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

Lewisham London Borough Council is the local authority for the London Borough of Lewisham, in London, United Kingdom. Elections are held every four years using a plurality bloc vote electoral system for the councillors and the supplementary vote electoral system for the elected mayor.

Political control

The first election to the council was held in 1964, initially operating as a shadow authority before the new system came into effect the following year. 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 1971–2006
No overall control 2006–2010
Labour 2010–present

Leadership

Prior to 2002, political leadership was provided by the leader of the council. The leaders from 1965 to 2002 were:[1][2]

Councillor Party From To
Fred Winslade Labour 1965 1968
Norman Banks Conservative 1968 1971
Andy Hawkins Labour 1971 1984
Ron Stockbridge Labour 1984 1985
Dave Sullivan Labour 1985 1988
Steve Bullock Labour 1988 1993
Margaret Moran Labour 1993 1995
Jim Mallory Labour 1995 1998
Dave Sullivan Labour 1998 2002

In 2002 the council changed to having directly-elected mayors. The mayors since 2002 have been:

Councillor Party From To
Steve Bullock Labour 6 May 2002 6 May 2018
Damien Egan Labour 7 May 2018

Council elections

Borough result maps

By-election results

1964–1968

There were no by-elections.[5]

1968–1971

There were no by-elections.[6]

1971–1974

Manor Lee by-election, 26 July 1973[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour G. C. Hughes 978
Conservative Mrs P. L. Silk 786
Liberal Mrs C. J. Leek 374
Communist V. Griffin 72
Independent Anti-Redevelopment N. S. Fierz 19
Turnout 36.1%
Sydenham West by-election, 25 October 1973[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative D. M. Dear 1,352
Labour B. A. Robertson 1,217
Liberal I. Witherick 385
National Front Miss J. F. Sandland 282
Communist J. Early 93
Turnout 31.4%

1974–1978

St Mildred Lee by-election, 22 January 1976[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Pamela L. Silk 1,634
Labour Peter L. Whipps 522
Liberal Derek G. Good 168
Turnout 37.4
Deptford by-election, 1 July 1976[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Peter R. Adams 968
National Party Malcolm L. Dixon 580
National Front Richard C. Edmonds 395
Conservative Gillian B. Elvin 256
Turnout 26.7
Sydenham West by-election, 4 November 1976[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Russell F. George 1,863
Labour Benjamin Marshall 1,104
National Front Leigh J. Taylor 291
National Party Sydney G. Avis 215
Liberal Gwilym J. Savell 188
Turnout 32.5

1978–1982

1982–1986

1986–1990

1990–1994

Pepys by-election, 17 October 1991[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour John C. Rudd 1,181 60.3
Liberal Democrats Johanna C. Brightwell 394 20.1
Conservative Douglas Stewart-Whyte 383 19.6
Turnout 26.1
Labour hold Swing

The by-election was called following the resignation of Cllr. Helen A. H. Dawson.

Downham by-election, 19 March 1992[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Lib Dem Focus Team Marc Morgan-Huws 1,555 45.7
Labour Norman Smith 1,225 36.0
Conservative Eleanor M. Picton 622 18.3
Turnout 46.6
Lib Dem Focus Team hold Swing

The by-election was called following the resignation of Cllr. Thomas L. Fowler.

Catford by-election, 16 July 1992[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Richard Greenwood 1,112 60.0
Labour Alan K. Porter 508 27.4
Liberal Democrats Owen T. Griffiths 207 11.2
National Front Paul C. Penfold 27 1.5
Turnout 31.6
Conservative hold Swing

The by-election was called following the resignation of Cllr. Theodore J. B. Yard.

St Margaret by-election, 20 August 1992[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Sally P. Lovett 1,109 52.0
Conservative Janice E. Poulton 909 42.6
Liberal Democrats Ben L. Brooks 94 4.4
National Front Paul C. Penfold 21 1.0
Turnout 40.1
Labour hold Swing

The by-election was called following the death of Cllr. Eric Richards.

Perry Hill by-election, 15 October 1992[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Alan R. Till 1,419 56.5
Conservative Angela Bradshaw 917 36.5
Liberal Democrats Mark A. Bennett 143 5.7
National Front Gerrard Dickson 34 1.4
Turnout 30.8
Labour hold Swing

The by-election was called following the death of Cllr. Timothy Walsh.

Ladywell by-election, 26 November 1992[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Miriam A. Eze 773 72.2
Conservative William Warren 297 27.8
Turnout 14.7
Labour hold Swing

The by-election was called following the resignation of Cllr. Cathy Doyle.

1994–1998

Downham by-election, 18 May 1995[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Roy T. Stevens 1,215
Liberal Democrats Mai Davies 1,037
Conservative Barry J. Olley 306
Independent Liberal Henry Middleton 86
Green Ronald P. Wilson 15
Turnout
Labour gain from Liberal Democrats Swing

The by-election was called following the resignation of Cllr. Marc O. Morgan-Huws.

Grove Park by-election, 20 July 1995[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Aaron D. Green 875
Conservative Barrie P. Anderson 619
Green Hayley Trueman 66
Liberal Democrats Adebayo Adetona 53
Independent Toby R. Alcock 19
Turnout
Labour hold Swing

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

Pepys by-election, 25 April 1996[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Alan D. Hall 1,044
Militant Labour Michael P. Suter 223
Green Jonathan W. Daniels 173
Conservative David M. Richards 157
Liberal Democrats Peter Wells 57
Turnout
Labour hold Swing

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

Blackheath by-election, 1 May 1997[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Andrew K. Brown 1,852
Conservative Dorothy J. Stollery 1,000
Liberal Democrats Tim Prater 503
Green Dean M. Walton 121
Turnout
Labour hold Swing

The by-election was called following the resignation of Cllr. Heidi A. Nash.

Churchdown by-election, 1 May 1997[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour David D. Bodimeade 2,533
Conservative Gilly Greensitt 1,315
Liberal Democrats Linda F. Hawkins 599
Green Hayley Trueman 105
Turnout
Labour hold Swing

The by-election was called following the resignation of Cllr. Clive R. Jordan.

Churchdown by-election, 24 July 1997[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Kathleen A. McGarrigle 799
Liberal Democrats Tim Prater 558
Conservative Andrew J. Lee 411
Socialist Labour James T. Dunn 104
Green Hayley Trueman 20
Turnout
Labour hold Swing

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

1998–2002

Grinling Gibbons by-election, 26 November 1998[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Vanessa Large 374
Green Sharon L. Mattey 108
Independent Socialist Ian G. Page 102
Conservative Ulric Almqvist 101
Liberal Democrats Neil R. Stockley 69
Turnout
Labour hold Swing

The by-election was called following the resignation of Cllr. David Brown.

Downham by-election, 8 April 1999[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Catherine E. Priddey 1,281
Labour Paul Upex 572
Conservative Charles R. Cramp 186
Independent Labour Paul Nichols 54
Turnout
Liberal Democrats hold Swing

The by-election was called following the resignation of Cllr. Roy T. Stevens.

Pepys by-election, 10 June 1999[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Socialist Alternative Ian G. Page 786
Labour Paul Upex 663
Green Dean M. Walton 182
Conservative Gianfranco J. Letizia 170
Liberal Democrats Adebayo Adetona 143
Turnout
Socialist Alternative gain from Labour Swing

The by-election was called following the resignation of Cllr. Alan D. Hall.

Churchdown by-election, 15 July 1999[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Alicia Chater 793
Liberal Democrats David C. Buxton 609
Conservative Neil C. Weatherall 431
Independent Socialist Jill Mountford 66
Turnout
Labour hold Swing

The by-election was called following the resignation of Cllr. Kelly A. M. Conway.

Pepys by-election, 23 November 2000[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Socialist Alternative Samantha Dias 567
Labour Samuel B. Owolabi 533
Conservative Michael G. Vearncombe 138
Green Dean M. Walton 128
Liberal Democrats Keith H. Adderley 74
Turnout
Socialist Alternative gain from Labour Swing

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

Marlowe by-election, 8 February 2001[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Sabina Padmore 600
Socialist Alliance Robert Gardiner 174
Conservative Gail Spencer 110
Liberal Democrats Alex Folkes 98
Turnout
Labour hold Swing

The by-election was called following the resignation of Cllr. Annette L. Gordon.

Bellingham by-election, 8 November 2001[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Steve Bullock 584
Conservative Derek A. Stone 203
Liberal Democrats Alexander D. Freakes 67
Turnout
Labour hold Swing

The by-election was called following the resignation of Cllr. John A. O’Shea.

2002–2006

Lee Green by-election, 10 October 2002[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Rachael J. Collins 842
Labour Paul G. Morris 798
Conservative Joanna E. Britton 568
Green Anna Baker 167
BNP Barry J. Roberts 82
CPA Marcus D. Iles 58
UKIP Ralph S. Atkinson 25
Turnout
Liberal Democrats gain from Labour Swing

The by-election was called following the resignation of Cllr. David Sullivan.

Downham by-election, 7 November 2002[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Mark C. Morris 998
Labour Andrew J. Tucker 769
BNP Mary T. Culnane 519
Conservative Raymond D. Woolford 259
Socialist Alliance Jean Kysow 41
Turnout
Liberal Democrats gain from Labour Swing

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

Lewisham Central by-election, 23 October 2003[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Andrew L. Milton 1,054
Labour Christopher J. Watt 869
Conservative James Cleverly 654
Green Susan Luxton 154
UKIP Ralph Atkinson 44
CPA Sonia L. Chambers 41
Turnout
Liberal Democrats gain from Labour Swing

The by-election was called following the resignation of Cllr. Parmavir Singha.

Telegraph Hill by-election, 4 December 2003[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Socialist Alternative Christopher Flood 590
Labour Ami F. Ibitson 490
Local Education Action by Parents Marie-Louise Irvine 355
Liberal Democrats Sarah J. Williams 155
Conservative David C. Furze 121
Green Dean Walton 88
UKIP Ralph Atkinson 9
Turnout
Socialist Alternative gain from Labour Swing

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

Evelyn by-election, 10 June 2004[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Heidi Alexander 1,432
Conservative Rebecca B. Stevens 463
Socialist Alternative Jessica M. Leech 374
Liberal Democrats David Edgerton 367
Green Robin Altwarg 199
Turnout
Labour hold Swing

The by-election was called following the resignation of Cllr. Alicia Chater.

Lee Green by-election, 10 June 2004[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Simeon Baker 1,213
Liberal Democrats John F. Russell 1,156
Conservative Brian Chipps 903
Independent Gerard J. Ambrose 665
Green Anna L. Baker 394
Turnout
Labour gain from Liberal Democrats Swing

The by-election was called following the resignation of Cllr. Rachael J. Collins.

Forest Hill by-election, 17 March 2005[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Arthur P. Peake 1,011
Labour Erica Ballmann 789
Conservative Raymond Squires 522
Turnout
Liberal Democrats gain from Labour Swing

The by-election was called following the death of Cllr. Joseph P. Dawson.

Lee Green by-election, 17 March 2005[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Paul R. Bentley 939
Conservative Brian Chipps 642
Labour Ashtaq Arain 448
Independent Gerard J. Ambrose 355
Green Andrea Hughes 113
UKIP Ralph S. Atkinson 40
Turnout
Liberal Democrats gain from Labour Swing

The by-election was called following the resignation of Cllr. Neil Semple.

2006–2010

Whitefoot by-election, 13 September 2007[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Pete Pattisson 986
Labour Skip Amrani 901
Conservative Thomas R. Philpott 536
BNP Ms. Tess Culnane 95
UKIP Jens G. Winton 89
Green Charles P. Laurie 52
Turnout
Liberal Democrats hold Swing

The by-election was called following the disqualification of Cllr. Sera Kentman.

Downham by-election, 19 February 2009[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Ms. Jenni Clutten 1,075
Liberal Democrats Duwayne Brooks 1,067
Labour Damien J. Egan 655
Conservative Ms. Christine J. Allison 654
Labour Ms. Pauline S. Morrison 635
Conservative Andrew J. Lee 632
BNP Tess Culnane 287
Green Cath Miller 63
Green Lee Roach 62
Turnout
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Liberal Democrats hold Swing

The by-election was called following the resignations of Cllrs. Simon C. Carter and Mark C. Morris.

2010–2014

Ladywell by-election, 4 November 2010[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Carl Handley 1,231
Green Ute Michel 1,041
Liberal Democrats Ms. Ingrid Chetram 314
People Before Profit Ms. Helen Mercer 233
Conservative Ben Appleby 153
Turnout 29.9%
Labour hold Swing

The by-election was called following the resignation of Cllr. Tim Shand.

Bellingham by-election, 24 March 2011[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Jacq Paschoud 1,100
Conservative Simon John Nundy 340
Liberal Democrats Ms. Jenni Steele 334
People Before Profit Ian Page 264
Green Phil Laurie 100
Turnout 22%
Labour hold Swing

The by-election was called following the death of Cllr. Ronald Stockbridge.

Whitefoot by-election, 11 October 2012[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Mark Ingleby 924
Liberal Democrats Janet Hurst 646
Conservative Simon Nundy 258
People Before Profit John Hamilton 241
UKIP David Kurten 182
Green Ute Michel 36
Turnout 22.2%
Labour gain from Liberal Democrats Swing

The by-election was called following the resignation of Cllr. Pete Pattisson.

Evelyn by-election, 28 March 2013[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Olufunke Abidoye 978
People Before Profit Barbara Raymond 404
Liberal Democrats Bill Town 131
Conservative Simon Nundy 119
UKIP Paul Oakley 119
Turnout 16.2%
Labour hold Swing

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

2014–2018

Bellingham by-election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Sue Hordijenko 940 56.8 +2.8
Conservative Ross Archer 302 18.2 +5.4
Liberal Democrats Ed Veasey 180 10.9 -5.1
People Before Profit David Hamilton 129 7.8 -5.6
UKIP Edwin Smith 104 6.3 N/A
Turnout 1,657 16.3%
Labour hold Swing

The by-election was called following the resignation of Councillor Ami Ibitson.

2018–2022

Evelyn by-election 2019
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Lionel Openshaw 1,681
Green James Braun 702
Conservative Eleanor Reader-Moore 231
Liberal Democrats Bunmi Wajero 200
People Before Profit Joyce Leicester Jacca 151
UKIP Richard Day 140
Women's Equality Nicke Adebowale 71
Democrats and Veterans Matt Jenkins 13
Labour hold Swing

The by-election was called following the resignation of Councillor Alex Feis-Bryce.

Whitefoot by-election 2019
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Kim Amanda Powell 1,314
Liberal Democrats Max Brockbank 514
Conservative Ben Michael Brereton Blackmore 313
People Before Profit Gwenton Dennis Sloley 218
CPA Katherine Hortense 52
Women's Equality Cairis Grant-Hickey 41
Democrats and Veterans Massimo James Dimambro 28
Labour hold Swing

The by-election was called following the resignation of Councillor Janet Daby.

Election results 2002–2018

In 2002 the council was reduced to its smallest size ever: 18 wards of 3 councillors each, plus an Elected Mayor, an innovation introduced by the Government two years earlier in the Local Government Act 2000. Incumbent Dave Sullivan who was combining the roles of Civic Mayor and Leader of the Council, in preparation for the introduction of the new system lost an acrimonious Labour Party internal primary to Steve Bullock, who went on to win the position. However, local policy difficulties as well as the problems the Labour Party was experiencing nationally meant that the 2006 election turned out to be only the second time that Labour didn't win a majority of councillors. In 2014, with an unpopular coalition government in national office, Labour regained almost all seats on the council, with the only opposition being a single Green. In 2018 Labour won every seat for the first time.

2002[13] 2006[14] 2010[14] 2014[15] 2018[16]
Bellingham Lab 3 Lab 3 Lab 3 Lab 3 Lab 3
Blackheath Lab 3 Lib Dem 3 Lib Dem 2 / Lab 1 Lab 3 Lab 3
Brockley Lab 2 / Green 1 Green 3 Lab 2 / Green 1 Lab 2 / Green 1 Lab 3
Catford South Lab 3 Lab 3 Lab 3 Lab 3 Lab 3
Crofton Park Lab 3 Lab 3 Lab 2 / Lib Dem 1 Lab 3 Lab 3
Downham Lib Dem 2 / Lab 1 Lib Dem 3 Lib Dem 3 Lab 3 Lab 3
Evelyn Lab 3 Lab 3 Lab 3 Lab 3 Lab 3
Forest Hill Lab 3 Lib Dem 3 Lib Dem 2 / Lab 1 Lab 3 Lab 3
Grove Park Con 2 / Lab 1 Con 3 Con 2 / Lab 1 Lab 3 Lab 3
Ladywell Lab 3 Green 3 Lab 3 Lab 3 Lab 3
Lee Green Lab 3 Lib Dem 3 Lib Dem 2 / Lab 1 Lab 3 Lab 3
Lewisham Central Lab 3 Lib Dem 2 / Lab 1 Lab 3 Lab 3 Lab 3
New Cross Lab 3 Lab 3 Lab 3 Lab 3 Lab 3
Perry Vale Lab 3 Lab 3 Lab 3 Lab 3 Lab 3
Rushey Green Lab 3 Lab 3 Lab 3 Lab 3 Lab 3
Sydenham Lab 3 Lab 3 Lab 3 Lab 3 Lab 3
Telegraph Hill Lab 1 / LEAP 1 / Soc 1 Soc 2 / Lab 1 Lab 3 Lab 3 Lab 3
Whitefoot Lib Dem 2 / Lab 1 Lib Dem 3 Lib Dem 2 / Lab 1 Lab 3 Lab 3

2018 Council:
Labour 54*

2014 Council:
Labour 53*; Green 1

Map showing the borders of the 18 wards of the London Borough of Lewisham, coloured to show the results of the 2006 local election results
Map showing the borders of the 18 wards of the London Borough of Lewisham, coloured to show the results of the 2006 local election results

2010 Council:
Labour 40*; Liberal Democrats 12; Green 1; Conservative 2[14]

2006 Council:
Labour 27*; Liberal Democrats 17; Green 6; Conservative 3; Socialist 2[14]

2002 Council:
Labour 46*; Liberal Democrats 4; Conservative 2; Socialist 1; Green 1; Local Education Action for Parents (LEAP) 1

*including Elected Mayor

By-elections in the 2002 council

(winning party shown)

17 March 2005 – Forest Hill (Lib Dem)
17 March 2005 – Lee Green (Lib Dem)
10 June 2004 – Evelyn (Labour)
10 June 2004 – Lee Green (Labour)
4 December 2003 – Telegraph Hill (Socialist)
23 October 2003 – Lewisham Central (Lib Dem) [All postal ballot]
7 November 2002 – Downham (Lib Dem)
10 October 2002 – Lee Green (Lib Dem)

By-elections in the 2006 council

(winning party shown)

13 September 2007 – Whitefoot (Lib Dem)
19 February 2009 – 2x Downham (2x Lib Dem)

Election results 1978–1998

In 1978 the council was increased to 67 seats as the ward boundaries were reviewed and changed. Also, the Government changed the law to extend Council terms everywhere from three to four years, so the 1974 council was given an extra year of life.

1978 1982 1986 1990 1994 1998
Bellingham Lab 2 Lab 2 Lab 2 Lab 2 Lab 2 Lab 2
Blackheath Lab 2 Con 2 Lab 2 Lab 2 Lab 2 Lab 2
Blythe Hill Con 2 Con 2 Lab 2 Lab 2 Lab 2 Lab 2
Catford Con 2 Con 2 Con 2 Con 2 Lab 2 Lab 2
Churchdown Lab 3 Lab 3 Lab 3 Lab 3 Lab 3 Lab 3
Crofton Park Con 3 Con 3 Lab 3 Lab 3 Lab 3 Lab 3
Downham Lab 3 Lab 3 Lab 3 Lib Dem 3 Lib Dem 3 Lib Dem 3
Drake Lab 3 Lab 3 Lab 3 Lab 3 Lab 3 Lab 3
Evelyn Lab 3 Lab 3 Lab 3 Lab 3 Lab 3 Lab 3
Forest Hill Lab 2 Lab 2 Lab 2 Lab 2 Lab 2 Lab 2
Grinling Gibbons Lab 3 Lab 3 Lab 3 Lab 3 Lab 3 Lab 3
Grove Park 1 Lab / 1 Con Lab 2 1 Lab / 1 Con Lab 2 Lab 2 Lab 2
Hither Green Lab 3 Lab 3 Lab 3 Lab 3 Lab 3 Lab 3
Horniman Con 3 Con 3 Con 3 Lab 2 / Con 1 Lab 3 Lab 3
Ladywell Lab 3 Lab 3 Lab 3 Lab 3 Lab 3 Lab 3
Manor Lee Lab 2 Lab 2 Lab 2 Lab 2 Lab 2 Lab 2
Marlowe Lab 3 Lab 3 Lab 3 Lab 3 Lab 3 Lab 3
Pepys Lab 3 Lab 3 Lab 3 Lab 3 Lab 3 Lab 3
Perry Hill Con 3 Lab 3 Con 3 Lab 3 Lab 3 Lab 3
Rushey Green Lab 2 Lab 2 Lab 2 Lab 2 Lab 2 Lab 2
St Andrews Con 2 Con 2 Con 2 Lab 2 Lab 2 Lab 2
St Margaret 1 Lab / 1 Con Con 2 1 Lab / 1 Con Lab 2 Lab 2 Lab 2
St Mildred Con 3 Con 3 Con 3 Con 3 2 Lab / 1 Con 2 Con / 1 Lab
Sydenham East Lab 3 Lab 3 Lab 3 Lab 3 Lab 3 Lab 3
Sydenham West Con 3 Con 3 2 Lab / 1 Con Lab 3 Lab 3 Lab 3
Whitefoot Lab 2 Con 2 1 Lab / 1 Con Lab 2 Lab 2 1 Lab / 1 Lib Dem
Wards used in the London Borough of Lewisham from 1978 to 1998
Wards used in the London Borough of Lewisham from 1978 to 1998

1998 Council:
Labour 61; Lib Dem 4; Conservative 2[17]

1994 Council:
Labour 63; Lib Dem 3; Conservative 1[18]

1990 Council:
Labour 58; Conservative 6; Lib Dem 3

1986 Council:
Labour 50; Conservative 17

1982 Council:
Labour 43; Conservative 24

1978 Council:
Labour 44; Conservative 23

By-elections in the 1998 council

(winning party shown)
8 November 2001 – Bellingham (Labour)
8 February 2001 – Marlowe (Labour)
23 November 2000 – Pepys (Socialist)
15 July 1999 – Churchdown (Labour)
10 June 1999 – Pepys (Socialist)
8 April 1999 – Downham (Lib Dem)
25 November 1998 – Grinling Gibbons (Labour)

Election results 1964–1974

Between 1964 and 1974 the council was elected on wards created before the borough was created: 18 councillors in 6 wards from the Metropolitan Borough of Deptford and 42 councillors in 17 wards from the Metropolitan Borough of Lewisham. The election of the first council in 1964 constituted the practical creation of the London Borough of Lewisham. It operated in 'shadow' form and did not take over administration of services until a year later. Whilst the term of a council at that time was three years, the Government extended the life of all the London Boroughs in order to de-synchronize the timetabling of elections with those of the Greater London Council.

However, the 1968 council elections were a disaster for the Labour Party who were in national government at the time, and this was reflected in this borough – the three-year period 1968–1971 remains the only time in the borough's existence that Labour has not formed the administration. Non-Labour governance didn't take – the 1971 election saw the Conservative Party unable to defend its gains, as – now in national government itself – it was crushed in turn.

1964 1968 1971 1974
Area of the former Metropolitan Borough of Deptford
Brockley Lab 3 Con 3 Lab 3 Lab 3
Deptford Lab 3 Lab 3 Lab 3 Lab 3
Drake Lab 3 Con 3 Lab 3 Lab 3
Grinling Gibbons Lab 3 Lab 3 Lab 3 Lab 3
Marlowe Lab 3 Lab 3 Lab 3 Lab 3
Pepys Lab 3 Con 3 Lab 3 Lab 3
Area of the former Metropolitan Borough of Lewisham
Bellingham Lab 2 Lab 2 Lab 2 Lab 2
Blackheath and Lewisham Village Con 3 Con 3 Lab 3 Lab 3
Culverley Con 2 Con 2 Con 2 Con 2
Forest Hill Lab 2 / Con 1 Con 3 Lab 3 Con 3
Honor Oak Park Con 3 Con 3 Lab 3 Con 3
Grove Park Lab 2 Lab 2 Lab 2 Lab 2
Ladywell Lab 3 Con 3 Lab 3 Lab 3
Lewisham Park Lab 3 Con 3 Lab 3 Lab 3
Manor Lee Lab 2 Con 2 Lab 2 Lab 2
Rushey Green Lab 2 Con 2 Lab 2 Lab 2
St Andrew Lab 2 Con 2 Lab 2 Lab 2
St Mildred Lee Con 2 Con 2 Con 2 Con 2
Southend Lab 3 Lab 3 Lab 3 Lab 3
South Lee Lab 2 Con 2 Lab 2 Lab 2
Sydenham East Lab 2 / Con 1 Con 3 Lab 3 Lab 3
Sydenham West Con 3 Con 3 Lab 3 Lab 2 / Con 1
Whitefoot Lab 2 Con 2 Lab 2 Lab 2

1974 Council:
Labour 49; Conservative 11

1971 Council:
Labour 55; Conservative 5

1968 Council:
Conservative 41; Labour 19

1964 Council:
Labour 45; Conservative 15

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