1978 Southwark London Borough Council election

Elections to Southwark Council were held in May 1978. The whole council was up for election with a 28.7% turnout. There are 25 wards rather than the previous 23 and 64 councillors rather than 70.

Election resultEdit

Southwark Local Election Result 1978[1]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Labour 56 -10 57.6
  Conservative 8 +4 36.4
  Liberal 0 3.8

Ward resultsEdit

AbbeyEdit

Abbey (2)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Charles Coveney* 1,076 70.8
Labour James Dower* 1,026 67.5
Conservative Peter Crockford 346 22.8
Conservative John Heywood 304 20.0
Workers Revolutionary Anthony Moore 53 3.5
Turnout 1,520 29.2
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)

AlleynEdit

Alleyn (2)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Robert Eadie 900 41.4
Conservative Catherine Clough 860 39.6
Conservative Alan Robson 811 37.3
Labour Madan Kalia 736 33.9
Liberal Jean Halden 303 13.9
Liberal Ronald Halden 286 13.2
Turnout 2,174 37.7
Labour win (new seat)
Conservative win (new seat)

BarsetEdit

Barset (2)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Anthony Ritchie 665 56.2
Labour Peter Cather* 651 55.0
Conservative Andrew Davies 350 29.6
Conservative Peter Hogarth 334 28.2
Liberal Susan Clegg 66 5.6
Liberal Anne Chopping 63 5.3
Turnout 1,184 27.6
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)

BellendenEdit

Bellenden (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Douglas Moore 1,500 47.0
Labour Ann Ward* 1,470 46.1
Labour Florence Sampson* 1,334 41.8
Conservative Edward Boxall 1,170 36.7
Conservative Robert Primmer 1,113 34.9
Conservative Muriel Piper 1,107 34.7
Liberal Alexander Baker 253 7.9
Liberal Mary Packman 245 7.7
Liberal Margaret White 233 7.3
Communist Eric Hodson 115 3.6
Turnout 3,191 36.1
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)

BricklayersEdit

Bricklayers (2)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Leonard Henley* 1,111 69.1
Labour Leonard Tucker* 1,024 63.7
Conservative Charles Hayward 417 25.9
Conservative Frederick Morgan 399 24.8
Turnout 1,607 28.4
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)

BrowningEdit

Browning (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Joseph Lees* 1,201 61.2
Labour Patrick McSorley* 1,191 60.7
Labour Frances Stroud 1,168 59.5
Conservative Timothy Webster 559 28.5
Conservative Peter Hensman 530 27.0
Conservative John Erbetta 495 25.2
Turnout 1,962 25.7
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)

BrunswickEdit

Brunswick (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Jeremy Gordon 1,335 59.1
Labour Ronald Watts* 1,233 54.6
Labour John Lauder* 1,232 54.6
Conservative Lilian Dawson 594 26.3
Conservative Mary Ancient 568 25.2
Conservative Douglas Mitchell 555 24.6
National Front David Thompson 205 9.1
National Front John Mullens 199 8.8
National Front Stephen Wisdom 166 7.4
Turnout 2,257 28.6
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)

BurgessEdit

Burgess (2)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Ronald Slater 925 62.0
Labour Trevor Ely 921 61.7
Conservative Albert Rumble 434 29.1
Conservative Clayton Wintrip 398 26.7
Turnout 1,492 26.3
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)

CathedralEdit

Cathedral (2)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour George Nicholson 1,035 69.0
Labour Alan Davis 964 64.2
Conservative Alfred Nuttall 387 25.8
Conservative Desmond McCann 361 24.1
Turnout 1,501 27.2
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)

ChaucerEdit

Chaucer (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Arthur Knight* 1,420 61.9
Labour Joy Lee* 1,325 57.8
Labour Bert Ray 1,305 56.9
Conservative Beatrice North 689 30.0
Conservative Patrick Stewart 645 28.1
Conservative David Walker 615 26.8
Turnout 2,294 28.2
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)

CollegeEdit

College (2)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Bryan Hoskings* 1,858 55.8
Conservative Margaret Jackson 1,758 52.8
Labour Peter Bowyer 1,216 36.5
Labour Eric Senger 1,102 33.1
Liberal Malcolm Cogan 208 6.3
Liberal Mimi Irving 190 5.7
Turnout 3,327 51.6
Conservative win (new seat)
Conservative win (new seat)

ConsortEdit

Consort (2)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Robert Smyth 794 59.9
Labour Frederick Francis* 777 58.6
Conservative Johanna Holland 423 31.9
Conservative James Uphill 344 26.0
Turnout 1,325 30.8
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)

DockyardEdit

Dockyard (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Lucy Brown* 1,468 71.3
Labour John O'Grady* 1,454 70.6
Labour Stephen Kippin 1,441 70.0
Conservative Percy Gray 383 18.6
Conservative Kenneth Cook 322 15.6
Conservative David Egan 308 15.0
Communist Elizabeth Wright 158 7.7
Turnout 2,060 28.8
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)

FaradayEdit

Faraday (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Frederick Combes* 1,505 64.3
Labour James Greening 1,484 63.4
Labour William Slater* 1,454 62.1
Conservative Gladys Cobley 649 27.7
Conservative Basil Leach 591 25.2
Conservative Francis Richardson 572 24.4
Turnout 2,341 23.1
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)

FriaryEdit

Friary (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Mabel Goldwin* 953 59.4
Labour Walter Allen 913 56.9
Labour Joyce Somerville* 873 54.4
Conservative Leslie Brown 402 25.1
Conservative Evannie Smith 356 22.2
Conservative George Noorden 343 21.4
National Front Joseph Richardson 134 8.4
National Front James Sneath 126 7.9
Turnout 1,604 27.0
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)

LiddleEdit

Liddle (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour John Fowler* 1,357 66.5
Labour Anne McNaught* 1,326 65.0
Labour Michael Geater 1,316 64.5
Conservative Ernest Keetch 317 15.5
Conservative Joan Southgate 245 12.0
Conservative Paul Watkinson 227 11.1
National Front George Thompson 185 9.1
National Front Peter Williams 179 8.8
Turnout 2,040 25.1
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)

LyndhurstEdit

Lyndhurst (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour William Payne* 1,804 47.8
Labour Ernest Davies* 1,789 47.4
Labour Evelyn Ackroyd 1,777 47.0
Conservative Michael Frost 1,454 38.5
Conservative Richard Clough 1,430 37.9
Conservative Ashwinkumar Tanna 1,353 35.8
Liberal Phillipa Beale 254 6.7
Liberal Jonathan Hunt 254 6.7
Liberal Michael Wilson 210 5.6
Communist Linda Smith 95 2.5
Turnout 3,778 40.1
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)

NewingtonEdit

Newington (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Siah Cox* 1,405 60.7
Labour Charles Halford* 1,375 59.4
Labour Catherine Clunn* 1,365 59.0
Conservative Gerard Fergus 751 32.5
Conservative Carole Hurst 679 29.4
Conservative Anne-Louise Kearney 679 29.4
Turnout 2,313 27.9
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)

RiversideEdit

Riverside (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Thomas Cornish 1,672 71.4
Labour Peter Flower 1,623 69.3
Labour Coral Newell 1,537 65.7
Conservative Alexander Padmore 477 20.4
Conservative Linda Albon 472 20.2
Conservative David Griffin 402 17.2
Turnout 2,341 36.1
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)

RotherhitheEdit

Rotherhithe (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Edward Rowe* 1,206 70.4
Labour Charles Sawyer 1,181 68.9
Labour Harold Young* 1,163 67.9
Conservative Lorna Dowling 373 21.8
Conservative Robert Dunn* 317 18.5
Conservative Geoffrey Johnson 313 18.3
Turnout 1,714 24.7
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)

RuskinEdit

Ruskin (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Meakin 2,552 62.5
Conservative Ralph Spilberg 2,549 62.4
Conservative Tobias Eckersley 2,544 62.3
Labour Joseph Essex 1,017 24.9
Labour Claude Ramsey 924 22.6
Labour Charles Gates* 917 22.4
Liberal Brian Feeley 365 8.9
Liberal John Graham 356 8.7
Liberal Hazel Feeley 346 8.5
Turnout 4,086 46.6
Conservative win (new seat)
Conservative win (new seat)
Conservative win (new seat)

RyeEdit

Rye (2)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Enid Boxall 1,553 49.2
Conservative Ralph Spilberg 1,487 47.1
Labour Herbert Ball* 1,190 37.7
Labour Geoffrey Cravitz 1,180 37.4
Liberal Marian Atkinson 194 6.1
Liberal Robert Stead 186 5.9
Turnout 3,158 43.5
Conservative win (new seat)
Conservative win (new seat)

St GilesEdit

St Giles (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour David Mitchels 1,494 57.7
Labour Leslie Alden* 1,481 57.2
Labour Henry Potter* 1,473 56.9
Conservative Christopher Clark 787 30.4
Conservative George Scott 701 27.1
Conservative Peter Houston 696 26.9
Liberal Janice Wilson 143 5.5
Liberal Veronica Hunt 130 5.0
Liberal Bernard Jenkins 128 4.9
Turnout 2,589 29.0
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)

The LaneEdit

The Lane (2)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Frank Brean* 1,002 57.6
Labour Frank Rolfe* 905 52.0
Conservative Anthony Elleray 438 25.2
Conservative Terence Bray-Deacon 408 23.5
National Front Leonard Rickard 161 9.3
Liberal Ann Bostock 94 5.4
Liberal Daniel Tierney 78 4.5
Communist George Rogers 31 1.8
Turnout 1,739 32.6
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)

WaverleyEdit

Waverley (2)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour James Wheeler 1,127 45.9
Labour Carol Turner 1,126 45.9
Conservative Alan Smith 994 40.5
Conservative David Haines 980 40.0
Liberal Alan Clegg 135 5.5
Liberal Edwin Bonner 134 5.5
Turnout 2,453 41.1
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)

By-ElectionsEdit

Newington by-election, 21 September 1978
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Solomon Parry 781 45.0 -15.7
Conservative Gerard Fergus 698 40.2 +7.7
National Front David Teanby 168 9.7 N/A
Liberal Veronica Hunt 90 5.2 N/A
Turnout 21.2 -6.7
Labour hold Swing

The by-election was called following the death of Cllr. Siah Cox

Riverside by-election, 30 November 1978
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Margaret White 775 68.2 -1.1
Conservative Alexander Padmore 274 24.1 +3.7
National Front Leonard Richard 87 7.7 N/A
Turnout 17.2 -18.9
Labour hold Swing

The by-election was called following the death of Cllr. Peter Flower

Rye by-election, 20 March 1980
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Pauline Moore 1,331 47.8 +10.1
Conservative Richard Clough 1,222 43.9 -5.3
Liberal Marian Atkinson 230 8.3 +2.2
Turnout 40.4 -3.1
Labour gain from Conservative Swing

The by-election was called following the death of Cllr. Enid Boxall

The Lane by-election, 5 November 1981
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Alliance (SDP) John Lewis 916 47.1 +41.7
Labour Susan Goss 711 36.6 -21.0
Conservative Ian Twinn 245 12.6 -12.6
National Front David Teanby 71 3.7 -5.6
Turnout 33.4 +0.8
Alliance gain from Labour Swing

The by-election was called following the resignation of Cllr. Frank Brean

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Rallings, Colin; Thrasher, Michael (1993). Local Elections in Britain: A Statistical Digest. Plymouth: Local Government Chronicle Elections Centre.