Elections to Colchester Borough Council were held on in 1978 alongside local elections across the United Kingdom.

Results Summary

1978 Colchester Borough Council election
Party This election Full council This election
Seats Net Seats % Other Total Total % Votes Votes % +/−
  Conservative 10 Decrease 2 52.6 27 37 61.7 17,478 53.1 −2.8
  Labour 8 Increase 3 42.1 13 21 35.0 13,720 41.7 +10.0
  Independent 1 Steady 0.0 0 1 1.7 0 0.0 −1.7
  Liberal 0 Steady 0.0 0 0 0.0 974 3.0 −4.9
  Tiptree Residents 0 Decrease 1 0.0 1 1 1.7 740 2.2 −0.9

Ward Results

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19 councillors, from the same number of wards, were up for election. All percentage changes are calculated as the change in share of all previous party candidates from the 1976 election (whole council).

Berechurch

Berechurch
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour R. McQuitty 953 40.5
Conservative L. Long 836 35.5
Liberal M. Gage 565 24.0
Majority 127 5.0
Turnout 41.6
Labour gain from Conservative Swing

Birch-Messing

Birch-Messing
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent T. Wayman Unopposed
Turnout
Independent hold Swing

Boxted & Langham

Boxted & Langham
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative A. Sexton 589 63.0
Labour J. Bensusan-Butt 346 37.0
Majority 243 26.0
Turnout 57.0 26.0
Conservative hold Swing

Castle

Castle
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Ken Cooke 1,406 56.9
Conservative G. Jefferies 912 36.9
Liberal D. Stephenson 154 6.2
Majority 894 20.0
Turnout
Labour hold Swing

Harbour

Harbour
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour R. Green 1,347 56.4
Conservative E. White 1,041 43.5
Majority 306 12.9
Turnout 48.8 +12.8
Labour gain from Conservative Swing

Lexden

Lexden
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative D. Holt 1,614 81.5
Labour D. Pitchford 367 18.5
Majority
Turnout 1,981 48.2
Conservative hold Swing

Mile End

Mile End
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative J. Fulford 1,092 67.8
Labour T. Oxton 518 32.2
Majority 35.6
Turnout 1,610 44.9
Conservative hold Swing

New Town

New Town
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour J. Orpe 1,169 56.6
Conservative L. Leader 769 37.2
Liberal M. Pawsey 127 6.2
Majority
Turnout 44.7
Labour hold Swing

Prettygate

Prettygate
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative D. Purvis 1,523 68.7
Labour R. Lown 693 31.3
Majority
Turnout 45.6
Conservative hold Swing

Shrub End

Shrub End
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour E. Plowright 1,044 59.3
Conservative J. Nicholls 716 32.8
Majority
Turnout
Labour hold Swing

St. Andrew's

St. Andrew's
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour G. Bober 1,374 67.0
Conservative Nigel Chapman 676 33.0
Majority 698 34.0
Turnout 30.9
Labour hold Swing

St. Anne's

St. Anne's
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour R. Marchant 1,016 56.9
Conservative D. Sissons 770 43.1
Majority 13.8
Turnout 42.3
Labour hold Swing

St. John's

St. John's
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative M. Pinnock 1,132 70.7
Labour P. Treacher 470 29.3
Majority
Turnout
Conservative hold Swing

St. Mary's

St. Mary's
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative R. Hilham 1,431 66.1
Labour S. McAndrew 453 20.9
Liberal William Spyvee 282 13.0
Majority
Turnout
Conservative hold Swing

Stanway

Stanway
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative D. Arrondelle 942 54.3
Labour E. Kirkby 793 45.7
Majority
Turnout 48.2
Conservative hold Swing

Tiptree

Tiptree
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative R. Martin 950 48.8
Tiptree Residents J. Webb 740 38.0
Labour J. Greer 256 13.2
Majority
Turnout
Conservative gain from Tiptree Residents

West Bergholt

West Bergholt
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative J. Lampon 692 82.1
Labour J. Quinn 151 17.9
Majority
Turnout
Conservative hold Swing

Winstree

Winstree
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative M. Fairhead 808 79.4
Labour V. McAndrew 210 20.6
Majority
Turnout
Conservative hold Swing

Wivenhoe

Wivenhoe
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour J. Bayles 1,154 54.0
Conservative K. Brereton 985 46.0
Majority
Turnout
Labour gain from Conservative Swing

References

  1. ^ Colin Rallings; Michael Thrasher. "Colchester Borough Council Election Results 1973-2012" (PDF). www.electionscentre.co.uk. The Election Centre, Plymouth University.