A map showing the wards of Greenwich since 2002
A map showing the wards of Greenwich since 2002

Greenwich London Borough Council is the local authority for the Royal Borough of Greenwich in London, England. The council is elected every four years. Since the last boundary changes in 2022, 55 councillors have been elected from 23 wards.[1]

Political control

The first elections to the council were held in 1964, ahead of the new system coming into full effect in 1965. Political control of the council since 1964 has been held by the following parties:[2]

Election Overall Control Labour Conservative Lib Dem SDP
1964 Labour 49 11 - -
1968 Conservative 22 38 - -
1971 Labour 55 5 - -
1974 Labour 52 8 - -
1978 Labour 45 17 - -
1982 Labour 43 16 3 -
1986 Labour 44 12 6 -
1990 Labour 44 12 2 4
1994 Labour 47 8 3 4
1998 Labour 52 8 2 -
2002 Labour 38 9 4 -
2006 Labour 36 13 2 -
2010 Labour 40 11 - -
2014 Labour 43 8 - -
2018 Labour 42 9 - -
2022 Labour 52 3 - -

Leadership

The leaders of the council since 1965 have been:[3][4]

Councillor Party From To
Ronald Stucke Labour 1964 1966
Thomas Smith Labour 1966 1968
William Manners Conservative 1968 1969
Charles Miles Conservative 1969 1971
John Cartwright Labour 1971 1974
Arthur Capelin Labour 1974 1982
John Austin Labour 1982 1987
David Picton Labour 1987 1989
Quentin Marsh Labour 1989 1992
Len Duvall Labour 1992 2000
Chris Roberts Labour 2000 2014
Denise Hyland Labour 2014 23 May 2018
Danny Thorpe Labour 23 May 2018 25 May 2022
Anthony Okereke Labour 25 May 2022

Council elections

Borough result maps

By-election results

1964-1968

There were no by-elections.[9]

1968-1971

Kidbrooke by-election, 12 February 1970[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour I. N. Smith 1076
Conservative D. C. Hammond 548
Fellowship R. S. Mallone 124
Liberal J. R. Hassall 59
Turnout 26.5%
Marsh by-election, 12 March 1970[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour F. G. Burton 894
Conservative J. T. E. Tate 493
Liberal Miss L. M. Gregg 198
Turnout 44.2%
West by-election, 27 August 1970[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour J. E. Austin-Walker 962
Conservative Cdr. H. Hook 263
National Front R. S. Pritchard 82
Liberal R. S. Warwicker 40
Turnout 21.9%

1971-1974

Eastcombe by-election, 20 July 1972[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour D. T. Cooper 921
Conservative S. P. Bertram 329
Turnout 29.2%
Shooters Hill by-election, 28 September 1972[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative S. G. Wayment 982
Labour Mrs I. E. Porter 468
Liberal J. R. Hassall 167
Turnout 30.4%
Slade by-election, 23 November 1972[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour J. D. Upson 953
Conservative R. W. Bartlett 462
Independent H. H. Wright 36
Turnout 25.8%

1974-1978

Abbey Road by-election, 8 May 1975[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Woodrow L. Clachar 1,547
Conservative Stephanie H. Read 783
Liberal Michael L. Taylor 286
National Front Philip S. Hanman 178
Turnout 31.1
Eynsham by-election, 8 May 1975[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Alan Brooks 1,115
Conservative Christopher J. Cook 214
National Front Alan D. Webb 93
Liberal Robert H. Smith 90
Turnout 25.4
St Mary's by-election, 8 May 1975[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Catherine B. Jeffrey 1,493
Conservative Christopher P. Mead 712
Liberal Brian J. Woodcraft 173
National Front Ruth M. Robinson 75
Turnout 30.7
St Margaret's by-election, 14 August 1975[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Stephanie H. Read 1,198
Labour Ramanlal D. Naik 1,013
Liberal Anny Knight 178
Turnout 30.4
West by-election, 28 October 1976[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour William H. White 697
Conservative James S. Foreman-Peck 475
National Front Helena M. Steven 142
National Party David McCalden 123
Liberal Geoffrey Jerrom 109
Fellowship Ronald Mallone 13
Turnout 28.4
Kidbrooke by-election, 17 February 1977[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Colin J. Coulson-Thomas 1,111
Labour Allan J. H. D. MacCarthy 1,019
Fellowship Ronald S. Mallone 320
National Front Robert Holden 216
National Party David McCalden 104
Turnout 35.1

1978-1982

Blackheath by-election, 20 September 1979[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Patrick J. P. Jiggins 1005 16.1
Labour Glyn Williams 577 37.0
Fellowship Ronald D. Mallone 163 46.9
United Democrat Jonathan D. Savage 15 46.9
Turnout 1760 32.4
Conservative hold Swing

Resignation of James S. Foreman-Peck (CON)

Glyndon by-election, 25 September 1980[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Glyn Williams 957 85.5
Conservative Walter J. Cox 86 7.5
Liberal Maureen F. K. Hall 80 7.0
Turnout 1141 26.2
Labour hold Swing

Resignation of Joseph Stanyer (LAB)

Herbert by-election, 25 September 1980[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Francis E. Smith 1307 85.5
Conservative Roy H. Mapes 584 7.5
Liberal Peter J. Churchill 241 7.0
Turnout 2132 38.0
Labour hold Swing

Resignation of John Dunbar (LAB)

Avery Hill by-election, 26 March 1981[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour James P. B. Coughlan 667 47.3
Liberal Edward J. Randall 395 28.0
Conservative Dingle Clark 348 24.7
Turnout 1410 50.4
Labour hold Swing

Resignation of Anthony J. Newman (LAB)

West by-election, 7 May 1981[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Ephron B. T. Williams 1474 76.2
Conservative Michael J. Niblock 460 23.8
Turnout 1934 38.1
Labour hold Swing

Resignation of William H. White (LAB)

1982-1986

Herbert by-election, 3 March 1983[13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Julius T. B. D. Evaristo 974 38.3
SDP Terence A. J. Malone 821 32.3
Conservative Margaret Mendez 715 28.1
United Democrat Daniel Hussey 31 1.2
Turnout 2541 46.4
Labour hold Swing

Resignation of Francis E. Smith (LAB)

Ferrier by-election, 20 September 1984[13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Serena M. V. Lovelace 824 47.8
Alliance Timothy G. Ford 503 29.2
Conservative John G. C. Antcliffe 396 23.0
Turnout 1723 33.0
Labour hold Swing

Resignation of David Crowther (LAB)

Blackheath by-election, 28 February 1985[13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John G. C. Antcliffe 1105 7.5
Alliance Vivienne W. Stone 855 29.2
Labour Annette F. Barratt 636 85.5
Ecology Kim Castle 66 7.0
Turnout 2662 50.5
Conservative hold Swing

Resignation of Raymond G. Hatter (CON)

1986-1990

Woolwich Common by-election, 2 April 1987[14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Alliance Michael V. Slavin 997 46.9
Labour Carol A. Hibberd 785 37.0
Conservative Anthony R. Salter 342 16.1
Turnout 2124 24.77
Alliance gain from Labour Swing

Resignation of Smith, Nicholas (LAB)

Sherard by-election, 10 September 1987[14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Robert J. C. Callow 1268 58.6
Conservative Gerard P. Fergus 582 26.9
Alliance Myrtle E. Bibby 313 14.5
Turnout 2163 37.55
Labour hold Swing

Resignation of Jeffrey, Mervyn A. (LAB)

Glyndon by-election, 28 January 1988[14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
SDP David Hadden 1066 14.5
Labour Nicholas C. McShee 760 58.6
Conservative Christopher J. Wagstaff 114 26.9
Turnout 1940 34.28
SDP gain from Labour Swing

Resignation of Morgan, Steven J. (LAB)

1990-1994

Kidbrooke by-election, 25 June 1992[15]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Hugh R. Harris 956 44.7
Labour Keith J. Scott 756 35.3
Liberal Democrats Michael W. Smart 235 11.0
Fellowship Ronald S. Mallone 193 9.0
Turnout 45.1
Conservative hold Swing

The by-election was called following the resignation of Cllr. Giles J. Brennand.

Eltham Park by-election, 21 January 1993[15]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Dermot D. Poston 1,239 47.1
Labour Michael Yates 770 29.3
Liberal Democrats John Hagyard 483 18.4
Independent Eileen W. Guthrie 140 5.3
Turnout 50.1
Conservative hold Swing

The by-election was called following the disqualification of Cllr. Kenneth L. Kear.

Trafalgar by-election, 9 December 1993[15]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Marian O. Moseley 844 60.4
Conservative John H. Vickery 284 20.3
Liberal Democrats Stuart J. Davis 269 19.3
Turnout 27.7
Labour hold Swing

The by-election was called following the resignation of Cllr. Roger J. Taylor.

1994-1998

Lakedale by-election, 29 June 1995[16]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Junior C. Boothe 884 77.3
Liberal Democrats Thomas J. A. Headon 149 13.0
Conservative Frances C. A. Stephens 110 9.6
Turnout 1143
Labour hold Swing

The by-election was called following the resignation of Cllr. Adele Gordon-Peiniger.

St Nicholas by-election, 2 May 1996[16]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Alistair T. Macrae 972 63.9
Liberal Democrats Thomas J. Headon 343 22.5
Conservative Stephen G. Tough 207 13.6
Turnout 1522
Labour hold Swing

The by-election was called following the resignation of Cllr. Annette F. Barratt.

Kidbrooke by-election, 6 February 1997[16]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour John A. Cove 775 45.2
Conservative Raymond Maisey 614 35.8
Fellowship Ronald S. Mallone 157 9.1
Liberal Democrats Anthony C. H. Durham 137 8.0
Socialist Labour Peter N. Pierce 33 1.9
Turnout 1716
Labour hold Swing

The by-election was called following the resignation of Cllr. Sabiha Shahzad.

Thamesmead Moorings by-election, 16 October 1997[16]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Peter J. Brooks 611 85.7
Liberal Democrats Bonnie C. Soanes 102 14.3
Turnout 713
Labour hold Swing

The by-election was called following the death of Cllr. Claude D. Ramsey.

1998-2002

New Eltham by-election, 23 March 2000[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Albert J. Hills 930
Labour Peter R. May 760
Liberal Democrats Michael J. Lewis 115
Green James K. Otter 40
Turnout
Conservative hold Swing

The by-election was called following the death of Cllr. Sidney T. Nicholson.

Trafalgar by-election, 4 May 2000[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Mary Mills 936
Liberal Democrats Christopher D. G. Le Breton 654
Conservative Douglas B. Ellison 274
Independent Richard A. Newton 92
Turnout
Labour hold Swing

The by-election was called following the death of Cllr. Marian O. Moseley.

Burrage by-election, 7 June 2001[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Harpinder Singh 787
Conservative Michael I. O’Loan 185
Liberal Democrats Thomas J. A. Headon 172
Socialist Alliance Paul W. Richardson 60
Turnout
Labour hold Swing

The by-election was called following the resignation of Cllr. Leonard L. Duvall.

2002-2006

Plumstead by-election, 18 December 2003[17]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Kanta M. Patel 744
Liberal Democrats Steven T. Toole 365
Conservative Jagvinder S. Mahil 201
Independent Susan Mitchell 136
Green James K. Otter 103
Turnout
Labour hold Swing

The by-election was called following the death of Cllr. Alistair T. Macrae.

Shooters Hill by-election, 29 July 2004[17]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Danny L. Thorpe 968
Conservative Nigel M. Fletcher 589
Liberal Democrats Edward Ottery 483
UKIP Arnold E. Taring 142
CPA Stephen C. Hammond 62
Turnout
Labour hold Swing

The by-election was called following the resignation of Cllr. Michael A. Hayes.

Eltham North by-election, 10 February 2005[17]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Nigel M. Fletcher 1,326
Labour Janice M. Marnham 1,252
Liberal Democrats Leonard G. Tostevin 289
UKIP Jeremy C. Elms 193
CPA Stephen C. Hammond 20
Turnout
Conservative hold Swing

The by-election was called following the resignation of Cllr. Douglas B. Ellison.

2006-2010

Plumstead by-election, 25 September 2008[18]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Matthew Morrow 1318
Conservative Adetokunbo Bailey 542
Liberal Democrats Ms. Leonie K. Barron 195
Green Ms. Jessica Currie 175
Turnout
Labour hold Swing

The by-election was called following the death of Cllr. Kantabai M. Patel.

2010-2014

There were no by-elections.[19]

2014-2018

Greenwich West by-election, 7 May 2015[20]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Mehboob Khan 3,430 39.3 Decrease12.0
Conservative Thomas Turrell 2,466 28.2 Increase10.4
Green Robin Scott 1,452 16.6 Decrease4.7
Liberal Democrats Sonia Dunlop 756 8.6 Decrease1.3
UKIP Paul Butler 422 4.8 Increase4.8
BNP Christina Charles 138 1.6 Increase1.6
TUSC Sara Kasab 80 0.9 Increase0.9
Turnout 3,717 64.1
Labour hold Swing

The by-election was called following the resignation of Cllr Matthew Pennycook, who was elected as the Member of Parliament for the Greenwich and Woolwich constituency the same night.

Glyndon by-election, 5 May 2016[21]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Tonia Ashikodi 2,583 57.1 0.0
Conservative Matt Browne 561 12.4 Increase0.4
Green Robin Scott 402 8.9 Decrease5.8
UKIP Rita Dinsmore-Hamilton 380 8.4 Increase8.4
Liberal Democrats Stewart Christie 376 8.3 Increase2.2
Independent Ebru Ogun 157 3.5 Increase3.5
All People's Party Abiola Olaore 64 1.4 Increase1.4
Majority 2,022 44.7
Turnout 41.5
Labour hold Swing

The by-election was called following the resignation of Councillor Radha Rabadia of the Labour Party.[22]

Eltham North by-election, 10 November 2016[23]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Charlie Davis 1,335 42.2 Increase10.6
Labour Simon Peirce 1,297 40.4 Decrease9.3
Liberal Democrats Sam Macaulay 279 8.8 Increase5.5
UKIP Barbara Ray 160 5.1 Decrease14.5
Green Matt Browne 110 3.5 Decrease6.0
Majority 38 1.8
Turnout 3,186 31.33
Conservative gain from Labour Swing

The by-election was called following the resignation of Councillor Wynn Davies of the Labour Party.

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