2022 Greenwich Council election
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All 55 council seats
 
Leader Anthony Okereke Matt Hartley
Party Labour Conservative
Last election 42 seats, 55.9% 9 seats, 23.6%

Incumbent council control


Labour



The 2022 Greenwich London Borough Council election took place on 5 May 2022. All 55 members of Greenwich 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 Labour Party maintained its longstanding control of the council, winning 42 out of the 51 seats with the Conservative Party forming the council opposition with the remaining 9 seats. The 2022 election will take place under new election boundaries, which will increase the number of councillors to 55.

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]

Since its formation, Greenwich has been continuously under Labour control except for the period from 1968 to 1971 when it was under Conservative control. Councillors have been elected from the Labour Party, Conservative Party, Liberal Democrats and the Social Democratic Party. The Liberal Democrats lost their most recent seats in the 2010 election with all seats since being won by Labour or the Conservatives. In the most recent election in 2018, Labour won 42 seats with 55.9% of the vote and the Conservatives won 9 seats with 23.6% of the vote. The Liberal Democrats received 8.6% of the vote and the Green Party received 7.7% of the vote, but neither party won any seats. The incumbent leader of the council is the Labour councillor Danny Thorpe, who has held that position since 2018.[2]

Council term

A Labour councillor for Glyndon, Tonia Ashikodi, was given a suspended sentence for property fraud in March 2020. She resigned on the same day.[3] She had declared she had no other property when she became a council tenant in 2008 and repeated the claim in 2012, while owning three rental homes.[4] Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, it was not possible to hold a by-election until May 2021.

In April 2020, a Labour councillor for Kidbrooke with Hornfair, Christine Grice, died. She had served on the council since 2014 and had been elected as deputy leader shortly before her death.[5] The council's finance cabinet member and a Labour councillor for Shooters Hill, Chris Kirby, announced his resignation in January 2021. He was moving with his family to the Peak District.[6] A Labour councillor for Greenwich West, Mehboob Khan, announced his resignation in February 2021 due to taking a politically restricted job working for Redbridge London Borough Council. He had previously been the leader of Kirklees Council in Yorkshire, remaining a councillor there for some time after moving to Greenwich [7] and had served on Greenwich council since 2015 [8]

By-elections to fill all vacancies were held in May 2021 alongside the 2021 London mayoral election and London Assembly election. Labour held all four seats, with Sandra Bauer winning in Glyndon, Odette McGahey winning in Kidbrooke with Hornfair, Clare Burke-McDonald winning in Shooters Hill and Pat Slattery winning in Greenwich West [9]

Along with most other London boroughs, Greenwich 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 four, and produced new election boundaries following a period of consultation. The new scheme consists of nine three-councillor wards and fourteen two-councillor wards.[10]

Electoral process

Greenwich, 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 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.[11] 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.[11]

Previous council composition

After 2018 election Before 2022 election
Party Seats Party Seats
Labour 42 Labour 42
Conservative 9 Conservative 9

Results summary

2022 Greenwich London Borough Council election
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Labour 52 1 0 Increase 10 94.5 57.9 88,610 +2.0
  Conservative 3 0 1 Decrease 6 5.5 23.1 35,337 -0.5
  Green 0 0 0 Steady 0.0 12.0 18,425 +4.3
  Liberal Democrats 0 0 0 Steady 0.0 6.1 9,401 -2.5
  Reform UK 0 0 0 Steady 0.0 0.5 749 N/A
  Britain First 0 0 0 Steady 0.0 0.2 255 N/A
  Monster Raving Loony 0 0 0 Steady 0.0 0.1 125 ±0.0
  Independent 0 0 0 Steady 0.0 0.1 118 -0.6
  Communist 0 0 0 Steady 0.0 0.1 79 N/A

Ward Results

Abbey Wood (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Peter Baker 1,980
Labour Ann-Marie Cousins* 1,964
Labour Denise Hyland* 1,929
Conservative David Brinson 569
Green James Brandon 526
Conservative Brenda Lobo 506
Conservative Brian Weller 499
Green Roberto Mirabella 374
Green Aruhan Galieva 338
Liberal Democrats Anthony Durham 526
Turnout 28.0
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Blackheath Westcombe (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Mariam Lolavar* 2,467
Labour Leo Fletcher* 2,372
Labour Christine St Matthew-Daniel 2,170
Conservative Geoff Brighty* 1,621
Conservative Daniel McGinley 1,245
Conservative Naveed Mughal 1,166
Green Victoria Rance 876
Green Christopher Edgar 672
Green Philip Malivoire 629
Liberal Democrats Lee Coppack 618
Liberal Democrats Pierce Chalmers 578
Liberal Democrats Roger Spence 477
Monster Raving Loony Trevor Allman 125
Communist Stewart McGill 79
Turnout 46.4
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Labour gain from Conservative Swing
Charlton Hornfair (2)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Clare Burke-McDonald 1,744
Labour Lakshan Saldin 1,528
Green Ann Brown 547
Conservative Rupert Fiennes 486
Conservative Alan O'Kelly 453
Green Cole Pemberton 272
Liberal Democrats Philip Malivoire 629
Turnout 34.5
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Charlton Village & Riverside (2)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Gary Dillon* 1,491
Labour Jo van den Broek 1,346
Green Clare Loops 427
Green Philip Connolly 355
Conservative Lucy Woodruff 303
Conservative James Worron 258
Liberal Democrats Stuart Watkin 182
Turnout 33.2
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
East Greenwich (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Maisie Cottell 1,844
Labour Rowshan Hannan 1,825
Labour Majid Rahman 1,700
Green Stacy Smith 1,632
Green Matt Browne 1,557
Green Karin Tearle 1,462
Conservative Andrea Borbely 495
Conservative Andrew Bell 483
Conservative Elliot Whittingham 396
Liberal Democrats Rupert Wainwright 78
Turnout 39.6
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Eltham Page (2)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Sarah-Jane Merrill* 1,152
Labour Miranda Williams* 1,030
Conservative Phil Russel 544
Conservative Angie Begollari 541
Green Matt Stratford 265
Britain First Nicholas Scanlon 255
Liberal Democrats Matthew Huntbach 187
Turnout 31.6
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Eltham Park & Progress (2)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Linda Bird* 1,959
Labour Simon Peirce 1,662
Conservative Charlie Davis* 1,479
Conservative Spencer Drury* 1,470
Green Luke Hawkins 480
Liberal Democrats Alistair Mills 228
Reform UK Wendy Beaumont 98
Turnout 48.3
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Eltham Town & Avery Hill (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Lauren Dingsdale 1,921
Labour Sammy Backon 1,870
Conservative Pat Greenwall* 1,763
Conservative Nigel Fletcher* 1,740
Labour Raja Zeeshan 1,678
Conservative Malcolm Reid 1,528
Green Mark Williams 573
Liberal Democrats Martha Parkhurst 340
Liberal Democrats Michael Chuter 312
Reform UK Tom Bright 164
Turnout 38.1
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Conservative win (new seat)
Greenwich Creekside (2)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Majella Anning 1,463
Labour Calum Mulligan 1,224
Green Sem Longhurst 449
Conservative Ben Crompton 356
Liberal Democrats Victoria Kathleen 333
Liberal Democrats Anthony Austin 302
Conservative Christopher Swift 254
Turnout 31.8
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Greenwich Park (2)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Pat Slattery* 1,441
Labour Aidan Smith* 1,379
Green Hayley Jeffery 1,000
Green Mike Sixsmith 650
Conservative Daniel Smith 363
Liberal Democrats Rhian O'Connor 335
Conservative Ariadna Vilalta 328
Liberal Democrats Andrew Smith 216
Turnout 39.7
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Greenwich Peninsula (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Denise Scott-McDonald* 1,080
Labour David Gardener* 1,047
Labour Nick Williams 959
Green Laura Sessions 371
Green Roger Bailey 323
Liberal Democrats Ulysse Abbate 321
Conservative Godwin Amaefula 321
Conservative James Cowling 321
Liberal Democrats Greg Mulligan 301
Conservative Anthonia Ugo 295
Liberal Democrats Richard Chamberlain 290
Green John Holmes 271
Reform UK Terry Wheeler 48
Turnout 28.0
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Kidbrooke Park (2)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Odette McGahey* 1,284
Labour John Fahy* 1,270
Conservative Aileen Davis 571
Conservative Kerrymarie West 487
Green Alexander Pemberton 390
Reform UK Sharon Kent 127
Turnout 31.5
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Kidbrooke Village & Sutcliffe (2)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Sandra Bauer* 865
Labour Dave Sullivan 655
Green Fiona Moore 290
Conservative Kate Drury 266
Conservative Lola Ojomola 209
Liberal Democrats Chris Milne 169
Turnout 32.5
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Middle Park & Horn Park (2)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Chris May 1,302
Labour Rachel Taggart-Ryan 1,242
Conservative David Banks 521
Conservative Rob Sayers 449
Green Pierre Davies 236
Liberal Democrats Mark Pattenden 184
Turnout 31.5
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Mottingham, Coldharbour & New Eltham (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Cathy Dowse 1,916
Conservative Matt Hartley* 1,894
Conservative John Hills* 1,846
Labour Donald Austen 1,836
Conservative Roger Tester* 1,748
Labour Edward Jones 1,734
Liberal Democrats Graeme Gentry 399
Reform UK Mark Simpson 149
Turnout 38.2
Labour win (new seat)
Conservative win (new seat)
Conservative win (new seat)
Plumstead Common (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Issy Cooke 2,194
Labour Nas Asghar 2,091
Labour Matt Morrow* 2,083
Green Leonie Barron 691
Conservative Ashley Foord 631
Conservative Jim Davis 617
Conservative Dave Robinson 581
Green Anji Petersen 493
Liberal Democrats Richard Shiel 338
Turnout 32.4
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Plumstead & Glyndon (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Sandra Thomas 2,440
Labour Adel Khaireh* 2,415
Labour Jit Ranabhat 2,319
Conservative Michael Dowd 527
Conservative Alistair Green 482
Green Benjamin Oram 479
Green Duncan Platt 453
Conservative Kristian Turner 442
Liberal Democrats Millie Brown 364
Liberal Democrats Richard Smith 229
Turnout 29.6
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Shooters Hill (2)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Danny Thorpe* 1,878
Labour Ivis Williams* 1,757
Green Tamasin Rhymes 475
Conservative Paul Butler 440
Conservative Christopher Anoty 413
Liberal Democrats Kirstie Shedden 275
Reform UK Ruth Handyside 89
Turnout 35.7
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Thamesmead Moorings (2)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Olu Babatola* 1,323
Labour Averil Lekau* 1,242
Conservative Paul Drake 359
Conservative Peter Nutting 311
Liberal Democrats Judy Spence 190
Turnout 23.6
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
West Thamesmead (2)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Chris Lloyd* 1,085
Labour Lade Olugbemi 967
Green Julie Adams 263
Conservative Jonathan Morris 259
Conservative Colin Podmore 210
Liberal Democrats Suzanne Miller 148
Turnout 23.8
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Woolwich Arsenal (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Joshua Ayodele 1,571
Labour Sam Littlewood 1,540
Labour Jackie Smith* 1,538
Green Lindsay Evernden 606
Liberal Democrats Ramesh Perera-Delacourt 393
Conservative Pat Hills 339
Conservative Tania Wilkinson-Bewick 319
Conservative Marcelo Neves 304
Independent Philip Onwuachi 118
Reform UK Jimmy Wu 74
Turnout 29.2
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Woolwich Common (2)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Elizabeth Ige 1,486
Labour Anthony Okereke* 1,350
Conservative Elaine Pooke 326
Conservative Mike Rafferty 299
Liberal Democrats Matthew Glinsman 288
Turnout 24.8
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Woolwich Dockyard (2)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Dominic Mbang* 1,495
Labour Asli Mohammed 1,422
Conservative Simon Gallie 373
Conservative David Chunu 331
Liberal Democrats Nichola Martin 261
Liberal Democrats Matthew Rose 231
Turnout 29.0
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)

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