As you are no doubt aware the local council elections held last Thursday turned out as I had previously predicted : Labour retained control of Lambeth and gained seven extra seats on Southwark Council to take control.
The final results are
Labour: 35 Councillors (+7)
Liberal Democrats: 25 (-3)
Conservatives: 3 (-3)
Greens: 0 (-1)
Full results on the Southwark website
Labour: 44 Councillors (+5)
Liberal Democrats: 15 (-2)
Conservatives: 4 (-2)
Greens: 0 (-1)
See the Lambeth website for full results
So whatever happens at the national level we are still Labour.
Reasons to be cheerful
- The Labour result on Southwark will bring benefits for Camberwell as the new administration will be more concerned about bits of the borough such as Camberwell and Peckham which are Labour areas.
- The new administration (unlike the previous Lib Dem/ Conservative coalition) has a solid majority and so will not be having to make concessions to make different interests happy to secure their votes .
- The likely leader of Southwark Peter Johns is a Camberwell Councillor.
- Local Camberwell Councillors will be more accountable as they will no longer be able to blame the administration for lack of action as they will be part of the administration.
- The Camberwell Party has done great work in raising Camberwell issues and shown that the area cant be taken for granted
- There will hopefully be more joint working between Lambeth and Southwark as they are both of the same party and both councils face similar issues.
- With the Labour Party out of power at a national level local MP Harriet Harman will have more time for constituency duties (?)
As I say these are all reasons to be cheerful and hopeful for the future of Camberwell — we must now be active to ensure that the politicians deliver on their promises and direct investment, regeneration funding and attention to the area.