London elections 2022: Labour retains Newham with 64 seats

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 (ES Composite)
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Labour has retained Newham with 64 seats.

Although Labour won the council, it lost two seats which were taken by the Green Party.

Here, the Standard takes a look at the big issues, key facts and political background in Newham.

Key Issues

As Newham is one of the most deprived areas in the country, among the key issues for voters will be the cost-of-living crisis.

The borough is also among the worst-hit by housing shortages, with high levels of overcrowding and those in temporary accommodation.

Low pay is also a key concern for many voters, as is the need to tackle air pollution, as the borough’s poor air quality is estimated to kill 96 people in Newham every year.

Read more: Follow the Standard’s coverage of the 2022 local elections (ES)
Read more: Follow the Standard’s coverage of the 2022 local elections (ES)

Details

Voters will be electing both a directly elected mayor and 66 ward councillors.

In 2018, voters chose Labour’s Rokhsana Fiaz for the role of mayor, who took over the post from Robin Wales, who had held the post since it was created 2002.

The Labour Party won all 60 seats up for grabs in 2018, as it did in both 2010 and 2014.

However, Thursday’s elections will involve votes for 66 councillor positions, as they are taking place under amended wards.

Demographics

Around 361,700 residents live in Newham, with the median age being 32.7 years old, and one in four residents being under the age of 18.

According to the Trust for London, Newham experiences significant problems with poverty and inequality.

Half of children (50%) are judged to be in households in poverty, compared to 37% in the typical London borough. The rate of households in temporary accommodation in Newham is by far the highest in the capital.

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