Local Elections

Ashford – Elections for Kent County Council and the Police and Crime Commissioner will take place in May 2021. Ashford Borough Council is elected every four years, the next election is scheduled for 2023. The council is currently controlled by the Conservative group and the current political balance is: 63 Conservative, 7 Liberal Democrat, 5 Labour, 1 Green1 Swanscombe and Greenhithe Residents’ Association2 Independent and 1 Swale Independent Alliance.  

The current incumbent Police and Crime Commissioner is Matthew Scott, who represents the Conservative Party. 

Aylesbury Vale – Elections will take place in May for Buckinghamshire Council for the first time ever as it is a new unitary authority as of April 2020. A total of 147 councillors will be elected, with 49 wards electing 3 councillors each. The Council is currently controlled by the Conservative group. The current political balance is: Conservative 38, Liberal Democrats 12, Residents Association 3, Labour 2, Green 1, Independent 3. 

Police and Crime Commissioner elections will also take place for Thames Valley. The current commissioner represents the Conservative party. 

Basildon – Elections for borough, Essex County and the Essex Police Fire and Crime Commissioner. Elections will take place in 14 of the Borough’s 16 Wards. The current balance of power is ‘no overall control’ but has a Labour administration. The current political balance is: Conservative 20, Labour 15, Independent 6, UKIP 1. The administration has changed in each of the last four local elections. 

The current Police Fire and Crime Commissioner incumbent is Roger Hirst, who represents the Conservative Party. 

Bexley – Elections for the Greater London Assembly will take place in May 2021. 25 London Assembly Members are elected. 14 represent a constituency area (in Bexley’s case, that constituency is called Bexley and Bromley) and 11 are elected on a London-wide basis. The current political balance isConservative 34 Labour, 10, Independent 1. 

Following the resignation of Councillor Gareth Bacon, there will be a by-election on Thursday 6 May 2021 in Longlands Ward, which is the same day as the Greater London Authority Elections. 

Braintree – Following resignation, there will be a By-Election for a District Councillor to represent: Witham (South ward), Hatfield Peverel and Terling. The current political balance of the Council is: 32 Conservative7 Green4 Halstead Residents Association2 Labour2 Independent2 vacancy. 

Elections for a Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for the Essex Area will be held on Thursday, 6 May 2021. The current incumbent is Roger Hirst, who represents the Conservative Party.Essex County Council elections are also scheduled for May 2021. 75 councillors will be elected from 70 electoral divisions. The Council is currently controlled by the Conservative party. 

Brentwood – Elections for Brentwood Borough Council are scheduled for May 2021 and will elect 12 wards. The Council is currently controlled by the Conservative Party. The current political balance is: Conservative 24Liberal Democrat 10Labour 2Independent 1. 

Broxbourne – Elections for Broxbourne Borough Council will take place on Thursday 6 May 2021. A third of the Councillors for the Borough of Broxbourne are elected to each of the ten wards in the Borough. The Council is currently controlled by the Conservatives, who hold 28/30 seats, Labour hold 2.  

The County Council election for the electoral divisions in the Borough of Broxbourne and The Police and Crime Commissioner election for Hertfordshire is also scheduled for May 2021. The current PCC represents the Conservatives. 

East Cambridgeshire – Elections for Cambridgeshire County Council are scheduled for May 2021. The Council is currently controlled by the Conservatives. The current political balance is: 15 Conservative Members11 Liberal Democrat Members2 Independent Members. 

The Mayoral election for the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority (CPCA) and the election for the Police and Crime Commissioner for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough take place on the same day. The current PCC represents the Conservatives.  

Castle Point – Elections for the Castle Point Borough Council and Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex Police Area elections will be held on Thursday 6th May 2021 together with the Essex County Council elections. 

Castle Point Borough Council is currently controlled by the Conservatives.  

Central Beds – Elections for town and parish councils are scheduled for May 2021 in the following areas: Flitwick (East) town councillor, Henlow parish councillor, Houghton Regis (Parkside) town councillor, Houghton Regis (Tithe Farm) town councillor, Leighton Buzzard (St. George’s) town councillor. 

Central Bedfordshire Council is now made up of 41 Conservative councillors, 14 Independents, three Liberal Democrats and one Labour councillor. 

A poll for the election of the Bedfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner will take place on Thursday 6 May 2021. The current incumbent is Kathryn Holloway, who represents the Conservative Party. 

Chelmsford – Elections for parish/town councils are taking place, for: Great Baddow Parish Council (Rothmans ward only)Stock Parish CouncilSouth Woodham Ferrers Town Council (Woodville ward only). 

Cherwell – Elections for Cherwell are for District wards, some parish councils, and the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for the Thames Valley area. 16 District Councillors are due for re-election. The Council is currently controlled by the Conservatives. The current political balance of the District Council is as follows: Conservative Party 32Labour Party 9Independent 4Liberal Democrats 2Green Party 1. 

Details of the Parish Councils with scheduled elections are: Adderbury – 12 seats and Banbury Town Council – 22 seatsParish by-elections will be held as follows: Bicester Town Council (East ward) and Heyford Park Parish Council. 

In addition, elections to Oxfordshire County Council and the Weston-on-the-Green Neighbourhood Plan will also be taking place. 

Chiltern and South Bucks – Elections for Buckinghamshire Council will take place in May 2021 for the first time ever. A total of 147 councillors will be elected, with the 49 wards electing 3 councillors each. Due to the pandemic all of the current shadow authority members became councillors and the shadow executive members formed the cabinet. The Council is currently controlled by the Conservative group.  

Police and Crime Commissioner elections will also take place for Thames Valley. The current commissioner represents the Conservative party. 

Colchester – Elections for Colchester will include the Borough election, and the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner election. There will be an election across all 17 Borough wards. The Council is currently under no overall control. The Conservatives will need to win 3 seats to gain a majority. The Council’s current political balance is: Conservative 23, Lib Dem 13, Labour 11, Independent 3, Green 1. 

It is an all-out election for Essex County, with elections across all 9 County divisions within Colchester Borough. 

Dacorum – Elections for Dacorum will include two Dacorum Borough Council Wards- Tring Central Ward and Leverstock Green Ward. The council consists of 51 elected members, the current political balance is: 31 Conservative, 19 Liberal Democrats and 1 Independent. 

Hertfordshire County Council and the Police and Crime Commissioner are also up for elections in 2021. 

Dartford – For Kent County Council 81 councillors will be elected from 72 electoral divisions. The council is currently controlled by the Conservative group and made up of: 63 Conservative, 7 Liberal Democrat, 5 Labour, 1 Green (Independents group), 1 Swanscombe and Greenhithe Residents’ Association (Independents group), 2 Independent and 1 Swale Independent Alliance. 

Police and Crime Commissioner elections will also take place. The current incumbent is Matthew Scott, who represents the Conservative Party. 

Darenth Parish Council has an election for one ward in 2021. 

Dover – For Dover District Council there is 1 vacancy for Mill Hill Ward in 2021. In addition, elections to Dover District Council (Mill Hill Ward, one vacancy), Deal Town Council (Mill Hill Parish Ward, one vacancy), Dover Town Council (St Radigund’s Parish Ward, one vacancy) and Walmer Parish Council (Upper Walmer Parish Ward, one vacancy) will also be taking place. 

The current political composition of the Council is 19 Conservative, 11 Labour, 1 councillor who is not a member of a political group and 1 vacancy. 

See Dartford above for Kent County Council and PCC election details. 

Elmbridge – Elections for the Surrey Police and Crime Commissioner, Surrey County Council (Cons) and Elmbridge Borough Council have elections on Thursday 6 May 2021. The current political balance of Elmbridge Borough Council is, 19 Conservative councillors, 18 Residents’ Group and independent councillors, 10 Liberal Democrats and one Brexit Party councillor. 

The current incumbent is David Munro, who represents the Conservative Party. 

Epping Forest – Elections for Epping Forest District Council (Cons) are scheduled for May, for 21 out of 58 district councillors. It’s current political make up is: Conservative 37Loughton Residents Association 13Liberal Democrat 3Green Party 3Independent 1For Britain Movement 1. 

Parish and Town Council elections will also take place for 14 out of 24 parish and town councils. 

Epsom and Ewell – The next elections for the Borough Council will be held on Thursday 4 May 2023. County Council elections are held every four years to elect councillors to represent Epsom & Ewell within Surrey County Council. The next election is due to be held in May 2021. 

Folkestone and Hythe – 6 Parish Council by-elections are scheduled in Folkestone and Hythe. For detail on Kent County Council see Ashford section above.  

Gravesham – There are number of elections scheduled to take place on Thursday 6 May 2021: Election of a Kent Police and Crime Commissioner, Election of County Councillors to Kent County Council. In Gravesham there will be five county councillors elected, covering three areas. For info on Kent County Council see Ashford section above. 

Election of a Councillor to the Gravesham Borough Council ward of Westcourt (By-election) is scheduled for 2021. The composition of the Council is as follows: Labour – 22 MembersConservative – 19 MembersIndependent – 2 Members. 

Harlow – Elections for Harlow District Council, Essex County Council and the PCC will take place in May 2021. Harlow DC is currently a Labour administration (Lab 20, Cons 13). 13 wards are up for election (including 2 byelections). Conservatives need to win four seats to take administration. 

Also, four county divisions (currently Con 4) and the Police Fire and Crime Commissioner (currently Con). 

Hart – Elections for Hart District Council, Hampshire County Council and PCC are schueduled for May 2021. For Hart DC there will be an election of a ward councillor for each of the 11 wards of Hart District Council. By-election for a ward councillor in the Crookham West and Ewshot ward of Hart District Council. The council is currently under no overall control. The Political make-up of the Council is as follows: Conservative  11Community Campaign Hart – 10*Liberal Democrat  10Independent  1.      

There will also be a Neighbourhood planning referendum for Crondall parish and a Neighbourhood planning referendum for Crookham Village parish. 

Havering – The Mayor of London and London Assembly elections will be held on Thursday 6 May 2021. Eligible voters in Havering will be able to vote for: The Mayor of London, the London Assembly Member that will represent the Havering and Redbridge constituency and the London Assembly Members that will represent the whole of London (London-wide Members) 

Hertsmere – Elections for County Councillors to Hertfordshire County Council and the Police and Crime Commissioner for the Hertfordshire Police will be held in May 2021.  

A notice of vacancy for a borough councillor for the Bushey North Ward following the resignation of Andrew Melville. Due to Covid-19, the by-election will be held on 6 May 2021 if called. The Council is currently controlled by the Conservatives, who hold 29 of the 39 seats, while Labour has 7 Labour councillors and the Liberal Democrats 3.  

There are also 3 by-elections for Parish Councils in Hertsmere.  

London – The Mayoral (Lab) and London Assembly elections will take place on 6 May 2021. 

There are three different ‘contests’ that make up GLA elections – and three different ballot papers for voters. These are for: The Mayor of London, the 14 Members of the London Assembly that represent London’s 14 Constituencies, the 11 Assembly Members that represent the whole of London (London-wide Members). 

Maidstone – Maidstone Borough Council will elect 16 wards in May 2021. Elections are taking place in 17 parishes. The Councils current political make up is: Conservative 22Lib Dem 21Independent Group 4Independent Maidstone 2Labour 4Vacancies 2. 

For information on Kent County Council see Ashford section above. 

Maldon – Elections in Maldon will consist of two by-elections, being held for two seats to serve as District Councillor for the following Wards: Heybridge East and Tollesbury. The Councils current political make up is: Conservative Group – 9. Democratic Alliance Group – 4. Conservative (Non-Aligned) – 1. Independent (Non-Aligned) – 1. 

For information on Essex County Council and PCC elections see Basildon above. 

Medway – For information on Kent County Council see Ashford section above. 

Milton Keynes – Elections will take place for Milton Keynes Council, Parish and Police and Crime Commissioner on 6 May 2021. There will also be a Neighbourhood Plan Referendum for Stantonbury. 

For Milton Keynes Council, are elections for all 19 Borough Wards with one vacancy in each ward except for Woughton and Fishermead and Central Milton Keynes which will have 2 vacancies (because of by-elections). The current political make-up is: Conservatives – 17Labour  2Liberal Democrats  1Independent  1. 

For information on the PCC election see Chiltern and South Bucks section above. 

Mole Valley – Elections for Mole Valley will consist of three elections in May 2021: Police & Crime Commissioner (PCC) Election, County Council Elections and District Council Elections. 

The current political balance at MVDC is 22 Liberal Democrat, 11 Conservative, seven Informal Independent and a Bookham Independent Member, which means that the Liberal Democrat party has overall control. 

All of the County Divisions in Mole Valley are up for election. For more information on the Surrey County Elections see Elmbridge section above.  

North Hertfordshire – Elections for North Hertfordshire District Council, elections for the Town and Parish Councils, and the Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire will take place on the same day. There is also a Neighbourhood Planning Referendum being held in Baldock, Bygrave and Clothall.  

In addition to the 15 wards up for District Elections, there will also be by-elections in the following Wards: Royston Palace and Royston Meridian. Following resignations, there are currently two vacancies; therefore, until the next election, NHDC will comprise of 47 Councillors from 24 wards within the district. Following these resignations and the resulting vacancies, the Council consists of 21 Conservative, 15 Labour and Co-operative and 11 Liberal Democrats. 

Postponed Parish council elections will be held in: St Ippolyts and St Paul’s Walden. 

There will also be by-elections for: Royston Town Council (Meridian Ward) and Sandon Parish Council. 

Oxford City – Elections are taking place for Oxford City Council, Oxfordshire County Council and the Chiltern and South Bucks PCC. All 48 seats on the City Council (Lab) will be up for election in 2021. Current political balance is: Labour – 34 seats. Liberal Democrat – 9 seats. Green – 2 seats. Independents – 3 seats. 

neighbourhood planning referendum will take place for the Wolvercote area. 

Rochford – Elections for Essex County Council, Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner, District Council (Cons) and Hockley and Hullbridge Parish Councils and Rayleigh Town Council will all take place on 6th May 2021.  

Council Composition of Rochford District Council is: Conservatives  25, Rochford District Residents 4, Liberal Democrats 3, Green 2, Independent 2, Rayleigh Independents 1, Vacancy 2. 

For information on Essex County Council and PCC elections see Basildon above. 

Runnymede – The Runnymede Borough Council (Cons), Surrey County Council and Surrey Police and Crime Commissioner elections and a Neighbourhood Planning Referendum in Thorpe will be held on Thursday 6 May 2021. 

The balance of Runnymede Borough Council as of May 2020 is: 25 Conservative Group. 6 Runnymede Independent Residents’ Group (RIRG) 3 Liberal Democrats Group. 

For more information on the Surrey County Elections see Elmbridge section above.  

Sevenoaks – There will be a District Council by-election for Brasted, Chevening & Sundridge wards. The political makeup of Sevenoaks District Council is: Conservative 46. Independent 4. Lib Dem 3. 

See Ashford above for Kent County Council and PCC election details. 

Southend-on-Sea – The Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner elections, Local Government elections and Leigh-on-Sea Town Council Elms ward by election are taking place on Thursday 6 May 2021. 

The current composition of Southend-on-Sea Council is (as of 5 May 2019)Conservativ20Labour 14Independent 12Liberal Democrat 5. 

For information on Essex County Council and PCC elections see Basildon above. 

South Northamptonshire – On 6 May 2021 elections are due to take place for West Northamptonshire Council, the Northamptonshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner and all town and parish councils in South Northamptonshire. 

West Northamptonshire was formed on 1 April 2021 through the merger of the three existing non-metropolitan districts of Daventry, Northampton, and South Northamptonshire, it absorbed the functions of these districts. 

The current PCC is represented by a Conservative. 

South Oxfordshire – South Oxfordshire District Council by-elections will take place in Didcot North East ward and Forest Hill & Holton. There will also be 3 elections to Parish Councils.  For SODC the current political balance is: 12 Liberal Democrats, 5 Green councillors, 9 Conservative, 3 Labour, Henley Residents’ Group, 2 South Oxfordshire Residents, and two vacancies. 

On Thursday 6 May 2021, elections are scheduled to take place for all 63 seats on Oxfordshire County Council, in the 61 divisions across the county. 

Spelthorne – Elections for the Police and Crime Commissioner Elections, are to be held on 6 May 2021 together with the Surrey County Council Elections. For more information on the Surrey County Elections see Elmbridge section above. 

St Albans – SADC is due for elections in May 2021, it is currently a marginal council with a minority administration. The current political structure of the Council is as follows: Liberal Democrats – 24 Councillors. Conservatives – 22 Councillors. Labour- 5 Councillors. 

Hertfordshire County Council and the Police and Crime Commissioner (Cons) are also up for elections in 2021. 

Surrey Heath – By-elections will be taking place to: Elect a councillor for Bagshot ward of Surrey Heath Borough Council; Elect three councillors to Bagshot ward of Windlesham Parish Council and Elect two councillors to Chobham Parish Council. The political composition of Surrey Heath Borough Council is currently: 58 Conservative, 9 Liberal Democrats, 11 Residents’ Associations/Independents, 1 Labour, 1 Green and 1 Brexit Party. 

For more information on the Surrey County Elections see Elmbridge section above. 

Swale – The following Kent County Council elections are due on Thursday 6 May 2021: Faversham, 1 vacant seat, Sheppey, 2 vacant seats, Sittingbourne North, 1 vacant seat, Sittingbourne South, 1 vacant seat, Swale East, 1 vacant seat, Swale West, 1 vacant seat. See Dartford above for Kent County Council election details. 

A Swale Borough Council by-election is due to take place for Sheerness Ward on Thursday, 6 May 2021. The council is currently composed of the following councillors: Conservative Party 16Labour Party 10Swale Independents 10Independent 4Liberal Democrats 3Green 2UKIP 1Vacancy 1. 

Tandridge – Elections for Surrey County Council and Tandridge DC will take place on 6 May 2021 Tandridge DC is composed of the following councillors: Conservative – 14, Independents and Oxted and Limpsfield Residents Group Alliance – 13, Liberal Democrats – 11, Independent – 3. One third of the 42 seats on the council will be elected in May 2021. 

The Tandridge area is divided into six County Council divisions. For more information on the Surrey County and PCC elections see Elmbridge section above. 

Tendring – On Thursday 6 May 2021 there will be a combination of local elections across Tendring. This will include the postponed Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner Election from May 2020, District by-elections for West Clacton and Jaywick Sands and Eastcliff and the scheduled Essex County Council elections. Eight Essex County Councillors are elected from the Tendring District. 

In the Tendring District Council elections in 2019 the Conservatives took 16 seats, Labour won six, the Liberal Democrats two, while nine seats were won by Independents. 

For information on Essex County Council and PCC elections see Basildon above. 

Thanet – For the District Council there will be a Newington Ward By-Election. There will also be a Broadstairs Neighbourhood Plan Referendum. The political composition of Thanet DC is: 25 Conservative; 18 Labour; 6 Thanet Independents; 3 Green 2 Independents and 2 vacant seats. 

See Dartford above for Kent County Council and PCC election details. 

Thurrock – Thurrock Council has 20 wards, 17 of which have a combined election on 6 May. Following the 2019 elections, the results meant there remains no party in overall control of the council, with the current breakdown of seats as follows: 22 Conservative17 Labour9 Thurrock Independents1 Independent. 

For information on Essex County Council and PCC elections see Basildon above. 

Tonbridge and Malling – A Notice of Election has been published for the Election of a Parish Councillor to Kings Hill Parish Council. 

See Dartford above for Kent County Council and PCC election details. 

Tunbridge Wells – For Tunbridge Wells Borough 17 wards are up for election in 2021. The Council is currently run by the Conservative party. The political composition of the Council is: Conservatives: 27 seats. Liberal Democrats: 10 seats. Labour: 4 seats. 

Elections will take place for 6 parishes. 

See Dartford above for Kent County Council and PCC election details. 

Uttlesford – Elections for Uttlesford District Council will consist of 2 by-elections in the wards: Newport District Ward and The Sampfords District Ward. The political make-up of the council is: 4 Conservative Party councillors, 2 Green Party councillors, 2 Independent councillors, 5 Liberal Democrats councillors and 24 Residents for Uttlesford councillors 

For information on Essex County Council and PCC elections see Basildon above. 

Vale of White Horse – The following by-elections will take place on Thursday 6 May 2021: Vale of White Horse District Council – Grove North ward only. Also, Abingdon-on-Thames Town Council – Fitzharris Ock (parish ward) is up for election. On Thursday 6 May 2021, elections are scheduled to take place for all 63 seats on Oxfordshire County Council. 

Currently for Vale of White Horse DC: There are 30 Liberal Democrat councillors, 6 Conservative councillors, one Green Party councillor and one vacancy. 

Police and Crime Commissioner elections will also take place for Thames Valley. The current commissioner represents the Conservative party. 

Watford – On the 6 May 2021 local elections will be held in Watford for Watford Borough Council, Hertfordshire County Council and the Hertfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner. The current distribution of seats for Watford Borough Council is as follows: Liberal Democrats 24 (including the Elected Mayor)Labour 10Independent 2Vacancy 1. 

The election of Hertfordshire County Council councillors is being held in May 2021. Watford borough is represented by 6 county councillors. 

Waverley – A referendum will be held on Thursday 6 May 2021 to decide on the question below: “Do you want Waverley Borough Council to use the Neighbourhood Plan for Witley to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?” 

For more information on the Surrey County and PCC elections see Elmbridge section above. 

Welwyn Hatfield – Elections for Welwyn Hatfield will be Borough, Northaw & Cuffley Parish Council, County Council and Police and Crime Commissioner elections. 

One third of Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council will be elected in 2021, the Council is currently under no overall control. The composition of the council is: 23 Conservative councillors. 13 Labour councillors. 12 Liberal Democrat councillors. 

The election of Hertfordshire County Council councillors is being held in May 2021. 

Woking – Elections will include Woking Borough Council, Surrey County Council and Surrey Police and Crime Commissioner elections will be held on Thursday 6 May 2021. 

The current political make-up of Woking Borough Council is: Conservative 14, Liberal Democrat 10, Labour 3, Independent 3.  

 

 

 

 

 

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