After a dramatic election night, where change was the operative word, things stayed the same in The Royal Borough of Greenwich, with Labour maintaining its lock on electoral politics in the Borough.

Local politics in Greenwich is dominated by the Labour Party, who are in control of the Council, the GLA seat and the parliamentary seats. With Conservative representation limited to wards in the south of the Borough, it was Clive Efford’s Eltham and Chislehurst seat where there would be a battle. In the end he won comfortably.

Matt Pennycook, MP for Greenwich and Woolwich, has retained his seat once more. Pennycook is likely to become the Housing and Planning Minister in the new Labour government and has been visible in detailing much of the policy expected to underpin Labour’s approach.

Abena Oppong-Asare also retained her Erith and Thamesmead constituency.

While the results locally maintain Labour’s electoral dominance, the growth of the vote share of some of the smaller parties will give Labour pause for thought. They could give these parties the platform they need to build from to mount a challenge at future local elections.

Labour will not want to lose seats in 2026 and their political fortunes could be somewhat tied to how fast a new Labour Government hits the ground running.

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