Elections to Trafford Council were held on Thursday, 4 May 1978. One third of the council was up for election, with each successful candidate to serve a four-year term of office, expiring in 1982. The Conservative Party retained overall control of the council.[1]

After the election, the composition of the council was as follows:

Party Seats   +/-  
Conservative 54 +6
Labour 9 -2
Liberal 0 -4
Conservative hold

Ward results

Altrincham
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative M. Rubin 1,131 54.4 +0.9
Labour E. McPherson 590 28.4 +1.6
Liberal G. M. R. Willmott 357 17.2 -2.5
Majority 541 26.0 -0.7
Turnout 2,078 32.8 -7.5
Conservative gain from Labour Swing
Bowdon
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative J. B. Gill* 2,572 77.6 -7.1
Liberal D. F. Mardon 408 12.3 -3.0
Labour G. R. Scott 333 10.1 +10.1
Majority 2,164 65.3 -4.0
Turnout 3,313 44.7 -3.9
Conservative hold Swing
Broadheath (2 vacancies)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative M. G. Currie* 1,264 28.7 +3.1
Conservative L. M. L. Burton 1,187 26.9 -0.5
Labour E. Smith 587 13.3 +5.2
Labour G. R. Gould 542 12.3 +3.2
Liberal E. H. Faulkner 488 11.1 -2.1
Liberal B. Gaylard 341 7.7 -8.9
Majority 600 13.6 -16.5
Turnout 4,409 35.5 +5.4
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Brooklands
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative J. A. E. Waterfall 2,685 63.8 -1.0
Liberal C. S. Fink* 1,098 26.1 -9.1
Labour A. J. Hadley 426 10.1 +10.1
Majority 1,587 37.7 +8.2
Turnout 4,209 47.1 +1.9
Conservative gain from Liberal Swing
Bucklow
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour F. Holland* 1,566 60.0 +11.3
Conservative J. Strong 1,043 40.0 -0.1
Majority 523 20.0 +11.3
Turnout 2,609 33.4 -4.0
Labour hold Swing
Clifford
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative K. G. Summerfield 1,319 50.1 +7.2
Labour J. S. Maher 1,318 50.0 +0.4
Majority 1 0.03 -6.7
Turnout 2,637 39.6 -1.9
Conservative gain from Labour Swing
Davyhulme East
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative R. G. Haigh* 1,221 61.8 +1.9
Labour R. P. F. Phillips 412 20.8 -9.6
Liberal T. M. Owen 344 17.4 +7.7
Majority 809 40.9 +11.4
Turnout 1,977 36.7 -4.7
Conservative hold Swing
Davyhulme West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative G. H. Carnall* 2,291 62.6 +2.2
Labour L. M. Seex 1,370 37.4 +7.3
Majority 921 25.2 -5.1
Turnout 3,661 35.8 -5.4
Conservative hold Swing
Flixton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative W. Wroe* 2,205 72.1 +9.2
Labour J. Shaw 853 27.9 +5.3
Majority 1,352 44.2 +3.9
Turnout 3,058 33.2 -9.7
Conservative hold Swing
Hale
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative M. Hinchcliffe* 2,812 75.7 -11.5
Liberal J. S. Whittingham 501 13.5 +13.5
Labour A. D. Johnson 400 10.8 -2.0
Majority 2,311 62.2 -12.2
Turnout 3,713 39.9 -7.5
Conservative hold Swing
Longford
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative D. W. Homer* 1,886 53.7 +0.2
Labour A. J. Lloyd 1,284 36.5 +1.8
Liberal H. D. Locksley 343 9.8 -1.9
Majority 602 17.1 -1.7
Turnout 3,513 34.4 -4.6
Conservative hold Swing
Mersey St. Marys
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative R. Moss 2,208 59.4 -1.4
Liberal E. Critchlow 973 26.2 -3.2
Labour C. Younghusband 534 14.4 +4.6
Majority 1,235 33.2 +1.7
Turnout 3,715 41.0 -4.0
Conservative gain from Liberal Swing
Park
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour J. R. Haydock 1,118 49.9 0
Conservative L. Sherwood 1,076 48.0 +0.7
Communist W. Hudson 47 2.1 -0.7
Majority 42 1.9 -0.7
Turnout 2,241 39.1 -4.2
Labour hold Swing
Priory
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative J. H. Evans 1,634 47.5 +1.1
Liberal J. M. Phillipson* 1,265 36.8 +5.5
Labour B. Brotherton 541 15.7 -6.6
Majority 369 10.7 -4.4
Turnout 3,440 40.4 -4.9
Conservative gain from Liberal Swing
Sale Moor
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour R. Mee* 1,417 52.5 +8.9
Conservative G. K. Toft 1,283 47.5 +3.6
Majority 134 5.0 +4.6
Turnout 2,700 40.9 -1.2
Labour hold Swing
St. Martins
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative M. E. King* 2,543 62.9 -3.9
Labour G. Woodburn 858 21.2 -12.0
Liberal G. C. Kinsey 550 13.6 +13.6
Communist J. E. Stitt 89 2.2 +2.2
Majority 1,685 41.7 +8.0
Turnout 4,040 35.3 -2.9
Conservative hold Swing
Stretford
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative M. Hindley* 1,591 68.5 +4.1
Labour R. A. Tully 732 31.5 +3.2
Majority 859 37.0 +0.9
Turnout 2,323 40.0 -2.3
Conservative hold Swing
Talbot
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour G. Marland* 1,780 61.5 +8.7
Conservative W. Outhwaite 1,113 38.5 +4.7
Majority 667 23.0 +4.0
Turnout 2,893 33.3 -4.6
Labour hold Swing
Timperley (2 vacancies)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative G. V. Burrows 1,993 29.1 +3.7
Conservative H. Taylor 1,922 28.0 +1.5
Liberal J. W. Davenport* 1,126 16.4 +4.4
Liberal M. Clancy 1,019 14.9 +1.4
Labour J. R. Royle 402 5.9 -5.2
Labour R. J. Ellis 394 5.7 -5.6
Majority 796 11.6 -14.5
Turnout 6,856 37.8 -4.8
Conservative gain from Liberal Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Urmston
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative A. R. Coupe* 1,725 58.8 +2.0
Labour D. Horner 842 28.7 +4.6
Liberal D. E. Unwin 367 12.5 -6.6
Majority 883 30.1 -2.6
Turnout 2,934 34.6 -3.0
Conservative hold Swing
Village
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative L. E. W. McCowatt 1,746 69.2 +21.6
Labour C. Moore 777 30.8 +6.0
Majority 969 38.4 +18.4
Turnout 2,523 31.2 -13.3
Conservative hold Swing

References

  1. ^ "Trafford M. B. C. Election Results Sheet, 5 May 1978", Trafford M.B.C.(1978).