2013 United Kingdom local elections

The 2013 United Kingdom local elections took place on Thursday 2 May 2013.[1] Elections were held in 35 English councils: all 27 non-metropolitan county councils and eight unitary authorities, and in one Welsh unitary authority. Direct mayoral elections took place in Doncaster and North Tyneside. These elections last took place on the 4 June 2009 at the same time as the 2009 European Parliament Elections, except for County Durham, Northumberland and the Anglesey where elections last took place in 2008.

2013 United Kingdom local elections

 2012 2 May 2013 2014 

35 councils in England
1 council in Wales
2 directly elected mayors
  First party Second party
 
Leader David Cameron Ed Miliband
Party Conservative Labour
Leader since 6 December 2005 25 September 2010
Popular vote 25%[lower-alpha 1] 29%
Swing 6% 9%
Councils 18 3
Councils +/– 10 2
Councillors 1,136 538
Councillors +/– 335 291

  Third party Fourth party
 
Leader Nick Clegg Nigel Farage
Party Liberal Democrats UKIP
Leader since 18 December 2007 5 November 2010
Popular vote 14% 22%
Swing 2% Not given
Councils 0 0
Councils +/–
Councillors 352 147
Councillors +/– 124 139

Map showing council control (left) and largest party by ward or division (right) following the election.
  Conservative   
  Labour   
  UKIP
  Green Party   
  Plaid Cymru   
  Independent   
  No election   

The BBC's projected national vote share (PNV) put Labour on 29%, the Conservatives on 25%, UKIP on 23% and the Liberal Democrats on 14%.[2] Elections analysts Rallings and Thrasher estimated 29% for Labour, 26% for the Conservatives, 22% for UKIP and 13% for the Liberal Democrats.[3]

On the same day a parliamentary by-election took place in the North East constituency of South Shields following the departure of David Miliband, with the Labour Party retaining the seat.