About Southwark Council

The London Borough of Southwark is made up of 21 wards.

Three councillors are elected from each ward, making a total of 63 councillors:

  • Labour party have 48 councillors
  • Liberal Democrat party have 13 councillors
  • Conservative party have 2 councillors

Elections for the council are held every four years. The last election took place on 22 May 2014. 

The leader of the council is Cllr Peter John OBE (Labour). The council employs officers to carry out its policies and run services. Officers are managed by the Chief Executive. The council is made up of five departments.


Southwark has an ethnically diverse and youthful population. The mid-year population estimate for 2012 was 293,530 with:

  • 58% aged 35 or under
  • 12.9% of residents born in Africa
  • a significant population from Latin America
  • 75% of reception-age children from black and minority ethnic (BME) groups


Over 120 languages are spoken, with 11% of households having no members who speak English as a first language. Southwark has the 9th highest population density in England and Wales at 9,988 residents per square kilometre.

Page last updated: 06 February 2018