1978 Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council election

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One third of seats (20 of 60) to Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council
31 seats needed for a majority
  First party Second party Third party
 
Party Labour Residents Independent
Seats won 16 3 1
Seat change Decrease2 Increase3 Steady

Majority party before election

Labour

Majority party after election

Labour

Elections to Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council were held on 4 May 1978. One third of the council was up for election. The election resulted in Labour retaining control of the council. The sole Democratic Labour councillor elected in 1973 successfully defended his seat as an Independent and the only Independent elected in 1973 unsuccessfully defended his seat as a Conservative.[1]

Election result

Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council Election Result 1978[1]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Labour 16 0 2 -2 80.0 51.0 28,584 +3.0
  Residents 3 3 0 +3 15.0 31.0 17,383 +0.9
  Independent 1 0 0 0 5.0 4.6 2,567 +4.1
  Conservative 0 0 1 -1 0.0 9.1 5,116 +0.5
  Liberal 0 0 0 0 0.0 4.3 2,379 -7.2

This resulted in the following composition of the council:[1]

Party Previous council New council
Labour 39 37
Residents 11 14
Liberals 5 5
Independent Labour 2 2
Independent 1 1
Conservatives 2 1
Total 60 60
Working majority  18   14 

Ward results

+/- figures represent changes from the last time these wards were contested.

Ardsley (7424)[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Hepworth R. 1,295 55.7 +3.7
Residents Parkin A. Ms. 758 32.6 -3.7
Conservative Kitching A. 273 11.7 +0.0
Majority 537 23.1 +7.4
Turnout 2,326 31.3 +1.9
Labour hold Swing +3.7
No. 1 (Barnsley: Carlton) (10226)[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Brain H.* 1,892 72.0 +4.0
Residents Roughley J. 735 28.0 -4.0
Majority 1,157 44.0 +7.9
Turnout 2,627 25.7 +1.9
Labour hold Swing +4.0
No. 2 (Barnsley: East & North) (8250)[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Williams A.* 1,471 42.7 -2.5
Residents Harris M. 1,444 41.9 +1.2
Conservative Guest M. 529 15.4 +1.3
Majority 27 0.8 -3.7
Turnout 3,444 41.7 -1.1
Labour hold Swing -1.8
No. 3 (Barnsley: Central-South-South East)(9433)[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Lunn F.* 2,435 71.0 +21.8
Residents Welbourne E. Ms. 536 15.6 +1.9
Conservative Oldfield H. 458 13.4 +4.2
Majority 1,899 55.4 +34.0
Turnout 3,429 36.4 -1.0
Labour hold Swing +9.9
No. 4 (Barnsley: South West and West) (7650)[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Residents Addison M. Ms. 1,517 54.6 +1.9
Labour Almond B. 960 34.6 -2.2
Conservative Moorhouse J. 301 10.8 +0.3
Majority 557 20.1 +4.1
Turnout 2,778 36.3 -8.3
Residents gain from Labour Swing +2.0
No. 5 (Barnsley: Monk Bretton) (11006)[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Stokes M. 2,024 55.7 +5.6
Residents French W. 1,610 44.3 +5.1
Majority 414 11.4 +0.5
Turnout 3,634 33.0 -1.3
Labour hold Swing +0.2
No. 7 (Cudworth) (6477)[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Salt H. 1,574 54.4 +11.3
Residents Saxby J. 1,317 45.6 -11.3
Majority 257 8.9 -4.7
Turnout 2,891 44.6 +6.1
Labour hold Swing +11.3
No. 8 (Darfield) (6210)[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Dixon T. 1,445 55.4 -8.0
Residents Sykes E. 1,165 44.6 +8.0
Majority 280 10.7 -16.0
Turnout 2,610 42.0 -1.2
Labour hold Swing -8.0
No. 9 (Dodworth-Barugh-Higham-Gawber)(6948)[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Mason G.* 1,453 54.5 +12.2
Residents Taylor S. 1,211 45.5 +9.3
Majority 242 9.1 +2.9
Turnout 2,664 38.3 -6.6
Labour hold Swing +1.4
No. 10 (Darton) (9483)[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Booth D.* 1,611 43.9 -2.8
Residents Skelton G. 1,567 42.7 -10.5
Conservative England G. 491 13.4 +13.4
Majority 44 1.2 -5.3
Turnout 3,669 38.7 +2.3
Labour hold Swing +3.8
No. 11 (Dearne: Central & South) (9977)[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Bedford J.* Unopposed N/A N/A
Labour hold Swing N/A
No. 12 (Dearne: East & West) (7367)[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Oldham J.* Unopposed N/A N/A
Labour hold Swing N/A
No. 13 (Hoyland Nether) (11479)[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Eaden D. 2,525 57.5 +57.5
Labour Wadsworth A. 1,868 42.5 -15.8
Majority 657 15.0 -1.6
Turnout 4,393 38.3 -2.7
Independent hold Swing +36.6
No. 14 (Penistone) (6472)[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Residents Harrison M. Ms. 1,150 35.1 +33.2
Conservative Gledhill W.* 1,105 33.8 +22.9
Labour Murphy W. 778 23.8 -0.5
Liberal Stein W. 241 7.4 -28.9
Majority 45 1.4 -8.2
Turnout 3,274 50.6 -7.0
Residents gain from Conservative Swing +5.1
No. 15 (Royston) (6522)[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Ball T.* 1,367 58.4 +0.8
Liberal Whitehead E. 973 41.6 +4.9
Majority 394 16.8 -4.2
Turnout 2,340 35.9 -9.0
Labour hold Swing -2.0
No. 16 (Wombwell: Central-North-South East)(5381)[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Fellows B.* 898 57.7 +15.4
Liberal Hargreaves E. 657 42.3 +42.3
Majority 241 15.5 +0.3
Turnout 1,555 28.9 +3.1
Labour hold Swing -13.4
No. 17 (Wombwell: Hemingfield and SouthWest) (7551)[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Wake J. 1,821 59.9 +15.5
Residents Nield M. Ms. 1,217 40.1 +40.1
Majority 604 19.9 +8.9
Turnout 3,038 40.2 -1.1
Labour hold Swing -12.3
No. 18 (Worsbrough) (11259)[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Residents Dickinson F. 2,261 50.2 -2.8
Labour Bland J.* 2,245 49.8 +2.8
Majority 16 0.4 -5.6
Turnout 4,506 40.0 +1.9
Residents gain from Labour Swing -2.8
No. 19 (Hemsworth Rural) (9218)[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Wooley E. 1,805 59.4 +0.5
Residents Hardman J. 895 29.5 +4.7
Conservative Schofield D. Ms. 338 11.1 -5.2
Majority 910 30.0 -4.2
Turnout 3,038 33.0 -0.3
Labour hold Swing -2.1
No. 20 (Penistone Rural & Wortley) (7541)[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Fish H.* 1,642 43.1 +12.9
Conservative Tue G. Ms. 1,621 42.5 +8.4
Liberal Nicholson M. 508 13.3 -22.3
Independent Wilson M. 42 1.1 +1.1
Majority 21 0.6 -4.9
Turnout 3,813 50.6 -3.3
Labour hold Swing +2.2

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w "Elections Centre: Barnsley 1973-2012" (PDF). electionscentre.co.uk/plymouth.ac.uk. Archived from the original (PDF) on 25 July 2017. Retrieved 25 July 2017.