2022 Southwark Council election
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All 63 council seats
Leader Keiron Williams Hamish McCallum
Party Labour Liberal Democrats (UK)
Last election 49 seats, 55.3% 14 seats, 23.9%

Incumbent council control


The 2022 Southwark London Borough Council election is due to take place on 5 May 2022. All 63 members of Southwark 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 49 out of the 63 seats with the Conservative Party forming the council opposition with the remaining fourteen seats.



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 powers are shared with the Greater London Authority, which also manages passenger transport, police, and fire.[1]

Since its formation, Southwark has been continuously under Labour control, apart from a period of no overall control from 2002 to 2010. Apart from an independent in 1982 and a Green Party councillor in 2006, all councillors have been from the Labour Party, Liberal Democrats or the Conservative Party. Labour regained its majority in the 2010 election, winning 35 seats with the Liberal Democrats on 25 and the Conservatives on three. Labour extended its majority by winning 48 seats in the 2014 election with the Liberal Democrats on 13 seats and the Conservatives on two. The Conservatives lost all their representation in the most recent election in 2018, with Labour winning 49 seats with 55.3% of the vote across the borough and the Liberal Democrats winning the remaining 14 seats with 23.9% of the vote. The Green Party received 10.5% of the vote and the Conservatives received 10.4% of the vote but neither party won any seats.[2] The incumbent council leader, Peter John, was reappointed following the election.[3]

Council term

The Labour councillor Keiron Williams was elected as the leader of the council in Septemebr 2020, succeeding Peter John.[4]

Electoral process

Southwark, 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.[5] 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.[5]

Previous council composition

After 2018 election Before 2022 election
Party Seats Party Seats
Labour 49 Labour 48
Liberal Democrats 14 Liberal Democrats 14
Independent 1


  1. ^ "The essential guide to London local government | London Councils". www.londoncouncils.gov.uk. Retrieved 10 October 2021.
  2. ^ "Local election 2018: Labour holds on to council - Conservatives wiped off electoral map". Southwark News. Retrieved 21 October 2021.
  3. ^ "Peter John: A true champion for Southwark". Southwark News. Retrieved 21 October 2021.
  4. ^ "Kieron Williams elected new Southwark Labour leader". Southwark News. Retrieved 21 October 2021.
  5. ^ a b "How the elections work | London Councils". www.londoncouncils.gov.uk. Retrieved 14 September 2021.