All 32 London boroughs, all 36 metropolitan boroughs,
123 out of 296 English districts, 1 local education authority and all 12 Scottish regions
Local elections were held in the United Kingdom in 1986.There was a 3% reduction in the number of councillors, owing to the abolition of the Greater London Council and the Metropolitan County Councils.
The national projected share of the vote was Labour 37%, Conservative 34%, Liberal-SDP Alliance 26%. The Conservatives lost 975 seats, Labour gained 13 seats and the Liberal-SDP Alliance gained 338 seats.
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In all 32 London boroughs the whole council was up for election.
|Barking and Dagenham||Labour||Labour hold||Details|
|Hammersmith and Fulham||No overall control||Labour gain||Details|
|Havering||Conservative||No overall control gain||Details|
|Hillingdon||Conservative||No overall control gain||Details|
|Kensington and Chelsea||Conservative||Conservative hold||Details|
|Kingston upon Thames||Conservative||No overall control gain||Details|
|Lambeth||No overall control||Labour gain||Details|
|Richmond upon Thames||Conservative||Alliance gain||Details|
|Tower Hamlets||Labour||Alliance gain||Details|
|Waltham Forest||No overall control||Labour gain||Details|
All 36 metropolitan borough councils had one third of their seats up for election.
|Bradford||No overall control||Labour gain||Details|
|Calderdale||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Dudley||No overall control||Labour gain||Details|
|Kirklees||Labour||No overall control gain||Details|
|Newcastle upon Tyne||Labour||Labour hold||Details|
|North Tyneside||Labour||No overall control gain||Details|
|Rochdale||No overall control||Labour gain||Details|
|Sefton||Conservative||No overall control gain||Details|
|South Tyneside||Labour||Labour hold||Details|
|St Helens||Labour||Labour hold||Details|
|Stockport||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Trafford||Conservative||No overall control gain||Details|
|Walsall||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Wirral||Conservative||No overall control gain||Details|
In 2 districts the whole council was up for election.
In 2 districts there were new ward boundaries, following further electoral boundary reviews by the Local Government Boundary Commission for England.
The Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE) was the statutory body established under the Local Government Act 1972 to settle the boundaries, names and electoral arrangements of the non-metropolitan districts which came into existence in 1974, and for their periodic review. The stated purpose of the LGBCE was to ensure "that the whole system does not get frozen into the form which has been adopted as appropriate in the 1970s". In the event it made no major changes and was replaced in 1992 by the Local Government Commission for England.
|Halton ‡||Labour||Labour hold||Details|
|Thamesdown ‡||Labour||Labour hold||Details|
‡ New ward boundaries
In 121 districts one third of the council was up for election.
|Adur||No overall control||Alliance gain||Details|
|Amber Valley||Labour||Labour hold||Details|
|Basingstoke and Deane||No overall control||Conservative gain||Details|
|Blackburn||No overall control||Labour gain||Details|
|Brighton||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Bristol||No overall control||Labour gain||Details|
|Cambridge||No overall control||Labour gain||Details|
|Cannock Chase||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Cheltenham||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Chester||Conservative||No overall control gain||Details|
|Chorley||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Colchester||Conservative||No overall control gain||Details|
|Congleton||Conservative||No overall control gain||Details|
|Craven||Conservative||No overall control gain||Details|
|Crewe and Nantwich||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|East Devon||Conservative||Conservative hold||Details|
|Eastbourne||No overall control||Alliance gain||Details|
|Eastleigh||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Ellesmere Port and Neston||Labour||Labour hold||Details|
|Elmbridge||Conservative||No overall control gain||Details|
|Epping Forest||Conservative||Conservative hold||Details|
|Exeter||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Fareham||Conservative||No overall control gain||Details|
|Gloucester||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Great Grimsby||No overall control||Labour gain||Details|
|Great Yarmouth||Conservative||No overall control gain||Details|
|Hart||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Hastings||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Hinckley and Bosworth||Conservative||Conservative hold||Details|
|Kingston upon Hull||Labour||Labour hold||Details|
|Maidstone||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Mid Sussex||Conservative||Conservative hold||Details|
|Milton Keynes||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Mole Valley||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|North Bedfordshire||Conservative||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|
|Penwith||Independent||No overall control gain||Details|
|Peterborough||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Purbeck||Independent||No overall control gain||Details|
|Reading||Conservative||No overall control gain||Details|
|Reigate and Banstead||Conservative||Conservative hold||Details|
|Rugby||No overall control||No overall control hold||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||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Stroud||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Swale||Conservative||No overall control gain||Details|
|Three Rivers||Conservative||No overall control gain||Details|
|Tonbridge and Malling||Conservative||Conservative hold||Details|
|Tunbridge Wells||Conservative||Conservative hold||Details|
|Waveney||Conservative||No overall control gain||Details|
|Welwyn Hatfield||Labour||Labour hold||Details|
|West Dorset||Independent||Independent hold||Details|
|West Lancashire||Conservative||No overall control gain||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|
|Woking||Conservative||No overall control gain||Details|
|Worcester||No overall control||Labour gain||Details|
|Wyre Forest||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|York||No overall control||Labour gain||Details|
This was the first and only election to the directly elected local education authority established by the Local Government Act 1985. However it was short lived being abolished four years later by the Education Reform Act 1988.
The Local Government Act 1985 is an Act of Parliament in the United Kingdom. Its main effect was to abolish the six county councils of the metropolitan counties that had been set up in 1974, 11 years earlier, by the Local Government Act 1972, along with the Greater London Council that had been established in 1965. In their place many single purpose authorities known collectively as 'joint authorities' were established for fire service, police and passenger transport. An ad hoc education authority was established for Inner London and a planning authority for Greater London. The legislation permitted councils to form 'joint arrangements' for waste disposal and other services that they wished to provide together. Time-limited residuary bodies were created to dispose of the assets of the former authorities.
The Education Reform Act 1988 is widely regarded as the most important single piece of education legislation in England and Wales since the 'Butler' Education Act 1944.
|Inner London Education Authority||New Council||Labour||Details|
|Dumfries and Galloway||Independent||Independent hold||Details|
|Grampian||Conservative||No overall control gain||Details|
|Lothian||No overall control||Labour gain||Details|
|Tayside||Conservative||No overall control gain||Details|
|Western Isles||Independent||Independent hold||Details|
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