United Kingdom local elections, 1969

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Local elections took place in the United Kingdom in 1969.

After the sweeping Conservative gains in the local elections of 1967 and 1968, the Labour Party - which had been in government since 1964 - was left with little to defend. But the Labour Party still stood to lose ground due to the fact that the council wards being fought in 1969 had last been fought at a good time for them: in 1966 in the afterglow of Labour's decisive victory in the general election six weeks previously. In 1969, Labour declined to field candidates in some seats where they might have had a chance of winning some years previously. There was a decline in the number of Liberal and Scottish National Party and other, minor, parties. By contrast, the Conservatives were by this time trying their luck in areas they had not stood before, even at the expense of their erstwhile independent, progressive and moderate allies - particularly in Scotland.

Labour were left with its lowest number of councillors for years, and were reliant on aldermen to retain control of some councils. Even Huyton, represented in the House of Commons by Prime Minister Harold Wilson, was gained by the Conservatives. However, Labour were able to take some comfort from the fact there was a slight swing in their favour since the 1968 local elections. The Liberals had a mixed performance, losing all their councillors in some towns such as Bolton and Buxton - but advancing in cities such as Birmingham and Leeds. There was an overall decline in the Scottish Nationalist vote.

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