2014 Merton London Borough Council election

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2014 Merton London Borough Council election
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All 60 council seats on Merton London Borough Council
Turnout41.3% (Decrease25%)[1][2]
  First party Second party
 
Party Labour Conservative
Last election 28 seats, 39.0% 27 seats, 36.3%
Seats won 36 20
Seat change Increase8 Decrease7
Popular vote 83,091 52,867
Percentage 49.6% 31.6%
Swing Increase10.6% Decrease4.8%

  Third party Fourth party
 
Party Merton Park Residents Liberal Democrats
Last election 3 seats, 2.9% 2 seats, 18.1%
Seats won 3 1
Seat change Steady Decrease1
Popular vote 6,222 14,973
Percentage 3.7% 8.9%
Swing Increase0.8% Decrease9.2%

Merton London UK local election 2014 map.svg
Map of the results of the 2014 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

Stephen Alambritis
Labour

Council leader after election

Stephen Alambritis
Labour

Elections for the London Borough of Merton were held on 22 May 2014 to elect members of Merton London Borough Council in England.[3] This was on the same day as other local elections in England and an election to the European Parliament.

The incumbent minority Labour administration gained eight seats from the Conservatives, returning the council to majority control.[3]

Background[edit]

In May 2013, four Conservative councillors had defected to the UK Independence Party, including Suzanne Evans, who later became a national spokesperson for the party.[4] No by-elections were called as a result of the defections. In the election, all those who sought re-election as UKIP councillors were defeated, including Evans in the Hillside ward.[1][5]

Results[edit]

Labour gained seats from the Conservatives in the wards of Abbey, Cannon Hill and St. Helier; this returned the council to majority Labour control from no overall control. Labour won 36 seats (+8) and the Conservatives 20 seats (-7). The Liberal Democrats lost one seat in West Barnes to the Conservatives to finish with just 1 seat, whilst the Merton Park Ward Residents Association maintained its three seats in Merton Park.[1][2]

Merton Local Election Result 2014[6]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Labour 20 8 0 Increase8 60.0% 49.6% 83,091 Increase10.6%
  Conservative 20 1 8 Decrease7 33.3% 31.6% 52,867 Decrease4.8%
  Merton Park Residents 3 0 0 0 5.0% 3.7% 6,222 Increase0.8%
  Liberal Democrats 1 0 1 Decrease1 1.7% 8.9% 14,973 Decrease9.2%
  UKIP 0 0 0 0 0% 3.6% 6,112 Increase3.2%
  Green 0 0 0 0 0% 1.5% 2,564 Decrease0.1%
  Mitcham Independent Party 0 0 0 0 0% 0.6% 1,056 n/a
  Keep Our St Helier Hospital 0 0 0 0 0% 0.3% 422 n/a
  TUSC 0 0 0 0 0% 0.1% 251 n/a

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Services, CS - Democracy (22 May 2014). "Councillors". democracy.merton.gov.uk. Retrieved 22 May 2018.
  2. ^ a b "London Datastore". data.london.gov.uk. Retrieved 24 May 2018.
  3. ^ a b "England council results". BBC News. Retrieved 23 May 2014.
  4. ^ May, Lauren (16 May 2013). "Councillors left 'open mouthed' by shock resignation of four senior Tories". Your Local Guardian. Retrieved 22 May 2018.
  5. ^ Services, CS - Democracy (22 May 2014). "Councillors: Hillside Ward 2014 Results". democracy.merton.gov.uk. Retrieved 22 May 2018.
  6. ^ "Merton Council Election Results 2014". Local Elections Archive Project. Retrieved 14 June 2018.