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Local Elections 2024

10 May 2024
This article provides a summary of the results and press coverage of the recent local elections and touches on the trends witnessed across the country. 

Like  the rest of the country we are processing the results of the local elections. We have been reading and reviewing the election coverage and thought it was worthwhile sharing some of the key analysis from the polls.

The BBC News article here  provides an overview of the final results. The BBC also set out 7 key takeaways from the elections, the article can be viewed here.

The Conservatives lost more than 470 seats, Labour, Liberal Democrats and Independents won 186 seats, 104 seats and 93 seats respectively. Labour secured 186 new councillors, taking control of 8 councils and winning 10 out of 11 mayoral races in the local elections this month. The Conservatives lost 474 councillors and its control over councils fell from 16 to 6. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak shared that the local elections were "disappointing" but that he was optimistic about the contribution the Conservatives will make to making a "brighter future in Britain".

The Mail Online has provided a useful heatmap of the results of the local elections in Engand in 2021 versus the results collected in England in 2024. The heatmap  demonstrates the change in voting trends across various regions in England and can be read here.

The Guardian offers statistical insight into how each party fared in the local elections and provides a colour-coded map which details the split in voting  which can be seen here. A graphical representation of the percentage of councillors held in the 98 councils declared at the time of conducting the analysis shows that Labour is at its highest level since 2018, highlighting a change in the political landscape relative to previous local elections.

The Guardian provides further coverage of where each party made gains or losses in regions across the UK, for more details please visit the full article here. The article explores the results collected and offers a deep-dive into the data obtained for each region. 

There is plenty to digest and analyse as the country prepares for a general election which must be held before 28 January 2025.

Congratulations to all those who were elected and thank you to the council staff and volunteers who supported the local elections.

As a market-leading public sector specialist team we are here to support and help our public sector clients.

We would like to thank Simon Harris and Alarna Bond-Farrell for their contribution to this article.

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