2022 Newham Council election
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All 66 council seats
 
Leader Rokhsana Fiaz
Party Labour
Last election 60 seats, 67.2%

Incumbent council control


Labour



The 2022 Newham London Borough Council election is due to take place on 5 May 2022. All 66 members of Newham 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 60 seats. The 2022 election will take place under new election boundaries, which will increase the number of councillors to 66. The election will coincide with an election for the mayor of Newham after a governance referendum resulted in the borough keeping the mayoral system.

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 responsibiilites 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]

Newham has been under Labour control since its creation, besides a period of no overall control from 1968–1971. In the most recent election in 2018, Labour won all sixty seats with 67.2% of the vote across the borough. The Conservative Party received 15.2% of the vote, the Liberal Democrats (UK) received 5.9% of the vote and the Green Party of England and Wales received 5.2% of the vote but none of these won any seats.[2][3] The Labour candidate Rokhsana Fiaz became mayor of Newham in the concurrent mayoral election, succeeding Robin Wales with 73.4% of the vote in the first round.[4]

Council term

In September 2018, Veronica Oakeshott, a Labour candidate for Boleyn ward, resigned because she was moving to Oxfordshire.[5] The by-election in November 2018 was won by Moniba Khan, the Labour candidate.[6] In August 2020, Julianne Marriot, a Labour councillor for East Ham Central, resigned for work reasons.[7] Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a by-election to fill her seat could not be held until 6 May 2021 alongside the 2021 London mayoral election and London Assembly election. The Labour candidate Farah Nazeer was elected, with the Conservative candidate coming in second place.[8]

As with most London boroughs, Newham will be electing its councillors under new boundaries decided by the Local Government Boundary Commission for England, which it produced after a period of consulation. The number of councillors will increase from 60 to 66, under new boundaries with eighteen three-councillor wards and six two-councillor wards.[9]

Mayoral referendum

A referendum was held on 6 May 2021 on whether to retain the mayoral system, where voters elect a mayor every four years, who appoints their own cabinet, or to change to the committee system, where councillors select members of committees and a council leader.[10] The result was to retain the mayoral system, with 56% of voters supporting the status quo.[11]

Newham mayoral referendum
7 October 2021
Choice Votes %
Elected mayor
45,960 55.8
Committee system 36,424 44.2
Total votes 85,087 100.00
Source: [11]

Electoral process

Newham, 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.[12] 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.[12]

Previous council composition

After 2018 election Before 2022 election
Party Seats Party Seats
Labour 60 Labour 60

References

  1. ^ "The essential guide to London local government | London Councils". www.londoncouncils.gov.uk. Retrieved 10 October 2021.
  2. ^ Grafton-Green, Chloe Chaplain, Patrick (5 May 2018). "The full list of results for London's local elections". www.standard.co.uk. Retrieved 20 October 2021.
  3. ^ Holder, Josh. "Local council elections 2018 – results in full". the Guardian. Retrieved 20 October 2021.
  4. ^ "Rokhsana Fiaz, London's first directly elected woman mayor". The Muslim News. Retrieved 20 October 2021.
  5. ^ Long, Rhiannon (14 September 2018). "Newham councillor Veronica Oakeshott steps down after three years". Newham Recorder. Retrieved 20 October 2021.
  6. ^ Long, Rhiannon (2 November 2018). "Labour candidate wins Boleyn ward by-election". Newham Recorder. Retrieved 20 October 2021.
  7. ^ Brookes, Andrew (5 August 2020). "East Ham Central ward councillor resigns". Newham Recorder. Retrieved 20 October 2021.
  8. ^ Boyle, Caislin (10 May 2021). "East Ham Central welcomes new Labour councillor". Newham Recorder. Retrieved 20 October 2021.
  9. ^ Cox, Sophie (18 November 2020). "Six extra councillors set for Newham as final ward boundary recommendations published". Newham Recorder. Retrieved 20 October 2021.
  10. ^ King, Jonathan (28 April 2021). "Newham's governance referendum: the case for both options". Newham Recorder. Retrieved 20 October 2021.
  11. ^ a b King, Jonathan (10 May 2021). "Mayor pledges to continue focus on election promises after Newham referendum result". Newham Recorder. Retrieved 20 October 2021.
  12. ^ a b "How the elections work | London Councils". www.londoncouncils.gov.uk. Retrieved 14 September 2021.