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Newham London Borough Council

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Newham London Borough Council /ˈnjəm/ (About this soundlisten) is the local authority for the London Borough of Newham. It is a London borough council, one of 32 in the United Kingdom capital of London. The council is unusual in that its executive function is controlled by a directly elected mayor of Newham, currently Rokhsana Fiaz.[1] Newham is divided into 20 wards, each electing three councillors. Newham London Borough Council is composed of 60 Labour Party Councillors since May, 2018. It earlier comprised 59 Labour Party councillors and a solitary councillor expelled, with immediate effect from the Labour Party in 2017.[2] The council was created by the London Government Act 1963 and replaced three local authorities: East Ham Borough Council, West Ham Borough Council and Woolwich Metropolitan Borough Council.

Newham London Borough Council
Coat of arms or logo
Rokhsana Fiaz, Labour
since March 2018
Chief executive
Katherine Kerswell (Interim)
since August 2018
Seats60 councillors
Newham Council 2014.svg
Political groups
Majority Party (60)
Joint committees
East London Waste Authority
Block vote
Last election
3 May 2018
Next election
May 2022
Meeting place
Newham Town Hall
Council Website


A map showing the wards of Newham since 2002

Councillors were first elected to this new Borough Council in 1964, before being able to exercise power on creation of all London Boroughs on 1 April 1965. Newham replaced East Ham Borough Council, West Ham Borough Council and Woolwich Metropolitan Borough Council (for North Woolwich). West Ham was a county borough (which meant that its council had the functions of both a county and a borough) from 1889 and East Ham gained that status in 1915. It was previously a non-county borough and between 1894 and 1904 it was governed by East Ham Urban District Council. Before 1900 North Woolwich was governed by the Vestry of the Parish of Woolwich.

It was envisaged through the London Government Act 1963 that Newham as a London local authority would share power with the Greater London Council. The split of powers and functions meant that the Greater London Council was responsible for "wide area" services such as fire, ambulance, flood prevention, and refuse disposal; with the local authorities responsible for "personal" services such as social care, libraries, cemeteries and refuse collection. As an outer London borough council it has been an education authority since 1965. This arrangement lasted until 1986 when Newham London Borough Council gained responsibility for some services that had been provided by the Greater London Council, such as waste disposal. Since 2000 the Greater London Authority has taken some responsibility for highways and planning control from the council, but within the English local government system the council remains a "most purpose" authority in terms of the available range of powers and functions.

Lender option borrower option loansEdit

Newham London Borough Council has £563 million of long term lender option borrower option loans (LOBOs), more than anywhere else in the country. It pays annual interest of up to 7.6%.[3][4]

Summary results of electionsEdit

The council has been controlled by the Labour Party since it was first elected in 1964.


  1. ^ Long, Rhiannon. "Local Elections: Newham elects Rokhsana Fiaz to be its mayor". Newham recorder.
  2. ^ "Newham councillor banned from Labour party for bullying and intimidation". Newham Reporter. Retrieved 1 March 2017.
  3. ^ How Councils Blow Your Millions: Channel 4 UK Dispatches transmitted 06 July 2015 - News release
  4. ^ Joel Benjamin Oct 2014 Contributoria