Local Elections 4: Shock Result

Adam Tinworth
Adam Tinworth

Who expected that? After more than three decades at the top of the Lewisham political tree, Labour is left scrubbing around for support with the rest of the parties, as the borough enters a period of no overall control. Big gains for the LibDems across the borough, I note, with Andrew Milton back in for Lewisham Central and, in an upsetting, Labour’s Andrew Brown losing his
contest with them in Blackheath. The Greens now control Ladywell, and even the Tories gained a seat.

You can find all the results here.

It is a new era in Lewisham politics and it’ll be interesting to watch the parties negotiating with each other to actually get anything done. Most interesting of all will be watching Steve Bullock, who returned comfortably as mayor. I bet he’ll be looking forward to his next council meeting a lot less than he has previous ones.

Oh, and will the new set-up be enough to save Ladywell Pool?

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Adam is a lecturer, trainer and writer. He's been a blogger for over 20 years, and a journalist for more than 30. He lectures on audience strategy and engagement at City, University of London.