Local Elections 2018 and Narratives

In short

Electoral Tapestry

  • All 32 London boroughs held elections for all their councillors;
  • Four metropolitan boroughs held entire elections, with 30 more having a third of seats up for election;
  • In 16 unitary authorities, a third of their councils were to be elected — with one unitary authority up for election in its entirety (Kingston upon Hull);
  • Seven district councils had all their council seats up for election, with six district councils having half of their seats elected, and a further 54 having a third of councillors elected.
This is a rough guide created by the House of Commons Library. (Source: House of Commons Library)
Rallings & Thrasher show the breakdown by different types of councils. (Source: Local Government Chronicle)

National equivalent vote share

“Years with grey shading indicate that a General Election was held on the same day and in these years General Election vote share is shown.” (Source: House of Commons Library)
The Conservatives increased by seven points, compared to five for Labour. (Source: Local Government Chronicle)

Likely to be misleading



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Anthony B. Masters

Anthony B. Masters

This blog looks at the use of statistics in Britain and beyond. It is written by RSS Statistical Ambassador and Chartered Statistician @anthonybmasters.