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All 32 London boroughs, all 36 metropolitan boroughs,
123 out of 296 English districts, 1 local education authority and all 12 Scottish regions
Local elections were held in the United Kingdom in 1986. There was a 3% reduction in the number of councillors, owing to the abolition of the Greater London Council and the Metropolitan County Councils.
The national projected share of the vote was Labour 37%, Conservative 34%, Liberal-SDP Alliance 26%. The Conservatives lost 975 seats, Labour gained 13 seats and the Liberal-SDP Alliance gained 338 seats.
Main article: 1986 London local elections
In all 32 London boroughs the whole council was up for election.
All 36 metropolitan borough councils had one third of their seats up for election.
In 2 districts the whole council was up for election.
In 2 districts there were new ward boundaries, following further electoral boundary reviews by the Local Government Boundary Commission for England.
|Halton ‡||Labour||Labour hold||Details|
|Thamesdown ‡||Labour||Labour hold||Details|
‡ New ward boundaries
In 121 districts one third of the council was up for election.
This was the first and only election to the directly elected local education authority established by the Local Government Act 1985. However it was short lived being abolished four years later by the Education Reform Act 1988.
|Inner London Education Authority||New Council||Labour||Details|
Main article: 1986 Scottish regional elections
|Dumfries and Galloway||Independent||Independent hold||Details|
|Grampian||Conservative||No overall control gain||Details|
|Lothian||No overall control||Labour gain||Details|
|Tayside||Conservative||No overall control gain||Details|
|Western Isles||Independent||Independent hold||Details|
- Rallings, Colin; Thrasher, Michael. Local Elections Handbook 1986, Volume 1. The Elections Centre. Retrieved 3 May 2016.
- Rallings, Colin; Thrasher, Michael. Local Elections Handbook 1986, Volume 2. The Elections Centre. Retrieved 3 May 2016.
- "Council compositions". The Elections Centre. Retrieved 3 May 2016.
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