United Kingdom local elections, 1998
Local elections took place in many parts of
England on 7 May 1998. All London borough council seats were elected as well a third of the seats on each of the Metropolitan Boroughs. Some unitary authorities and District councils also had elections. There were no local elections in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.
These elections took place on the same day as the
referendum on establishing the Greater London Authority.
The governing Labour Party, contesting its first national elections since returning to government 12 months previously, enjoyed great success, now having control of 94 councils, with the second placed Liberal Democrats now controlling 14 and the opposition Conservatives (now led by
William Hague) a mere eight.
Liberal Democrat -114
No overall control
In all 32
London boroughs the whole council was up for election.
All 36 English
Metropolitan borough councils had one third of their seats up for election.
Whole council [ edit ]
The whole of the Isle of Wight council was up for election.
One third of council [ edit ]
In 9 English Unitary authorities one third of the council was up for election.
In 87 English district authorities one third of the council was up for election.
References [ edit ]
^ House of Commons Research Paper 98/59
"Local Elections results",
9 May 1998 page 46 The Times