2010 Merton London Borough Council election

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2010 Merton London Borough Council election
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All 60 council seats on Merton London Borough Council
Turnout66.3% (Increase23.4%)[1][2]
  First party Second party
 
Party Labour Conservative
Last election 27 seats, 34.8% 30 seats, 44.6%
Seats won 28 27
Seat change Increase1 Decrease3
Popular vote 101,959 94,893
Percentage 39.0% 36.3%
Swing Increase4.2% Decrease8.3%

  Third party Fourth party
 
Party Merton Park Residents Liberal Democrats
Last election 3 seats, 3.0% 0 seats, 12.0%
Seats won 3 2
Seat change Steady Increase2
Popular vote 7,572 47,291
Percentage 2.9% 18.1%
Swing Decrease0.1% Increase6.1%

Merton London UK local election 2010 map.svg
Map of the results of the 2010 Merton council election. Conservatives in blue, Labour in red, Liberal Democrats in yellow and Merton Park Ward Residents Association in white.

Council leader before election

David Williams
Conservative

Council leader after election

Stephen Alambritis
Labour

Elections for the London Borough of Merton were held on 6 May 2010. This was on the same day as other local elections in England and a national general election.[1]

Results[edit]

Labour became the largest party in Merton, defeating the incumbent minority Conservative administration. However, Labour fell three seats short of a majority, so the council remained under no overall control.

The Liberal Democrats regained two seats in West Barnes from the Conservatives and the Merton Park Ward Residents' Association maintained its three councillors in Merton Park.[1]

Merton Local Election Result 2010[3]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Labour 28 1 0 Decrease1 46.7% 39.0% 101,959 Increase4.2%
  Conservative 27 0 3 Decrease3 45.0% 36.3% 94,893 Decrease8.3%
  Merton Park Residents 3 0 0 0 5.0% 2.9% 7,572 Decrease0.1%
  Liberal Democrats 2 2 0 Increase2 3.3% 18.1% 47,291 Increase6.1%
  Green 0 0 0 0 0% 1.7% 4,331 Decrease2.2%
  BNP 0 0 0 0 0% 0.9% 2,439 Increase0.3%
  Independent 0 0 0 0 0% 0.6% 1,445 n/a
  UKIP 0 0 0 0 0% 0.5% 1,206 Increase0.2%
  Christian Peoples 0 0 0 0 0% 0.1% 149 n/a

UKIP defections[edit]

On 15 May 2013, four Conservative councillors defected to the UK Independence Party (UKIP). This included Suzanne Evans, who later became a national UKIP spokeswoman.[4] No by-elections were called as a result of the defections.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Merton". London Councils. 7 May 2010. Archived from the original on 10 May 2010. Retrieved 9 May 2010.
  2. ^ "London Datastore". data.london.gov.uk. Retrieved 24 May 2018.
  3. ^ "Merton Council Election Results 2010". Local Elections Archive Project. Retrieved 14 June 2018.
  4. ^ May, Lauren (16 May 2013). "Councillors left 'open mouthed' by shock resignation of four senior Tories". Your Local Guardian. Retrieved 22 May 2018.