Kensington and Chelsea London Borough Council

All of the seats in Kensington and Chelsea were up for election this year. Find out more about these elections.

Election 2018 Results

CON HOLD
Party Elected in 2018 Total councillors Change

PartyConservative

Elected in 2018 36 Total councillors 36 Change-1

PartyLabour

Elected in 2018 13 Total councillors 13 Change+1

PartyLiberal Democrat

Elected in 2018 1 Total councillors 1 ChangeNo results
Councillors change compared with 2014

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  1. Tories tighten grip on Kensington and Chelsea

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    The Conservative Party has strengthened its hold on Kensington and Chelsea Council by winning 35 seats.

    Despite Labour making huge gains in neighbouring councils, they were they were unable to improve on their 2018 result. The opposition party still has 13 seats, with a second Liberal Democrat councillor also being elected.

    Voters backed the Tories to keep council tax low, protect regular bin collections and tackle air pollution. The Conservatives also promised to save Notting Hill Police Station from being turned into luxury housing.

    Meanwhile, Labour pledged to help residents during the cost of living crisis and tackle potholes and anti-social behaviour. The party also vowed to advocate for locals living in unsuitable social and affordable housing.

    Control of Kensington and Chelsea Council has remained in Conservative hands since its inception in 1964.

    The average house prices in the borough are the highest in the country while council tax remains low.

    The council was recently in the spotlight as the ongoing Grenfell Inquiry heard testimonies from survivors and staff about how the authority dealt with the immediate aftermath of the tragedy. The Grenfell Tower fire killed 72 people on 14 June 2017.

  2. Tories tighten grip on Kensington and Chelsea Council

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    The Conservative Party has tightened its grip on the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Council by winning 35 seats.

    Despite Labour making huge gains in neighbouring councils, the Tories still have a tight grip over the west London borough with Labour unable to improve on their 2018 result.

    The opposition party still has 13 seats with a second Liberal Democrat councillor also being elected.

    Across the borough, a total of 146 candidates battled it out for 50 seats across 18 wards.

    The Conservatives and Labour had both put forward 50 candidates while there were also 39 Liberal Democrat candidates, four Green candidates, and three Independents.

    The night saw little drama with the most excitement coming over the hotly contested Earl’s Court ward.

    A recount was held for the seat after there were just eight votes separating the Lib Dems and Tories.

    Ultimately the Tories took one seat and the Lib Dems took the other two.

    The Conservatives also promised to save Notting Hill Police Station from being turned into luxury housing.

  3. Conservatives hold Kensington & Chelsea

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    Video caption: Remembering Grenfell: Four years on

    What started as a small kitchen fire in the early hours of 14 June 2017, engulfed the entire tower in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, and killed 72 people.

  5. Cameras capture noisy Kensington and Chelsea drivers

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    Video caption: The camera on Holland Park Avenue captured images of noisy drivers shortly after it was installed

    Two acoustic cameras have been installed in the borough of Kensington and Chelsea as part of a crackdown on noisy drivers.

    The council became the first in London to pilot noise camera technology last year when the devices were installed in Sloane Street and Pont Street between September and December.

    Over that time they were triggered nearly 2,000 times, with 163 fines and 69 warnings being issued to noisy drivers.

    Johnny Thalassites, the council's lead member for transport, said residents had "made it clear to us that many drivers are using our streets as a racetrack".

    "Piloting new noise camera technology last year has helped us catch more of the worst offenders," he added.

    The new cameras were introduced Holland Park Avenue and Sloane Street at the start of the week.

    A public consultation on whether enforcement powers against noisy drivers should be introduced across the borough is set to begin in July.

  6. Covid variant surge testing ends in North Kensington

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Surge testing in North Kensington to detect the South African strain of Covid has ended, after no new cases were found.

    Kensington and Chelsea Council and the Department of Health announced on 10 May that huge numbers of PCR tests would be sent to the W11 area.

    This was after a handful of the more contagious variant, first discovered in South Africa, were found in streets near Portobello Road.

    The council announced on Tuesday that the surge testing effort saw 2,026 people complete a test, with the vast majority of those being North Kensington residents.

    Although new Covid cases were found, zero of them were the South African variant.

    Cem Kemahli, the council’s lead member for health, said: “I’d like to thank everyone who played their part in limiting the spread of coronavirus by taking part in the enhanced testing for the variant first detected in South Africa.

    "It’s vital that we keep on top of coronavirus and this testing can help identify if a variant of concern is getting into the general population.

    Kensington and Chelsea Council’s infection rate for the seven days leading up to 20 May was 16 cases per 100,000 people in the local population.

    This was down from an infection rate of 27 cases per 100,000 in the week before 10 May when the surge testing was deployed.

  7. Conservative majority slashed in west London

    The first result from the London Assembly election is in, with the Conservative candidate Tony Devenish holding the West Central seat by 2,225 votes from Labour - much reduced from a 14,000 majority in 2016.

    The West Central seat includes two Tory run councils - Westminster and Kensington & Chelsea, as well as the Labour Hammersmith and Fulham - and has been held by the Tories since the creation of the Assembly in 2000.

    The result may be a blow to the hopes of Conservative candidate Shaun Bailey. The last time a Conservative won the London mayoralty, Boris Johnson in 2012, West Central was won by more than 29,000 votes.