Ealing Elections Deliver Shock Result - Labour Win

Tories no longer have majority control of the Council

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Ealing Conservatives have lost control of Ealing Council to Labour.

Labour took 40 seats to the Conservatives 24. The Liberal Democrats made gains in Elthorne and Southfield and now have 5 councillors.

The Council is made up of 23 wards (three councillors in each making 69 seats in total).

It had been comfortably Conservative following a by-election in Greenford and the defection of five Southall Labour councillors to the Tories in 2007. Those seats have now been won back and Labour also made gains in East and Central Acton.

Until today the council had been split 43 Conservative, 23 Labour and 3 Liberal Democrat.

This result could reflect the national trend of uncertainty over who should be in control. Many believe that the local vote reflects growing dissatisfaction with the Council's handling of planning matters such as the redevelopment of Ealing Town Centre, the controversial Arcadia decision and the future of Acton Town Hall.

The Parliamentary elections also showed huge support for Labour with Virendra Sharma taking Ealing Southall and Steve Pound winning Ealing North. However, in Ealing Central and Acton Angie Bray beat her Labour and Lib Dem rivals.

More results from 2010 Local Elections in Ealing

May 7, 2010