1998 Worcester City Council election

The 1998 Worcester City Council election took place on 7 May 1998 to elect members of Worcester District Council in Worcestershire, England. 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


Before the election the council had 22 Labour, 9 Conservative, 3 Liberal Democrat and 1 independent members with 1 seat vacant.[2] 13 seats were for up for election with the expectation before the election that no change in control of the council was likely.[2][3]

The run up to the election saw controversy over the mayor Margaret Layland who had admitted to having an affair with her chauffeur.[2][3][4] She was suspended by the Labour party but refused to stand down.[2] Her husband Colin Layland, also a councillor, was suspended as well leading to him standing as an independent in St John ward and being opposed by an official Labour party candidate.[2][4][5]

Election result

The results saw Labour hold on to their majority on the council after winning 8 of the 13 seats contested.[5] The Conservatives won 3 seats, while the Liberal Democrats and Independents won 1 each.[5] Colin Layland was defeated in St John ward by the Labour candidate.[4][5]

Worcester Local Election Result 1998[6][7]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Labour 8 -1 61.5 38.5
  Conservative 3 +1 23.1 35.2
  Liberal Democrats 1 -1 7.7 16.9
  Independent 1 +1 7.7


  1. "Policy and politics: Local Elections: Analysis: Council poll results". The Guardian. 9 May 1998. p. 16.
  2. Smith, Sue (7 April 1998). "Control in the balance: Worcester nominations". Birmingham Mail. p. 25.
  3. "The West Midlands - John Hess". BBC News Online. 30 April 1998. Retrieved 3 January 2010.
  4. Keely, Alistair (8 May 1998). "Husband pays price for mayor's infidelity". Birmingham Post. p. 3.
  5. Probert, Andy (8 May 1998). "Tight grip maintained by Labour". Birmingham Mail. p. 5.
  6. "Local Elections results". The Times. 9 May 1998. p. 46.
  7. "Local Election Results, 1999". Centre for Research into Elections and Social Trends. Archived from the original on 24 July 2011. Retrieved 3 January 2010.