Your Islington Labour Team

Islington Labour is on the side of local people and is making a difference for the many, not the few, on the issues that matter most. 

Islington is a wonderful place, but despite its affluent image, we know that too many people struggle to enjoy decent housing, are out of work and do not have the same chances in life as others. That is why we are committed to making our borough a fairer place for all.

Islington Labour was elected in 2010 to lead Islington Council to make a difference on the issues that matter most to local people. We were re-elected in 2014, and again in 2018, with Labour’s best result in the borough since 1974.

We are proud that we have –

  • Supported over 5,500 local people into jobs since 2014, including 1,500 young people.
  • By 2020, we will have delivered 2,200 new homes for social rent, including building the largest number of new council homes in Islington for over 30 years.
  • Supported young people to get the best start in life, with Islington now ranking in the top 20 in the country for boosting pupils’ attainment, whereas in 2008 the borough ranked in the bottom 20 local authorities for its GCSE results.

Islington is represented by two Labour Members of Parliament, 46 Labour councillors on Islington Council, the Labour Mayor of London and one member of the Greater London Assembly (GLA).

Contact your local Islington Labour councillors

Please click the link for your ward below to find out how to get in touch with your local Islington Labour councillors.

Barnsbury         Bunhill

Caledonian        Canonbury 

Clerkenwell       Finsbury Park  

Highbury East   Highbury West

Hillrise               Holloway

Junction            Mildmay

St George’s      St Mary’s

St Peter’s         Tollington

Not sure which ward you live in? Find out here.


Cllr Richard Watts, Leader of Islington Council

Cllr Richard Watts has lived in Islington since 1998, representing Tollington Ward in the north of Islington since 2006.

Richard served as Executive Member for Children and Families from May 2010 and Executive Member for Finance and Performance from May 2013 until becoming Council Leader in October 2013.

Richard is also the Chair of the Local Government Association’s Resources Board, representing the interests of local authorities at a national level.

Before becoming a full-time member of the Council Executive, Richard ran the Children’s Food Campaign, a national campaign to improve children’s diets. Previously he worked for a number of different campaigns and a consultancy organisation, which led to some work in Kosovo helping develop the political party that formed out of the KLA guerrilla army.

He graduated with a degree in politics from Durham University and before this worked in the Pretty Polly tights factory in Nottinghamshire. Richard and his wife have two children.

Richard tweets @RichardWatts01

Richard leads the Labour Group on the Council, which is made up of 47 Labour councillors.

Islington’s Labour MPs

 Emily Thornberry   

MP for Islington South and Finsbury


MP for Islington North

Not sure which constituency you live in?

Click here to check who your MP is.

Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London


Sadiq Khan is the Mayor of London.

Find out more about Sadiq’s responsibilities and the work he is doing for Londoners here.

Jennette Arnold AM


Islington is represented on the Greater London Assembly (GLA) by Labour’s Jennette Arnold AM.

You can contact Jennette by clicking here.

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