All 36 metropolitan boroughs, 103 out of 296 English districts and all 53 Scottish districts
Local elections were held in the United Kingdom in 1980.These were the first annual local elections for the new Conservative Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. Though the Conservatives in government lost seats, the projected share of the vote was close: Labour Party 42%, Conservative Party 40%, Liberal Party 13%. Labour were still being led by the former prime minister James Callaghan, who resigned later in the year to be succeeded by Michael Foot.
Labour gained 601 seats, bringing their number of councillors to 8,011. The Conservatives lost 484 seats, leaving them with 11,738 councillors. The Liberal Party gained 90 seats and finished with 1,149 councillors.
Changes in control of councils were as follows:
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In 17 metropolitan boroughs the whole council was up for election.
In 17 boroughs there were new ward boundaries, following electoral boundary reviews by the Local Government Boundary Commission for England.
|Bolton ‡||Conservative||Labour gain||Details|
|Bradford ‡||Conservative||Labour gain||Details|
|Calderdale ‡||Conservative||No overall control gain||Details|
|Coventry ‡||Labour||Labour hold||Details|
|Doncaster ‡||Labour||Labour hold||Details|
|Leeds ‡||No overall control||Labour gain||Details|
|Liverpool ‡||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Rochdale ‡||No overall control||Labour gain||Details|
|Rotherham ‡||Labour||Labour hold||Details|
|Sheffield ‡||Labour||Labour hold||Details|
|St Helens ‡||Labour||Labour hold||Details|
|Stockport ‡||Conservative||Conservative hold||Details|
|Tameside ‡||Labour||Labour hold||Details|
|Trafford ‡||Conservative||Conservative hold||Details|
|Walsall ‡||No overall control||Labour gain||Details|
|Wigan ‡||Labour||Labour hold||Details|
|Wirral ‡||Conservative||Conservative hold||Details|
‡ New ward boundaries
19 metropolitan borough councils had one third of their seats up for election.
|Birmingham||No overall control||Labour gain||Details|
|Dudley||Conservative||No overall control gain||Details|
|Kirklees||No overall control||Labour gain||Details|
|Newcastle upon Tyne||Labour||Labour hold||Details|
|North Tyneside||Labour||Labour hold||Details|
|South Tyneside||Labour||Labour hold||Details|
|Wolverhampton||No overall control||Labour gain||Details|
In 103 districts one third of the council was up for election.
A further 59 councils 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 1979 elections.
|Amber Valley||No overall control||Labour gain||Details|
|Basildon||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Basingstoke and Deane||Conservative||Conservative hold||Details|
|Blackburn||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Cambridge||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Cannock Chase||Labour||Labour hold||Details|
|Crewe and Nantwich||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Daventry||Conservative||No overall control gain||Details|
|East Devon||Conservative||Conservative hold||Details|
|Ellesmere Port and Neston||Labour||Labour hold||Details|
|Epping Forest||Conservative||Conservative hold||Details|
|Great Grimsby||Labour||Labour hold||Details|
|Great Yarmouth ‡||Conservative||No overall control gain||Details|
|Hastings||Conservative||No overall control gain||Details|
|Hereford||No overall control||Liberal gain||Details|
|Milton Keynes||Conservative||Conservative hold||Details|
|Mole Valley||No overall control||Independent gain||Details|
|North Hertfordshire||Conservative||Conservative hold||Details|
|Nuneaton and Bedworth||Labour||Labour hold||Details|
|Oadby and Wigston||Conservative||Conservative hold||Details|
|Pendle||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Peterborough||No overall control||Labour gain||Details|
|Reigate and Banstead||Conservative||Conservative hold||Details|
|Rugby||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Rushmoor||Conservative||No overall control gain||Details|
|Shrewsbury and Atcham||Conservative||No overall control gain||Details|
|South Bedfordshire||Conservative||Conservative hold||Details|
|South Cambridgeshire||Independent||Independent hold||Details|
|South Herefordshire||Independent||Independent hold||Details|
|South Lakeland||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|St Albans||Conservative||Conservative hold||Details|
|Three Rivers||Conservative||Conservative hold||Details|
|Thurrock||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Tonbridge and Malling||Conservative||Conservative hold||Details|
|Tunbridge Wells||Conservative||Conservative hold||Details|
|Welwyn Hatfield||Labour||Labour hold||Details|
|West Lancashire||Conservative||Conservative hold||Details|
|West Lindsey||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|West Oxfordshire||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Weymouth and Portland||Conservative||No overall control gain||Details|
|Wyre Forest||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|York||Conservative||No overall control gain||Details|
‡ New ward boundaries
|Aberdeen||No overall control||Labour gain||Details|
|Annandale and Eskdale||Independent||Independent hold||Details|
|Badenoch and Strathspey||Independent||Independent hold||Details|
|Banff and Buchan||Independent||Independent hold||Details|
|Bearsden and Milngavie||Conservative||Conservative hold||Details|
|Clydebank||No overall control||Labour gain||Details|
|Clydesdale||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Cumbernauld and Kilsyth||SNP||Labour gain||Details|
|Cumnock and Doon Valley||Labour||Labour hold||Details|
|Cunninghame||No overall control||Labour gain||Details|
|Dumbarton||No overall control||Labour gain||Details|
|Dundee||No overall control||Labour gain||Details|
|East Kilbride||No overall control||Labour gain||Details|
|East Lothian||Labour||Labour hold||Details|
|Edinburgh||Conservative||No overall control gain||Details|
|Ettrick and Lauderdale||Independent||Independent hold||Details|
|Glasgow||No overall control||Labour gain||Details|
|Gordon||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Kilmarnock and Loudoun||No overall control||Labour gain||Details|
|Kincardine and Deeside||Independent||Independent hold||Details|
|Kirkcaldy||No overall control||Labour gain||Details|
|Kyle and Carrick||No overall control||Labour gain||Details|
|Midlothian||No overall control||Labour gain||Details|
|North East Fife||Conservative||Conservative hold||Details|
|Perth and Kinross||Conservative||Conservative hold||Details|
|Ross and Cromarty||Independent||Independent hold||Details|
|Skye and Lochalsh||Independent||Independent hold||Details|
|Stirling||No overall control||Labour gain||Details|
|Strathkelvin||No overall control||Labour gain||Details|
|West Lothian||No overall control||Labour gain||Details|
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