The GLC: Video timeline
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The rise and fall of the GLC

It is 30 years since one of the most controversial experiments in local government was scrapped. What was the GLC, and how has it shaped today's politics?

The Greater London Council was set up to take care of the biggest problems facing the capital: a burgeoning population, a strained transport network, polluted streets and inadequate housing.

But in the 1980s, under the leadership of Ken Livingstone, its policies became increasingly controversial and Margaret Thatcher eventually abolished it.

Here's a quick tour through its history.

  • 31 Mar 2016
  • From the section London
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