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

Lambeth London Borough Council is elected every four years.

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:

Party in control Years
Labour 1964–1968
Conservative 1968–1971
Labour 1971–1982
No overall control 1982–1986
Labour 1986–1994
No overall control 1994–1998
Labour 1998–2002
No overall control 2002–2006
Labour 2006–present

Leadership

The leaders of the council since 1965 have been:[1][2][3]

Councillor Party From To
Archie Cotton Labour 1965 1968
Bernard Perkins[4] Conservative 1968 1971
Charles Dryland Labour 1971 1973
David Stimpson Labour 1973 1978
Ted Knight Labour 1978 26 May 1982
Robin Pitt[5] Conservative 26 May 1982 Nov 1982
Ted Knight[6] Labour Nov 1982 1986
Linda Bellos Labour 1986 1988
Dick Sorabji Labour 1988 1989
Joan Twelves Labour 1989 1993
Steve Whaley Labour 1993 1994
No leader 1994 1998
Jim Dickson Labour 1998 2000
Tom Franklin Labour 2000 23 May 2002
Peter Truesdale Liberal Democrats 23 May 2002 24 May 2006
Steve Reed Labour 24 May 2006 3 Dec 2012
Lib Peck Labour 30 Jan 2013 13 Feb 2019
Jack Hopkins Labour 13 Feb 2019 2 Jun 2021
Claire Holland Labour 2 Jun 2021

Council elections

Borough result maps

By-election results

1964–1968

There were no by-elections.[9]

1968–1971

Clapham Park by-election, 27 June 1968[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Mrs M. F. Brown 1341
Labour Mrs M. A. Kelly 470
Liberal S. J. Beaven 165
Turnout 17.6%
St Leonard's by-election, 27 June 1968[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative V. Bogazzi 1837
Conservative R. Turtill 1824
Liberal D. E. Delaney 172
Labour Mrs S. Gittins 167
Liberal K. L. Phelps 152
Labour Mrs B. P. Hargreaves 150
Independent W. G. Boaks 27
Turnout 19.0%
Thurlow Park by-election, 21 November 1968[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative D. F. How 1455
Labour G. F. Culbard 844
National Front D. H. Garrad 318
Liberal E. Hawthorne 146
Turnout 22.6%
Town Hall by-election, 2 October 1969[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative J. S. Steele 1214
Labour D. S. Speakman 833
National Front W. C. Cheeseman 74
Turnout 20.1%
Vassall by-election, 20 November 1969[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour F. W. QuenauIt 808
Conservative D. G. Llewellyn 803
National Front Mrs J. Archer 34
Turnout 16.1%

1971–1974

There were no by-elections.[11]

1974–1978

Clapham Park by-election, 16 October 1975[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Mr. S. J. Beaven 1,578
Labour Ms. J. D. Parine 1,050
Liberal Timothy F. Clement-Jones 403
Turnout 27.6
Ferndale by-election, 1 April 1976[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Mrs. A. R. Painter 1,026
Conservative Mr. C. A. Williams 513
Liberal Ma. C. M. Williams 196
Turnout 21.6
Angell by-election, 18 November 1976[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Mrs. C. K. Montaut 701
Conservative Mrs. S. Kane 481
Housewife Ms. K. Mott 224
National Party Ms. F. Sandland 165
Socialist Workers Mr. K. Singh 34
Anti-National Front Mr. A. Whereat 28
United Anti-Fascist Ms. E. E. A. Sparks 17
Turnout 20.8
Clapham Park by-election, 17 March 1977[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Mr. A. Williams 1,580
Labour Mr. P. Dean 916
Liberal Timothy F. Clement-Jones 390
National Front Mr. C. P. K. Skeats 215
Turnout 29.3
Streatham Wells by-election, 17 March 1977[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Mr. M. P. R. Malynn 1,936
Labour Mr. F. Henry 640
National Front Mrs. V. F. Lillington 213
Turnout 26.3

1978–1982

1982–1986

1986–1990

1990–1994

Town Hall by-election, 18 July 1991[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Christopher N. Cattermole 1,226 37.5
Conservative Gianfranco J. Letizia 994 31.4
Liberal Democrats Gary Woolton 736 23.3
Green Roger C. L. Baker 207 6.5
Turnout 37.5
Labour hold Swing

The by-election was called following the resignation of Cllr. Dick J. F. Sorabji.

St Martin's by-election, 12 December 1991[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Anthony R. Green 1,221 61.8
Labour Michele S. J. Singh 452 22.9
Liberal Democrats Rajnikant R. Patel 229 11.6
Green Maureen J. Owens 74 3.7
Turnout 26.0
Conservative gain from Labour Swing

The by-election was called following the resignation of Cllr. Susan T. B. Smith.

Streatham Hill by-election, 13 February 1992[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Lib Dem Focus Team Euan J. Bayliss 1,475 38.9
Conservative Gilbert E. W. S. Evemy 1,416 37.3
Labour Daniel J. Hughes 860 22.7
Green Susan A. Whall 44 1.2
Turnout 43.8
Lib Dem Focus Team gain from Conservative Swing

The by-election was called following the resignation of Cllr. Colin Mason.

Stockwell by-election, 10 December 1992[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Simon H. Adams 797 38.0
Liberal Democrats Gary Woolton 690 32.9
Conservative Keith L. Best 566 27.0
Independent Stephen D. Bradshaw 22 1.0
Green Jason H. Evers 21 1.0
Turnout 29.8
Labour hold Swing

The by-election was called following the resignation of Cllr. Ian R. Mallett.

Streatham Hill by-election, 10 December 1992[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Lib Dem Focus Team Jeremy F. Coninx 1,586 52.3
Conservative Bernard A. R. Gentry 930 30.7
Labour Daniel J. Hughes 402 13.3
Independent Roderick J. Pearson 114 3.8
Turnout 33.8
Lib Dem Focus Team gain from Conservative Swing

The by-election was called following the resignation of Cllr. Kenneth J. Sharvill.

Angell by-election, 4 March 1993[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Raymond D. Woolford 841 40.3
Labour Stephen A. Cooley 778 37.3
Conservative Peter A. Cannon 350 16.8
Green William S. B. Collins 74 3.5
Independent Stephen D. Bradshaw 42 2.0
Turnout 28.6
Liberal Democrats gain from Labour Swing

The by-election was called following the resignation of Cllr. John Tuite.

Bishop's by-election, 25 March 1993[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Lib Dem Focus Team Sally Prentice 1,503 52.0
Labour Matthew J. Swindells 749 25.9
Militant Labour Steven P. Nally 336 11.6
Conservative Peter K. Wilde 300 10.4
Turnout 41.6
Lib Dem Focus Team gain from Labour Swing

The by-election was called following the death of Cllr. Graham P. Nicholas.

Streatham Hill by-election, 10 June 1993[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Lib Dem Focus Team John R. Bradescu 1,974 64.2
Conservative John B. Bloomfield 645 21.0
Labour Daniel J. Hughes 425 13.8
Green Roger C. L. Baker 33 1.1
Turnout 33.7
Lib Dem Focus Team gain from Conservative Swing

The by-election was called following the resignation of Cllr. Gloria Hutchens.

Oval by-election, 22 July 1993[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Marietta F. Crichton Stuart 1,506 52.0
Labour Peter G. O'Connell 858 29.6
Militant Labour Steven P. Nally 246 8.5
Conservative Andrew A. R. Selous 231 7.9
Green Jason H. Evers 56 1.9
Turnout 37.2
Liberal Democrats gain from Labour Swing

The by-election was called following the resignation of Cllr. Joseph Singh.

1994–1998

Ferndale by-election, 2 March 1995[13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Simon H. Adams 982
Labour Mohammed Z. Abu-Bakr 963
Liberal Democrats Euan J. Bayliss 846
Liberal Democrats Martin Morris 824
Independent Catherine Valentine 155
Conservative Alison J. Davis 129
Independent Raymond D. Woolford 129
Conservative Simon N. Nayyar 100
Turnout
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing

The by-election was called following the resignations of Cllrs. Denis E. Cooper-King and John E. Harrison.

Princes by-election, 1 June 1995[13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Sandra J. Lawman 1,222
Labour Michael A. J. Leyland 1,026
Conservative Richard J. Patient 131
Green Sheila Freeman 55
Independent Anne Boyle 21
SDP Stephen R. Chamberlain 17
Turnout
Liberal Democrats hold Swing

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

Knight's Hill by-election, 21 March 1996[13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Robert S. McConnell 1,287
Labour Ian J. Darby 1,246
Conservative Natalie C. Ross-Pears 808
Green William S. B. Collins 44
Turnout
Liberal Democrats gain from Conservative Swing

The by-election was called following the resignation of Cllr. Peter J. Evans.

Clapham Town by-election, 14 November 1996[13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Eileen M. Hogan 1,247 41.9
Conservative John Swannick 906 30.4
Liberal Democrats Maria Gardner-Brown 758 25.5
Green Tean J. Mitchell 46 1.5
Socialist (GB) Christopher I. McColl 20 0.7
Majority 341 11.5
Turnout 2,977 34.7
Labour hold Swing

The by-election was called following the resignation of Cllr. Joseph Callinan.

Larkhall by-election, 1 May 1997[13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Kevin D. Craig 2,552 55.3 +8.2
Liberal Democrats Jonathan A. Simpson 1,338 29.0 -12.4
Conservative Caroline King 524 11.4 +1.8
Green Roger C. L. Baker 200 4.3 +4.3
Majority 1,214 26.3
Turnout 4,614 56.9
Labour hold Swing

The by-election was called following the resignation of Cllr. Margaret E. Jones.

1998–2002

Streatham South by-election, 6 May 1999[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour David Jonathan Malley 1,515 45.7 -11.0
Liberal Democrats Kathleen Ella Ward 996 30.1 +22.3
Conservative Joanna Mary Barker 753 22.7 -12.8
Independent Andrew Roy Morris 48 1.5 +1.5
Majority 519 15.6
Turnout 3,312 38.5
Labour hold Swing

The by-election was called following the resignation of Cllr. Alan M. White.

Vassall by-election, 19 August 1999[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Daniel Oren Sabbagh 840 48.5 +3.1
Liberal Democrats Adeline Aina 618 35.7 -0.3
Conservative Anthony John Shakespeare 194 11.2 +4.9
Green Peter Crush 55 3.2 -6.0
Independent Keith Langton 25 1.4 -1.8
Majority 222 12.8
Turnout 1,732 18.0
Labour hold Swing

The by-election was called following the resignation of Cllr. Michael D. Cruickshanks.

Knight's Hill by-election, 7 June 2001[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Antony Grayling 2,293 49.2 +5.8
Liberal Democrats Joel Edmond Robinson 1,300 27.9 -6.7
Conservative Jessica Katherine Lee 788 16.9 +0.1
Independent Romano Giuseppe Barca 278 6.0 +6.0
Majority 993 21.3
Turnout 4,659 53.6
Labour hold Swing

The by-election was called following the resignation of Cllr. Paul Connolly.

Thornton by-election, 7 June 2001[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Elizabeth "Lib" Peck 1,497 45.0 -1.2
Liberal Democrats John Pindar 1,379 41.5 -0.9
Conservative Peter Richard Younghusband 448 13.5 +6.8
Majority 118 3.5
Turnout 3,324 53.6
Labour hold Swing

The by-election was called following the resignation of Cllr. Anthony P. Hewitt.

2002–2006

Stockwell by-election, 7 August 2003[14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Peter Colin Bowyer 1,065 46.4 +13.0
Liberal Democrats Rosario "Ros" Munday 1,001 43.6 -8.6
Conservative Alistair Stewart Fletcher 133 5.8 +0.2
Green Graham Ronald Geoffrey Jones 95 4.1 -4.7
Majority 64 2.8
Turnout 2,294 24.4
Labour gain from Liberal Democrats Swing

The by-election was called following the resignation of Cllr. Gabriel Fernandes.

Streatham South by-election, 20 October 2005[14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Mark E. Bennett 1,466 49.2 +9.1
Liberal Democrats Ahmad Ali 1,211 40.7 +6.0
Conservative Lisabeth Liell 301 10.1 -8.1
Majority 255 8.5
Turnout 2,978 31.7 +1.1
Labour hold Swing

The by-election was called following the death of Cllr. Tim Sargeant.

2006–2010

Vassall by-election, 20 March 2008[15]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Steve Bradley 1,209 50.4 +14.9
Labour Andy Flannagan 859 35.8 -8.4
Conservative Stuart Barr 206 8.6 -2.8
Green George Graham 109 4.5 +4.5
English Democrat Janus Polenceus 8 0.3 +0.3
Independent Leo Syron 7 0.3 +0.3
Majority 350 14.6
Turnout 2,398 25.9
Liberal Democrats gain from Labour Swing

The by-election was called following the death of Cllr. Liz Atkinson.

Prince's by-election, 4 June 2009[15]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Mark Harrison 1,726 40.7 -9.2
Liberal Democrats John Roberts 1,396 32.9 7.4
Conservative Michael C. Poole-Wilson 707 16.7 2.2
Green Joseph Healy 320 7.5 0.4
English Democrat Janus Polenceus 93 2.2 2.2
Majority 330 7.8 -16.6
Turnout 4,242
Labour hold Swing

The by-election was called following the resignation of Cllr. Sam J. Townend.

2010–2014

Tulse Hill by-election, 1 July 2010[15]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Ruth Ling 1,235 52.2 -0.3
Liberal Democrats Terence Curtis 745 31.5 +1.2
Green George Graham 256 10.8 +4.5
Conservative Alan Blackburn 94 4.0 -2.6
UKIP Robin Lambert 36 1.5 N/A
Majority 490
Turnout 2,366 21.18
Labour hold Swing

The by-election was called following the resignation of Cllr. Toren Smith.

Brixton Hill by-election, 17 January 2013[16]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Martin Tiedemann 1,593 62.6 +21.9
Green Andrew Child 344 13.5 -2.6
Liberal Democrats Liz Maffei 274 10.8 -29.7
Conservative Timothy Briggs 165 6.4 -6.0
TUSC Steve Nally 72 2.8 N/A
UKIP Elizabeth Jones 63 2.5 N/A
Majority 1,249 49.1 %
Turnout 2,544 22.7
Labour hold Swing

The by-election was called following the resignation of Cllr. Steve Reed.

Tulse Hill by-election, 25 July 2013[17]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Mary Atkins 1,575 69.3
Liberal Democrats Amna Ahmad 277 12.2
Green Bernard Atwell 177 7.8
TUSC Steve Nally 76 3.3
Conservative Timothy Briggs 74 3.3
UKIP Elizabeth Jones 64 3.0
Independent Valentine Walker 20 0.9
Socialist (GB) Adam Buick 11 0.5
Majority 1,298 57.1
Turnout 2,274 20.0
Labour hold Swing

The by-election was called following the death of Cllr. Ms. Ruth Ling.

Vassall by-election, 28 November 2013[16]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Paul Gadsby 1,119 48.1
Liberal Democrats Colette Thomas 468 28.7
Conservative Kelly Ben-Maimon 153 10.8
Green Rachel Laurence 113 4.8
UKIP Elizabeth Jones 87 4.6
TUSC Steven Nally 44 1.8
Socialist (GB) Danny Lambert 22 0.9
Turnout 2,326 28.4
Labour hold Swing

The by-election was called following the resignation of Cllr. Kingsley J. Abrams.

2014–2018

Knight's Hill by-election, 14 August 2014
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Sonia Winifred 1,265 63.7 -7.3
Conservative Heidi Nicholson 248 12.5 +0.4
Green Christopher Hocknell 230 11.6 +7.1
UKIP Robin Lambert 99 5.0 +1.9
Liberal Democrats Robert Hardware 94 4.7 -2.4
Independent Nelly Amos 51 2.6 N/A
Majority 1,017 51.2
Turnout 1,987
Labour hold Swing

The by-election was called following the disqualification of Cllr. Sonia Winifred.

Prince's by-election, 7 May 2015
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Valia McClure 3,452 44.5
Liberal Democrats Adrian Hyyrylainen-Trett 1,748 22.5
Conservative Gareth Wallace 1,518 16.6
Green Marie James 901 11.6
TUSC Kingsley Abrahams 99 0.1
Socialist (GB) Danny Lambert 42 0.1
Majority 1,704
Turnout 7,760
Labour hold Swing

The by-election was called following the resignation of Cllr. Chris Marsh.

Gipsy Hill by-election, 9 June 2016
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Luke Murphy 1,220 43.4
Green Peter Elliott 1,184 42.1 +
Conservative Leslie Maruziva 210 7.5
Liberal Democrats Rosa Jesse 84 3.0
UKIP Elizabeth Jones 73 2.6
Independent Robin Lambert 24 0.9 N/A
TUSC Steven Nally 19 0.7 N/A
Majority 36 1.3
Turnout
Labour hold Swing

The by-election was called following the death of Cllr. Niranjan Francis.

By-elections 2018-2022

Coldharbour by-election, 13 September 2018
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Scarlett O'Hara 1,739 58.2 Decrease7.8
Green Michael Groce 912 30.5 Increase15.0
Liberal Democrats Doug Buist 148 5.0 Decrease0.4
Conservative Yvonne Stewart-Williams 119 4.0 Decrease2.4
Women's Equality Sian Fogden 47 1.6 Increase1.6
UKIP Robert Stephenson 21 0.7 Increase0.7
Majority 827 27.7 Decrease22.8
Turnout 2,994 24.8
Labour hold Swing

The by-election was caused by the death of Cllr Matt Parr

Thornton by-election, 7 February 2019
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Stephen George Donnelly 1,154 44.7 Decrease18.2
Liberal Democrats Rebecca Macnair 845 32.8 Increase23.1
Green Adrian John Audsley 251 9.7 Decrease1.7
Conservative Martin Lester Read 247 9.6 Decrease6.4
Women's Equality Leila Fazal 46 1.8 Increase1.8
UKIP John Kenneth Plume 36 1.4 Increase1.4
Majority 309 11.9 Decrease35.9
Turnout 2579 27.5%
Labour hold Swing

The by-election was caused by the resignation of Cllr Jane Edbrooke

Thornton by-election, 11 April 2019
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Nanda Manley-Browne 998 41.5 Decrease -25.4
Liberal Democrats Matthew Bryant 979 40.7 Increase 31.0
Green Adrian John Audsley 171 7.1 Decrease -4.3
Conservative Martin Lester Read 166 6.9 Decrease -9.1
Women's Equality Leila Fazal 53 2.2 Increase 2.2
UKIP John Kenneth Plume 39 1.6 Increase1.6
Majority 19 0.8 Decrease
Turnout 2406 25.5%
Labour hold Swing

The by-election was caused by the resignation of Cllr Lib Peck

Lambeth's recent political history

In 1979, the administration of Edward "Red Ted" Knight organised the borough's first public demonstration against the Thatcher government.[18]

In 1985, the left-wing Labour administration of Knight was subjected to 'rate-capping', with its budget restricted by the Government. Knight and most of the Labour councillors protested by refusing to set any budget. This protest resulted in 32 councillors being ordered to repay to the council the interest the council had lost as a result of budgeting delays, and also being disqualified from office.

In 1991, Joan Twelves's administration both failed to collect the poll tax and openly opposed the war in the Persian Gulf.[18] Twelves, and 12 other councillors were subsequently suspended from the labour party's local group by regional officials for advocating non-payment of the poll tax and other radical policies in 1992.[19]

Twelves's equally militant deputy leader in this era was John Harrison.[20]

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