The election of May 1964 presented the city Labour Party with a major opportunity. Though Labour had had a majority of six councillors over the Conservatives in 1958 and 1959 and were only two behind in 1957, they had not otherwise been within striking distance ofthe Conservatives since 1946 (see Table Ox 1). The somewhat unexpected Liberal gains in May 1962 had markedly changed the political situation. At that election the Liberals gained four seats at the expense of the Conservatives and a further seat from them in the following year. Just prior to the 1964 election, therefore, there were nineteen Conservative, eighteen Labour and five Liberal councillors. None ofthe Liberal seats was in question, and Labour could therefore gain a majority of councillors either by a single gain from the Conservatives or by further Liberal gains from that party.


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