Conservatives retain control of Wandsworth Council

Published: Friday 4th May 18

The result of the Wandsworth Council local election has seen the Conservatives retain control of the local authority.

The new make-up of the council is now Conservative 33, Labour 26, Independent 1. Voter turn-out across the borough was 43.62 per cent, significantly up on four years ago.

Council Leader Ravi Govindia said: “I would like to thank everyone who took part and voted in this election. It was very pleasing to see an increased turn-out and local democracy very much in action.

“The people of Wandsworth have spoken and in the coming days I will be forming a new cabinet to push forward our agenda of high quality local services for the residents of this borough.

“We are absolutely committed to making sure that we work together to make Wandsworth the very best it can be. That means delivering outstanding schools, building more affordable homes, providing greater support to the elderly, improving our town centres, reducing air pollution, and keeping a weekly waste collection – all within the lowest council tax framework in London.

“Wandsworth is a fantastic place with great opportunities – we want to build on that and yet keep some things the same. Outstanding services, while keeping council tax as low as possible, has been the watchword of this Council for 40 years and we aim to build on these rock solid foundations to make Wandsworth the best place to live and work in London.

“The hard work starts now and this new administration is absolutely committed to repaying the faith the Wandsworth electorate have shown in us by delivering a programme that will really make a positive difference to everybody.”  

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Recent comments

Looking forward to another four years of progress, development and good administration within the borough, as an example to the rest of the country.
Georges Isabelle

17 May 2018

Agree with this comment below: 'It would be nice to be able to see the results from the whole borough together in a chart or a map, with some indication of where the seats are that turned from blue to red overnight. I can see the numbers of seats for each party across the borough and I can download the results, turnout, etc. for each individual ward, but what about a summary? Which councillors lost their jobs and which ones are new to the council?'
C Ostrer

9 May 2018

Good to see that Agent Cob's anti-Semitic party did not win.
j karna

6 May 2018

It would be nice to be able to see the results from the whole borough together in a chart or a map, with some indication of where the seats are that turned from blue to red overnight. I can see the numbers of seats for each party across the borough and I can download the results, turnout, etc. for each individual ward, but what about a summary? Which councillors lost their jobs and which ones are new to the council?
Alison

4 May 2018

The Conservatives keep winning in Wandsworth (and Westminster) only because of the abnormally low council tax. This situation arose in the 1980s when Margaret Thatcher's government subsidised these two councils to set and keep a low poll tax. When this was r eplaced in the early 1990s by the council tax Wandsworth set a zero rate for around 2 years. People got used to paying nothing or very little when they finally had to pay council tax. This situation has been perpetuated ever since. It is surely undemocratic for one party to rule for 40 years. Given the current situation regarding council tax I can't imagine it will ever change. Council tax badly needs replacing so it wouldn't matter which borough you lived in.
GEORGE LOBLEY

4 May 2018

Well done, Conservatives! You succeeded despite the strong vote from those with national issues in mind - such as Brexit and the big presence of EU citizens in Wandsworth. I am extremely glad that, nevertheless, Conservatives prevailed! A vote for commonsense!
Antoinette Reboul

4 May 2018

Wandsworth will be working with Richmond that is now LibDem controlled (with several Green councillors) and that will be interesting to observe. I hope the political differences will not result in a deterioration of communication and service quality to those of us who pay our council tax..
Celia Blair

4 May 2018

With majority now down, and seven seats "lost", will the council now pay more attention to listening to its residents' concerns? Is it significant that an opposition party gained three more seats in the wards nearest to Battersea Park, the scene of FE closures, disruption and much local discontent?
susan lofthouse

4 May 2018