United Kingdom local elections, 1985

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Local elections were held in the United Kingdom in 1985. The projected share of the vote was Labour 39%, Conservative 32%, Liberal-SDP Alliance 26%. Labour had the largest share of the vote in local council elections for the first time since 1981.

In terms of seats, both Conservatives and Labour lost some ground to the benefit of the Liberal-SDP Alliance, who were rebuilding under the leadership of David Owen and enjoying strong showings (including a brief lead) in the opinion polls.

The overall results were as follows;

Conservative losses: 202 Number of Conservative councillors: 10,191

Labour losses: 124 Number of Labour councillors: 8,746

Liberal-SDP Alliance gains: 302 Number of Liberal-SDP Alliance councillors: 2,633

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