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2017 City of London Corporation Election

2017 City of London Corporation election

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100 seats to the Court of Common Council
51 seats needed for a majority
  First party Second party Third party
  Blank Blank Blank
Party Independent Temple & Farringdon Together Labour
Last election 100 seats, 96%[1] Did not stand 0 seats, 4%
Seats before 99 0 1
Seats won 85 10 5
Seat change Decrease15 Increase10 Increase5
Popular vote 14,587 4,131 1,328
Percentage 72.8% 20.6% 6.6%
Swing Decrease 23.8% New party Increase 2.5%

City of London Corporation election, 2017.svg
Results by ward. Red represents Labour. Blue represents Temple & Farringdon Together. Grey represents Independents. Wards coloured dark grey did not hold contests.

Council control before election

No overall control

Council control after election

No overall control

The 2017 City of London Corporation election took place on 23 March 2017 to elect members of the Court of Common Council in the City of London Corporation. The election was the first time apart from a 2014 by-election that partisan candidates were elected to the body. Fifteen of the hundred seats on the council were won by political parties: the newly created Temple & Farringdon Together party and the Labour Party.[2][3]

The elections attracted media attention as they represented a high point in the City of London for Labour, who until the 2017 election had only ever won a single seat in a 2014 by-election for Portsoken ward.[4][5]

26 councillors were elected unopposed: twenty-five independents and one Labour.

Background

Elections to the Court of Common Council, the main decision-making body of the City of London Corporation which governs the City of London, take place every four years.[6] In the previous election in 2013, all 100 seats were won by independent candidates.[1]

In a 2014 by-election for the Portsoken ward, the Labour Party won its first seat on the council with the Anglican priest William Campbell-Taylor becoming the first partisan councillor to be elected to the body.[7]

Electoral system

Most residents of the twenty-five wards of the City of London live in the Aldersgate, Cripplegate, Portsoken and Queenhithe. Residents have one vote each, and businesses have a number of votes that scales with the number of employees. Businesses can appoint one employee as a voter for every five staff up to ten voters, with an additional voter per fifty staff beyond that.[8]

Councillors are elected by multi-member first-past-the-post.

Overall result

2017 City of London Corporation election[3]
Party Seats Votes
Count Gains Losses Net Of total (%) Of total (%) Count Change
  Independent 85 0 15 -15 85.0 72.8 14,587 -23.8
  10 10 0 +10 10.0 20.6 4,131 +20.6
  Labour 5 5 0 +5 5.0 6.6 1,328 +2.5
Total 100

Ward results

Incumbent councillors are marked with an asterisk (*).

Aldersgate

Aldersgate
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Randall Anderson* - - -
Independent Adrian Bastow - - -
Labour Richard Crossan - - -
Independent Jeremy Mayhew* - - -
Independent Joyce Nash* - - -
Independent Barbara Newman* - - -
Turnout - - -
Independent hold
Independent hold
Labour hold
Independent hold
Independent hold
Independent hold

Aldgate

Aldgate
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Douglas Barrow* - - -
No description Andrien Meyers - - -
Independent Hugh Morris* - - -
No description Sylvia Moys* - - -
Independent Dhruv Patel* - - -
Turnout - - -
Independent hold
Independent hold
Independent hold
Independent hold
Independent hold

Bassishaw

Bassishaw
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Graeme Harrower* - - -
Independent Robert Merrett* - - -
Turnout - - -
Independent hold
Independent hold

Billingsgate

Billingsgate
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent John Welbank* 42 43.3 N/A
Independent Jamie Ingham Clark* 40 41.2 N/A
No description Richard Briggs 15 15.5 N/A
Turnout 97 24.1 N/A
Independent hold
Independent hold

Bishopsgate

Bishopsgate
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Simon Duckworth* - - -
Independent Prem Goyal - - -
Independent Wendy Hyde* - - -
Independent Andrew Mayer - - -
Independent Tom Sleigh* - - -
Independent Pooja Tank - - -
Turnout - - -
Independent hold
Independent hold
Independent hold
Independent hold
Independent hold
Independent hold

Bread Street

Bread Street
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Giles Shilson* 136 40.1 Decrease9.4
Independent Oliver Lodge* 126 37.2 Decrease10.7
Independent Alison McDonald 46 13.5 N/A
Independent Neil Green 31 9.1 N/A
Turnout 339 56.1
Independent hold
Independent hold

Bridge and Bridge Without

Bridge and Bridge Without
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Keith Bottomley* 131 52.8
Independent Timothy Levene 96 38.7
Independent Simon Maddocks 21 8.5
Turnout 248 46.7
Independent gain from Independent
Independent gain from Independent

Broad Street

Broad Street
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent John Bennett* - - -
Independent Christopher Hayward* - - -
Independent John Scott* - - -
Turnout - - -
Independent hold
Independent hold
Independent hold

Candlewick

Candlewick
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent James De Sausmerez* 113 48.7 N/A
Independent Kevin Everett* 104 44.8 -
Independent Jonathon Pettigrew 15 6.5 N/A
Turnout 232 56.1
Independent hold
Independent hold

Castle Baynard

Castle Baynard
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Emma Edhem 225 11.3 N/A
Independent Henrika Priest* 225 11.3 Decrease1.7
Independent Catherine McGuiness* 213 10.7 Decrease1.6
Independent Graham Packham* 213 10.7 Decrease1.2
Independent Jeremy Simons* 208 10.4 N/A
Independent Angus Knowles-Cutler 200 10.0 N/A
Independent Michael Hudson* 195 9.8 Decrease1.6
Independent Christopher Boden* 187 9.4 Decrease2.6
Independent Alpa Raja 119 6.0 N/A
Turnout 1,785 20.5
Independent hold
Independent hold
Independent hold
Independent hold
Independent hold
Independent hold
Independent hold
Independent hold

Cheap

Cheap
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Alastair Moss* 178 28.6 Increase8.3
Independent Tijs Broeke 169 27.2 N/A
Independent Nicholas Bensted-Smith* 168 27.0 N/A
Independent Ann Pembroke* 107 17.2 Decrease4.8
Turnout 622 50.3
Independent hold
Independent hold
Independent hold

Coleman Street

Coleman Street
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Sophie Fernandes* 162 26.0 -
Independent Stuart Fraser* 140 22.4 -
No description Andrew McMurtrie* 137 22.0 -
Independent Michael Cassidy* 133 21.3 -
Labour Paul O'Brien 52 8.3 N/A
Turnout 624 30.9
Independent hold
Independent hold
No description hold Swing {{{swing}}}
Independent hold

Cordwainer

Cordwainer
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Alex Barr 92 32.4 N/A
Independent Michael Snyder* 79 27.8 -
Independent Mark Boleat* 77 27.1 -
Independent Gillian Kaile 21 7.4 N/A
No description Timothy Becker 15 5.3 N/A
Turnout 284 58.3
Independent hold
Independent hold
Independent hold

Cornhill

Cornhill
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Peter Dunphy* 92 33.6 Increase1.7
Independent Stephen Haines* 85 31.0 Decrease0.1
Independent Ian Seaton* 77 28.1 Decrease2.2
Labour Joseph Batty 20 7.3 Increase0.6
Turnout 274 29.2
Independent hold
Independent hold
Independent hold

Cripplegate

Cripplegate
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
No description Susan Pearson 558 13.6 N/A
Independent John Tomlinson* 449 10.9 Decrease0.5
Labour William Pimlott 409 10.0 Increase2.3
Independent Vivienne Littlechild* 407 9.9 Decrease0.5
Labour Joan Durcan 401 9.8 N/A
Independent David Bradshaw* 386 9.4 Decrease2.1
Independent Steve Quilter* 375 9.1 Decrease2.6
Independent Richard Bostock 323 7.9 N/A
Independent Gareth Moore* 311 7.6 Decrease2.0
Independent John Barker 307 7.5 Decrease1.7
Independent Christopher Punter* 181 4.4 Decrease5.4
Turnout 4,107 37.8
Independent hold
Independent hold
Labour hold
Independent hold
Labour hold
Independent hold
Independent hold
Independent hold

Dowgate

Dowgate
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Mark Wheatley* 123 40.6 Increase10.7
Independent Henry Pollard* 112 37.0 Decrease2.0
Independent Matthew Hampson 68 22.4 N/A
Turnout 303 30.3
Independent hold
Independent hold

Farringdon Within

Farringdon Within
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Thomas Anderson 247 10.2 N/A
Independent Christopher Hill 241 10.1 N/A
Independent Ann Holmes* 226 9.4 Decrease0.3
Independent Clare James* 213 8.8 Decrease3.1
Independent Matthew Bell 190 7.9 N/A
Independent Karina Dostalova* 184 7.6 Decrease2.7
Independent Richard Regan* 160 6.6 Decrease4.0
Independent Graeme Smith* 159 6.6 Decrease3.2
Independent Virginia Rounding* 148 6.1 Decrease6.0
Independent John Edwards 143 5.9 N/A
Independent Colin Gregory 131 5.4 N/A
Independent Alex Bain-Stewart* 107 4.4 Decrease6.5
Independent Stephen Collins 100 4.1 N/A
Independent Stanley Ginsburg 94 3.9 N/A
Independent Robert McLean 71 2.9 N/A
Turnout 2,414 35.4
Independent hold
Independent hold
Independent hold
Independent hold
Independent hold
Independent hold
Independent hold
Independent hold

Farringdon Without

Farringdon Without
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
T&F Together Caroline Addy 440 7.4 N/A
T&F Together Ruby Sayed 427 7.2 N/A
T&F Together Wendy Mead* 425 7.2 Increase0.6
T&F Together Oliver Sells 424 7.1 N/A
T&F Together Paul Martinelli* 410 6.9 Increase0.8
T&F Together Gregory Lawrence 408 6.9 Increase1.2
T&F Together Charles Lord* 404 6.8 Increase1.0
T&F Together George Abrahams* 403 6.8 Increase0.1
T&F Together John Absalom* 400 6.7 Increase0.4
T&F Together Oliver Sells 390 6.6 N/A
Independent Julian Malins* 209 3.5 Decrease4.9
Independent Colin Davidson 208 3.5 N/A
Independent Sophia Morrell 190 3.2 N/A
Independent David Nicholls 168 2.8 N/A
Independent Alexander Deane* 167 2.8 Decrease5.5
Independent Francis Hoar 164 2.8 N/A
Independent Andrew Lomas 163 2.7 N/A
No description Nicholas Bennett 149 2.5 N/A
Independent Adam Richardson* 147 2.5 Decrease4.1
No description Mark Watson-Gandy 144 2.4 N/A
Independent Lewis Rodger 50 0.8 N/A
Independent Stuart Gardner 42 0.7 N/A
Turnout 5,932 20.9
T&F Together gain from Independent Swing -
T&F Together gain from Independent Swing -
T&F Together gain from Independent Swing -
T&F Together gain from Independent Swing -
T&F Together gain from Independent Swing -
T&F Together gain from Independent Swing -
T&F Together gain from Independent Swing -
T&F Together gain from Independent Swing -
T&F Together gain from Independent Swing -
T&F Together gain from Independent Swing -

Langbourn

Langbourn
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Philip Woodhouse* 95 27.0 Increase5.5
Independent Judith Pleasance* 82 23.3 Increase8.6
Independent John Chapman* 64 18.2 Increase0.6
Independent Timothy Butcher 57 16.2 N/A
Independent Alexander Craggs 54 15.3 N/A
Turnout 352 42.4
Independent hold
Independent hold
Independent hold

Lime Street

Lime Street
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Dominic Christian* 154 28.3 N/A
Independent Henry Colthurst* 115 21.1 Decrease1.4
Independent Elizabeth Rogula* 115 21.1 Decrease2.4
Independent Thomas Clementi 86 15.8 N/A
Independent Peter Cave 75 13.8 N/A
Independent George Johnstone 35 6.4 N/A
Turnout 545 49.0
Independent gain from Independent
Independent hold
Independent hold
Independent gain from Independent

Portsoken

Portsoken
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Jason Pritchard 230 20.0 Increase10.2
Labour Munsur Ali 210 18.3 N/A
Independent John Fletcher* 197 17.2 Decrease1.3
Independent Henry Jones* 187 16.3 Decrease3.6
Independent Ayesha Azad 153 13.3 N/A
Independent Asif Sadiq 111 9.7 N/A
Independent David Barker 60 5.2 N/A
Turnout 1,148 50.7
Labour gain from Independent
Labour gain from Independent
Independent hold
Independent hold

Queenhithe

Queenhithe
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Brian Mooney* 85 51.8 Increase4.6
Independent Caroline Haines 73 44.5 Decrease0.3
Labour John Courtneidge 6 3.7 Decrease3.7
Turnout 164 33.6
Independent hold
Independent gain from Independent

Tower

Tower
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Roger Chadwick* - - -
Independent Anne Fairweather* - - -
Independent Marianne Fredericks* - - -
Independent James Tumbridge* - - -
Turnout - -
Independent hold
Independent gain from Independent
Independent hold
Independent hold

Vintry

Vintry
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Thomas Hoffman* 85 37.9
Independent Rehana Ameer 74 33.0
Independent William Fraser* 65 29.0
Turnout 224 45.4
Independent hold
Independent gain from Independent

Walbrook

Walbrook
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Peter Bennett* 123 38.8 N/A
Independent James Thomson* 113 35.6 Increase12.5
Independent Xuelin Bates 81 25.6
Turnout 317 44.0
Independent gain from Independent
Independent hold

Changes since the election

By-elections

March 2018

A by-election was held in Bishopsgate ward on 20 March 2018, following the election of independent Common Councilman Prem Goyal as Alderman for Portsoken ward in December 2017.[9] The seat was won by independent Shravan Joshi.[10]

A by-election was held in Billingsgate ward on 22 March 2018, following the resignation of independent Common Councilman Michael Welbank.[11] The seat was won by independent John Allen-Petrie.[12]

October 2018

A by-election was held in Castle Baynard ward on 9 October 2018, following the election of independent Common Councilman Emma Edham as Alderman for Candlewick ward in July 2017. The seat was won by Labour candidate Natasha Lloyd-Owen.[13]

Castle Baynard Ward[13]
Party Candidate Votes %
Labour Natasha Lloyd-Owen 77 27.80
Independent Julian Henry Malins 59 21.30
Independent Alpa Raja 37 13.36
Independent Merlene Soo Chin Emerson 36 13.00
Independent Virginia Rounding 28 10.11
Independent Richard William Humphreys 23 8.30
Independent Deborah Mackintosh Oliver 12 4.33
Independent Timothy George Christie Becker 5 1.81
Turnout 277
Labour gain from Independent

References

  1. ^ a b "English Elections: City of London Corporation, 2013". English Elections. Archived from the original on 1 April 2017. Retrieved 2017.
  2. ^ "Candidates campaign in packs ahead of City elections". citymatters.london. 15 March 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Results - About the City - City of London". www.cityoflondon.gov.uk. Archived from the original on 29 March 2017. Retrieved 2017.
  4. ^ Davies, Andrew MacAskill and Anjuli. "Historic win for Labour in City of London elections". Reuters UK. Retrieved 2017.
  5. ^ "English Elections: Portsoken, 2014". English Elections. Archived from the original on 1 April 2017. Retrieved 2017.
  6. ^ "Ward elections - City of London". www.cityoflondon.gov.uk. City of London Corporations. Retrieved 2017.
  7. ^ "Labour win raises questions on City of London's independence".
  8. ^ "The place where businesses and their office workers vote". BBC News. 21 March 2017. Retrieved 2021.
  9. ^ "Preview: 20 Mar 2018". Britain Elects. 20 March 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  10. ^ "Britain Elects on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 2018.
  11. ^ "Previews: 22 Mar 2018". Britain Elects. 21 March 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  12. ^ "Britain Elects on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 2018.
  13. ^ a b "Natasha Lloyd-Owen wins Castle Baynard by-election - City Matters". www.citymatters.london. 10 October 2018. Retrieved 2018.

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