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Local election party abbreviations
The abbreviations below are used by the BBC to describe the main parties standing in the local elections held across England on 4 May 2006.

They are based on the list used by the Press Association, the UK's national news agency and our main results source.

A common query at local elections is the meaning of NOC, or No Overall Control. It refers to where no party has an absolute majority and control of a council.

It is similar to a hung parliament, the term used at a general election when no party gains a majority of MPs in the House of Commons and the right to form a government.

PARTY ABBREVIATIONS
Abbreviation Party name/ meaning
CON Conservative
LAB Labour
LD Liberal Democrat
BNP British National Party
CPA Christian Peoples Alliance
GRN Green Party
IKHH Independent Kidderminster Hospital and Health Concern
LIB Liberal
MK Mebyon Kernow
RA Resident or Ratepayer
RES Respect-Unity Coalition
SALT Socialist Alternative
UKIP UK Independence
OTH Others/ independent
NOC No Overall Control





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