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1974 London local elections

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1974 London local elections
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All 1,867 on all 32 London boroughs
Turnout36.3% (Decrease2.4%)[1]
  First party Second party Third party
Leader Harold Wilson Edward Heath Jeremy Thorpe
Party Labour Conservative Liberal
Leader since 14 February 1963 27 July 1965 18 January 1967
Popular vote 782,591 761,403 244,725
Percentage 41.9% 40.8% 13.1%
Councils 18 13 0
Councils +/– Decrease3 Increase3 Steady
Councillors 1,090 713 27
Councillors +/– Decrease131 Increase116 Increase18

Results by Borough in 1974.
(Red indicates Labour, blue indicates the Conservatives and grey indicates No Overall Control)

Local government elections took place in London, and some other parts of the United Kingdom on Thursday 2 May 1974. Ward changes took place which increased the total number of councillors by 4 from 1,863 to 1,867.

All London borough council seats were up for election. The previous Borough elections in London were in 1971.[2]

Results summary

Labour won a narrow victory in terms of votes, winning 41.9% to the Conservatives' 40.8%, but won a decisive victory in seats, winning 1,090 to the Conservatives' 713.[3]

Party Votes won % votes Change Seats % seats Change Councils Change
Labour 782,591 41.9 1,090 58.4 -131 18 -3
Conservative 761,403 40.8 713 38.2 +116 13 +3
Liberal 244,725 13.1 27 1.4 +18 0 ±0
Others 78,479 4.0 37 2.0 +1 0 ±0
No overall control n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 1 ±0

Council results

Council Previous control Result Details
Barking Labour Labour Details
Barnet Conservative Conservative Details
Bexley Labour Conservative Details
Brent Labour Labour Details
Bromley Conservative Conservative Details
Camden Labour Labour Details
Croydon Conservative Conservative Details
Ealing Labour Labour Details
Enfield Conservative Conservative Details
Greenwich Labour Labour Details
Hackney Labour Labour Details
Hammersmith Labour Labour Details
Haringey Labour Labour Details
Harrow No overall control Conservative Details
Havering Labour No overall control Details
Hillingdon Labour Labour Details
Hounslow Labour Labour Details
Islington Labour Labour Details
Kensington and Chelsea Conservative Conservative Details
Kingston upon Thames Conservative Conservative Details
Lambeth Labour Labour Details
Lewisham Labour Labour Details
Merton Labour Conservative Details
Newham Labour Labour Details
Redbridge Conservative Conservative Details
Richmond upon Thames Conservative Conservative Details
Southwark Labour Labour Details
Sutton Conservative Conservative Details
Tower Hamlets Labour Labour Details
Waltham Forest Labour Labour Details
Wandsworth Labour Labour Details
Westminster Conservative Conservative Details

Overall councillor numbers

London local elections 1974

Councillor statistics

Party Seats Gain/loss
  Labour 1,090 -131
  Conservative 713 +116
  Liberal 27 +18
  Others 37 +1


  1. ^ http://londondatastore-upload.s3.amazonaws.com/docs/LBCE_1974-5-2.pdf
  2. ^ Minors, Michael; Grenham, Dennis. "London Borough Council Elections 7 May 1998 including the Greater London Authority Referendum results" (PDF). Demographic and Statistical Studies. London Research Centre. Retrieved 29 May 2014.
  3. ^ http://www.electionscentre.co.uk/?page_id=3755
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