Hammersmith and Fulham Wandsworth Hackney (if they don’t get wiped out) Ditto Tower Hamlets
There are also a few where Labour maybe in a worse position than in 1968.
Sutton - every election since 1978 Havering Kingston? Bromley?
Tories won Hammersmith & Fulham in 1968. And Hackney.
You’re right about those outer boroughs.
Yes I got mixed up there, I think Labour maybe still wiped out in Sutton, it’s still very Reigate and Banstead/Tandridge in some ways even in the deprived bits. Different to Epsom and Ewell (where Labour have councillors) even in some ways.
That does not mean, LDCaerdydd, that there will be any repeat of Eric Flounders' feats of the 1980s
Very true, I think it will be Lab 45, a lot people may turn out and just vote Labour to get the rid the borough of the former THF councillors. It happened with the BNP in Barking and Dagenham and I can see the same happening here.
TOWER HAMLETS (with Elected Mayor) (No Overall Control) The Council was run by a Tower Hamlets First elected mayor until 23 April 2015 and by a Labour elected mayor from 11 June 2015. Labour have provided the Speaker, Deputy Speaker and Committee Chairs since 2014.
On 22 May 2014, the elected Mayor was from Tower Hamlets First. At the Annual General Meeting on 11 June 2014, the Council appointed Labour members as the Speaker and Deputy Speaker of the Council. Labour members were appointed as Chairs of all the Committees.
22 May 2014 Lab 20, Tower Hamlets First 18 + Elected Mayor, Con 4, Vacant 3 3 July 2014 Lab 22, Tower Hamlets First 18 + Elected Mayor, Con 5 Now Lab 22 + Elected Mayor, Aspire 10, People’s Alliance of Tower Hamlets 6, Con 5, Independent 1, Lib Dem 1
3 July 2014 – Blackwall and Cubitt Town – 2 Lab and 1 Con elected in the postponed poll, which was deferred following the death of Hizfur Rahman, a Tower Hamlets First candidate
On 29 April 2015, it was reported that the Electoral Commission had removed Tower Hamlets First from the official register of political parties, less than a week after a High Court judge stripped Lutfur Rahman of his office as Mayor and banned him until 2021 for election malpractice during his re-election campaign in 2014. This followed the judge’s criticism that Tower Hamlets First had no proper party structure, that candidates were personally picked by him and had no right of appeal if rejected or sacked. Tower Hamlets First became known as the Independent Group.
11 June 2015 – Directly Elected Mayor – Lab gain from Tower Hamlets First John Biggs (Lab) elected Caused by the removal from office of Lutfur Rahman (Tower Hamlets First), after he was found guilty of “corrupt and illegal practices for the purpose of promoting or procuring the election” during his 2014 mayoral campaign
11 June 2015 – Stepney Green – Lab gain from Tower Hamlets First Sabina Akhtar (Lab) elected Caused by the removal from office of Alibor Choudhury (Tower Hamlets First), the agent to Lutfur Rahman in the 2014 mayoral election, after the judge labelled him the “hatchet man”, doing the Mayor’s “dirty work” in the election.
Following their gain in Stepney Green, Labour won overall control of the Council.
At the Annual General Meeting of the Council on 24 June 2015, it was reported that the political composition was Lab 23 + Elected Mayor, Independent Group 17, Con 5.
On 25 June 2015, it was reported that Abjol Miah (St. Peter’s) had quit the Independent Group and was now an Independent (Ungrouped) member. He was upset at not retaining his paid position on the Overview and Scrutiny Committee and there was a shared frustration at the way that Lutfur Rahman was still effectively controlling things.
On 31 July 2015, it was reported that Mohammed Mufti Miah (Bromley North) had resigned from the Independent Group and would continue to serve as an Independent (Ungrouped) member.
On 20 January 2016, it was reported to the Council Meeting that, on 11 and 14 December 2015, Shafiqul Haque (Bethnal Green), Ohid Ahmed (Lansbury) and Shahed Ali (Whitechapel) had resigned from the Independent Group and were sitting as ungrouped members.
At the Annual General Meeting of the Council on 18 May 2016, it was reported that the political composition was Lab 23 + Elected Mayor, Independent Group 13, Con 5, Ungrouped Members 4. Ohid Ahmed (Lansbury) was shown once again as a member of the Independent Group. The ungrouped members were: Shafiqul Haque (Bethnal Green) Mohammed Mufti Miah (Bromley North) Abjol Miah (St. Peter’s) Shahed Ali (Whitechapel)
1 December 2016 – Whitechapel – Independent gain from Ungrouped Member, elected as Tower Hamlets First Shafi Ahmed (Independent) elected Caused by the disqualification of Shahed Ali (Ungrouped Member, elected as Tower Hamlets First), who is now serving a five-month prison sentence for housing fraud. The Court had noted that Ali was registered to vote at two different addresses in Whitechapel ward and two votes were cast in his name in the 2014 election. One of those addresses was a council property and Ali had accepted that flat in 2009, without having disclosed that he also owned a string of other properties both within and outside the borough.
It was reported to the Council Meeting on 5 December 2016 that four members had withdrawn from the Independent Group and together with Shafi Ahmed, recently elected in the Whitechapel by-election, had formed a new group, the People’s Alliance of Tower Hamlets (PATH). They were: Shah Alam (Mile End) Rabina Khan (Shadwell) Shafi Ahmed (Whitechapel) Abdul Asad (Whitechapel) Aminur Khan (Whitechapel)
On 2 February 2017, it was reported that Andrew Cregan (Island Gardens) had left Labour to join the Lib Dems. He criticised Mr Corbyn’s leadership, particularly on Europe, and said that the Liberal Democrats were fighting for Britain to remain an open, tolerant and united nation in Europe.
Following Andrew Cregan’s defection, Labour lost its overall majority on the council.
At the Annual General Meeting of the Council on 17 May 2017, it was reported that the political composition was Lab 22 + Elected Mayor, Independent Group 9, Con 5, People’s Alliance of Tower Hamlets 5, Ungrouped Members 3, Lib Dem 1.
It was reported to the Council on 22 November 2017 that Mohammed Mufti Miah (Ungrouped Member) (Bromley North) had rejoined the Independent Group.
It was reported to the Council on 17 January 2018 that Abjol Miah (Ungrouped Member) (St. Peter’s) had joined the People’s Alliance of Tower Hamlets.
On 18 February 2018, it was reported that the Independent Group, the rump of ex-mayor Lutfur Rahman’s Tower Hamlets First organisation, had been registered by the Electoral Commission as Aspire.
Well if Aspire & PATH can't agree not to stand against each other that makes a Labour clean sweep much more likely. the 2 Aspire candidates for Canary Wharf are only opposed by one PATH candidate, so Aspire might have a slight chance of winning a seat there, and a Conservative retention in Limehouse is possible : everywhere else where Labour were clearly beaten by THF last time, the anti-Labour vote is split. I would be surprised if any more than 2 non-Labour councillors are elected here now. Possible that a Tory might still hold on in Canary Wharf too, so make that 3 perhaps