Stella Creasy MP delighted as Waltham Forest remains in Labour control

Labour MP Stella Creasy said she was pleased to see the residents of Waltham Forest reject Boris Johnson after Labour gained one seat in the local elections.

Of the 60 seats, Labour and Conservatives won 47 seats and 13 seats respectively, as Labour retained control of Waltham Forest council.

Miss Creasy, MP for Walthamstow since 2010, said: “I’m pleased to see the residents have rejected Boris Johnson.

“If I were those Conservatives who won tonight, I’d be grateful to those Independents and Green Party candidates who stood and allowed them to win.

“The progressive vote is definitely there now, and I’m sure that’ll play into the next General Election.”

Local Conservatives believed it was their focus on local issues, such as overdevelopment, that resulted in gaining vote share in certain seats.

Mitchell Glodie, winning councillor in Chingford Green, said the Conservatives focus on overdevelopment in Waltham Forest contributed to the Conservatives gaining vote share in Chingford.

He said: “We ran on a ticket of no development in Chingford, and we have bucked the trend in London, local issues matter.

“I knocked on 4,000 doorsteps and not one person asked about national issues.”

Cllr Grace Williams, leader of Waltham Forest council, attributed Labour’s success due to the result of a campaign and candidates that resonated with residents.

In response to indications that Labour had lost vote share in other areas of the UK, Cllr Williams said: “It is a point where we have to listen.

“There’s no concern for Starmer. Local elections are always going to be a mixed picture.

“Our platform in Waltham Forest is about really working with residents to invest in their community with a new campus, new lido, new parks, and new health centres.”

Waltham Forest has been in Labour control since 2010.

Feature image shows Grace Williams (centre) after securing her seat in William Morris ward in Waltham Forest. Credit: Waltham Borough Council

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