1988 United Kingdom local elections
All 36 metropolitan boroughs, 117 out of 296 English districts and all 53 Scottish districts
The national projected share of the vote was Conservative 39%, Labour 38%, Social and Liberal Democrats 18%. The Conservatives gained 9 seats, Labour gained 76 seats and the SLD lost 122 seats.
These were the first national elections contested by the SLD, which had just been formed as a merger of the SDP and Liberals after several years of the alliance.
Summary of results
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All 36 metropolitan borough councils had one third of their seats up for election.
In 117 districts one third of the council was up for election.
- Rallings, Colin; Thrasher, Michael. Local Elections Handbook 1988, Volume 1. The Elections Centre. Retrieved 3 May 2016.
- Rallings, Colin; Thrasher, Michael. Local Elections Handbook 1988, Volume 2. The Elections Centre. Retrieved 3 May 2016.
- "Council compositions". The Elections Centre. Retrieved 3 May 2016.