2014 London local elections

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London local elections, 2014
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All 1,851 councillors on all 32 London boroughs
Turnout38.9% (Decrease23.1%)
  First party Second party Third party
  Ed Miliband David Cameron Nick Clegg
Leader Ed Miliband David Cameron Nick Clegg
Party Labour Conservative Liberal Democrat
Leader since September 2010 December 2005 December 2007
Popular vote 944,967 663,847 267,769
Percentage 37.6% 26.4% 10.6%
Swing Increase5.1% Decrease5.3% Decrease11.8%
Councils 20 9 1
Gain/loss Increase3 Decrease2 Decrease1
Councillors 1,060 612 116
Gain/loss Increase185 Decrease105 Decrease130

London local elections 2014.svg
London borough councils by political control following election. Councils that are Labour are in red, Conservative in blue, Liberal Democrat in yellow and two in no overall control party-politically are in black.

There were local government elections in London on Thursday 22 May 2014. All councillor seats on the 32 London borough councils were up for election. The electorates of Hackney, Lewisham, Newham and Tower Hamlets also elected their executive mayors, who operate in place of council leaders in those boroughs. Ward changes took place in Hackney, Kensington and Chelsea, and Tower Hamlets, which reduced the total number of councillors by 10 to 1,851. Both the mayoral and councillor elections are four-yearly.

The results saw the Labour Party achieve their best result in over 40 years, winning 1,060 councillors, control of 20 out of 32 councils and 38% of the popular vote (their highest since 1998). Only the elections of 1964, 1971 and 1974 have seen Labour win more than 1,060 council seats in London, and Labour has not controlled 20 councils or more since 1971. This result was subsequently surpassed by the party's performance in the 2018 elections.

The Conservatives dropped to their lowest-ever percentage of the vote in a London local election, at just 26.4%, and fell to their lowest councillor total since 1998. The Liberal Democrat vote halved, with the party dropping to 11% of the popular vote and 116 seats (down 130), the worst result for the Lib Dems or the Liberals since 1978.

The election saw a record vote for parties outside the 3 major parties, with UKIP, the Green Party, independents and other minor parties winning a collective 25.4% of the vote, the highest since the creation of the London Boroughs in 1964. 63 minor party or independent councillors were elected in total.

UKIP and the Greens saw their best-ever results in terms of vote share (9.8% for the Greens and 9.5% for UKIP), but whilst UKIP gained 12 seats, the Greens gained just 2.

Following the elections, two of the thirty two London borough councils were in no overall control, a decrease of one. All four mayoral elections returned the incumbent mayors: 3 Labour and 1 Tower Hamlets First.

Results summary[edit]

Party[1] Votes won % votes Change Seats % seats Change Councils Change
Labour 944,967 37.6 Increase5.1 1,060 57.3 Increase185 20 Increase3
Conservative 663,847 26.4 Decrease5.3 612 33.1 Decrease105 9 Decrease2
Liberal Democrat 267,769 10.6 Decrease11.8 116 6.3 Decrease130 1 Decrease1
Green 246,805 9.8 Increase3.2 4 0.2 Increase2 0 Steady
UKIP 239,001 9.5 Increase8.4 12 0.6 Increase12 0 Steady
Others 152,684 6.1 Increase0.4 47 2.5 Increase26 0 Steady
No overall control N/A 2 Decrease6
  • Turnout: 2,284,882 voters cast ballots, a turnout of 38.9% (−23.1%).[2]

Councils results[edit]

Council Overall result Cons. Lab. Lib. Dem. UKIP Green Others Turnout Council election
2010 2014[3]
Barking and Dagenham Labour Labour 51 38.16% Details
Barnet Conservative Conservative 32 30 1 41.10% Details
Bexley Conservative Conservative 45 15 3 Details
Brent Labour Labour 6 56 1 33.00% Details
Bromley Conservative Conservative 51 7 2 Details
Camden Labour Labour 12 40 1 1 38.69% Details
Croydon Conservative Labour 30 40 38.00% Details
Ealing Labour Labour 12 53 4 41.30% Details
Enfield Labour Labour 22 41 37.79% Details
Greenwich Labour Labour 8 43 37.25% Details
Hackney Labour Labour 4 50 3 42.89% Details
Hammersmith and Fulham Conservative Labour 20 26 38.00% Details
Haringey Labour Labour 48 9 38.10% Details
Harrow No overall control Labour 26 34 1 2[others 1] 41.00% Details
Havering Conservative No overall control 22 1 7 24[others 2] Details
Hillingdon Conservative Conservative 42 23 35.76% Details
Hounslow Labour Labour 11 49 36.80% Details
Islington Labour Labour 47 1 38.40% Details
Kensington and Chelsea Conservative Conservative 37 12 1 Details
Kingston upon Thames Liberal Democrat Conservative 28 2 18 Details
Lambeth Labour Labour 3 59 1 32.00% Details
Lewisham Labour Labour 53 1 Details
Merton No overall control Labour 20 36 1 3[others 3] 41.00% Details
Newham Labour Labour 60 40.62% Details
Redbridge No overall control Labour 25 35 3 39.70% Details
Richmond upon Thames Conservative Conservative 39 15 46.30% Details
Southwark Labour Labour 2 48 13 Details
Sutton Liberal Democrat Liberal Democrat 9 45 42.20% Details
Tower Hamlets Labour No overall control 5 22 18[others 4] Details
Waltham Forest Labour Labour 16 44 59.22% Details
Wandsworth Conservative Conservative 41 19 Details
Westminster Conservative Conservative 44 16 32.35% Details
Totals 612 1,060 116 12 4 47

Others and notes[edit]

  1. ^ Harrow: Independent, 2;
  2. ^ Havering: Havering Residents Association, 19; Independent Residents, 5;
  3. ^ Merton: Merton Park Ward Independent Residents, 3;
  4. ^ Tower Hamlets: Tower Hamlets First, 18;

Overall councillors by party[edit]

Overall councillors by party
Party Seats Gain/loss
  Labour 1,060 +185
  Conservative 612 −105
  Liberal Democrat 116 −130
  Havering Residents Association 19 +7
  Tower Hamlets First 18 +18
  UKIP 12 +12
  Independent Residents 5 +1
  Green 4 +2
  Merton Park Residents 3 0
  Independent 2 +1

Three seats in Barnet (Colindale) and three in Tower Hamlets (Blackwall and Cubitt Town) were vacancies until elections held on 26 June 2014 in Colindale[4] and on 3 July 2014 in Blackwall and Cubitt Town.[5]

Opinion polling[edit]

Date(s)
conducted
Polling organisation/client Sample size Lab Con Lib Dem Grn UKIP Others Lead
22 May 2014 2014 elections 2,515,073 37.6% 26.4% 10.6% 9.8% 9.5% 6.1% 11.2%
6–8 May 2014 YouGov 1,422 40% 33% 11% 2% 10% 4% 7%
28–29 April 2014 Survation 1,001 42% 26% 14% 4% 11% 3% 16%
6 May 2010 2010 elections 3,733,289 32.5% 31.7% 22.4% 6.6% 1.1% 5.7% 0.8%

Mayoral results[edit]

In four 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 2010 2014
Hackney Jules Pipe (Labour) Jules Pipe (Labour)
Lewisham Sir Steve Bullock (Labour) Sir Steve Bullock (Labour)
Newham Robin Wales (Labour) Robin Wales (Labour)
Tower Hamlets Lutfur Rahman (Independent) Lutfur Rahman (Tower Hamlets First)

Borough result maps[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.electionscentre.co.uk/?page_id=3755
  2. ^ https://files.datapress.com/london/dataset/borough-council-election-results-2014/London-Borough-Council-Elections-2014.pdf
  3. ^ "2014 borough elections results". London councils. Retrieved 2014-05-14.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 26 May 2014. Retrieved 26 May 2014.
  5. ^ http://www.eastlondonadvertiser.co.uk/news/labour_and_tories_take_council_seats_in_blackwall_and_cubitt_town_by_election_1_3669435