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Labour increases control in Southwark as Lib Dems see losses

Labour cantered to victory in Southwark on Thursday night, gaining three seats from the Liberal Democrats in the local election. 

The party picked up three councillors in the London Bridge and West Bermondsey ward, increasing its control on the council. 

Labour councillors claimed 52 of the total 63 seats available across the borough – a significant improvement on the previous local election in 2018 when it picked up 49 seats. 

The Lib Dems could only watch on as their number of councillors was slashed from 14 to 11, but the party managed to retain closely fought seats in the Surrey Docks and St George’s wards.

Marina Ahmad, Lambeth & Southwark Labour & Co-op London Assembly Member, applauds Labour’s victory in Southwark.

The Conservatives once again failed to elect a single councillor in the borough.

Southwark has now been without Tory representation on the council since 2018, having narrowly lost Dulwich Village ward to Labour.

The Green Party, despite having not managed to get a councillor elected for over a decade, put in an impressive performance in some wards.

In Nunhead & Queen’s Road, two Green candidates came within just over 500 votes of taking Labour councillors’ seats.

Victor Chamberlain, Lib Dem councillor for Borough and Bankside, thanked residents after being re-elected.

Southwark indeed returned a comfortable Labour majority at the last local elections in May 2018, and the council has remained in Labour control since 2010.

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