1990 London local elections
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All 1,914 on all 32 London boroughs
Turnout48.2% (Increase2.7%)
  First party Second party Third party
Neil Kinnock
Margaret Thatcher
Paddy Ashdown
Leader Neil Kinnock Margaret Thatcher Paddy Ashdown
Party Labour Conservative Liberal Democrats
Leader since 2 October 1983 11 February 1975 16 July 1988
Popular vote 938,805 912,130 344,125
Percentage 38.9% 37.8% 14.2%
Swing Increase1.5% Increase2.4% Decrease9.8%
Councils 14 12 3
Councils +/– Decrease1 Increase1 Steady
Councillors 925 731 229
Councillors +/– Decrease31 Increase46 Decrease22

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Results by Borough in 1990.

Local government elections took place in London, and some other parts of the United Kingdom on Thursday 3 May 1990.

All London borough council seats were up for election. The previous Borough elections in London were in 1986.[1]

The elections saw a poor result for the recently formed Liberal Democrats, with the party losing 10% of its vote and 20 council seats. This decline was accompanied by success for the Conservatives, who gained 46 councillors and 1 council, while Labour lost 32 council seats and 1 council. The Green Party, fresh from winning 15% of the vote in the European elections one year previously, achieved a record vote share of 6% but elected no councillors. The party would not exceed this result again until 2006.

Results summary

Party[2] Votes won % votes Change Seats % seats Change Councils Change
Labour 938,805 38.9 +1.5 926 48.4 -31 14 -1
Conservative 912,130 37.8 +2.4 730 38.1 +46 12 +1
Liberal Democrats 344,125 14.2 -9.8 227 11.9 -22 3 ±0
Green 141,569 5.9 +4.7 0 0 ±0 0 ±0
Others 79,301 3.3 +1.3 31 1.6 +7 0 ±0
No overall control n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 3 ±0

Council results

Council Previous control Result Details
Barking and Dagenham Labour Labour Details
Barnet Conservative Conservative Details
Bexley Conservative Conservative Details
Brent Labour No overall control Details
Bromley Conservative Conservative Details
Camden Labour Labour Details
Croydon Conservative Conservative Details
Ealing Labour Conservative Details
Enfield Conservative Conservative Details
Greenwich Labour Labour Details
Hackney Labour Labour Details
Hammersmith and Fulham Labour Labour Details
Haringey Labour Labour Details
Harrow Conservative Conservative Details
Havering No overall control No overall control Details
Hillingdon No overall control Conservative Details
Hounslow Labour Labour Details
Islington Labour Labour Details
Kensington and Chelsea Conservative Conservative Details
Kingston upon Thames No overall control No overall control Details
Lambeth Labour Labour Details
Lewisham Labour Labour Details
Merton Conservative Labour Details
Newham Labour Labour Details
Redbridge Conservative Conservative Details
Richmond upon Thames Liberal Liberal Democrats Details
Southwark Labour Labour Details
Sutton Liberal Liberal Democrats Details
Tower Hamlets Liberal Liberal Democrats Details
Waltham Forest Labour Labour 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 3rd May 1990" (PDF). londondatastore-upload.s3.amazonaws.com. 1990. Archived (PDF) from the original on 13 January 2016.