Greater London Council election, 1967
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51 seats needed for a majority
Results by parliamentary constituency.
The second election to the Greater London Council was held on 13 April 1967, and saw the first Conservative victory for a London-wide authority since 1931.
New constituencies to be used for elections to Parliament and also for elections the GLC had not yet been settled, so the London boroughs were used as electoral areas. Westminster was joined with the City of London for this purpose. Each 'winner takes all' electoral area returned between 2 and 4 councillors.
In addition to the 100 councillors, there were sixteen Aldermen who divided 10 Conservative and 6 Labour, so that the Conservatives actually had 92 seats to 24 for Labour following the election.
With an electorate of 5,319,023, there was a turnout of 41.1%. While a Conservative victory was thought likely, the scale of the victory surprised many people; the Conservative wins in Camden, Greenwich, Hammersmith and Haringey were particularly impressive.
Among those defeated in the election were the Labour leader, Bill Fiske in Havering by a Conservative team that included Jeffrey Archer, who was making his entrance into politics. Other notable politicians who had their first success at this election include Harvey Hinds (Labour, Southwark, later Chief Whip for Ken Livingstone) and Christopher Bland (Conservative, Lewisham, later Chairman of the BBC).
|Greater London Council election, 1967|
|Party||Votes||Votes %||+/-||Candidates||Seats||Gains||Losses||Net Gain/Loss|
|National Union of Council Tenants||1,977||0.1||4|
|John Hampden New Freedom Party||1,580||0.1||1|
|Islington Tenants and Ratepayers Political Association||1,244||0.1||3|
|Independent Carnaby Street candidates||870||0.0||2|
|Commonwealth Party of Great Britain||714||0.0||4|
|European Labour Party||664||0.0||1|
One of the successful Conservative candidates, Sheila Bradley (Greenwich), was a school nurse for the Inner London Education Authority. It was discovered that this was a disqualifying office, as she was in effect an employee of the GLC (as ILEA was technically a committee of the GLC); she resigned on 24 May prior to the hearing of an election petition. At a by-election on 29 June, Labour gained the seat. There were two further by-elections during the term: on 7 November 1968 the Conservatives held a seat in Bromley after the death of a councillor, and on 12 December of the same year the Conservatives held a seat in Havering after one of their councillors resigned.
There were two seats vacant by the end of the term. A Conservative councillor for Harrow died on 8 June 1969, and on 8 January 1970 a Conservative councillor for Hammersmith was disqualified after failing to attend a meeting of the GLC or its committees for six months.