Labour keeps control, winning three more seats

Labour revels in its fourth consecutive landslide win

Friday, 6th May — By Anna Lamche and Charlotte Chambers

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Junction ward councillors celebrate their win

Labour campaigners across Islington are celebrating this afternoon as their party secured a resounding – and not unexpected – landslide victory.

Labour has retained a supermajority in the Town Hall since 2010. In every election since 2014, the Party has secured over 90 per cent of seats in the Town Hall. 

In the only upset of the day, the Greens stormed to victory in Highbury, unseating Islington’s Safety Chief.

Labour secured every other seat in the borough. In Hillrise Ward, Dave Poysor secured the highest takings of any candidate with 2453 votes, later joking he was the “most popular” man in the borough.

In her victory speech, Leader of the Council Cllr Kaya Comer-Schwartz thanked the public, the families of the candidates and all those who were working hard behind the scenes to get Labour re-elected.

This is the second time Labour has secured four consecutive victories, Cllr Comer-Schwartz said. She lauded Islington Labour’s “fourth landslide victory – it’s only happened once before.”

“Labour colleagues be warned – the hard work starts now,” she said. “[This victory] hasn’t happened by chance, it has happened because we’ve put in the work.”

Of the Green victory in Highbury, she said: “We’ll have three back in Highbury in 2026.”

Summarising Labour’s successes, she said: “We’ve protected youth services from Tory cuts, we’ve had the largest council home building [programme] for a generation, we’ve helped thousands into good jobs, free school meals for every primary school child, and we’ve tackled the climate emergency.”

Next on the agenda for Labour is building 750 new council homes, delivering a laptop to every year 7 child that needs it, helping 5000 more people into jobs, spending £10m on retrofitting council homes, and planting 600 new trees every year.

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