Scottish District local elections 1980

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Scottish District local elections, 1980
Scotland
1978 ←
1 May 1980 (1980-05-01) → 1982

  First party Second party
  James Callaghan Margaret Thatcher
Leader James Callaghan Margaret Thatcher
Party Labour Conservative
Leader since 5 April 1976 11 February 1975
Seats won 469 232

  Third party Fourth party
  David Steel
Leader Gordon Wilson David Steel
Party SNP Liberal
Leader since 1979 7 July 1976
Seats won 52 33

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Colours denote the winning party with outright control

There were elections for the Scottish district councils in 1980.

These were the third elections held to the 53 district councils established by the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973. The previous elections had been held in 1977. The elections took place a year after the Conservative government of Margaret Thatcher had come to power. The local elections, which also took place in England and Wales, were seen as the first electoral test of the Thatcher ministry.[1]

Background[edit]

The poll was held on 1 May and all 1,182 district council seats were to be filled.[2] Districts formed the second tier in local government in Scotland under the 1975 reorganisation, with regional councils forming the upper tier. It was intended that elections would normally take place on a four-year cycle. Regional elections were also to be on a four-year cycle, held midway between district elections.

Party performance[edit]

Labour had a very good electoral performance, more than regaining the ground they had lost at the 1977 elections. They gained 18 councils: 3 from the Scottish National Party, one from Liberals and 14 from no overall control. Notable gains were the cities of Aberdeen, Dundee and Glasgow.[3] The Conservatives suffered the loss of Edinburgh but held another six councils. The SNP vote collapsed and they lost control of the three councils they controlled. In a number of councils all of the party's sitting councillors were defeated, most notably in Glasgow where they lost all 16 seats they held. The Liberal Party lost the only council they controlled.[3]

e • d Summary of the 1977 Scottish District local council election results[4]
Parties Votes Votes % Wards
Labour 45.4 469
Conservative 24.1 232
SNP 15.5 52
Liberal 6.2 33
Independent/Other 8.9
Total

Results by council area[edit]

The seats on each council before and after the election were as follows:[2] [3]

Borders[edit]

Council Labour Conservative Liberal Independent Other Control
Berwickshire 1 (+1) 11 (-1) 0 0 0 Conservative hold
Ettrick and Lauderdale 0 1 0 (-1) 14 (+1) 0 Independent hold
Roxburgh 0 (-1) 5 (+3) 0 11 (-2) 0 Independent hold
Tweeddale 0 0 0 10 0 Independent hold

Central[edit]

Council Labour Conservative SNP Liberal Independent Other Control
Clackmannan 7 (+3) 1 4 (-3) 0 0 0 Labour gain from SNP
Falkirk 27 (+19) 2 4 (-17) 0 2 (-1) Independent Labour 1
Independent Scottish Nationalist 0 (-1)
Labour gain from SNP
Stirling 10 (+3) 9 0 (-3) 0 1 (+1) Independent Conservative 0 (-1) Labour gain from NOC

Dumfries and Galloway[edit]

Council Labour Conservative SNP Independent Control
Annandale and Eskdale 0 0 0 16 Independent hold
Nithsdale 5 (+1) 5 (+5) 4 14 (-6) Independent hold
Stewartry 0 0 0 12 Independent hold
Wigtown 0 0 0 14 Independent hold

Fife[edit]

Council Labour Conservative SNP Liberal Independent Other Control
Dunfermline 22 (+3) 5 (-2) 1 (-1) 1 (+1) 1 (-1) 0 Labour hold
Kirkcaldy 23 (+7) 3 (-2) 4 (-4) 0 3 Ratepayers 3 (-1) Labour gain from NOC
North-East Fife 5 (+4) 11 (-5) 0 0 2 (+1) 0 Conservative hold

Grampian[edit]

Council Labour Conservative SNP Liberal Independent Control
Banff and Buchan 1 (+1) 0 5 (+4) 0 12 (-5) Independent hold
City of Aberdeen 27 (+5) 13 (-2) 0 (-2) 8 (-1) 0 Labour gain from NOC
Gordon 0 3 0 3 6 No overall control
Kincardine and Deeside 0 2 (-1) 0 1 (+1) 9 Independent hold
Moray 0 0 3 (-1) 0 15 (+1) Independent hold

Highland[edit]

Council Labour Conservative SNP Liberal Independent Control
Badenoch and Strathspey 0 0 2 (+2) 0 8 (-2) Independent hold
Caithness 1 0 0 1 13 Independent hold
Inverness 8 0 1 2 17 Independent hold
Lochaber 4 (+1) 0 0 (-1) 0 8 Independent hold
Nairn 0 0 0 (-2) 0 10 Independent hold
Ross and Cromarty 0 1 0 0 19 Independent hold
Skye and Lochalsh
2 vacancies
0 0 0 0 9 Independent hold
Sutherland
1 vacancy
0 0 0 0 13 Independent hold

‡ Changes in ward boundaries

Lothian[edit]

Council Labour Conservative SNP Liberal Independent Control
City of Edinburgh 25 31 2 2 2 Conservatives lose to NOC
East Lothian 10 7 0 0 0 Labour hold
Midlothian 13 (+6) 1 (-1) 0 (-4) 0 1 (-1) Labour gain from NOC
West Lothian 15 (+7) 0 4 (-6) 0 2 (-1) Labour gain from NOC

‡ Changes in ward boundaries

Strathclyde[edit]

Council Labour Conservative SNP Liberal Independent Others Control
Argyll and Bute 1 (+1) 2 (-2) 3 0 20 (+1) 0 Independent hold
Bearsden and Milngavie 2 (+1) 6 (-1) 0 0 2 0 Conservative hold
Clydebank 8 (+5) 1 0 (-5) 0 0 Scottish Labour 1 Labour gain from NOC
Cumbernauld and Kilsyth 6 (+1) 0 4 (-1) 0 0 0 Labour gain from SNP
Cumnock and Doon Valley 8 (+2) 0 (-1) 0 0 2 0 Labour hold
Cunninghame 21 5 2 0 1 Moderate Conservatives 1 Labour gain from NOC
Dumbarton 8 (+4) 3 (-1) 2 (-2) 0 2 (-1) 0 Labour gain from NOC
East Kilbride 12 (+8) 2 1 (-6) 0 0 (-2) 0 Labour gain from NOC
Eastwood 0 10 0 0 0 Ratepayers 2 Conservative hold
City of Glasgow 58 (+26) 11 (-12) 0 (-16) 3 (+2) 0 0 Labour gain from NOC
Hamilton 17 (+7) 1 0 (-6) 2 0 (-1) 0 Labour hold
Inverclyde 13 (+5) 1 0 (-1) 9 (-4) 0 0 Labour gain from Liberals
Kilmarnock and Loudoun 11 (+4) 5 (-2) 0 (-2) 0 0 0 Labour gain from NOC
Kyle and Carrick 13 (+6) 12 (-5) 0 (-1) 0 0 0 Labour gain from NOC
Lanark 5 (+1) 0 2 (-1) 0 0 Independent Progressives 7 NOC
Motherwell 21 (+2) 3 (-2) 3 0 (-1) 01 (=1) Communist 1 Labour hold
Monklands 18 (+5) 3 (-3) 0 (-1) 0 0 (-1) 0 Labour hold
Strathkelvin 10 (+6) 4 0 (-6) 0 0 0 Labour gain from NOC

Tayside[edit]

Council Labour Conservative SNP Liberal Independent Others Control
Angus 3 12 (+1) 0 0 7 (-1) 0 Conservative hold
City of Dundee 25 (+4) 26 (-2) 0 0 1 (-1) Ratepayer-Conservatives 11 (-1)
Independent Ratepayers-Conservatives 1 (+1)
Progressive Conservatives 0 (-1)
Labour gain from NOC
Perth and Kinross 5 (+2) 19 (-2) 1 1 (+1) 3 (-1) 0 Conservative hold


Preceded by
Scottish local Regional elections, 1978
Scottish local elections Succeeded by
Scottish local Regional elections, 1982

References[edit]

  1. ^ Warman, Christopher (1 May 1980). "Poll 'chance to pass judgment'". The Times. p. 2. 
  2. ^ a b "Labour makes gains throughout Britain in local government elections". The Times. 2 May 1980. p. 4. 
  3. ^ a b c Warman, Christopher (5 May 1980). "Labour wins stronger voice to fight against cuts in local services". The Times. p. 3. 
  4. ^ Rallings, Colin; Thrasher, Michael (2013). Local Elections in Britain. Routledge. pp. Table 7.5.