1955 to 1974
1974 to 1979
1979 to 1983




key events

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roll call

National Union of Mineworkers banner
February 26: Seven right wing councilors (dubbed the sensible seven by Kinnock and the scabby seven by the Liverpool Labour movement) break ranks and make their first public statement against council policy.

February 28: 100,000 take action on Merseyside in support of the GCHQ workers whose trade union had been outlawed by Thatcher.

March: Beginning of miners’ strike.

March 29: Budget day. A one-day strike was called to support council. Fifty thousand march to the Town Hall to support the deficit budget proposal. No budget from any party gets a majority.

May 7: Local elections in which Labour gains seven more seats. Shortly after Tory minister for the environment Patrick Jenkin visits the city. Visibly shaken he makes the statement: ’I have seen housing conditions here the likes of which I have never seen before’.

July 9: A deal is reached with Patrick Jenkin in which he makes concessions worth an estimated £60million to the council.


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