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London Elections Analysis

Following the London Local Elections on Thursday 3 May 2018, BECG has compiled expert borough by borough analysis tailored to the needs of professionals working in the built environment.

Click HERE for full borough by borough analysis.

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This should have been an election that Labour increased its stronghold on the capital, gaining flagship Conservative councils and seeding the ground for a return to national government in 2022. 

In Wandsworth, Labour got close, reducing the Conservative majority to six. In Kensington and Chelsea – in the shadow of Grenfell – they gained just one seat. In Westminster, just three. In Hillingdon, they lost seats to the Conservatives. In Barnet – the number one target – the result was catastrophic, turning a Council that was No Overall Control into one with a Conservative majority of 13. 

Overall, the map of London still looks good for Labour. They hold 21 out of the 32 Boroughs and have increased their majorities in 15 contests. Labour retains it one party hold in Barking and Dagenham and Lewisham, and their overall vote share across the capital remains strong.   

In Tower Hamlets, after years of complete political chaos, there appears to be clarity. John Biggs comfortably retained the Mayoralty and helped secure 42 out of the 45 Council seats for Labour. They have never had it so good in Tower Hamlets.

The Lib Dems have also made a return, routing the Conservatives in Kingston and Richmond and gaining seats in Haringey and Merton, as well as holding Sutton under significant pressure from the Conservatives.

Max Camplin

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