United Kingdom local elections, 1990
The main opposition Labour Party gained 284 seats, bringing their number of councillors to 8,920 - their highest since 1981. Their projected share of the vote was 44%, an increase of 2% from 1989.
The governing Conservative Party lost 222 seats, leaving them with 9,020 councillors. Their share of the vote was projected to be 33%, a fall of 3% from the previous year. This mounted further pressure on the government of Margaret Thatcher, which had been declining for a year following the introduction of the controversial poll tax, and was a major boost for opposition leader Neil Kinnock, whose Labour Party was enjoying a wide lead in the opinion polls with a general election no more than two years away.
The Liberal Democrats lost 78 seats and had 3,265 councillors after the elections. Their projected share of the vote was 17%.
Summary of results
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In all 32 London boroughs the whole council was up for election.
All 36 metropolitan borough councils had one third of their seats up for election.
In 2 districts the whole council was up for election.
In 2 districts there were new ward boundaries, following further electoral boundary reviews by the Local Government Boundary Commission for England.
|Colchester ‡||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Preston ‡||Labour||Labour hold||Details|
‡ New ward boundaries
Third of council
In 114 districts one third of the council was up for election.
|Dumfries and Galloway||Independent||Independent hold||Details|
|Grampian||Conservative||No overall control gain||Details|
|Lothian||No overall control||Labour gain||Details|
|Tayside||Conservative||No overall control gain||Details|
|Western Isles||Independent||Independent hold||Details|
- Rallings, Colin; Thrasher, Michael. Local Elections Handbook 1990, Volume 1. The Elections Centre. Retrieved 3 May 2016.
- Rallings, Colin; Thrasher, Michael. Local Elections Handbook 1990, Volume 2. The Elections Centre. Retrieved 3 May 2016.
- "Council compositions". The Elections Centre. Retrieved 3 May 2016.