Holy cross

Wandsworth turns red after 44 years – Maya Maropo Williams The Holy Cross School

In this 2022 local election, Labor won a massive victory, ending more than 40 years of Tory rule in Wandsworth.

Tooting Broadway, Tooting Bec, Roehampton, Trinity, Wandle Ward, Shaftesbury, Tooting’s Furzedown, Falconbrook, Battersea Park and South Balham were all replaced by Labour. West Putney, East Putney, Balham, Wandsworth Town and St Mary’s were split between Labor and Conservatives. West Hill was then split between Labour, Conservatives and Independents.

Sadiq Khan said ‘history has been made’ and joined in celebrating Labor’s victory, securing 46% of the vote for Wandsworth.

Simon Hogg, the leader of Wandsworth Council, said: ‘It’s taken decades for us.

I live in West Putney and witnessed the election campaign followed in the area. Claire Gilbert, Graham Loveland and Jeremy Ambache have all pledged a greener West Putney, focusing on the climate change crisis and promising regular bin collections and introducing food waste collections for the first time. They also wanted to fix the internet service and connection issues in the area which was very frustrating for a lot of people. Another thing they were committed to was maintaining the low council tax that Wandsworth is known for and they also had a strong interest in helping older people in particular.

My mother, Maria Maropo, gives her opinion on the Labor campaign: “I look forward to improvements in this Labor takeover”.

Overall Labor promises a lot of good things for Wandsworth and it is interesting to see how they have won such a well Tory run borough but it gives hope to see better change with a different council.