All 32 London boroughs, all 36 metropolitan boroughs,
103 out of 296 English districts and all 12 Scottish regions
Local elections were held in the United Kingdom in 1982. [ citation needed ] The projected share of the vote was Conservatives 40%, Labour 29%, Liberal-SDP Alliance 27%.The elections coincided with rising popularity of the Conservative government and Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, which was mostly attributed to the Falklands War.
Elections were held in several English boroughs, including all those in London.
The Conservatives held their ground, losing only 98 seats, leaving them with 10,447 seats.
The main opposition Labour Party, under the leadership of Michael Foot, lost 225 seats, finishing with 8,774 councillors.
For the newly formed Liberal-SDP Alliance, the 1982 local elections were the first annual electoral test. They gained 395 seats and finished with 1,850 councillors. This meant that the Alliance had almost as many votes as Labour, but Labour still had nearly five times as many councillors.
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In all 32 London boroughs the whole council was up for election.
|Barking and Dagenham||Labour||Labour hold||Details|
|Enfield ‡||Conservative||Conservative hold||Details|
|Hammersmith and Fulham||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Kensington and Chelsea||Conservative||Conservative hold||Details|
|Kingston upon Thames||Conservative||Conservative hold||Details|
|Lambeth||Labour||No overall control gain||Details|
|Richmond upon Thames||Conservative||Conservative hold||Details|
|Tower Hamlets||Labour||Labour hold||Details|
|Waltham Forest||Labour||No overall control gain||Details|
‡ New ward boundaries
In 13 metropolitan boroughs the whole council was up for election.
In 13 boroughs there were new ward boundaries, following electoral boundary reviews by the Local Government Boundary Commission for England.
|Birmingham ‡||Labour||Conservative gain||Details|
|Dudley ‡||No overall control||Conservative gain||Details|
|Gateshead ‡||Labour||Labour hold||Details|
|Kirklees ‡||Labour||Labour hold||Details|
|Knowsley ‡||Labour||Labour hold||Details|
|Manchester ‡||Labour||Labour hold||Details|
|Newcastle upon Tyne ‡||Labour||Labour hold||Details|
|North Tyneside ‡||Labour||Labour hold||Details|
|Salford ‡||Labour||Labour hold||Details|
|South Tyneside ‡||Labour||Labour hold||Details|
|Sunderland ‡||Labour||Labour hold||Details|
|Wakefield ‡||Labour||Labour hold||Details|
|Wolverhampton ‡||Labour||Labour hold||Details|
‡ New ward boundaries
23 metropolitan borough councils had one third of their seats up for election.
|Bradford||Labour||No overall control gain||Details|
|Calderdale||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Liverpool||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Rochdale||Labour||No overall control gain||Details|
|St Helens||Labour||Labour hold||Details|
|Walsall||Labour||No overall control gain||Details|
In 103 districts one third of the council was up for election.
|Amber Valley||Labour||Labour hold||Details|
|Basildon||No overall control||Labour gain||Details|
|Basingstoke and Deane||Conservative||No overall control gain||Details|
|Blackburn||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Cambridge||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Cannock Chase||Labour||No overall control gain||Details|
|Congleton||Conservative||No overall control gain||Details|
|Crewe and Nantwich||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Daventry||No overall control||No overall control hold||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||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Hastings||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Milton Keynes||Conservative||No overall control gain||Details|
|Mole Valley||Independent||No overall control 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||Labour||No overall control gain||Details|
|Reigate and Banstead||Conservative||Conservative hold||Details|
|Rugby||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Rushmoor||No overall control||Conservative gain||Details|
|Shrewsbury and Atcham||No overall control||No overall control hold||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||Labour gain||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||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Wyre Forest||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|York||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Dumfries and Galloway||Independent||Independent hold||Details|
|Lothian||Labour||No overall control gain||Details|
|Western Isles||Independent||Independent hold||Details|
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