The 1978 Barking Borough Council election took place on 4 May 1978 to elect members of Barking London Borough Council in London, England. The whole council was up for election and the Labour Party stayed in overall control of the council.[1]

Background

6 new wards were created for this election and 113 candidates nominated in total. Labour, once again, ran a full slate of candidates, and in keeping with the council's strong Labour vote, no other party ran in all wards. The Conservative Party had the second most candidates on the ballot at 28.

Election result

Labour continued to win a large majority of seats - 42 out of 48. For the first time since the 1968 elections the Conservatives won seats as well, 3 in all.

Ward results

Abbey

Abbey (3 seats)[1][2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Jean E. Bruce 1,474 53.7 -2.0
Labour Sydney Hamilton 1,470 N/A
Labour Horace J. Howie 1,447 N/A
Conservative Brian Cook 776 28.3 +10.4
Liberal Ronwen R. Beadle 312 11.4 -15.0
Liberal Angela E. Bush 297 N/A
National Front Keith R. Taylor 182 6.6 N/A
National Front Sandra Hatchman 160 N/A
National Front Stanley W. Pulfer 153 N/A
Turnout 41.6 +9.8
Registered electors 6,827
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing

Alibon

Alibon (2 seats)[1][2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Thomas R. Reynolds 945 70.0 N/A
Labour Ernest J. White 944 N/A
Conservative Reginald L. Johnson 366 27.1 N/A
Conservative William T. Maule 324 N/A
Communist Frederick J. Creamer 39 2.9 N/A
Turnout 28.5 N/A
Registered electors 4,817
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)

Cambell

Cambell (3 seats)[1][2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Joseph A. Butler 1,552 63.4 -26.8
Labour Sidney G. Cole 1,481 N/A
Labour Bertie E. Roycraft 1,295 N/A
Conservative Dorothea C. Reed 542 22.1 +12.3
Liberal Robert F. Porter 233 9.5 N/A
Communist Danielle V. Nicholls 121 4.9 N/A
Turnout 31.9 +11.0
Registered electors 7,386
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing

Chadwell Heath

Chadwell Heath (3 seats)[1][2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Residents Cyril H. Ayres 2,100 76.1 +21.2
Residents Joan E. Harper 2,097 N/A
Residents Peggy D. Miller 2,033 N/A
Labour Eric R. Harris 613 22.2 -5.5
Labour James L Jones 536 N/A
Labour Eric R. Mansell 495 N/A
Communist Alfred F. Ott 46 1.7 -3.0
Turnout 40.1 -10.2
Registered electors 6,899
Residents hold Swing
Residents hold Swing
Residents hold Swing

Eastbrook

Eastbrook (3 seats)[1][2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Frederick G. Tibble 1,202 48.2 -32.1
Labour Leonard A. Collins 1,197 N/A
Labour George H.A. Crouch 1,176 N/A
Conservative Alexander F. Owen 1,099 44.1 +30.9
Conservative Sydney D. Horrell 1.094 N/A
Conservative Ada E. Horrell 1.089 N/A
Liberal Edward A. Bullock 192 7.7 N/A
Turnout 37.1 +17.8
Registered electors 7,364
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing

Eastbury

Eastbury (2 seats)[1][2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Maud Ball 1,043 68.5 N/A
Labour Michael J. O'Shea 902 N/A
Liberal Alan R. Beadle 479 31.5 N/A
Liberal Martin F. Taylor 465 N/A
Turnout 35.5 N/A
Registered electors 4,888
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)

Fanshawe

Fanshawe (3 seats)[1][2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Frederick C. Jones 1,371 72.4 -8.9
Labour John S. Thomas 1,244 N/A
Labour Ernest A. Turner 1,221 N/A
Conservative William J. Russell 459 24.2 +15.9
Conservative Ronald G. Rands 428 N/A
Conservative Alan Wiles 400 N/A
Communist Keith Bird 64 3.4 -7.0
Turnout 30.2 +10.6
Registered electors 6,885
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing

Gascoigne

Gascoigne (3 seats)[1][2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Julia H. Engwell 1,648 64.0 -18.8
Labour John H. Lawrence 1,501 N/A
Labour Brian P. Walker 1,498 N/A
Conservative Audrey L. Beasley 486 18.9 -8.4
Liberal David A. Spender 284 11.0 N/A
National Front Colin M. London 155 6.0 N/A
National Front Harold J. Nash 123 N/A
Turnout 34.7 +8.3
Registered electors 7,092
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing

Goresbrook

Goresbrook (2 seats)[1][2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour David A. Dodd 1,018 66.4 N/A
Labour Edith E. Bradley 997 N/A
Conservative Victor F. Reeves 440 28.7 N/A
Communist Avis L. Greenway 76 5.0 N/A
Turnout 30.6 N/A
Registered electors 5,230
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)

Heath

Heath (3 seats)[1][2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Charles J. Fairbrass 1,502 64.8 -5.5
Labour John W. Allam 1,442 N/A
Labour Brian J. Wilkins 1,331 N/A
Conservative Leonard T. Groves 681 29.4 -5.7
Conservative Joan E. Preston 660 N/A
Communist Helena Ott 135 5.8 -0.2
Turnout 30.4 +13.1
Registered electors 7,698
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing

Longbridge

Longbridge (3 seats)[1][2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Dennis W. Barnett 1,846 59.6 +27.8
Conservative Edward J. Reed 1,780 N/A
Conservative John W. Seaman 1,724 N/A
Labour Doris M. Jones 998 32.7 -16.5
Labour John Cavanagh 997 N/A
Labour Marie A. Cole 915 N/A
Liberal Brian B. Beadle 254 8.2 -10.7
Liberal Eric J. Lowers 218 N/A
Liberal Dennis J. Keenan 217 N/A
Turnout 45.2 +16.1
Registered electors 7,324
Conservative gain from Labour Swing
Conservative gain from Labour Swing
Conservative gain from Labour Swing

Manor

Manor (2 seats)[1][2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Albert E. Ball 1,118 63.8 +17.0
Labour James A. Mannering 1,043 N/A
Conservative Bernadette Long 462 26.4 +7.2
Liberal Muriel I. Stolton 172 9.8 N/A
Turnout 34.1 +26.6
Registered electors 4,957
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing

Marks Gate

Marks Gate (1 seat)[1][2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Arthur Biles 458 58.7 N/A
Conservative Michael O'Brien 300 38.5 N/A
Communist Daniel Connor 22 2.8 N/A
Turnout 32.2 N/A
Registered electors 2,441
Labour win (new seat)

Parsloes

Parsloes (2 seats)[1][2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Mabel R. Arnold 1,092 61.1 N/A
Labour Millicent S. Preston 1,057 N/A
Conservative Janet M. Barnett 486 27.2 N/A
Liberal Daniel J. Felton 209 11.7 N/A
Turnout 32.5 N/A
Registered electors 5,307
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)

River

River (2 seats)[1][2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Leonard J. Bryant 990 67.0 -13.9
Labour James Morton 892 N/A
Conservative Jane I Calver 429 29.0 +16.4
Conservative William J. Whiter 376 N/A
Communist Brian F. Nicholls 58 3.9 -2.6
Turnout 29.8 +10.4
Registered electors 5,243
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing

Thames

Thames (2 seats)[1][2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Douglas J. Waters 1,649 86.1 N/A
Labour George H. Shaw 1,647 N/A
Liberal Ronald H. Stolton 267 13.9 N/A
Turnout 38.5 N/A
Registered electors 5,147
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)

Triptons

Triptons (3 seats)[1][2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour George A. Brooker 1,185 65.9 N/A
Labour John Davis 1,152 N/A
Labour William E. Bellamy 1,077 N/A
Conservative Alan L. Sears 513 28.5 N/A
Conservative George A. Winch 391 N/A
Communist Danny J. Marshall 100 5.6 N/A
Turnout 27.5 N/A
Registered electors 7,213
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)

Valence

Valence (3 seats)[1][2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Richard Blackburn 1,383 60.8 -9.6
Labour Matthew Eales 1,267 N/A
Labour Joanne Williams 1,249 N/A
Conservative Terence C. McManus 432 19.0 +8.7
Conservative William J. Middleton 358 N/A
Independent Vera Cridland 213 9.4 N/A
National Front John J. Benjafield 185 8.1 N/A
National Front John Roberts 181 N/A
National Front Michael D. Sowerby 168 N/A
Communist Brian A. Corbett 62 2.7 -6.9
Turnout 30.7 +12.0
Registered electors 7,092
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing

Village

Village (3 seats)[1][2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Matthew J. Spencer 1,256 48.3 -16.1
Labour Harry Tindell 1,161 N/A
Labour Peter Bradley 1,156 N/A
Conservative Terence A. Mallindine 851 32.8 +22.8
Conservative John M. Kinnie 839 N/A
Liberal George D. Poole 392 15.1 -1.3
Communist Paul B. Greenaway 99 3.8 -0.6
Turnout 32.0 +10.4
Registered electors 7,614
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing

By-elections between 1978 and 1982

Cambell

Cambell by-election, 29 March 1979[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Eric R. Harris 1,019 48.4 -15.0
Conservative Brian Cook 906 43.0 +20.9
National Front John J. Benjafield 106 5.0 N/A
Liberal Daniel J. Felton 76 3.6 -5.9
Majority 113 5.4 N/A
Turnout 28.7 -3.2
Registered electors 7,354
Labour hold Swing

The by-election was called following the death of Cllr. Bertie E. Roycraft.

Gascoigne

Gascoigne by-election, 3 May 1979[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour James L. Jones 2,258 54.7 -9.3
Conservative Stanley Bray 1,255 30.4 +11.5
Liberal David A. Spender 614 14.9 +3.9
Majority 1,003 24.3 N/A
Turnout 60.6 +35.9
Registered electors 6,865
Labour hold Swing

The by-election was called following the death of Cllr. Julia H. Engwell.

Triptons

Triptons by-election, 4 December 1980[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Alan D. Stevens 859 68.3 +2.4
Liberal Edward A. Bullock 234 18.6 N/A
Conservative Sylvia M. L. Jones 120 9.5 -19.0
National Front Ronald A. Ferrett 44 3.5 N/A
Majority 625 49.7 N/A
Turnout 17.4 -10.1
Registered electors 7,244
Labour hold Swing

The by-election was called following the death of Cllr. William E. Bellamy.

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t "London Borough Council Elections 4 May 1978" (PDF). London Datastore. Greater London Council. Retrieved 29 March 2015.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s "London Borough of Barking & Dagenham Election Results 1964-2010" (PDF). Elections Centre. Plymouth University. Retrieved 19 May 2018.
  3. ^ a b c "London Borough Council Elections 6 May 1982" (PDF). London Datastore. Greater London Council. Retrieved 29 March 2015.