Magazine article Public Finance

Labour Likely to Lose Control of the ALG

Magazine article Public Finance

Labour Likely to Lose Control of the ALG

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Local government in London is set for dramatic changes after Labour's huge losses in last week's local elections.

Control of the hitherto Labourdominated Association of London Government is likely to change hands following the Tories' sweeping gains across the capital on May 4, where they won control of six more boroughs.

They toppled Labour administrations in Hammersmith & Fulham, Bexley, Croydon and Ealing. They also gained Harrow, Havering and Hillingdon from 'no overall control'. The Conservatives now control 14 of London's 32 boroughs.

ALG chief executive Martin Pilgrim said: The impact of these changes on the ALG's leadership structure will be considered at the annual general meeting in June.'

Although Labour's Sir Robin Wales, who was re-elected as mayor of Newham, remains chair until the AGM on June 13, a source at the association told Public Finance that he would be surprised if a Tory politician didn't take over.

'The Conservatives have the largest number of members, but because of the number of councils in 'no overall control' we won't know anything until we know who they're going to send across to the ALG:

Change is likely to be less dramatic at the national level. …

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