The Conservatives are on the verge of regaining control of the Local Government Association from Labour after just one year.
After last May’s elections Labour was the largest party by just 2.3% when weighted to take account of regional differences in the number of councillors.
However, a source close to the calculations told LGC the outcome following the latest round of elections, in which the Conservatives made significant gains, was close. The source said: “It’s on a knife-edge.”
The Tories had a successful round of local elections. Even before every council had declared their results, the party had gained more than 450 seats and control of 27 more local authorities. Labour, conversely, had lost 250 seats and control of six councils.
Conservative party leader on the LGA Gary Porter, who is also leader of South Holland DC, told LGC he did not know if his party had regained control.
Philippa Roe (Con), leader of Westmister City Council, thought Labour remained in control due to the large number of district council elections taking place, the results of which have a lesser impact on the final calculation. “I don’t think it has affected it very much,” she told LGC.
Chair David Sparks (Lab) also told LGC he did not know whether Labour had lost control of the LGA. “We have to check the results using a complex formula and that’s what is happening now,” he said.