Scottish local Regional elections, 1986

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Scottish local Regional elections, 1986
Scotland
1984 ←
8 May 1986 (1986-05-08)
→ 1988

  First party Second party
  Neil Kinnock (1989).jpg Margaret Thatcher
Leader Neil Kinnock Margaret Thatcher
Party Labour Conservative
Leader since 2 October 1983 11 February 1975
Seats won 223 65
Seat change Increase37 Decrease54
Percentage 43.9 16.9
Swing Increase6.3 Decrease8.2

  Third party Fourth party
  David Steel
Leader David Steel Gordon Wilson
Party SDP–Liberal Alliance SNP
Leader since 1976 15 September 1979
Seats won 40 36
Seat change Increase15 Increase13
Percentage 15.1 18.2
Swing Decrease3.0 Increase4.8

Scottish local Regional elections, 1986.svg

Colours denote the winning party with outright control

The regional Local elections were held in Scotland on Thursday 8 May 1986, as part of the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973, The previous elections had been held in 1982. The elections took place a year before Conservative government 3rd election victory for Margaret Thatcher and elections also took place in England and Wales.

National results[edit]

e • d Summary of the 1986 Scottish regional council election results[1]
Parties Votes Votes % +/- Wards Net
Gain/Loss
Labour 43.9 223
SNP 18.2 36
Conservative 16.9 65
SDP–Liberal Alliance 15.1 40
Independent 4.8 79
Total 45.2  ?? 524

Party performance[edit]

labour continued with its gain, who increase its councillor in most of the areas contested. Conservative suffered heavy losses, which lost control of Lothian council to labour, Lost Control of Grampian and Tayside to NOC and Lost all conservative Councillors in Dumfries and Galloway. The SNP vote failed to recover from its collapsed since 1980.

Results by council area[edit]

Council Labour Conservative Liberal & SDP SNP Other/IND Total number
of seats
Turnout Control
Borders 0 6 (-2) 2 (-1) 2 (+1) 14 (+1)
23
37% Independent hold
Central 23 (+1) 4 1 5 1 (-1)
34
47% Labour hold
Dumfries and Galloway 7 (+3) 0 (-4) 4 (+2) 5 (+2) 19 (-3)
35
40% Independent hold
Fife 30 (+3) 4 (-5) 8 (+3) 2 (+1) 2 (-1)
46
46% Labour hold
Grampian 18 (+2) 15 (-11) 12 (+7) 9 (+5) 3
57
35% No overall control gain from Conservatives
Highland 6 (+1) 2 (+1) 2 (-1) 2 (+1) 40 (-2)
52
41% Independent Hold
Lothian 30 (+7) 13 (-8) 3 2 (+1) 1
49
49% Labour Labour gain from NOC
Orkney 0 - - - 24
24
 ??% Independent Hold
Shetland 4 (+1) - - - 21 (-1)
25
 ??% Independent Hold
Strathclyde 88 (+8) 6 (-8) 5 (+1) 1 (-1) 3
103
45% Labour Hold
Tayside 20 (+8) 14 (-13) 1 (+1) 9 (+4) 2
46
47% No overall control Gain from Conservative
Na h-Eileanan Siar (Western Isles) 0 - - - 30
30
 ??% Independent Hold


Preceded by
Scottish District local elections, 1984
Scottish local elections Succeeded by
Scottish District local elections, 1988

Information come for maps held on http://www.alba.org.uk/maps/localmaps.html

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ McConnell, Alan (2004), Scottish Local Government, Edinburgh University Press, ISBN 978-0-7486-2005-0 

See also[edit]