United Kingdom local elections, 1992

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United Kingdom local elections, 1992
United Kingdom
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All 36 metropolitan boroughs, 114 out of 296 English districts
and all 53 Scottish districts
  Majority party Minority party Third party
  Neil Kinnock (1989).jpg John Major 1996.jpg ASHDOWN Paddy.jpg
Leader Neil Kinnock John Major Paddy Ashdown
Party Labour Conservative Liberal Democrat
Leader since 2 October 1983 28 November 1990 16 July 1988
Percentage 30% 46% 20%
Councillors 9,102 8,288 3,728
Councillors +/- Decrease 402 Increase 303 Increase 56

Local elections were held in the United Kingdom in 1992, one month after the general election which returned the governing Conservative Party for a fourth consecutive term in office. The Conservatives won back some ground that they had lost the previous year.[1][2]

The governing Conservative Party gained 303 seats, bringing their number of councillors to 8,288. Their share of the vote was projected to be 46%, their highest for many years.

The main opposition Labour Party lost 402 seats and were left with 9,102 councillors. Their projected share of the vote was 30%, their lowest since 1982. Neil Kinnock was still party leader at this stage, although he had already declared his intention to resign from the position as soon as a new leader was elected; his successor was John Smith, who won the leadership contest against Bryan Gould on 18 July 1992.

The Liberal Democrats gained 56 seats and had 3,728 councillors after the elections.

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 Labour Labour hold Details
Bolton Labour Labour hold Details
Bradford Labour Labour hold Details
Bury Labour No overall control gain Details
Calderdale Labour No overall control gain Details
Coventry Labour Labour hold Details
Doncaster Labour Labour hold Details
Dudley Labour 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 No overall control gain 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 Labour No overall control gain Details
Rotherham Labour Labour hold Details
Salford Labour Labour hold Details
Sandwell Labour Labour hold Details
Sefton No overall control No overall control hold Details
Sheffield Labour Labour hold Details
Solihull No overall control No overall control 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 Labour No overall control gain Details
Wigan Labour Labour hold Details
Wirral Labour No overall control gain Details
Wolverhampton Labour No overall control gain Details

District councils[edit]

Whole council[edit]

In 1 district the whole council was up for election.

In 1 district there were new ward boundaries, following a further electoral boundary review by the Local Government Boundary Commission for England.

Council Previous control Result Details
Basingstoke and Deane Conservative Conservative hold Details

‡ New ward boundaries

Third of council[edit]

In 113 districts one third of the council was up for election.

Council Previous control Result Details
Adur Liberal Democrat Liberal Democrat hold Details
Amber Valley Labour Labour hold Details
Barrow-in-Furness No overall control No overall control hold Details
Basildon No overall control Conservative gain Details
Bassetlaw Labour Labour hold Details
Bath No overall control No overall control hold Details
Bedford No overall control No overall control hold Details
Blackburn Labour Labour hold Details
Brentwood No overall control Liberal Democrat gain Details
Brighton Labour Labour hold Details
Bristol Labour Labour hold Details
Broadland Conservative Conservative hold Details
Broxbourne Conservative Conservative hold Details
Burnley Labour Labour hold Details
Cambridge Labour No overall control gain Details
Cannock Chase Labour Labour hold Details
Carlisle Labour Labour hold Details
Cheltenham Liberal Democrat Liberal Democrat hold Details
Cherwell Conservative Conservative hold Details
Chester No overall control No overall control hold Details
Chorley No overall control No overall control hold Details
Colchester No overall control No overall control hold Details
Congleton Liberal Democrat No overall control gain Details
Craven No overall control No overall control hold Details
Crawley Labour Labour hold Details
Crewe and Nantwich Labour Labour hold Details
Daventry Conservative Conservative hold Details
Derby No overall control No overall control hold Details
Eastbourne Liberal Democrat Liberal Democrat hold Details
Eastleigh No overall control No overall control hold Details
Ellesmere Port and Neston Labour Labour hold Details
Elmbridge No overall control No overall control hold Details
Epping Forest Conservative Conservative hold Details
Exeter No overall control No overall control hold Details
Fareham Conservative Conservative hold Details
Gillingham No overall control No overall control hold Details
Gloucester No overall control No overall control hold Details
Gosport Liberal Democrat Liberal Democrat hold Details
Great Grimsby Labour Labour hold Details
Great Yarmouth Labour Labour hold Details
Halton Labour Labour hold Details
Harlow Labour Labour hold Details
Harrogate No overall control No overall control 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 No overall control No overall control hold Details
Hereford Liberal Democrat Liberal Democrat hold Details
Hertsmere Conservative Conservative hold Details
Huntingdonshire Conservative Conservative hold Details
Hyndburn Labour Labour hold Details
Ipswich Labour Labour hold Details
Kingston upon Hull 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
Milton Keynes Labour No overall control gain Details
Mole Valley No overall control No overall control hold Details
Newcastle-under-Lyme Labour Labour hold Details
North Hertfordshire Conservative Conservative hold Details
Norwich Labour Labour hold Details
Nuneaton and Bedworth Labour Labour hold Details
Oxford Labour Labour hold Details
Pendle Labour Labour hold Details
Penwith No overall control No overall control hold Details
Peterborough No overall control No overall control hold Details
Portsmouth No overall control No overall control hold Details
Preston Labour Labour hold Details
Purbeck No overall control No overall control hold Details
Reading Labour Labour hold Details
Redditch Labour Labour hold Details
Reigate and Banstead No overall control No overall control hold Details
Rochford No overall control No overall control hold Details
Rossendale Labour Labour 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 No overall control gain Details
South Herefordshire Independent Independent hold Details
South Lakeland No overall control No overall control hold Details
Southampton Labour Labour hold Details
Southend-on-Sea Conservative Conservative hold Details
St Albans No overall control No overall control hold Details
Stevenage Labour Labour hold Details
Stoke-on-Trent Labour Labour hold Details
Stratford-on-Avon No overall control Conservative gain Details
Stroud No overall control No overall control hold Details
Swale No overall control No overall control hold Details
Tamworth Labour Labour hold Details
Tandridge No overall control No overall control hold Details
Thamesdown Labour Labour hold Details
Three Rivers No overall control No overall control hold Details
Thurrock Labour Labour hold Details
Tunbridge Wells Conservative Conservative hold Details
Watford Labour Labour hold Details
Waveney Labour Labour hold Details
Welwyn Hatfield Labour Conservative gain Details
West Lancashire No overall control No overall control hold Details
West Lindsey No overall control No overall control hold Details
West Oxfordshire Independent No overall control gain Details
Weymouth and Portland No overall control No overall control hold Details
Winchester No overall control No overall control hold Details
Woking No overall control Conservative gain Details
Wokingham Conservative Conservative hold Details
Worcester Labour Labour hold Details
Worthing Conservative Conservative hold Details
Wyre Forest No overall control No overall control hold Details
York Labour Labour hold Details

Scotland[edit]

District councils[edit]

These were the last elections to the district councils before they were abolished by the Local Government etc. (Scotland) Act 1994.

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rallings, Colin; Thrasher, Michael. Local Elections Handbook 1992 (PDF). Local Government Chronicle Elections Centre. Retrieved 3 May 2016. 
  2. ^ "Council compositions". The Elections Centre. Retrieved 3 May 2016.