Lambeth Council

Local elections 2022 preview: Lambeth

It’s safe Labour seat, but will the Green Party make inroads in Lambeth in the 2022 local elections?

In 2018, Labour won the majority with 57 councillors. The Conservatives won one seat, and the Green Party won five.

The current Leader of the Council is Claire Holland, who has represented the Oval ward since 2014, and was appointed as leader in June 2021.

Labour will be hoping to hold onto its majority, having secured 44% of London’s vote in 2018, its best performance since 1971.

Lambeth has been a safe council for Labour since then, so it is unlikely to swing to the Conservatives.

Labour have only failed to control the council for one period in the last 50 years – when a Liberal Democrat/Conservative coalition ousted them in 2002-2006.

However, the council has its issues, with LTNs introduced across the borough proving controversial, issues over housing and a campaign to have a referendum on how the council is run.

As such, the Green Party may be the ones to benefit and make more headway, although Labour’s control is unlikely to be threatened.

Who can vote in this election?

You need to be on the electoral register to vote on Thursday – if you’re not already on it then it is too late to sign up.

If you are registered, anyone over the age of 18 who is a British citizen, or a resident of the Commonwealth or Republic of Ireland residing in Britain, can vote on Thursday.

How can I vote?

When voting in person, you must vote at the polling station stated on your polling card, which is allocated to the address used to register to vote.

Polling stations will be open between 7am and 10pm on Thursday 5th May.

More information can be found on the Electoral Commission’s website.

Who are my candidates in the 2022 election?

Three candidates are elected for each of Lambeth’s 21 wards every four years.

The majority of councillors will stand for the Labour Party, Conservative Party or Green Party.

Their respective manifestos can be found here, here and here.

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