1964 Merton London Borough Council election

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The 1964 Merton Council election took place on 7 May 1964 to elect members of Merton London Borough Council in London, England. The whole council was up for election and the council went into no overall control.[1]

Background[edit]

These elections were the first to the newly formed borough. Previously elections had taken place in the Municipal Borough of Mitcham, Municipal Borough of Wimbledon and Merton and Morden Urban District. These boroughs and districts were joined to form the new London Borough of Merton by the London Government Act 1963.

A total of 146 candidates stood in the election for the 54 seats being contested across 14 wards. These included a full slate from the Labour party, while the Conservative and Liberal parties stood 47 and 28 respectively. Other candidates included 8 Residents, 6 Communists and 3 Independents. There were 13 four-seat wards and 1 two-seat ward.

This election had aldermen as well as directly elected councillors. The Conservatives got 5 aldermen, Labour 3, and Independents 1.

The Council was elected in 1964 as a "shadow authority" but did not start operations until 1 April 1965.

Election result[edit]

The results saw no party gain overall control of the new council with Labour winning 26 and the Conservatives winning 25 of the 54 seats. Overall turnout in the election was 45.3%. This turnout included 913 postal votes.

Ward results[edit]

Cannon Hill (4)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Turnout 4,785 47.5
Conservative win (new seat)
Conservative win (new seat)
Conservative win (new seat)
Conservative win (new seat)
Mitcham Central (4)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Turnout 4,204 48.4
Residents win (new seat)
Residents win (new seat)
Residents win (new seat)
Residents win (new seat)
Mitcham East (2)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Turnout 2,931 54.8
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Mitcham North (4)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Turnout 5,274 48.6
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Mitcham South (4)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Turnout 3,790 38.1
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Mitcham West (4)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Turnout 3,349 34.7
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Morden (4)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Turnout 4,107 44.8
Conservative win (new seat)
Conservative win (new seat)
Conservative win (new seat)
Conservative win (new seat)
Priory (4)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Turnout 4,151 41.1
Conservative win (new seat)
Conservative win (new seat)
Conservative win (new seat)
Conservative win (new seat)
Ravensbury (4)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Turnout 4,173 39.2
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
West Barnes (4)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Turnout 5,511 58.0
Conservative win (new seat)
Conservative win (new seat)
Conservative win (new seat)
Conservative win (new seat)
Wimbledon East (4)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Turnout 4,582 45.4
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Wimbledon North (4)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Turnout 4,808 46.2
Conservative win (new seat)
Conservative win (new seat)
Conservative win (new seat)
Conservative win (new seat)
Wimbledon South (4)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Turnout 4,373 43.9
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Wimbledon West (4)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Turnout 5,183 48.1
Conservative win (new seat)
Conservative win (new seat)
Conservative win (new seat)
Conservative win (new seat)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "London Borough Council Elections" (PDF). London Datastore. London County Council. Retrieved 29 March 2015.