1978 United Kingdom local elections

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1978 United Kingdom local elections
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  1977 2 May 1978 (Scotland)
4 May 1978 (England)
1979  

All 32 London boroughs, all 36 metropolitan boroughs,
44 out of 296 English districts and all 12 Scottish regions
 Majority partyMinority partyThird party
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Leader Margaret Thatcher James Callaghan David Steel
Party Conservative Labour Liberal
Leader since11 February 19755 April 19767 July 1976
Councillors12,6456,644923
Councillors +/-Increase2.svg 275Decrease2.svg 461Decrease2.svg 163

Local elections were held in the United Kingdom in 1978. Elections took place in the London boroughs and metropolitan districts. [1] [2]

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The main opposition Conservative Party gained 275 seats, bringing their number of councillors to 12,645. They gained Oldham and Havering from no overall control, and Ealing, Hillingdon, Wandsworth and Sandwell from Labour.

The governing Labour Party lost 461 seats, leaving them with 6,644 councillors. In addition to their losses to the Conservatives they also lost South Tyneside, Hammersmith and Fulham and Wolverhampton to no overall control.

The Liberal Party lost 163 seats in total, leaving them with 923 councillors.

Summary of results

England

London boroughs

In all 32 London boroughs the whole council was up for election.

CouncilPrevious controlResultDetails
Barking Labour Labour hold Details
Barnet Conservative Conservative hold Details
Bexley Conservative Conservative hold Details
Brent Labour Labour hold Details
Bromley Conservative Conservative hold Details
Camden Labour Labour hold Details
Croydon Conservative Conservative hold Details
Ealing Labour Conservative gain Details
Enfield Conservative Conservative hold Details
Greenwich Labour Labour hold Details
Hackney Labour Labour hold Details
Hammersmith Labour No overall control gain Details
Haringey Labour Labour hold Details
Harrow Conservative Conservative hold Details
Havering No overall control Conservative gain Details
Hillingdon Labour Conservative gain Details
Hounslow Labour Labour hold Details
Islington Labour Labour hold Details
Kensington and Chelsea Conservative Conservative hold Details
Kingston upon Thames Conservative Conservative hold Details
Lambeth Labour Labour hold Details
Lewisham Labour Labour hold Details
Merton Conservative Conservative hold Details
Newham Labour Labour hold Details
Redbridge Conservative Conservative hold Details
Richmond upon Thames Conservative Conservative hold Details
Southwark Labour Labour hold Details
Sutton Conservative Conservative hold Details
Tower Hamlets Labour Labour hold Details
Waltham Forest Labour Labour hold Details
Wandsworth Labour Conservative gain Details
Westminster Conservative Conservative hold Details

‡ New ward boundaries

Metropolitan boroughs

All 36 metropolitan borough councils had one third of their seats up for election.

CouncilPrevious controlResultDetails
Barnsley Labour Labour hold Details
Birmingham Conservative Conservative hold Details
Bolton Conservative Conservative hold Details
Bradford Conservative Conservative hold Details
Bury Conservative Conservative hold Details
Calderdale Conservative Conservative hold Details
Coventry Labour Conservative gain Details
Doncaster Labour Labour hold Details
Dudley Conservative Conservative hold Details
Gateshead Labour Labour hold Details
Kirklees Conservative Conservative hold Details
Knowsley Labour Labour hold Details
Leeds Conservative Conservative hold Details
Liverpool No overall control No overall control hold Details
Manchester Labour Labour hold Details
Newcastle upon Tyne Labour Labour hold Details
North Tyneside Labour Labour hold Details
Oldham No overall control Conservative gain Details
Rochdale Conservative Conservative hold Details
Rotherham Labour Labour hold Details
Salford Labour Labour hold Details
Sandwell Labour Conservative gain Details
Sefton Conservative Conservative hold Details
Sheffield Labour Labour hold Details
Solihull Conservative Conservative hold Details
South Tyneside Labour No overall control gain Details
St Helens Labour Labour hold Details
Stockport Conservative Conservative hold Details
Sunderland Labour Labour hold Details
Tameside Conservative Conservative hold Details
Trafford Conservative Conservative hold Details
Wakefield Labour Labour hold Details
Walsall No overall control No overall control hold Details
Wigan Labour Labour hold Details
Wirral Conservative Conservative hold Details
Wolverhampton Labour No overall control gain Details

District councils

In 44 districts one third of the council was up for election.

These were the first councils which had passed a resolution under section 7 (4) (b) of the Local Government Act 1972, requesting a system of elections by thirds. They could do so because they had had their new ward boundaries introduced at the 1976 elections.

CouncilPrevious controlResultDetails
Basingstoke and Deane Conservative Conservative hold Details
Bath Conservative Conservative hold Details
Brentwood Conservative Conservative hold Details
Broxbourne Conservative Conservative hold Details
Burnley Labour Labour hold Details
Cambridge Conservative Conservative hold Details
Cannock Chase Labour Labour hold Details
Chorley Conservative Conservative hold Details
Colchester Conservative Conservative hold Details
Congleton Conservative Conservative hold Details
Eastbourne Conservative Conservative hold Details
Eastleigh Conservative Conservative hold Details
Ellesmere Port and Neston Labour Labour hold Details
Elmbridge Conservative Conservative hold Details
Fareham Conservative Conservative hold Details
Halton Labour Labour hold Details
Harlow Labour Labour hold Details
Hart Independent Independent hold Details
Hartlepool No overall control No overall control hold Details
Havant No overall control Conservative gain Details
Hertsmere Conservative Conservative hold Details
Huntingdon Conservative Conservative hold Details
Milton Keynes Conservative Conservative hold Details
Mole Valley No overall control No overall control hold Details
Pendle Conservative Conservative hold Details
Peterborough Conservative No overall control gain Details
Preston Conservative Conservative hold Details
Rochford Conservative Conservative hold Details
Rossendale Conservative Conservative hold Details
Runnymede Conservative Conservative hold Details
Shrewsbury and Atcham Conservative Conservative hold Details
South Bedfordshire Conservative Conservative hold Details
South Cambridgeshire Independent Independent hold Details
Southend-on-Sea Conservative Conservative hold Details
Tamworth No overall control Conservative gain Details
Tandridge Conservative Conservative hold Details
Thamesdown No overall control Labour gain Details
Three Rivers Conservative Conservative hold Details
Tunbridge Wells Conservative Conservative hold Details
Watford Labour Labour hold Details
Welwyn Hatfield Conservative Conservative hold Details
West Lancashire Conservative Conservative hold Details
Winchester No overall control No overall control hold Details
Woking Conservative Conservative hold Details

Scotland

Regional councils

CouncilPrevious controlResultDetails
Borders Independent Independent hold Details
Central Labour Labour hold Details
Dumfries and Galloway Independent Independent hold Details
Fife Labour Labour hold Details
Grampian Conservative Conservative hold Details
Highland Independent Independent hold Details
Lothian No overall control Labour gain Details
Orkney Independent Independent hold Details
Shetland Independent Independent hold Details
Strathclyde Labour Labour hold Details
Tayside No overall control Conservative gain Details
Western Isles Independent Independent hold Details

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References

  1. Rallings, Colin; Thrasher, Michael. Local Elections Handbook 1978. The Elections Centre. Retrieved 3 May 2016.
  2. "Council compositions". The Elections Centre. Retrieved 3 May 2016.