May 2021 election results: the maps, charts and data of how your area voted across the UK

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May Elections 2021 results uk
May Elections 2021 results uk

Millions of Britons on Thursday voted in a bumper crop of elections – the UK's first major democratic exercise since the country was hit by coronavirus last year.

So-called Super Thursday saw people cast their ballots in a wide variety of races - some delayed due to the pandemic - that include 143 English councils, the Scottish and Welsh devolved parliaments and the London mayoral contest.

The mammoth set of elections are the first major test for Boris Johnson's government since he achieved a majority for the Conservatives in the 2019 general election and for Labour leader Keir Starmer's opposition throughout the pandemic.

At stake may also be the future of the Union, as Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon waits to hear if she has won enough seats to help her push for a second independence referendum.

See below for live results for all of these major elections – or alternatively use our postcode tool to find specific tallies for the elections in your local area.

English council results

A total of 143 council elections were held in England on Thursday, with around 5,000 seats up for grabs in local authorities ranging from shire county councils to metropolitan boroughs.

Council elections are one of the big battlegrounds of Super Thursday, with all eyes on the results from the "Red Wall" –Labour heartlands that swung to the Conservatives at the 2019 general election.

Key marginals in the region include Dudley, Northumberland and Derby, which a YouGov poll on May 1 found were likely Conservative wins.

Bury, Hyndburn and Lincoln are also prominent red bricks in the wall that may have a chance of being taken out of Labour control.

Scottish Parliament results

People in Scotland have voted for 129 MSPs to sit in the Scottish Parliament in Holyrood, with this number split between 73 that represent constituencies and 56 that represent eight regions of the country.

This means Ms Sturgeon would need to achieve at least 65 seats for a majority.

The SNP fell two short of a majority in the last election in 2016, having previously gained the first majority in the Scottish Parliament in 2011.

If the SNP achieves a majority - or does so with other pro-independence parties - it has vowed to push ahead with an 11-point roadmap on securing a second referendum on Scottish independence.

In the past year, polls have suggested a surge in support for independence but this has gradually subsided over recent weeks.

Results for the Scottish Parliament are expected to trickle in over the next two days before a final result is announced on Saturday evening.

London mayor results

London is close to knowing who will be its next mayor, now that polling stations have closed across the capital.

Sadiq Khan of Labour is running for re-election, with polls in the final days of the campaign suggesting he has a firm lead over Shaun Bailey, his Conservative opponent.

The final result from the election may not be clear until Saturday afternoon at the earliest due to the voting system used in the capital.

Londoners have indicated both a first and second preference for mayor on their ballots, with counting set to begin on 7am on Friday.

If no candidate gets at least 50 per cent of first preference votes, all but the top two candidates are eliminated, and counting of second preference votes begins.

Aside from their next mayor, residents of the capital cast their vote in London Assembly elections.

The 25-member body is part of the Greater London Authority and scrutinises the activities of the mayor.

Currently Labour is the biggest party in the body with 12 seats, followed by the Conservatives on eight, the Green party on two, Brexit Alliance on two and the Liberal Democrats on one.

Labour have been the largest party in the Assembly since 2012.

Wales results

Wales represents another big test for Labour, which is currently in power in the nation's devolved parliament, the Senedd.

Voters will be electing 60 representatives and, like in Scotland, get two votes - one for their constituency, and one for their region.

The campaign has in large part focused on several north Wales battlegrounds such as the Vale of Clwyd, Delyn and Wrexham, constituencies that the Tories gained from Labour at Westminster in 2019.

No party has ever secured a majority in the Senedd since its establishment in 1999, although Labour has always been the largest party and has often fallen just short of the 31 votes needed to secure the body.

As it stands, Labour has 29 seats, whilst the Conservatives and Welsh nationalist party Plaid Cymru each have 10 seats.

Hartlepool by-election results

One seat in the UK Parliament is also up for grabs on Super Thursday: the north east constituency of Hartlepool.

A by-election for Hartlepool was called when Mike Hill, the former Labour MP, stood down following sexual harassment allegations.

The Tories have never won Hartlepool, which has remained Labour since its creation in 1974, but it is now the party’s most vulnerable seat. Jill Mortimer, a farmer and North Yorkshire district councillor, is the Tory candidate.

The results are expect to be out at around 4am on Friday – the first clear indicator of how the day has gone for Labour.

Labour's hold on the constituency has been weakened in recent years, mainly due to the performance of the UK Independence Party and the Brexit Party in 2015 and 2019 – when Labour's vote share dropped below 40 per cent for the first time.

Optimists will point out that in the 2017 election – without these parties in play – Labour had its best performance since 2004.

But Shane Moore, leader of Hartlepool council, said the feeling on the ground was that the Tories would win the by-election. “It’s theirs to lose,” he said.

Keir Starmer is hopeful that his campaign in the area will lead to another victory.

"I hope we won't lose Hartlepool, we're fighting for every vote there and I know that every vote has to be earned and that's why I've been in Hartlepool three times in the campaign and we've got teams on the ground," he said.

Everything else

Many additional elections took place on Thursday, including 39 police and crime commissioners in England.

These elected officials are responsible for scrutinising chief police officers in their area, as well as setting the priorities of each force.

There are also 12 other directly elected mayors on the ballot outside of London, with races in the West Midlands and West of England.

Running for a second time to keep his seat blue is Andy Street, a former chief executive of John Lewis who has been the West Midlands mayor since 2017.

He won the seat against the odds when Labour dominated four of the seven councils, and is now running against Liam Byrne, a former Cabinet minister under Gordon Brown.

And in Greater Manchester, Labour's Andy Burnham is set to capitalise on his robust defence of the city against local restrictions imposed by Westminster.

In West Yorkshire, the combined authority – which brings together York, Leeds and Bradford, amongst others – is voting for a mayor for the first time.

About our results

Our results data are provided by the Press Association. Changes are calculated against a council's or parliament's composition at the time of the election, rather than against the composition resulting from the previous election. The Press Association only collates results for elections already scheduled to take place for May 6, 2021, so some council by-elections may not feature in our data.

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