1990 Merton London Borough Council election

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1990 Merton London Borough Council election
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All 57 council seats on
Merton London Borough Council
Turnout53.7% (Increase3.9%)[1][2]
  First party Second party
 
Party Labour Conservative
Last election 25 seats, 35.7% 29 seats, 41.1%
Seats won 29[3] 22
Seat change Increase4 Decrease7
Popular vote 76,583 74,857
Percentage 42.2% 41.3%
Swing Increase6.5% Increase0.2%

  Third party Fourth party
 
Party Merton Park Residents Longthornton and Tamworth Residents
Last election New party 3 seats, 2.3%
Seats won 3 3
Seat change Increase3 Steady
Popular vote 5,567 3,822
Percentage 3.1% 2.1%
Swing n/a Decrease 0.2%

Council leader before election

John Elvidge
Conservative

Council leader after election

Geoff Smith
Labour

Elections for the London Borough of Merton were held on 3 May 1990 to elect members of Merton London Borough Council in London, England. This was on the same day as other local elections in England and Scotland.[1]

The whole council was up for election and the Labour Party gained overall control of the council from the Conservatives with a majority of one seat.[1][4]

Background[edit]

At the last election, the Conservatives had gained a majority of one seat. In October 1989, they lost a by-election in Merton Park to Bridget Smith of the Merton Park Ward Residents Association, which had contested the by-election in opposition to the proposed extension of the A24 relief road.[5][6] This by-election result hung the council, but the Conservatives continued to govern Merton as a minority administration.[6]

This was the first whole council election which was contested by the MPWRA.

Results[edit]

The Conservatives lost their one-seat overall majority of the council to Labour, who themselves gained a one-seat overall majority of the council. The Merton Park Ward Residents Association won all three seats in Merton Park from the Conservatives; they have since maintained these seats in subsequent elections.[4]

Merton Local Election Result 1990[1][n 1]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Labour 29 4 0 Increase4 50.9% 42.2% 76,583 Increase6.5%
  Conservative 22 0 7 Decrease7 38.6% 41.3% 74,857 Increase0.2%
  Merton Park Residents 3 3 0 Increase3 5.3% 3.1% 5,567 n/a
  Longthornton and Tamworth Residents 3 0 0 0 5.3% 2.1% 3,822 Decrease0.3%
  Liberal Democrats 0 0 0 0 0% 6.5% 11,741 n/a
  Green 0 0 0 0 0 2.8% 5,106 n/a
  West Barnes Independent Residents 0 0 0 0 0 1.5% 2,781 n/a
  Independent 0 0 0 0 0 0.5% 932 n/a

In Durnsford, incumbent Conservative councillor and future Conservative Prime Minister Theresa May topped the poll. This was the last election she contested in Merton.

Durnsford (2)[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Theresa May 1,063 45.6%
Conservative Barry Edwards 1,049
Labour Arthur Kennedy 913 38.1%
Labour Nina Scowen 852
Liberal Democrats Susan Knibbs 317 12.4%
Liberal Democrats Philip Rumney 256
Green Keith Park 187 4.0%
Turnout 4,627
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing

Notes and references[edit]

Notes

  1. ^ The Liberal Democrat vote count includes three candidates who stood in Phipps Bridge under the description of "Liberal Democrat Focus Team".

References

  1. ^ a b c d e Minors, Michael; Grenham, Dennis. London Borough Council Elections 3rd May 1990 (PDF). London Datastore. London Research Centre. ISBN 1852611154. Retrieved 29 March 2015.
  2. ^ London Borough Council Elections 8 May 1986 (PDF). London Residuary Body - Research and Intelligence Unit. 1986.
  3. ^ "Merton Council Elections 2002" (PDF). Merton Electoral Services. Retrieved 8 June 2018.
  4. ^ a b "Merton Council Election Results 1964-2012" (PDF). Merton Council. Retrieved 9 June 2018.
  5. ^ "Merton Park Ward Residents Association". mertonpark.org.uk. Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 31 May 2018.
  6. ^ a b "Forum Issue No. 40" (PDF). Autumn 2009. Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 31 May 2018.