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2002 Merton London Borough Council election

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2002 Merton London Borough Council election
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All 60 council seats on Merton London Borough Council
Turnout34.2% (Decrease3.8%)
  First party Second party Third party
Party Labour Conservative Merton Park Residents
Last election 39 seats, 44.2% 12 seats, 32.9% 3 seats, 3.4%
Seats won 32 25 3
Seat change Decrease7 Increase13 Steady
Popular vote 47,081 48,188 4,334
Percentage 37.1% 38.0% 3.4%
Swing Decrease7.1% Increase5.1% Steady

Map of the results of the 2002 Merton council election. Conservatives in blue, Labour in red and Merton Park Ward Residents Association in white.

Council leader before election

Andrew Judge

Council leader after election

Andrew Judge

Elections for the London Borough of Merton were held on 2 May 2002. This was on the same day as other local elections in England.[1] These elections were held under new ward boundaries, which increased the number of councillors to sixty from fifty-seven.[1] Labour remained in overall control of the council with a reduced majority.[1]


Between the last election and the polling day, an unusual number of seat changes had occurred. At a by-election in West Barnes on 9 November 2000, the Conservatives gained a seat from the Liberal Democrats. Of the 39 Labour councillors elected in 1998, one defected to the Green Party, three defected to independent Labour, one resigned from the party and one seat had become vacant in 2002. This meant that, on the eve of the election, Labour had 33 seats to the Conservatives' 13 and the Liberal Democrats had 2.[1]

The Labour Party maintained its overall majority control in the borough, but its majority was reduced to one seat. The Conservatives made significant gains and indeed polled a higher vote share than Labour, despite winning fewer seats. The Liberal Democrats failed to hold onto the newly-redrawn ward of West Barnes, losing their three seats in the ward to the Conservatives.[1]

The Merton Park Ward Residents' Association maintained its three councillors in Merton Park.[1]

Merton Local Election Result 2002[2]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Conservative 25 Increase13 41.7% 38.0% 48,188 Increase5.1%
  Labour 32 Decrease7 53.3% 37.1% 47,081 Decrease7.1%
  Merton Park Residents 3 0 5.0% 3.4% 4,334 Steady
  Liberal Democrats 0 Decrease3 0% 11.1% 14,063 Decrease3.4%
  Green 0 0 0% 7.3% 9,279 Increase2.5%
  Wimbledon Park Independent Residents 0 0 0% 1.7% 2,198 n/a
  UKIP 0 0 0% 0.7% 851 n/a
  Independent 0 0 0% 0.5% 644 n/a
  BNP 0 0 0% 0.2% 302 Decrease0.1%


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Merton Council Elections 2002" (PDF). Merton Electoral Services. Retrieved 8 June 2018.
  2. ^ "Merton Council Elections 2002" (PDF). Merton Electoral Services. Retrieved 8 June 2018.
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