United Kingdom local elections, 1998

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United Kingdom local elections, 1998
United Kingdom
1997 ←
7 May 1998
→ 1999

  Majority party Minority party Third party
  Tony Blair.JPG William Hague 2010.jpg ASHDOWN Paddy.jpg
Leader Tony Blair William Hague Paddy Ashdown
Party Labour Conservative Liberal Democrat
Leader since 21 July 1994 19 June 1997 16 July 1988
Percentage 38% 32% 25%
Councils 94 8 14
Councils +/- Increase2 Increase1 Decrease7
Councillors 2,240 1,085 853
Councillors +/- Decrease88 Increase256 Decrease114

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.

The results[1][edit]

Party Councillors Councils
+/- Total +/- Total
Labour -88 2240 +2 94
Liberal Democrat -114 853 -7 14
Conservative +256 1085 +1 8
Others -57 146 NC 0
No overall control +4 50

London boroughs[edit]

In all 32 London boroughs the whole council was up for election.

Council Former control New control Link to council election
Barking and Dagenham Labour Labour Details
Barnet NOC NOC Details
Bexley NOC NOC Details
Brent NOC Labour Details
Bromley Conservative NOC Details
Camden Labour Labour Details
Croydon Labour Labour Details
Ealing Labour Labour Details
Enfield Labour Labour Details
Greenwich Labour Labour Details
Hackney NOC NOC Details
Hammersmith and Fulham Labour Labour Details
Haringey Labour Labour Details
Harrow NOC Labour Details
Havering NOC NOC Details
Hillingdon Labour NOC Details
Hounslow Labour Labour Details
Islington Labour NOC Details
Kensington and Chelsea Conservative Conservative Details
Kingston upon Thames Liberal Democrat NOC Details
Lambeth NOC Labour Details
Lewisham Labour Labour Details
Merton Labour Labour Details
Newham Labour Labour Details
Redbridge NOC NOC Details
Richmond upon Thames Liberal Democrat Liberal Democrat Details
Southwark Labour Labour Details
Sutton Liberal Democrat Liberal Democrat Details
Tower Hamlets Labour Labour Details
Waltham Forest NOC Labour Details
Wandsworth Conservative Conservative Details
Westminster Conservative Conservative Details

Metropolitan boroughs[edit]

All 36 English Metropolitan borough councils had one third of their seats up for election.

Council Former control New control Link to council election
Barnsley Labour Labour Details
Birmingham Labour Labour Details
Bolton Labour Labour Details
Bradford Labour Labour Details
Bury Labour Labour Details
Calderdale Labour Labour Details
Coventry Labour Labour Details
Doncaster Labour Labour Details
Dudley Labour Labour Details
Gateshead Labour Labour Details
Kirklees Labour Labour Details
Knowsley Labour Labour Details
Leeds Labour Labour Details
Liverpool Labour Liberal Democrat Details
Manchester Labour Labour Details
Newcastle upon Tyne Labour Labour Details
North Tyneside Labour Labour Details
Oldham Labour Labour Details
Rochdale Labour Labour Details
Rotherham Labour Labour Details
Salford Labour Labour Details
Sandwell Labour Labour Details
Sefton NOC NOC Details
Sheffield Labour Labour Details
Solihull NOC NOC Details
South Tyneside Labour Labour Details
St Helens Labour Labour Details
Stockport NOC NOC Details
Sunderland Labour Labour Details
Tameside Labour Labour Details
Trafford Labour Labour Details
Wakefield Labour Labour Details
Walsall NOC NOC Details
Wigan Labour Labour Details
Wirral Labour Labour Details
Wolverhampton Labour Labour Details

Unitary Authorities[edit]

Whole council[edit]

The whole of the Isle of Wight council was up for election.

Council Former control New control Link to council election
Isle of Wight Liberal Democrat NOC Details

One third of council[edit]

In 9 English Unitary authorities one third of the council was up for election.

Council Former control New control Link to council election
Bristol Labour Labour Details
Derby Labour Labour Details
Hartlepool Labour Labour Details
Kingston upon Hull Labour Labour Details
Milton Keynes Labour Labour Details
Portsmouth Labour Labour Details
Southampton Labour Labour Details
Stoke-on-Trent Labour Labour Details
Swindon Labour Labour Details

District councils[edit]

In 87 English district authorities one third of the council was up for election.

Council Former control New control Link to council election
Adur Liberal Democrat Liberal Democrat Details
Amber Valley Labour Labour Details
Barrow-in-Furness Labour Labour Details
Basildon Labour Labour Details
Basingstoke and Deane NOC NOC Details
Bassetlaw Labour Labour Details
Bedford NOC NOC Details
Brentwood Liberal Democrat Liberal Democrat Details
Broadland NOC NOC Details
Broxbourne Conservative Conservative Details
Burnley Labour Labour Details
Cambridge Labour NOC Details
Cannock Chase Labour Labour Details
Carlisle Labour Labour Details
Cheltenham Liberal Democrat Liberal Democrat Details
Cherwell NOC NOC Details
Chester NOC NOC Details
Chorley Labour Labour Details
Colchester Liberal Democrat NOC Details
Congleton Liberal Democrat Liberal Democrat Details
Craven Liberal Democrat NOC Details
Crawley Labour Labour Details
Crewe and Nantwich Labour Labour Details
Daventry NOC NOC Details
Eastbourne Liberal Democrat Liberal Democrat Details
Eastleigh Liberal Democrat Liberal Democrat Details
Ellesmere Port and Neston Labour Labour Details
Elmbridge NOC NOC Details
Epping Forest NOC NOC Details
Exeter Labour Labour Details
Fareham NOC NOC Details
Gloucester Labour Labour Details
Gosport NOC NOC Details
Great Yarmouth Labour Labour Details
Harlow Labour Labour Details
Harrogate Liberal Democrat Liberal Democrat Details
Hart NOC NOC Details
Hastings Liberal Democrat Labour Details
Havant NOC NOC Details
Hertsmere Labour Labour Details
Huntingdonshire Conservative Conservative Details
Hyndburn Labour Labour Details
Ipswich Labour Labour Details
Lincoln Labour Labour Details
Macclesfield Conservative Conservative Details
Maidstone NOC NOC Details
Mole Valley NOC NOC Details
Newcastle-under-Lyme Labour Labour Details
North Hertfordshire Labour Labour Details
Norwich Labour Labour Details
Nuneaton and Bedworth Labour Labour Details
Oxford Labour Labour Details
Pendle Liberal Democrat Liberal Democrat Details
Penwith NOC NOC Details
Preston Labour Labour Details
Purbeck NOC NOC Details
Redditch Labour Labour Details
Reigate and Banstead NOC NOC Details
Rochford Liberal Democrat NOC Details
Rossendale Labour Labour Details
Rugby NOC NOC Details
Runnymede NOC Conservative Details
Rushmoor NOC NOC Details
Shrewsbury and Atcham NOC NOC Details
South Bedfordshire NOC NOC Details
South Cambridgeshire NOC NOC Details
South Lakeland NOC NOC Details
St Albans Liberal Democrat Liberal Democrat Details
Stevenage Labour Labour Details
Stratford-on-Avon NOC NOC Details
Stroud NOC NOC Details
Swale NOC NOC Details
Tamworth Labour Labour Details
Tandridge NOC NOC Details
Three Rivers NOC NOC Details
Tunbridge Wells NOC Conservative Details
Watford Labour Labour Details
Waveney Labour Labour Details
Welwyn Hatfield Labour Labour Details
West Lancashire Labour Labour Details
West Lindsey Liberal Democrat NOC Details
West Oxfordshire NOC NOC Details
Weymouth and Portland NOC NOC Details
Winchester Liberal Democrat Liberal Democrat Details
Woking Liberal Democrat NOC Details
Worcester Labour Labour Details
Worthing Liberal Democrat Liberal Democrat Details
Wyre Forest Labour Labour Details

References[edit]

  1. ^ House of Commons Research Paper 98/59
  • "Local Elections results", The Times 9 May 1998 page 46