United Kingdom local elections, 1978

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Local elections were held in the United Kingdom in 1978. Elections took place in the London boroughs and metropolitan districts.

The main opposition Conservative Party gained 275 seats, bringing their number of councillors to 12,645. They gained Oldham and Havering from no overall control, and Ealing, Hillingdon, Wandsworth and Sandwell from Labour.

The governing Labour Party lost 461 seats, leaving them with 6,644 councillors. In addition to their losses to the Conservatives they also lost South Tyneside, Hammersmith and Fulham and Wolverhampton to no overall control.

The Liberal Party lost 163 seats in total, leaving them with 923 councillors.


London boroughs[edit]

Council Previous control Result Details
Barking Labour Labour hold Details
Barnet Conservative Conservative hold Details
Bexley Conservative Conservative hold Details
Brent Labour Labour hold Details
Bromley Conservative Conservative hold Details
Camden Labour Labour hold Details
Croydon Conservative Conservative hold Details
Ealing Labour Conservative gain Details
Enfield Conservative Conservative hold Details
Greenwich Labour Labour hold Details
Hackney Labour Labour hold Details
Hammersmith Labour No overall control gain Details
Haringey Labour Labour hold Details
Harrow Conservative Conservative hold Details
Havering No overall control Conservative gain Details
Hillingdon Labour Conservative gain Details
Hounslow Labour Labour hold Details
Islington Labour Labour hold Details
Kensington and Chelsea Conservative Conservative hold Details
Kingston upon Thames Conservative Conservative hold Details
Lambeth Labour Labour hold Details
Lewisham Labour Labour hold Details
Merton Conservative Conservative hold Details
Newham Labour Labour hold Details
Redbridge Conservative Conservative hold Details
Richmond upon Thames Conservative Conservative hold Details
Southwark Labour Labour hold Details
Sutton Conservative Conservative hold Details
Tower Hamlets Labour Labour hold Details
Waltham Forest Labour Labour hold Details
Wandsworth Labour Conservative gain Details
Westminster Conservative Conservative hold Details

Metropolitan boroughs[edit]

Non-metropolitan districts[edit]


Regional councils[edit]

Council Previous control Result Details
Borders Independent Independent Details
Central Labour Labour Details
Dumfries and Galloway Independent Independent Details
Fife Labour Labour Details
Grampian Conservative Conservative Details
Highland Independent Independent Details
Lothian No overall control Labour Details
Orkney Independent Independent Details
Shetland Independent Independent Details
Strathclyde Labour Labour Details
Tayside No overall control Conservative Details
Western Isles Independent Independent Details