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All 39 non-metropolitan counties, 1 sui generis authority,
all 26 Northern Irish districts and all 8 Welsh counties
Colours denote the winning party, as shown in the main table of results.
Local elections were held in the United Kingdom in 1985. The projected share of the vote was Labour 39%, Conservative 32%, Liberal-SDP Alliance 26%. Labour had the largest share of the vote in local council elections for the first time since 1981.
Both Conservatives and Labour lost some seats to the Liberal-SDP Alliance, who were rebuilding under the leadership of David Owen and enjoying strong showings (including a brief lead) in the opinion polls.
The overall results were as follows;
Conservative losses: 202
Number of Conservative councillors: 10,191
Labour losses: 124
Number of Labour councillors: 8,746
Liberal-SDP Alliance gains: 302
Number of Liberal-SDP Alliance councillors: 2,633
‡ New electoral division boundaries
|Isles of Scilly||Details|
Main article: Northern Ireland local elections, 1985
|Clwyd||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Dyfed||No overall control||No overall control hold||Details|
|Mid Glamorgan||Labour||Labour hold||Details|
|South Glamorgan||Labour||Labour hold||Details|
|West Glamorgan||Labour||Labour hold||Details|
- Rallings, Colin; Thrasher, Michael. Local Elections Handbook 1985, Volume 1. The Elections Centre. Retrieved 3 May 2016.
- Rallings, Colin; Thrasher, Michael. Local Elections Handbook 1985, Volume 2. The Elections Centre. Retrieved 3 May 2016.
- Rallings, Colin; Thrasher, Michael. Local Elections Handbook 1985, Volume 3. The Elections Centre. Retrieved 3 May 2016.
- "Council compositions". The Elections Centre. Retrieved 3 May 2016.
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