2022 Camden Council election
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All 55 council seats
  First party Second party
 
Leader Georgia Gould Luisa Porritt
Party Labour Liberal Democrats
Last election 43 seats, 47.6% 3 seats, 17.4%
Seats won 47 4
Seat change Increase 1[a] Increase 3[a]

  Third party Fourth party
 
Leader Oliver Cooper Siân Berry
Party Conservative Green
Last election 7 seats, 20.5% 1 seat, 12.6%
Seats won 3 1
Seat change Decrease 4[a] Steady 0[a]

United Kingdom Camden London Borough Council 2022.svg
Council composition after the election. Labour in red, Liberal Democrats in amber, Conservatives in blue, Greens in green.

council control before election


Labour

Subsequent council control


Labour

The 2022 Camden London Borough Council election took place on 5 May 2022. All 55 members of Camden London Borough Council were elected. The elections took 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 Labour Party maintained its control of the council, winning 43 out of the 54 seats with the Conservative Party forming the primary opposition with seven of the remaining seats. The Liberal Democrats and Green Party were also elected to the council, with three seats and one seat respectively. The 2022 election took place under new election boundaries, which increased the number of councillors to 55.

Labour held control of the council, winning 47 seats. The Liberal Democrats overtook the Conservatives as the second-largest group, winning four seats.[1]

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.[2]

Since its formation, Camden has variously been under Labour control, no overall control and Conservative control. Only Labour, Conservative, Liberal Democrat and Green councillors have been elected to the council. The council has had an overall Labour majority since the 2010 election, in which Labour won thirty seats, the Liberal Democrats won thirteen, the Conservatives won ten and the Greens won a single seat. The Liberal Democrats lost all but one of their seats in the 2014 election, with Labour gaining ten and the Conservatives gaining two. The Green Party maintained their seat, at this point held by the party's future leader Siân Berry. The most recent election in 2018 saw Labour make further gains to win 43 seats with 47.6% of the overall vote. The Conservatives fell to five seats with 20.5% of the vote, the Liberal Democrats won three with 17.4% of the vote and Berry held her seat for the Green Party with her party winning 12.6% of the vote across the borough. The incumbent leader of the council is the Labour councillor Georgia Gould, who has held that position since 2017.

Council term

In November 2019, a Labour councillor for Haverstock ward, Abi Wood, resigned as a councillor.[3] The by-election to replace her was held on 12 December 2019, the same date as the 2019 general election. The Labour candidate, Gail McAnena-Wood, won.[4] The leader of the Liberal Democrat group on the council, Luisa Porritt, stood as her party's candidate in the 2021 London mayoral election, coming fourth with 4.4% of the vote.[5]

In June 2021, the Liberal Democrat councillor for Fortune Green ward, Flick Rea, resigned. A by-election to replace her was held on 22 July 2021, which was won by the Liberal Democrat candidate and former councillor for the ward Nancy Jirira.[6] A Labour councillor for Fortune Green, Lorna Russell, defected to the Green Party in November 2021, saying that her previous party had "changed a lot".[7] In the same month, the Labour councillor Lazzaro Pietragnoli resigned first as the Labour group whip and then as a councillor after he admitted he had run an anonymous Twitter account that he used to promote himself and attack his colleagues.[8] In December 2021, the Conservative group leader Oliver Cooper said he would change wards to the Belsize, which was marginal between his party and the Liberal Democrats.[9] In February 2022, Porritt announced she would stand down as a councillor at the 2022 election, citing work commitments.[10] In March 2022, Ali Hassan Ali, a Conservative candidate in West Hampstead, stood down as a candidate and defected to the Labour Party, describing the local Conservative Party as "toxic". Party organisers claimed that he had been abusive, which Ali denied.[11]

Along with most other London boroughs, Camden was subject to a boundary review ahead of the 2022 election. The Local Government Boundary Commission for England concluded that the council should have 55 seats, an increase of one, and produced new election boundaries following a period of consultation.[12]

Electoral process

Camden, like other London borough councils, elects all of its councillors at once every four years. The previous election took place in 2018. The election will take place using Plurality block 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.[13] 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.[13]

Campaign

The Evening Standard reported that junctions near Holborn tube station where several cyclists had been killed might be a factor in the election, after planned changes were paused due to the COVID-19 pandemic affecting funding.[14] The Conservatives proposed holding online referendums for every major policy.[15]

Previous council composition

After 2018 election Before 2022 election
Party Seats Party Seats
Labour 43 Labour 41
Conservative 7 Conservative 7
Liberal Democrats 3 Liberal Democrats 3
Green 1 Green 2
Vacant 1

Results by ward

Candidates seeking re-election are marked with an asterisk (*). Councillors seeking re-election for a different ward are marked with a cross (†).

Belsize

Belsize (3 seats)[16]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Tom Simon* 1,494
Liberal Democrats Judy Dixey 1,445
Liberal Democrats Matthew Kirk 1,317
Conservative Oliver Cooper 1,124
Conservative Steve Adams* 1,106
Conservative Aarti Joshi 953
Labour Issy Waite 705
Labour Shaheen Ahmed Chowdhury 692
Labour Peter Ptashko 644
Turnout 38.4
Liberal Democrats win (new seat)
Liberal Democrats win (new seat)
Liberal Democrats win (new seat)

Bloomsbury

Bloomsbury (3 seats)[17]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Sabrina Francis* 1,411
Labour Adam Harrison* 1,346
Labour Rishi Madlani* 1,269
Liberal Democrats Catherine Hays 400
Conservative William Frost 378
Conservative Richard Hayward 351
Conservative Paul Bhangal 335
Liberal Democrats Jonathan Lewin 291
Liberal Democrats Farrell Monk 281
Turnout 30.2
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)

Camden Square

Camden Square (2 seats)[18]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Danny Beales † 1,309
Labour Sagal Abdiwali 1,275
Liberal Democrats Anne Wright 244
Liberal Democrats Lawrence Nicholson 218
Conservative Catherine McQueen 180
Conservative Jack Tinley 146
Turnout 31.8
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)

Camden Town

Camden Town (2 seats)[19]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Pat Callaghan † 1,024
Labour Richard Cotton † 854
Green Charley Greenwood 286
Conservative Adrian Holle 163
Conservative Hannah Margetts 156
Liberal Democrats Ekaterina Kirk 139
Liberal Democrats Martin Wright 101
Turnout 29.2
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)

Fortune Green

Fortune Green (3 seats)[20]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Nancy Jirira* 1,481
Labour Lorna Greenwood 1,479
Labour Richard Olszewski* 1,397
Labour Marcus Storm 1,288
Liberal Democrats Tracey Shackle 1,238
Liberal Democrats William Coles 1,151
Conservative Keith Sedgwick 376
Conservative Hannah David 374
Conservative Jamie Webb 362
Turnout 37.2
Liberal Democrats win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)

Frognal

Frognal (2 seats)[21]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Andrew Parkinson † 923
Conservative Gio Spinella † 890
Labour Suber Abdikarim 473
Labour John Carr 469
Green Charles Harris 276
Liberal Democrats Adrian Bridge 274
Liberal Democrats Valdir Francisco 236
Turnout 33.9
Conservative win (new seat)
Conservative win (new seat)

Gospel Oak

Gospel Oak (3 seats)[22]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Jenny Mulholland* 1,927
Labour Marcus Boyland* 1,880
Labour Larraine Revah* 1,860
Liberal Democrats Margaret Jackson-Roberts 492
Conservative Jah-Love Charles 466
Liberal Democrats Laura Noel 460
Conservative Nigel Rumble 449
Conservative Esmeralda Akpoke 434
Liberal Democrats David Simmons 354
Independent Chrislyn Pict 89
Turnout 33.5
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)

Hampstead Town

Hampstead Town (2 seats)[23]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Stephen Stark* 1,089
Labour Adrian Cohen 1,030
Labour Alexandra Sufit 971
Conservative Deborah Dor 887
Liberal Democrats Anne Ward 609
Liberal Democrats Nicholas Russell 435
Turnout 43.3
Conservative win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)

Haverstock

Haverstock (3 seats)[24]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Kemi Atolagbe 1,523
Labour Rebecca Filer 1,430
Labour Nasrine Djemai 1,402
Green Peter McGinty 643
Liberal Democrats Jill Fraser 427
Liberal Democrats Fiona Fraser 368
Liberal Democrats Diane Culligan 313
Conservative Timothy Frost 312
Conservative David Roberts 294
Conservative Shreena Parkinson 292
Independent Alice Brown 278
Independent Mohamed Farah 232
Turnout 31.3
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)

Highgate

Highgate (3 seats)[25]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Green Siân Berry* 1,967
Labour Anna Wright* 1,898
Labour Camron Aref-Adib 1,809
Labour Panny Antoniou 1,527
Green Lorna Russell † 1,460
Green David Stansell 929
Conservative Paul Farrow 431
Conservative Judith Barnes 403
Conservative Richard Merrin 380
Liberal Democrats Munro Price 206
Liberal Democrats Henry Potts 188
Liberal Democrats Stephen Pickthall 172
Turnout 49.0
Green win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)

Holborn and Covent Garden

Holborn and Covent Garden (3 seats)[26]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Julian Fulbrook* 1,807
Labour Sue Vincent* 1,779
Labour Awale Olad* 1,686
Conservative Maurice Hirt 362
Conservative Adam Lester 354
Conservative Alison Frost 349
Liberal Democrats Charlotte Wattebot O'Brien 299
Liberal Democrats Stephen Barabas 268
Independent Patrick McGinnis 214
Liberal Democrats Erich Wagner 213
Turnout 32.9
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)

Kentish Town North

Kentish Town North (2 seats)[27]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Sylvia McNamara 1,560
Labour James Slater 1,303
Green Brigitte Ascher 673
Liberal Democrats Jade Kelly 238
Conservative Darryl Davies 157
Liberal Democrats Jillian Newbrook 124
Conservative Lucy Sheppard 145
TUSC Farhana Manzoor 105
Turnout 40.3
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)

Kentish Town South

Kentish Town South (3 seats)[28]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Georgia Gould 1,847
Labour Meriç Apak † 1,664
Labour Jenny Headlam-Wells † 1,616
Green Francesca Bury 678
Green Dominic Kendrick 444
Liberal Democrats Helena Djurkovic 250
Conservative Susan Lee 244
Conservative John Webber 226
Conservative Alexander Ricketts 221
Liberal Democrats Rebecca Trenner 174
Liberal Democrats Derek McAuley 151
TUSC Hannah Power 122
Turnout 35.8
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)

Kilburn

Kilburn (3 seats)[29]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Eddie Hanson 1,646
Labour Lloyd Hatton 1,521
Labour Nanouche Umeadi 1,405
Conservative Alexander Pelling-Bruce 447
Conservative Rahoul Bhansali 395
Liberal Democrats Kathryn Sturgeon 375
Conservative Marc Nykolyszyn 340
Liberal Democrats Hamir Patel 288
Liberal Democrats Daviyani Kothari 286
Turnout 29.6
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)

King's Cross

King's Cross (3 seats)[30]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Lotis Bautista 1,317
Labour Liam Martin-Lane 1,256
Labour Jonathan Simpson* 1,205
Green Alex Smith 417
Conservative Catherine Frost 249
Conservative Douglas de Morais 219
Liberal Democrats Joan Baktis 214
Conservative Clementine Manning 218
Liberal Democrats Benjamin Newman 185
Liberal Democrats Jack Fleming 167
Turnout 27.4
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)

Primrose Hill

Primrose Hill (3 seats)[31]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Anna Burrage 1,568
Labour Ajok Athian 1,375
Labour Matt Cooper 1,343
Conservative Alex Andrews 1,009
Conservative Pierre Andrews 959
Conservative Alexandra Marsanu 910
Green Matthew Wrigley 647
Liberal Democrats James Bowen 488
Liberal Democrats Hinne Temminck Tuinstra 373
Independent Phil Cowan 339
Turnout 36.5
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)

Regent's Park

Regent's Park (3 seats)[32]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Heather Johnson* 1,552
Labour Nadia Shah* 1,516
Labour Nasim Ali* 1,504
Green Hugo Plowden 423
Conservative George Aspinall 413
Conservative Joanna Reeves 390
Conservative Martin Sheppard 355
Liberal Democrats Mary Stanier 251
Liberal Democrats Samuel Campling 206
Liberal Democrats Christopher Gayford 188
Let London Live Karin Radicke 114
Turnout 30.3
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)

South Hampstead

South Hampstead (3 seats)[33]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Nina de Ayala Parker 1,692
Labour Izzy Lenga 1,655
Labour Will Prince 1,564
Conservative Don Williams 976
Conservative Calvin Po 947
Conservative Marx de Morais 931
Liberal Democrats James Baker 436
Liberal Democrats Aimery de Malet Roquefort 424
Liberal Democrats Pranay Hariharan 376
Turnout 36.7
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)

St Pancras and Somers Town

St Pancras and Somers Town (3 seats)[34]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Samata Khatoon* 1,874
Labour Edmund Frondigoun 1,845
Labour Shah Miah 1,799
Conservative Alex Ellis 322
Liberal Democrats Hannah Billington 299
Conservative Carole Ricketts 290
Conservative Axel Kaae 268
Workers Party Awal Miah 239
Liberal Democrats Stewart Jenkins 217
Workers Party M D Shah 202
Workers Party Neisha Wong 196
Liberal Democrats Michael Pedersen 183
Turnout 32.9
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)

West Hampstead

West Hampstead (3 seats)[35]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Sharon Hardwick 1,332
Labour Nazma Rahman* 1,262
Labour Shiva Tiwari* 1,202
Liberal Democrats Janet Grauberg 1,164
Liberal Democrats David Elkan 964
Liberal Democrats Elizabeth Pearson 963
Conservative Ian Cohen 494
Conservative Marcos Gold 449
Conservative Peter Horne 407
Turnout
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)

Notes

  1. ^ a b c d Owing to boundary changes, this figure is notional

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