The Labour tide wasn’t quite high enough to take Cabinet Member for Health & Wellbeing Cllr Evelyn Akoto to victory in true-blue South West Wiltshire last night. Despite a strong performance, the Conservatives held on in a seat they have retained for the past century.

Leader Cllr Kieron Williams may be relieved that he doesn’t have to make changes to his Cabinet or face a by-election in Old Kent Road Ward. A period of political calm will enable Southwark to focus on working closely with the new Labour Government.

Southwark’s parliamentary constituency results were less dramatic, with Labour holding firm in all four constituencies.

The Liberal Democrats saw their challenge falter in their Bermondsey heartland, with the Green Party making inroads into the Liberal vote. Labour’s Neil Coyle was re-elected as MP for Bermondsey & Old Southwark and will rejoin his colleagues in Westminster.

In Peckham, Miatta Fahnbulleh crushed her opponents in one of Labour’s safest seats. She represents one of the few bright hopes for the left (or ‘soft left’) of the Labour Party. She has worked closely with Cllr James McAsh on the Southwark Land Commission, which produced a report about the use of land in the borough which outlined a more negative approach to private development in Southwark.

Helen Hayes was re-elected as MP for Dulwich & West Norwood, Florence Eshalomi was elected as the MP representing Newington and Camberwell Green wards (Vauxhall & Camberwell Green constituency, shared with Lambeth), and Ellie Reeves was elected as the MP representing Goose Green, Dulwich Hill and Peckham Rye wards (Lewisham West & East Dulwich constituency, shared with Lewisham).

Once again, the Greens saw their fortunes improve, finishing a firm 2nd in each case. This will give them hope for making gains in the 2026 local elections.

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