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There were elections for the Scottish district councils in 1977.

At the time Scotland had a two-tier system of local government. It was intended that elections would normally take place on a 4-year cycle, but the first 2 sets of district councils would have terms of 3 years, 1974-77 and 1977-80.

In retrospect these elections were the high point of the Scottish National Party's upsurge in the 1970s. Vice-chair Margo MacDonald predicted that they would make 100 net gains, but they only made 98. Even so, this left half of Scotland under hung councils, Labour even lost control of Glasgow, very unusual in the late 20th century.


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