Labour swept back to victory on Harrow council this week, overturning the Conservatives majority with a ten seat gain.
But what do the results mean for all the different parties? Who were the winners and who were the losers of the local elections this year?
With their eye on defending the constituency seats (which saw mixed results for them as Tony McNulty lost his seat) it seems the party weren’t expecting to storm back to power and certainly not quite so decisively.
Councillor Bill Stephenson claimed he was ‘shell shocked’ about the result.
There were big wins across the borough for the party, including a clean sweep of seats in Queensbury and West Harrow.
While a good day for the party nationally, they lost their majority, including forfeiting seats in Rayners Lane and typically blue Harrow-on-the-Hill, where two Labour candidates made it on to the council.
Notable casualties include Kenton West’s Jeremy Zeid (who had a razor thin majority of six votes to defend) and Headstone North’s Eric Silver. This election also marked the end of an era as former council leader and 2005 parliamentary candidate David Ashton and his wife Marilyn, who held the Stanmore Park ward, both stepped down.
Stanmore Park remains a wholly Conservative ward.
Independent candidate, James Bond, managed a not unsurprising victory and ousted Mayor Eric Silver.
Bill Stephenson: Elected on to council in is likely to become the next council leader, to be voted on by cabinet next month.
Largely because the local and general elections coincided, turnout was up this year, meaning more people in Harrow had their say. Whatever you think of the result, that is an undoubtedly positive outcome.