Conservatives win Eltham North council by-election

Conservative Charlie Davis has been elected as the new councillor for Eltham North, after winning the seat from Labour in Thursday's by-election.

Davis won the seat for the Conservatives with 1335 votes to Labour's 1297 - a majority of 38 – after the previous Labour councillor Wynn Davies resigned from the council two years into his four-year term.

The result marks the first time the local Conservatives have gained a council seat from Labour since 2006, and increases the party's representation on Greenwich Council to nine. Davis joins sitting councillor Spencer Drury as the second Conservative representative for the Eltham North ward.

At 22, Davis becomes the youngest sitting councillor in Greenwich and one of the youngest candidates ever elected in the borough. The newly-elected councillor grew up in Eltham and lives in the ward, on Dunvegan Road. He works in financial services and is a keen sports enthusiast, playing rugby locally.

During the by-election Davis campaigned on the need to secure more help for Eltham High Street, action to ensure residents' views on parking are taken into account by the Woolwich-based Council, and much-needed improvements to local sports facilities.

Councillor Charlie Davis, newly-elected councillor for Eltham North, said: "I am honoured to have been elected by the residents of Eltham North to represent them. I would like to thank the other candidates for what was a well-fought but positive campaign - and everyone who took part in the election.

"During the campaign I pledged to be Eltham's voice on the Council, not the Council's voice in Eltham - and that's exactly what I plan to be. "I can't wait to start delivering on my plans for Eltham North and working with Spencer and the rest of the Conservative team to get things done for residents in the ward."

Councillor Matt Hartley, Leader of the Greenwich Conservatives, said: “Charlie ran an energetic campaign and will make a brilliant addition to the Conservative team on the Council. We now have a stronger opposition, better able to hold Labour to account and stand up for residents right across our borough.

"This by-election result should serve as a wake-up call to the Labour-run Council, who have taken the votes of local people for granted for far too long. Labour’s unnecessary tax rises, wasteful spending and neglect of residents' views are being noticed.

“With a larger group of Conservative councillors, we will be fighting harder than ever for change at the Town Hall.”