The second election to Lothian Regional Council was held on 2 May 1978 and saw Labour gaining a majority of the council's 49 seats amidst a Labour surge across Scotland. Stephen Maxwell, the SNP's vice-chairman, was a prominent victim of the Labour gains, losing his seat of Slateford/Hailes.[1]

Aggregate results

Lothian Regional election, 1978[2][3][4]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Labour 26 53.06 40.3 100,455
  Conservative 18 36.73 33.2 82,841
  SNP 3 6.12 20.3 50,692
  Liberal 1 2.04 4.3 10,601
  Independent 1 2.04 1.5 3,709
  Communist 0 0.00 0.4 940

Ward results

20th, Slateford/Hailes[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Labour J. P. Mulvey 2,272 39.23
SNP S. Maxwell 2,134 36.84
Conservative D. Pountain 1,386 23.93
Majority 138
Turnout 5,792
Labour gain from SNP

References