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Wandsworth London Borough Council

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Wandsworth London Borough Council is the local authority for the London Borough of Wandsworth in Greater London, England. It is a London borough council, one of 32 in the United Kingdom capital of London. Wandsworth is divided into 20 wards, each electing three councillors. After the May 2018 election, 33 of these councillors were Conservatives and 26 were Labour, with 1 independent. Since 1978, the Conservatives have had an overall majority on the council.

Wandsworth London Borough Council
Coat of arms or logo
Coat of Arms
Mayor of Wandsworth
Cllr Jane Cooper, Conservative
since May 2019
Leader of the Council
Cllr Ravi Govindia, Conservative
since May 2010
Chief executive
Paul Martin
since October 2010
Seats60 councillors
Wandsworth Council 2018.svg
Political groups
Administration (33)

Opposition (27)

First past the post
Last election
3 May 2018
Next election
May 2022
Meeting place
Wandsworth Town Hall-13492313114.jpg
Wandsworth Town Hall



A map showing the wards of Wandsworth since 2002

It was envisaged through the London Government Act 1963 that Wandsworth 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. This arrangement lasted until 1986 when Wandsworth London Borough Council gained responsibility for some services that had been provided by the Greater London Council, such as waste disposal. Wandsworth became an education authority in 1990. 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.


Wandsworth London Borough Council is the billing authority for Council Tax, and collects a precepts on behalf of the Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime, the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority the Greater London Authority and Transport for London.

Summary results of electionsEdit

The Labour Party won the first election in 1964 and also in 1971 and 1974. The Conservative Party have been in power since 1978.

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