1973 Greater London Council election
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92 councillors
47 seats needed for a majority
  First party Second party Third party
 
Leader Reg Goodwin Desmond Plummer Stanley Rundle
Party Labour Conservative Liberal
Leader's seat Bermondsey St. Marylebone Richmond
Seats won 58 32 2
Seat change Increase23 Decrease33 Increase2
Popular vote 928,034 743,123 244,703
Percentage 47.4% 38.0% 12.5%
Swing Increase7.5% Decrease12.6% Increase7.1%

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Results by parliamentary constituency.

Council Control before election

Conservative

Council control after election

Labour

The fourth election to the Greater London Council was held on 12 April 1973. Labour won a large majority of 58 seats to 32 for the Conservatives; the Liberals also won their first two seats on the council.[1]

Electoral arrangements

As there had been a boundary commission report with new Parliamentary constituencies which coincided with the border of Greater London, the electoral system was changed (as had always been intended) so that the GLC was elected from single member electoral divisions which were identical with the Parliamentary constituencies.

Results

With an electorate of 5,313,470, there was a turnout of 36.8%. In addition to the 92 councillors, there were sixteen Aldermen who divided 9 Labour and 6 Conservative, so that Labour actually had 67 seats to 38 for the Conservatives following the election.

Among those who were first elected to the GLC in 1973 were Ken Livingstone (Labour, Lambeth, Norwood), later to lead it, Andrew McIntosh (Labour, Haringey, Tottenham) who was his brief moderate rival for the Labour leadership, and Serge Lourie (Labour, Havering Hornchurch), who became a founder member of the SDP and Leader of the LB Richmond upon Thames in 2001.

Party Votes Seats
Number % +/- Stood Seats % +/-
Labour 928,034 47.4 Increase7.5 92 58 63.0 Increase23
Conservative 743,123 38.0 Decrease12.6 92 32 34.8 Decrease33
Liberal 244,703 12.5 Increase7.1 60 2 2.2 Increase2
Communist 11,954 0.6 Decrease1.2 28 0 Steady
National Front 9,536 0.5 n/a 6 0 Steady
Residents' or Ratepayers' 5,516 0.3 n/a 3 0 Steady
Independent 4,211 0.2 Decrease0.1 15 0 Steady
Action Party 3,063 0.2 Decrease0.4 6 0 Steady
National Independence 2,924 0.1 n/a 1 0 Steady
Ind. Conservative 2,393 0.1 n/a 2 0 Steady
Socialist (GB) 1,612 0.1 Steady 11 0 Steady
Independent Labour 227 0.0 n/a 1 0 Steady

By-elections 1973–1977

The first by-election of the term was caused by the court voiding the election in Croydon North East (see Morgan v Simpson). On 5 September 1974 the former Conservative member Billie Morgan regained the seat she had narrowly lost. Labour retained seats in Greenwich on 24 October 1974 and Dagenham on 30 January 1975 caused by the deaths of sitting councillors. The Conservatives kept their seat in Finchley on 15 May 1975 caused by the resignation of Roland Freeman and St. Marylebone on 8 April 1976 caused by the resignation of former GLC leader Desmond Plummer.

References

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 1 September 2018. Retrieved 16 June 2018.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)