London elections 2022: Labour wins every seat in Lewisham

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 (ES Composite)
(ES Composite)

Labour candidates have won all 54 seats in Lewisham.

The party’s Damien Egan was re-elected mayor with an increased share of the vote. Mr Egan swept to victory with 58 per cent of ballots cast.

In a statement posted on Twitter, he said: “Thank you for everyone's support and re-electing me as your mayor. It’s been a big team effort, thank you to everyone who's given up their time to help. Looking forward to working for everyone in Lewisham!”

Key Issues

Housing was among the key issues for Lewisham voters, with around 10,000 families on the council list waiting for a home.

Air pollution was also expected to be a concern for many voters.

In 2020, a coroner ruled that air pollution played a “made a material contribution” to the death of Ella Adoo-Kissi-Debrah, who lived near to the South Circular Road in the borough.

Crime could also have played a part in how voters decided to cast their ballots, with candidates campaigning in this election on CCTV among other initiatives to improve street safety.

The question of whether more parties should be represented on the council has also been a question presented by some candidates in this election.

Read more: Follow the Standard’s coverage of the 2022 local elections (ES)
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Details

Lewisham is one of the few London boroughs with a directly elected mayor, responsible for the council’s executive.

Only the boroughs of Croydon, Hackney, Newham and Tower Hamlets also directly elect council mayors in the capital.

Mr Egan won the post in 2018, taking over from Steve Bullock, who had held the position since it was first created in 2002.

Lewisham elected Labour councillors in all 54 of its wards in the 2018 local elections, ousting the Green Party from its one ward in Brockley.

Going into Thursday’s election the council did have one Independent councillor, a former Labour councillor who resigned in 2019 in protest at Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership.

However, when resigning, Catford South Cllr Alan Smith vowed to continue to support his former Labour colleagues in the town hall.

Demographics

As of 2020, Lewisham had 305,309 residents, and like other inner-city London boroughs, it has a younger population than the national average, with a quarter of residents under the age of 20.

According to the Trust for London, the proportion of children in poverty in the inner-city London borough is higher than average for the capital, at 39 per cent.

Lewisham is among the most ethnically diverse boroughs in the country, with around 48.3 per cent of residents in the borough having a BAME background in 2020.

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