A month after the local elections we are now able to get a clear idea of what the results actually mean in the 54 councils which were left under No Overall Control Control. While the Conservative losses to Labour of four councils (Blackpool, Gedling, Gravesham and North Warwickshire) are straightforward what of the 11 losses to NOC? In most of those there is still a Conservative council leader.
As already noted Stroud District Council is run by a minority Conservative administration actually back under Conservative overall control after a defection. I have also already noted that Poole remains Conservatve led while in North Devon there has been a shift in power, bucking the trend, from Conservatives to the Lib Dems.
What of the other eight?
Chorley Borough Council, where the Conservatives lost overall control on May 5th, is to be run by a Conservative/Lib Dem coalition.
Rossendale Council now has a minority Labour administration as does High Peak.
Newark & Sherwood District Council remains Conservative run as a minority administration.
Staffordshire Moorlands District Council is run by a Conservative/Independent alliance.
Thanet Council has a minority Conservative administration.
Walsall Council has a minority Conservative administration.
Waveney has a minority Conservative administration.
Derby Council has shifted from minority Conservative to minority Labour control.
Of the three Councils the Lib Dems lost to No Overall Control as noted the Conservatives have taken charge in St Albans and as also noted the Lib Dems retain power in Stockport. The Lib Dems also continue to lead Bristol City Council.
That is not the full story, of course. There are the 39 councils which were under NOC before May 5th and are still under NOC now. But in some the balance of power has shifted.
To recap on what has already been reported here on these councils the Conservatives have effectively lost Reading, Wirral and Brighton and Hove. They have also effectively gained Milton Keynes and Winchester. The Conservatives are still running, as a minority administration Derby, East Lindsey, South Gloucestershire, Taunton Deane and Eden as well as Birmingham, in coalition with the Lib Dems. Labour have taken over Sefton and Rochdale from the Lib Dems although the Lib Dems remain in power, with the support of the Heald Green ratepayers, in Stockport.
Allerdale has seen Labour take power from the Conservatives shifting from one minority administration to another. Babergh doesn't have a leader at all and tried to merge with Mid Suffolk. However the Conservatives are the largest party on Babergh Council. Bedford Council is hung but the Lib Dems hold power with the directly elected Mayor. Bath & North East Somerset has shifted from the Conservatives to the Lib Dems.
Labour remain the minority administration in Bradford. Labour are also running still running Broxtowe with Lib Dem support – even though the Conservatives have more seats than Labour. In Calderdale the Lib/Lab coalition is continuing although the Conservatives were already the largest party and gained seats.
Cannock Chase now has a minority Labour administration. It had previously been a minority Lib Dem administration.
Carlisle remains a minority Conservative administration.
Colchester remains a minority Lib Dem administration.
Exeter remains a minority Labour administration.
Forest of Dean remains a Conservative/Independent coalition. (By the way they are restoring weekly bin collections.)
Kirklees remains a minority Labour administration. However the Labour council leader is currently under investigation for attempting to thwart a Freedom of Information request.
Lancaster City Council is still run as a Labour minority administration with support of the diminshed group of Green Party councillors.
Mole Valley remains a minority Conservative administration.
Newcastle-under-Lyme remains a Conservative/Lib Dem coalition.
North East Lincolnshire now has a minority Labour administration. It was previously a minority Lib Dem administration.
Norwich City Council remains a minority Labour administration.
Pendle remains a minority Conservative administration.
Purbeck seems to be a Lib Dem Conservative coalition of sorts. However while the Conservatives gained a seat from the Lib Dems in the local elections the Council leader is now a Lib Dem after winning with an Independent's casting vote.
Richmondshire is run by Independents. It was previously Conservative run.
Scarborough remains Conservative run.
Stockton-on-Tees remains Labour run.
Thurrock remains Labour run.
Torridge remains Conservative run.
Weymouth and Portland remains Conservative run.