May 3rd 2018, local election saw the Green Party celebrate as they gained 5 seats, with a clean sweep of 3 seats in St Leonards, which included Jonathan Bartley and 1 seat in Gypsy Hill and 1 seat in Herne Hill. This now takes the pressure off the Conservative who kept 1 seat out of 3 in Clapham Common as the other 2 went to Labour.
Conservative Cllr Tim Briggs kept his seat in Clapham Common to be the only man standing for Conservative after the election results.
Cllr Brigg – Clapham Common Conservative Party
Interview with Cllr Brigg below.
Live interview at the election counts with Cllr Tim Briggs.
Cllr Brigg answer a question as to whether he thinks that all the matters with the Windrush lost them the two seat.
The Green Party with 5 seats will now be the main opposition to the Labour Party’s 57 seats. Cllr Bartley stated ” It’s a privilege to be the only party leader in England elected to serve as a local Cllr” “In the Green Party we believe in the power of local and leading by example”.
New Gypsy Hill Green Cllr Peter Elliot defeated the sitting Labour Cllr Luke Murphy by 144 votes to take the seat. Labour Cllr Jennifer Braithwaite held onto her seat with 2,063 votes, while Labour Cllr Matthew Bennett remains with 2,054 votes. Link below of interview with Cllr Peter Elliot and Cllr Matthew Bennett.
Link to interview with Cllr Peter Elliot
Link to interview with Cllr Matthew Bennett.
Cllr Peter Elliot, Green Party for Gypsy Hill
Cllr Becca Thacknay won a seat for the Green Party in Herne Hill by defeating Labour Jack Holborn by 251 seats.
Cllr Becca Thackray Green Party who was seated alongside the two Labour Cllrs Jim Dickson and Pauline George
Overall the Green Party has 173 Cllrs around England, making them the third main party close on the heels of the Lib Dems.
This is the link below of the interview with the soon outgoing Mayor of Lambeth, Labour CllrMarcia Cameron on what she had to say at the election counts
audio interview of Marcia Cameron outgoing Mayor of Lambeth speaking about Lambeth and winning her seat at the election counts on May 4th 2018.
Disappointing election results for Labour gives the Tories new found confidence but still no clear advantage
Everyone in London was expecting a “red wave” from Corbyn’s momentum campaign, whether Labour had become complacent after the gains in 2017 or their message just didn’t stick is not certain.
Though we can say that the Conservative party and the Labour party have once again entered a stalemate in the UK political scene.
They roughly share 35% each and the losses in the capital have been offset by gains elsewhere in the country as many predicted.
The Tories have retaken the ball so to speak, this was partly expected as they were predicted to have an increase nationally but decrease in London.
However the problem was that the Tory losses in London were predominantly from the Liberal Democrats who have recently begun to recover from the aftermath of Clegg’s leadership.
The Greens have made some local gains too though not particularly significant, mainly capitalising on local issues such as the Central hill regeneration
Labour despite consolidating its 2017 gains and taking more council seats from the Tories, have failed to take their target boroughs but did gain a majority in Tower Hamlets.
A few main factors contributed to Labour’s failure such as the anti-Semitism which was particularly prominent in Barnet which has the largest Jewish community in London.
However it is important to note that Labour is still on the rise in London and these Tory strongholds in the centre. Labour was 8 seats away from gaining a majority in the Wandsworth seat while in 2014 it would have taken 15.
The irony is that, the party that was mostly ignored from the conversation in London has inflicted the most damage on the Tories in the city, gaining control over Kingston and Richmond while holding Sutton, which they were expected to lose because of the bin fiasco.
The Liberal Democrat gains are probably due to the Tory abandonment of Europe and Corbyn failing to appeal to more moderate and middle class areas.
In many ways the Lib Dem party is the greatest winner out of the whole local election.
Surprise Lib Dem victory in Richmond signals return to mainstream politics
The Tories did far better than expected in London last night or rather they did far less worse than people had imagined. Overnight there has been a consolidation of Labour holdings in London, however so far they have made no gains in the city.
The Tories kept Westminister and Wandsworth though it was unlikely they would lose these constituencies anyway, though having said that in Wandsworth it was quite close, Labour received 26 seats which is higher than the 19 seats they got in 2014, likewise in Westminster Labour gained three seats more than last year, giving them a total of 19.
However the Tories have made one gain so far in London, with the Tories gaining a clear majority in Barnet, a previously contested constituency. Labour went from 30 seats to 25 and the Tories now have 38.
This is almost certainly due to the overshadowing “Anti-Semitism” row in the Labour party, which has caused some voters to switch to conservative in order to punish Labour as Barnet as it has the highest number of Jews of any borough in London.
One major surprise however has been the return of the Liberal Democrats with Richmond being taken by them with a huge swing with all 39 Conservative seats being swapped with the Liberal Democrats. This is likely because of the very strong remain vote in Richmond.
Lib Dem Candidate for Bishop’s ward in Lambeth, Adrain Hyrylainen- Trett spoke to our Lambeth Correspondent, Nez Williams about the result in Richmond.
11:00 The team are here at the oval, not for cricket but the count of the local elections. We’ll have all the results for you as it happens.
11:04 Coldharbour Ward coming up for results shortly, will it be a surprise for candidate. Will the new Independent Rachel Heywood former Labour Councillor surprise everyone by keeping her seat as an Independent or will she be ousted by another candidate. Lets wait and see result soon to go live.
11:33 Really good to see groups of school children being taken round the count seeing democracy in action. Word on the floor is the Greens are hopeful with one candidate saying “it’s looking good”.
11:38 Labour chief whip, Paul Gadsby and Councillor for Vassall ward, told us that’s he’s been working very hard over the last few day. Nez caught up with on the count floor about how the campaign has gone.
12.33 It gone a little quieting now in the counts room, but many candidates are still looking apprehensive as they wait for results. 17 wards verified and counts started, so now awaiting final result.
12.49 We are looking to have the first two results for Bishop and Streatham Hill ward shortly after 1pm.
13.04 Streatham Hill candidate being called forward, results should be out soon.
13.11 Fresh news St Leonard’s ward in Streatham was a target ward in last night election, so another one to watch at result time.
13.24 Turn out for this year’s election was up slightly by just under 2%.
Above link to interview with Adrian Audsley of the Green Party from Thornton ward, same ward as Lib Peck Labour leader.
13.38 Thornton ward which is the leader Lib Peck ward result should be coming soon.
14.05 Just got an interview with Cllr Rachel Heywoode former Labour Cllr now standing as an independent in Coldharbour ward. Link to interview will follow shortly.
14.14 Labour wins Bishop ward taking all 3 seats to return Labour Councillors. Jen Moseley, Cllr Kevin Craig and Cllr Ibrahim Dogus. Link to their interviews to follow soonan.
14.33 Link to interview with Cllr Rachel Heywoode who is ran as an Independent candidate for Coldharbour ward at last night’s elections.
14.39 Cllr Heywoode interview link
14.43 Bishop ward Labour Councillors interview link below –
14.52 Larkhall ward result should be out soon.
14.55 Larkhall result coming within minute.
15.17 Labour holds onto Larkhall ward with Christina Valcarcel having a whopping 063 votes, followed by Andy Wilson with 1,893 and new candidate Tim Windle with 1,751 votes. link to interviews to follow.
15.30 Labour wins Oval ward and holds on to the 3 seats with Cllr Jack Hopkins 1,986, Cllr Claire Holland 1981 and Cllr Phillip Normal 1,719 votes.
15.37 Labour leader Lib Peck keeps her seat with 2,114 votes followed closely by Labour Jane Edbrooke Labour 1,999
16.03 Labour wins Stockwell ward again with 3 seats for Lucy Caldicott, Mahamed Hashi and Mohammed Jaser.
16.13 Labour once again holds onto Streatham South with 3 seats for Cllr Daniel Adilypou 2217, Cllr John Kazantzis 2187 and Cllr Clair Wilcox 2,207.
16.30 Result coming in fast, Labour keeps hold of Knight Hill for 3 Cabinet Members Cllr Sonia Winifred – Culture & Equality, Cllr Jackie Meldrum – Adults and Social Services and Cllr Jane Pickard – Childrens & Young People.
16.31 Labour keeps 3 seats for Coldharbour ward for Cllr Donatus Anyanwu 2,257, Cllr Emma Nye – 2,325 and Cllr Matt Parr – 1,971. Cllr Rachel Haywoode who was a former Labour Councillor and stood as an Independent only gained 660 seats.
16.37 Streatham Hill ward result coming should be with you in a few minutes.
16.43 Streatham Hill results in and Labour holds all 3 seats. Cllrs Liz Atkins, Rezina and Iain Simpson
17:02 Green Party steal seat from Labour in Gypsy Hill. Greens fought a hard campaign promising to champion the concerns of those living on the Central Hill Estate. More to come as we get it.
17:04 Princes Ward is held by Labour. Still to come Clapham Common, the home of Lambeth College, will it stay Conservatives or will Labour make up their lost seat?
17.13 Labour keeps their seats in Vassall ward. This is the ward of Cllr Paul Gadsby the Labour Chief Whip and the MBE Cllr Jacqui Dyer and Cllr Annie Gallop have beaten off the opposition to keep all 3 seat Labour once again.
17.17 Breaking News – Full recounts order for Clapham Common, word on the floor Conservative may have loss a seat, hence my prediction earlier on target wards.
17:25 Herne Hill result just being announced. Labour holds 2 seats with Cllrs Jim Dickson and Cllr Pauline George. Labour Jack Holborn lost his seat to Green Party Becca Thackray from the Green Party. Did the Carnegie Library in Herne Hill have an impact on votes?
17.34 Thurlow Park ward Labour holds onto their 3 seats to keep the ward Red.
17.39 Five wards left for the counts Brixton Hill, Clapham Common, Streatham Wells, St Leonards, and Streatham Wells. St Leondards is being announced now. Greens already have a seat here and have held it.
17:42 A Green sweep in St Leonard’s. Green Party will be the official opposition of Lambeth Labour in the new Council. Labour lost their their 2 seats to give Green Party all 3 seats.
17.49 Brixton Hill results up next in a few minutes.
17.53 Brixton Hill result now in with Labour Co-op once again holding on to the 3 seats with new candidate Cllr Maria Kay, Brixton Hill Cllr Adrian Garden and Cllr Martin Tiedemann
18.02 Streatham Wells stays Labour by keeping hold of their 3 seats, Cllr Marianna Masters, Mohammed Seedat and Malcclm Clark to keep the Wells of Streatham red.
18.05 Tulse Hill results coming up, will be interested see results due to the Cressingham Gardens being a hot issue with locals.
18.08 Lambeth Labour Mayor Marcia Cameron keeps her seat with a vote of 2,271, with our other 2 Councillors Mary Atkins – 2,289 and Ben Kind – 2,102. Labour seals another 3 seats to beat off the Greens.
18.14 Last results to come in from Clapham Common recounts. Nail biting time for all the candidate as we await the final counts for the Lambeth Local Elections
18.47 Final results just in and Labour has regained 2 seats from the Conservative who are left with 1 seat for Tim Briggs.
19.01 At last the count have been completed and everyone rushed out to the pub or home. Labour lost 1 seat, Greens gained 2 seats and Conservative lost 2 seats.
Lambeth consist of 21 wards in this local elections and the main target wards to watch could be defined as Gypsy Hill, Herne Hill and Clapham.
What is the importance of these three wards in this election. Firstly Gypsy Hill has two current Labour Councillors who are Cabinet Members, Regeneration and Planning and Housing and Environments.
Gypsy Hill for many years was a Conservative ward until they were ousted by Labour in the last local elections in 2014. Labour are now been challenged in both target ward Gypsy Hill and Herne Hill, by the Green Party who are stipulating around the subject of the Libraries and Central Hill Regeneration.
The Conservative took Clapham in the last election so will the competition this year be tough for them with Labour looking to regain the seats and the Green wanting to position themselves there too. Lib Dems seen to have faltered around the borough so are they likely to ever recover.
Labour and Green Party seem to have up there campaign with door knocking, leafleting and generally speaking to the residents of Lambeth.
The Conservative have somewhat diminished themselves around Lambeth with the Windrush fiasco and the Lib Dem seen to have gone very quiet, with other parties not generating much publicity.
Going into tomorrow elections out of the 63 seat rolled out for the 21 wards, Labour holds 59 seats, Conservative 3 seats and Green Party 1 seats. All other parties including the Lib Dems hold 0 seats, having been wiped out in 2014.
Is this position likely to change after the election tomorrow 3rd May, with the counts results expected on Friday 4th May? Watch this space for further updates! We will be reporting live from the count.
Below is the list of seats from the 2014 election results:
Election results by party
% of votes
UK Independence Party
Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition
The Socialist Party of Great Britain
Trade Unionist and Socialist Against Cuts
Lambeth are hoping the 2018 May elections turn out to polling station will be much higher than the 34% that voted in 2014.
Could issues with rubbish endanger Labour’s gains in the local elections
Back in 2016 the Ealing council (like many other councils in London) instituted wheelie bins for the borough and switched to an alternate/fortnightly collection of rubbish.
According to Ealing’s council website the reasoning was “Wheelie bins make it easier to recycle and stop foxes and rats ripping open sacks. This will help to keep our streets cleaner”.
Now back in 2015 this caused quite a big controversy because a petition was made to try and stop this from happening, it gained some 3015 signatures but the policy was implemented anyway.
Another point of contention was that (like other boroughs where this policy has been implemented) the council did not consult locals properly before enacting this decision. Also just like everywhere else this policy was implemented, fly tipping became noticeably more common.
There are however exceptions to this policy as if you live in a property with a front boundary or if your household is deemed unsuitable for wheelie bins then you have an option to opt out in favour of “black sacks”.
Despite these complaints in 2017 Ealing predominantly voted for Labour. For the 2018 elections in London, bins are once again at the forefront of political debate in London’s local administrations, the disastrous outsourcing policies at Sutton could cause the Lib Dem stronghold to be ousted.
One party taking advantage of the controversy in Ealing is the Lib Dems and like many local Tory parties in London, bins have become a selling point for their manifesto. They were strongly against the 2016 change citing that it would cost the tax payer some £3 million and it has not made the streets cleaner by most accounts.
One of Labour’s councillors, Bassam Mahfouz admitted there was a flaw to the policy “Whilst the Tories and Lib Dems in government slashed Ealing Council’s budget by almost 60%, Labour has continued to increase recycling rates”.
A lot of locals are worried that the expense will outweigh the benefit, it could be possible that this might cause Labour some setbacks in the upcoming local elections.
The Conservatives will probably dodge “utter disaster” despite Labour’s swing.
As of the 26th April, the voting intentions for London are 29% Conservative, 51% Labour and 11% Liberal Democrat, though Labour will be making major gains according to most analysts there will be a few boroughs that will be tough for Labour to break through.
Westminster and Wandsworth which have been Conservative strongholds for decades, if the current trend is correct then there would be a modest swing of about 7 points towards Labour.
This was less than what was originally expected but still very bitter loss for the Conservatives, however considering the trend of a national increase in Conservative support then it is possible that the losses they make in London will be made up for in gains elsewhere.
The probability of a Labour victory in Westminster and Wandsworth are low but it is more of a possibility now as London has been moving towards labour for a while now.
Philip Cowley, a political scientist at the Queen Mary university, said “A Tory victory parade in Wandsworth and Westminster, should they manage to hold them, will not be a sign of success but merely the avoidance of utter disaster.”
However, there are other boroughs in London that have also become battle grounds. Barnet, Sutton and Camden have had problems with management of waste.
Labour in Camden was accused of breaking one of its manifesto pledges to keep up with the weekly rubbish collection but Labour made it fortnightly, the pledge to keep a weekly rubbish collection has become a major selling point for the local conservative manifestos.
Sutton had a particularly bad incident where rubbish wasn’t collected for 6-8 weeks, which ended up just piling up on locals’ streets, this could cause a Lib Dem stronghold to switch to the Tories, another cause for a swing towards Tory in Sutton is that Sutton voted mostly leave and leave voters will generally lean towards the Conservatives.
According to Lord Ashcroft polls people are most concerned about local health services (33%); Housing (30%), Crime (29%), Brexit (25%) and local council tax (23%). Brexit is particularly controversial in London because most voted remain and many blame the Tory government for the referendum and its result leading them to either vote Lib Dem or Labour.
Housing is another issue that is contentious because the supply of housing has failed to meet its demand causing prices to rise, according to an LSE paper on the subject “The UK housing system over-responds to economic downturns so housing investment is cut back rapidly, while it under-responds to increasing demand”. This means the housing supply simply doesn’t expand sufficiently causing high rents and prices and it is not simply a matter of producing more houses.
Council tax will be another issue that will be decisive as austerity cuts have put local government at “breaking point” according to the Chief Executive of the Local Government Information Unit (LGIU), Jonathan Carr-West. Not just that but 94% of council leaders say they intend to increase council tax, this could be very damaging for the current government and local government in general.