The 1998 Basingstoke and Deane Council election took place on 7 May 1998 to elect members of Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council in Hampshire, England. One third of the council was up for election and the council stayed under no overall control.[1]

After the election, the composition of the council was


Before the election the Conservatives had 22 seats, compared to 17 for the Liberal Democrats and 14 for Labour.[2] However Liberal Democrat Paula Baker was leader of the council in an alliance with the Labour party.[2]

An important issue in the election was development, with opposition to the building of more houses in the area.[2] The national Conservative leader William Hague visited Oakley during the campaign with his party attacking the building of homes in green field areas.[2] The Liberal Democrats accepted there needed to be houses built in the area, but called for local people to be able to decide where, while Labour criticised the previous Conservative for the national targets on the number of houses to be built.[2]

Other issues in the election included the performance of the council and council tax levels.[2]

Election result

Basingstoke and Deane Local Election Result 1998[3]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Conservative 9 +3 45.0
  Labour 5 +1 25.0
  Liberal Democrats 5 -4 25.0
  Independent 1 0 5.0


  1. ^ a b "Policy and politics: Local Elections: Analysis: Council poll results". The Guardian. 9 May 1998. p. 16.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Walker, David (5 May 1998). "Politics: Battle over building homes is key to the rural vote". The Independent on Sunday. Retrieved 3 July 2011.
  3. ^ "Local Elections results". The Times. 9 May 1998. p. 46.

Preceded by
1996 Basingstoke and Deane Council election
Basingstoke and Deane local elections Succeeded by
1999 Basingstoke and Deane Council election