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The Council elections held in Wolverhampton on Thursday 3 May 1988 were one third, and 20 of the 60 seats were up for election.

During the 1984 election the Labour Party gained the Heath Town ward from the SDP–Liberal Alliance.

Candidates that previously would have stood for the SDP–Liberal Alliance stood with the labels, SDP or Social and Liberal Democrats (Liberal Democrats) in the 1988 local elections.

Election result

Bilston East
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour J Collingswood 2049
Conservative A J Davies 696
SLD A Ramsbottom 127
Majority 1353
Bilston North
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour C Dougherty 2331
Conservative C Barber 1682
SLD R V Smith 216
Majority 649
Blakenhall
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour R Jones 2642
Conservative A C Gething 1505
SLD M M O'Brien 164
Majority 1137
Bushbury
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative C Brueton 2225
Labour A G Barratt 1655
SLD A Whitehouse 239
Majority 570
East Park
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Mrs P Byrne 2565
Conservative I C Jenkins 934
SLD P Lewis 551
Majority 1631
Ettingshall
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour A Johnson 2306
Conservative Mrs J Shore 736
SLD A Whitehouse 125
Majority 1570
Fallings Park
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Mrs T Walton 2331
Conservative M J Torrington 1912
SDP D Fysh 297
Majority 419
Graiseley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour M Chevannes-Reeves 2627
Conservative K Pederson 1876
SLD B J Lamb 473
Majority 751
Heath Town
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour R N Harding 2303
Liberal M A Pearson 836
Conservative M Hoare 544
Majority 1467
Low Hill
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour J McCallum 2506
Conservative K Gliwitzki 937
SLD J S Thompson 207
Majority 1569
Merry Hill
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative R Bradley 2594
Labour S B Smith 1188
SLD J N M White 365
Majority 1406
Oxley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour J Clifford 2298
Conservative R J F Ward 1895
SDP I Nightingale 248
Majority 403
Park
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative R Swatman 2783
Labour P J Walker 2005
SLD G H Ellam 329
Majority 778
Penn
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative A Hart 3057
Labour F Docherty 903
SLD C Jones-Williams 413
Majority 2154
St Peter's
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour S S Duhra 2950
Conservative B Mellor 801
SLD B H Lewis 332
Majority 2149
Spring Vale
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
SLD R Whitehouse 2511
Labour A G Garner 1912
Conservative J Lenoir 466
Majority 599
Tettenhall Regis
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Mrs D Seiboth 2741
SLD R Gray 857
Labour P E Wesley 856
Majority 1884
Tettenhall Wightwick
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative W Thompson 2998
Labour R J Garner 862
SLD E Pringle 393
Majority 1884
Wednesfield North
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour P Bateman 2567
Conservative J Smith 1782
SDP J Smith 232
Majority 785
Wednesfield South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour R Servian 2246
Conservative J Smith 1570
SLD R Waterhouse 222
Majority 676