Elections to Newham London Borough Council were held on 9 May 1968. The whole council was up for election. Turnout was 22.8%.

Following the election, Labour had 30 councillors out of 60. Five Labour aldermen had been elected at the preceding election, with terms running until 1971. At the first council meeting following the election, five more Labour aldermen were elected, leaving the council in Labour hands again.

Background

A total of 145 candidates stood in the election for the 60 seats being contested across 24 wards. 2 seats in one ward went unopposed. Candidates included a full slate from the Labour party, while the Liberal and Conservative parties stood 20 and 27 respectively. Other candidates included 26 Residents & Ratepayers, 6 Communists and 4 Independents.

Election result

Newham Local Election Result 1968[1][2][3]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Labour 30 1 21 -20 50 40.5
  Other parties 21 14 0 +14 35 36.0
  Conservative 6 6 0 +6 10 17.2
  Liberal 3 1 1 0 5 6.3

Results by ward

Beckton

Beckton (2)[2][3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour H.A. Taylor 384 70.1 -15.5
Labour L.A. Wood 358 N/A
Communist R.A. Offley 164 29.9 +22.5
Turnout 14.1 -6.0
Registered electors 4,253
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing

Bemersyde

Bemersyde (2)[2][3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour F.H. Ferrier 1,109 52.7 -16.6
Labour H. Bauckham 1,101 N/A
Residents L.A. Slade 995 47.3 N/A
Residents J.J. Ling 992 N/A
Turnout 35.8 +0.1
Registered electors 6,018
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing

Canning Town & Grange

Canning Town and Grange (2)[2][3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour C.L. Bock 0 N/A N/A
Labour D.A. Sherman 0 N/A N/A
Turnout 0 N/A N/A
Registered electors 6,208
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing

Castle

Castle (2)[2][3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Residents H.W. Hennem 1,450 68.7 +21.1
Residents J.M. King 1,447 N/A
Labour A.C. Smith 458 21.7 -28.9
Labour A.R. Miller 421 N/A
National Front J.B. Newham 111 5.3 N/A
Independent S.T. Conway 52 2.5 N/A
Communist F.C. Farmer 39 1.8 +0.0
Turnout 36.7 -3.3
Registered electors 5,601
Residents gain from Labour Swing
Residents gain from Labour Swing

Central

Central (2)[2][3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Residents M.B. Layton 973 48.9 N/A
Residents A. Macfarlane 949 N/A
Labour J.R. Kent 596 29.9 -45.6
Labour J.C. Taylor 563 N/A
Conservative A.J. Retter 421 21.2 N/A
Conservative J.W. Retter 393 N/A
Turnout 33.3 +8.5
Registered electors 6,098
Residents gain from Labour Swing
Residents gain from Labour Swing

Custom House & Silvertown

Custom House and Silvertown (3)[2][3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour W. Dunlop 626 72.7 -3.0
Labour T.W. Miller 589 N/A
Labour P.F. Newman 571 N/A
Communist T.F. Church 235 27.3 +23.6
Turnout 11.2 -10.8
Registered electors 8,418
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing

Forest Gate

Forest Gate (3)[2][3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative T.W. Orrin 1,107 48.5 +32.2
Conservative V.A. Shearman 1,090 N/A
Conservative A.R. Summers 1,070 N/A
Labour F.G. White 782 34.3 -24.7
Labour T.H. Camp 763 N/A
Labour S.W. Whitear 739 N/A
Liberal W.F. Sargent 394 17.3 -5.1
Liberal R.P. McCarthy 376 N/A
Liberal E.L. Andrews 336 N/A
Turnout 26.4 +0.6
Registered electors 9,086
Conservative gain from Labour Swing
Conservative gain from Labour Swing
Conservative gain from Labour Swing

Greatfield

Greatfield (3)[2][3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Residents S.G. Ling 2,667 76.5 +27.4
Residents M.J. Talbot 2,615 N/A
Residents F.G. Hammond 2,565 N/A
Labour M. Philpott 817 23.5 -19.9
Labour P. Haggerty 733 N/A
Labour I. Green 692 N/A
Turnout 39.4 -10.0
Registered electors 8,993
Residents hold Swing
Residents hold Swing
Residents hold Swing

Hudsons

Hudsons (3)[2][3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour M. Davidson 791 62.3 -21.0
Labour J.E. Griffin 775 N/A
Labour H.E. Fitzsimons 764 N/A
Conservative P.W. Sims 479 37.7 N/A
Conservative E.K. Knight 472 N/A
Turnout 16.4 -8.1
Registered electors 8,310
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing

Kensington

Kensington (2)[2][3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Residents E. Lonsdale 1,410 76.8 +23.2
Residents H.J. Ringrow 1,388 N/A
Labour D.M. Davey 427 23.2 -15.5
Labour J. Cuffe 409 N/A
Turnout 31.1 -13.9
Registered electors 5,993
Residents hold Swing
Residents hold Swing

Little Ilford

Little Ilford (3)[2][3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Residents M.E. Pedley 940 49.8 N/A
Residents C. Miranda 929 N/A
Residents R.P. Anderson 840 N/A
Labour W.E. Hurford 648 34.3 -39.5
Labour H.F. Lugg 631 N/A
Labour M.E. Helps 614 N/A
Liberal S. Temple 112 5.9 -12.7
Liberal S.G. Avis 99 N/A
Communist L.E. Brown 97 5.1 -2.6
Independent M. Flaherty 92 4.9 N/A
Liberal H. Mason 85 N/A
Turnout 23.8 +0.4
Registered electors 7,826
Residents gain from Labour Swing
Residents gain from Labour Swing
Residents gain from Labour Swing

Manor Park

Manor Park (3)[2][3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative C.A. Rugg 1,577 65.5 +35.0
Conservative C.L. Retter 1,544 N/A
Conservative B.C. Balcomb 1,354 N/A
Labour R.C. Beadle 831 34.5 -10.7
Labour W.M. Knight 805 N/A
Labour R.R. Turville 789 N/A
Turnout 27.2 -7.2
Registered electors 9,360
Conservative gain from Labour Swing
Conservative gain from Labour Swing
Conservative gain from Labour Swing

New Town

New Town (2)[2][3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour N.A. Chubb 505 53.0 -30.0
Liberal J.W. Francis 448 47.0 +30.0
Labour S. Hopwood 442 N/A
Turnout 16.7 -4.5
Registered electors 5,757
Labour hold Swing
Liberal gain from Labour Swing

Ordnance

Ordnance (2)[2][3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour A.E. Gannon 356 62.8 -16.3
Labour F.J. Radley 350 N/A
Liberal K. McGrane 211 37.2 +16.3
Turnout 11.3 +10.7
Registered electors 5,234
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing

Park

Park (3)[2][3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour A. Wolffe 1,203 51.4 -13.5
Labour H. Ronan 1,117 N/A
Labour K. Hasler 1,092 N/A
Conservative R.J. Blake 650 27.8 N/A
Conservative G. Eldridge 640 N/A
Conservative B.J. Hunt 575 N/A
Liberal M. Hogan 366 15.6 -19.5
Liberal A. Bijl-Jarvis 364 N/A
Liberal J.W. Giles 354 N/A
Independent A.C. O'Hanlon 120 5.2 N/A
Turnout 23.2 -8.3
Registered electors 10,131
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing

Plaistow

Plaistow (3)[2][3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Residents M.L. Finch 807 57.2 N/A
Residents A. Elliott 769 N/A
Labour P.K. O'Connell 604 42.8 -40.7
Labour A. Bigg 591 N/A
Labour K.M. Webb 559 N/A
Turnout 16.1 +2.3
Registered electors 8,874
Residents gain from Labour Swing
Residents gain from Labour Swing
Labour hold Swing

Plashet

Plashet (3)[2][3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour J.C. Carter 1,318 52.7 -10.3
Labour A.F. Wilson 1,279 N/A
Labour W. Watts 1,160 N/A
Conservative R.T. Hunt 649 26.0 +18.1
Conservative C.A. Knight 636 N/A
Conservative V.R. Miller 582 N/A
Liberal D.E. Watts 390 15.6 -13.5
Liberal J.F. Watts 300 N/A
Liberal J. Wren 286 N/A
Independent M.R. Neighbour 142 5.7 N/A
Turnout 26.5 -3.1
Registered electors 9,283
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing

St Stephens

St Stephens (2)[2][3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Residents J. Hucker 1,347 70.2 +21.2
Residents R.J. Smith 1,296 N/A
Labour W.H. Brown 573 29.8 -12.9
Labour F.J. Dowling 572 N/A
Turnout 33.0 -9.0
Registered electors 6,027
Residents hold Swing
Residents hold Swing

South

South (3)[2][3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour H.J. Fisher 1,263 51.8 N/A
Labour T.A. Jenkinson 1,199 N/A
Labour E. Daly 1,162 N/A
Conservative R.F. Hunter 706 29.0 N/A
Conservative G.L. Crocker 665 N/A
Conservative T.H. Beach 651 N/A
Residents W. Bird 468 19.2 N/A
Residents A.M. Cameron 456 N/A
Residents E.T. Keeffe 431 N/A
Turnout 25.7 N/A
Registered electors 9,968
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing

Stratford

Stratford (2)[2][3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour H.W. Doran 440 53.1 -21.3
Labour E.G. Goodyer 399 N/A
Conservative E.W. Orrin 186 22.5 N/A
Conservative M.E. Fitch 182 N/A
Communist T.C. Bowers 79 9.6 N/A
National Front S. Wade 73 8.8 N/A
Liberal J.J. Linehan 50 6.0 -9.0
Liberal S.F. Wrightson 43 N/A
Turnout 16.3 -2.3
Registered electors 5,072
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing

Upton

Upton (3)[2][3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal B.G. McCarthy 837 36.2 -11.7
Liberal F.P. Penfold 767 N/A
Labour E. Kebbell 764 33.1 -8.1
Labour G.S. Figg 763 N/A
Liberal E. Wren 760 N/A
Labour S.H. Smith 718 N/A
Conservative J.D. Inglis 710 30.7 +19.9
Conservative W.L. Orrin 676 N/A
Conservative C.W. Balcomb 675 N/A
Turnout 24.8 -6.3
Registered electors 9,899
Liberal hold Swing
Liberal hold Swing
Labour gain from Liberal Swing

Wall End

Wall End (3)[2][3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Residents J.S. Bailey 1,666 48.7 +16.2
Residents G.L. Bendall 1,654 N/A
Residents M. Lay 1,618 N/A
Labour E.M. Devenay 959 28.0 -20.3
Labour S.A. Elson 863 N/A
Labour H.T. Philpott 812 N/A
Conservative I. Little 622 18.3 N/A
Conservative M.H. Robinson 612 N/A
Conservative R.P. Candler 593 N/A
Communist D.A. Brett 172 5.0 -4.2
Turnout 38.1 +4.3
Registered electors 8,830
Residents gain from Labour Swing
Residents gain from Labour Swing
Residents gain from Labour Swing

West Ham

West Ham (2)[2][3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour J.F. Andrews 432 62.5 -17.1
Labour D.W. Lee 427 N/A
Liberal J. Andrews 259 37.5 +22.4
Turnout 11.9 -6.9
Registered electors 6,003
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing

Woodgrange

Woodgrange (2)[2][3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Residents A.N. Knight 1,256 70.4 +39.7
Residents G.W. Brown 1,248 N/A
Labour D. Harris 527 29.6 -11.9
Labour S.H. Mail 499 N/A
Turnout 30.9 -5.4
Registered electors 5,892
Residents gain from Labour Swing
Residents gain from Labour Swing

By-elections between 1968 and 1971

West Ham

West Ham by-election, 6 February 1969[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour T. H. Camp 613 44.9 -17.6
Conservative R. J. Blake 275 20.2 N/A
Residents J. P. Davis 188 13.8 N/A
Liberal J. W. Giles 146 10.7 -26.8
National Front J. B. Newham 142 10.4 N/A
Majority 338 24.7 N/A
Turnout 22.4 +10.5
Registered electors
Labour hold Swing

South

South by-election, 4 June 1970[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour J. C. Taylor 1,164 74.9 -6.4
Conservative A. J. Retter 373 24.0 +5.3
National Front W. T. Anderson 17 1.1 N/A
Majority 791 50.9 N/A
Turnout 15.3 -14.4
Registered electors
Labour hold Swing

References

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