United Kingdom local elections, 1976

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Local elections were held in the United Kingdom on 6 May 1976. Elections were for one third of the seats on Metropolitan borough councils and for all seats on Non-Metropolitan district councils in England; and for all seats on the Welsh district councils.

The elections were the first electoral test for the new Prime Minister James Callaghan, and were a major reverse for the ruling Labour Party. The opposition Conservative party made large gains of seats and control of councils at the expense of both Labour and the Liberal Party.[1][2][3][4][5][6]

The Conservatives easily gained control of their principal target council, Birmingham. The new administration in the city pledged to reintroduce the sale of council houses, which had been stopped by the previous Labour-controlled council.[7] Control of another five metropolitan borough councils were gained by the Conservatives at Labour's expense. The party also gained numerous non-metropolitan districts, including large towns and cities such as Derby, Exeter, Ipswich, Leicester, Luton, Milton Keynes, Oxford, Peterborough and York.

Major English councils held by Labour included Manchester, Norwich, Nottingham and Stoke-on-Trent.

Break-away groups from the official Labour Party achieved success in two districts. The Lincoln Democratic Labour Association retained control of the city council. The association had been formed following the expulsion of local member of parliament, Dick Taverne from the party.[8] In Blyth Valley the Independent Labour Party gained nine seats from the official Labour candidates. The ILP were supporters of Eddie Milne, former MP for Blyth. Milne had been expelled from Labour in April 1974.[9] Labour lost control of North East Derbyshire, where all the party's seats in Clay Cross passed to Ratepayer candidates. The town had been the scene of a dispute between the former urban district council and the government over the Housing Finance Act.

The Liberals lost control of their only local authority, Liverpool City Council. Labour became the largest party on the council, which was under no overall control.

In Wales, the dominant position of Labour was overturned. Major Labour losses were Cardiff and Newport to the Conservatives, Swansea to Ratepayers and Merthyr Tydfil to Plaid Cymru.[10]

The Results[edit]

Metropolitan Boroughs[edit]

District County Conservative Labour Liberal Independent Other Control
Barnsley South Yorkshire 1 39 (-4) 5 (+3) 0 Ratepayers 11

Independent Labour 4 (+1)

Labour hold
Birmingham West Midlands 66 (+11) 52 (-11) 8 0 0 Conservative gain from Labour
Bolton Greater Manchester 43 (+3) 20 (-3) 2 (-1) 4 (+1) 0 Conservative hold
Bradford West Yorkshire 61 (+4) 27 (-1) 5 (-3) 0 0 Conservative hold
Bury Greater Manchester 36 (+8) 11 (-5) 1 (-3) 0 0 Conservative hold
Calderdale West Yorkshire 34 (+6) 13 (-5) 4 (-1) 0 0 Conservative hold
Coventry West Midlands 26 (+5) 28 (-5) 0 0 0 Labour hold
Doncaster South Yorkshire 17 (+2) 35 (-5) 0 4 (+1) Ratepayers 3 (+2)

Democratic Labour 1

Labour hold
Dudley West Midlands 37 (+8) 26 (-9) 2 (+1) 0 Independent Socialist 1 Conservative gain from Labour
Gateshead Tyne and Wear 13 (+2) 59 (-4) 4 (+1) 1 (+1) Rent and Ratepayers 1 Labour hold
Kirklees West Yorkshire 38 (+10) 25 (-11) 9 (+2) 0 (-1) 0 Conservative gain from Labour
Knowsley Merseyside 17 (+5) 42 (-4) 2 (-1) 0 Kirkby Householders Federation 2 Labour hold
Leeds West Yorkshire 50 (+7) 38 (-3) 8 (-4) 0 0 Conservative gain from NOC
Liverpool Merseyside 17 (+3) 42 40 (-3) 0 0 NOC
Manchester Greater Manchester 45 54 0 0 0 Labour hold
Newcastle-upon-Tyne Tyne and Wear 29 (+2) 44 (-3) 3 +1 2 0 Labour hold
North Tyneside Tyne and Wear 28 (+4) 44 (-2) 8 (-2) 4 0 Labour hold
Oldham Greater Manchester 28 (+13) 20 (-10) 8 (-3) 1 0 Labour lose to NOC
Rochdale Greater Manchester 31 (+7) 19 (-8) 10 (+1) 0 0 Conservative gain from NOC
Rotherham South Yorkshire 6 45 0 3 0 Labour hold
Sandwell West Midlands 39 (+7) 51 (-7) 0 0 0 Labour hold
St Helens Merseyside 19 (+4) 25 (-4) 1 0 0 Labour hold
Salford Greater Manchester 24 (+3) 38 (-4) 2 0 Tenants & Ratepayers 2 (+1) Labour
Sefton Merseyside 43 21 3 1 Ratepayers 1 Conservative hold
Sheffield South Yorkshire 22 (+2) 63 (-3) 5 (+1) 0 0 Labour
Solihull West Midlands 34 (+4) 12 (-1) 1 Independent Resident 4 (-3) 0 Conservative hold
South Tyneside Tyne and Wear 4 34 (-1) 3 0 Progressive 24 (+1) Labour hold
Stockport Greater Manchester 39 (+5) 11 (-1) 7 (-3) 3 (-1) 0 Conservative hold
Sunderland Tyne and Wear 26 (+3) 49 (-3) 2 1 0 Labour hold
Tameside Greater Manchester 29 (+5) 22 (-5) 2 0 Independent Labour 1 Conservative gain from Labour
Trafford Greater Manchester 47 (+5) 12 (-1) 4 (-4) 0 0 Conservative hold
Wakefield West Yorkshire 15 (+4) 42 (-6) 0 2 Ratepayer 7 (+2) Labour hold
Walsall West Midlands 20 28 (-3) 1 3 (+1) Ratepayers 7 (+2)

Independent Labour 1

Labour lose to NOC
Wigan Greater Manchester 14 (+4) 56 (-5) 1 1 (+1) 0 Labour hold
Wirral Merseyside 42 18 6 0 0 Conservative hold
Wolverhampton West Midlands 24 (+3) 34 (-4) 0 0 Ratepayers 2 (+1) Labour hold

Welsh Districts[edit]

District County Conservative Labour Liberal Plaid Cymru Independent Other Control
Aberconwy Gwynedd 6 (+3) 2 3 0 30 (-3) 0 Independent hold
Alyn and Deeside Clwyd 8 22 (-2) 6 0 7 Ratepayers 2 (+2) Labour lose to NOC
Afan West Glamorgan 0 11 (-10) 0 0 1 (+1) Tenants Association 6 (+3)

Ratepayers 12 (+6)

Labour lose to NOC
Arfon Gwynedd 0 5 (-3) 0 13 (+8) 23 (-5) 0 Independent hold
Blaenau Gwent Gwent 1 26 5 3 9 6 Labour hold
Brecknock Powys 8 16 1 0 29 0 Independent hold
Cardiff South Glamorgan 44 (+12) 29 (-14) 0 0 0 Ratepayers 2 (+2) Conservative gain from Labour
Carmarthen Dyfed 0 6 1 (+1) 0 29 (-1) 0 Independent hold
Ceredigion Dyfed 0 3 (-1) 7 (-1) 2 (+1) 30 (+1) 1 vacancy Independent hold
Colwyn Clwyd 16 (+13) 0 6 (-4) 0 11 (-9) 0 Conservative gain from Independent
Cynon Valley Mid Glamorgan 0 0 23 (+1) 9 (-3) 2 (+1) Communist 1
Others 3
Labour hold
Delyn Clwyd 2 (+1) 15 (-1) 1 (+1) 2 (-1) 16 Ratepayers 4 NOC
Dinefwr Dyfed 0 13 (-3) 0 2 (+2) 17 (+1) 0 Independent gain from Labour
Dwyfor Gwynedd 1 0 0 6 (+1) 22 (-1) 0 Independent hold
Glyndŵr Clwyd 0 3 0 0 30 0 Independent hold
Islwyn Gwent 0 16 (-14) 0 7 (+5) 9 (+5) Ratepayers 6 (+2)

Independent Socialist 1 (+1)
Others 1 (+1)

Labour lose to NOC
Llanelli Dyfed 0 24 (-5) 2 (+2) 1 (+1) 6 (+2) 0 Labour hold
Lliw Valley West Glamorgan 0 19 (-8) 0 5 (+3) 8 (+5) 0 Labour hold
Meirionydd Gwynedd 0 3 (-1) 0 8 (+8) 28 (-7) 0 Independent hold
Merthyr Tydfil Mid Glamorgan 0 8 (-17) 0 21 (+17) 1 Ratepayers 2 (-1)

Independent Labour 1 (+1)

Plaid Cymru gain from Labour
Monmouth Gwent 30 (+1) 7 (-1) 0 0 2 0 Conservative hold
Montgomery Powys 1 1 3 1 (+1) 44 (-1) 1 vacancy Independent hold
Neath West Glamorgan 0 17 (-10) 0 3 (+1) 4 Ratepayers 9 (+9) Labour hold
Newport Gwent 26 (+18) 22 (-14) 0 (-2) 0 3 (-2) 0 Conservative gain from Labour
Ogwr Mid Glamorgan 13 (+8) 29 (-14) 1 1 3 (+1) Ratepayers 10 (+5) Labour hold
Preseli Dyfed 0 0 0 0 43 0 Independent hold
Radnor Powys 0 0 0 0 31 0 Independent hold
Rhondda Mid Glamorgan 1 (+1) 21 (-9) 0 2 (+1) 3 (+3) Ratepayers 5 (+4)
Communist 1
Labour hold
Rhuddlan Clwyd 1 (-2) 0 1 1 33 (+3) 0 Independent hold
Rhymney Valley Mid Glamorgan 0 19 (-15) 0 23 (+15) 2 Ratepayers 4 Labour lose to NOC
South Pembrokeshire Dyfed 0 0 0 0 (-1) 31 (+1) 0 Independent hold
Swansea West Glamorgan 11 7 0 1 3 Ratepayers 29 Ratepayers gain from Labour
Taff-Ely Mid Glamorgan 1 (+1) 24 (-5) 4 (+1) 8 (+6) 5 (-4) Tenants and Residents 3

Ratepayers 2 (+1)

Labour lose to NOC
Torfaen Gwent 1 24 0 1 10 Ratepayers 6

Communist 1

Labour hold
Vale of Glamorgan South Glamorgan 33 (+14) 10 (-14) 0 0 6 0 Conservative gain from NOC
Wrexham Maelor Clwyd 7 (+3) 20 (-4) 2 2 (+1) 14 0 Labour lose to NOC
Ynys Môn (Anglesey) Gwynedd 0 5 0 1 (+1) 39 (-1) 0 Independent hold

Non-metropolitan Districts[edit]

A[edit]

District County Conservative Labour Liberal Independent Other Control
Adur West Sussex 16 (+4) 2 (-1) 17 (-3) 2 0 Liberals lose to NOC
Allerdale Cumbria 10 (+5) 23 (-3) 0 23 (-2) 0 Conservative - Independent hold
Alnwick Northumberland 8 (+2) 3 (-2) 1 (+1) 21 (-1) Independent Labour 0 (-1)

1 vacancy

Independent hold
Amber Valley Derbyshire 2 18 (-13) 14 (+11) 26 (+2) 0 Labour lose to NOC
Arun West Sussex 51 (+17) 1 (-3) 5 (+1) 2 (-9) Ratepayers 1 (-6) Conservative hold
Ashfield Nottinghamshire 2 22 0 1 Ratepayers 8 Labour hold
Ashford Kent 30 7 8 3 Ratepayers 1
True Liberals 1
4 vacancies
Conservative hold
Aylesbury Vale Buckinghamshire 28 9 2 18 Ratepayers 1 Independent lose to NOC

† New ward boundaries

B[edit]

District County Conservative Labour Liberal Independent Other Control
Babergh Suffolk 7 11 0 20 0 Independent
Barrow-in-Furness Cumbria 19 (+14) 12 (-14) 0 2 0 Conservative gain from Labour
Basildon Essex 17 (+6) 23 (-6) 0 0 6 Labour hold
Basingstoke Hampshire 35 14 1 9 0 Conservative gain from NOC
Bassetlaw Nottinghamshire 24 (+12) 18 (-11) 0 7 (-3) Ratepayers 2 (+2) Labour lose to NOC
Bath Avon 35 13 0 0 0 Conservative gain from NOC
Beaconsfield Buckinghamshire 32 (+7) 0 (-2) 0 (-3) 5 5 (-2) Conservative hold
Berwick-upon-Tweed Northumberland 0 3 3 21 0 Independent hold
Beverley Humberside 44 (+28) 1 (-4) 3 12 (-24) 0 Conservative gain from Independent
Blaby Leicestershire 21 (+7) 0 1 (-4) 12 (-4) Ratepayers 3 (+1) Conservative gain from Independent
Blackburn Lancashire 27 (+8) 17 (-10) 8 (-3) 0 Ratepayers 6 (+3)

National Party 2 (+2)

NOC
Blackpool Lancashire 35 6 3 0 0 Conservative hold
Blyth Valley Northumberland 6 23 12 12 Independent Labour 11

5 vacancies

Labour hold
Bolsover Nottinghamshire 4 (+3) 25 (-4) 0 7 (+1) 0 Labour hold
Boothferry Humberside 12 3 0 19 Ratepayers 1 Independent hold
Boston Lincolnshire 13 (+3) 3 (-2) 3 (-1) 13 (-1) Independent with Ratepayer support 2 (+1) NOC (Independent-Conservative)
Bournemouth Dorset 43 (+5) 6 (-7) 2 6 (+2) 0 Conservative hold
Bracknell Berkshire 27 (+14) 3 (-12) 1 (-2) 0 0 Conservative gain from Labour
Braintree Essex 39 (+19) 8 (-14) 1 (-2) 0 Ratepayers 10 (-3) Conservative gain from NOC
Breckland Norfolk 21 (+2) 9 (-1) 0 20 (-2) Ratepayers 1 (+1) NOC
Brentwood Lincolnshire 34 4 1 0 0 Conservative hold
Bridgnorth Salop 2 (+2) 2 4 (+1) 24 (-3) 0 Independent hold
Brighton East Sussex 44 (+12) 15 (-12) 0 0 0 Conservative hold
Bristol Avon 34 (+9) 47 (-9) 3 0 0 Labour hold
Broadland Norfolk 29 (+8) 1 (-5) 2 (+1) 17 (-3) Ratepayers 0 (-1) Conservative gain from NOC
Bromsgrove Hereford and Worcester 32 (+7) 8 (-5) 0 0 Ratepayers 2 (-2) Conservative hold
Broxbourne Hertfordshire 36 6 0 0 0 Conservative hold
Broxtowe Nottinghamshire 37 11 0 1 0 Conservative hold
Burnley Lancashire 12 39 1 2 0 Labour hold

† New ward boundaries

C[edit]

District County Conservative Labour Liberal Independent Other Control
Cannock Chase Staffordshire 18 24 0 0 0 Labour hold
Canterbury Kent 46 (+9) 1 (-6) 0 1 (-2) 2 (-1) Conservative hold
Caradon Cornwall 0 1 (+1) 0 39 (-2) Mebyon Kernow 1 (+1) Independent hold
Carlisle Cumbria 22 (+4) 22 (-2) 1 3 (-2) 0 Labour lose to NOC
Carrick Cornwall 9 (+4) 4 (-1) 4 28 (-3) 0 Independent hold
Castle Morpeth Northumberland 9 5 2 15 0 NOC
Castle Point Essex 35 (+16) 3 (-15) 0 0 (-1) 0 Conservative gain from NOC
Charnwood Leicestershire 42 (+8) 13 (-1) 2 (-3) 1 (-4) 0 Conservative hold
Chelmsford Essex 46 3 9 2 0 Conservative hold
Cheltenham Gloucestershire 22 (+1) 2 (-5) 4 1 Ratepayers Association 6 (+4) Conservative hold
Cherwell Oxfordshire 26 (+10) 10 (-6) 0 8 (-4) 1 Vacancy Conservative gain from NOC
Chester Cheshire 44 (+3) 10 (-5) 2 (+1) 1 (-3) Ratepayers 5 (+4) Conservative hold
Chesterfield Derbyshire 14 (+6) 36 (-7) 2 1 (+1) Independent Labour 1 Labour hold
Chester-le-Street Durham 0 22 (-2) 6 5 (+2) 0 Labour hold
Chichester West Sussex 37 (+10) 0 1 (-7) 7 (-5) Ratepayers Association 5 (+2) Conservative hold
Chiltern Buckinghamshire 39 6 1 4 0 Conservative hold
Chorley Lancashire 33 11 0 2 Independent Labour 1 Conservative gain from NOC
Christchurch Dorset 18 (+1) 4 0 0 (-1) 0 Conservative hold
Cleethorpes Humberside 13 (+4) 13 5 (-2) 15 (-2) Ratepayers 1
Independent Socialist 1
NOC
Colchester Essex 39 18 0 1 Ratepayers 2 Conservative gain from NOC
Copeland Cumbria 15 (+6) 22 (-10) 0 7 Tenants and Ratepayers Association 3 (+3)

Community Association 1 (+1)

Labour lose to NOC
Corby Northamptonshire 16 10 0 1 0 Conservative gain from Labour
Cotswold Gloucestershire 4 (+3) 0 (-1) 0 41 (-2) 0 Independent hold
Craven North Yorkshire 21 (+7) 2 (-3) 5 (-4) 6 Independent Socialist 1 Conservative gain from NOC
Crawley West Sussex 11 (+11) 14 (-11) 0 0 0 Labour hold
Crewe Cheshire 28 (+21) 24 (-9) 0 (-2) 4 (-14) Ratepayers and Residents 4 (+4) Labour lose to NOC

† New ward boundaries

D[edit]

District County Conservative Labour Liberal Independent Other Control
Dacorum Hertfordshire 38 (+11) 21 (-10) 0 (-1) 3 0 Conservative gain from Labour
Darlington Durham 30 (+22) 15 (-13) 0 (-8) 4 (-1) 0 Conservative gain from Labour
Dartford Kent 20 25 0 0 0 Labour hold
Daventry Northamptonshire 24 (+8) 2 (-6) 0 9 (-2) 0 Conservative gain from NOC
Derby Derbyshire 28 (+14) 26 (-8) 0 (-6) 0 0 Conservative gain from Labour
Derwentside Durham 2 (+1) 39 (-6) 5 (+2) 9 (+3) 0 Labour hold
Dover Kent 36 (+5) 17 (-5) 0 2 0 Conservative hold
Durham Durham 0 34 (-7) 10 (+3) 16 (+3) Independent Labour 1 (+1) Labour hold

† New ward boundaries

E[edit]

District County Conservative Labour Liberal Independent Other Control
Easington Durham 1 (+1) 45 (-8) 4 (+4) 5 (+3) Independent Labour 5 Labour hold
East Cambridgeshire Cambridgeshire 3 (+2) 1 (-1) 0 29 (-1) Independent Socialist 1

Independent Conservative 2

Independent hold
East Devon Devon 44 (+31) 1 0 13 (-31) 0 Conservative gain from Independent
East Hampshire Hampshire 31 (+14) 0 (-5) 0 11 (-9) 0 Conservative gain from NOC
East Hertfordshire Hertfordshire 28 (+12) 1 (-9) 0 0 (-5) Ratepayers 8 (+2) Conservative gain from NOC
East Lindsey Lincolnshire 10 (+5) 1 2 (-2) 45 (-3) 0 Independent hold
East Northamptonshire Northamptonshire 28 (+8) 6 (-9) 0 3 (+1) 0 Conservative hold
East Staffordshire Staffordshire 37 (+17) 12 (-14) 1 (+1) 10 (-4) 0 Conservative gain from Conservative-Independent
Eastbourne East Sussex 25 4 1 0 0 NOC
Eastleigh Hampshire Conservative gain
Eden Cumbria 0 0 0 26 (-5) Ratepayers 10 (+5)

1 vacancy

Independent hold
Elmbridge Surrey 36 7 3 14 0 Conservative hold
Ellesmere Port Cheshire 17 22 1 1 0 Labour hold
Epping Forest Essex 53 (+7) 1 (-9) 0 5 (+2) 0 Conservative hold
Epsom and Ewell Surrey 0 3 0 0 Ratepayers 36 Ratepayers hold
Erewash Derbyshire 37 (+28) 4 (-32) 5 5 (+1) Independent Labour 3 (+3) Conservative gain from Labour
Exeter Devon 24 (+7) 9 (-2) 6 (-4) 1 (-1) 0 Conservative gain from NOC

† New ward boundaries

F[edit]

District County Conservative Labour Liberal Independent Other Control
Fareham Hampshire 21 2 1 2 10 Conservative gain from NOC
Fenland Cambridgeshire 27 8 1 4 0 Conservative gain from NOC
Forest Heath Suffolk 13 (+3) 0 1 9 (-5) Ratepayers 2 (+2) Conservative gain from Independent
Forest of Dean Gloucestershire 7 (+1) 12 2 26 (-1) 0 Independent hold
Fylde Lancashire 26 1 4 11 Others 7 Conservative hold

† New ward boundaries

G[edit]

District County Conservative Labour Liberal Independent Other Control
Gedling Nottinghamshire 42 10 0 0 Independent Ratepayers 3 Conservative hold
Gillingham Kent 32 (+19) 3 (-11) 0 (-8) 0 0 Conservative gain from NOC
Glanford Humberside 16 (+10) 0 (-1) 0 18 (-9) 0 Independent hold
Gloucester Gloucestershire 26 (+6) 6 (-7) 1 (+1) 0 0 Conservative hold
Gosport Hampshire 18 (+9) 8 (-11) 0 2 Ratepayers 5 (+2) Conservative gain from Labour
Gravesham Kent 26 (+9) 17 (-9) 0 1 0 Conservative gain from Labour
Great Yarmouth Norfolk 32 (+6) 13 (-4) 2 1 (-2) 0 Conservative hold
Grimsby Humberside 23 (+9) 13 (-7) 5 (-2) 1 0 Conservative gain from NOC
Guildford Surrey 35 6 2 2 0 Conservative hold

† Ward boundary changes

H[edit]

District County Conservative Labour Liberal Independent Other Control
Halton Cheshire 17 26 1 3 0 Labour hold
Hambleton North Yorkshire 4 0 1 43 0 Independent hold
Harborough Leicestershire 31 (+2) 1 (-2) 1 (+1) 4 (-1) 0 Conservative hold
Harrogate North Yorkshire 42 (+7) 2 (-11) 3 12 (+4) Whig 1 Conservative hold
Harlow Essex 3 35 4 0 0 Labour hold
Hart Hampshire 14 2 0 16 Ratepayers 3 Independent lose to NOC
Hartlepool Cleveland 15 17 0 2 Ratepayers Association 13 Labour lose to NOC
Hastings East Sussex 20 (+8) 8 (-3) 4 (-5) 1 0 Conservative gain from NOC
Havant Hampshire 18 9 3 0 Ratepayers 12 NOC
Hereford Hereford and Worcester 8 (+8) 4 (-5) 7 (-1) 4 (-2) Others 1 NOC
Hertsmere Hertfordshire 25 10 4 0 0 Conservative gain from NOC
High Peak Derbyshire 27 (+5) 8 (-3) 2 (-1) 8 (-1) Ratepayers 1 Conservative gain from Conservative-Independent
Hinckley and Bosworth Leicestershire 29 (+24) 2 (-13) 2 (-6) 1 (-5) 0 Conservative gain from NOC
Holderness Humberside 4 0 0 27 0 Independent hold
Horsham West Sussex 31 (+15) 0 (-1) 0 (-2) 11 (-13) Ratepayers and Residents Association 1 (+1) Conservative gain from Independent
Hove East Sussex 33 (+5) 2 (-4) 0 0 Ratepayers 1 (-1) Conservative hold
Huntingdon Cambridgeshire 32 1 0 20 0 Conservative gain from NOC
Hyndburn Lancashire 33 14 1 0 0 Conservative gain from NOC

† New ward boundaries

I[edit]

District County Conservative Labour Liberal Independent Other Control
Ipswich Suffolk 26 (+13) 21 (-13) 0 0 0 Conservative gain from Labour

K[edit]

District County Conservative Labour Liberal Independent Other Control
Kennet Wiltshire 9 2 2 25 1 vacancy Independent hold
Kerrier Cornwall 9 3 1 (+1) 28 (-2) 1 (+1) Independent hold
Kettering Northamptonshire 20 (+6) 14 (-2) 5 (-2) 6 (-2) 0 NOC
Kingston-upon-Hull Humberside 19 (+10) 44 (-10) 0 0 0 Labour hold
Kingswood Avon 22 18 3 4 0 NOC

† New ward boundaries

L[edit]

District County Conservative Labour Liberal Independent Other Control
Lancaster Lancashire 43 (+8) 11 (-6) 1 2 (-2) Ratepayers 3 Conservative hold
Langbaurgh Cleveland 33 19 0 8 0 Conservative gain from Labour
Leicester Leicestershire 27 (+16) 21 (-16) 0 0 0 Conservative gain from Labour
Leominster Hereford and Worcester 3 (+1) 2 (-1) 2 (-1) 28 Independent Liberal 1 (+1) Independent hold
Lewes East Sussex 37 (+10) 6 (-4) 0 4 (-6) Ratepayers 5 Conservative hold
Lichfield Staffordshire 46 (+24) 4 (-20) 0 6 (-4) 0 Conservative gain from NOC
Lincoln Lincolnshire 13 (+7) 0 (-3) 0 0 (-4) Democratic Labour 17 Democratic Labour hold
Luton Bedfordshire 37 10 1 0 0 Conservative again from Labour

† New ward boundaries

M[edit]

District County Conservative Labour Liberal Independent Other Control
Macclesfield Cheshire 34 5 3 0 Ratepayers and Independents 17

5 vacancies

Conservative gain from NOC
Maidstone Kent 39 (+25) 7 (-4) 7 (-11) 7 (-10) 0 Conservative gain from NOC
Maldon Essex 20 (+6) 11 (-3) 9 (-20 14 (-1) 0 Conservative gain from NOC
Malvern Hills Hereford and Worcester 12 3 3 29 0 Independent hold
Mansfield Nottinghamshire 10 (+3) 34 (-4) 1 (+1) 0 0 Labour hold
Medway Kent 45 (+22) 11 (-20) 0 3 (-2) 0 Conservative gain from Labour
Melton Leicestershire 18 (+2) 1 (-1) 0 1 (-1) 3

1 vacancy

Conservative hold
Mendip Somerset 20 (+11) 3 (-4) 3 18 (-7) 0 NOC
Mid Bedfordshire Bedfordshire 19 (+11) 3 (-5) 1 (-1) 26 (-5) 0 Independent hold
Mid Suffolk Suffolk 13 (+3) 7 (-2) 2 (-1) 18 (-2) 0 Conservative-Independent hold
Mid Sussex West Sussex 39 (+13) 0 (-4) 1 (-4) 14 (-5) 0 Conservative gain from NOC
Middlesbrough Cleveland 17 38 (-1) 0 1 (+1) 0 Labour hold
Milton Keynes Buckinghamshire 33 12 0 1 0 Conservative gain from Labour
Mole Valley Surrey 18 1 2 3 Ratepayers 9 NOC

† New ward boundaries

N[edit]

District County Conservative Labour Liberal Independent Other Control
Newark Nottinghamshire 29 (+9) 17 (-11) 0 3 (-1) Ratepayers 2 (+2)

Independent Labour 1 (+1)

Conservative gain from Labour
Newbury Berkshire 30 (+18) 1 15 (-8) 11 (-10) 0 Conservative gain from NOC
Newcastle-under-Lyme Staffordshire 20 (+4) 29 (-3) 2 (+1) 12 (-2) 0 Labour lose to NOC
New Forest Hampshire 30 0 5 7 Ratepayers 5 Conservative gain from Independent
Northampton Northamptonshire 32 (+9) 16 (-9) 0 0 0 Conservative gain from Labour
Northavon Avon 39 14 0 4 0 Conservative hold
North Cornwall Cornwall 0 0 3 (+2) 39 (-2) 2 vacancies Independent hold
North East Derbyshire Derbyshire 15 (+5) 19 (-14) 0 9 (+1) Ratepayers 6 (+6)


Independent Labour 2 (+2)

Labour lose to NOC
North Bedfordshire Bedfordshire 34 (+14) 9 (-14) 6 (+4) 7 (-4) 0 Conservative gain from NOC
North Devon Devon 5 (+5) 0 (-1) 12 (-2) 27 (-2) 0 Independent hold
North Dorset Dorset 0 0 2 (-3) 29 (+3) 0 Independent hold
North Hertfordshire Hertfordshire 30 (+6) 11 (-6) 0 5 (-1) Ratepayers 2 (+1) Conservative gain from NOC
North West Leicestershire Leicestershire 13 (+5) 10 (-6) 0 10 1 (+1) Labour lose to NOC
North Kesteven Lincolnshire 4 (+3) 2 0 30 (-3) 0 Independent hold
North Norfolk Norfolk 7 (+1) 1 (-3) 0 34 (-3) Ratepayers 5 (+5) Independent hold
North Shropshire Shropshire 2 2 1 35 0 Independent hold
North Warwickshire Warwickshire 13 (+5) 16 (-2) 0 4 (-3) 0 Labour lose to NOC
North Wiltshire Wiltshire 37 (+12) 5 (-3) 3 (-5) 5 (-4) 0 Conservative gain from NOC
North Wolds Humberside 10 0 2 31 0 Independent hold
Norwich Norfolk 12 (+1) 36 (-1) 0 0 0 Labour hold
Nottingham Nottinghamshire 40 14 0 0 Ratepayers 1 Labour hold
Nuneaton Warwickshire 14 (+7) 18 (-8) 3 (+1) 0 0 Labour hold

O[edit]

District County Conservative Labour Liberal Independent Other Control
Oadby and Wigston Leicestershire 25 (+5) 1 (-2) 4 (-3) 0 0 Conservative hold
Oswestry Shropshire 3 2 3 19 0
2 vacancies
Independent hold
Oxford Oxfordshire 30 (+18) 15 (-15) 0 (-1) 0 (-2) 0 Conservative gain from Labour

† New ward boundaries

P[edit]

District County Conservative Labour Liberal Independent Other Control
Pendle Lancashire 27 17 6 1 0 Conservative gain from NOC
Penwith Cornwall 0 1 1 38 0 Independent hold
Peterborough Cambridgeshire 25 22 1 0 0 Conservative gain from Labour
Plymouth Devon 39 (+2) 27 (-2) 0 0 0 Conservative hold
Poole Dorset 26 (+4) 2 (-1) 8 (-1) 0 Ratepayers 0 (-2) Conservative hold
Portsmouth Hampshire 31 14 (+1) 0 (-1) 3 (+1) Independent Conservative 0 (-1) Conservative hold
Preston Lancashire † 43 13 1 0 0 Conservative gain from Labour
Purbeck Dorset 7 (+2) 0 (-3) 0 12 (-1) Ratepayers 2 (+2) Independent hold

† New ward boundaries

R[edit]

District County Conservative Labour Liberal Independent Other Control
Reading Berkshire 21 (+5) 14 (-2) 11 (-3) 0 NOC
Redditch Hereford and Worcester 16 (+10) 7 (-12) 0 2 (+2) 0 Conservative gain from Labour
Reigate and Banstead Surrey 45 (+4) 13 (-1) 2 (-3) 0 0 Conservative hold
Restormel Cambridgeshire 0 0 6 (+4) 32 (-4) 0 Independent hold
Ribble Valley Lancashire 29 2 0 6 Independent Conservative 1 Conservative hold
Richmondshire North Yorkshire 0 0 0 35 0 Independent hold
Rochford Essex 29 1 2 8 0 Conservative hold
Rossendale Lancashire 29 4 3 0 0 Conservative gain from NOC
Rother East Sussex 14 (+4) 4 (-1) 0 (-1) 20 (-2) Ratepayers 6 (-1)

Ecology Party 1 (+1)

NOC
Rugby Warwickshire 22 (+7) 18 (-7) 1 2 (-1) Ratepayers 6 (+1) Conservative gain from NOC
Runnymede Surrey 31 7 1 3 0 Conservative hold
Rushmoor Hampshire 30 (+8) 5 (-4) 4 (-3) 0 Cove Ratepayers Association 4 (-3) Conservative gain from NOC
Rutland Leicestershire 0 1 0 19 0 Independent hold
Ryedale North Yorkshire 5 (+1) 1 (-3) 0 37 (+2) 0 Independent

† New ward boundaries

S[edit]

District County Conservative Labour Liberal Independent Other Control
St Albans Hertfordshire 45 (+12) 6 (-8) 1 (-6) 2 (+2) 0 Conservative gain from NOC
St Edmundsbury Suffolk 30 (+3) 9 (-2) 0 5 (-1) 0 Conservative hold
Salisbury Wiltshire 21 9 7 17 Ratepayers 4 NOC
Scarborough North Yorkshire 28 (+7) 3 (-1) 5 (-5) 13 (-1) 0 Conservative gain from NOC
Scunthorpe Humberside 13 (+8) 27 (-8) 0 0 0 Labour hold
Sedgefield Durham 1 36 (-7) 1 (-1) 15 (+8) 0 Labour hold
Sedgemoor Somerset 25 (+6) 12 (-2) 1 (-2) 10 (-2) 0 Conservative gain from NOC
Selby North Yorkshire 19 7 (-1) 0 22 (+1) 0 NOC
Sevenoaks Kent 36 (+7) 2 (-3) 4 (-4) 12 0 Conservative hold
Shepway Kent 33 (+1) 9 (-3) 4 (+3) 8 (-1) 0 Conservative hold
Shrewsbury Shropshire 23 13 5 7 0 NOC
Slough Berkshire 27 (+25) 11 (-23) 2 (-2) 0 0 Conservative gain from Labour
Southampton Hampshire 20 31 0 0 0 Labour
South Bedfordshire Bedfordshire 40 5 6 2 0 Conservative gain from NOC
South Cambridgeshire Cambridgeshire 4 6 3 42 0 Independent hold
South Hams Devon 3 (+1) 0 0 38 (-1) 0 Independent hold
South Herefordshire 0 0 0 35 (-1) Ratepayers 1 (+1) Independent hold
South Holland Lincolnshire 8 (+1) 1 (-1) 0 22 (-4) Ratepayers 4 (+4) Independent hold
South Kesteven Lincolnshire 17 8 (-4) 0 13 (-1) 17 (+5) NOC
South Lakeland Cumbria 14 (+5) 4 6 (-3) 30 (-2) 0 Independent hold
South Northamptonshire Northamptonshire 20 1 1 18 0 NOC
South Oxfordshire Oxfordshire 35 7 4 16 0 Conservative gain from NOC
South Ribble Lancashire 44 9 0 1 0 Conservative hold
South Shropshire Shropshire 0 2 2 33 Ratepayers 3 Independent hold
South Staffordshire Staffordshire 26 5 (-4) 1 (-1) 15 (+5) Christian Action 2 Conservative hold
South Wight Isle of Wight 7 (+6) 0 2 (+1) 14 (-7) Ratepayers 1 Independent hold
Stafford Staffordshire 15 (-1) 13 4 (+3) 25 (-2) 0 NOC
Staffordshire Moorlands Staffordshire Conservative
& Independent 44
11 1 0 0 Conservative and Independent hold
Stevenage Hertfordshire 6 (+3) 28 (-3) 0 0 0 Labour hold
Stockton-on-Tees Cleveland 31 (+4) 25 (-7) 0 4 (+3) 0 Conservative gain from Labour
Stoke-on-Trent Staffordshire 20 (+11) 49 (-11) 3 0 0 Labour hold
Stratford on Avon Warwickshire 25 (+3) 0 (-1) 4 (-2) 22 (-3) Ratepayers 3 (+3) Independent lose to NOC
Stroud Gloucestershire 33 (+13) 9 (-3) 5 (-4) 8 (-6) Independent Liberal 1 Conservative gain from Conservative and Independent
Suffolk Coastal Suffolk 38 (+16) 3 (-3) 1 (-4) 13 (-7) 0 (-2) Conservative gain from NOC
Surrey Heath Surrey 31 2 0 3 0 Conservative hold
Swale Kent 27 (+10) 19 (-6) 3 (-1) 1 (-3) 0 Conservative gain from Labour

† New ward boundaries

T[edit]

District County Conservative Labour Liberal Independent Other Control
Tamworth Staffordshire 10 13 0 0 Independent Ratepayers 4 Labour lose to NOC
Tandridge Surrey 38 2 1 1 0 Conservative hold
Taunton Deane Somerset 26 (+3) 11 (-3) 0 11 0 Conservative gain from NOC
Teesdale Durham 0 4 (+2) 0 25 (-2) 0 Independent hold
Teignbridge Devon 7 (+7) 1 (-7) 3 (+2) 45 (-2) Ratepayers 1 Independent hold
Tendring Essex 39 4 5 8 Ratepayers 4 Conservative hold
Test Valley Hampshire 19 3 1 17 Ratepayers 1 NOC
Tewkesbury Gloucestershire 21 1 (+1) 2 22 (-5) 5 (+5) NOC
Thamesdown Wiltshire 22 21 1 2 0 Labour lose to NOC
Thanet Kent 39 (+4) 11 0 (-4) 11 Ratepayers Association 2 Conservative hold
Three Rivers Hertfordshire 32 10 5 0 0 Conservative gain from NOC
Thurrock Essex 11 (+7) 25 (-7) 0 3 0 Labour hold
Tiverton Devon 0 0 (-5) 5 35 (+5) 0 Independent hold
Tonbridge and Malling Kent 42 (+13) 4 (-6) 4 (-6) 3 (-1) 0 Conservative hold
Torbay Devon 34 (+3) 0 (-4) 0 0 Ratepayers Association 2 (+1) Conservative hold
Torridge Devon 2 (+1) 2 7 (+1) 25 (-2) 0 Independent hold
Tunbridge Wells Kent 36 4 0 8 0 Conservative hold
Tynedale Northumberland 8 11 4 23 1 NOC

† New ward boundaries

U[edit]

District County Conservative Labour Liberal Independent Other Control
Uttlesford Essex 29 3 4 6 0 Conservative hold

† New ward boundaries

V[edit]

District County Conservative Labour Liberal Independent Other Control
Vale of White Horse Oxfordshire 40 (+11) 4 (-4) 1 (-2) 3 (-5) 0 Conservative hold
Vale Royal Cheshire 25 14 4 13 Ratepayers 3 NOC

† New ward boundaries

W[edit]

District County Conservative Labour Liberal Independent Other Control
Wansbeck Northumberland 0 43 2 0 Independent Labour 1 Labour hold
Wansdyke Avon 25 13 0 8 0 Conservative gain from NOC
Warrington Cheshire 39 (+7) 10 (-3) 0 (-3) 2 (-1) 0 Conservative hold
Warwick Warwickshire 41 (+15) 14 (-11) 3 (-4) 0 0 Conservative gain from NOC
Watford Hertfordshire 19 17 0 0 0 Conservative gain from Labour
Waveney Suffolk 39 (+15) 13 (-12) 4 (-1) 1 (-2) 0 Conservative gain from NOC
Waverley Surrey 45 (+16) 3 (+1) 7 (-17) 6 0 Conservative gain from NOC
Wealden East Sussex 41 (+19) 0 (-1) 0 (-3) 15 (-15) 0 Conservative gain from NOC
Wear Valley Durham 2 (+2) 17 (-6) 11 (+2) 6 (+2) 5 Labour lose to NOC
Wellingborough Northamptonshire 19 (+3) 9 (-5) 1 (+1) 3 (+1) Ratepayers 1 Conservative gain from NOC
Welwyn Hatfield Hertfordshire 24 19 0 0 0 Conservative gain from Labour
West Derbyshire Derbyshire 29 (+10) 2 (-4) 3 2 (-5) 4 (-1) Conservative gain from NOC
West Devon Devon 4 (+4) 0 0 26 (-4) 0 Independent hold
West Dorset Dorset 2 (+2) 1 (-1) 7 (-2) 45 (+1) 0 Independent hold
West Lancashire Lancashire 34 15 1 5 0 Conservative gain from NOC
West Lindsey Lincolnshire 7 (+6) 4 (-1) 4 (-2) 22 (-3) 0 Independent hold
West Norfolk Norfolk 36 (+19) 12 (-8) 0 12 (-11) 0 Conservative gain from Independent-Conservative
West Oxfordshire Oxfordshire 19 (+19) 4 (-4) 0 22 (-15) 0 Independent lose to NOC
West Somerset Somerset 5 0 1 25 1 vacancy Independent hold
West Wiltshire Wiltshire 19 (+6) 7 (-3) 1 (-1) 15 (-2) 0 NOC
Weymouth and Portland Dorset 20 (+3) 13 (-9) 0 4 (+4) Ratepayers 2 (+2) Conservative gain from Labour
Wimborne Dorset 19 (+18) 0 3 (-7) 8 (-13) Ratepayers Association 3 (+2) Conservative gain from Independent
Winchester Hampshire 24 4 3 23 Independent lose to NOC
Windsor and Maidenhead Berkshire 55 (+2) 0 (-3) 1 (+1) 3 0 Conservative hold
Woking Surrey 27 8 0 0 0 Conservative hold
Wokingham Berkshire 36 (+10) 0 8 (-4) 8 (-6) 0 Conservative gain from NOC
Woodspring Avon 50 (+11) 7 (-3) 0 (-4) 4 (-4) 0 Conservative hold
Worcester Hereford and Worcester 24 (+5) 12 (-5) 0 0 0 Conservative hold
Worthing West Sussex 26 (+4) 0 (-1) 1 0 Ratepayers 3 (-3) Conservative hold
Wrekin Shropshire 13 (+3) 30 (-1) 0 12 (-2) 0 Labour hold
Wychavon Hereford and Worcester 8 (+4) 4 2 31 (-4) 0 Independent hold
Wyre Lancashire 49 (+4) 0 (-2) 2 (+1) 3 (-4) Ratepayers 1 (+1) Conservative hold
Wyre Forest Hereford and Worcester 28 (+14) 7 (-12) 9 (-2) 1 0 Conservative gain from NOC

† New ward boundaries

Y[edit]

District County Conservative Labour Liberal Independent Other Control
Yeovil Somerset 28 7 1 24 0 NOC
York North Yorkshire 26 (+9) 10 (-7) 3 (-2) 0 0 Conservative gain from NOC

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tories seize cities but fail to achieve expected landslide, The Times, May 7, 1976
  2. ^ Tories gain most in big towns: Liberals ousted in Liverpool, The Times, May 7, 1976
  3. ^ Heavy Labour losses in district polls, The Times, May 8, 1976
  4. ^ Conservatives control 17 metropolitan councils, The Times, May 8, 1976
  5. ^ Another loss for Labour in local elections, The Times, May 11, 1976
  6. ^ Protest on poll by Kent Conservatives, The Times, May 12, 1976
  7. ^ Tory winners plan to sell council houses, The Times, May 8, 1976
  8. ^ New recruiting drive by Taverne group, The Times, May 8, 1976
  9. ^ Former MP views result as sign of personal following, The Times, May 8, 1976
  10. ^ Labour beaten after decades of rule in Welsh heartlands, The Times, May 8, 1976


Preceded by
United Kingdom local elections, 1975
UK local elections Succeeded by
United Kingdom local elections, 1977