United Kingdom local elections, 1984

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United Kingdom local elections, 1984
United Kingdom
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All 36 metropolitan boroughs, 123 out of 296 English districts and all 53 Scottish districts
  Majority party Minority party Third party
  Margaret Thatcher (1983).jpg Neil Kinnock (1989).jpg DavidSteel1987 cropped.jpg David Owen-1.jpg
Leader Margaret Thatcher Neil Kinnock David Steel
(Liberal)
David Owen (SDP)
Party Conservative Labour SDP–Liberal Alliance
Leader since 11 February 1975 2 October 1983 7 July 1976 (Steel)
21 June 1983 (Owen)
Percentage 38% 37% 21%
Councillors 10,393 8,870 2,331
Councillors +/- Decrease 164 Increase 88 Increase 160

Local elections were held in the United Kingdom in 1984.[1][2] There was a slight reversal in the Conservative government's fortunes, but the party remained ahead. The projected share of the vote was Conservatives 38%, Labour 37%, Liberal-SDP Alliance 21%.

Labour gained 88 seats, bringing their number of councillors to 8,870 in the first elections under the leadership of Neil Kinnock who had succeeded Michael Foot the previous autumn.

The Conservatives lost 164 seats, leaving them with 10,393 councillors.

The SDP-Liberal Alliance, now led by David Owen, gained 160 seats and finished with 2,331 councillors.

Summary of results[edit]

England[edit]

Metropolitan boroughs[edit]

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

Council Previous control Result Details
Barnsley Labour Labour hold Details
Birmingham Conservative Labour gain Details
Bolton Labour Labour hold Details
Bradford No overall control No overall control hold Details
Bury Conservative Conservative hold Details
Calderdale No overall control No overall control hold Details
Coventry Labour Labour hold Details
Doncaster Labour Labour hold Details
Dudley Conservative No overall control gain Details
Gateshead Labour Labour hold Details
Kirklees Labour Labour hold Details
Knowsley Labour Labour hold Details
Leeds Labour Labour hold Details
Liverpool Labour Labour hold Details
Manchester Labour Labour hold Details
Newcastle upon Tyne Labour Labour hold Details
North Tyneside Labour Labour hold Details
Oldham Labour Labour hold Details
Rochdale No overall control No overall control hold Details
Rotherham Labour Labour hold Details
Salford Labour Labour hold Details
Sandwell Labour Labour hold Details
Sefton Conservative Conservative hold Details
Sheffield Labour Labour hold Details
Solihull Conservative Conservative hold Details
South Tyneside Labour Labour hold Details
St Helens Labour Labour hold Details
Stockport No overall control No overall control hold Details
Sunderland Labour Labour hold Details
Tameside Labour Labour hold Details
Trafford Conservative Conservative hold Details
Wakefield Labour Labour hold Details
Walsall No overall control No overall control hold Details
Wigan Labour Labour hold Details
Wirral Conservative Conservative hold Details
Wolverhampton Labour Labour hold Details

District councils[edit]

In 123 districts one third of the council was up for election.

A further 20 councils had passed a resolution under section 7 (4) (b) of the Local Government Act 1972, requesting a system of elections by thirds. They could do so because they had had their new ward boundaries introduced at the 1983 elections.

Council Previous control Result Details
Adur No overall control No overall control hold Details
Amber Valley Labour Labour hold Details
Barrow-in-Furness Labour Labour hold Details
Basildon Labour Labour hold Details
Basingstoke and Deane No overall control No overall control hold Details
Bassetlaw Labour Labour hold Details
Bath Conservative Conservative hold Details
Blackburn Labour No overall control gain Details
Brentwood Conservative Conservative hold Details
Brighton No overall control No overall control hold Details
Bristol No overall control No overall control hold Details
Broadland Conservative Conservative hold Details
Broxbourne Conservative Conservative hold Details
Burnley Labour Labour hold Details
Cambridge No overall control No overall control hold Details
Cannock Chase No overall control No overall control hold Details
Carlisle Labour Labour hold Details
Cheltenham No overall control No overall control hold Details
Cherwell Conservative Conservative hold Details
Chester Conservative Conservative hold Details
Chorley No overall control No overall control hold Details
Colchester Conservative Conservative hold Details
Congleton Conservative Conservative hold Details
Craven Conservative Conservative hold Details
Crawley Labour Labour hold Details
Crewe and Nantwich No overall control No overall control hold Details
Daventry Conservative Conservative hold Details
Derby Labour Labour hold Details
East Devon Conservative Conservative hold Details
Eastbourne Conservative No overall control gain Details
Eastleigh No overall control No overall control hold Details
Ellesmere Port and Neston Labour Labour hold Details
Elmbridge Conservative Conservative hold Details
Epping Forest Conservative Conservative hold Details
Exeter Conservative No overall control gain Details
Fareham Conservative Conservative hold Details
Gillingham Conservative Conservative hold Details
Gloucester Conservative No overall control gain Details
Gosport Conservative Conservative hold Details
Great Grimsby No overall control No overall control hold Details
Great Yarmouth Conservative Conservative hold Details
Halton Labour Labour hold Details
Harlow Labour Labour hold Details
Harrogate Conservative Conservative hold Details
Hart No overall control No overall control hold Details
Hartlepool Labour Labour hold Details
Hastings No overall control No overall control hold Details
Havant Conservative Conservative hold Details
Hereford SDP–Liberal Alliance SDP–Liberal Alliance hold Details
Hertsmere Conservative Conservative hold Details
Hinckley and Bosworth Conservative Conservative hold Details
Huntingdon Conservative Conservative hold Details
Hyndburn Labour Conservative gain Details
Ipswich Labour Labour hold Details
Kingston upon Hull Labour Labour hold Details
Leicester Labour Labour hold Details
Leominster Independent Independent hold Details
Lincoln Labour Labour hold Details
Macclesfield Conservative Conservative hold Details
Maidstone No overall control No overall control hold Details
Mid Sussex Conservative Conservative hold Details
Milton Keynes No overall control No overall control hold Details
Mole Valley No overall control No overall control hold Details
Newcastle-under-Lyme Labour Labour hold Details
North Bedfordshire Conservative Conservative hold Details
North Hertfordshire Conservative Conservative hold Details
Norwich Labour Labour hold Details
Nuneaton and Bedworth Labour Labour hold Details
Oadby and Wigston Conservative Conservative hold Details
Oxford Labour Labour hold Details
Pendle No overall control No overall control hold Details
Penwith Independent Independent hold Details
Peterborough No overall control No overall control hold Details
Portsmouth Conservative Conservative hold Details
Preston Labour Labour hold Details
Purbeck Independent Independent hold Details
Reading Conservative Conservative hold Details
Redditch Labour Labour hold Details
Reigate and Banstead Conservative Conservative hold Details
Rochford Conservative Conservative hold Details
Rossendale Conservative Conservative hold Details
Rugby No overall control No overall control hold Details
Runnymede Conservative Conservative hold Details
Rushmoor Conservative Conservative hold Details
Scunthorpe Labour Labour hold Details
Shrewsbury and Atcham No overall control No overall control hold Details
Slough Labour Labour hold Details
South Bedfordshire Conservative Conservative hold Details
South Cambridgeshire Independent Independent hold Details
South Herefordshire Independent Independent hold Details
South Lakeland No overall control No overall control hold Details
Southampton Conservative Labour gain Details
Southend-on-Sea Conservative Conservative hold Details
St Albans Conservative No overall control gain Details
Stevenage Labour Labour hold Details
Stoke-on-Trent Labour Labour hold Details
Stratford-on-Avon Conservative Conservative hold Details
Stroud Conservative No overall control gain Details
Swale Conservative Conservative hold Details
Tamworth Conservative Conservative hold Details
Tandridge Conservative Conservative hold Details
Thamesdown Labour Labour hold Details
Three Rivers Conservative Conservative hold Details
Thurrock Labour Labour hold Details
Tonbridge and Malling Conservative Conservative hold Details
Torbay Conservative Conservative hold Details
Tunbridge Wells Conservative Conservative hold Details
Watford Labour Labour hold Details
Waveney Conservative Conservative hold Details
Welwyn Hatfield Labour Labour hold Details
West Dorset Independent Independent hold Details
West Lancashire Conservative Conservative hold Details
West Lindsey No overall control No overall control hold Details
West Oxfordshire Conservative No overall control gain Details
Weymouth and Portland No overall control No overall control hold Details
Winchester Conservative Conservative hold Details
Woking Conservative Conservative hold Details
Wokingham Conservative Conservative hold Details
Woodspring Conservative Conservative hold Details
Worcester No overall control No overall control hold Details
Worthing Conservative Conservative hold Details
Wyre Forest No overall control No overall control hold Details
York No overall control No overall control hold Details

Scotland[edit]

District councils[edit]

Council Previous control Result Details
Aberdeen Labour Labour hold Details
Angus No overall control SNP gain Details
Annandale and Eskdale Independent Independent hold Details
Argyll Independent Independent hold Details
Badenoch and Strathspey Independent Independent hold Details
Banff and Buchan Independent Independent hold Details
Bearsden and Milngavie Conservative Conservative hold Details
Berwickshire Conservative Conservative hold Details
Caithness Independent Independent hold Details
Clackmannan Labour Labour hold Details
Clydebank Labour Labour hold Details
Clydesdale No overall control No overall control hold Details
Cumbernauld and Kilsyth Labour Labour hold Details
Cumnock and Doon Valley Labour Labour hold Details
Cunninghame Labour Labour hold Details
Dumbarton Labour Labour hold Details
Dundee Labour Labour hold Details
Dunfermline Labour Labour hold Details
East Kilbride Labour Labour hold Details
East Lothian Labour Labour hold Details
Eastwood Conservative Conservative hold Details
Edinburgh No overall control Labour gain Details
Ettrick and Lauderdale Independent Independent hold Details
Falkirk Labour Labour hold Details
Glasgow Labour Labour hold Details
Gordon Independent Independent hold Details
Hamilton Labour Labour hold Details
Inverclyde Labour Labour hold Details
Inverness Independent Independent hold Details
Kilmarnock and Loudoun Labour Labour hold Details
Kincardine and Deeside Independent Independent hold Details
Kirkcaldy Labour Labour hold Details
Kyle and Carrick Labour Conservative gain Details
Lochaber Independent Independent hold Details
Midlothian Labour Labour hold Details
Monklands Labour Labour hold Details
Moray Independent Independent hold Details
Motherwell Labour Labour hold Details
Nairn Independent Independent hold Details
Nithsdale No overall control No overall control hold Details
North East Fife Conservative SDP–Liberal Alliance gain Details
Perth and Kinross Conservative No overall control gain Details
Renfrew Details
Ross and Cromarty Independent Independent hold Details
Roxburgh Independent No overall control gain Details
Skye and Lochalsh Independent Independent hold Details
Stewartry Independent Independent hold Details
Stirling Labour Labour hold Details
Strathkelvin Labour Labour hold Details
Sutherland Independent Independent hold Details
Tweeddale Independent Independent hold Details
West Lothian Labour Labour hold Details
Wigtown Independent Independent hold Details

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rallings, Colin; Thrasher, Michael. Local Elections Handbook 1984. The Elections Centre. Retrieved 3 May 2016. 
  2. ^ "Council compositions". The Elections Centre. Retrieved 3 May 2016.