2022 Redbridge Council election
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All 63 council seats
 
Leader Jas Athwal Linda Huggett
Party Labour Conservative
Last election 51 seats, 58.4% 12 seats, 35.3%

Incumbent council control


Labour



The 2022 Redbridge London Borough Council election is due to take place on 5 May 2022. All 63 members of Redbridge 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 51 out of the 63 seats with the Conservative Party forming the council opposition with the remaining twelve seats.

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]

Since its formation, Redbridge has generally been under Conservative control or no overall control. The Labour Party won its first majority on the council in the 2014 election, winning 35 seats while the Conservatives won 25 and the Liberal Democrats won three. In the most recent election in 2018, Labour extended its majority to win 51 seats with 58.4% of the vote across the borough while the Conservatives won the remaining 12 seats with 35.3% of the vote.[2]

Council term

In August 2020, Stuart Bellwood, a Labour councillor for Seven Kings, died. He had served as a councillor since 2002.[3] A Labour councillor for Roxford ward, Chaudhary Mohammed Iqbal, resigned in October 2020 citing health reasons.[4] He was later found guilty of electoral fraud for giving a false address.[5] Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, by-elections for both seats were delayed until 6 May 2021 alongside the 2021 London mayoral election and London Assembly election. Labour held both seats, with Sadhia Warraich winning Loxford and Pushpita Gupta winning Seven Kings.[6]

In April 2021, Robin Turbefield, a Conservative councillor for Bridge ward, defected to Reform UK due to his opposition to lockdown measures in response to COVID-19.[7]

Electoral process

Redbridge, 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.[8] 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.[8]

Previous council composition

After 2018 election Before 2022 election
Party Seats Party Seats
Labour 51 Labour 51
Conservative 12 Conservative 11
Reform UK 1

References

  1. ^ "The essential guide to London local government | London Councils". www.londoncouncils.gov.uk. Retrieved 10 October 2021.
  2. ^ Holder, Josh. "Local council elections 2018 – results in full". the Guardian. Retrieved 10 October 2021.
  3. ^ Chacko, Roy (25 August 2020). "Tributes paid to 'maverick' councillor and 'champion of Seven Kings' Stuart Bellwood". Ilford Recorder. Retrieved 20 October 2021.
  4. ^ Chacko, Roy (9 October 2020). "Redbridge councillor awaiting electoral fraud trial resigns amidst cabinet shake-up". Ilford Recorder. Retrieved 20 October 2021.
  5. ^ reporter, Victoria Munro, Local democracy (4 January 2021). "Former councillor jailed for electoral fraud said he wanted to help people". Ilford Recorder. Retrieved 20 October 2021.
  6. ^ Boyle, Caislin (10 May 2021). "New councillors for Loxford and Seven Kings react to by-election wins". Ilford Recorder. Retrieved 20 October 2021.
  7. ^ Service, Victoria Munro, Local Democracy Reporting (23 April 2021). "Tory councillor defects to Reform UK". Ilford Recorder. Retrieved 20 October 2021.
  8. ^ a b "How the elections work | London Councils". www.londoncouncils.gov.uk. Retrieved 14 September 2021.