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Mayor of Lewisham
Incumbent
Brenda Dacres
since 8 March 2024
StyleNo courtesy title or style
AppointerElectorate of Lewisham
Term lengthFour years
Inaugural holderSteve Bullock

The mayor of Lewisham is a directly elected mayor responsible for the executive function of Lewisham London Borough Council in London. The role was established in 2002 following a referendum the previous year.

Damien Egan resigned the post on 10 January 2024 in order to contest the 2024 Kingswood by election.[1] In the resulting by-election, Brenda Dacres was elected as Egan's successor.[1][2]

Referendum

Mayor of Lewisham referendum
18 October 2001
Choice Votes %
Referendum passed Elected Mayor 16,822 51.4
Cabinet System 15,914 48.6
Required majority 50
Total votes 32,736 100.00
Source: House of Commons Library[3] and The Guardian[4]

Elections

Elections from 2002 to 2022 were held under the supplementary vote system. Following the enactment of the Elections Act 2022, subsequent elections are held under first-past-the-post.

2002 election

Lewisham Mayoral Election 2 May 2002 [5][6]
Party Candidate 1st round 2nd round 1st round votesTransfer votes, 2nd round
Total Of round Transfers Total Of round
Labour Steve Bullock 13,473 35.5% 4,509 17,982 59.4%
Conservative Derek Stone 8,004 21.1% 4,276 12,280 40.6%
Liberal Democrats Alexander Feakes 7,276 19.2%
Green Sinna Mani 5,517 14.5%
Local Education Action by Parents Marie-Louise Irvine 3,710 9.8%
Labour win

2006 election

Lewisham Mayoral Election 4 May 2006 [7]
Party Candidate 1st round 2nd round 1st round votesTransfer votes, 2nd round
Total Of round Transfers Total Of round
Labour Steve Bullock 22,155 37.7% 2,974 25,129 57.1%
Liberal Democrats Christopher Maines 12,398 21.1% 6,491 18,889 42.9%
Conservative James Cleverly 10,790 18.4%
Green Michael Keogh 7,168 12.2%
Independent John Hamilton 4,823 8.2%
Lewisham Peoples' Alliance Sinna Mani 1,366 2.3%
Labour hold

2010 election

Lewisham Mayoral Election 5 May 2010 [8]
Party Candidate 1st round 2nd round 1st round votesTransfer votes, 2nd round
Total Of round Transfers Total Of round
Labour Steve Bullock 47,861 44.5% 4,670 52,531 59.0%
Liberal Democrats Christopher Maines 26,445 24.6% 10,001 36,446 41.0%
Conservative Simon Nundy 16,276 15.1%
Green Dean Walton 6,560 6.1%
People Before Profit John Hamilton 5,964 5.5%
BNP Tess Culnane 2,904 2.7%
English Democrat Graham Dare 1,559 1.4%
Labour hold

2014 election

Lewisham Mayoral Election 22 May 2014 [9]
Party Candidate 1st round 2nd round 1st round votesTransfer votes, 2nd round
Total Of round Transfers Total Of round
Labour Steve Bullock 36,659 50.77%
Conservative Simon Nundy 8,041 11.14%
Liberal Democrats Duwayne Brooks 7,234 10.02%
Green Mike Keogh 7,224 10.00%
People Before Profit John Hamilton 6,014 8.33%
UKIP Peter Lello 5,684 7.87%
TUSC Chris Flood 1,354 1.88%
Labour hold

2018 election

Lewisham Mayoral Election 3 May 2018 [10]
Party Candidate 1st round 2nd round 1st round votesTransfer votes, 2nd round
Total Of round Transfers Total Of round
Labour Damien Egan 39,951 54.3%
Conservative Ross Archer 9,790 13.3%
Green John Coughlin 7,649 10.4%
Liberal Democrats Chris Maines 6,065 8.2%
Independent Duwayne Brooks 5,480 7.4%
People Before Profit John Hamilton 4,193 5.7%
Democrats and Veterans Will Donnelly 445 0.6%
Labour hold

2022 election

Lewisham Mayoral Election 5 May 2022 [11]
Party Candidate 1st round 2nd round 1st round votesTransfer votes, 2nd round
Total Of round Transfers Total Of round
Labour Damien Egan 39,966 58.05%
Green Nick Humberstone 10,987 15.96%
Conservative Caroline Louise Attfield 7,980 11.59%
Liberal Democrats Chris Maines 6,736 9.78%
TUSC Andy Beadle 1,620 2.35%
CPA Maureen Maud Martin 1,009 1.47%
Independent Roger NM Mighton 549 0.80%
Labour hold

2024 by-election

The by-election was triggered following the resignation of Damien Egan to stand in the 2024 Kingswood by-election. It was the first election run under first past the post rather than the prior use of supplementary vote. The winning candidate, Brenda Dacres, is the first black woman to serve as a directly elected mayor in the UK. The election had a low turnout of 20.73%.[12][2]

Lewisham mayoral election, 7 March 2024[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Brenda Dacres 21,576 51.8 Decrease6.2
Green Michael Herron 6,835 16.4 Increase0.5
Liberal Democrats Chris Maines 4,896 11.8 Increase2.0
Conservative Siama Qadar 3,784 9.1 Decrease2.5
Workers Party John Hamilton 2,378 5.7 New
CPA Maureen Martin 1,233 3.0 Increase1.5
Independent Nick Long 917 2.2 New
Majority 14,741 35.4 Decrease6.6
Turnout 41,619 20.7 Decrease14.3
Labour hold Swing Decrease3.4

References

  1. ^ a b "Resignation of Damien Egan, Mayor of Lewisham". Lewisham Council. Retrieved 11 January 2024.
  2. ^ a b "Lewisham elects Brenda Dacres as first black woman mayor". BBC News. 8 March 2024. Retrieved 10 March 2024.
  3. ^ "Local Elections in England: 2 May 2002" (PDF). House of Commons Library. 9 May 2002. Retrieved 18 January 2013.
  4. ^ "Mayoral referendum results | Society | SocietyGuardian.co.uk". www.theguardian.com. Archived from the original on 28 April 2024. Retrieved 28 April 2024.
  5. ^ "Mayor of Lewisham results 2002" (PDF). Lewisham Borough Council. Archived from the original (PDF) on 28 September 2011. Retrieved 20 January 2013.
  6. ^ "Mayor election results". The Guardian. 3 May 2002. Retrieved 20 May 2017.
  7. ^ "Local elections 2006" (PDF). House of Commons Library. 10 May 2006. Retrieved 20 January 2013.
  8. ^ "Local elections 2010". House of Commons Library. 10 May 2006. Retrieved 20 January 2013.
  9. ^ "Election results for 22 May 2014". Lewisham Borough Council. 23 May 2010. Archived from the original on 23 May 2014. Retrieved 30 May 2014.
  10. ^ "Lewisham Mayoral Election 2018 - Thursday, 3rd May, 2018". Lewisham Borough Council. 3 May 2018. Retrieved 8 May 2018.
  11. ^ "Lewisham Mayoral Election 2022 - Thursday, 5th May, 2022". Lewisham Borough Council. 5 May 2022.
  12. ^ a b "Mayoral by-election". Lewisham Council. Archived from the original on 9 March 2024. Retrieved 9 March 2024.