The Character of Local Politics Martin Bulmer
The three preceding chapters have described the work of Durham County Council’s first Labour leader, examined politics and housing as a political resource in one locality, and presented an impressionistic picture of Durham politics in the 1960s. In 1975, Durham County Council celebrated 50 years of continuous Labour control. If not unique, Durham local politics present rather unusual features for a large English local authority. This chapter will consider recent electoral statistics, the Poulson affair in historical context, and generalisations about single-party dominance. But its purpose is as much to raise questions for further research as to present finished results. Local politics in Durham is largely an academic terra incognita. What follows are hypotheses to be tested in future research.