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Elections to Portsmouth City Council were held on 7 May 1998. One third of the council was up for election and the Labour party stayed in overall control of the council.

After the election, the composition of the council was

Election result

Portsmouth Local Election Result 1998
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Labour 7 0 53.8
  Conservative 3 +2 23.1
  Liberal Democrats 3 -2 23.1


Preceded by
1996 Portsmouth City Council election
Portsmouth City Council elections Succeeded by
1999 Portsmouth City Council election