Out for the Count

On Thursday May 4th 2017, local elections were held up and down the country. Many thanks to everyone that joined the Out for the Count campaign to help us tell the story of these local elections. You helped us cover them from start to finish this year with the support of the County Councils Network (CCN).  

Head over to our live blog to see the full coverage and our results map. Check out our final briefing on the results and our press statement here.

With theMJ we have now published our annual Map of Political Control which all subscribers to theMJ will have received. You can download a PDF of the map –  MJ/LGiU Map of Political Control.

Out for the Count

Who had elections on 4 May?

In England there were elections in 27 English county councils, 7 unitary authorities and 1 Metropolitan Borough
. That’s a total of 2,370 seats across England, while 6 city regions will also choose their first directly elected mayors and there are elections for mayors in Doncaster and North Tyneside councils.

One county council, Derbyshire is run by the Labour Party, 15 are run by the Conservative Party, and 11 have no overall political control, while Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council is a Labour authority.

All 32 Scottish councils are up for election. The SNP currently control Angus and Dundee City, whilst the Labour Party have control over Glasgow City, Renfrewshire, North Lanarkshire and West Dunbartonshire. Na h-Eileanan Siar, Orkney and Shetland are run by Independent groups. The other Scottish authorities are in no overall control.

All 22 Welsh councils are up for election. The Labour Party is in control of ten councils (Blaenau Gwent, Bridgend, Caerphilly, Cardiff, Merthyr Tydfil, Neath Port Talbot, Newport, Rhondda Cynon Taff, Swansea, and Torfaen). Pembrokeshire and Powys are controlled by Independent Groups. Nine councils are in no overall control. Results from the 2016 Local Elections

Councils having Elections by Political Control

Out for the Count

Out for the Count campaign

Out for the Count is an awareness raising campaign dedicated to improving local democracy with a call for open and accessible local elections data across the UK.

Over the past six years, the LGiU has provided live local elections coverage and a results service with insights into what’s happening on the ground and what it means for the country as a whole. Telling the story of what’s happening in the locals and raising awareness of these issues is something we are proud to be continuing this year.

Out for the Count 2017 will be run in partnership between the Local Government Information Unit (LGiU) and the County Councils Network (CCN) working alongside the Democracy Club.  With the help of hundreds of Count Correspondents (volunteers from local government and the wider community) we will crowdsource results live from counts taking place across the country as they come.

CCN is the national representative body for 37 county council and county unitary authorities, 32 of which are holding all-out elections this May. As part of their Your County Matters Campaign, they are supporting Out for the Count to promote the importance of county authorities, the services they provide and local democracy in Shire Counties, which cover 86% of England’s landmass and 47% of its population.

In 2016, with funding and support from the Open Data Institute and Democracy Club, Out for the Count delivered the UK’s first election results tracker for the local government elections on 5 May last year.

To sign up for our election night updates, email jen.pufky@lgiu.org.

Join Out for the Count 2017 by being a count correspondent, email roshni.mistry@lgiu.org.

To find out more about the Your County Matters campaign, email james.maker2@local.gov.uk.

Count Correspondents

Every year we ask for Count Correspondents who are attending local election counts to report back to us so that we can gather the results as fast as possible.

This year in partnership with the County Councils Network (CCN) working alongside the Democracy Club Out for the Count aims to provide greater transparency in local elections and more-informed choices for voters.

During the counts which take place from 10.00pm on Thursday – with some council counting overnight and others on Friday, Saturday and even Sunday – together, with our count correspondents, we feed the results into our live database as soon as possible. The LGiU team will have a manned live blog over the period, reporting the results via the blog and twitter and providing extra comment and insight.

Join Out for the Count 2017 by being a count correspondent, email roshni.mistry@lgiu.org.

Candidates Data

Councils across England and Wales have now published the official lists of candidates for the elections and Democracy Club have imported them into their website. They now need your help to take the useful data out of the PDFs and into their free, open database.

Polling Station Finder

Democracy Club are also offering an embeddable polling station finder (free) for your council’s website. This should help increase voter turnout and reduce calls on polling day, saving you money. For it to work for your area, you must have provided polling location data to Democracy Club.

Full list of Local Elections on 4 May


OrganisationTypePolitical Control
1.BuckinghamshireCounty CouncilConservative
2.CambridgeshireCounty CouncilNo overall control
3.CumbriaCounty CouncilNo overall control
4.DerbyshireCounty CouncilLabour
5. DevonCounty CouncilConservative
6.DorsetCounty CouncilConservative
7.East SussexCounty CouncilNo overall control
8.EssexCounty CouncilConservative
9.GloucestershireCounty CouncilNo overall control
10.HampshireCounty CouncilConservative
11.HertfordshireCounty CouncilConservative
12.KentCounty CouncilConservative
13.LancashireCounty CouncilNo overall control
14.LeicestershireCounty CouncilConservative
15.LincolnshireCounty CouncilNo overall control
16.NorfolkCounty CouncilNo overall control
17.North YorkshireCounty CouncilConservative
18.NorthamptonshireCounty CouncilConservative
19.NottinghamshireCounty CouncilNo overall control
20.OxfordshireCounty CouncilNo overall control
21.SomersetCounty CouncilConservative
22.StaffordshireCounty CouncilConservative
23.SuffolkCounty CouncilNo overall control
24.SurreyCounty CouncilConservative
25.WarwickshireCounty CouncilNo overall control
26.West SussexCounty CouncilConservative
27.WorcestershireCounty CouncilConservative
28.CornwallUnitary Authority No overall control
29.County DurhamUnitary Authority Labour
30.Isle of WightUnitary Authority No overall control
31.NorthumberlandUnitary Authority No overall control
32.ShropshireUnitary Authority Conservative
33.WiltshireUnitary Authority Conservative
34.Isles of ScillySuis Generis Unitaryn/a
35.DoncasterMetropolitan Borough CouncilLabour


Mayoral elections
1. Cambridgeshire and PeterboroughCombined Authority Mayor
2. Greater ManchesterCombined Authority Mayor
3. Liverpool City RegionCombined Authority Mayor
4. Tees ValleyCombined Authority Mayor
5. West of EnglandCombined Authority Mayor
6. West MidlandsCombined Authority Mayor
7. DoncasterMayoral
8. North TynesideMayoral



1. AberdeenNo overall control
2. AberdeenshireNo overall control
3. AngusSNP
4. Argyll & ButeNo overall control
5. ClackmannanshireNo overall control
6. Dumfries & GallowayNo overall control
7. DundeeSNP
8. East AyrshireNo overall control
9. East DunbartonshireNo overall control
10. East LothianNo overall control
11. East RenfrewshireNo overall control
12. EdinburghNo overall control
13. Eilean SiarIndependent
14. FalkirkNo overall control
15. FifeNo overall control
16. Glasgow  Labour
17. HighlandNo overall control
18. InverclydeNo overall control
19. MidlothianNo overall control
20. MorayNo overall control
21. North AyrshireNo overall control
22. North LanarkshireNo overall control
23. OrkneyIndependent
24. Perth & KinrossNo overall control
25. RenfrewshireLabour
26. Scottish BordersNo overall control
27. ShetlandIndependent
28. South AyrshireNo overall control
29. South LanarkshireLabour
30. StirlingNo overall control
31. West DunbartonshireLabour
32. West LothianNo overall control



WalesPolitical Control
1. Blaenau GwentLabour
2. BridgendLabour
3. CaerphillyLabour
4. CardiffLabour
5. CarmarthenshireNo overall control
6. CeredigionNo overall control
7. ConwyNo overall control
8. DenbighshireNo overall control
9. FlintshireNo overall control
10. GwyneddPlaid Cymru
11. Isle of AngleseyNo overall control
12. Merthyr TydfilLabour
13. MonmouthshireNo overall control
14. Neath Port TalbotLabour
15. NewportLabour
16. PembrokeshireIndependent
17. PowysIndependent
18. Rhondda Cynon TaffLabour
19. SwanseaLabour
20. TorfaenLabour
21. Vale of GlamorganNo overall control
22. WrexhamNo overall control