The 1998 Oldham Council election took place on 7 May 1998 to elect members of Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council in Greater Manchester, England. One third of the council was up for election and the Labour party stayed in overall control of the council.[1]

After the election, the composition of the council was


Before the election Labour ran the council with 35 councillors as compared to 24 for the Liberal Democrats.[3] The election was mainly fought between these 2 parties with the Liberal Democrats campaigning on local issues under a slogan of "open, local, clean and green".[3] They said that Labour were arrogant and complacent, while Labour attacked the Liberal Democrats for being irresponsible on public spending and opportunistic.[3]

Election result

Overall turnout in the election was 31%.[4]

Oldham Local Election Result 1998[1]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Labour 12 +1 60.0
  Liberal Democrats 8 -1 40.0


  1. ^ a b "Local Elections results". The Times. 9 May 1998. p. 46.
  2. ^ "Policy and politics: Local Elections: Analysis: Council poll results". The Guardian. 9 May 1998. p. 16.
  3. ^ a b c Hetherington, Peter (5 May 1998). "Local elections: Labour faces its 'real enemy' The collapse of Conservatism in south Lancashire is distressing its old adversary". The Guardian. p. 8.
  4. ^ "Oldham MBC Local Election Results 6th May 1999". Oldham Metropolitan Borough. Archived from the original on 15 June 2000. Retrieved 9 April 2010.