United Kingdom local elections, 2009
The 2009 United Kingdom local elections were elections held to all 27 County Councils, three existing Unitary Authorities and five new Unitary Authorities, all in England, on 4 June 2009. The elections were due to be held on 7 May 2009, but were delayed in order to coincide with elections to the European Parliament.
The elections produced a political landscape on the map of England that was a sea of Conservative blue. The party snatched Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Staffordshire and Lancashire from Labour, as well as Devon and Somerset from the Liberal Democrats. The Liberal Democrats did however win a majority in Bristol. Despite the optimism for the Conservatives in seat and council gains, their share of the vote at 38% was 6% down on 2008. That said, they had a clear 10% lead over the Liberal Democrats who achieved a respectable second place on 28%.
Labour, taking the blame in government from a worsening economic climate, soaring unemployment and the expenses scandal, lost all of its councils, with some authorities being swept clear of any Labour councillors at all. Its showing in the same day's European elections was similarly dismal, and although four years had passed since the last general election, there would be no general election in 2009; opinion polls all pointed at a heavy Labour defeat at the time.
Summary of results
|No overall control||n/a||n/a||−2||3|
Source: BBC News Isles of Scilly Council not included in the above figures.
All 27 English County Councils were up for election. All seats on the councils were contested at this election.
|Council|| Proportion up
|Bristol||1/3||No overall control||Liberal Democrat gain||Details|
|Isle of Wight||All||Conservative||Conservative hold||Details|
|Isles of Scilly||All||Independent||Independent hold||Details|
Elections were held for five new unitary authorities. All councillors were elected at this election.
|Bedford||No overall control||Details|
|Cornwall||No overall control (Conservative/Independent Coalition)||Details|
|Local Authority||Previous Mayor||Candidate elected||Details|
|Doncaster||Martin Winter (Independent)||Peter Davies (English Democrats)||Details|
|Hartlepool||Stuart Drummond (Independent)||Stuart Drummond (Independent)||Details|
|North Tyneside||John Harrison (Labour)||Linda Arkley (Conservative)||Details|
A mayoral election was also due to be held in Stoke-on-Trent, however voters in the city voted to abolish the directly elected mayor system in a referendum held in October 2008. The referendum decided to replace the mayor and executive system with a council leader and cabinet system of local government.
- 2009 structural changes to local government in England
- European Parliament election, 2009 (United Kingdom)
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