1973 Bassetlaw District Council election

7 June 1973 1976 →

All 51 seats to Bassetlaw District Council
26 seats needed for a majority
  First party Second party Third party
Party Labour Conservative Independent
Seats won 29 11 11

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Map of the results of the election. Colours denote the party achieving the highest number of votes in each ward.

Council control before election


Council control after election


The 1973 Bassetlaw District Council election took place on 7 June 1973, to elect all 51 members of Bassetlaw District Council in England. This was on the same day as other local elections. The election resulted in the Labour Party winning a majority of seats on the council.[1]

This was the first election to elect members of the new district council for Bassetlaw following its creation by the Local Government Act 1972. The council acted as a shadow authority until 1 April 1974, when it gained control over local government functions from its predecessor authorities; the East Retford Rural District, the Municipal Borough of East Retford, the Municipal Borough of Worksop and the Worksop Rural District councils.[2]


Bassetlaw District Council election, 1973
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Labour 29
  Conservative 11
  Independent 11

Ward results

Blyth (1)

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent A. Buchanan 331 49.9% N/A
Labour K. Muskett 173 26.1% N/A
Independent C. Moxon 159 24.0% N/A
Turnout 51.9%


Carlton (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent J. Lacey 828 43.2% N/A
Independent C. Dodd 564 29.4% N/A
Labour L. Russon 524 27.3% N/A
Labour J. Connolly 511
Labour L. Hince 479
Turnout 47.9%

East Retford West

East Retford West (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour E. Mitchell 1,114 54.5% N/A
Labour W. Cooper 1,052
Labour H. Pulford 947
Conservative Richard Alexander 929 45.5% N/A
Conservative D. Pitts 850
Conservative N. Myers 789
Turnout 47.1%


  1. ^ "Bassetlaw Election Results 1973-2012" (PDF). Elections Centre. Retrieved 2 June 2020.
  2. ^ F A Youngs Jr., Guide to the Local Administrative Units of England, Vol II: Northern England, London, 1991