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The first elections to the new local authorities established by the Local Government Act 1972 in Englandmarker and Walesmarker and the new Northern Irelandmarker district councils created by the Local Government Act 1972 took place in 1973. Elections to the existing Greater London Council also took place.

England and Wales

The elections took place on three dates:

Elections took place for all the seats on the councils. In the case of the new councils, they became shadow authorities, taking over from the existing local authorities on 1 April 1974. The elections for the new councils had been brought forward from an originally planned date in November 1973, to allow the councils more time to act as shadow authorities - the final dates were set in May 1972.

The April elections

The elections held on 12 April saw a very good performance by the Labour Party, which regained control of the Greater London Council and took control of all six of the new metropolitan county councils. In the rest of England, they won seven county councils, including two of the new "estuary" counties: Cleveland and Humberside. The party also won Gwent and the three Glamorgan county councils in Wales.

The poor Conservative vote in London and the metropolitan counties was somewhat compensated by winning thirteen of the non-metropolitan counties. Failure to gain Essex or Hertfordshire were disappointments to the party, but taking control of Gloucestershire was a success. The party also failed to gain its only realistic Welsh prospect, South Glamorgan.

There were no great successes for the Liberal party, which found itself in third place in all the metropolitan counties. They did however gain representation on the GLC for the first time, winning two seats at Sutton and Cheam and Richmond upon Thames. This followed the previous year's by-election success in winning the Sutton and Cheam parliamentary seat from the Conservatives.

Independents won two English counties outright: Cornwall and the Isle of Wight. They also formed the largest grouping on a number of other councils, and entered agreements with the Conservatives in the running of some of these. In Wales, Independents controlled three mainly rural counties.

The May elections

The results of the elections in May saw an improvement in the performance by the Conservatives since the county council elections, and a slight fall back in the Labour vote. The Liberals had a notable success, becoming the largest group on Liverpool council.

The Conservatives took control of five metropolitan districts, gaining seats in areas where they had been beaten in the elections to the county councils. They also gained one Welsh district, Monmouth.

The Labour party declared it was pleased with the results, especially as opinion polls had shown them losing support. They took control of most of the metropolitan districts, making a clean sweep of councils in Tyne and Wear and South Yorkshire and important councils such as Birmingham, Coventry and Manchester. Labour also took control of most districts in South Wales including Cardiff. The party's organiser for Wales also pointed to the fact that official Labour candidates won rural seats in north and west Wales for the first time.

Apart from forming a minority administration in Liverpool, the Liberals were able to hold the balance of power at Leeds, Stockport and Wirral. They were however disappointed with their performance at Calderdale which was won by Labour.

The June elections

In the June elections for 296 non-metropolitan districts, Labour won control of 71, the Conservatives 59, the Liberals 1, Democratic Labour 1, and Independents 67. 97 councils were under no overall control: in many of these councils Conservative and Independent groups formed an administration.

The Labour party won 4,327 seats, the Conservatives 4,286, Independents 3,534, and the Liberals 919; with the remaining 449 seats going to various other groupings.

It was a good result for the Liberal party who took control of Eastbourne and became the largest group on Adur, Newbury, Pendle and Waverley councils. The other two main parties also had notable successes: Labour considered control of Cambridge, Dacorum, Ipswich and Oxford to be good results; while the Conservatives celebrated taking Gloucester, Great Yarmouth, Lewes and Warrington councils.

The break-away Democratic Labour Association won twenty of the thirty seats on Lincoln district council. The group were supporters of Dick Taverne, member of parliament for Lincoln who had been expelled from the Labour Party. Taverne had earlier in the year resigned his seat to force a by-election in protest against his expulsion, which he won against the official Labour candidate.

The Results

Metropolitan county councils

Council Conservative Labour Liberal Independent Other Control
Greater Manchestermarker 23 69 13 1 0 Labour
Merseyside 26 53 19 0 Ratepayers 1 Labour
South Yorkshiremarker 13 82 1 4 0 Labour
Tyne and Wear 26 74 1 3 0 Labour
West Midlands 26 74 4 0 0 Labour
West Yorkshire 25 51 11 1 0 Labour


Non-metropolitan county councils

Council Conservative Labour Liberal Independent Other Control
Avon 36 32 2 3 0 NOC
Bedfordshire 32 39 8 3 1 Vacancy NOC
Berkshire 42 26 13 5 0 NOC (Conservative-Independent)
Buckinghamshire 36 18 4 12 0 Conservative
Cambridgeshire 28 22 5 13 0 NOC
Cheshiremarker 31 29 1 6 0 NOC
Clevelandmarker 35 52 0 2 0 Labour
Cornwallmarker 3 1 0 75 0 Independent
Cumbriamarker 31 38 1 6 0 NOC
Derbyshiremarker 26 60 5 7 0 Labour
Devonmarker 54 20 11 12 0 Conservative
Dorsetmarker 47 13 11 20 0 Conservative
Durham 2 56 6 7 0 Labour
East Sussexmarker 48 19 9 8 0 Conservative
Essex 47 40 5 5 0 NOC
Gloucestershiremarker 31 18 5 7 0 Conservative
Hampshire 44 27 6 20 0 NOC (Conservative-Independent)
Hereford and Worcester 37 30 8 17 0 NOC (Conservative-Independent)
Hertfordshiremarker 33 33 3 2 Ratepayers 1 NOC
Humberside 36 51 3 7 2 Vacancies Labour
Isle of Wightmarker 6 6 7 23 0 Independent
Kentmarker 63 31 7 2 0 Conservative
Lancashiremarker 52 33 7 3 Ratepayers 1 Conservative
Leicestershiremarker 41 37 7 8 0 NOC (Conservative-Independent)
Lincolnshiremarker 34 10 3 22 0 NOC
Norfolk 52 27 0 4 0 Conservative
North Yorkshire 39 12 12 29 0 NOC (Conservative-Independent)
Northamptonshiremarker 38 46 3 4 2 Vacancies Labour
Northumberlandmarker 10 28 0 21 0 NOC
Nottinghamshiremarker 35 54 0 0 0 Labour
Oxfordshire 36 21 0 10 0 Conservative
Salopmarker 14 16 3 30 0 NOC
Somersetmarker 35 7 2 12 0 Conservative
Staffordshire 28 47 1 9 0 Labour
Surreymarker 46 12 9 5 0 Conservative
Warwickshiremarker 27 21 5 2 0 NOC
West Sussexmarker 52 10 7 13 Ratepayers 1 Conservative
Wiltshiremarker 40 22 6 11 0 Conservative


Welsh county councils

Council Conservative Labour Liberal Independent Other Control
Clwyd 11 20 4 30 1 Vacancy NOC
Dyfed 0 29 8 40 Plaid Cymru 1
Ratepayers 1
Independent
Gwent 12 59 3 1 Ratepayers

Plaid Cymru 1
Labour
Gwyneddmarker 0 4 0 56 Plaid Cymru 6 Independent
Mid Glamorgan 3 63 2 6 Plaid Cymru 6
Communist 2
Labour
Powysmarker           Independent
South Glamorgan 35 42 0 3 0 Labour
West Glamorgan 9 52 2 4 Plaid Cymru 1

Progressive Labour 1

Ratepayers 1
Labour


Greater London Council

Conservative Labour Liberal Independent Other Control
32 58 2 0 0 Labour


Metropolitan Districts

District County Conservative Labour Liberal Independent Other Control
Barnsley South Yorkshiremarker 0 57 0 1 Independent Labour 1

Democratic Labour 1
Labour
Birminghammarker West Midlands 44 73 9 0 0 Labour
Boltonmarker Greater Manchestermarker 35 31 2 1 0 Conservative
Bradfordmarker West Yorkshire 53 31 9 0 0 Conservative
Burymarker Greater Manchestermarker 21 20 7 0 0 NOC
Calderdalemarker West Yorkshire 18 28 5 0 0 Labour
Coventrymarker West Midlands 12 42 0 0 0 Labour
Doncastermarker South Yorkshire 12 43 0 4 Democratic Labour 1 Labour
Dudley West Midlands 24 40 1 1 Independent Labour 1 Labour
Gateshead Tyne and Wear 6 71 0 0 Rent and Ratepayers 1 Labour
Kirkleesmarker West Yorkshire 18 45 8 1 0 Labour
Knowsleymarker Merseyside 6 52 4 0 Kirkby Householders Federation 1 Labour
Leedsmarker West Yorkshire 38 44 14 0 0 NOC
Liverpoolmarker Merseyside 9 42 48 0 0 NOC(1)
Manchestermarker Greater Manchester 40 59 0 0 0 Labour
Newcastle-upon-Tynemarker Tyne and Wear 23 51 1 3 0 Labour
North Tyneside Tyne and Wear 19 48 7 4 0 Labour
Oldhammarker Greater Manchester 6 42 5 1 3 Vacancies Labour
Rochdalemarker Greater Manchester 14 37 9 0 0 Labour
Rotherhammarker South Yorkshire 3 50 0 1 0 Labour
Sandwell West Midlands 24 66 0 0 0 Labour
St Helensmarker Merseyside 9 36 0 0 0 Labour
Salfordmarker Greater Manchester 15 50 1 0 0 Labour
Sefton Merseyside 37 24 5 2 Ratepayers 3 Conservative
Sheffieldmarker South Yorkshire 18 69 3 0 0 Labour
Solihullmarker West Midlands 28 12 2 9 0 Conservative
South Tyneside Tyne and Wear 3 45 0 0 Progressive 18 Labour
Stockportmarker Greater Manchester 27 16 13 4 0 NOC (Conservative-Independent)
Sunderlandmarker Tyne and Wear 21 56 0 1 0 Labour
Tameside Greater Manchester 14 38 2 0 0 Labour
Traffordmarker Greater Manchester 32 16 12 0 0 Conservative
Wakefieldmarker West Yorkshire 6 58 0 1 1 Labour
Walsallmarker West Midlands 11 44 0 2 Ratepayers 3 Labour
Wiganmarker Greater Manchester 5 66 0 1 0 Labour
Wirral Merseyside 29 24 13 0 0 NOC
Wolverhamptonmarker West Midlands 20 40 0 0 0 Labour


(1) A minority Liberal administration was formed

Welsh Districts

District County Conservative Labour Liberal Plaid Cymru Independent Other Control
Aberconwy Gwyneddmarker 4 3 0 0 34 0 Independent
Alyn-Dee Clwyd 9 25 4 0 7 0 Labour
Afan West Glamorgan 0 21 0 0 0 Tenants Association 3Ratepayers 5Unofficial Labour 1 Labour
Arfon Gwynedd 0 8 0 5 27 0 Independent
Blaenau Gwent Gwent 0 31 3 1 1 Independent Labour 7

Ratepayers 7

Tenants and Residents 1
Labour
Brecknock Powysmarker 4 17 1 0 29 0 Independent
Cardiff South Glamorgan 33 42 0 0 0 0 Labour
Carmarthenmarker Dyfed 0 7 0 0 28 Ratepayers 1 Independent
Ceredigion Dyfed 0 4 9 0 30 0 Independent
Colwyn Clwyd 1 0 10 0 22 0 Independent
Cynon Valley Mid Glamorgan 0 23 0 12 0 3 Labour
Delynmarker Clwyd 1 11 0 2 26 0 Independent
Dinefwrmarker Dyfed 0 17 1 0 13 Independent Socialist 1 Labour
Dwyformarker Gwynedd 0 0 0 1 28 0 Independent
Glyndŵrmarker Clwyd 0 3 0 0 30 0 Independent
Islwyn Gwent 0 30 0 2 3 Communist 1 Labour
Llanellimarker Dyfed 0 29 0 0 4 0 Labour
Lliw Valley West Glamorgan 0 27 0 2 3 0 Labour
Meirionyddmarker Gwynedd 0 0 0 0 39 0 Independent
Merthyr Tydfilmarker Mid Glamorgan 0 25 0 4 1 3 Labour
Monmouthmarker Gwent 29 9 0 0 1 0 Conservative
Montgomery Powys 0 2 3 0 44 0 Independent
Neathmarker West Glamorgan 0 24 0 2 2 Ratepayers 1

4 Vacancies
Labour
Newport Gwent 8 36 2 0 5 0 Labour
Ogwrmarker Mid Glamorgan 6 42 1 1 3 Ratepayers 3

Independent Labour 1
Labour
Preselimarker Dyfed 0 0 0 0 43 0 Independent
Radnor Powys 0 0 0 0 31 0 Independent
Rhonddamarker Mid Glamorgan 0 30 0 1 0 Ratepayers 1

Communist 1
Labour
Rhuddlan Clwyd 9 4 1 0 22 0 Independent
Rhymney Valley Mid Glamorgan 0 38 0 4 2 Ratepayers 4 Labour
South Pembrokeshire Dyfed 0 0 0 1 30 0 Independent
Swanseamarker West Glamorgan 12 30 1 0 3 Independent Ratepayers 3

Ratepayers 2
Labour
Taff-Ely Mid Glamorgan 0 30 4 2 7 Ratepayers 4 Labour
Torfaen Gwent 0 36 0 0 2 Communist 2

Rent and Ratepayers 3
Labour
Vale of Glamorganmarker South Glamorgan 15 23 0 0 11 0 NOC (Conservative-Independent)
Wrexham Maelormarker Clwyd 4 24 2 1 14 0 Labour
Ynys Mônmarker (Anglesey) Gwynedd 0 4 0 0 41 0 Independent


Non-metropolitan Districts

A
District County Conservative Labour Liberal Independent Other Control
Adur West Sussexmarker 13 6 16 0 Shoreham Beach Residents Association 4 NOC
Allerdalemarker Cumbriamarker 4 25 0 27 0 NOC (Independent-Conservative)
Alnwickmarker Northumberlandmarker 0 4 0 24 0 Independent
Amber Valleymarker Derbyshiremarker 4 32 3 0 21 Labour
Arunmarker West Sussex 33 4 4 5 1 Conservative
Ashfieldmarker Nottinghamshiremarker 1 52 0 2 0 Labour
Ashfordmarker Kentmarker 22 8 10 4 0 NOC (Conservative-Independent)
Aylesbury Valemarker Buckinghamshire 10 12 1 31 0 Independent
B
District County Conservative Labour Liberal Independent Other Control
Baberghmarker Suffolk 7 11 0 20 0 Independent
Barrow-in-Furness Cumbria 6 25 0 2 0 Labour
Basildonmarker Essex 9 31 0 0 6 Labour
Basingstokemarker Hampshire 18 14 3 20 0 NOC (Independent-Conservative)
Bassetlaw Nottinghamshire 11 29 0 10 1 Labour
Bathmarker Avon 19 17 9 0 0 NOC
Beaconsfieldmarker Buckinghamshire 27 1 3 9 2 Conservative
Bedfordmarker Bedfordshire 20 22 2 12 0 NOC (Conservative-Independent)
Berwick-upon-Tweedmarker Northumberland 0 2 0 26 0 Independent
Beverleymarker Humberside 16 1 7 36 0 Independent
Blackburn Lancashiremarker 19 27 11 3 0 NOC
Blabymarker Leicestershiremarker 8 0 7 20 0 Independent
Blackpoolmarker Lancashire 40 10 3 3 0 Conservative
Blyth Valleymarker Northumberland 5 29 12 12 2 Labour
Bolsovermarker Nottinghamshire 1 28 0 4 3 Labour
Boothferrymarker Humberside 4 5 0 26 0 Independent
Bostonmarker Lincolnshiremarker 9 5 5 15 0 NOC (Independent-Conservative)
Bosworthmarker Leicestershiremarker 4 14 8 13 0 NOC
Bournemouthmarker Dorsetmarker 38 14 3 2 0 Conservative
Bracknellmarker Berkshire 9 17 1 1 Ratepayers 3 Labour
Braintreemarker Essex 14 19 1 21 Ratepayers 1 NOC (Independent-Conservative)
Brentwoodmarker Essex 24 11 1 2 0 Conservative
Brecklandmarker Norfolk 19 10 0 21 Independent Conservative 1 NOC (Independent-Conservative)
Bridgnorthmarker Salopmarker 0 0 1 31 0 Independent
Brightonmarker East Sussexmarker 31 28 0 0 0 Conservative
Bristolmarker Avon 25 56 3 0 0 Labour
Broadland Norfolk 19 6 0 24 0 NOC (Independent-Conservative)
Bromsgrovemarker Hereford and Worcester 25 13 0 0 Ratepayers 4 Conservative
Broxbourne Hertfordshiremarker 28 12 0 0 0 Conservative
Broxtowemarker Nottinghamshiremarker 24 20 0 1 Socialist Independent 1 Conservative
Burnleymarker Lancashiremarker 12 39 1 2 0 Labour


C
District County Conservative Labour Liberal Independent Other Control
Cannock Chasemarker Staffordshire 1 36 0 0 0 Labour
Canterburymarker Kentmarker 34 5 2 5 Ratepayers 3 0
Caradonmarker Cornwallmarker 0 0 0 41 0 Independent
Carlislemarker Cumbria 12 25 1 10 0 Labour
Carrickmarker Cornwall 4 5 4 32 0 Independent
Castle Morpethmarker Northumberland 11 7 2 13 Ratepayers 1 NOC (Independent-Conservative)
Castle Point Essex 19 20 0 0 0 Labour
Charnwoodmarker Leicestershire 28 14 5 13 0 NOC (Conservative-Independent)
Chelmsfordmarker Essex 31 16 8 5 0 Conservative
Cheltenhammarker Gloucestershiremarker 21 7 4 2 2 Conservative
Cherwellmarker Oxfordshire 15 16 0 14 0 NOC (Conservative-Independent)
Chester Cheshiremarker 43 15 0 4 0 Conservative
Chesterfieldmarker Derbyshire 7 45 2 0 0 Labour
Chester-le-Streetmarker Durham 0 23 6 4 0 Labour
Chichestermarker West Sussex 13 0 6 28 3 Independent
Chilternmarker Buckinghamshire 26 11 0 7 Ratepayers 3

Residents 4
Conservative
Chorleymarker Lancashiremarker 17 21 0 7 0

Independent Labour 2
NOC
Christchurchmarker Dorsetmarker 10 4 5 1 0 NOC (Conservative-Independent)
Cleethorpesmarker Humberside 9 14 6 19 0 NOC (Independent-Conservative)
Colchestermarker Essex 28 27 1 4 0 NOC (Conservative-Independent)
Copelandmarker Cumbriamarker 6 30 0 12 0 Labour
Corbymarker Northamptonshiremarker 1 29 0 2 Independent Socialist 1 Labour
Cotswoldmarker Gloucestershiremarker 1 2 0 42 0 Independent
Craven North Yorkshire 14 6 9 6 0 NOC (Conservative-Independent)
Crawleymarker West Sussexmarker 5 25 0 1 Ratepayers 1 Labour
Crewemarker Cheshiremarker 2 35 2 21 0 Labour


D
District County Conservative Labour Liberal Independent Other Control
Dacorummarker Hertfordshiremarker 26 33 0 3 0 Labour
Darlington Durham 8 28 8 5 0 Labour
Dartford Kentmarker 14 30 0 0 0 Labour
Daventrymarker Northamptonshire 16 9 0 10 0 NOC (Conservative-Independent)
Derbymarker Derbyshire 14 34 6 0 0 Labour
Derwentsidemarker Durham 1 45 5 3 3 Labour
Dovermarker Kent 29 21 0 5 0 Conservative
Durham Durham 0 40 7 14 0 Labour


E
District County Conservative Labour Liberal Independent Other Control
Easingtonmarker Durham 0 56 0 3 Independent Labour 1 Labour
Eastbournemarker East Sussex 10 4 19 0 0 Liberal
East Cambridgeshiremarker Cambridgeshire 0 1 0 33 1 Vacancy Independent
Eastleighmarker Hampshire 13 20 5 4 0 NOC
East Lindseymarker Lincolnshire 5 1 3 5 Independent Conservative 2

Others 42
Non Party
East Northamptonshiremarker Northamptonshire 5 14 0 0 17 NOC
Edenmarker Cumbria 0 0 0 37 0 Independent
East Devonmarker Devonmarker 14 1 3 42 0 Independent
East Hertfordshiremarker Hertfordshire 16 10 0 16 6 NOC (Conservative-Independent)
East Staffordshiremarker Staffordshire 22 24 0 14 0 NOC (Conservative-Independent)
Elmbridgemarker Surrey 39 7 5 0 Ratepayers 14 Conservative
Ellesmere Portmarker Cheshire 14 27 0 1 0 Labour
Epping Forest Essex 44 10 0 5 0 Conservative
Epsom and Ewellmarker Surrey 0 3 0 0 Ratepayers 37 Ratepayers
Erewashmarker Derbyshire 9 36 5 4 0 Labour
Exetermarker Devon 14 13 6 1 0 NOC


F
District County Conservative Labour Liberal Independent Other Control
Farehammarker Hampshire 16 2 5 2 Ratepayers 11 NOC (Conservative-Ratepayers)
Fenlandmarker Cambridgeshire 18 8 0 14 0 NOC (Conservative-Independent)
Forest Heathmarker Suffolk 12 0 0 3 Others 9

1 Vacancy
NOC (Conservative-Independent)
Forest of Deanmarker Gloucestershire 0 21 1 25 0 NOC
Fyldemarker Lancashire 28 2 2 4 Others 9 Conservative


G
District County Conservative Labour Liberal Independent Other Control
Gedlingmarker Nottinghamshire 32 19 0 0 Independent Ratepayers 4 Conservative
Gillinghammarker Kent 13 14 8 0 0 NOC
Glanfordmarker Humberside 0 1 0 33 0 Independent
Gloucestermarker Gloucestershire 31 2 0 0 0 Conservative
Gosportmarker Hampshire 9 19 0 2 Ratepayers 1 Labour
Graveshammarker Kent 15 28 0 0 Ratepayers 1 Labour
Great Yarmouth Norfolk 26 17 2 3 0 Conservative
Grimsbymarker Humberside 14 20 7 1 0 NOC
Guildfordmarker Surrey 29 6 5 2 0 Conservative


H
District County Conservative Labour Liberal Independent Other Control
Haltonmarker Cheshire 8 30 1 3 Moderate Party 1 Labour
Hambletonmarker North Yorkshire 4 1 1 42 0 Independent
Harboroughmarker Leicestershire 37 28 2 0 0 Conservative
Harrogatemarker North Yorkshire 35 2 15 7 1 Vacancy Conservative
Harlowmarker Essex 0 38 4 0 0 Labour
Hartlepoolmarker Clevelandmarker 15 30 0 1 0 Labour
Hartley Wintneymarker Hampshire 7 0 0 23 3 Independent
Hastingsmarker East Sussex 12 11 9 1 0 NOC
Havantmarker Hampshire 8 8 10 4 Ratepayers 12 NOC
Herefordmarker Hereford and Worcester 0 10 8 3 Independent Conservative 3 NOC
Hertsmeremarker Hertfordshire 25 17 13 0 0 NOC
High Peakmarker Derbyshire 23 17 3 10 0 NOC (Conservative-Independent)
Holdernessmarker Humberside 0 0 0 29 0 Independent
Horsham West Sussex 18 0 2 23 0 Independent
Hovemarker East Sussex 24 6 0 3 3 Vacancies Conservative
Huntingdonmarker Cambridgeshire 15 9 0 26 0 Independent
Hyndburnmarker Lancashire 21 24 3 0 0 NOC


I
District County Conservative Labour Liberal Independent Other Control
Ipswichmarker Suffolk 11 36 0 0 0 Labour


K
District County Conservative Labour Liberal Independent Other Control
Kennetmarker Wiltshiremarker 7 0 2 28 0 Independent
Kerriermarker Cornwall 5 3 0 34 0 Independent
Ketteringmarker Northamptonshire 14 16 7 8 0 NOC
Kingston-upon-Hullmarker Humberside 8 55 0 0 0 Labour
Kingswood Avon 4 19 6 6 10 NOC
L
District County Conservative Labour Liberal Independent Other Control
Lancastermarker Lancashire 32 18 1 6 Ratepayers 3 Conservative
Langbaurghmarker Cleveland 27 32 0 5 0 NOC
Leicestermarker Leicestershire 11 37 0 0 0 Labour
Leominstermarker Hereford and Worcester 1 2 0 33 0 Independent
Lewesmarker East Sussex 26 10 0 6 Ratepayers 5 Conservative
Lichfieldmarker Staffordshire 17 25 0 11 Ratepayers 1 NOC
Lincolnmarker Lincolnshire 6 1 0 3 Democratic Labour 20 Democratic Labour
Lutonmarker Bedfordshire 12 30 6 0 0 Labour


M
District County Conservative Labour Liberal Independent Other Control
Macclesfieldmarker Cheshire 25 10 10 12 Ratepayers 5 NOC
Maidstonemarker Kent 13 12 19 9 7 NOC
Maldon Essex 9 4 3 14 0 NOC
Malvern Hills Hereford and Worcester 1 2 11 8 23 NOC
Mansfieldmarker Nottinghamshire 7 38 0 0 0 Labour
Medwaymarker Kent 22 32 5 0 0 Labour
Meltonmarker Leicestershire 12 2 0 6 4 NOC
Mendip Somerset 11 7 2 23 1 Vacancy Independent
Mid Bedfordshiremarker Bedfordshire 5 8 1 35 0 Independent
Mid Suffolkmarker Suffolk 6 9 1 24 0 Independent
Mid Sussexmarker West Sussex 25 3 5 21 0 NOC (Conservative-Independent)
Middlesbroughmarker Cleveland 17 39 0 0 0 Labour
Milton Keynesmarker Buckinghamshire 8 27 0 5 0 Labour
Mole Valley Surrey 16 3 5 9 Residents 9 NOC


N
District County Conservative Labour Liberal Independent Other Control
Newarkmarker Nottinghamshire 20 29 0 3 0 Labour
Newbury Berkshire 10 1 24 22 0 NOC
Newcastle-under-Lymemarker Staffordshire Conservative-Independent coalition 29 31 2 See Conservative column 0 NOC
New Forestmarker Hampshire 12 1 5 37 3 Independent
Northamptonmarker Northamptonshire 23 25 0 0 0 Labour
Northavonmarker Avon 26 19 1 1 Residents Association 1

2 Vacancies
NOC
North Cornwallmarker Cornwall 0 0 3 23 0 Independent
North East Derbyshiremarker Derbyshire 10 32 0 9 0 Labour
North Devonmarker Devon 0 1 15 28 0 Independent
North Dorset Dorset 0 0 4 27 0 Independent
North Hertfordshiremarker Hertfordshire 23 17 0 7 Ratepayers 1 NOC
North West Leicestershiremarker Leicestershire 8 25 0 10 0 Labour
North Kestevenmarker Lincolnshire 8 2 0 27 0 Independent
North Shropshiremarker Shropshire 0 1 2 36 0 Independent
North Warwickshiremarker Warwickshire 8 19 0 4 Ratepayers 2 Labour
North Wiltshiremarker Wiltshire 24 4 7 11 0 Conservative
North Woldsmarker Humberside 3 2 1 37 0 Independent
Norwichmarker Norfolk 11 37 0 0 0 Labour
Nottinghammarker Nottinghamshire 10 44 0 0 0 Labour
Nuneatonmarker Warwickshire 7 26 2 0 0 Labour
O
District County Conservative Labour Liberal Independent Other Control
Oadby and Wigstonmarker Leicestershire 18 7 5 3 0 Conservative
Oswestrymarker Shropshire 0 1 3 18 0 Independent
Oxfordmarker Oxfordshire 12 30 3 0 0 Labour
P
District County Conservative Labour Liberal Independent Other Control
Pastonacres Norfolk 6 4 0 37 0 Independent
Pendlemarker Lancashire 6 19 23 2 7 NOC
Penwithmarker Cornwall 0 1 1 38 0 Independent
Peterboroughmarker Cambridgeshire 19 28 1 0 0 Labour
Petersfieldmarker Hampshire 16 6 0 20 0 NOC
Plymouthmarker Devon 37 29 0 0 0 Conservative
Poolemarker Dorset 22 3 9 2 0 Conservative
Portsmouthmarker Hampshire 28 17 0 3 0 Conservative
Prestonmarker Lancashire 19 38 0 0 0 Labour
Purbeck Dorset 5 3 0 13 0 Independent


R
District County Conservative Labour Liberal Independent Other Control
Readingmarker Berkshire 16 16 14 0 NOC
Redditch Hereford and Worcester 6 19 0 0 0 NOC
Reigate and Bansteadmarker Surrey 29 15 4 2 0 Conservative
Restormelmarker Cambridgeshire 0 0 2 36 0 Independent
Ribble Valley Lancashire 30 1 0 7 0 Conservative
Richmondshiremarker North Yorkshire 0 0 0 35 0 Independent
Rochfordmarker Essex 19 12 1 8 0 NOC
Rossendalemarker Lancashire 17 15 4 0 0 NOC
Rother East Sussex 9 5 1 30 0 Independent
Rugbymarker Warwickshire 22 18 3 2 Ratepayers 3 NOC
Runnymedemarker Surrey 23 15 0 2 0 Conservative
Rushmoor Hampshire 20 9 7 0 Ratepayers 7 NOC
Rutlandmarker Leicestershire 0 0 0 0 20 Others
Ryedalemarker North Yorkshire 0 5 0 40 0 Independent
S
District County Conservative Labour Liberal Independent Other Control
St Albansmarker Hertfordshire 32 14 7 1 0 Conservative
St Edmundsburymarker Suffolk 26 11 0 6 Independent Conservative 1 Conservative
Salisburymarker Wiltshire 16 13 8 17 Ratepayers 2

2 Vacancies
NOC
Scarboroughmarker North Yorkshire 15 5 11 16 1 Vacancy NOC
Scunthorpemarker Humberside 4 35 0 0 Independent Labour 1 Labour
Sedgefieldmarker Durham 1 40 4 8 0 Labour
Sedgemoor Somerset 19 14 3 12 0 NOC
Selbymarker North Yorkshire 16 7 0 20 1 Vacancy Independent
Sevenoaksmarker Kent 28 6 6 14 0 Conservative
Shepway Kent 33 12 1 8 0 Conservative
Shrewsburymarker Shropshire 12 15 7 11 0 NOC
Sloughmarker Berkshire 2 34 4 0 0 Labour
Southamptonmarker Hampshire 20 31 0 0 0 Labour
South Bedfordshire Bedfordshire 17 13 8 7 0 NOC
South Cambridgeshiremarker Cambridgeshire 0 7 3 43 0 Independent
South Hamsmarker Devon 2 0 0 40 0 Independent
South Herefordshiremarker Hereford and Worcester 1 0 0 35 0 Independent
South Hollandmarker Lincolnshire 6 2 0 27 0 Independent
South Kestevenmarker Lincolnshire 13 12 0 9 21 NOC
South Lakelandmarker Cumbria 7 2 7 37 Independent Conservative 1 Independent
South Northamptonshiremarker Northamptonshire 15 2 2 17 0 NOC (Independent-Conservative)
South Ribblemarker Lancashire 30 16 2 1 0 Conservative
South Shropshiremarker Shropshire 0 0 1 35 0 Independent
South Staffordshiremarker Staffordshire 22 8 1 15 2 NOC (Conservative-Independent)
South Wightmarker Isle of Wight 1 0 1 22 0 Independent
Stafford Staffordshire 18 15 0 23 Independent Labour 1 NOC
Staffordshire Moorlands Staffordshire 12 14 2 26 0 NOC (Independent minority)
Stevenagemarker Hertfordshire 3 31 0 0 0 Labour
Stockton-on-Teesmarker Cleveland 25 33 0 2 0 Labour
Stoke-on-Trentmarker Staffordshire 8 60 3 1 0 Labour
Stratford on Avonmarker Warwickshire 15 2 5 32 0 Independent
Stroudmarker Gloucestershire 14 14
(Including 2 Labour & Co-Operative)
8 17 3 Vacancies NOC
Suffolk Coastalmarker Suffolk 27 9 0 18 Independent Conservative 1 NOC
Surrey Heathmarker Surrey 35 0 0 1 0 Conservative
Swale Kent 17 25 3 5 0 NOC


T
District County Conservative Labour Liberal Independent Other Control
Tamworthmarker Staffordshire 0 18 0 6 0 Labour
Tandridgemarker Surrey 26 3 10 3 0 Conservative
Taunton Deane Somerset 21 14 0 13 0 NOC
Teesdalemarker Durham 0 0 0 29 0 Independent
Teignbridgemarker Devon 0 7 0 48 Independent Trade Unionist 1 Independent
Tendring Essex 31 4 11 11 Ratepayers 3 Conservative
Test Valley Hampshire 10 5 7 21 0 NOC
Tewkesburymarker Gloucestershire 22 0 3 26 0 Independent
Thamesdown Wiltshire 18 26 0 2 0 Labour
Thanetmarker Kent 33 14 5 11 0 Conservative
Three Rivers Hertfordshire 19 12 13 0 0 NOC
Thurrockmarker Essex 13 33 0 3 0 Labour
Tivertonmarker Devon 0 3 5 32 0 Independent
Tonbridge and Mallingmarker Kent 30 11 8 4 0 Conservative
Torbaymarker Devon 30 6 0 0 0 Conservative
Torridgemarker Devon 0 1 6 29 0 Independent
Tunbridge Wellsmarker Kent 29 7 2 9 0 Conservative
Tynedalemarker Northumberland 4 10 3 25 3 Independent


U
District County Conservative Labour Liberal Independent Other Control
Uttlesfordmarker Essex 21 7 2 12 0 NOC (Conservative-Independent)
V
District County Conservative Labour Liberal Independent Other Control
Vale of White Horsemarker Oxfordshire 27 8 3 10 0 Conservative
Vale Royalmarker Cheshire 10 16 6 25 0 NOC (Independent-Conservative)


W
District County Conservative Labour Liberal Independent Other Control
Wallingfordmarker Oxfordshire 25 9 7 20 Progressive Independent 1 NOC (Conservative-Independent)
Wansbeckmarker Northumberland 0 44 0 1 0 Labour
Wansdyke Avon 12 22 0 11 0 NOC (Conservative-Independent)
Warringtonmarker Cheshire 32 22 3 3 0 Conservative
Warwickmarker Warwickshire 26 25 7 0 0 NOC
Watfordmarker Hertfordshire 9 21 6 0 0 Labour
Waveneymarker Suffolk 22 27 5 2 0 NOC
Waverley Surrey 28 2 25 6 0 NOC
Wealdenmarker East Sussex 25 1 2 23 5 NOC (Conservative-Independent)
Wear Valleymarker Durham 0 21 9 10 People's Representative 1 Labour
Wellingboroughmarker Northamptonshire 14 13 0 5 Ratepayers 1 NOC
Welwyn Hatfieldmarker Hertfordshire 19 24 0 0 0 Labour
West Derbyshiremarker Derbyshire 18 5 4 13 0 NOC (Conservative-Independent)
West Devonmarker Devon 0 0 0 30 0 Independent
West Dorsetmarker Dorset 0 2 9 44 0 Independent
West Lancashiremarker Lancashire 10 23 3 14 0 NOC
West Lindseymarker Lincolnshire 1 5 6 25 0 Independent
West Norfolk Norfolk 14 22 0 24 0 NOC (Independent-Conservative)
West Oxfordshiremarker Oxfordshire 1 7 1 35 Independent Liberal 1 Independent
West Somerset Somerset 3 1 1 27 0 Independent
West Wiltshire Wiltshire 13 10 2 17 0 NOC (Independent-Conservative)
Weymouth and Portlandmarker Dorset 18 21 0 0 0 Labour
Wimborne Dorset 2 0 9 21 1 Vacancy Independent
Winchestermarker Hampshire 14 5 5 25 Ratepayers 1

Tenants 1
NOC (Conservative-Independent)
Windsor and Maidenheadmarker Berkshire 53 3 0 3 0 Conservative
Wokingmarker Surrey 19 12 1 0 0 Conservative
Wokingham Berkshire 23 0 13 15 Ratepayers 1 NOC (Conservative-Independent)
Woodspring Avon 40 10 3 8 0 Conservative
Worcestermarker Hereford and Worcester 18 18 0 0 0 NOC
Worthingmarker West Sussex 17 1 0 12 0 Conservative
Wrekin Shropshire 8 32 0 14 Independent Labour 1 Labour
Wychavonmarker Hereford and Worcester 10 4 2 29 0 Independent
Wyremarker Lancashire 45 2 0 8 0 Conservative
Wyre Forestmarker Hereford and Worcester 30 20 9 1 Ratepayers 2 NOC


Y
District County Conservative Labour Liberal Independent Other Control
Yeovil Somerset 20 8 2 30 0 NOC (Independent-Conservative)
Yorkmarker North Yorkshire 17 17 5 0 0 NOC


Future elections

The next county council elections took place in 1977.

Future elections to Metropolitan District councils were to be by thirds, with the one third of seats being elected in 1975.

The next election of non-metropolitan district councils and Welsh district councils was to in 1976.

Northern Ireland

Local government in Northern Ireland was reorganised in 1973 by the Local Government Act 1971 and the Local Government Act 1972. The county councils, county borough and municipal borough corporations and urban and rural district councils were replaced by twenty-six Local Government districts. Elections took place for all the seats on the district councils on 30 May.
District Official
Unionist
Democratic
Unionist
Vanguard
Unionist
Loyalist
Coalition
Independent
Unionist
SDLP Republican
Clubs
Nationalist
and Unity
Parties

Alliance Northern Ireland
Labour Party
Others Control
Antrimmarker 8 1 1 0 1 1 0 0 2 0 Independent 2 NOC (Unionist)
Ards 11 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 2 1 Independent 1 Official Unionist
Armagh 10 2 0 0 1 4 1 0 1 0 Independent 1 NOC (Unionist)
Ballymenamarker 9 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 Independent 2Non-Party 3 NOC (Unionist)
Ballymoneymarker 4 1 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 1 Independent 1
Non-Party 5
NOC
Banbridge 8 0 0 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 Independent 3 NOC (Unionist)
Belfastmarker 25 2 1 0 2 7 2 0 8 2 Unionist Loyalist 2 NOC (Unionist)
Carrickfergus 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 Unionist Loyalist 5

Loyalist 1

Non-Party 1
NOC (Unionist)
Castlereaghmarker 8 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 5 0 Unionist Loyalist 2
Independent 1
NOC (Unionist)
Coleraine 12 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 3 0 Independent 1
Non-party 1
Official Unionist
Cookstown 7 0 0 1 1 3 1 0 0 0 Independent 1
Non-Party 1
NOC (Unionist)
Craigavon 7 3 2 3 3 2 0 0 4 0 Independent 1 NOC (Unionist)
Down 8 0 1 0 0 8 0 0 2 0 Independent 1 NOC
Dungannon 11 0 0 0 0 5 0 Unity 2
Republican 2
0 0 0 Official Unionist
Fermanagh 5 0 0 0 3 4 0 Unity 4 0 0 Independent 1
Unionist Unity 2
Non-Party 1

NOC
Larne 1 0 0 8 0 0 0 0 3 0 Independent 2
Non-Party 1
Loyalist
Limavady 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 2 0 United Unionists 8
Independent 1
United Unionists
Lisburn 14 4 1 0 0 1 0 0 3 0 0 Official Unionist
Londonderrymarker 0 0 0 United Loyalists 9 0 10 1 Nationalist 3 0 0 0 NOC (Nationalist)
Magherafelt 4 0 1 United Loyalist 1 0 6 1 0 0 0 Independent 1 NOC
Moyle 4 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 Independent 5
Non-Party 4
NOC
Newry and Mourne 3 0 0 0 0 13 2 0 0 0 Non-Party 6
Independent 2
NOC
Newtownabbeymarker 9 3 0 0 Unionist 3
United Loyalist 1
Loyalist 1

0 0 0 3 1 0 NOC (Unionist)
North Down 9 0 0 Loyalist 3 0 0 0 7 0 0 0 NOC
Omagh 6 0 0 0 Unionist Unity 2 4 0 Nationalist 1
Official Republican 1
0 0 3 Non-Party Community NOC
Strabanemarker 6 0 0 Unionist Coalition 1 0 4 0 0 0 0 Independent 2 NOC


References

  1. Local Government Act 1972, sections 7 and 26
  2. Local Government Elections 1973 (Ark Social & Political Archive)
  3. Big Roman Catholic turnout in poll despite threats, The Times, May 31, 1973
  4. Party accused over Ulster poll, The Times, May 31, 1973
  5. Unionist supporters elect many hard-line men in Ulster local government poll, The Times, June 2, 1973



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