2022 Bexley London Borough Council election
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All 45 council seats
 
Leader Teresa O'Neill Stefano Borella
Party Conservative Labour
Last election 34 seats, 50.4% 11 seats, 33.7%

Incumbent council control


Conservative



The 2022 Bexley London Borough Council election is due to take place on 5 May 2022. All 45 members of Bexley London Borough Council will be elected. The elections will take place alongside local elections in the other London boroughs and elections to local authorities across the United Kingdom.

In the previous election in 2018, the Conservative Party maintained its longstanding control of the council, winning 34 out of the 45 seats with the Labour Party forming the council opposition with the remaining 11 seats.

Background

History

Result of the 2018 borough election
Result of the 2018 borough election

The thirty-two London boroughs were established in 1965 by the London Government Act 1963. They are the principal authorities in Greater London and have responsibilities including education, housing, planning, highways, social services, libraries, recreation, waste, environmental health and revenue collection. Some of the powers are shared with the Greater London Authority, which also manages passenger transport, police, and fire.[1]

Bexley has generally been controlled by the Conservatives since its creation, except for the elections of 1964, 1971 and 2002 which resulted in Labour councils, and the 1994 council election which resulted in no overall control. Most councillors for the borough have been from the Conservative and Labour parties, with a number of Liberal Democrats being elected between 1982 and 2002. Independent and UK Independence Party candidates have also been elected. In the most recent elections in 2018, the Conservatives maintained their longstanding control of the council, winning 34 seats while Labour won eleven.[2] Although neither party won any seats, the Liberal Democrats received 5.7% of the vote across the borough and the UK Independence Party won 5.6% of the vote. The 2018 elections took place on new boundaries which reduced the number of councillors for the borough from 63 to 45. These boundaries will remain in place for the 2022 election.

Council term

One of the three Labour councillors for Thamesmead East, Danny Hackett, resigned from his party in 2019 to sit as an independent councillor. He blamed the party's leadership for "a culture of bullying and toxicity".[3] Later in 2019, Hackett denied allegations against him from several women who had accused him of sexual misconduct and harassment.[4] One of the Conservative councillors for Longlands ward, Gareth Bacon, was elected as MP for Orpington in the 2019 general election. He announced his intention to resign as a councillor in 2021, though due to the COVID-19 pandemic the by-election was not held until 6 May 2021.[5] The Conservative candidate Lisa-Jane Moore was elected to successfully defend the seat for her party.

Electoral process

Bexley, as with all other London borough councils, elects all of its councillors at once every four years, with the previous election having taken place in 2018. The election will take place by multi-member first-past-the-post voting, with each ward being represented by two or three councillors. Electors will have as many votes as there are councillors to be elected in their ward, with the top two or three being elected.

All registered electors (British, Irish, Commonwealth and European Union citizens) living in London aged 18 or over will be entitled to vote in the election. People who live at two addresses in different councils, such as university students with different term-time and holiday addresses, are entitled to be registered for and vote in elections in both local authorities.[6] Voting in-person at polling stations will take place from 7:00 to 22:00 on election day, and voters will be able to apply for postal votes or proxy votes in advance of the election.[6]

Previous council composition

After 2018 election Before 2022 election
Party Seats Party Seats
Conservative 34 Conservative 34
Labour 11 Labour 10
Independent 1

References

  1. ^ "The essential guide to London local government | London Councils". www.londoncouncils.gov.uk. Retrieved 10 October 2021.
  2. ^ Holder, Josh. "Local council elections 2018 – results in full". the Guardian. Retrieved 15 September 2021.
  3. ^ "'I've not changed, the party has': Bexley councillor quits Labour but rules out by-election". News Shopper. Retrieved 15 September 2021.
  4. ^ "Bexley councillor denies allegations that he sent 'd*ck pics' to under-18 girls". News Shopper. Retrieved 15 September 2021.
  5. ^ "Orpington MP Gareth Bacon to step down from Bexley council role ahead of May election". News Shopper. Retrieved 15 September 2021.
  6. ^ a b "How the elections work | London Councils". www.londoncouncils.gov.uk. Retrieved 14 September 2021.