Wandsworth London Borough Council, England, is elected every four years. From 2002 to 2018, 60 councillors were elected from 20 wards.[1] Following ward boundary changes, in 2022 58 councillors were elected in 22 wards returning either 2 or 3 councillors each.[2]

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:[3]

Election Overall Control Conservative Labour Lib Dem Ind.
1964 Labour 13 47 - -
1968 Conservative 48 12 - -
1971 Labour 7 54 - -
1974 Labour 12 48 - -
1978 Conservative 36 25 - -
1982 Conservative 33 27 1 -
1986 Conservative 31 30 - -
1990 Conservative 48 13 - -
1994 Conservative 45 16 - -
1998 Conservative 50 11 - -
2002 Conservative 50 10 - -
2006 Conservative 51 9 - -
2010 Conservative 47 13 - -
2014 Conservative 41 19 - -
2018 Conservative 33 26 - 1
2022 Labour 22 35 - 1

Leadership

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

Councillor Party From To
Sidney Wellbelove Labour 1964 1966
Sidney Sporle Labour 1966 1968
Ronald Ash Conservative 1968 1971
Ian McGarry Labour 1971 May 1972
Frank Sims Labour May 1972 Dec 1972
Ian McGarry Labour Dec 1972 1976
John Tilley Labour 1976 1978
Dennis Mallam Conservative 1978 1979
Christopher Chope Conservative 1979 1983
Paul Beresford Conservative 1983 1992
Edward Lister Conservative 1992 18 May 2011
Ravi Govindia Conservative 18 May 2011 May 2022
Simon Hogg Labour 25 May 2022

Council elections

Borough result maps

By-election results

1964-1968

There were no by-elections.[6]

1968-1971

Nightingale by-election, 27 June 1968[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative W. Roberts 1,648
Conservative N. F. Clark-Lawrence 1,623
Labour A. J. Hill 320
Labour M. F. Spade 314
Turnout 17.6%
Putney by-election, 27 June 1968[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative G. W. H. Peters 2,252
Conservative G. M. Wolfson 2,243
Labour E. M. Jenkins 476
Labour F. C. Wells 469
Turnout 19.2%
Putney by-election, 29 August 1968[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative M. C. M. Warren-Evans Unopposed
St John by-election, 6 March 1969[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour M. F. Sporle 1,085
Conservative I. Trapp 797
National Front T. Lamb 253
Liberal D. G. Patterson 151
Turnout 24.8%

1971-1974

Balham by-election, 23 March 1972[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour S. K. Bovey 1,394
Conservative A. E. Cawsey 1,314
National Front J. M. Clifton 154
Communist A. F. Barr 48
Union Movement M. P. Winn 17
Turnout 29.7%
Graveney by-election, 23 March 1972[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour C. A. R. Helm 2,130
Conservative M. M. Newman 693
National Front T. Lamb 158
Communist D. Ellwand 80
Union Movement D. R. Gerlach 7
Turnout 27.6%
Nightingale by-election, 26 October 1972[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative M. A. S. Heaster 1,364
Labour D. R. Hill 1,016
National Front J. M. Clifton 446
Turnout 24.6%
Tooting by-election, 18 April 1973[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour V. C. Luthers 1,170
Conservative E. D. M. Tod 494
Independent Liberal E. D. Larkin 99
Turnout 17.7%

1974-1978

Southfield by-election, 6 March 1975[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Edward J. Lister 1,943
Labour John A. Tidball 1,520
Liberal John Horrocks 484
Turnout 37.2
Graveney by-election, 22 January 1976[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Kenneth Solly 1,245
Conservative Francis A. Staff 971
Liberal Richard F. J. Heron 428
Independent Labour Edward D. Larkin 94
Communist Denis Ellward 48
Turnout 26.6
Southfield by-election, 10 June 1976[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Roger Merry-Price 2,061
Labour Vera Thompson 1,270
National Front Diane M. Dawson 480
Liberal Colin H. Smith 270
Turnout 38.8
Furzedown by-election, 4 November 1976[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Brian N. C. Prichard 1,716
Labour George F. Rowe 1,260
National Front Christopher J. Lewis 333
Liberal Michael P. Sullivan 240
Communist Michael Taylor 54
Turnout 31.4
Putney by-election, 9 December 1976[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Margaret E. Calcott-James 2,658
Labour Donald J. Roy 753
Liberal Peter K. Gerhold 620
National Front Diane M. Dawson 212
Communist David J. Welsh 78
Turnout 29.2

1978-1982

1982-1986

1986-1990

1990-1994

West Putney by-election, 12 December 1991[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Terence Maccabee 1,761 56.3
Labour Francis H. Jones 1,155 36.9
Liberal Democrats John D. Martyn 214 6.8
Turnout 32.2
Conservative hold Swing

The by-election was called following the death of Cllr. Eric J. Somerville-Jones.

1994-1998

There were no by-elections.[13]

1998-2002

West Putney by-election, 2 July 1998[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Bryan A. F. Burn 1,561
Labour Paul A. Baverstock 755
Liberal Democrats Susan Shocket 193
Green Tracey Thorn 45
Turnout
Conservative hold Swing

The by-election was called following the death of Cllr. William F. D. Hawkins.

Balham by-election, 1 July 1999[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Richard D. Longmore 1,136
Labour Martin C. Tupper 596
Liberal Democrats Matthew G. Green 125
Green John M. Rattray 109
Independent Edward D. Larkin 10
Turnout
Conservative hold Swing

The by-election was called following the resignation of Cllr. Rev. Andrew P. B. White.

2002-2006

There were no by-elections.[14]

2006-2010

There were no by-elections.[15]

2010-2014

Thamesfield by-election, 30 June 2011[16]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Michael Ryder 1,497
Labour Christian Klapp 1022
Liberal Democrats Lisa Smart 545
Green Marian Hoffman 202
Turnout
Conservative hold Swing

The by-election was called following the resignation of Cllr. Edward J. U. Lister.

Southfields by-election, 29 March 2012[16]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Kim Caddy 1,841
Labour Josh Kaile 1511
Liberal Democrats John Munro 220
Green Bruce Mackenzie 100
UKIP Strachan McDonald 40
Independent Mohammed Abid 38
Turnout
Conservative hold Swing

The by-election was called following the resignation of Lucy Allan.

2014-2018

Earlsfield by-election 7 May 2015[17]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Angela Graham 4,418
Labour Paul White 2,879
Green Liam Morgan 514
Liberal Democrats Oliver Bailey 387
UKIP Thomas Blackwell 374
Majority
Turnout
Conservative hold Swing

The by-election was triggered by the death of Councillor Adrian Knowles of the Conservative Party. The by-election was held on the same day as the 2015 general election.

Tooting by-election 18 August 2016[18]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Paul White 1,467
Conservative Thom Norman 944
Liberal Democrats Eileen Riley Arms 267
Green Albert Vickery 116
SDP Alexander Ali Balkan 75
Majority
Turnout
Labour hold Swing

The by-election was triggered by the resignation of Councillor Ben Johnson of the Labour Party, following his appointment as an adviser to the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan.[19]

Queenstown by-election 10th November 2016
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Aydin Dikerdem 1,551
Conservative Rhodri Morgan 987
Liberal Democrats Richard Adam-Davis 249
Green Stella Baker 122

This by-election was triggered by the death of Councillor Sally-Ann Ephson of the Labour Party.

2018–2022

Furzedown by-election 21 June 2019[20]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Graham Loveland 1,811 49.0 Decrease14.7
Liberal Democrats Jon Irwin 887 24.0 Increase18.7
Conservative Nabi Toktas 681 18.4 Decrease3.0
Green Gerard Harrison 318 8.6 Decrease1.0
Majority 924 25.0
Turnout
Labour hold Swing
Bedford by-election 6 May 2021[21]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Hannah Stanislaus 2,714 48.3
Conservative Tom Mytton 1,778 31.7
Green David Carlyon 815 14.5
Liberal Democrats Reeten Banerji 318 5.5
Majority
Turnout 51.4
Labour hold Swing
Bedford by-election 25 November 2021[22]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Sheila Boswell 906 40.2 Decrease9.8
Conservative Tom Mytton 905 40.2 Increase5.7
Green Roy Vickery 306 13.6 Increase4.3
Liberal Democrats Paul Tibbles 135 6.0 Decrease0.2
Majority 1 0.0
Turnout 2252 21.7
Labour hold Swing

The by-election was triggered by the resignation of Councillor Hannah Stanislaus of the Labour Party

Tooting Broadway by-election 14 July 2022[23]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Rex Osborn 1,429 62.2 Increase1.6
Conservative Jonathan Iliff 491 21.4 Increase2.8
Green Lisa Osborne 285 12.4 Decrease2.5
Liberal Democrats Haren Thillainathan 94 4.1 Decrease2.0
Majority 938 40.8
Turnout 2299 19.3
Labour hold Swing

The by-election was triggered by the death of Councillor Andy Gibbons of the Labour Party

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