Independents in Local Government

The May 2019 local elections were particularly successful for LGA Independent Group members with our group growing by over 700 new members compared to the same elections in 2015. This factsheet sets out where our Group Members are running councils and working hard on the backbenches to make a difference for their residents.


Independent Councillors 2019/20

Councils with a LGA Independent Group Leader

As of December 2020 there are 32 councils with a LGA Independent Group Leader:

1. Anglesey

2. Ashfield

3. Blaenau Gwent

4. Brighton and Hove

5. Carmarthenshire

6. Ceredigion

7. City of London

8. Cornwall

9. Denbighshire

10. East Devon

11. Elmbridge

12. Epsom and Ewell

13. Forest of Dean

14. Gwynedd

15. Hartlepool

16. Herefordshire

17. Isles of Scilly

18. Maldon

19. Malvern Hills

20. Merthyr Tydfil

21. Mid Devon

22. Middlesborough

23. North Somerset

24. Powys

25. Redcar and Cleveland

26. Richmondshire

27. Rother

28. Torridge

29. Uttlesford

30. Waverley

31. Wrexham

32. Wyre Forest

Councils with LGA Independent Group Members in the administration

As well as those we lead, members of the Group are part of the administration in another 33 councils across England and Wales, meaning members are in the administration of 65 councils. The 33 councils are listed below:

1. Babergh

2. Basildon

3. Bedford

4. Bolsover

5. Broxtowe

6. Cheshire East

7. Colchester

8. Conwy

9. Copeland

10. Denbighshire

11. Eden

12. Glamorgan

13. Guildford

14. Hart

15. Lancaster

16. Maidstone

17. Mansfield

18. Mendip

19. Mid Suffolk

20. North Kesteven

21. Nottinghamshire

22. Oxfordshire

23. Pembrokeshire

24. Ryedale

25. Scarborough

26. South Oxfordshire

27. Southend-on-Sea

28. Staffordshire Moorlands

29. Swale

30. Tandridge

31. Tendring

32. Warwick

33. York

Councils with LGA Independent Group Members 

In total LGA Independent Group members have been elected to represent local people in 282 authorities across England and Wales, that’s 77% of the total number of councils in England and Wales.

Of these, 188 of the councils have declared a Climate Emergency.

The full list of where our members have been elected is below:

Organisation

Region

Adur District Council

South East

Allerdale Borough Council

North West

Alyesbury Vale District Council

South East

Amber Valley Borough Council

East Midlands

Arun District Council

South East

Ashfield District Council

East Midlands

Ashford Borough Council

South East

Aylesbury Vale District Council

South East

Babergh District Council

East Midlands

Barnsley Metropolitan Council

Yorkshire and the Humber

Basildon Borough Council

East of England

Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council

South East

Bassetlaw District Council

East Midlands

Bath & North East Somerset Council

South West

Bedford Borough Council

East of England

Birmingham City Council

West Midlands

Blaby District Council

East Midlands

Blackpool Council

North West

Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council

Wales

Bolsover District Council

East Midlands

Bolton Council

North West

King's Lynn & West Norfolk

East of England

Boston Borough Council

East Midlands

Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole

South West

Bradford Metropolitan District Council

Yorkshire and the Humber

Braintree District Council

East of England

Breckland Council

East of England

Brentwood Borough Council

East of England

Bridgend County Borough Council

Wales

Brighton & Hove City Council

South East

Bristol City Council

South West

Bromsgrove District Council

West Midlands

Broxtowe Borough Council

South East

Buckinghamshire County Council

South East

Burnley Borough Council

North West

Bury Council

North West

Caerphilly County Borough Council

Wales

Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council

Yorkshire and the humber

Cambridge City Council

East of England

Cambridgeshire County Council

East of England

Camden Council

London

Cannock Chase District Council

West Midlands

Cardiff County Council

Wales

Carlisle City Council

North West

Carmarthenshire County Council

Wales

Caste Point Borough Council

East of England

Central Bedfordshire Council

East of England

Ceredigion County Council

Wales

Charnwood Borough Council

East Midlands

Chelmsford City Council

East of England

Cheltenham Borough Council

South West

Cherwell District Council

South East

Cheshire East Council

North West

Cheshire West and Chester Council

East Midlands

Chesterfield Borough Council

East Midlands

Chichester District Council

South East

Chorley Borough Council

North West

City & County of Swansea

Wales

City of London Corporation

London

City of York Council

Yorkshire and the Humber

Colchester Borough Council

East of England

Conwy County Borough Council

Wales

Copeland Borough Council

North West

Cornwall Council

South West

Cotswold District Council

South West

Council of the Isles of Scilly

South West

Coventry City Council

West Midlands

Craven District Council

Yorkshire and the Humber

Cumbria County Council

North West

Dacorum Borough Council

East of England

Darlington Borough Council

North East

Dartford Borough Council

South East

Denbighshire County Council

Wales

Derby City Council

East Midlands

Derbyshire Dales District Council

East Midlands

Devon County Council

South West

Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council

Yorkshire and the Humber

Dorset County Council

South West

Dover District Council

South East

Durham County Council

North East

East Cambridgeshire District Council

East of England

East Devon District Council

South West

East Hampshire District Council

South East

East Herts Council

East of England

East Lindsey District Council

East Midlands

East Northamptonshire Council

East Midlands

East Riding of Yorkshire Council

Yorkshire and the Humber

East Staffordshire Council

West Midlands

East Suffolk District Council

East of England

East Sussex County Council

South East

Eastleigh Borough Council

South East

Eden District Council

North West

Elmbridge Borough Council

South East

Epping Forest District Council

East of England

Epsom and Ewell Borough Council

South East

Essex County Council

East of England

Exeter City Council

South West

Fareham Borough Council

South East

Fenland District Council

East of England

Flintshire County Council

Wales

Folkestone & Hythe District Council

South East

Forest of Dean District Council

South West

Fylde Borough Council

North West

Gedling Borough Council

East Midlands

Gloucestershire County Council

South West

Gravesham Borough Council

South East

Great Yarmouth Borough Council

East of England

Guildford Borough Council

South East

Gwynedd Council

Wales

Hambleton District Council

Yorkshire and the Humber

Hampshire County Council

South East

Harrogate Borough Council

Yorkshire and the Humber

Hart District Council

South East

Hartlepool Borough Council

North East

Hastings Borough Council

South East

Havant Borough Council

South East

Herefordshire Council

West Midlands

High Peak Borough Council

North West

Horsham District Council

South East

Huntingdonshire District Council

East of England

Isle of Anglesey County Council

Wales

Isle of Wight Council

South East

Islington Council

London

Kent County Council

South East

Kettering Borough Council

East Midlands

King's Lynn & West Norfolk Borough Council

East of England

Kirklees Metropolitan Council

Yorkshire and the Humber

Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council

North West

Lambeth London Borough Council

London

Lancashire County Council

North West

Lancaster City Council

North West

Leeds City Council

Yorkshire and the Humber

Lewes District Council

South East

Lichfield District Counil

West Midlands

Lincolnshire County Council

East Midlands

Liverpool City Council

North West

London Borough of Havering

London

London Borough of Richmond upon Thames

London

Maldon District Council

East of England

Malvern Hills District Council

West Midlands

Mansfield District Council

East Midlands

Medway Council

South East

Melton Borough Council

East Midlands

Mendip District Council

South West

Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council

Wales

Merton London Borough Council

London

Mid Devon District Council

South West

Mid Suffolk District Council

East of England

Mid Sussex District Council

South East

Middlesbrough Council

North East

Mole Valley District Council

South East

Monmouthshire County Council

Wales

Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council

Wales

New Forest District Council

South East

Newark & Sherwood District Council

East Midlands

Newcastle upon Tyne City Council

North East

Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council

West Midlans

Newport City Council

Wales

Norfolk County Council

East of England

North Devon District Council

South West

North Dorset District Council

South West

North East Derbyshire District Council

East Midlands

North East Lincolnshire Council

Yorkshire and the Humber

North Kesteven District Council

East Midlands

North Norfolk  District Council

East of England

North Somerset Council

South West

North Tyneside Council

North East

North West Leicestershire District Council

East Midlands

North Yorkshire County Council

Yorkshire and the Humber

Northumberland County Council

North East

Norwich City Council

East of England

Nottingham City Council

East Midlands

Nottinghamshire County Council

East Midlands

Nuneaton & Bedworth Borough Council

West Midlands

Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council

North West

Oxford City Council

South East

Oxfordshire County Council

South East

Pembrokeshire County Council

Wales

Peterborough City Council

East of England

Portsmouth City Council

South East

Plymouth City Council

South West

Powys County Council

Wales

Reading Borough Council

South East

Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council

North East

Reigate and Banstead Borough Council

South East

Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council

Wales

Richmondshire District Council

Yorkshire and the Humber

Rochford District Council

East of England

Rossendale Borough Council

North West

Rother District Council

South East

Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council

Yorkshire and the Humber

Royal Borough of Kingston-upon-Thames

London

Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead

South East

Runnymede Borough Council

South East

Rushcliffe Borough Council

East Midlands

Rutland County Council

East Midlands

Ryedale District Council

Yorkshire and the Humber

Salford City Council

North West

Scarborough Borough Council

Yorkshire and the Humber

Sedgemoor District Council

South West

Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council

North West

Selby District Council

Yorkshire and the Humber

Sevenoaks District Council

South East

Sheffield City Council

Yorkshire and the Humber

Shropshire Council

West Midlands

Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council

West Midlands

Somerset and West Taunton District Council

South West

Somerset County Council

South West

South Cambridgeshire District Council

East of England

South Holland District Council

East Midlands

South Kesteven District Council

East Midlands

South Lakeland District Council

North West

South Northamptonshire Council

East Midlands

South Oxfordshire District Council

South East

South Somerset District Council

South West

South Staffordshire District Council

West Midlands

South Tyneside Metropolitan Borough Council

North East

Southampton City Council

South East

Southend-on-Sea Borough Council

East of England

Spelthorne Borough Council

South East

St Albans City and District Council

East of England

St Helens Council

North West

Stafford Borough Council

West Midlands

Staffordshire County Council

West Midlands

Staffordshire Moorlands District Council

West Midlands

Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council

North West

Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

North East

Stoke-on-Trent City Council

West Midlands

Stratford-on-Avon District Council

West Midlands

Stroud District Council

South West

Suffolk County Council

East of England

Sunderland City Council

North East

Surrey County Council

South East

Surrey Heath Borough Council

South East

Sutton London Borough Council

London

Swale Borough Council

South East

Swansea City and County Council

Wales

Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council

North West

Tamworth Borough Council

West Midlands

Tandridge District Council

South East

Teignbridge District Council

South West

Telford and Wrekin Council

West Midlands

Tendring District Council

East of England

Tewkesbury Borough Council

South West

Thanet District Council

South East

Thurrock Council

East of England

Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council

South East

Torbay Council

South West

Torfaen County Borough Council

Wales

Torridge District Council

South West

Tower Hamlets Council

London

Trafford Metropolitan Borough Council

North West

Tunbridge Wells Borough Council

South East

Uttlesford District Council

East of England

Vale of Glamorgan County Borough Council

Wales

Vale of White Horse District Council

South West

Wakefield Metropolitan District Council

Yorkshire and the Humber

Warrington Borough Council

North West

Warwick District Council

West Midlands

Warwick District Council

West Midlands

Warwickshire County Council

West Midlands

Waverley Borough Council

South East

Wealden District Council

South East

West Berkshire District Council

South East

West Devon Borough Council

South West

West Lancashire Borough Council

North West

West Lindsey District Council

East Midlands

West Oxfordshire District Council

East Midlands

West Suffolk District Council

East of England

Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council

North West

Wiltshire Council

South West

Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council

North West

Woking Borough Council

South East

Wokingham Borough Council

South East

Worcester City Council

West Midlands

Worcestershire County Council

West Midlands

Worthing Borough Council

South East

Wrexham County Borough Council

Wales

Wychavon District Council

West Midlands

Wycombe District Council

South East

Wyre Borough Council

North West

Wyre Forest District Council

West Midlands