London local elections, 2006

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London local elections, 2006
← 2002 4 May 2006 2010 →

All 1,861 on all 32 London boroughs
  First party Second party
  David Cameron Tony Blair
Leader David Cameron Tony Blair
Party Conservative Labour
Leader since 6 December 2005 21 July 1994
Popular vote 35.1%[1] 27.6%
Swing Increase0.7% Decrease6.2%
Councils 14 7
Councils +/– Increase6 Decrease8
Councillors 785 685
Councillors +/– Increase132 Decrease181

  Third party Fourth party
  Menzies Campbell Caroline Lucas
Leader Menzies Campbell Caroline Lucas
(above) & Keith Taylor
Party Liberal Democrat Green
Leader since 2 March 2006 4 November 2004
Popular vote 20.3% 7.9%[2]
Swing Steady Increase2.4%
Councils 3 0
Councils +/– Steady Steady
Councillors 317 12
Councillors +/– Increase8 Increase10

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Results by Borough in 2006.

Local government elections took place in London, and some other parts of the United Kingdom on Thursday 4 May 2006. Polling stations were open between 7am and 10pm.

All London borough council seats were up for election. Mayoral contests were held in the London Boroughs of Hackney, Lewisham, and Newham.

The Conservatives slightly increased their vote share, made 132 council seat gains and won control of 6 new councils, while Labour saw its vote share decline by 7% and lost 8 councils and 181 seats. The 2006 result was one of Labour's worst local election results in London, with its share of the vote (27.6%) at its lowest ever, and its share of council seats (685) and councils (7) at their lowest level since 1968.

The Labour decline was also accompanied by a spike in the number of minor party councillors. Respect, the British National Party, the Green Party, the Christian Peoples Alliance and the Socialist Party gained 37 council seats between them. In total, the election saw 74 minor party or independent councillors elected in London, the highest on record.

Altogether, minor parties and independents won 17% of the vote, the highest ever vote share for 'other' parties, until the local elections of 2014.

Council results[edit]

Council Previous control Result Details
Barking and Dagenham Labour Labour Details
Barnet Conservative Conservative Details
Bexley Labour Conservative Details
Brent Labour No overall control Details
Bromley Conservative Conservative Details
Camden Labour No overall control Details
Croydon Labour Conservative Details
Ealing Labour Conservative Details
Enfield Conservative Conservative Details
Greenwich Labour Labour Details
Hackney Labour Labour Details
Hammersmith and Fulham Labour Conservative Details
Haringey Labour Labour Details
Harrow No overall control Conservative Details
Havering No overall control Conservative Details
Hillingdon No overall control Conservative Details
Hounslow Labour No overall control Details
Islington Liberal Democrat No overall control Details
Kensington and Chelsea Conservative Conservative Details
Kingston upon Thames Liberal Democrat Liberal Democrat Details
Lambeth No overall control Labour Details
Lewisham Labour No overall control Details
Merton Labour No overall control Details
Newham Labour Labour Details
Redbridge Conservative Conservative Details
Richmond upon Thames Conservative Liberal Democrat Details
Southwark No overall control No overall control Details
Sutton Liberal Democrat Liberal Democrat Details
Tower Hamlets Labour Labour Details
Waltham Forest No overall control No overall control Details
Wandsworth Conservative Conservative Details
Westminster Conservative Conservative Details

Overall councillor numbers[edit]

The largest party in terms of councils and councillors became the Conservative Party after this election, with losses by the Labour Party and a small increase in share of the vote to the Liberal Democrats. Smaller national parties made significant gains, with the British National Party and Respect having the second-largest number of councillors in the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham and Tower Hamlets (respectively). The Green Party also saw its gains concentrated on one area to achieve the third most councillors in the London Borough of Lewisham. Scattered across boroughs, unaffiliated residents groups won 24 council seats.[3]

London local elections 2006

Councillor statistics

Party Seats Net Gain/Loss
  Conservative 785 +132
  Labour 685 -181
  Liberal Democrat 317 +8
  Respect 15 +12
  BNP 13 +13
  Green 12 +10
  Christian Peoples 3 +2
  Socialist Alternative 2 0
  Local 24
  Independent 5

Mayoral results[edit]

In three London boroughs the executive function of the council is a directly elected mayor. The mayoral elections take place at the same time as councillor elections in those boroughs.

Mayoralty 2002 2006
Hackney Jules Pipe (Labour) Jules Pipe (Labour)
Lewisham Sir Steve Bullock (Labour) Sir Steve Bullock (Labour)
Newham Robin Wales (Labour) Robin Wales (Labour)

Borough result maps[edit]


  1. ^ London Datastore
  2. ^ The London Datastore data did not publish a percentage result for the Greens, but Railings & Thrasher reported it as 5.5% in 2002 and 7.9% in 2006.
  3. ^ 2006 Local Election Results in London - Association of Local Government