Before the election the Liberal Democrats held 32 of the 41 seats on the council and were guaranteed to remain in control of the council with only 13 seats being contested. They were defending most of the seats up for election, while another 3 were held by the People Against Bureaucracy Action Group. These 3 seats included 2 where Liberal Democrats councillors had defected to People Against Bureaucracy. Meanwhile the Liberal Democrat leader of the council, Alistair Cameron, stood down at the election.
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^"Tories on warpath over Ashdown party's council tax record". Birmingham Post. 1998-04-21. p. 6.|access-date= requires |url= (help)
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