The 1964 Tower Hamlets Council election took place on 7 May 1964 to elect members of Tower Hamlets London Borough Council in London, England. The whole council was up for election and the Labour party won control.

Background

These elections were the first to the newly formed borough council. Previously elections had taken place in the Metropolitan Borough of Bethnal Green, Metropolitan Borough of Poplar and Metropolitan Borough of Stepney. These boroughs were joined to form the new London Borough of Tower Hamlets by the London Government Act 1963.

A total of 115 candidates stood for the 60 seats, across 20 wards. 6 seats in two wards were uncontested. The Labour party fielded a full slate of candidates, while the Liberal and Conservative parties stood 19 and 17 respectively. Other candidates included 13 Communists, 2 Residents, 2 Union Movement, 1 Independent and 1 Independent Labour Party. There were 14 three-seat wards, 3 four-seat wards and 3 two-seat wards.

This election had aldermen as well as directly elected councillors. Labour got all 10 aldermen.

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

Election result

The results saw Labour win 55 of the 60 seats, Communists 3 and Residents 2. Conservative and Liberal candidates failed to win any seats. Overall turnout in the election was 16.9%. This turnout included 197 postal votes.

Ward results

Bethnal Green Central (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Turnout No contest n/a
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Bethnal Green East (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Turnout No contest n/a
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Bethnal Green North (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Turnout 1,066 17.2
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Bethnal Green South (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Turnout 1,244 18.4
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Bethnal Green West (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Turnout 1,188 19.5
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Bow North (2)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Turnout 666 13.0
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Bow South (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Turnout 1,282 18.1
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Bromley (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Turnout 1,085 15.8
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Holy Trinity (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Turnout 1,288 16.1
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Limehouse (4)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Turnout 1,302 14.0
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Poplar East (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Turnout 1,279 19.3
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Poplar Millwall (2)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Turnout 1,933 33.7
Residents win (new seat)
Residents win (new seat)
Poplar South (2)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Turnout 946 17.6
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Poplar West (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Turnout 1,114 14.2
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Redcoat (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Turnout 863 12.7
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
St Dunstan's (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Turnout 854 13.2
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
St Katherine's (4)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Turnout 1,274 15.6
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
St Mary's (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Turnout 1,394 24.6
Communist win (new seat)
Communist win (new seat)
Communist win (new seat)
Shadwell (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Turnout 987 12.9
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Spitalfields (4)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Turnout 1,363 15.0
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)

References

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

Colin Rallings and Michael Thrasher, The Elections Centre, Plymouth University. "London Borough of Tower Hamlets Election Results 1964-2010" (PDF). electionscentre.co.uk. Retrieved 22 December 2021.((cite web)): CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)