Scottish regional elections, 1978

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Scottish regional elections, 1978
1977 ←
2 May 1978 (1978-05-02) → 1980

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

  Third party Fourth party
  David Steel
Leader David Steel William Wolfe
Party Liberal SNP
Leader since 1976 1969

Scottish local Regional elections, 1978.svg

Colours denote the winning party with outright control

Regional elections were held in Scotland on Tuesday 2 May 1978, as part of the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973. They saw a resurgence of support for the Labour Party, retaining control of Strathclyde and Fife and winning Central and Lothian.

National results[edit]

e • d Summary of the 1978 Scottish regional council election results[1][2]
Parties Votes Votes % Wards
Labour 39.6
SNP 20.9
Conservative 30.3
Liberal 2.3
Independent/Other 6.8

More Details can be found: on 3 and 4 May 1978

Results by council area[edit]

Council Labour Conservative SNP Liberal & SDP Independent Other Turnout Control
Borders Independent hold
Central Labour Gain
Dumfries and Galloway Independent hold
Fife Labour hold
Grampian Conservative Hold
Highland Independent Hold
Lothian Labour Gain
Orkney Independent Hold
Shetland Independent Hold
Strathclyde Labour Hold
Tayside Conservative Hold
Na h-Eileanan Siar (Western Isles) Independent Hold


  1. ^ McConnell, Alan (2004), Scottish Local Government, Edinburgh University Press, ISBN 978-0-7486-2005-0 
  2. ^ Rallings, Colin; Thrasher, Michael (2013). Local Elections in Britain. Routledge. pp. Table 7.5.