and more to the point, why? I was nattering to ViolentPanda on another thread about your upcoming elections this year and if anyone could mount a serious challenge to Labour. Going back 50 years (a long time I know) Lambeth produced two big swings in successive elections. In 1964 Lambeth was solid Labour but in '68 the Tories made 43 gains across the board, nearly wiping Labour out. A certain John Major was one of the councillors elected in Brixton. Lambeth London Borough Council election, 1968 - Wikipedia It didn't last, because only three years later, Labour made 48 gains and firmly took back control with Major narrowly losing his election Lambeth London Borough Council election, 1971 - Wikipedia What produced such big swings in such a short space of time?