GREAT BRITAIN: Socialist Victory

Britain's five-month-old Tory government got a painful jolt from the voters last week. In a struggle for control of the world's most powerful local-government body—London's huge County Council—Socialist candidates ousted 26 Tories and one Liberal, rolled up a huge Labor majority: 92 seats to 37. Cried Herbert Morrison, onetime cockney errand boy who became Socialist boss of London and then his country's Foreign Secretary: "Thank you, London!"

Tories at the hustings stuck closely to local issues, e.g., Labor's failure to build homes for 175,000 London families, many of whom were bombed out. Laborites pitched their campaign to national issues, blaming...

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