The Co-operative Party is celebrating a record 396 Labour/Co-op councillors elected in last week’s local elections.
It had more than 250 new councillors elected, with others re-elected. In London, there were 271 Labour/Co-op Councillors elected, including the biggest number in a single council – 39 in Greenwich. Other areas also elected a record number of councillors – Lambeth (22), Waltham Forest (21), and Lewisham (16).
Polling day also saw a series of mayoral elections, with the Party notching up four successes.
Rokhsana Fiaz won in Newham after receiving 73.4% of first preference votes in the first round.
Dan Jarvis was elected as the first mayor of the Sheffield City Region with 144,154 votes after second preference votes were counted. He had taken 48% of the vote in the first count. Tory candidate Ian Walker came second with 50,619 votes. Mr Jarvis was allowed by the Labour Party’s NEC to also stay on as an MP for Barnsley Central.
Damien Egan was also elected mayor for Lewisham, with 54.30% of the total vote.
And Philip Glanville was re-elected as mayor of Hackney after receiving 65.9% of first preference votes in the first round.
To build on these results the Co-operative Party is hosting a conference in London on 9 June where councillors will come together to discuss how to tackle common challenges.
The conference will feature a speech from Matthew Brown, the newly elected leader of Preston Council, on its approach to economic development, also known as the Preston model.