Havering London Borough Council

All of the seats in Havering 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 25 Total councillors 25 Change+3

PartyResidents' Association

Elected in 2018 23 Total councillors 23 Change-1


Elected in 2018 5 Total councillors 5 Change+4


Elected in 2018 1 Total councillors 1 Change+1


Elected in 2018 0 Total councillors 0 Change-7
Councillors change compared with 2014

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  1. Nurseries and playgroups call for more support

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Scallywags nursery

    Havering’s nurseries, preschools and playgroups are warning that parents may be left without childcare when they eventually return to work if they do not receive more support.

    Early years providers, who care for children from birth to age five, are still being told to stay open to all families despite schools being closed to most children.

    While many of the borough’s providers do want to stay open, they are taking a big financial hit and say they need on-site Covid tests and priority vaccines to keep their staff safe.

    The number of early years providers across the country reporting Covid cases has risen from zero on 1 June last year to 1,267 on 4 January.

    Speaking to the Local Democracy Reporting Service, Emma Reynolds of Scallywags Day Nursery said that early years providers were ineligible for most emergency Covid grants.

    She said: “I closed for three months (at the start of the pandemic) and lost about £70,000. That’s why we are happy we can stay open but, on the other hand, we are anxious for our staff.

    “I have had five staff test positive for Covid since November. If staff keep getting sick we won’t have enough to stay open."

    Rebecca Jeffries, from Fairytales Playgroup in Rainham, said the number of children attending has plummeted during lockdown, as many parents are furloughed or working from home.

    “It’s had a massive financial impact... A lot of us don’t know how we’re going to survive. We’re not the only playgroup who has had to reduce," she said.

    Robert Benham, the council’s deputy leader and cabinet member for education, children and families, said Havering Council was sympathetic to providers’ situation.

    He said: “We know how tough it has been for early years providers during the Covid-19 pandemic and how uncertain everything is at the moment.

    “We are continuing to support them with a number of packages and have been on hand to help them get access to what they need at this time."

    A Department for Education spokesperson said “current evidence” suggested children under five “are less susceptible to infection”, justifying the decision to keep early years open.

    They added: “We encourage local authorities to prioritise appropriate testing for early years staff through their community testing programmes as they are being established.

    “We are funding nurseries as usual and, where nurseries do see a drop in income from either parent-paid fees or income from DfE, they are able to use the furlough scheme.”

  2. Covid patients above first wave peak in London hospital trust

    King George Hospital, Redbridge

    A major hospital trust in east London has more Covid-19 patients than at the peak of the first wave of the virus, new analysis shows.

    Barking, Havering & Redbridge NHS Trust had 300 patients on 18 December versus the first-wave peak of 245.

    The trust serves Havering, which currently has the second-highest infection rate in the country, with more than 1% of the local population testing positive for Covid-19 in the last week.

    This is currently the only trust in London to have passed the peak.

    Across the country, a third of major hospital trusts in England currently have more Covid-19 patients than at the peak of the first wave, the Press Association study shows.

    In London, though the average level of Covid-19 patients remains well below that seen during the first wave of the virus.

    Some 2,909 patients were recorded in the capital on 19 December, up from 2,092 a week ago.

    The first-wave peak in London was 5,201 patients on 9 April.

    The number of infections in London is rising.

  3. Covid infection rate over 1% in south-east England hot spots

    Sam Francis

    BBC News, London

    People shopping with face masks on

    More than 1% of the population currently have coronavirus in two boroughs in south-east England, new figures show.

    Only one borough has ever breached this benchmark before, according to Public Health England.

    Thurrock and Havering have the highest infection rates in the country.

    Thurrock in Essex now has 1,056 cases per 100,000 population. This means roughly 1% of the population is currently infected.

    The infection rate has nearly tripled in just one week in Thurrock.

    In neighbouring Havering the infection rate is 1,021.8 per 100,000.

    It follows a spike in Covid-19 cases linked to a new strain of coronavirus.

    Nottingham recorded the UK's highest official infection rate of 1,337 per 100,000 in early October.

    Accurate infection rates for the first wave of the virus, when hospital admissions and deaths spiked, are not known due to a lack of testing.

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  4. Havering Council dismisses lockdown speculation

    Mark Ansell

    Havering Council have dismissed newspaper reports that the borough could be facing a lockdown due to an increased number of Covid-19 cases, saying they were "nowhere near the levels where a lockdown would even be considered".

    Mark Ansell, the council's director of public health, said that while figures had shown there had been an increase from two to eight cases in a week, it was "from a low base and is likely to reflect more testing and the outcomes of contact tracing rather than a sustained spike in cases".

    “Public Health England London have reviewed cases in London and the overall trend remains downwards," he said.

    Mr Ansell added that there was "no cause for alarm but we do need to stay alert" as "coronavirus has not gone away".

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  6. Havering school closed after boy stabbed

    Havering College cordon

    A school in north-east London has been closed after a boy was stabbed.

    Police were called to Havering College in Tring Gardens, Romford, at about 12:20 GMT.

    A boy in his late teens was found injured after reportedly being stabbed outside the college.

    The London Ambulance Service said it treated the victim at the scene before taking him to hospital.

    The Met said his injuries are not life-threatening.

    Havering College cordon

    No arrests have been made and inquiries continue, officers added.

    Havering College said it could not comment due to the ongoing police investigation.

    The attack happened less than a mile from where 17-year-old Jodie Chesney was stabbed to death at the beginning of the month.

  7. School pays tribute to "hard-working" student Jodie

    Havering Sixth Form College

    Teachers of murdered schoolgirl Jodie Chesney have paid tribute to a "hard-working and focused" student.

    Jodie, 17, was stabbed to death in a park in Harold Hill on Friday night.

    Paul Wakeling, principal of Havering Sixth Form College, said: "It was with sadness and shock that I received the news of the tragic death of Jodie Chesney, an Upper 6th A Level student at Havering Sixth Form College.

    "Jodie was an excellent, hard-working and focused student and her loss is devastating to staff and students.

    "Our focus for the next few days will be on providing support for the college community as a whole with additional help, as needed, for those who knew Jodie personally.

    "I will issue a further statement in due course. I extend my deepest sympathy, and that of my staff, to Jodie’s family and friends."

  8. Havering remains as no overall control

    Havering Council remains as no overall control.