United Kingdom local elections, 2008
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|United Kingdom local elections, 2008|
|137 English Local Authorities and all Welsh Councils|
|1 May 2008|
|Majority party||Minority party||Third party|
|Leader||David Cameron||Gordon Brown||Nick Clegg|
|Leader since||6 December 2005||24 June 2007||18 December 2007|
There were also extra-ordinary elections held for four of the new unitary authorities being created, in Northumberland, County Durham and Cheshire (two councils - Cheshire East and Cheshire West and Chester). Scheduled elections for Penwith in Cornwall, Shrewsbury & Atcham in Shropshire, Bedford and South Bedfordshire in Bedfordshire and five district councils in Cheshire were cancelled, due to the up-coming unitary authorities being established in those counties.
Summary of results
|British National Party||+10||37||0||0|
|United Kingdom Independence Party||+3||8||0||0|
|Respect – The Unity Coalition||+1||4||0||0|
|Socialist Party (England and Wales)||0||2||0||0|
|No overall control||n/a||n/a||-3||64|
All 36 English metropolitan borough councils had one third of their seats up for election.
In 19 English unitary authorities one third of the council was up for election.
Elections were held in three of the current non-metropolitan counties of Cheshire, County Durham and Northumberland for four new unitary authorities which were established in 2009. These councils were "shadow councils" until then.
|Cheshire West and Chester||Conservative||Details|
|Northumberland||No overall control|
In 4 English district authorities the whole council was up for election following ward boundary changes.
|Barrow-in-Furness||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Basingstoke and Deane||No overall control||Conservative gain|
|South Lakeland||Liberal Democrat||Liberal Democrat hold|
|Welwyn Hatfield||Conservative||Conservative hold|
Half of council
In 7 English district authorities, half of the council was up for election.
Third of council
In 67 English district authorities, a third of the council was up for election.
In all 22 Welsh councils the whole of the council was up for election.
United Kingdom local elections, 2007
|UK local elections||Succeeded by|
United Kingdom local elections, 2009