1978 United Kingdom local elections
All 32 London boroughs, all 36 metropolitan boroughs,
44 out of 296 English districts and all 12 Scottish regions
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.
Summary of results
In all 32 London boroughs the whole council was up for election.
‡ New ward boundaries
All 36 metropolitan borough councils had one third of their seats up for election.
In 44 districts one third of the council was up for election.
These were the first councils which 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 1976 elections.
|Dumfries and Galloway||Independent||Independent hold||Details|
|Lothian||No overall control||Labour gain||Details|
|Tayside||No overall control||Conservative gain||Details|
|Western Isles||Independent||Independent hold||Details|