2022 Lewisham Council election
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All 54 council seats
 
Leader Damien Egan
Party Labour
Last election 54 seats, 60.2%

Incumbent council control


Labour



The 2022 Lewisham London Borough Council election is currently taking place as of 5 May 2022. All 54 members of Lewisham 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 control of the council, winning all 54 seats. The 2022 election will take place under new election boundaries, with the number of councillors remaining the same. The election will coincide with an election for the mayor of Lewisham.

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, Lewisham has generally had a Labour majority. The only exceptions have been the period between 1968 and 1971 when the Conservatives controlled the council and a period of no overall control from 2006 to 2010 (though under the mayoral system Labour still formed the administration). Labour regained control of the council in the 2010 election, winning 39 seats to the Liberal Democrats' twelve seats. The Conservatives won two seats and the Green Party won one seat. Labour extended its majority in the 2014 election, winning 53 seats with a single Green councillor being election. In the most recent council election in 2018, Labour won all fifty-four seats to the council with 60.2% of the vote across the borough. The Conservatives received 13.9% of the vote, the Liberal Democrats received 12.0% of the vote and the Green Party received 11.6% of the vote, but none won any seats.[2][3] The Labour candidate Damien Egan became mayor of Lewisham in the concurrent mayoral election.[4]

Council term

In 2019, a Labour councillor for Evelyn, Alex Feis Bryce, resigned due to work commitments. At the same time, a Labour councillor for Whitefoot, Janet Daby, resigned after winning the 2018 Lewisham East by-election.[5] Labour held both seats, with Lionel Openshaw winning in Evelyn and Kim Powell winning in Whitefoot.[6] Alan Smith, a Labour councillor for Catford South, left his party to sit as an independent in June 2019 in protest against the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn.[7]

Tom Copley, a councillor for Sydenham, resigned after being appointed as a deputy mayor by Sadiq Khan in early 2020.[8] Skip Amrani, a Labour councillor for Catford South, resigned in March 2020 due to family commitments.[9] Joe Dromey, a councillor for New Cross, resigned in January 2020 due to taking on a politically restricted job.[10] Sue Hordijenko, a Labour councillor for Bellingham ward, died in February 2021.[11] Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all four by-elections were held on 6 May 2021 alongside the 2021 London mayoral election and London Assembly election. Labour held all four seats.[12] Bellingham was won by Rachel Onikosi.[13] Catford South was won by James Royston, who worked for an animal welfare charity.[9] New Cross was won by Samantha Latouche and Sydenham was won by Jack Lavery.[12]

As with most London boroughs, Lewisham will be electing its councillors under new boundaries decided by the Local Government Boundary Commission for England, which it produced after a period of consultation. The number of councillors will remain at 54, under new boundaries with sixteen three-councillor wards and two two-councillor wards.[14][15]

Electoral process

Lewisham, 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 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.[16] 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.[16]

Previous council composition

After 2018 election Before 2022 election
Party Seats Party Seats
Labour 54 Labour 53
Independent 1

Campaign

The incumbent mayor Damien Egan was re-selected by the Labour Party, with 81% of members voting for him to remain as their candidate in 2022.[17]

Ward Results

Bellingham (2)
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Blackheath (3)
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Brockley (3)
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Catford South (3)
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Crofton Park (3)
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Deptford (3)
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Downham (3)
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Evelyn (3)
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Forest Hill (3)
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Grove Park (3)
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Hither Green (3)
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Ladywell (3)
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Lee Green (3)
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Lewisham Central (2)
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New Cross Gate (2)
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Perry Vale (3)
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Rushey Green (3)
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Sydenham (3)
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Telegraph Hill (3)
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References

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  3. ^ "Election results 2018". Lewisham Council. Retrieved 19 October 2021.
  4. ^ "Lewisham approves local democracy review after judge rules it withheld info from committee". News Shopper. Retrieved 19 October 2021.
  5. ^ Baston, Lewis (8 May 2019). "Lewisham: Council by-election holds for Labour despite small swings against". OnLondon. Retrieved 19 October 2021.
  6. ^ "Labour holds in Evelyn and Whitefoot by-elections – Eastlondonlines". www.eastlondonlines.co.uk. Retrieved 19 October 2021.
  7. ^ Chamberlain, Darryl (19 June 2019). "Lewisham Labour councillor Alan Smith quits party in Corbyn protest". 853. Retrieved 19 October 2021.
  8. ^ "Sydenham councillor to become deputy London mayor for housing". News Shopper. Retrieved 19 October 2021.
  9. ^ a b Twomey, James (24 November 2020). "Lewisham Labour select candidate for Catford south by-election". South London News. Retrieved 19 October 2021.
  10. ^ "Lewisham cabinet member steps down from council". News Shopper. Retrieved 19 October 2021.
  11. ^ "Sue Hordijenko's death: 'Popular councillor deeply missed' – Eastlondonlines". www.eastlondonlines.co.uk. Retrieved 19 October 2021.
  12. ^ a b "Clean sweep for Labour in Lewisham by-elections". News Shopper. Retrieved 19 October 2021.
  13. ^ "'I will do everything I can to repay that trust' - New councillors in Lewisham on their wins". News Shopper. Retrieved 19 October 2021.
  14. ^ Lagan, Paul (24 December 2019). "Have your say on possible ward boundary changes". South London News. Retrieved 19 October 2021.
  15. ^ "LGBCE | Lewisham | LGBCE Site". www.lgbce.org.uk. Retrieved 19 October 2021.
  16. ^ a b "How the elections work | London Councils". www.londoncouncils.gov.uk. Retrieved 14 September 2021.
  17. ^ "Labour picks Damien Egan to run again as Lewisham's elected mayor". 853. 4 August 2021. Retrieved 19 October 2021.