1985 United Kingdom local elections

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1985 United Kingdom local elections
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  1984 2 May 1985 (England & Wales)
15 May 1985 (Northern Ireland)
1986  

All 39 non-metropolitan counties, 1 sui generis authority,
all 26 Northern Irish districts and all 8 Welsh counties
 Majority partyMinority partyThird party
 
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Leader Margaret Thatcher Neil Kinnock David Steel
and David Owen
Party Conservative Labour Alliance
Leader since11 February 19752 October 1983 7 July 1976
and 21 June 1983
Percentage32%39%26%
Councillors10,1918,7462,633
Councillors +/-Decrease2.svg 202Decrease2.svg 124Increase2.svg 302

United Kingdom local elections, 1985.svg
Colours denote the winning party, as shown in the main table of results.

Local elections were held in the United Kingdom in 1985. [1] [2] [3] [4] 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.

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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

Summary of results

England

Non-metropolitan county councils

CouncilPrevious controlResultDetails
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
Derbyshire Labour Labour hold Details
Devon Conservative No overall control gain Details
Dorset Conservative Conservative hold Details
Durham Labour Labour 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
Kent Conservative Conservative hold Details
Lancashire Labour No overall control gain Details
Leicestershire No overall control No overall control hold Details
Lincolnshire Conservative Conservative 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
Nottinghamshire Labour Labour hold Details
Oxfordshire Conservative No overall control gain Details
Shropshire No overall control No overall control hold Details
Somerset Conservative No overall control gain Details
Staffordshire Labour Labour hold Details
Suffolk Conservative Conservative hold Details
Surrey 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

Sui generis

CouncilPrevious controlResultDetails
Isles of Scilly Details

Northern Ireland

CouncilPrevious controlResultDetails
Antrim No overall control No overall control Details
Ards No overall control No overall control Details
Armagh No overall control UUP Details
Ballymena DUP DUP Details
Ballymoney No overall control No overall control Details
Banbridge UUP UUP 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

Wales

County councils

CouncilPrevious controlResultDetails
Clwyd No overall control No overall control hold Details
Dyfed No overall control No overall control hold Details
Gwent Labour Labour hold Details
Gwynedd Independent Independent hold Details
Mid Glamorgan Labour Labour hold Details
Powys Independent Independent hold Details
South Glamorgan Labour Labour hold Details
West Glamorgan Labour Labour hold Details

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References

  1. Rallings, Colin; Thrasher, Michael. Local Elections Handbook 1985, Volume 1. The Elections Centre. Retrieved 3 May 2016.
  2. Rallings, Colin; Thrasher, Michael. Local Elections Handbook 1985, Volume 2. The Elections Centre. Retrieved 3 May 2016.
  3. Rallings, Colin; Thrasher, Michael. Local Elections Handbook 1985, Volume 3. The Elections Centre. Retrieved 3 May 2016.
  4. "Council compositions". The Elections Centre. Retrieved 3 May 2016.