Westminster council members' allowances

Labour have taken control of Westminster Council as local election results saw the borough change hands for the first time in its history.

Several prominent wards such as West End, Maida Vale and Hyde Park turned red as Westminster woke up to its first Labour Council since it was formed in 1964.

The night also saw some well known cabinet members lose their seats, such as Matthew Green, the cabinet member for business, licensing and planning.

Results in the early hours of Friday morning confirmed Labour on 31 seats, with the Tories trailing on 23.

Labour leader Adam Hug said: “I’m delighted. I’m tired. We’ve been working so hard for this, not only just over the last few years but over decades to try and make the case for Labour in Westminster.

“I’m delighted we’ve had the breakthrough finally here in Westminster.”

The Conservatives also lost flagship council Wandsworth, a borough they had held since 1977, earlier in the night, as well as Barnet.

Turnout was down by over 6% compared to the 2018 elections, with just over 31% of registered voters having gone to the polls.

Council leader Rachael Robathan held onto her seat in Knightsbridge and Belgravia.

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