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1952 London County Council election

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1952 London County Council election

← 1949 3 April 1952 1955 →
  First party Second party
 
Leader Isaac Hayward Henry Brooke
Party Labour Conservative
Leader since 1947 1946
Leader's seat Deptford Cities of London and Westminster
Seats won 92 52
Seat change Increase27 Decrease26
Popular vote 1,684,387 1,344,328
Percentage 55.0 43.9

An election to the County Council of London took place on 3 April 1952. The council was elected by First Past the Post with each elector having three votes in the three-member seats. The Labour Party made substantial gains and greatly increased its majority.

Campaign

The Labour Party manifesto proposed increased slum clearance, new comprehensive schools, and new construction at the South Bank.[1] It targeted Conservative seats in Fulham East, Hammersmith South, Kensington North and Paddington North.[2]

The Conservative Party hoped to make a small number of gains and take control of the council. It targeted Labour-held seats in Brixton, Fulham West, Islington North and St Pancras North.[2] Its manifesto proposed working more closely with the government in building housing, closing civic restaurants, and halting the construction of comprehensive schools.[3]

The Liberal Party stood only twelve candidates, and hoped to retain its representation in Bethnal Green. The Conservatives stood only two candidates in the constituency, and suggested that its supporters voted for the Liberal candidate Nicholas Harris, son of retiring Liberal councillor Percy Harris.[4]

Results

Labour won a significant majority in the election, gaining 27 seats, and increasing their vote share in almost every constituency. The Conservatives had for some years received higher vote shares in council elections than at general elections, but this pattern was reversed. The party was particularly surprised to lose a seat in Holborn and St Pancras South, which had a large business vote.[5]

The Liberal Party lost its only seat on the council, and saw its vote share in Bethnal Green fall to less than half its previous level, although it did still beat the Conservative Party in the constituency. The Communist Party also its vote drop severely, although it was able to beat the Conservative Party in its best constituency of Stepney.[5]

Turnout in the election was up from 1949, with 41% of possible votes cast. A record number of women were elected, comprising nearly one-third of the total number of members of the council.[5]

Party Votes Seats
Number % Stood Seats %
Labour 1,684,387 55.0 129 92
Conservative 1,344,328 43.9 128 37
Liberal 19,723 0.6 12 0 0.0
Communist 11,131 0.4 9 0 0.0
Union Movement 3,074 0.1 6 0 0.0
Independent 1,672 0.1 2 0 0.0

References

  1. ^ "Labour policy in LCC elections". The Times. 8 March 1952.
  2. ^ a b "LCC election campaign". The Times. 25 March 1952.
  3. ^ "Control of London County Council". The Times. 30 January 1952.
  4. ^ "LCC election nominations". The Times. 19 March 1952.
  5. ^ a b c "Labour success in elections". The Times. 5 April 1952.
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