Islington London Borough Council

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

Election 2018 Results

Party Elected in 2018 Total councillors Change


Elected in 2018 47 Total councillors 47 ChangeNo results


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

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  1. Greens take three seats in Islington

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    It's not so much a Green wall but certainly a Green step in Islington as the party took control of three seats on the council – dethroning a senior Labour councillor in the process.

    Caroline Russell is joined by Benali Hamdache and Ernestas Jegorvas-Armstrong in Highbury ward in an upset for the Labour party.

    It means Sue Lukes, the Labour executive member for community safety, and her daughter Minda Burgos-Lukes were foiled in their candidature for the same ward, which came about because of boundary changes.

    Overall, Labour has 48 councillors, including in the new Laycock ward, with three Green opponents.

    Ms Russell pledged to “work hard to represent Highbury residents in the council chamber and be a constructive opposition”.

    The controversial low traffic neighbourhoods became a love-them-or-hate-them issue.

    Some voters say they cut traffic and air pollution and encourage cycling. Others say they divert traffic and make journeys longer.

    The Conservatives promised to scrap LTNs but went unrewarded at the ballot box, failing to win any seats.

    Voters were also concerned about the rising cost of living and the climate emergency.

    Islington is one of the London boroughs thought to be most at risk from flooding and overheating because of the climate emergency. It means the Green party’s is now the official opposition at Upper Street.

  2. Islington Council advises schools to move to online learning

    School children

    Islington Council has advised schools to move to online learning from the end of Tuesday because of a sharp rise in coronavirus cases across London.

    The north London council also advised schools to remain closed after the Christmas break and continue online learning until 11 January.

    It comes as the London borough of Greenwich became the first in England to ask all schools to move learning online from Tuesday amid rising Covid cases.

    The council's Labour leader Danny Thorpe has written to parents and head teachers saying it is justified by the "extreme risk" of the virus.

    Cllr Richard Watts, leader of Islington Council, said: “There is a serious and very worrying rise in coronavirus across London, with cases doubling every few days. We must all take action now to stop this deadly disease spreading serious illness and death to the people we love.

    “Following public health advice, we are advising that schools close from the end of Tuesday and move to online learning, except for children of key workers and vulnerable children.

    “This is a very difficult decision – however the public health situation in Islington and London is so serious that we have to do everything we can to stop this deadly virus spreading in our community and across London.”

    “Throughout the pandemic our top priority has been to keep our residents safe and supported. We are working closely with schools to give help and support they need in these very difficult times, including support with e-learning.”

  3. London areas to receive Covid-19 mass testing kits

    Twenty one areas in London are to get mass testing for coronavirus.

    The kits, which can deliver results within 15 minutes, are being rolled out to select areas across the country.

    Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the tests would help to detect asymptomatic cases.

    The areas in London getting the kits are:

    Barking and Dagenham, Bexley, Brent, Camden, City of London, Enfield, Greenwich, Hackney, Hammersmith and Fulham, Islington, Kensington and Chelsea, Kingston upon Thames, Lambeth, Lewisham, Newham, Redbridge, Richmond, Southwark, Tower Hamlets, Waltham Forest and Wandsworth.

  4. Library to be expanded for new children's theatre company

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Islington’s Central Library is to see its ground floor converted into the operating base for a children’s storytelling theatre company.

    The plans are the second phase of the council’s aspirations for the building, which will see just over £1 million poured into it for its conversion and restoration.

    The Town Hall finished expanding the reference library as well as adding a new learning centre and redecorating and flooring the building in September.

    It is now tendering for a company to complete Phase 2, which will see theatre company Tall Stories, who are currently based in Somerset House, move in.

  5. Councils criticised over business rate debt collection

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Islington Council has accepted criticisms made by the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman (LGSCO) over the way it tried to recover historic business rate debts.

    It was investigated by the LGSCO following its attempts to recover debts going back to the early 2000s despite the person involved telling them she was not liable.

    The council delayed trying to track down the payments for 16 years, with the LGSCO finding it at fault as this meant the person concerned no longer had any evidence with which to defend themselves.

    LGSCO Michael King said: “While councils have every right to pursue people who do not pay their tax or business rates, they should also do this without undue delay and not let debts drift to such an extent.

    “Any decision to pursue an historic debt should be based on sound evidence it is fair, appropriate and reasonable to do so.

    “To take someone to court for bankruptcy is a very serious matter and, in the Haringey case, the council based its decision on a flawed assessment. This has had significant financial and emotional consequences for the woman."

    Islington council agreed to pay £100 to the person concerned to acknowledge the avoidable time, trouble and frustration it caused.

    Haringey council agreed to pay over £1,000 to a woman against whom it started bankruptcy proceedings for business rates of more than £50,000 based on an incorrect assessment of her assets.

    An Islington council spokesperson said: “We accept the ombudsman’s findings.

    “We are also reviewing our council tax and business rate collection policies to take the findings into account.”

  6. Acitvity centre for older people to close

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    A much-loved activity centre for older people is to be closed from the start of next year because of funding difficulties, despite the majority of its users’ pleas for it to remain open.

    Services at the council-owned Drovers Centre are set to end in late January 2020, with the Town Hall preparing to look at turning the site into “much-needed housing”.

    Over half of 118 respondents to a council consultation said that the loss of Drovers would have a significant impact on their level of social contact, with 74% of 107 people reached by questionnaire opposing its closure.

    In a petition to local MP Emily Thornberry attempting to prevent the closure which gained 282 signatories, campaigner Diane Armstrong wrote: “The Drovers is a very important place to so many people. It provides a haven for users who without the centre would probably go for days if not weeks without seeing another person.

    “It runs a variety of services that would be unaffordable elsewhere for a huge proportion of older people in the borough.

    “The centre being closed will be a devastating blow for some of the most vulnerable residents of Islington and will leave them isolated and alone.”

    The council has pointed out that the Drovers currently requires around £170k in repairs, with the annual £90k it pays Age UK Islington proving insufficient in recent years, with the full cost of services estimated at £150k yearly.

  7. #GreaterLondoner: Rakhia Ismil

    BBC London

    Rakhia Ismil

    The first time I put the robe on, it was awesome.

    All my family and friends were there, it was one of the best moments.

    I grew up as an exile in the UAE because of my family’s politics and business.

    My father believed in fairness and justice.

    I became a refugee in the UK and worked as a bilingual teacher.

    When you become a community activist, you start asking questions to decision-makers, and I realised that my questions were not being answered.

    I saw lots of people in the community were not being listened to, so I would challenge politicians. I was elected as a councillor and then the mayor.

    It actually goes back to my upbringing. As a young child, I grew up in a family where fairness and justice implemented were at the heart of it.

    My priority is supporting mental health charities. I believe that mental illness is a huge barrier in the UK. I’ve also started campaigning against knife crime.

    As the first female Somali mayor in the UK, I hope it opens the eyes of other women from ethnic minorities and shows what we can achieve.

    If I can be in this great office, I don’t see why the next generation of black British young people cannot.

    Rakhia Ismil, Age, Islington

    #GreaterLondoner #Islington #Mayor #Somali #Empowering #BBCLondon

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  8. Council expands cash reserves in case of 'no-deal Brexit'

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Islington Council has expanded its reserve cash by £2 million in expectation of the impact of a no-deal Brexit.

    Town Hall now holds reserves of £10.9m, representing about five per cent of its net expenditure, money not allocated for any specific purpose apart from to cushion blows to its finances or as contingency, after years of the level falling.

    Council officers at an audit committee meeting said that the expectation of how much ought to be kept back had been set at four per cent in previous years.

    The news did not come as a surprise to committee chair Cllr Nick Wayne (Lab, Canonbury) who said that there had been a “clear steer” to council officers from his influential panel to set the level up to five per cent, “bearing in mind what could be coming down the road”.

  9. Council urged to promote Islington 'upsides' to recruit GPs

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Islington Council is to receive a recommendation encouraging them to advertise the upsides of living and working in the borough in the face of an approaching crisis in GP recruitment.

    According to the borough’s clinical commissioning group (CCG), a “significant number” of local GPs are due to retire within the next 10 years, and the high cost of living and housing in the area could be an impediment to easy hires.

    It was recently reported that at least 146 urgent care shifts around the country in 2018 did not have a single GP.

    A report by Islington’s Health and Care Scrutiny Committee, chaired by Cllr Osh Gantly (Lab, Highbury East), states: “There is an ageing profile of GPs in the borough, and there is a need to address demographic change, the expectations of the younger generation of GPs and the need to develop increased integrated networks of staff, and to build resilience amongst the GP community.

    “In addition, the provision of alternative therapies, and the development of teams of staff within practices, such as physiotherapists and pharmacists, can assist in alleviating the workload of GPs and ‘free up’ time for improving access to patients to GPs.

    “The attractions of Islington to work and live we feel can also be marketed to recruit younger GPs to the borough. However the high cost of housing and living may limit such recruitment.”

    The committee’s report aims to consider how sustainable general practice currently is in the borough in the face of rising demand and population growth.

    Councillors also plan to recommend that the CCG, GP Federation and council planning department work together to ensure that premises are allocated for new surgeries where necessary in new housing developments in the borough.