1907 London County Council election
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Leader Richard Robinson McKinnon Wood
Party Municipal Reform Progressive
Leader since 1906 1898
Leader's seat Kensington South Alderman
Last election 41 seats 95 seats
Seats won 90 45
Seat change Increase 49 Decrease50

An election to the County Council of London took place on 2 March 1907. The council was elected by First Past the Post with each elector having two votes in the two-member seats. For the first time, the Progressive Party lost control of the council, being defeated by the recently formed Municipal Reform Party.

Campaign

The electorate had increased by 109,934 compared with the 1904 London County Council election, as it had been determined that tenants were entitled to vote, provided that they lived in separate tenements which were not directly controlled by the landlord.[1]

The Municipal Reform Party stood a full slate of 118 candidates, although The Times noted that only 14 of those candidates were existing councillors. There were 109 Progressive candidates, 12 Social Democratic Federation or independent socialist candidates, nine independents, eight Labour Party candidates, four independent Catholic candidates, and two Labour Progressive candidates.[1]

Results

The Municipal Reform Party won 79 seats on the council, a gain of 45 compared with the performance of the Moderates in 1904. The Progressive Party fell from 83 seats to only 38, and the only other candidate elected was an independent, who held their seat.[2]

The Progressives blamed their defeat on high spending by the Municipal Reform Party, with the support of the Daily Mail and Daily Express and the fact that they had increased rates.[3]

Party Votes[2] Seats
Number % Stood Seats %
Municipal Reform 527,000 118 79
Progressive 392,000 109 38
Independent 4,900 9 1
Social Democratic Federation 4,500 12 0 0.0
Labour 8 0 0.0

References

  1. ^ a b "London County Council candidates". The Times. 2 March 1907.
  2. ^ a b "London County Council: Great Municipal Reform Victory". The Times. 4 March 1907.
  3. ^ Allen Baker, J. (30 November 1907). "What the London County Council has done for London and its people". Outlook.