In England there are 19 councils without a Conservative, 38 without a LibDem and a whopping 68 without a Labour councillor.
In Scotland there are 8 councils without a Conservative, 11 without a LibDem and 5 without a Labour councillor
In Wales there are 10 councils without a Conservative, 5 without a LibDem
but all of them have a Labour councillor
So the totals are 37 councils without a Conservative, 54 without a LibDem
and 73 without a Labour councillor.
So the next time Ming Campbell or Tony Blair says that the Conservatives are not a national party, let's home someone will take them to task over it. In fact, the LibDems have more 'councillor-less' councils in the North than the Conservatives. There are a massive ten London Boroughs where they have no councillors at all, compared to the Tories 2 and Labour's 3.
A friend at PPS Public Affairs has just sent me these figures, showing the number of Councillors each Party has had at various points since 1973
1973 (New boundaries)
1979 (General Election year, change of Government)
1989 (10 years of Conservative Government)
1997 (General Election year, change of Government)
Points to note:-
1. The decline in 'others' has been reversed with more small party representatives
2. The Conservatives are nowhere near their 1979 peak
3. Labour's position in local government is its worst for decades
Tonight at 9pm on 18 Doughty Street we'll be previewing the local elections and those in Wales and Scotland with David Canzini, former Director of Campaigning at CCO, Joe Allen from Morgan Allen Moore (Wales) and the Wales Elects 2007 blog, and David Boothroyd from Indigo Public Affairs and the Elections Website.
UPDATE: We're still keen ton get a Scottish elections expert on the show tonight. If anyone knows someone who might be free, please get in touch.