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The 1978 Wolverhampton Metropolitan Borough Council election for the City of Wolverhampton Council was held on Thursday 4 May.

Following the elections no single party had overall control of Wolverhampton Metropolitan Borough Council, the WAR candidates voted with Labour at the mayor making a few weeks later but control passed to the Conservative group following the February 1979 Low Hill by election when the Conservatives gained a seat from Labour.

The 1978 election is notable in that two future Wolverhampton Members of Parliament, Dennis Turner (Bilston East) and Ken Purchase (Eastfield) were both elected to the council.

A vacant seat in St Peters meant two seats were contested in that ward.

The composition of the council prior to the election was:

The composition of the council following the election was:

Election results

Bilston East
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour D Turner 2053
Conservative J Boden 712
National Front B Hyde 142
WAR S Davis 64
Majority 1341
Labour hold Swing
Bilston North
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative C Barber 1518
Labour P Richards 1345
National Front G McNally 297
Majority 73
Conservative gain from Labour Swing
Blakenhall
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative J Carpenter 1896
Labour B Jones 1761
Liberal M Parsley 292
National Front Mrs J Johnson 346
WAR J Hewes 179
Majority 137
Conservative hold Swing
Bushbury
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Mrs J Beddoes 1286
Conservative Mrs I Bickley 807
WAR C J Reynolds 248
National Front J Robinson 153
Majority 479
Labour hold Swing
Eastfield
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour K Purchase 2015
Conservative Mrs R Smith 929
National Front G Cooper 258
Liberal C Hallmark 171
Majority 1086
Labour hold Swing
Ettingshall
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour E Bold 1292
Conservative H Davies 569
National Front P Rollason 158
Majority 723
Labour hold Swing
Graiseley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour F Ledsam 2195
Conservative P Smith 1253
National Front Mrs M Robinson 228
Majority 942
Labour hold Swing
Low Hill
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour D Hickman 1362
Conservative Mrs J Hickman 902
National Front D Johnson 178
Liberal L Maclean 113
Majority 460
Labour hold Swing
Merry Hill
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative B Clarke 3458
Labour R Haynes 1284
WAR Mrs E M Powell 205
National Front B Percival 203
Majority 2174
Conservative hold Swing
Oxley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative F Haley 1309
WAR R Stickland 1225
Labour P Bateman 1063
National Front Mrs C Thomas 132
Majority 693
Conservative gain from Labour Swing
Park
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative W Morrison 2044
Labour S Lydon 847
Liberal R Gray 479
National Front Mrs C Simpson 120
WAR Miss K Johnston 84
Majority 1197
Conservative hold Swing
Parkfield
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour G Howells 1553
Conservative B Carpenter 591
National Front J Thomas 194
WAR B V Read 45
Majority 962
Labour hold Swing
Penn
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative A Bickley 3638
Labour J Fenby 597
WAR R J Thomas 228
National Front J Keating 163
Majority 3041
Conservative hold Swing
St Peters
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour I Claymore 2424
Labour S S Duhra 2143
Conservative Mrs G Hodson 759
Conservative J Inglis 609
National Front J Bladon 154
WAR J Smith 120
National Front J Spencer 110
Labour hold Swing
Spring Vale
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Mrs M Pointon 2030
Conservative J Lockley 1447
Majority 583
Labour hold Swing
Tettenhall Regis
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative S Morton 2807
WAR Mrs J Gunter 733
Labour M Powis 399
National Front Mrs M Ryan 140
Ind. Conservative J Cartwright 117
Majority 2074
Conservative hold Swing
Tettenhall Wightwick
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative R Watson 3177
Labour M Smith 685
Liberal Mrs S Ascott 248
National Front S Hammond 191
WAR T Rathbone 99
Majority 1752
Conservative hold Swing
Wednesfield Heath
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative W Wootton 2007
Labour H Turner 1219
National Front G Jones 246
Majority 788
Conservative gain from Labour Swing
Wednesfield North
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative G Jones 2121
Labour A Morey 1865
National Front S Mcnally 320
Majority 256
Conservative gain from Labour Swing
Wednesfield South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative J Davis 1748
Labour Mrs C Nicholls 1457
National Front J Dutton 182
Majority 291
Conservative gain from Labour Swing