1988 Scottish local elections

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  First party Second party
Neil Kinnock
Margaret Thatcher
Leader Neil Kinnock Margaret Thatcher
Party Labour Conservative
Leader since 2 October 1983 11 February 1975
Seats won 553 162
Seat change Increase8 Decrease27
Percentage 42.6 19.4
Swing Decrease3.1 Decrease2.0

  Third party Fourth party
Malcolm Bruce
Leader Gordon Wilson Malcolm Bruce
Party SNP Liberal Democrats
Leader since 15 September 1979 3 March 1988
Seats won 113 84
Seat change Increase54 Increase6
Percentage 21.3 8.4
Swing Increase9.6 Decrease4.4

Scottish District local elections, 1988.svg
Colours denote the winning party with outright control

Local elections were held in Scotland on 5 May 1988, to elect members to all 53 district councils under the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973, which had established the two-tier system of regions and districts.

National results

Summary of the 1988 Scottish district council election results[1]
Parties Votes Votes % Wards
Labour 42.6 553
SNP 21.3 113
Conservative 19.4 162
Liberal Democrats 8.4 84
Independent 6.4 231
Total n/a ~1158

Results by council area


Council 1984 result 1988 result Turnout Details
Berwickshire Conservative Conservative Details
Ettrick and Lauderdale Independent Independent Details
Roxburghshire Independent Independent Details
Tweeddale Independent Independent Details


Council 1984 result 1988 result Turnout Details
Clackmannan Labour Labour Details
Falkirk Labour Labour Details
Stirling Labour No overall control Details

Dumfries and Galloway

Council 1984 result 1988 result Turnout Details
Annandale and Eskdale Independent Liberal Democrats Details
Merrick Independent Independent Details
Nithsdale Independent Labour Details
Stewartry Independent Independent Details


Council 1984 result 1998 result Turnout Details
Dunfermline Labour Labour Details
Kirkcaldy Labour Labour Details
North-East Fife Liberal Democrats Liberal Democrats Details


Council 1984 result 1988 result Turnout Details
Banff and Buchan Independent Independent Details
City of Aberdeen Labour No overall control Details
Gordon Independent No overall control Details
Kincardine and Deeside Independent Independent Details
Moray Independent Independent Details


Council 1984 result 1988 result Turnout Details
Badenoch and Strathspey Independent Independent Details
Caithness Independent Independent Details
Inverness Independent Independent Details
Lochaber Independent Independent Details
Nairn Independent Independent Details
Ross and Cromarty Independent Independent Details
Skye and Lochalsh Independent Independent Details
Sutherland Independent Independent Details


Council 1984 result 1988 result Turnout Details
City of Edinburgh Labour Labour Details
East Lothian Labour Labour Details
Midlothian Labour Labour Details
West Lothian Labour Labour Details


Council 1984 result 1988 result Turnout Details
Argyll and Bute Independent Independent Details
Bearsden and Milngavie Conservative Conservative Details
Cumbernauld and Kilsyth Labour No overall control Details
Clydebank Labour Labour Details
Cunninghame Labour Labour Details
Cumnock and Doon Valley Labour Labour Details
Dumbarton Labour No overall control Details
East Kilbride Labour Labour Details
Eastwood Conservative Conservative Details
City of Glasgow Labour Labour Details
Hamilton Labour Labour Details
Inverclyde Labour Labour Details
Kilmarnock and Loudoun Labour Labour Details
Kyle and Carrick Conservative Labour Details
Clydesdale Labour Labour Details
Motherwell Labour Labour Details
Monklands Labour Labour Details
Strathkelvin Labour Labour Details


Council 1984 result 1998 result Turnout Details
Angus SNP SNP Details
City of Dundee Labour Labour Details
Perth and Kinross Conservative No overall control Details


  1. ^ McConnell, Alan (2004), Scottish Local Government, Edinburgh University Press, ISBN 978-0-7486-2005-0