1976 Sunderland Metropolitan Borough Council election
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One third of 78 seats on Sunderland Metropolitan Borough Council
40 seats needed for a majority
  First party Second party Third party
 
Party Labour Conservative Liberal
Seats before 52 23 1
Seats won 16 10 0
Seats after 49 26 1
Seat change Decrease3 Increase3 Steady

  Fourth party Fifth party
 
Party Ind. Labour Party Independent
Seats before 1 1
Seats won 0 0
Seats after 1 1
Seat change Steady Steady

Majority party before election

Labour

Majority party after election

Labour

The 1976 Sunderland Metropolitan Borough Council election was held on 6 May 1976. A third of the seats on the Council were up for election, with each of the 26 council wards returning one councillor by first-past-the-post. The election was held on the same day as other local elections.

Election results

Labour maintained a comfortable majority on the Council after the election, despite losing three seats to the Conservatives.[1]

Sunderland Metropolitan Borough Council election results, 1976
Candidates Votes
Party Leader Stood Elected Gained Unseated Net % of total % No. Net %
  Labour 26 16 0 3 Decrease3 61.5 46.2 30,768 Increase7.4
  Conservative 24 10 3 0 Increase3 38.5 40.2 26,794 Increase4.8
  Liberal 19 0 0 0 Steady 0 12.6 8,376 Decrease6.7
  Ind. Labour Party 1 0 0 0 Steady 0 0.5 366 Decrease2.3
  National Front 1 0 0 0 Steady 0 0.3 185 Increase0.3
  Communist 2 0 0 0 Steady 0 0.2 136 Steady

The election resulted in the following composition of the Council:

Party Council
Labour 49
Conservatives 26
Liberal 1
Independent Labour 1
Independent 1
Total 78
Working majority  20 

References

  1. ^ Rallings, Colin; Thrasher, Michael. Local Elections Handbook 1976. The Elections Centre. Retrieved 20 June 2020.