Waltham Forest remains firmly in Labour’s control following last night’s election result.

Stella Creasy returns for a fifth term in Walthamstow and will remain a highly vocal member of the Labour group in Westminster.

With the influx of a significant number of new Labour colleagues, it is highly likely Creasy will remain on the back benches. However, Creasy has thrived as a back bench MP and will continue to campaign vigorously on the issues that are important to her.

Calvin Bailey has also taken the Leyton and Wanstead seat. Virtually unknown in political circles, his dropping into the safe Labour seat by the leadership was a significant shock to many.

Calvin has led a highly decorated career in the military and will almost certainly drop straight into the Labour Defence team. But he is untested politically and may need time to adjust to representing a seat that covers a broad demographic spectrum.

In the short term, it’s possible Calvin could focus his efforts on establishing himself as an active and engaged local MP, or he may find his time absorbed by learning the ropes of Parliament.

In the north of the borough, Cllr Sharma Tatler missed out on taking the Chingford and Woodford Green seat. One of the leading voices in the Labour pro-development movement, her absence in Parliament will be keenly felt.

Tatler will return to Brent Council as the lead member for regeneration and should be a prime candidate for a seat in the future.

Waltham Forest remains a well organised, pro-development borough. Their regeneration goals align closely with the incoming Labour Government, and they could be at the forefront of new development in the capital, under Labour in Westminster.

The prospect of exploring greenbelt release in the Tory-controlled north of the borough could be tempting for the council. Expansion here would take pressure off existing town centres and release significant plots of land for redevelopment in a part of the borough that, to date, has seen very little new housing come forward.

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