2016 United Kingdom local elections


The 2016 United Kingdom local elections held on Thursday 5 May 2016 were a series of local elections which were held in 124 local councils and also saw 4 mayoral elections in England which also coincided with elections to the Scottish Parliament, the Welsh Assembly, the Northern Ireland Assembly, the London Assembly, the London mayoral election and the England and Wales Police and crime commissioners.[7][8] By-elections for the Westminster seats of Ogmore and Sheffield Brightside and Hillsborough were also held. These proved to be David Cameron's last local elections as leader of the Conservative Party and Prime Minister as he resigned two months later following the defeat of Remain in the referendum on Britain's continuing membership of the European Union which was held seven weeks later.

2016 United Kingdom local elections

 2015 5 May 2016 2017 

124 councils in England
4 directly elected mayors
40 Police and Crime Commissioners [1]
Turnout34%[2]
  First party Second party
 
Leader Jeremy Corbyn David Cameron
Party Labour Conservative
Leader since 12 September 2015 6 December 2005
Popular vote[3] 31% 30%
Swing[4] 2% 5%
Councils 58 38
Councils +/– 1
Councillors 1,326 842
Councillors +/– 18 48

  Third party Fourth party
 
Leader Tim Farron Nigel Farage
Party Liberal Democrats UKIP
Leader since 16 July 2015 5 November 2010
Popular vote[5] 15% 12%
Swing[6] 4% 1%
Councils 4 0
Councils +/– 1
Councillors 378 58
Councillors +/– 45 25

Council control following the 2016 local elections in England.
  Labour
  No election in 2016

Results


Full results as reported by BBC News.[9]

Party Councils Councillors
Number Change Number Change
Labour 58 1,326 18
Conservative 38 1 842 48
Liberal Democrats 4 1 378 45
Independent 0 77 3
UKIP 0 58 25
Green 0 45 3
Residents 0 39 8
Liberal 0 4 1
Respect 0 0 5
No overall control 24 n/a n/a

As these local elections were held in 124 English councils, out of 418 in the whole of the UK, 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".[10]

The BBC's Projected National Vote Share was 31% for Labour, 30% for the Conservatives, 15% for the Liberal Democrats and 12% for UKIP.[10] These results are included in the infobox for this article. Longstanding elections analysts Colin Rallings and Michael Thrasher of Plymouth University estimate a National Equivalent Vote (NEV) share, and in 2016 put Labour on 33%, the Conservatives on 31%, the Liberal Democrats on 14% and UKIP on 12%.[11]

Metropolitan boroughs


Whole metropolitan council

Three of 36 metropolitan boroughs had all of their seats up for election.[12]

Council Previous control Result Details
Knowsley Labour Labour Details
Rotherham [13] Labour Labour Details
Sheffield Labour Labour Details
One-third of metropolitan council

32 of 36 metropolitan boroughs had one-third of their seats up for election.[12]

Council Previous control Result Details
Barnsley Labour Labour Details
Birmingham Labour Labour Details
Bolton Labour Labour Details
Bradford Labour Labour Details
Bury Labour Labour Details
Calderdale No overall control
(Labour minority)
No overall control
(Labour minority)
Details
Coventry Labour Labour Details
Dudley Labour No overall control
(Labour minority)
Details
Gateshead Labour Labour Details
Kirklees No overall control
(Labour minority)
No overall control
(Labour minority)
Details
Leeds Labour Labour Details
Liverpool Labour Labour Details
Manchester Labour Labour Details
Newcastle upon Tyne Labour Labour Details
North Tyneside Labour Labour Details
Oldham Labour Labour Details
Rochdale Labour Labour Details
St Helens Labour Labour Details
Salford Labour Labour Details
Sandwell Labour Labour Details
Sefton Labour Labour Details
Solihull Conservative Conservative Details
South Tyneside Labour Labour Details
Stockport No overall control
(Lib Dem–Ind minority)
No overall control
(Labour minority)
Details
Sunderland Labour Labour Details
Tameside Labour Labour Details
Trafford Conservative Conservative Details
Wakefield Labour Labour Details
Walsall No overall control
(Con–UKIP–Ind)
No overall control
(Lab–Lib Dem)
Details
Wigan Labour Labour Details
Wirral Labour Labour Details
Wolverhampton Labour Labour Details

Unitary authorities


Whole unitary council

3 unitary authorities had all of their seats up for election.[12]

Council Previous control Result Details
Bristol No overall control
(Labour minority)
Labour Details
Peterborough No overall control
(Con minority)
Conservative Details
Warrington Labour Labour Details

One-third of unitary council

16 unitary authorities had one-third of their seats up for election.[12]

Council Previous control Result Details
Blackburn with Darwen Labour Labour Details
Derby Labour Labour Details
Halton Labour Labour Details
Hartlepool Labour Labour Details
Kingston upon Hull Labour Labour Details
Milton Keynes No overall control
(Lab minority)
No overall control
(Lab-LibDem Coalition)
Details
North East Lincolnshire No overall control
(Lab minority)
No overall control
(Lab minority)
Details
Plymouth No overall control
(Lab–Con coalition)
No overall control

(Con-UKIP coalition)

Details
Portsmouth No overall control
(Con with UKIP support)
No overall control
(Con minority)
Details
Reading Labour Labour Details
Slough Labour Labour Details
Southampton Labour Labour Details
Southend-on-Sea No overall control
(Ind–Lab–Lib Dem coalition)
No overall control
(Con minority)
Details
Swindon Conservative Conservative Details
Thurrock No overall control
(Lab minority)
No overall control
(Con minority)
Details
Wokingham Conservative Conservative Details

District Councils


Whole district councils

12 District Councils had all of their seats up for election.[12]

Council Previous control Result Details
Cherwell Conservative Conservative Details
Colchester No overall control
(Lib Dem–Lab–Ind coalition)
No overall control
(Lib Dem-Lab-Ind coalition)
Details
Elmbridge Conservative No overall control
(Residents-Lib Dem coalition)
Details
Exeter Labour Labour Details
Gloucester Conservative Conservative Details
Lincoln Labour Labour Details
Rochford Conservative Conservative Details
Stroud No overall control
(Lab–Green–Lib Dem coalition)
No overall control
(Lab-Green-Lib Dem coalition)
Details
Watford No overall control
(Lib Dem minority)
Liberal Democrats Details
Welwyn Hatfield Conservative Conservative Details
Winchester Conservative Conservative Details
Woking Conservative Conservative Details

Half of councils

7 non-metropolitan district councils had half of their seats up for election.[12]

Council Previous control Result Details
Adur Conservative Conservative Details
Cheltenham Liberal Democrats Liberal Democrats Details
Fareham Conservative Conservative Details
Gosport Conservative Conservative Details
Hastings Labour Labour Details
Nuneaton and Bedworth Labour Labour Details
Oxford Labour Labour Details

One-third of district councils

51 non-metropolitan district councils had one-third of their seats up for election.[12]

Council Previous control Result Details
Amber Valley Conservative Conservative Details
Basildon No overall control
(Con minority)
No overall control
(Con minority)
Details
Basingstoke and Deane Conservative Conservative Details
Brentwood Conservative Conservative Details
Broxbourne Conservative Conservative Details
Burnley Labour Labour Details
Cambridge Labour Labour Details
Cannock Chase Labour Labour Details
Carlisle Labour Labour Details
Castle Point Conservative Conservative Details
Chorley Labour Labour Details
Craven Conservative Conservative Details
Crawley Labour Labour Details
Daventry Conservative Conservative Details
Eastleigh Liberal Democrats Liberal Democrats Details
Epping Forest Conservative Conservative Details
Great Yarmouth No overall control
(Con minority)
No overall control
(Con minority)
Details
Harlow Labour Labour Details
Harrogate Conservative Conservative Details
Hart No overall control
(Con minority)
No overall control
(Con minority)
Details
Havant Conservative Conservative Details
Huntingdonshire Conservative Conservative Details
Hyndburn Labour Labour Details
Ipswich Labour Labour Details
Maidstone No overall control
(Lib Dem–Ind minority)
No overall control
(Lib Dem-Ind minority)
Details
Mole Valley Conservative Conservative Details
Newcastle-under-Lyme No overall control
(Lab minority)
No overall control
(Lab minority)
Details
North Hertfordshire Conservative Conservative Details
Norwich Labour Labour Details
Pendle No overall control
(Labour–Lib Dem coalition)
No overall control
(Labour–Lib Dem coalition)
Details
Preston Labour Labour Details
Redditch Labour Labour Details
Reigate and Banstead Conservative Conservative Details
Rossendale Labour Labour Details
Rugby No overall control
(Con minority)
No overall control
(Con minority)
Details
Runnymede Conservative Conservative Details
Rushmoor Conservative Conservative Details
St Albans Conservative Conservative Details
South Cambridgeshire Conservative Conservative Details
South Lakeland Liberal Democrats Liberal Democrats Details
Stevenage Labour Labour Details
Tamworth Conservative Conservative Details
Tandridge Conservative Conservative Details
Three Rivers No overall control
(Lib Dem minority)
No overall control
(Lib Dem minority)
Details
Tunbridge Wells Conservative Conservative Details
West Lancashire Labour Labour Details
West Oxfordshire Conservative Conservative Details
Weymouth and Portland No overall control
(Con minority)
No overall control
(Con minority)
Details
Worcester Conservative No overall control
(Lab minority)
Details
Worthing Conservative Conservative Details
Wyre Forest Conservative Conservative Details

Mayoral elections


Four direct mayoral elections were held.[12]

Local Authority Previous Mayor Mayor-elect Details
London Boris Johnson (Conservative) Sadiq Khan (Labour) Details
Bristol George Ferguson (Bristol 1st) Marvin Rees (Labour) Details
Liverpool Joe Anderson (Labour) Joe Anderson (Labour) Details
Salford Ian Stewart (Labour) Paul Dennett (Labour) Details

Police and Crime Commissioner elections


40 elections for Police and Crime Commissioners were held.

Results - English PCC Elections

Party Votes[14] % PCCs %
Labour 2,719,315 34.3% 15 32.4%
Conservative 2,390,678 30.2% 20 58.8%
UKIP 1,169,314 14.8% 0 0%
Liberal Democrats 721,148 9.1% 0 0%
Independent 618,688 7.8% 3 8.8%
Zero Tolerance Policing 120,720 1.5% 0 0%
Green 113,957 1.4% 0 0%
English Democrat 54,680 0.7% 0 0%
Lincolnshire Independent 18,497 0.2% 0 0%

Results Breakdown

Police Force Area Previous Commissioner Commissioner-elect
Avon and Somerset Sue Mountstevens (Independent) Sue Mountstevens (Independent)
Bedfordshire Olly Martins (Labour) Kathryn Holloway (Conservative)
Cambridgeshire Sir Graham Bright (Conservative) Jason Ablewhite (Conservative)
Cheshire John Dwyer (Conservative) David Keane (Labour)
Cleveland Barry Coppinger (Labour) Barry Coppinger (Labour)
Cumbria Richard Rhodes (Conservative) Peter McCall (Conservative)
Derbyshire Alan Charles (Labour) Hardyal Dhindsa (Labour)
Devon and Cornwall Tony Hogg (Conservative) Alison Hernandez (Conservative)
Dorset Martyn Underhill (Independent) Martyn Underhill (Independent)
Durham Ron Hogg (Labour) Ron Hogg (Labour)
Essex Nick Alston (Conservative) Roger Hirst (Conservative)
Gloucestershire Martin Surl (Independent) Martin Surl (Independent)
Hampshire Simon Hayes (Independent) Michael Lane (Conservative)
Hertfordshire David Lloyd (Conservative) David Lloyd (Conservative)
Humberside Matthew Grove (Conservative) Keith Hunter (Labour)
Kent Police Ann Barnes (Independent) Matthew Scott (Conservative)
Lancashire Clive Grunshaw (Labour) Clive Grunshaw (Labour)
Leicestershire Sir Clive Loader (Conservative) Willy Bach (Labour)
Lincolnshire Police Alan Hardwick (Independent) Marc Jones (Conservative)
Merseyside Jane Kennedy (Labour) Jane Kennedy (Labour)
Norfolk Stephen Bett (Independent) Lorne Green (Conservative)
North Yorkshire Julia Mulligan (Conservative) Julia Mulligan (Conservative)
Northamptonshire Adam Simmonds (Conservative) Stephen Mold (Conservative)
Northumbria Vera Baird (Labour) Vera Baird (Labour)
Nottinghamshire Paddy Tipping (Labour) Paddy Tipping (Labour)
South Yorkshire Alan Billings (Labour) Alan Billings (Labour)
Staffordshire Matthew Ellis (Conservative) Matthew Ellis (Conservative)
Suffolk Tim Passmore (Conservative) Tim Passmore (Conservative)
Surrey Kevin Hurley (Independent) David Munro (Conservative)
Sussex Katy Bourne (Conservative) Katy Bourne (Conservative)
Thames Valley Anthony Stansfeld (Conservative) Anthony Stansfeld (Conservative)
Warwickshire Ron Ball (Independent) Philip Seccombe (Conservative)
West Mercia Police Bill Longmore (Independent) John-Paul Campion (Conservative)
West Midlands David Jamieson (Labour) David Jamieson (Labour)
West Yorkshire Mark Burns-Williamson (Labour) Mark Burns-Williamson (Labour)
Wiltshire Angus Macpherson (Conservative) Angus Macpherson (Conservative)

Results - Welsh PCC Elections

Party Votes[14] % PCCs
Labour 328,113 34.1% 2
Plaid Cymru 228,334 23.7% 2
Conservative 210,882 21.9% 0
Independent 102,502 10.7% 0
UKIP 46,813 4.9% 0
Liberal Democrats 45,163 4.7% 0

Results Breakdown

Police Force Area Previous Commissioner Commissioner-elect
Dyfed-Powys Christopher Salmon (Conservative) Dafydd Llywelyn (Plaid Cymru)
Gwent Ian Johnston (Independent) Jeffrey Cuthbert (Labour)
North Wales Winston Roddick (Independent) Arfon Jones (Plaid Cymru)
South Wales Alun Michael (Labour) Alun Michael (Labour)

See also


Other elections being held in the UK on the same day

References


  1. http://www.tusc.org.uk/txt/340.pdf
  2. Daniel Wainwright (9 April 2019). "Council elections: Why don't people vote?". Retrieved 20 April 2019.
  3. The projected national vote share, "Key points of 2016 elections: At-a-glance summary". BBC News. 9 May 2016.
  4. electionsetc (4 May 2016). "Calculating the Local Elections Projected National Share (PNS) in 2015 and 2016".
  5. The projected national vote share, "Key points of 2016 elections: At-a-glance summary". BBC News. 9 May 2016.
  6. electionsetc (4 May 2016). "Calculating the Local Elections Projected National Share (PNS) in 2015 and 2016".
  7. "The Electoral Commission".
  8. "Representation of the People Act 1983, Section 37".
  9. "Local Election Results 2016 - BBC News". bbc.co.uk.
  10. "Key points of 2016 elections: At-a-glance summary". BBC News. Retrieved 23 August 2016.
  11. Rallings, Colin; Thrasher, Michael (8 May 2016). "Labour won't govern based on these results". The Sunday Times. Retrieved 1 May 2017.
  12. "Guide to May 2016 elections in Scotland, Wales, England and London". BBC News. Retrieved 21 April 2016.
  13. "Local Government report into Rotherham Council".
  14. The Police and Crime Commissioner elections operate under a system called the Supplementary Vote, where voters can cast a first and second preference. First preference votes are the 'popular vote' recorded here