1982 London local elections
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All 1,914 on all 32 London boroughs
  First party Second party Third party
Margaret Thatcher
Michael Foot
Leader Margaret Thatcher Michael Foot David Steel (Lib.)
Collective (SDP)
Party Conservative Labour SDP–Liberal Alliance
Leader since 11 February 1975 10 November 1980 1976 (Steel), 1981 (SDP)
Popular vote 912,005 652,430 530,340
Percentage 42.2% 30.2% 24.6%
Swing Decrease6.5% Decrease8.9% Increase17.5%
Councils 17 12 0
Councils +/– Steady Decrease2 Steady
Councillors 984 781 124
Councillors +/– Increase24 Decrease101 Increase94

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Results by Borough in 1982.

Local government elections took place in London, and some other parts of the United Kingdom on Thursday 6 May 1982. Ward changes took place in Enfield which increased the total number of councillors by 6 from 1,908 to 1,914.

All London borough council seats were up for election. Both major parties lost votes to the SDP-Liberal Alliance, but whilst the Conservatives gained 20 council seats, Labour lost 101.

The party's result of 30.4%, 12 councils and 781 councillors was the worst Labour result since 1968.

The previous Borough elections in London were in 1978.[1]

To date, this remains the last London local election in which the Conservatives won a majority of council seats or councils, as well as the last time the party won over 40% of the vote. The Conservatives would not win the popular vote in a London local election for another two decades, and would not win a plurality of seats in London again until the election of 2006, 24 years later.

Results summary

Party[2] Votes won % votes Change Seats % seats Change Councils Change
Conservative 912,005 42.2 -6.5 984 51.4 +24 17 ±0
Labour 652,430 30.2 -8.9 781 40.8 -101 12 -2
Alliance 530,340 24.6 +17.5 124 6.5 +94 0 ±0
Others 64,387 3.0 -2.1 25 1.3 -11 0 ±0
No overall control n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 3 +2

Council results

Council Previous control Result Details
Barking and Dagenham Labour Labour Details
Barnet Conservative Conservative Details
Bexley Conservative Conservative Details
Brent Labour Labour Details
Bromley Conservative Conservative Details
Camden Labour Labour Details
Croydon Conservative Conservative Details
Ealing Conservative Conservative Details
Enfield Conservative Conservative Details
Greenwich Labour Labour Details
Hackney Labour Labour Details
Hammersmith and Fulham No overall control No overall control Details
Haringey Labour Labour Details
Harrow Conservative Conservative Details
Havering Conservative Conservative Details
Hillingdon Conservative Conservative Details
Hounslow Labour Labour Details
Islington Labour Labour Details
Kensington and Chelsea Conservative Conservative Details
Kingston upon Thames Conservative Conservative Details
Lambeth Labour No overall control Details
Lewisham Labour Labour Details
Merton Conservative Conservative Details
Newham Labour Labour Details
Redbridge Conservative Conservative Details
Richmond upon Thames Conservative Conservative Details
Southwark Labour Labour Details
Sutton Conservative Conservative Details
Tower Hamlets Labour Labour Details
Waltham Forest Labour No overall control Details
Wandsworth Conservative Conservative Details
Westminster Conservative Conservative Details

Borough result maps


  1. ^ Minors, Michael; Grenham, Dennis. "London Borough Council Elections 7 May 1998 including the Greater London Authority Referendum results" (PDF). Demographic and Statistical Studies. London Research Centre. Retrieved 29 May 2014.
  2. ^ "Year Tables". electionscentre.co.uk. 19 December 2015. Archived from the original on 18 June 2016.
  3. ^ "London Borough Council Elections 6 May 1982" (PDF). londondatastore-upload.s3.amazonaws.com. 1982. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2 April 2015.