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Town hall sees landslide Labour win

PUBLISHED: 14:57 13 May 2010 | UPDATED: 17:56 25 August 2010

TRIUMPHANT Labour councillors were celebrating after gaining four more seats and wiping out the Liberal Democrats.

TRIUMPHANT Labour councillors were celebrating after gaining four more seats and wiping out the Liberal Democrats.

The Conservatives were left bitterly disappointed at the London Soccerdrome, in East Parkside, Greenwich Peninsula last Friday morning after losing two of their 13 seats.

Most candidates arrived at the freezing centre at approximately 11pm the previous day and remained glued to the national picture on the canteen's television.

Others were wandering the count floor and watching the ballot papers being sorted trying to fathom the results.

Out of the 17 wards which make up the Greenwich borough only two seats changed.

In the Kidbrooke with Hornfair ward two Tory councillors lost their seats after three Labour hopefuls were elected.

Conservatives Graeme Coombes and Andrew Jennings lost their seats to Labour candidates Hayley Fletcher and Jim Gillman.

Labour also defeated two Liberal Democrat councillors in the Middle Park and Sutcliffe ward. Liberal Democrats Paul Webbewood and Brian Woodcraft lost their seats to Labour Mark James and Christine May.

In the Middle Park and Sutcliffe ward there was a 23.5 per cent higher turn out than the last local election in 2006.

Earlier in the evening former Leader of the Opposition Spencer Drury said he hoped his party would pick up more seats but was left disappointed after the Tories' loss of seats and failing to gain the Eltham constituency.

He said: "It has been a s*** night all round."

The council now comprises 51 councillors across 17 wards, with 40 Labour and 11 Conservative councillors.

The council has had a Labour majority since 1968.

reena.kumar@archant.co.uk

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