United Kingdom local elections, 1978
All 32 London boroughs, all 36 metropolitan boroughs,
43 out of 296 English districts and all 12 Scottish regions
Local elections were held in the United Kingdom in 1978. Elections took place in the London boroughs and metropolitan districts.
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
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‡ New ward boundaries
|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|
- Rallings, Colin; Thrasher, Michael. Local Elections Handbook 1978. The Elections Centre. Retrieved 3 May 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>