The 2014 Sunderland City Council Election took place on 22 May 2014 to elect members of Sunderland Metropolitan Borough Council in Tyne and Wear, England, as part of the wider United Kingdom local elections, 2014. A third of the council (25 of 75 seats) were up for election, the Labour party stayed in overall control of the council.
After the election, the composition of the council wasLabour 63
Sunderland City Council election, 2014 Wikipedia
The Labour Party remained in control of the council, but with a reduced majority of one. Although Labour gained a seat from the Conservatives in St Chad's, they lost a seat to the Conservatives in St Peter's. The largest shock of the night was the Labour Mayor, Councillor Robert Heron, losing his Copt Hill seat to an Independent candidate by 70 votes. Labour's one gain against two losses left them with a net loss of one Councillor. For the first time ever, UKIP fielded a candidate in almost every ward, which led to them finishing second after Labour in terms of the popular vote with 24%. Although UKIP failed to gain a seat, they came within 119 votes in Hetton and came second in 16 of the 23 wards they contested. This also led to a reduction in Labour's share of the vote in 18 out of the 25 wards. The overall turnout in the election was 33%.