Colours denote the winning party, as shown in the main table of results.
Local elections were held in the United Kingdom in 1985. The projected share of the vote was Labour 39%, Conservative 32%, Liberal-SDP Alliance 26%. Labour had the largest share of the vote in local council elections for the first time since 1981.
Both Conservatives and Labour lost some seats to the Liberal-SDP Alliance, who were rebuilding under the leadership of David Owen and enjoying strong showings (including a brief lead) in the opinion polls.
The overall results were as follows;
Conservative losses: 202
Number of Conservative councillors: 10,191
Labour losses: 124
Number of Labour councillors: 8,746
Liberal-SDP Alliance gains: 302
Number of Liberal-SDP Alliance councillors: 2,633