1981 Merseyside County Council election
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← 1977 7 May 1981 (1981-05-07)

All 99 seats
to Merseyside County Council
50 seats needed for a majority
Turnout36.9% (Increase1.3%)[1]
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Party Labour Conservative Liberal
Last election 26 seats,
27.4%
67 seats,
55.1%
6 seats,
16.3%
Seats before 26 67 6
Seats won 57 27 15
Seat change Increase31 Decrease40 Increase9
Popular vote 190,757 122,050 100,218
Percentage 45.8% 29.3% 24.1%
Swing Increase18.4% Decrease25.8% Increase7.8%

1981 Merseyside County Council election result map.jpg
Map of Merseyside County Council showing wards won by party[2]

Control of Council before election

Conservative

Control of Council after election

Labour

The 1981 Merseyside County Council election took place on 7 May to elect members of Merseyside County Council in England.[1] This was on the same day as other local elections.

Election results

Overall election result

Overall result compared with 1977.

Merseyside County Council election, 1981
Party Candidates Votes
Stood Elected Net % of total % Net %
Labour 97 57 Increase31 57.6 45.8 190,757 Increase18.4
Conservative 99 27 Decrease40 27.3 29.3 122,050 Decrease25.8
Liberal 88 15 Increase9 15.2 24.1 100,218 Increase7.8
Residents 2 0 Steady 0.0 0.4 1,728 N/A
Ecology 2 0 Steady 0.0 0.1 585 N/A
Communist 7 0 Steady 0.0 0.1 545 Decrease0.5
British Democratic 2 0 Steady 0.0 0.1 264 N/A
Independent 1 0 Steady 0.0 0.0 184 Decrease0.1
Independent Liberal 1 0 Steady 0.0 0.0 61 Steady

[1]

Results by borough

Knowsley

Merseyside County Council election, 1981 (Knowsley)
Party Candidates Votes
Stood Elected Net % of total % Net %
Labour 11 10 Increase3 90.9 68.5 27,110 Increase23.7
Conservative 11 1 Decrease3 9.1 18.6 7,350 Decrease29.9
Liberal 9 0 Steady 0.0 13.0 5,136 Increase9.6

[1]

Turnout: 31.9% (Increase2.1%)

Liverpool

Merseyside County Council election, 1981 (Liverpool)
Party Candidates Votes
Stood Elected Net % of total % Net %
Labour 36 21 Increase11 58.3 46.9 67,144 Increase18.7
Liberal 36 8 Increase5 22.2 30.9 44,273 Increase7.4
Conservative 36 7 Decrease16 19.4 21.7 31,057 Decrease25.3
Communist 7 0 Steady 0.0 0.4 545 Decrease0.5
Independent Liberal 1 0 Steady 0.0 0.0 61 Decrease0.1

[1]

Turnout: 37.1% (Increase3.2%)

Sefton

Merseyside County Council election, 1981 (Sefton)
Party Candidates Votes
Stood Elected Net % of total % Net %
Conservative 19 9 Decrease6 47.4 38.1 31,108 Decrease25.6
Labour 17 6 Increase3 31.6 34.4 28,070 Increase14.2
Liberal 15 4 Increase3 21.1 24.8 20,190 Increase10.1
Residents 2 0 Steady 0.0 2.1 1,728 N/A
Ecology 1 0 Steady 0.0 0.6 474 N/A

[1]

Turnout: 36.6% (Increase2.6)

St Helens

Merseyside County Council election, 1981 (St Helens)
Party Candidates Votes
Stood Elected Net % of total % Net %
Labour 11 9 Increase6 81.8 56.8 28,191 Increase20.4
Conservative 11 2 Decrease6 18.2 26.6 13,172 Decrease31.4
Liberal 8 0 Steady 0.0 16.2 8,061 Increase10.6
Independent 1 0 Steady 0.0 0.4 184 N/A

[1]

Turnout: 35.7% (Decrease1.6%)

Wirral

Merseyside County Council election, 1981 (Wirral)
Party Candidates Votes
Stood Elected Net % of total % Net %
Labour 22 11 Increase8 50.0 39.2 40,242 Increase18.1
Conservative 22 8 Decrease9 36.4 38.4 39,363 Decrease22.0
Liberal 20 3 Increase1 13.6 22.0 22,558 Increase4.0
British Democratic 2 0 Steady 0.0 0.3 264 N/A
Ecology 1 0 Steady 0.0 0.1 111 N/A

[1]

Turnout: 39.9% (Decrease1.9%)

Notes

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Local Election Summaries 1981". The Elections Centre. Retrieved 2 December 2018.
  2. ^ Jeffery, David. "Merseyside Local Election Results Project". Dr David Jeffery. Retrieved 6 May 2021.