by Natalie Vincent Fri 4 May 2018, 12:25 pm
Both Labour and Conservatives councils across 150 English authorities saw losses in the 2018 local elections, which took place yesterday. UKIP has lost almost all the seats it was defending. The Conservatives gained Basildon from no overall control.
Labour holds Barking and Dagenham
Barking and Dagenham Council has maintained its Labour majority in its second clean sweep in as many elections, with all 51 seats up for election. The vote marked a family affair, with council leader Darren Rodwell’s daughter, Emily Rodwell, winning her first council seat in the Eastbury Ward.
Basildon turns blue
Previously under no overall control, Basildon Council has been claimed by the Conservatives, who took the overall majority with five more seats to reach 23, which was previously under no overall control. UKIP lost half of its seats, from 10 to five.
Enfield held by Labour
In Enfield, Labour maintained its control of the council, marginally increasing its majority from 17 to 19 councillors. The Conservatives lost five seats.
Labour hold for Harrow
With three seats to declare, Hounslow Council can say that Labour have won and will slightly increase their majority.
No overall control for Havering
Havering Council remains under no overall control, despite the Conservatives now having 25 seats and Labour with five. This is due to various residential groups and independent candidates holding 24 of the council's overall 54 seats.
Conservatives holds Hillingdon
In Hillingdon, the Conservatives marginally increased its council majority from 42 seats to 44, despite being identified by Labour as a key battleground. All 65 seats were up for election, with 33 required to control the authority.
Hounslow expected to keep Labour hold
Despite a slowly progressing count but there is nothing to indicate that Labour won't continue to enjoy a sizeable majority.
Labour has won enough seats to retain control of Lambeth Council, and Gipsy Hill ward goes to the Green Party.
Merton remains under Labour
Labour has held Merton Council, increasing its majority from 12 to 16. The party now holds 34 of the council’s 60 seats, with the Liberal Democrats gaining five more seats to make six.
Labour holds Reading
Reading has maintained its Labour majority, with the party now holding a total of 30 seats. However, it lost a seat in Kentwood Ward with Conservatives gaining the votes. In Minster ward, Ellie Emberson became the youngest female councillor to take a seat at Reading council, aged just 19.
Southwark held by Labour
In Southwark, Labour has maintained its majority, holding 49 of the 63 seats on the council, with the Liberal Democrats falling from 13 seats to 11. The ward of London Bridge and West Bermondsey’s election was postponed, following the death of candidate Toby Eckersley, a former Conservative councillor, last weekend. The ward’s election will now take place within the next 33 days.
Slough stays Labour
Slough held onto its Labour majority with 14 seats up for election – one in each of the borough’s wards except Foxborough. Labour gained two seats from the Conservatives in the Upton and Wexham Lea wards; overall turnout was 31.5% with 29,679 votes cast within the borough.
Conservatives hold Thurrock
Thurrock Council was retained by the Conservatives, which saw a third of seats up for the vote. Labour gained three seats across the borough, overtaking Thurrock Independents as second-largest party in the council.
Labour increases Waltham Forest majority
In Waltham Forest, Labour has held control, taking three extra seats of all 60 up for election, compared to 2014; this was the first election fought by Clare Coghill as council leader.
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