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All 36 metropolitan boroughs, 123 out of 296 English districts and all 53 Scottish districts
Local elections were held in the United Kingdom in 1984. There was a slight reversal in the Conservative government's fortunes, but the party remained ahead. The projected share of the vote was Conservatives 38%, Labour 37%, Liberal-SDP Alliance 21%.
The Conservatives lost 164 seats, leaving them with 10,393 councillors.
The SDP-Liberal Alliance, now led by David Owen, gained 160 seats and finished with 2,331 councillors.
All 36 metropolitan borough councils had one third of their seats up for election.
In 123 districts one third of the council was up for election.
A further 20 councils had passed a resolution under section 7 (4) (b) of the Local Government Act 1972, requesting a system of elections by thirds. They could do so because they had had their new ward boundaries introduced at the 1983 elections.
Main article: Scottish local elections, 1984
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