2018 London local elections

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London local elections, 2018
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All 1,851 councillors on all 32 London boroughs
and 4 directly-elected mayors
  First party Second party Third party
  Official portrait of Jeremy Corbyn crop 2.jpg Theresa May Vince Cable
Leader Jeremy Corbyn Theresa May Vince Cable
Party Labour Conservative Liberal Democrat
Leader since 12 September 2015 13 July 2016 20 July 2017
Popular vote 1,076,617 707,373 320,031
Percentage 43.9% 28.8% 13.0%
Swing Increase6.3% Increase2.4% Increase2.4%
Councils 21 7 3
Councils +/– Increase1 Decrease2 Increase2
Councillors 1,128 508 152
Councillors +/– Increase67* Decrease92* Increase34*

London local elections 2018.svg
Map showing London borough councils by political control following the elections, as shown in the main table of results. Black denotes no overall control.

*Due to boundary changes, these seat change figures are notional changes calculated by the BBC, and so will not precisely match up with the results of the London local elections, 2014.

Local government elections took place on London on 3 May 2018, as part of the wider local elections in England.

All London borough councillor seats were up for election. Elections to the Corporation of London were held in 2017.[1] Mayoral contests were also held in Hackney, Lewisham, Newham and Tower Hamlets. The previous London borough elections were in 2014.

The results saw the Labour Party achieve their best result in over 45 years, winning 44% of the vote, 1,128 councillors and control of 21 councils. This represented the party's second-best result in a London local election, only surpassed slightly by its 1971 total.

The Conservative Party, by contrast, lost 92 seats to finish with 508 councillors, its lowest-ever tally of seats in a London local election. However, it retained control of 7 councils, having lost two to the Liberal Democrats. The party's vote share increased by 2%, but at 28.8%, it was still the second-worst popular vote total for the Conservatives in the history of the London Boroughs.

The Liberal Democrats made a recovery from their all-time low in the 2014 election, gaining 34 council seats and winning two councils from the Conservatives.

Among the minor parties, the Green Party was the most successful, winning a total of 11 council seats, just below their all-time high of 12 in the 2006 election. Support for the UK Independence Party collapsed, with the party losing all of its seats and dropping from 9.5% of the vote to 0.9%. The only other parties to win seats were the People's Alliance of Tower Hamlets (1 seat) and the Harold Hill Independent Party (1 seat).

Eligibility to vote[edit]

All registered electors (British, Irish, Commonwealth and European Union citizens) who are aged 18 or over on polling day were entitled to vote in the local elections.[2] A person who has two homes (such as a university student having a term-time address and living at home during holidays) can register to vote at both addresses as long as they are not in the same electoral area, and can vote in the local elections for the two different local councils.[3]

Results summary[edit]

Party[4] Votes won % votes Change Seats % seats Change Councils Change
Labour 1,076,617 43.9 Increase6.3 1,128 61.5 Increase67 21 Increase1
Conservative 707,373 28.8 Increase2.4 508 27.7 Decrease92 7 Decrease2
Liberal Democrat 320,031 13.0 Increase2.4 152 8.3 Increase34 3 Increase2
Green 211,170 8.6 Decrease1.2 11 0.6 Increase7 0 ±0
UKIP 21,077 0.9 Decrease8.6 0 0.0 Decrease9 0 ±0
Others 118,769 4.8 Decrease1.3 34 1.9 Increase7 0 ±0
No overall control N/A 1 Decrease1

Due to boundary changes, the figures for seat losses/gains are notional changes calculated by the BBC, and do not match up precisely to the London-wide results in 2014.

Councils results[edit]

(Conservative councils in blue, Labour in red, Liberal Democrat in yellow, no overall control in black)

Council 2014 result Eve-of-poll control 2018 result CON LAB. LD. Green Others Turnout Details
Barking and Dagenham Labour Labour Labour 51 Details
Barnet Conservative No overall control Conservative 38 25 Details
Bexley[n 1] Conservative Conservative Conservative 34 11 Details
Brent[n 2] Labour Labour Labour 3 60 Details
Bromley Conservative Conservative Conservative 50 8 2[others 1] Details
Camden Labour Labour Labour 7 43 3 1 Details
Croydon Labour Labour Labour 29 41 Details
Ealing Labour Labour Labour 8 57 4 Details
Enfield Labour Labour Labour 17 46 Details
Greenwich Labour Labour Labour 9 42 Details
Hackney Labour Labour Labour 5 52 Details
Hammersmith and Fulham Labour Labour Labour 11 35 Details
Haringey Labour Labour Labour 42 15 Details
Harrow Labour Labour Labour 28 35 Details
Havering No overall control No overall control No overall control 25 5 24[others 2] Details
Hillingdon Conservative Conservative Conservative 44 21 Details
Hounslow Labour Labour Labour 9 51 Details
Islington Labour Labour Labour 47 1 Details
Kensington and Chelsea Conservative Conservative Conservative 36 13 1 Details
Kingston upon Thames Conservative Conservative Liberal Democrat 9 39 Details
Lambeth Labour Labour Labour 1 57 5 Details
Lewisham Labour Labour Labour 54 Details
Merton Labour Labour Labour 17 34 6 3[others 3] Details
Newham Labour Labour Labour 60 Details
Redbridge Labour Labour Labour 12 51 Details
Richmond upon Thames Conservative Conservative Liberal Democrat 11 39 4 Details
Southwark Labour Labour Labour 49 11 Details
Sutton Liberal Democrat Liberal Democrat Liberal Democrat 18 33 3[others 4] Details
Tower Hamlets No overall control No overall control Labour 2 42 1[others 5] Details
Waltham Forest Labour Labour Labour 14 46 Details
Wandsworth Conservative Conservative Conservative 33 26 1[others 6] Details
Westminster Conservative Conservative Conservative 41 19 Details

Mayoral elections[edit]

There were four mayoral elections.

Local authority Previous Mayor New Mayor
Hackney Philip Glanville (Labour) Philip Glanville (Labour)
Lewisham Sir Steve Bullock (Labour) Damien Egan (Labour)
Newham Sir Robin Wales (Labour) Rokhsana Fiaz (Labour)
Tower Hamlets John Biggs (Labour)[n 3] John Biggs (Labour)

Borough result maps[edit]

Opinion polling[edit]

Date(s)
conducted
Polling organisation/client Sample size Lab Con Lib Dem Others Lead
3 May 2018 2018 elections n/a 43.9% 28.8% 13.0% 14.3% 15.0%
27-30 April 2018 Survation / 4in10 1,005 51% 31% 12% 6% 20%
20-24 April 2018 YouGov / QMUL 1,099 51% 29% 11% 9% 22%
12-15 Feb 2018 YouGov / QMUL 1,155 54% 28% 11% 7% 26%
25-29 Sep 2017 YouGov / QMUL 1,044 53% 29% 12% 6% 24%
22 May 2014 2014 elections 2,515,073 37.6% 26.4% 10.6% 25.4% 11.2%

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ In Bexley there were boundary changes and a reduced number of seats in the 2018 election.
  2. ^ In Willesden Green, polling day was delayed to 21 June 2018 due to the death of the local councillor, Lesley Jones, the vacant three seats were eventually won by Labour.
  3. ^ The 2014 election was initially won by Tower Hamlets First, but this result was overturned by an election court decision and Labour won the following by-election.[5]
  1. ^ Independent, 2
  2. ^ Residents Groups, 23; Independent, 1
  3. ^ Merton Park Ward Residents Association, 3
  4. ^ Independent, 3;
  5. ^ People's Alliance of Tower Hamlets, 1
  6. ^ Independent, 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ "City vote 2017 - About the City - City of London". www.cityoflondon.gov.uk. Retrieved 2017-04-06.
  2. ^ "Representation of the People Act 1983, Section 2". Legislation.gov.uk. Retrieved 24 April 2017.
  3. ^ Electoral Commission. "I have two homes. Can I register at both addresses?". electoralcommission.org.uk. The Electoral Commission. Retrieved 24 April 2017.
  4. ^ https://twitter.com/britainelects/status/998924145990782976
  5. ^ "Tower Hamlets election: Labour's John Biggs named mayor - BBC News". Bbc.com. 2015-06-12. Retrieved 2017-04-12.