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

Harrow London Borough Council in London, England is elected every four years. Since the last boundary changes in 2002, 63 councillors are elected from 21 wards.[1]

Political control

The first election to the council was held in 1964, initially operating as a shadow authority before the new system came into full effect in 1965. Political control of the council since 1964 has been held by the following parties:[2][3]

Election Overall control Conservative Labour Lib Dem Res. Ind. Ind. Labour UKIP
1964 Conservative 36 20 - - - - -
1968 Conservative 56 - - - - - -
1971 No overall control (Labour admin) 26 27 2 1 - - -
1974 Conservative 39 14 - 3 - - -
1978 Conservative 46 12 1 4 - - -
1982 Conservative 41 6 13 3 - - -
1986 Conservative 32 9 18 4 - - -
1990 Conservative 36 13 11 3 - - -
1994 No overall control (Lib Dem admin) 17 14 29 3 - - -
1998 Labour 20 32 9 2 - - -
2002 No overall control (Labour admin) 29 31 3 - - - -
2006 Conservative 38 24 1 - - - -
2010 Labour 27 34 1 - 1 - -
2013 No overall control (Conservative & Ind. Labour admin) 25 25 1 - 3 8 1
2014 Labour 26 34 1 - 2 - -
2018 Labour 28 35 - - - - -
2022 Conservative 31 24 - - - - -

Leadership

The leaders of the council since 1965 have been:[4][5]

Councillor Party From To
Charles Jordan Conservative 1965 1968
Edward Buckle Conservative 1968 1971
Cyril Harrison Labour 1971 1974
Harold Mote Conservative 1974 May 1977
Edward Buckle Conservative 19 May 1977 May 1979
Brian Clark Conservative 17 May 1979 May 1984
Donald Abbott Conservative 17 May 1984 12 May 1987
Ron Grant Conservative 12 May 1987 21 Oct 1991
Donald Abbott Conservative 21 Oct 1991 1994
Chris Noyce Liberal Democrats 1994 27 Apr 1995
Andrew Wiseman Liberal Democrats 27 Apr 1995 25 Apr 1996
Chris Noyce Liberal Democrats 25 Apr 1996 May 1998
Bob Shannon Labour 20 May 1998 28 Feb 2002
Archie Foulds Labour 28 Feb 2002 13 Oct 2004
Navin Shah Labour 21 Oct 2004 May 2006
Chris Mote Conservative 25 May 2006 8 May 2008
David Ashton Conservative 8 May 2008 May 2010
Bill Stephenson Labour 25 May 2010 8 Nov 2012
Thaya Idaikkadar Labour 8 Nov 2012 16 Sep 2013
Susan Hall Conservative 16 Sep 2013 May 2014
David Perry Labour 12 Jun 2014 19 May 2016
Sachin Shah Labour 19 May 2016 24 May 2018
Graham Henson Labour 24 May 2018 May 2022
Paul Osborn Conservative 26 May 2022

Council elections

Borough result maps

By-election results

1964-1968

There were a total of 12 by-elections, including eight on 24 June 1964 caused by aldermanic elections.[9]

1968-1971

Wealdstone South by-election, 4 July 1968[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative J. O. Edis 946
Liberal J. E. H. Davies 532
Labour A. H. Elderton 454
Union Movement R. H. F. Smyth 45
Communist Mrs. M. I. Robinson 24
Turnout 26.1%
Stanmore North by-election, 4 November 1968[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Mrs. D. E. Wells 1467
Liberal Dr. J. H. Paterson 514
Labour B. B. Myers 425
Communist R. A. Ward 59
Union Movement F. E. Lee 25
Turnout 19.1%
Harrow-on-the-Hill & Greenhill by-election, 3 July 1969[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Mrs. J. R. Keen 799
Liberal R. S. Montgomerie 445
Labour A. J. Lovell 294
Turnout 20.5%
Pinner South by-election, 8 October 1969[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative M. A. Murphy 1865
Liberal W. R. Westaway 591
Labour B. C. Perigoe 267
Union Movement K. M. Thompson 76
Turnout 22.0%
Kenton by-election, 5 February 1970[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative J. A. Campbell 1402
Liberal J. E. H. Davies 773
Labour D. J. R. Howard 350
Turnout 27.3%
Headstone by-election, 8 October 1970[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative W. M. Buckland 1187
Liberal G. O. Abbott 1118
Labour D. J. R. Howard 305
Turnout 31.7%

1971-1974

Wealdstone North by-election, 8 July 1971[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour A. H. Tidmarsh 2,615
Conservative Miss C. A. Bednell 740
Liberal J. S. W. Branch 188
Union Movement D. J. Wilson 53
Turnout 33.9%
Belmont by-election, 13 July 1972[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative B. J. Simmonds 1,192
Labour G. W. Temple 888
Independent R. S. Sullivan 681
Liberal A. T. Ketteringham 383
National Front R. Franklin 216
Harrow Youth Movement R. N. S. Keidan 67
Ind. Conservative E. J. O. Hixon 22
Turnout 41.5%
Harrow-on-the-Hill & Greenhill by-election, 12 July 1973[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative N. J. Cervantes-Watson 976
Labour A. K. Toms 777
Liberal Mrs M. E. Wakefield 364
Action Party K. M. Thompson 203
Turnout 29.9%
Kenton by-election, 12 July 1973[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative A. B. C. Turner 1,351
Labour S. L. Soskin 1,044
Liberal R. S. Montgomerie 804
National Front C. A. Byrne 360
Independent R. S. Sullivan 270
Turnout 41.2%
Stanmore South by-election, 6 December 1973[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour A. Bradshaw 1,270
Conservative Mrs M. R. Crick 520
Liberal P. N. P. Williams 364
National Front C. A. Byrne 259
Turnout 31.0%

1974-1978

Stanmore South by-election, 10 December 1975[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour William J. Short 853
Conservative William D. Harris 769
Liberal Peter N. P. Williams 598
National Front Peter Orsmond 225
Turnout 31.2
Headstone by-election, 31 March 1977[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Frank E. Weare 1,850
Liberal Clifford S. Thomas 999
Labour Alexander J. Bruce 595
National Front Geoffrey W. Spratt 215
Turnout 44.6

1978-1982

1982-1986

1986-1990

1990-1994

Wemborough by-election, 7 November 1991[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Laurence J. Cox 1,351 46.7
Conservative Robert E. Goodman 1,176 40.7
Labour Jack Gilbert 363 12.6
Turnout 40.4
Liberal Democrats gain from Conservative Swing

The by-election was called following the resignation of Cllr. Richard J. Denney.

Pinner West by-election, 21 January 1993[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Mark A. Mallon 1,421 45.2
Liberal Democrats Graham D. Finch 1,202 38.2
Labour Susan C. Thomason 467 14.9
Liberal Donald O. Bruce 53 1.7
Turnout 45.2
Conservative hold Swing

The by-election was called following the death of Cllr. Charles D. Green.

Canons by-election, 24 June 1993[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Garry C. Leon 1,049 45.8
Liberal Democrats Ronald D. Warshaw 962 42.0
Labour Charles E. Blake 279 12.2
Turnout 37.3
Conservative hold Swing

The by-election was called following the resignation of Cllr. Ronald P. Grant.

Harrow Weald by-election, 24 June 1993[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Brian G. T. Williams 1,916 65.0
Conservative Thomas G. Brown 562 19.1
Labour Archie T. Foulds 470 15.9
Turnout 40.1
Liberal Democrats hold Swing

The by-election was called following the resignation of Cllr. Howard C. Cooper.

Greenhill by-election, 13 October 1993[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Lib Dem Focus Team Maureen De Beer 1,092 45.6
Labour Jeffrey A. Anderson 747 31.2
Conservative Anthony H. Seymour 555 23.2
Turnout 41.7
Lib Dem Focus Team gain from Conservative Swing

The by-election was called following the death of Cllr. Leslie Nixon.

1994-1998

Headstone South by-election, 16 February 1995[13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Clifford S. Thomas 1,282
Labour Archie T. Foulds 1,009
Conservative John B. Rennie 268
Independent Roy Edey 36
Independent Colin R. P. Manton 37
Turnout
Liberal Democrats hold Swing

The by-election was called following the resignation of Cllr. Derek R. Wiseman.

Harrow Weald by-election, 13 July 1995[13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Robert L. Pinkus 1,444
Labour Colin S. Crouch 719
Conservative Thomas G. Brown 562
Turnout
Liberal Democrats hold Swing

The by-election was called following the resignation of Cllr. Brian G. T. Williams.

Ridgeway by-election, 11 January 1996[13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Adrien P. Smith 1,071
Conservative Leonard G. C. Harsant 808
Labour Brian E. Gate 682
Turnout
Liberal Democrats hold Swing

The by-election was called following the resignation of Cllr. Norah B. Murphy.

Wealdstone by-election, 17 July 1997[13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Cyril B. Harrison 1,036
Conservative Jeremy S. Zeid 335
Liberal Democrats Stanley Sheinwald 229
Green David P. P. Edler 54
Turnout
Labour hold Swing

The by-election was called following the resignation of Cllr. Gareth R. Thomas.

Ridgeway by-election, 11 September 1997[13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Brian E. Gate 827
Liberal Democrats Edward P. Tiley 694
Conservative Leonard G. C. Harsant 690
Independent Marjorie S. Warwick 44
Turnout
Labour gain from Liberal Democrats Swing

The by-election was called following the resignation of Cllr. Andrew D. Wiseman.

Roxeth by-election, 11 September 1997[13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Jeremy J. Miles 1,045
Independent Resident Charles E. M. Cox 1,024
Conservative Mohammad A. Kaiseriman 165
Turnout
Labour gain from Independent Resident Swing

The by-election was called following the death of Cllr. Alan W. Hamlin.

Stanmore South by-election, 9 October 1997[13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Keith Burchell 1,476
Conservative Henry S. Venour 360
Liberal Democrats Jaydeep K. Patel 295
Socialist Labour Jack Gilbert 112
Turnout
Labour hold Swing

The by-election was called following the resignation of Cllr. Tony J. McNulty.

1998-2002

Stanmore South by-election, 18 February 1999[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Margaret A. Davine 1,425 56.8 -3.8
Conservative Gary S. Hughes 696 27.7 +3.5
Liberal Democrats David B. Sandford 388 15.5 +0.4
Majority 729 29.1
Turnout 2,509 26.7
Labour hold Swing

The by-election was called following the death of Cllr. Robert H. Lawrence.

Wealdstone by-election, 23 May 2000[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Alan G. Blann 988 55.8 -10.5
Liberal Democrats Brian K. Campbell 440 24.8 +10.3
Conservative Nisam S. Butt 343 19.4 +2.9
Majority 548 31.0
Turnout 1,771 26.1
Labour hold Swing

The by-election was called following the death of Cllr. Ann L. Swaine.

Pinner by-election, 12 July 2001[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Paul S. Osborn 1,062 57.7 -4.3
Labour Joseph T. Lilley 478 26.0 +2.1
Liberal Democrats Veronica M. Chamberlain 250 13.6 -0.5
Independent Herbert W. Crossman 51 2.8 +2.8
Majority 584 31.7
Turnout 1,841 23.8
Conservative hold Swing

The by-election was called following the death of Cllr. Antony C. Cocksedge.

2002-2006

There were no by-elections.[14]

2006-2010

Harrow Weald by-election, 24 August 2006[15]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Paul E. Scott 1,288 46.9 +12.0
Conservative Brian R. Jones 1,088 39.6 -6.1
Labour Howard S. Bluston 295 10.7 -8.7
Green Sarah A. Kersey 74 2.7 +2.7
Majority 200 7.3
Turnout 2,745 33.5
Liberal Democrats gain from Conservative Swing

The by-election was called following the death of Cllr. John B. Anderson.

Canons by-election, 13 December 2007[16]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Musarrat H. Akhtar 1,208 56.7 -11.1
Labour Richard Harrod 389 18.3 -0.1
Liberal Democrats Anne D. Diamond 296 13.9 +0.1
Independent Marcello Borgese 182 8.5 +8.5
BNP Howard J. Studley 56 2.6 +2.6
Majority 819 38.4
Turnout 2,131 24.0
Conservative hold Swing

The by-election was called following the death of Cllr. Janet R. Cowan.

Marlborough by-election, 13 March 2008[17]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Krishna James 972 41.4 -2.1
Liberal Democrats Peter D. J. Budden 628 26.7 +3.1
Conservative Kamaljit S. Chana 507 21.6 -11.3
BNP Howard J. Studley 97 4.1 +4.1
Independent Herbert W. Crossman 74 3.2 +3.2
Green Antony F. Rablen 71 3.0 +3.0
Majority 344 14.4
Turnout 2,349 29.6
Labour hold Swing

The by-election was called following the death of Cllr. Dhirajlal Lavingia.

2010-2014

Canons by-election, 2 June 2011[18]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Amir Moshenson 1495
Labour Nitin Parekh 774
Liberal Democrats Darren S. Diamond 236
Turnout 26.1%
Conservative hold Swing

The by-election was called following the death of Cllr. John Cowan.

Stanmore Park by-election, 28 July 2011[18]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Ms. Marilyn J. Ashton 1395
Labour Niraj Dattani 509
Independent Eric Silver 299
Liberal Democrats Ms. Sylvia Warshaw 98
Green Ms. Linda C. Robinson 53
UKIP Herbert Crossman 48
Turnout 27.6%
Conservative hold Swing

The by-election was called following the resignation of Cllr. Mark A. Versallion.

West Harrow by-election, 21 February 2013[19]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Christine Robson 1,042 47.6 +7.2
Conservative Julia Merison 761 34.7 -1.3
UKIP Jeremy Zeid 171 7.8 +6.0
Green Rowan Langley 96 4.4 +4.4
Liberal Democrats Prakash Nandhra 68 3.1 -16.0
Independent Herbert Crossman 53 2.4 +2.4
Majority 281 12.8 +8.8
Turnout 2,191 28.5 -40.3
Labour hold Swing 4.3%

The by-election was called following the resignation of Cllr. Brian E. Gate.

Harrow-on-the-Hill by-election, 7 November 2013[20]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Glen Hearnden 991 38.9 +2.1
Conservative Stephen Lewis 836 32.8 -2.4
Independent Eileen Kinnear 308 12.1 +5.0
Harrow First Gajan Idaikkadar 173 6.8 +6.8
UKIP Jeremy Zeid 168 6.6 +6.6
Liberal Democrats Gaye Branch 70 2.7 -10.2
Majority 155 6.1 +4.5
Turnout 2,546 29.2 -31.4
Labour hold Swing 2.3%

The by-election was called following the resignation of Cllr. Ms. Ann Gate.

2014-2018

Roxbourne by-election, 9 March 2017[18]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Maxine Henson 1,554 62.7 Increase13.5
Conservative Annabel Singh 533 21.5 Increase0.1
Liberal Democrats Marshel Amutharasan 240 9.6 Increase0.4
UKIP Herbert Crossman 148 6.0 Increase6.0
Turnout 2,475 26.6
Labour hold Swing

The by-election was caused by the death of Cllr Bob Currie

Kenton East by-election, 20 April 2017[18]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Nitesh Hirani 1,585 52.3 Increase 19.5
Labour Nishit Patel 1,328 43.8 Decrease 1.3
Liberal Democrats Annabel Croft 65 2.1 Increase 2.1
UKIP Herbert Crossman 54 1.8 Decrease9.6
Turnout 3,032 36.7
Conservative gain from Labour Swing

The by-election was caused by the death of Cllr Mitzi Green

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