1994 Merton London Borough Council election

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1994 Merton London Borough Council election
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All 57 council seats on
Merton London Borough Council
Turnout49.5% (Decrease4.2%)[1][2]
  First party Second party Third party
 
Party Labour Conservative Liberal Democrat
Last election 29 seats, 42.2% 22 seats, 41.3% 0 seats, 6.5%
Seats won 40[3] 10 3
Seat change Increase11 Decrease12 Increase3
Popular vote 82,294 51,153 20,540
Percentage 50.3% 31.3% 12.5%
Swing Increase8.1% Decrease10.0% Increase6.0%

  Fourth party Fifth party
 
Party Merton Park Residents Longthornton and Tamworth Residents
Last election 3 seats, 3.1% 3 seats, 2.1%
Seats won 3 1
Seat change Steady Decrease2
Popular vote 5,860 4,308
Percentage 3.6% 2.6%
Swing Increase0.5% Increase0.5%

Council leader before election

Tony Colman
Labour

Council leader after election

Tony Colman
Labour

Elections for the London Borough of Merton were held on 5 May 1994 to elect members of Merton London Borough Council in London, England. This was on the same day as other local elections in England.[4]

The whole council was up for election. As a result of changes in authority boundaries between Merton, Lambeth and Wandsworth, there were some minor ward boundary changes.[5]

Results[edit]

The Labour Party maintained its majority control of the council, increasing its majority from one seat to eleven seats.[6]

This was the first election in which the Liberal Democrats gained seats in Merton, winning all three seats on the ward of West Barnes from the Conservatives.[7] The Liberal Democrats had not stood in the ward in the last election,[2] and their predecessors, the SDP-Liberal Alliance, came last in the ward in the 1986 election, behind the Conservatives and Labour.[8]

This was also the last election which was contested by the Longthornton and Tamworth Residents Association, which lost two seats to Labour and whose only elected councillor no longer sat for the party by the time of the 1998 election.[6]

Merton Local Election Result 1994[9]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Labour 40 11 0 Increase11 70.2% 50.3% 82,294 Increase8.1%
  Conservative 10 0 12 Decrease12 17.5% 31.3% 51,153 Decrease10.0%
  Liberal Democrat 3 3 0 Increase3 5.3% 12.5% 20,540 Increase6.0%
  Merton Park Residents 3 0 0 0 5.3% 3.6% 5,860 Increase0.5%
  Longthornton and Tamworth Residents 1 0 2 Decrease2 1.8% 2.6% 4,308 Increase0.5%
  Green 0 0 0 0 0 2.6% 4,177 Decrease0.2%
  Independent 0 0 0 0 0 0.6 914 n/a
  West Barnes Independent Residents 0 0 0 0 0 0.2 286 Decrease1.3%
  Monster Raving Loony 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 63 n/a

References[edit]

  1. ^ "London Borough of Merton Election Results - May 1998" (PDF). Merton Council. May 1998. Retrieved 8 June 2018.
  2. ^ a b Minors, Michael; Grenham, Dennis. London Borough Council Elections 3rd May 1990 (PDF). London Datastore. London Research Centre. ISBN 1852611154. Retrieved 29 March 2015.
  3. ^ "Merton Council Elections 2002" (PDF). Merton Electoral Services. Retrieved 8 June 2018.
  4. ^ "London Borough Council Elections 5 May 1994 including Results from the European Elections" (PDF). London Datastore. London Research Centre. Retrieved 29 March 2015.
  5. ^ "The Lambeth, Merton and Wandsworth (London Borough Boundaries) Order 1993". www.legislation.gov.uk. Retrieved 9 June 2018.
  6. ^ a b "London Borough of Merton Election Results - May 1998" (PDF). Merton Council. May 1998. Retrieved 8 June 2018.
  7. ^ "Merton Council Elections Results Summary 1964-2012" (PDF). Merton Council. Retrieved 9 June 2018.
  8. ^ London Borough Council Elections 8 May 1986 (PDF). London Residuary Body - Research and Intelligence Unit. 1986. p. 56.
  9. ^ Minors, Michael; Grenham, Denis (May 1998). "London Borough Council Elections 5 May 1994" (PDF). Retrieved 18 June 2018.