All 39 non-metropolitan counties, 1 sui generis authority,
all 26 Northern Irish districts and all 8 Welsh counties
Colours denote the winning party, as shown in the main table of results.
Local elections were held in the United Kingdom in 1985.     The projected share of the vote was Labour 39%, Conservative 32%, Liberal-SDP Alliance 26%. Labour had the largest share of the vote in local council elections for the first time since 1981.
Both Conservatives and Labour lost some seats to the Liberal-SDP Alliance, who were rebuilding under the leadership of David Owen and enjoying strong showings (including a brief lead) in the opinion polls.
The overall results were as follows;
Conservative losses: 202
Number of Conservative councillors: 10,191
Labour losses: 124
Number of Labour councillors: 8,746
Liberal-SDP Alliance gains: 302
Number of Liberal-SDP Alliance councillors: 2,633
Alan Clark, writing in his diary for 11 May 1985, shortly after the election, stated: "Some stupid prick has done a 'projection' in one of the heavies showing that the SDP will have a massive overall majority in the House of Commons.." 
|Avon||Labour||No overall control gain||Details|
|Bedfordshire ‡||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Berkshire ‡||No overall control||Conservative gain||Details|
|Buckinghamshire ‡||Conservative||Conservative hold||Details|
|Cambridgeshire ‡||Conservative||No overall control gain||Details|
|Cheshire||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Cleveland ‡||Labour||Labour hold||Details|
|Cornwall ‡||Independent||No overall control gain||Details|
|Cumbria||Labour||No overall control gain||Details|
|Devon ‡||Conservative||No overall control gain||Details|
|Dorset ‡||Conservative||Conservative hold||Details|
|East Sussex ‡||Conservative||No overall control gain||Details|
|Essex||Conservative||No overall control gain||Details|
|Gloucestershire ‡||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Hampshire||Conservative||No overall control gain||Details|
|Hereford and Worcester ‡||Conservative||Conservative hold||Details|
|Hertfordshire||Conservative||No overall control gain||Details|
|Humberside||Labour||No overall control gain||Details|
|Isle of Wight||Alliance||Alliance hold||Details|
|Lancashire||Labour||No overall control gain||Details|
|Leicestershire ‡||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Norfolk ‡||Conservative||Conservative hold||Details|
|North Yorkshire ‡||Conservative||No overall control gain||Details|
|Northamptonshire||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Northumberland||Labour||No overall control gain||Details|
|Oxfordshire ‡||Conservative||No overall control gain||Details|
|Shropshire||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Somerset||Conservative||No overall control gain||Details|
|Suffolk ‡||Conservative||Conservative hold||Details|
|Warwickshire||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|West Sussex ‡||Conservative||Conservative hold||Details|
|Wiltshire ‡||Conservative||No overall control gain||Details|
‡ New electoral division boundaries
|Isles of Scilly||Details|
|Antrim||No overall control||No overall control||Details|
|Ards||No overall control||No overall control||Details|
|Armagh||No overall control||Ulster Unionist||Details|
|Ballymoney||No overall control||No overall control||Details|
|Banbridge||Ulster Unionist||Ulster Unionist||Details|
|Belfast||No overall control||No overall control||Details|
|Carrickfergus||No overall control||No overall control||Details|
|Castlereagh||No overall control||No overall control||Details|
|Coleraine||No overall control||No overall control||Details|
|Cookstown||No overall control||No overall control||Details|
|Craigavon||No overall control||No overall control||Details|
|Derry||SDLP||No overall control||Details|
|Down||No overall control||No overall control||Details|
|Dungannon||No overall control||No overall control||Details|
|Fermanagh||No overall control||No overall control||Details|
|Larne||No overall control||No overall control||Details|
|Limavady||No overall control||No overall control||Details|
|Lisburn||No overall control||No overall control||Details|
|Magherafelt||No overall control||No overall control||Details|
|Moyle||No overall control||No overall control||Details|
|Newry and Mourne||SDLP||No overall control||Details|
|Newtownabbey||No overall control||No overall control||Details|
|North Down||No overall control||No overall control||Details|
|Omagh||No overall control||No overall control||Details|
|Strabane||No overall control||No overall control||Details|
|Clwyd||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Dyfed||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Mid Glamorgan||Labour||Labour hold||Details|
|South Glamorgan||Labour||Labour hold||Details|
|West Glamorgan||Labour||Labour hold||Details|
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