1979 Ipswich Borough Council election

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All 48 seats
25 seats needed for a majority
  First party Second party
Party Labour Conservative
Last election 21 26
Seats won 29 19
Seat change Increase 8 Decrease 7

Council control before election


Council control after election


The 1979 Ipswich Borough Council election was the first election to the Ipswich Borough Council under the new arrangements determined by the Local Government Boundary Commission as laid out in their Report 280. In accordance with the Local Government Act 1972 the Council had request a system of electing by thirds. Originally the Council had argued for 18 wards with 3 councillors each, making 54 in total. However, when this was analysed in terms of the Suffolk County Council (SCC), this was more numerous than would be compatible with the SCC's desired size of 75 members. The Ipswich Borough Council was invited to submit a revised proposal, leading to the creation of 16 wards with 3 councillors each. This became the finalised structure of the wards for the 1979 election.[1]

It took place as part of the 1979 United Kingdom local elections. [2]

There were 16 wards returning between 3 councillors each.[3] The Labour Party gained control of the Council. It took place as part of the 1979 United Kingdom local elections.[2]



Bixley (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative A. Seabrooke 3,370 72.6
Conservative B. Pinner 3,254
Conservative J. Shorten 3,183
Labour F. Coates 1,270
Labour C. James 1,128
Labour F. Phelps 491
Majority 1,065


  1. ^ Proposals for the Future Electoral Arrangements for the Borough of Ipswich in the County of Suffolk (PDF). Local Government Boundary Commission. 1977.
  2. ^ a b Rallings, Colin; Thrasher, Michael (1979). Local Elections Handbook 1979. Plymouth: Elections Centre, Plymouth University.
  3. ^ Rallings, Colin; Thrasher, Michael. "Ipswich Borough Council Election Results 1973-2012" (PDF). electionscentre.co.uk. Elections Centre Plymouth University. Retrieved 10 May 2021.