Council clean sweep for Labour in Hackney

Hackney Council Chamber; parliamentary and council election hopefuls wait for a declaration in the early hours of Friday morning. Photo: Edwina Pitman

The Labour Party retained control of Hackney Council winning all but seven of the 57 seats that were up for election. The Green Party and the Conservatives dropped one and five council seats respectively and the Liberal Democrats retained their three seats.

Labour Party candidate Jules Pipe was re-elected as Mayor of Hackney with over 50 per cent of the vote.

The result of the vote was published over 24 hours after polling stations closed in chaos. There were reports of voters being turned away without being able to cast their ballot in the three elections taking place. Turnout for the council elections and mayoral elections was around 60 per cent.

Unsuccessful Conservative mayoral hopeful, Andrew Boff, talking to East London Lines reporter Edwina Pitman, said of  the queues in Queensbridge ward:

“When ballot boxes did actually close, people did get a bit discontented to the point where it did get a bit ugly.”

As with Labour Party and Liberal Democrat candidates, Mr Boff called for an inquiry and asked for those affected by the voting chaos to  complain to the Electoral Commission.

The Labour Party has seen a massive resurgence in the East End of London, recording swings of up to nearly 17 per cent in their favour in polling for parliamentary seats.

Full results of Hackney Council elections

Hackney Mayoral election result

Hackney Parliamentary constituency results

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