1978 Bath City Council election
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16 of 48 seats (one third) to Bath City Council
24 seats needed for a majority
  First party Second party
 
Con
Lab
Party Conservative Labour
Seats before 35 13
Seats won 11 5
Seats after 34 14
Seat change Decrease 1 Increase 1
Popular vote 12,963 8,435
Percentage 50.4% 32.8%
Swing Decrease 5.0% Increase 2.3%

Bath UK local election 1978 map.svg
Map showing the results of the 1978 Bath City Council elections. Blue showing Conservative and Red showing Labour.

Council control before election

Conservative

Council control after election

Conservative

The 1978 Bath City Council election was held on Thursday 4 May 1978 to elect councillors to Bath City Council in England. It took place on the same day as other district council elections in the United Kingdom. One third of seats were up for election.

Results summary

Bath City Council election, 1978
Party This election Full council This election
Seats Net Seats % Other Total Total % Votes Votes % +/−
  Conservative 11 Decrease 1 68.8% 13 34 70.8% 12,963 50.4% Decrease 5%
  Labour 5 Increase 1 31.3% 9 14 29.2% 8,435 32.8% Increase 2.3%
  Liberal 0 Steady 0% 0 0 0% 3,496 13.6% Increase 0.3%
  Ecology 0 Steady 0% 0 0 0% 552 2.1% N/A
  Independent 0 Steady 0% 0 0 0% 259 1.0% Increase 0.2%

Ward results

Sitting councillors seeking re-election, elected in 1976, are marked with an asterisk (*). The ward results listed below are based on the changes from the 1976 elections, not taking into account any party defections or by-elections.

Abbey

Abbey[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Jeffrey William Higgins * 856 64.5 –10.2
Labour M. Rose 355 26.7 +1.4
Liberal A. Fox 117 8.8 N/A
Majority 500 37.8 N/A
Turnout 34.2 –5.2
Registered electors 3,884
Conservative hold Swing

Bathwick

Bathwick[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative P. Gees * 1,112 71.9 –12.4
Liberal P. Nancarrow 222 14.4 N/A
Labour B. Carlin 212 13.7 –2.0
Majority 1,810 57.5 N/A
Turnout 40.7 –10.4
Registered electors 3,803
Conservative hold Swing

Bloomfield

Bloomfield[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour A. Whitehead 812 51.9 –0.6
Conservative J. Jones 752 48.1 +0.6
Majority 60 3.8 N/A
Turnout 37.7 –13.5
Registered electors 4,145
Labour gain from Conservative Swing

Combe Down

Combe Down[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative R. Buchanan 1,135 65.2 –6.5
Labour C. Dore 498 28.6 +0.3
Liberal Kenneth Drain 107 6.1 N/A
Majority 637 36.6 N/A
Turnout 42.0 –8.1
Registered electors 4,138
Conservative hold Swing

Kingsmead

Kingsmead[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Elizabeth Ann Newnham 1,011 58.3 +0.3
Labour Hilary Fraser 723 41.7 –0.3
Majority 288 16.6 N/A
Turnout 45.1 –5.3
Registered electors 3,845
Conservative hold Swing

Lambridge

Lambridge[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative G. Mower * 821 52.7 –1.3
Liberal A. Hanham 427 27.4 +3.6
Labour N. Whiskin 309 19.8 –2.5
Majority 394 25.3 N/A
Turnout 51.7 –7.1
Registered electors 3,012
Conservative hold Swing

Lansdown

Lansdown[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative P. Buckley * 1,012 59.1 +9.2
Liberal R. Wardle 485 28.3 –10.7
Labour B. Lock 216 12.6 +1.5
Majority 527 30.8 N/A
Turnout 46.3 –13.2
Registered electors 3,702
Conservative hold Swing

Lyncombe

Lyncombe[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative J. Dawson * 1,139 59.1 –21.2
Labour J. Hornblower 380 20.7 +1.0
Ecology Don Grimes 313 17.7 N/A
Majority 759 41.4 N/A
Turnout 42.1 –5.4
Registered electors 4,354
Conservative hold Swing

Newbridge

Newbridge[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative J. Anton 1,018 69.7 +27.7
Labour S. Paine 225 15.4 +6.2
Liberal Adrian Pegg 218 14.9 –12.7
Majority 793 54.3 N/A
Turnout 37.1 –16.9
Registered electors 3,938
Conservative hold Swing

Oldfield

Oldfield[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour G. Whitty 879 46.0 –19.4
Conservative M. Beckett 483 25.3 –9.3
Liberal E. Andrews 290 15.2 N/A
Independent F. Gilbert * 259 13.6 N/A
Majority 396 20.7 N/A
Turnout 44.6 +0.5
Registered electors 4,284
Labour hold Swing

Southdown

Southdown[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour F. Hobbs * 694 54.6 N/A
Conservative M. Maidment 430 33.8 N/A
Liberal B. Potter 148 11.6 N/A
Majority 264 20.8 N/A
Turnout 38.0 N/A
Registered electors 3,351
Labour hold Swing

Twerton

Twerton[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour I. Jefferies 1,001 64.9 –5.4
Conservative M. Price 359 23.3 N/A
Liberal C. Ferris 182 11.8 –17.9
Majority 642 41.6 N/A
Turnout 39.7 –7.1
Registered electors 3,886
Labour hold Swing

Walcot

Walcot[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative G. Organ * 618 44.0 –4.5
Liberal G. Plumbridge 407 29.0 –3.5
Labour S. Sweeney 379 27.0 +8.0
Majority 211 15.0 N/A
Turnout 36.7 –6.1
Registered electors 3,830
Conservative hold Swing

Westmoreland

Westmoreland[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Denis Reginald Lovelace * 1,085 62.5 +2.0
Conservative G. O'Donovan 453 26.1 –13.4
Liberal H. Nash 199 11.5 N/A
Majority 632 36.4 N/A
Turnout 42.8 +0.4
Registered electors 4,056
Labour hold Swing

Weston

Weston[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative C. Stebbings * 919 49.0 +6.7
Liberal John James Malloy 694 37.0 +1.5
Labour L. Harrington 264 14.1 –8.1
Majority 225 12.0 N/A
Turnout 45.7 –9.9
Registered electors 4,111
Conservative hold Swing

Widcombe

Widcombe[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative D. Elliott * 835 56.5 –13.2
Labour P. Shelton 403 27.3 –3.0
Ecology R. Carder 239 16.2 N/A
Majority 432 29.2 N/A
Turnout 37.2 –7.2
Registered electors 3,968
Conservative hold Swing

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p "Bath City Council Election Results 1973-1994" (PDF). The Elections Centre (Plymouth University). Retrieved 28 April 2020.