United Kingdom local elections, 1975

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United Kingdom local elections, 1975
United Kingdom
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All 36 metropolitan boroughs
  Majority party Minority party Third party
  Margaret Thatcher cropped2.png Harold Wilson Number 10 official.jpg
Leader Margaret Thatcher Harold Wilson Jeremy Thorpe
Party Conservative Labour Liberal
Leader since 11 February 1975 14 February 1963 18 January 1967
Councillors +/- Increase 199 Decrease 206 Decrease 10

Local elections took place for one third of the seats of the thirty-six metropolitan boroughs on 1 May 1975. The seats had previously been contested in May 1973, when the Labour Party had achieved great success.[1][2] In the 1975 elections the Conservative Party made widespread gains, with a net gain of 199 seats and Labour had a net loss of 206. The Liberal Party had a net loss of 10 seats, and Independents a loss of 5. "Others", including Ratepayers, Independent Labour councillors and Progressives made net gains of 22.

The Conservatives gained control of Bury, Stockport and Wirral from no overall control; and Calderdale form Labour. They also became the largest party on Leeds city council.

Labour retained control of Birmingham by the mayor's casting vote.

The Liberals failed to gain overall control of Liverpool, and losing seats, but remaining the largest party on the council by a single seat.[3]

Summary of results[edit]

England[edit]

Metropolitan boroughs[edit]

District County Conservative Labour Liberal Independent Other Control
Barnsley South Yorkshire 0 48 (-7) 1 (+1) 1 Ratepayers 6 (+6)

Independent Labour 2
2 Vacancies

Labour hold
Birmingham West Midlands 55 (+11) 63 (-10) 8 (-1) 0 0 Labour hold
Bolton Greater Manchester 42 (+7) 23 (-8) 3 (+1) 1 0 Conservative hold
Bradford West Yorkshire 57 (+4) 28 (-3) 8 (-1) 0 0 Conservative hold
Bury Greater Manchester 28 (+7) 16 (-4) 4 (-3) 0 0 Conservative gain from NOC
Calderdale West Yorkshire 28 (+11) 18 (-11) 5 0 0 Conservative gain from Labour
Coventry West Midlands 21 (+9) 33 (-9) 0 3 0 Labour hold
Doncaster South Yorkshire 15 (+3) 40 (-2) 0 3 (-1) Democratic Labour 1
1 Vacancy
Labour hold
Dudley West Midlands 29 (+5) 35 (-5) 0 1 Independent Socialist 1 Labour hold
Gateshead Tyne and Wear 10 (+4) 65 (-5) 2 (+1) 1 0 Labour hold
Kirklees West Yorkshire 28 (+9) 36 (+8) 7 (-1) 1 0 Labour hold
Knowsley Merseyside 12 (+4) 45 (-5) 3 1 1 (+1) Labour hold
Leeds West Yorkshire 43 (+6) 41 (-4) 12 (-2) 0 0 NOC
Liverpool Merseyside 14 (+4) 42 (-1) 43 (-3) 0 0 NOC
Manchester Greater Manchester 45 54 0 0 0 Labour hold
Newcastle-upon-Tyne Tyne and Wear 27 (+4) 47 (-4) 2 (+1) 2 (-1) 0 Labour hold
North Tyneside Tyne and Wear 24 (+5) 46 (-1) 4 (-2) 4 (-2) 0 Labour hold
Oldham Greater Manchester 15 (+9) 30 (-11) 11 (+2) 1 3 Vacancies Labour hold
Rochdale Greater Manchester 22 (+8) 28 (-9) 10 (+1) 0 0 Labour lose to NOC
Rotherham South Yorkshire 7 (+4) 44 (-6) 0 2 (+1) Ratepayers 1 (+1) Labour hold
St Helens Merseyside 14 (+5) 30 (-6) 1 (+1) 0 Ratepayers 0 (-1) Labour hold
Salford Greater Manchester 20 (+5) 44 (-6) 1 0 Tenants and Ratepayers 1 (+1) Labour
Sandwell West Midlands 32 (+10) 58 (-10) 0 0 0 Labour hold
Sefton Merseyside 40 (+3) 22 (-2) 3 2 Ratepayers 2 (-1) Conservative hold
Sheffield South Yorkshire 20 (+2) 66 (-3) 4 (+1) 0 0 Labour hold
Solihull West Midlands 30 (+1) 12 2 7 (-1) 0 Conservative hold
South Tyneside Tyne and Wear 5 (+2) 35 (-10) 3 (+3) 0 Progressives 23 (+5) Labour hold
Stockport Greater Manchester 34 12 10 4 0 Conservative gain from NOC
Sunderland Tyne and Wear 23 (+2) 52 (-4) 1 (+1) 0 Independent Labour 1 (+1) Labour hold
Tameside Greater Manchester 24 (+11) 28 (-11) 2 0 0 Labour hold
Trafford Greater Manchester 42 (+9) 13 (-5) 8 (-4) 0 0 Conservative hold
Wakefield West Yorkshire 11 (+5) 45 (-10) 0 1 (-1) Ratepayers 6 (+6)

3 Vacancies

Labour
Walsall West Midlands 14 (+4) 37 (-7) 0 4 (+1) Ratepayers 5 (+2) Labour hold
Wigan Greater Manchester 10 (+5) 61 (-5) 0 1 (+1) 0 (-1) Labour
Wirral Merseyside 36 (+7) 21 (-3) 9 (-4) 0 0 Conservative gain from NOC
Wolverhampton West Midlands 28 (+2) 31 (-3) 0 0 Ratepayers 1 (+1) Labour hold

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rallings, Colin; Thrasher, Michael. Local Elections Handbook 1975. The Elections Centre. Retrieved 3 May 2016. 
  2. ^ "Council compositions". The Elections Centre. Retrieved 3 May 2016. 
  3. ^ Tories capture 199 seats in 'big cities' poll triumph, May Day blow to Labour as the Tories make many gains in district council elections, The Times, 2 May 1975