Greenwich Conservatives held all 9 of the party's seats on Greenwich Council in the local elections on 3rd May. The results, announced after a lengthy overnight Count at the Waterfront Leisure Centre in Woolwich, represent a suprise defeat for the Labour Party which had aimed to win all 51 seats at the Town Hall.
Six sitting councillors standing in the elections were all re-elected for another four years, with Pat Greenwell and Roger Tester elected to the council for the first time and former councillor Nigel Fletcher returning to the Town Hall.
Councillor Matt Hartley, Leader of Greenwich Conservatives, said: "This is a tremendous set of results for Greenwich Conservatives, holding all nine of our seats on Greenwich Council against all the odds. Labour tried to win all 51 seats at the Town Hall this year, turning Greenwich into a one-party state. Instead, residents backed our very clear message that Greenwich needs an Opposition - able to provide residents with a strong, independent voice when decisions are made.
"Over the next four years we will act on that mandate. As the only Opposition to Labour on the Council, this is a responsibility we take extremely seriously. We will work hard to make sure that residents have a voice in the Town Hall.
"I would like to thank all of our candidates, volunteers, members and supporters for helping to make this success possible - and everyone who voted for us across the borough."
Conservative candidates were elected in the following wards:
- Cllr Geoff Brighty
- Cllr Charlie Davis
- Cllr Spencer Drury
- Cllr Matt Clare
- Cllr Nigel Fletcher
- Cllr Pat Greenwell
Coldharbour & New Eltham
- Cllr John Hills
- Cllr Matt Hartley
- Cllr Roger Tester