Pancho Lewis came second place in the ballot with 984 votes, only 6 votes behind the top Conservative Candidate and 11 votes ahead of the incumbent Tory Councillor Jonathan Glanz – both were also elected.
The result will send shockwaves across the country. Mayfair is part of West End electoral ward, which also includes Fitzrovia and Soho. The Ward has until now been seen as a Conservative safe seat, with Tory activists regarding it commonsense Labour would never be able to make gains there.
Labour more than doubled its vote share in the ward. In 2014, the party received an accumulated total of 1,281 votes and this year the figure stood at 2,858 – more than the 2,831 votes for the three Conservatives.
Councillor Pancho Lewis said:
“Residents of West End Ward have sent a clear message to Conservative-run Westminster Council.
It’s time for the Council to show they mean business and are ready to take action to address the community’s concerns.
“The West End is being overdeveloped and over commercialised because the Conservative leadership has chosen to side with the property developers, allowing them to run riot in the ward. As a result they’ve put the area’s character and heritage at risk. We need to protect the West End’s unique character – that’s what people want and that’s what the Council needs to be doing.
“As the first Labour councillor for the area, I will work day in day out to represent residents’ concerns and work to hold the Conservative Leadership in the Council to account for the decisions it makes. I will work alongside my fellow Conservative Councillors for the West End wherever they are committed to addressing residents’ concerns.”