Latest updates on council votes and full timetable of results


The Conservatives are on track to suffer big defeats in Scotland in the local elections.

Labor has a chance to displace the Tories as the second biggest party in Scotland, behind the SNP.

The Liberal Democrats have also made early gains. The party’s Scottish leader, Alex Cole-Hamilton, said “he’s over the moon” the Lib Dems are picking up seats they didn’t know were in play.

Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross said Boris Johnson and Partygate had been issues for voters both north and south of the border.

“It doesn’t look like voters are shifting to other parties, they’re staying at home this time. Again we have to wait and see what happens in Scotland,” he said.

“General apathy at local council elections is a concern for all the parties but we will not be immune from some of the problems we have seen south of the border with voters deciding this is an election they can sit out.”

Scotland election results map

This map will update with all the latest results.

Hover over a council to see a breakdown of councilors for each party.

Results are expected to start coming in from Scotland from around 2pm.

When are all the results expected?

Volunteers begin counting votes almost as soon as the polls close and continue through the night.

Here is the full timetable:

Friday 6 May

from midnight

  • First results expected, with Labor hoping to do well in Conservative-run Bolton in Greater Manchester
  • Tories could make gains in Basildon in Essex
  • Results from Newcastle-upon-Tyne, South Tyneside and Wigan will indicate if Labour’s vote is holding up in its northern strongholds

From 2am

  • Sunderland has been run by Labor since 1973, but Conservatives and Liberal Democrats are hoping to make enough gains to leave the council in no overall control
  • Labor and the Tories battling for control of Hartlepool and Peterborough
  • Stevenage in Hertfordshire could show if Labor is making gains in commuter territory

From 3am

  • First key results from London; Westminster is a Labor longshot and has been run by the Conservatives continuously since 1964
  • Tories fighting to hold dwindling number of councilors in Hammersmith and Fulham and Redbridge
  • Result from Hull, which is a two-way fight between Labor and the Liberal Democrats

From 4am

  • Two crucial results set to come in from the West Midlands; Conservatives are defending a slim majority in Dudley and a larger one in Nuneaton and Bedworth, but Labor hopes to make progress in councils
  • Result from Hillingdon, another Labor longshot in London, which contains constituency of Prime Minister Boris Johnson

From 5am

by 7am

  • Final result due from Conservative-run Barnet, Labour’s top target in London
  • All outstanding overnight results also due

around 9am

  • Counting begins for a further 71 councils in England and all councils in Scotland and Wales

From 12pm

  • Results likely to resume in England
  • Green Party hoping to make gains in Conservative-controlled Solihull
  • Labor hoping to do likewise in Tory-run Walsall
  • First results also due from Scotland and for the mayoral elections in Hackney, Lewisham, Newham and Watford

From 2pm

  • Two key councils in West Sussex due to declare; Worthing, a top Labor target, and Crawley, where both the Tories and Labor are hoping to gain control
  • Liberal Democrats could make gains in West Oxfordshire
  • East Renfrewshire, a three-way battle between the Conservatives, Labor and the SNP, to declare
  • First results due from Wales

From 3pm

  • Another key Conservative-Labour battleground, Newcastle-under-Lyme in Staffordshire, due to finish counting
  • In Wales, Labor looking to take control of Blaenau Gwent from a group of Independents
  • Flintshire is a test of Tory popularity in an area in which they did well at the 2019 general election
  • Aberdeenshire will be a measure of Conservative support in Scotland
  • All parties hope to pick up seats in Edinburgh

From 4pm

  • Conservatives and Liberal Democrats fighting for control of the new unitary authority in Somerset
  • SNP looking to hold off any sign of a Labor resurgence in Glasgow
  • Lib Dems hope to strengthen control of St Albans
  • Tories want to keep control of Pendle in Lancashire
  • Result of South Yorkshire mayoral election due

From 5pm

  • Lib Dems hope to cause an upset in Tory-run Gosport in Hampshire
  • Labor defending a slim majority in Cardiff
  • Result in Labour-run Wakefield could offer clues to the outcome of the expected parliamentary by-election in the city later this year, after Conservative MP Imran Ahmad Khan was convicted of sexual assault
  • Tower Hamlets in London due to declare the result of its mayoral election
  • Renfrewshire is the last result due from Scotland


  • North Hertfordshire could see both Labor and the Lib Dems gaining from the Conservatives
  • Labor hoping to improve its majority in Bury in Greater Manchester
  • Vale of Glamorgan is the final result due from Wales
  • In London, the Croydon mayoral result is expected

Saturday 7 May

around 9am

  • Counting continues for the council election in Tower Hamlets in London

around 5pm

  • Final result due from Tower Hamlets

Which elections are being contested?

On 5 May people went to the polls to vote for:

  • Every local authority in Scotland, Wales and London
  • South Yorkshire’s regional mayor, plus the borough councils of Barnsley and Sheffield
  • 60 district councils, 31 Metropolitan boroughs and 19 unitary authorities across the rest of England
  • County councils in North Yorkshire and Somerset
  • All 90 seats in the Northern Ireland assembly
  • Local mayors in Croydon, Hackney, Lewisham, Newham, Tower Hamlets and Watford

There was also a referendum in Bristol on whether to keep or abolish the position of the city’s elected mayor.


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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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