Movers and Shakers from the May 2023 elections…

by Amanda Hayward

The May 2023 local elections saw the Conservatives lose a significant number of seats, with Labour and the Liberal Democrats making substantial gains.


Conservatives lost councillors in almost every region, with the biggest loses being in the South East, East and East Midlands. Some of the councils they lost included:

  • Tamworth
  • Bracknell Forrest
  • Broxtowe
  • Hertsmere
  • North West Leicestershire
  • East Lindsey
  • Windsor and Maidenhead
  • Brentwood

Some of the councils they still hold control of, include:

  • Dudley
  • Walsall
  • Solihull
  • North Lincolnshire
  • Torbay
  • Test Valley
  • Epping Forest
  • Braintree
  • Harlow


With Labour gaining 536 seats and taking control of 22 councils, they are now the largest party of local government in England. They made the most gains in the South East.

Councils gained include:

  • Medway
  • Plymouth
  • Blackpool
  • Bracknell Forest
  • Middlesborough

Liberal Democrats

The Liberal Democrats made gains winning 407 council seats. Many of these were gained in Conservative heartlands such as Windsor and Maidenhead and Stratford-On-Avon.

Councils gained include:

  • Chichester
  • Dacorum
  • Guildford,
  • Horsham
  • Mid Devon
  • South Hams
  • South Oxfordshire
  • Stratford on Avon
  • Surrey Heath
  • Teignbridge
  • West Berkshire

The Green party made the most gains in its 50 year history and for the first time have taken control of a council, in Mid Suffolk. Securing 24 seats, this is the first time they have gained majority control in a council. Lewes District Council saw the Greens become the biggest party.

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