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 took place on 5 May 2022. All 54 members of Lewisham London Borough Council were up for election. The elections took place alongside local elections in the other London boroughs and elections to local authorities across the United Kingdom.

The Labour Party maintained its control of the council, winning all 54 seats, mirroring its landslide victory in the 2018 election. The 2022 election took place under revised election boundaries, with the number of councillors remaining the same.

The election coincided with an election for the mayor of Lewisham, which was won by the incumbent Damien Egan of the Labour Party.

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 elected 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 has remained 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 2022 election took place by multi-member first-past-the-post voting, with each ward being represented by three councillors. Electors had 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 were 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, were entitled to be registered for and vote in elections in both local authorities.[16] Voting in-person at polling stations took place from 7:00 to 22:00 on election day, and voters were 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]

Results summary

2022 Lewisham London Borough Council election
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Labour 54 0 0 Steady 100.0 55.4 102,522 -4.8
  Green 0 0 0 Steady 0.0 19.9 36,760 +8.3
  Liberal Democrats 0 0 0 Steady 0.0 13.0 24,050 +1.0
  Conservative 0 0 0 Steady 0.0 11.0 20,320 -2.9
  TUSC 0 0 0 Steady 0.0 0.3 525 ±0.0
  Independent 0 0 0 Steady 0.0 0.3 501 +0.1
  CPA 0 0 0 Steady 0.0 0.1 189 ±0.0
  Shared Ground 0 0 0 Steady 0.0 0.0 47 N/A

Ward Results

Bellingham (2)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Rachel Onikosi 1,209 80.4
Labour Jacq Paschoud* 925 61.5
Conservative Craig Barrett 270 18.0
Liberal Democrats Sarah Morris 199 13.2
Liberal Democrats Ryan McMichael 160 10.6
Conservative Paul Treaddell 149 9.9
CPA Katherine Hortense 94 6.3
Turnout 23.2
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Blackheath (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Juliet Campbell* 2,035 48.3
Labour Amanda de Ryk* 1,884 44.7
Labour Luke Warner 1,565 37.2
Liberal Democrats Chris Maines 1,356 32.2
Liberal Democrats Benedict Maguire 1,211 28.7
Liberal Democrats Helen Steel 1,202 28.5
Green Matt Barker 708 16.8
Green Anne Caron-Delion 696 16.5
Conservative Caroline Attfield 627 14.9
Green John Wood 467 11.1
Conservative Nicola Peers 451 10.7
Conservative Ian Bentinck 435 10.3
Turnout 38.7
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Brockley (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Sian Eiles 2,478 62.4
Labour Ayesha Lahai-Taylor 2,276 57.4
Labour Stephen Penfold* 1,937 48.8
Green Deborah Le'Cand-Hardwood 1,153 29.1
Green Peter ap Seisyllt 1,041 26.2
Green Mike Keogh 1,025 25.8
Liberal Democrats Richard Elliott 346 8.7
Liberal Democrats Karen Pratt 283 7.1
Conservative Ulric Almqvist 267 6.7
Liberal Democrats Mark Morris 257 6.5
Conservative Julie Killip 254 6.4
Conservative John-Joe O'Connor 221 5.6
Independent Ray Barron-Woolford 154 3.9
Independent Toni-Ann Gurdon 125 3.1
Independent Stewart Lendor 88 2.2
Turnout 34.4
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Catford South (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Natasha Burgess 2,119 59.9
Labour Eva Stamirowski* 1,648 46.6
Labour James Royston 1,632 46.2
Liberal Democrats Diana Cashin 1,104 31.2
Liberal Democrats Kate Richardson 960 27.2
Liberal Democrats Bunmi Wajero 731 20.7
Conservative Thomas Adkin 532 15.0
Conservative Mario Bucolo 425 12.0
Conservative Benjamin Loughnane 399 11.3
Green Rona Radenhurst 352 10.0
Green Malcolm Furneaux 332 9.4
Green James Newton 324 9.2
Shared Ground Richard Galloway 47 1.3
Turnout 32.2
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Crofton Park (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Tauseef Anwar* 2,457 57.5
Labour Chris Barnham* 2,411 56.4
Labour Carol Webley-Brown 2,147 50.2
Green Anna-Maria Cahalane 1,649 38.6
Green Alison Pick 1,148 26.9
Green John Keidan 933 21.8
Liberal Democrats Cheryl Baum 554 13.0
Conservative Paul Black 349 8.2
Liberal Democrats Stephen Locke 331 7.7
Conservative Jonathan Lee 319 7.5
Conservative Oliver Patey 286 6.7
Liberal Democrats Andrew McIlwraith 240 5.6
Turnout 41.2
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Deptford (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Brenda Dacres* 2,095 68.6
Labour Rosie Parry 1,791 58.7
Labour Stephen Hayes 1,632 53.5
Green Upul Dissanayake 742 24.3
Green Sue Gore 729 23.9
Conservative Flora Coleman 323 10.6
TUSC Andy Beadle 275 9.0
Liberal Democrats Janet Hurst 267 8.7
Liberal Democrats David Barnes 241 7.9
Independent Nik Baksi 214 7.0
Conservative Huw Shooter 213 7.0
Conservative Adam Thomas 196 6.4
Liberal Democrats Mike Steele 151 4.9
Independent Jasmine Fulcher 107 3.5
Independent Barbara Raymond 103 3.4
Independent Clarris Christopher 77 2.5
Turnout 29.7
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Downham (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Andre Bourne* 1,679 60.2
Labour Coral Howard* 1,621 58.1
Labour Oana Olaru 1,442 51.7
Conservative Kwame Asabere 713 25.6
Conservative Chris Wilford 546 19.6
Conservative Junior Leachman 510 18.3
Green Sue Luxton 398 14.3
Liberal Democrats Danny Dignan 335 12.0
Green Emily Woodhouse 309 11.1
Green Inke Schreiber 281 10.1
Liberal Democrats Joan Labrom 279 10.0
Liberal Democrats Mike Patel 251 9.0
Turnout 25.4
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Evelyn (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Will Cooper 1,524 67.3
Labour Rudi Schmidt 1,233 54.4
Labour Hau-Yu Tam 1,224 54.0
Green James Braun 523 23.1
Green Keith Chambers 426 18.8
Green Julian Himmerich 401 17.7
Conservative Karen Lowe 269 11.9
Conservative Yan Jiang 255 11.3
Liberal Democrats Jem Smith 240 10.6
Liberal Democrats Dan Fox-Evans 239 10.5
Conservative Tim Reczek 190 8.4
Liberal Democrats Peter Wells 156 6.9
TUSC Steve Rumney 118 5.2
Turnout 26.9
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Forest Hill (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Sophie Davis* 2,395 61.4
Labour Peter Bernards* 2,044 52.4
Labour Billy Harding 1,797 46.1
Green Julia Rendall 1,156 29.6
Green Martin Cox 840 21.5
Green Mike Peters 757 19.4
Liberal Democrats Mark Bennett 535 13.7
Liberal Democrats John Russell 496 12.7
Conservative Anthony Bays 480 12.3
Liberal Democrats Krish Brown 458 11.7
Conservative Aimee Henderson 401 10.3
Conservative Paul Mahoney 340 8.7
Turnout 35.4
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Grove Park (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Suzannah Clarke* 1,750 58.7
Labour Hilary Moore* 1,502 50.4
Labour Mark Jackson 1,464 49.1
Conservative Helena Croft 935 31.4
Conservative Favour Obi 694 23.3
Conservative Sergiy Lesyk 676 22.7
Green Angela Minto 617 20.7
Liberal Democrats Annie Kirby 533 17.9
Green Michael Thompson 425 14.3
Liberal Democrats Martin Passande 343 11.5
Turnout 31.0
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Hither Green (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Yemisi Anifowose 2,537 65.5
Labour Kim Powell* 2,230 57.6
Labour Mark Ingleby* 2,125 54.9
Green Corin Ashwell 833 21.5
Green Dami Crossley 809 20.9
Liberal Democrats Jane Alaszewska 691 17.8
Liberal Democrats Julian Hawkins 534 13.8
Conservative Jonathan Crozier 521 13.4
Liberal Democrats Godfried Gyechie 470 12.1
Conservative Shane Hughes 451 11.6
Conservative Greg Stevens 420 10.8
Turnout 32.2
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Ladywell (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Laura Cunningham 2,151 50.5
Labour Liz-Johnston-Franklin* 1,950 45.7
Labour Bill Brown* 1,930 45.3
Green Dorothy Stein 1,810 42.5
Green Nick Humberstone 1,786 41.9
Green Tim Crossley 1,759 41.3
Liberal Democrats Jean Burnell 322 7.6
Conservative Ian Harris 277 6.5
Conservative Maria-Lidia McInnes 267 6.3
Conservative Neil Weatherall 231 5.4
Liberal Democrats Tony Lloyd 165 3.9
Liberal Democrats Andy Smith 140 3.3
Turnout 42.2
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Lee Green (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Ese Erheriene 1,970 48.1
Labour Eva Kestner 1,796 43.9
Labour James Rathbone* 1,672 40.9
Liberal Democrats Lizzie Fox 1,267 31.0
Liberal Democrats James Foulkes 1,090 26.6
Liberal Democrats Paul Olding 862 21.1
Green Imogen Solly 714 17.5
Green Miki Jablkowska 687 16.8
Green Richard Freestow 679 16.6
Conservative Teresa Bentinck 603 14.7
Conservative Helen Rowley 448 10.9
Conservative Sam Thurgood 392 9.6
CPA Maureen Martin 95 2.3
Turnout 42.2
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Lewisham Central (2)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Edison Huynh 876 62.5
Labour Aliya Sheikh 791 56.4
Green Mia Spencer 455 32.4
Liberal Democrats Josh Curtis-Hale 190 13.5
Conservative Julie Marionneau 181 12.9
Liberal Democrats Peter George 180 12.8
Conservative Joshua O'Connor 132 9.4
Turnout 29.4
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
New Cross Gate (2)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Aisha Malik-Smith 1,410 82.4
Labour Liam Shrivastava 890 52.0
Green Hudson Rolfe 473 27.6
Conservative Alexander Gill 166 9.7
Liberal Democrats Linda Hawkins 165 9.6
TUSC Jay Coward 132 7.7
Conservative Wendy Statham 100 5.8
Liberal Democrats Richard Hebditch 86 5.0
Turnout 29.3
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Perry Vale (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Sakina Sheikh* 2,680 61.6
Labour Susan Wise* 2,605 59.9
Labour John Paschoud* 2,596 59.7
Green Adela Pickles 1,193 27.4
Green Robert McIntosh 1,161 26.7
Liberal Democrats Alex Feakes 638 14.7
Conservative William Stevenson 495 11.4
Conservative Bettina Skeen 463 10.6
Liberal Democrats Alan Harding 449 10.3
Conservative Peter Thurgood 438 10.1
Liberal Democrats Alan Muhammed 329 7.6
Turnout 36.6
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Rushey Green (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Louise Krupski* 2,421 67.0
Labour John Muldoon* 2,028 56.1
Labour James-J Walsh* 1,877 51.9
Green Allie Albion 851 23.5
Green Florence Murphy 851 23.5
Green Alex Cottrell 704 19.5
Liberal Democrats Heidi Degen 401 11.1
Conservative Felicity Benson 395 10.9
Conservative Selina Begum 389 10.8
Conservative Frances Thurgood 341 9.4
Liberal Democrats George Crozier 311 8.6
Liberal Democrats Adrien Smith 278 7.7
Turnout 32.2
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Sydenham (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Chris Best* 2,456 63.2
Labour Liam Curran* 2,132 54.9
Labour Jack Lavery 2,026 52.2
Green Sue Austin 1,267 32.6
Green Nick Lee 858 22.1
Conservative Ross Archer 625 16.1
Liberal Democrats Michael Bachmann 534 13.8
Liberal Democrats Margot Wilson 495 12.7
Conservative Dickon Prior 475 12.2
Conservative Raymond Squires 446 11.5
Liberal Democrats Adam Bull 336 8.7
Turnout 34.8
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Telegraph Hill (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Joan Millbank* 2,777 76.5
Labour Paul Bell* 2,541 70.0
Labour Luke Sorba* 2,139 58.9
Green Sarah Carter 1,448 39.9
Green Gabriel Krenzer 990 27.3
Liberal Democrats Averil Leimon 366 10.1
Liberal Democrats Kit Lloyd 293 8.1
Conservative Brendan Almqvist 153 4.2
Conservative Isaac Sackey 94 2.6
Conservative Anne Yeboah-Sackey 92 2.5
Turnout 34.7
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing

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