1998 Redditch Borough Council election

Elections to Redditch Borough Council were held on 7 May 1998. One third of the council was up for election and the Labour party stayed in overall control of the council.[1]

After the election, the composition of the council was


In total 11 seats were up for election, with two seats contested in Batchley ward after the resignation of a Labour councillor there.[2] The only ward where there was no election this year was Church Hill.[2]

As only a third of the seats were being elected the Labour party was guaranteed to keep its majority on the council.[3] However the Conservatives were hoping to gain at least two seats in the election and raised increases in council house rents and controversy over disability benefits as issues where they could benefit from.[2]

Election results

The results saw only one seat change hands with the Liberal Democrats gaining a seat in Abbey ward from Labour.[4] A low turnout of under 25% was raised as concerning development.[4]

Redditch Local Election Result 1998[4]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Labour 8 0 1 -1 72.7
  Conservative 2 0 0 0 18.2
  Liberal Democrats 1 1 0 +1 9.1


  1. "Council poll results". The Guardian. 9 May 1998. p. 16.
  2. "Swing is Tories' only hope Redditch nominations". Birmingham Mail. 7 April 1998. p. 25.
  3. Harrison, Stephen (2 May 1998). "Labour tipped for hat-trick of wins Voters go to the polls in local elections next Thursday. Local Government Correspondent Stephen Harrison looks at the battle for Worcestershire". Birmingham Post. p. 4.
  4. Probert, Andy (8 May 1998). "Tight grip maintained by Labour". Birmingham Mail. p. 5.