1971 London local elections

Local government elections took place in London, and some other parts of the United Kingdom on Thursday 13 May 1971.

1971 London local elections
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All 1,863 on all 32 London boroughs
Turnout38.7% (Increase2.9%)
  First party Second party
  Harold Wilson Edward Heath
Leader Harold Wilson Edward Heath
Party Labour Conservative
Leader since 14 February 1963 27 July 1965
Councils 21 10
Councils +/– Increase18 Decrease18
Councillors 1,221 597
Councillors +/– Increase871 Decrease841

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Results by Borough in 1971.
(Red indicates Labour, blue indicates the Conservatives and grey indicates No Overall Control)

All London borough council seats were up for election. The previous Borough elections in London were in 1968.[1]

Results summaryEdit

Party Councillors Change Councils Change
Labour 1,221 +871 21 +18
Conservative 597 -841 10 -18
Liberal 9 -1 0 ±0
Others 36 -29 0 ±0
No overall control n/a n/a 1 ±0
  • Turnout: 2,105,571 voters cast ballots, a turnout of 38.7% (+2.9%).[2]

Council resultsEdit

Council Previous control Result Details
Barking Labour Labour Details
Barnet Conservative Conservative Details
Bexley Conservative Labour Details
Brent Conservative Labour Details
Bromley Conservative Conservative Details
Camden Conservative Labour Details
Croydon Conservative Conservative Details
Ealing Conservative Labour Details
Enfield Conservative Conservative Details
Greenwich Conservative Labour Details
Hackney Conservative Labour Details
Hammersmith Conservative Labour Details
Haringey Conservative Labour Details
Harrow Conservative No overall control Details
Havering Conservative Labour Details
Hillingdon Conservative Labour Details
Hounslow Conservative Labour Details
Islington Conservative Labour Details
Kensington and Chelsea Conservative Conservative Details
Kingston upon Thames Conservative Conservative Details
Lambeth Conservative Labour Details
Lewisham Conservative Labour Details
Merton Conservative Labour Details
Newham No overall control Labour Details
Redbridge Conservative Conservative Details
Richmond upon Thames Conservative Conservative Details
Southwark Labour Labour Details
Sutton Conservative Conservative Details
Tower Hamlets Labour Labour Details
Waltham Forest Conservative Labour Details
Wandsworth Conservative Labour Details
Westminster Conservative Conservative Details

Overall councillor numbersEdit

London local elections 1971

Councillor statistics

Party Seats Gain/loss
  Labour 1,221 +871
  Conservative 597 -841
  Liberal 9 -1
  Others 36 -29


  1. ^ Minors, Michael; Grenham, Dennis. "London Borough Council Elections 7 May 1998 including the Greater London Authority Referendum results" (PDF). Demographic and Statistical Studies. London Research Centre. Retrieved 29 May 2014.
  2. ^ "London Borough Council Elections 13 May 1971" (PDF). London Datastore. Greater London Council.