The Conservatives have held on to Kensington and Chelsea despite criticism over the Grenfell Tower crisis, as well as losing the parliamentary seat in June 2017.
The borough has been Conservative since its creation in 1964 with a North, South Labour, Conservative divide becoming more widely publicised since the events of last summer.
This divide was accentuated by Brexit which saw the election of Labour MP Emma Dent-Coad and the Grenfell Tower disaster in which 71 people lost their lives.
The night’s events went as planned for the Conservatives with the only near shock coming in a close fought race for Chelsea Riverside.
Conservative Majority Win ( 18 of 18 wards announced)
Conservatives seats 36, Labour seats 13, Liberal Democrat seats 1
- 63Justice4Grenfell was projected across Kensington Town Hall earlier tonight as the vote count took place inside the building. The slogan was projected for 71 minutes – one minute for each victim of the Grenfell Tower disaster by members of the Fire Brigade Union acting in tandem with Justice4Grenfell, the campaign…
- 60Emma Dent Coad (Labour) 16333, Victoria Borwick (Conservative) 16313, John Robert Lloyd (Alliance for Green Socialism) 49, Peter Charles Christopher Marshall (Independent) 98, Annabel Mullin (Liberal Democrat) 4724, Jennifer Dunham Nadel (Green Party) 767, James William Torrance (Independent) 393 Labour win, majority 20 Turnout: 38,791 More to follow.
- 57The Labour candidate for Kensington is feeling optimistic after exit polls suggested the Conservative party would not gain a majority. YouGov polls suggested the Kensington seat is a tossup between Labour's Councillor Emma Dent Coad and the Conservative incumbent Victoria Borwick. Cllr Dent Coad suggests that there is a hidden poor in…