London local elections, 2014

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London local elections, 2014
England
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All 1,851 councillors on all 32 London boroughs
  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 25 September 2010 6 December 2005 18 December 2007
Percentage 37.4%[1] 26.1% 10.2%
Swing Increase4.8% Decrease5.9% Decrease11.8%
Councils 20 9 1
Councils +/– Increase3 Decrease2 Decrease1
Councillors 1,060 612 116
Councillors +/– Increase185 Decrease105 Decrease130

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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 and control of 20 out of 32 councils. 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. However, their share of the vote was only 37%, and they lost Tower Hamlets council to no overall control, with Tower Hamlets First winning 18 seats in the borough.

The Liberal Democrat vote collapsed, with the party losing more than half its vote share, losing 130 council seats and retaining control of just 1 council out of 32. The Conservatives lost 2 councils, 105 councillors and their popular vote share declined by 6%.

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 26% 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, but whilst UKIP went from 0 to 12 seats, the Greens did not repeat their 2006 success and only gained 2 seats across London, leaving them with 4, all of which were in inner London.

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[edit]

The table below uses data from the Greater London Authority.[2] The share of the poll data shown in the results section is based on the average number of votes per party per ward, as measured by the GLA's London Datastore.

e • d Summary of the May 2014 London local elections[3]
Political Party
Share Gain/
Loss
Seats
Gain/
Loss
Councils Gain/
Loss
Labour 37.4% +4.8% 1,060 +185 20 +3
Conservative 26.1% -5.9% 612 -105 9 -2
Liberal Democrat 10.2% -11.8% 116 -130 1 -1
UKIP 10.0% +8.9% 12 +12 - -
Green 9.9% +3.3% 4 +2 - -
Independent 1.3% -0.1% 2 +1 - -
Residents 1.1% n/a[4] 27 +8 - -
Tower Hamlets First 1.1% +1.1% 18 +18 - -
BNP 0.6% n/a[5] 0 0 - -
Others 2.4% n/a 0 0 -
Total 2,369,728 - 1,851 - - -
  • Turnout: 39%

Councils results[edit]

Council 2010 result 2014 result[6] Cons Lab Lib Dem UKIP Green Others Turnout Council election
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 councillor numbers[edit]

London local elections 2014

Councillor statistics

Party Seats Net 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[7] and on 3 July 2014 in Blackwall and Cubitt Town.[8]

Opinion polling[edit]

Date(s)
conducted
Polling organisation/client Sample size Lab Con Lib Dem UKIP Others Average estimated lead of 'winning party'|
6–8 May YouGov/London Evening Standard 1,422 40% 33% 11% 10% 6% 7% over Con
28–29 April Survation 1,001 42% 26% 14% 11% 7% 16% over Con

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]