United Kingdom local elections, 1997
All 34 non-metropolitan counties, 21 out of 46 unitary authorities,
1 out of 238 English districts, 1 sui generis authority
and all 26 Northern Irish districts
The United Kingdom local elections took place on the 1 May, 1997. Elections took place for all of the English shire counties, some English unitary authorities and all of the Northern Ireland districts. The elections were held on the same day as the general election.
While the results were overshadowed by the landslide election of a Labour government, they did provide some comfort to the Conservative party. The Conservatives made some gains and were the largest party in the county council elections.
Summary of results
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Non-metropolitan county councils
In 34 non-metropolitan counties the whole council was up for election.
† Elected as a "shadow authority" until 1 April 1998.
‡ Because areas of the county were due to become unitary authorities on 1 April 1998, the county councillors representing those areas had their terms extended by one year and no election was held.
These were the first elections to 19 more unitary authorities established by the Local Government Commission for England (1992). They acted as "shadow authorities" until 1 April 1998.
|Blackburn with Darwen ‡||New Council||Labour||Details|
|Blackpool ‡||New Council||Labour||Details|
|Bracknell Forest||New Council||Conservative||Details|
|Halton ‡||New Council||Labour||Details|
|Herefordshire||New Council||Liberal Democrat||Details|
|Medway ‡||New Council||Labour||Details|
|Peterborough ‡||New Council||Labour||Details|
|Southend-on-Sea||New Council||No overall control||Details|
|Telford and Wrekin ‡||New Council||Labour||Details|
|Thurrock ‡||New Council||Labour||Details|
|Torbay||New Council||Liberal Democrat||Details|
|Warrington ‡||New Council||Labour||Details|
|West Berkshire||New Council||Liberal Democrat||Details|
|Windsor and Maidenhead||New Council||No overall control||Details|
‡ New ward boundaries from predecessor authorities
Third of council
In 2 unitary authorities one third of the council was up for election.
|Kingston upon Hull||Labour||Labour hold||Details|
In 1 district the whole council was up for election.
|Malvern Hills||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Isles of Scilly||Details|
- Rallings, Colin; Thrasher, Michael. Local Elections Handbook 1997 (PDF). Local Government Chronicle Elections Centre. Retrieved 3 May 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>