All 32 London boroughs, all 36 metropolitan boroughs,
116 out of 296 English districts and all 12 Scottish regions
Local elections were held in the United Kingdom on 3 May 1990.They were the last local elections held before the resignation of Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in November 1990.
The main opposition Labour Party gained 284 seats, bringing their number of councillors to 8,920 - their highest since 1981. Their projected share of the vote was 44%, an increase of 2% from 1989.
The governing Conservative Party lost 222 seats, leaving them with 9,020 councillors. Their share of the vote was projected to be 33%, a fall of 3% from the previous year. This mounted further pressure on the government of Margaret Thatcher, which had been declining for a year following the introduction of the controversial poll tax, and was a major boost for opposition leader Neil Kinnock, whose Labour Party was enjoying a wide lead in the opinion polls with a general election no more than two years away.
The Liberal Democrats lost 78 seats and had 3,265 councillors after the elections. Their projected share of the vote was 17%.
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In all 32 London boroughs the whole council was up for election.
|Barking and Dagenham||Labour||Labour hold||Details|
|Brent||Labour||No overall control gain||Details|
|Hammersmith and Fulham||Labour||Labour hold||Details|
|Havering||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Hillingdon||No overall control||Conservative gain||Details|
|Kensington and Chelsea||Conservative||Conservative hold||Details|
|Kingston upon Thames||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Richmond upon Thames||Liberal Democrats||Liberal Democrats hold||Details|
|Sutton||Liberal Democrats||Liberal Democrats hold||Details|
|Tower Hamlets||Liberal Democrats||Liberal Democrats hold||Details|
|Waltham Forest||Labour||Labour hold||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||Labour gain||Details|
|Kirklees||No overall control||Labour gain||Details|
|Newcastle upon Tyne||Labour||Labour hold||Details|
|North Tyneside||Labour||Labour hold||Details|
|Sefton||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|South Tyneside||Labour||Labour hold||Details|
|St Helens||Labour||Labour hold||Details|
|Stockport||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Wirral||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
In 2 districts the whole council was up for election as there were new ward boundaries, following further electoral boundary reviews by the Local Government Boundary Commission for England.
|Colchester||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
In 114 districts one third of the council was up for election.
|Adur||Liberal Democrats||Liberal Democrats hold||Details|
|Amber Valley||Conservative||Conservative hold||Details|
|Basildon||No overall control||Labour gain||Details|
|Basingstoke and Deane||Conservative||Conservative hold||Details|
|Bath||Conservative||No overall control gain||Details|
|Brentwood||Conservative||No overall control gain||Details|
|Cannock Chase||Labour||Labour hold||Details|
|Cheltenham||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Chester||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Chorley||No overall control||Labour gain||Details|
|Congleton||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Craven||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Crewe and Nantwich||No overall control||Labour gain||Details|
|Eastbourne||Conservative||No overall control gain||Details|
|Eastleigh||Liberal Democrats||No overall control gain||Details|
|Ellesmere Port and Neston||Labour||Labour hold||Details|
|Epping Forest||Conservative||Conservative hold||Details|
|Exeter||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Gillingham||Conservative||No overall control gain||Details|
|Gloucester||Conservative||No overall control gain||Details|
|Gosport||Conservative||No overall control gain||Details|
|Great Grimsby||Labour||Labour hold||Details|
|Great Yarmouth||No overall control||Labour gain||Details|
|Harrogate||Conservative||No overall control gain||Details|
|Hart||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Hastings||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Havant||Conservative||No overall control gain||Details|
|Hereford||Liberal Democrats||Liberal Democrats hold||Details|
|Kingston upon Hull||Labour||Labour hold||Details|
|Maidstone||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Milton Keynes||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Mole Valley||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|North Bedfordshire||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|North Hertfordshire||Conservative||Conservative hold||Details|
|Nuneaton and Bedworth||Labour||Labour hold||Details|
|Oadby and Wigston||Conservative||Conservative hold||Details|
|Pendle||Liberal Democrats||No overall control gain||Details|
|Penwith||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Peterborough||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Portsmouth||Conservative||No overall control gain||Details|
|Purbeck||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Reigate and Banstead||Conservative||Conservative hold||Details|
|Rochford||Conservative||No overall control gain||Details|
|Rugby||Conservative||No overall control 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|
|Southend-on-Sea||No overall control||Conservative gain||Details|
|St Albans||Conservative||Conservative hold||Details|
|Stroud||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Swale||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Tamworth||No overall control||Labour gain||Details|
|Tandridge||Conservative||No overall control gain||Details|
|Three Rivers||Liberal Democrats||No overall control gain||Details|
|Torbay||Conservative||No overall control gain||Details|
|Tunbridge Wells||Conservative||Conservative hold||Details|
|Watford||No overall control||Labour gain||Details|
|Waveney||No overall control||Labour gain||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||Conservative||Independent gain||Details|
|Weymouth and Portland||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Winchester||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Woking||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Wyre Forest||No overall control||No overall control hold||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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