Harrow continues to buck the electoral trend in London, and while Labour comfortably held the Harrow West seat, it has failed to reclaim the target seat of Harrow East.

While Tory incumbent Bob Blackman can take much of the credit for the victory, the weakness of the Labour party in the borough is notable.

Having lost control of the council in 2022, there was some hope that the national Tory collapse would be enough to win the seat and give the Labour party a platform to regain the council in 2026.

It appears as if the result in 2022 is indicative of an entrenched view of the Labour party locally. While demographically Harrow does not necessarily favour Labour, it was the only example of a 2022 defeat that is difficult to attribute to anything other than the perception that the local council was poorly run under Labour.

Undeniably, the Tory leadership has been more cautious in their approach to development in the borough than their Labour predecessors, but they remain somewhat open to the principle of development in the borough.

Critical development of their own Civic Offices and central Harrow sites has been delayed.

Harrow Council will likely remain a political battleground for the foreseeable future. Freshly re-elected MP Bob Blackman could take a more prominent role in a diminished Tory opposition in Westminster, which may further cement the Tory hold on Harrow.

Any development into the Harrow Green Belt, off the back of a Labour-led review, will be strongly resisted locally. Harrow could be a leader in clashing with the new Labour Government on the issue of the Green Belt.

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