Wyre Forest Council election, 1998

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The 1998 Wyre Forest Council election took place on 7 May 1998 to elect members of Wyre Forest District Council in Worcestershire, England. One third of the council was up for election and the Labour party stayed in overall control of the council.[1]

14 seats were contested in the election with Labour defending 7, the Liberal Democrats 4 and the Conservatives, Liberals and independents 1 each.[2] Labour were confident of defending the majority of 10 they held over the other parties before the election.[2]

The results saw Labour increase their majority on the council after gaining two seats, one each from an independent and Liberal Democrat.[3] The other change in the election saw the Conservatives gain a seat in Bewdley ward from the Liberal Democrats.[3] Labour attributed their performance to the capable candidates they had stood but were disappointed by the turnout.[4]

After the election, the composition of the council was

Election result[edit]

Wyre Forest Local Election Result 1998[4][5]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Labour 9 2 0 +2 64.3
  Liberal Democrat 2 0 2 -2 14.3
  Conservative 2 1 0 +1 14.3
  Liberal 1 0 0 0 7.1
  Independent 0 0 1 -1 0


  1. ^ a b "Policy and politics: Local Elections: Analysis: Council poll results". The Guardian. 1998-05-09. p. 16. 
  2. ^ a b Smith, Sue (1998-04-07). "Labour confident of retaining majority". Birmingham Mail. p. 25. 
  3. ^ a b Probert, Andy (1998-05-08). "Tight grip maintained by Labour". Birmingham Mail. p. 5. 
  4. ^ a b Howarth, Jayne (1998-05-08). "Midlands gives Blair thumbs-up". Birmingham Post. p. 3. 
  5. ^ "Local Elections results". The Times. 1998-05-09. p. 46. 

Preceded by
Wyre Forest Council election, 1996
Wyre Forest local elections Succeeded by
Wyre Forest Council election, 1999