up for election to be above or below one third of the council.

Council Seats Party control Details
up of Previous
Barnsley 21 63 Labour Details
Bradford 30 90 Labour Details
Bury 17 51 Labour Details
Calderdale 17 51 Labour Details
Coventry 18 54 Labour Details
Dudley 24 72 Conservative Details
Gateshead 22 66 Labour Details
Kirklees 23 69 Labour Details
Knowsley 15 45 Labour Details
Leeds 33 99 Labour Details
Manchester 32 96 Labour Details
Newcastle upon Tyne 26 78 Labour Details
North Tyneside 20 60 Labour Details
Rochdale 20 60 Labour Details
Salford 20 60 Labour Details
Sandwell 24 72 Labour Details
Sefton 22 66 Labour Details
Sheffield 28 84 No overall control Details
Solihull 17 51 Conservative Details
South Tyneside 18 54 Labour Details
Sunderland 25 75 Labour Details
Wakefield 21 63 Labour Details
Walsall 20 60 Conservative Details
All councils

Unitary Councils

Whole Council

Council Seats Party control Details
Previous
Bath and North East Somerset 59 Liberal Democrats Details
Bedford 46[a][16] No overall control Details
Blackpool 42[a][17] Labour Details
Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole 76 No overall control (Conservative minority) Details
Bracknell Forest 41[a][18] Conservative Details
Brighton and Hove 54[a][19] No overall control (Green minority) Details
Central Bedfordshire 63 Conservative Details
Cheshire East 82 No overall control (Labour/Independent coalition) Details
Cheshire West and Chester 70 No overall control (Labour minority) Details
Darlington 50 No overall control (Conservative minority) Details
Derby 51[20] No overall control (Conservative minority) Details
East Riding of Yorkshire 67 Conservative Details
Herefordshire 53 No overall control (Independent/Green coalition) Details
Leicester 54 Labour Details
Luton 48[a][21] Labour Details
Medway 59[a][22] Conservative Details
Middlesbrough 46 No overall control Details
North Lincolnshire 43[a][23] Conservative Details
North Somerset 50 No overall control Details
Nottingham 55 Labour Details
Redcar and Cleveland 59 No overall control Details
Rutland 27 No overall control Details
Slough 42[a][24] Labour Details
Southampton 51[a][25] Labour Details
South Gloucestershire 61 Conservative Details
Stockton-on-Tees 56[a][26] No overall control Details
Stoke-on-Trent 44[a][27] No overall control Details
Telford and Wrekin 54[a][28] Labour Details
Torbay 36 No overall control Details
West Berkshire 43 Conservative Details
Windsor & Maidenhead 41 Conservative Details
York 47 No overall control (Lib Dem/Green coalition) Details
All councils

Third of council

Council Seats Party control Details
up of Previous
Blackburn with Darwen 17 51 Labour Details
Halton 18 54 Labour Details
Hartlepool 12 36 No overall control Details
Hull 19 57 Liberal Democrats Details
Milton Keynes 19 57 No overall control Details
North East Lincolnshire 15 42 Conservative Details
Peterborough 20 60 No overall control Details
Plymouth 19 57 No overall control Details
Portsmouth 14 42 No overall control Details
Reading 16 48 Labour Details
Southend-on-Sea 17 51 No overall control Details
Swindon 19 57 Conservative Details
Thurrock 16 49 Conservative Details
Wokingham 18 54 No overall control Details
All councils

District councils

District councils are the lower tier of a two-tier system of local government, with several district councils covering the same area as a county council with different responsibilities.

Whole council

Council Seats Party control Details
Previous
Amber Valley 42[a] Conservative Details
Arun 54 No overall control Details
Ashfield 35 Ashfield Independents Details
Ashford 47 Conservative Details
Babergh 32 No overall control Details
Bassetlaw 48 Labour Details
Blaby 36[a] Conservative Details
Bolsover 37 Labour Details
Boston 30 No overall control Details
Braintree 49 Conservative Details
Breckland 49 Conservative Details
Broadland 47 Conservative Details
Bromsgrove 31 Conservative Details
Broxtowe 44 No overall control Details
Canterbury 39 Conservative Details
Charnwood 52[a] Conservative Details
Chelmsford 57 Liberal Democrats Details
Chesterfield 40[a] Labour Details
Chichester 36 No overall control Details
Cotswold 34 Liberal Democrats Details
Dacorum 51 Conservative Details
Dartford 42 Conservative Details
Derbyshire Dales 34[a][29] Conservative Details
Dover 32 Conservative Details
Eastbourne 27 Liberal Democrats Details
East Cambridgeshire 28 Conservative Details
East Devon 60 No overall control Details
East Hampshire 43 Conservative Details
East Hertfordshire 50 Conservative Details
East Lindsey 55 Conservative Details
East Staffordshire 37[a] Conservative Details
East Suffolk 55 Conservative Details
Epsom and Ewell 38 Residents Association Details
Erewash 47 Conservative Details
Fenland 43[a][30] Conservative Details
Folkestone & Hythe 30 No overall control Details
Forest of Dean 38 No overall control Details
Fylde 37[a][31] Conservative Details
Gedling 41 Labour Details
Gravesham 39[a] No overall control Details
Great Yarmouth 39 Conservative Details
Guildford 48[a] No overall control Details
Harborough 34 Conservative Details
Hertsmere 39 Conservative Details
High Peak 43 Labour Details
Hinckley and Bosworth 34 Liberal Democrats Details
Horsham 48 Conservative Details
King's Lynn and West Norfolk 55 Conservative Details
Lancaster 61[a] No overall control Details
Lewes 41 No overall control Details
Lichfield 47 Conservative Details
Maldon 31 No overall control Details
Malvern Hills 31[a][32] No overall control Details
Mansfield 36[a] No overall control Details
Melton 28 Conservative Details
Mid Devon 42 No overall control Details
Mid Suffolk 34 No overall control Details
Mid Sussex 48[a] Conservative Details
Mole Valley 39[a][33] Liberal Democrats Details
New Forest 48[a] Conservative Details
Newark and Sherwood 39 Conservative Details
North Devon 42 No overall control Details
North East Derbyshire 53 No overall control Details
North Kesteven 43 No overall control Details
North Norfolk 40 Liberal Democrats Details
North Warwickshire 35 Conservative Details
North West Leicestershire 38 Conservative Details
Oadby and Wigston 26 Liberal Democrats Details
Ribble Valley 40 Conservative Details
Rother 38 No overall control Details
Rushcliffe 44[a][34] Conservative Details
Sevenoaks 54 Conservative Details
South Derbyshire 36 No overall control Details
South Hams 31 Conservative Details
South Holland 37 Conservative Details
South Kesteven 56 Conservative Details
South Norfolk 46 Conservative Details
South Oxfordshire 36 No overall control Details
South Ribble 50 No overall control Details
South Staffordshire 42[a][35] Conservative Details
Spelthorne 39 No overall control Details
Stafford 40 Conservative Details
Staffordshire Moorlands 56 Conservative Details
Stratford-on-Avon 41[a][36] Conservative Details
Surrey Heath 35 No overall control (Conservative minority) Details
Swale 47 No overall control Details
Teignbridge 47 No overall control (Liberal Democrats minority) Details
Tendring 48 No overall control Details
Test Valley 43 Conservative Details
Tewkesbury 38 Conservative Details
Thanet 56 No overall control (Conservative minority) Details
Tonbridge and Malling 44[a][37] Conservative Details
Torridge 36 No overall control Details
Uttlesford 39 R4U Details
Vale of White Horse 38 Liberal Democrats Details
Warwick 44 No overall control Details
Waverley 50[a] No overall control Details
Wealden 45 Conservative Details
West Devon 31 Conservative Details
West Lancashire 45[a] No overall control (Labour minority) Details
West Lindsey 36 No overall control (Conservative minority) Details
West Suffolk 64 Conservative Details
Wychavon 43[a][38] Conservative Details
Wyre 50 Conservative Details
Wyre Forest 33 No overall control Details
All councils

Third of council

Council Seats Party control Details
up of Previous
Basildon 42 Conservative Details
Basingstoke and Deane 54 Conservative Details
Brentwood 37 Conservative Details
Broxbourne 30 Conservative Details
Burnley 45 No overall control (Labour/Lib Dem coalition) Details
Cambridge 42 Labour Details
Cannock Chase 41 Conservative Details
Castle Point 41 No overall control (Independent coalition) Details
Cherwell 48 Conservative Details
Chorley 42 Labour Details
Colchester 51 No overall control (Lib Dem/Labour/Green coalition) Details
Crawley 36 Labour Details
Eastleigh 39 Liberal Democrats Details
Elmbridge 48 No overall control (Lib Dem/residents coalition) Details
Epping Forest 58 Conservative Details
Exeter 39 Labour Details
Harlow 33 Conservative Details
Hart 33 No overall control (Community Campaign (Hart)/Lib Dem coalition) Details
Havant 38 Conservative Details
Hyndburn 35 No overall control (Labour minority) Details
Ipswich 48 Labour Details
Lincoln 33 Labour Details
Maidstone 55 Conservative Details
North Hertfordshire 49 No overall control (Labour/Lib Dem coalition) Details
Norwich 39 Labour Details
Pendle 33 Conservative Details
Preston 48 Labour Details
Redditch 29 Conservative Details
Reigate and Banstead 45 Conservative Details
Rochford 39 Conservative Details
Rossendale 36 Labour Details
Rugby 42 Conservative Details
Runnymede 41 Conservative Details
Rushmoor 39 Conservative Details
St Albans 56 Liberal Democrats Details
Stevenage 39 Labour Details
Tamworth 30 Conservative Details
Tandridge 42 No overall control Details
Three Rivers 39 Liberal Democrats Details
Tunbridge Wells 48 No overall control (Lib Dem/Ind/Labour coalition) Details
Watford 36 Liberal Democrats Details
Welwyn Hatfield 48 Conservative Details
West Oxfordshire 49 No overall control (Lib Dem/Labour/Green coalition) Details
Winchester 45 Liberal Democrats Details
Woking 30 Liberal Democrats Details
Worcester 35 No overall control Details
Worthing 37 Labour Details
All councils

Mayoral elections

Council Mayor before
Bedford Dave Hodgson (Lib Dem)
Leicester Peter Soulsby (Lab)
Mansfield Andy Abrahams (Lab)
Middlesbrough Andy Preston (IND)

Northern Ireland

Main article: 2023 Northern Ireland local elections

Council Seats Largest party (elected in 2019) Details
Prior Post
Belfast 60 Sinn Féin (18) Details
Ards & North Down 40 DUP (14)[b] Details
Antrim & Newtownabbey 40 DUP (14) Details
Lisburn & Castlereagh 40 DUP (15)[c] Details
Newry, Mourne & Down 41 Sinn Féin (16) Details
Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon 41 DUP (11) Details
Mid & East Antrim 40 DUP (15)[d] Details
Causeway Coast & Glens 40 DUP (14)[e] Details
Mid Ulster 40 Sinn Féin (17) Details
Derry City & Strabane 40 Sinn Féin (11) Details
SDLP (11)
Fermanagh & Omagh 40 Sinn Féin (15) Details

References

Footnotes
  1. ^ The leader of Sinn Féin is Mary Lou McDonald, who sits as a TD in the Irish Dáil Éireann for Dublin Central. O'Neill is the leader of the party in Northern Ireland.
  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak al am an ao ap New election boundaries
  2. ^ Reduced to 12 due to defections.
  3. ^ Reduced to 14 due to defections.
  4. ^ Increased to 16 due to defections
  5. ^ Reduced to 13 due to defections.
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