Corporation and Council

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Political composition

Reproduced with permission from the Encyclopaedia of Brighton by Tim Carder, 1990

Please note that this text is an extract from a reference work written in 1990.  As a result, some of the content may not reflect recent research, changes and events.

d) POLITICAL COMPOSITION: Ruled for many years by the Conservative Party, Brighton Council had no party with an absolute majority from 1983 until 1988, but the Conservatives continued to govern until 1986 when the Labour Party gained control on the casting vote of the mayor. Since 1951 the political composition of Brighton Council has been as follows {123,303}:

Con Lab Lib/ SDP Ind Vacant
SLD
1951 59 12                -                  -                  5                 -
1952 54 16                -                  -                  4                 2
1953 52 20                -                  -                  4                 -
1954 51 22                -                  -                  3                 -
1955 51 22                -                  -                  3                 -
1956 46 26                -                  -                  3                 1
1957 47 25                -                  -                  4                 -
1958 45 27                -                  -                  4                 -
1959 52 22                1                 -                  1                 -
1960 53 22                -                  -                  1                 -
1961 52 22                -                  -                  2                 -
1962 49 24                1                 -                   2                 -
1963 49 23                2                 -                   2                 -
1964 50 22                2                 -                   2                 -
1965 52 22                1                 -                   1                 -
1966 54 22                -                  -                  -                  -
1967 57 19                -                  -                  -                  -
1968 62 14                -                  -                  -                  -
1969 68  8                 -                  -                  -                  -
1970 65 11                -                  -                  -                  -
1971 56 20                -                  -                  -                  -
1972 50 26                -                  -                  -                  -
1973 50 26                -                  -                  -                  -
1974 31 28                -                  -                  -                  -
1975 31 28                -                  -                  -                  -
1976 44 15                -                  -                  -                  -
1977 44 15                -                  -                  -                  -
1978 44 15                -                  -                  -                  -
1979 37 16                3                 -                  -                  -
1980 37 16                3                 -                  -                  -
1981 37 16                3                 -                  -                  -
1982 37 16                3                 -                  -                  -
1983 24 20                3                 1                 -                  -
1984 23 21                3                 1                 -                  -
1985 22 22                3                 1                 -                  -
1986 19 24                3                 1                                   -
1987 20 24                3                 -                  1                 -
1988 19 27                2                 -                  -                  -
1989 19 26                2                 -                  1                 -
1990 17 29                1                 -                  1                 -

Any numerical cross-references in the text above refer to resources in the Sources and Bibliography section of the Encyclopaedia of Brighton by Tim Carder.

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