THE trends observable on the outbreak of the war in 1914 — the revival of the Labour Party, the decline of the Liberal Party and the consolidation of the Conservative Party — continued after the end of the war with greater intensity. By 1926, the date of the last Council before the extension of the Borough boundaries, Labour had increased its membership of the Council from three to thirteen, the Liberals had fallen from sixteen to nine, and the Conservatives had fallen slightly from twenty-five to twenty-one.1 Labour was clearly gaining at the expense of the Liberals, and the most dramatic illustration of this development occurred in the November election of 1919, when a Labour candidate, fighting his first municipal election, defeated a Liberal Councillor who had represented the ward for twenty-five years. Other wards, which previously had returned Liberal members, increasingly in the 1920S sent Labour members to the Council.
KeywordsLabour Party Electorate Vote Conservative Party Town Council Municipal Election
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