By L. J. Sharpe
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B) representatives Professional Foremen and supervisors Other skilled and clerical workers Unskilled workers Full-time trade union officials Con. II I I 4 Lib. Lab. 5 2 5 8 3 Voting in Cities A kind of' locality rule', by which a candidate who lives within the ward has an electoral advantage, is supposed to operate. Using actual residence in the ward as the rubric, one finds that 38 per cent of Liberal, 44 per cent of Labour and 61 per cent of Conservative candidates could be classified as local.
Since these two wards are the Liberal strongholds, this increase is perhaps less remarkable than would at first appear. The turn-out pattern in the wards was normal. The peripherals had an average of 47·1 per cent, the central wards 35·6 per cent and the intermediates 43 ·6 per cent. The voting pattern was also more or less normal, although there were two minor surprises in Great Horton and Clayton, where Labour had unexpected and narrow gains. The central wards all steadfastly returned Labour councillors, with Labour taking its normal solid share of the poll.
They Bradford 43 ought to have won North Bierley West with a big majority and they only just scraped in. If the Liberals lose this base there will soon be a two-party system in Bradford. The second important effect of the election was on the morale of the party workers. The Telegraph and Argus announced' Tories May Lose Bradford North', and party workers in both camps gladly, or sadly, agreed. It may in fact be no exaggeration to say that the most important effect of this election was in the sphere of morale and organisation for the general election, and not in the sphere oflocal government.