2022 United Kingdom local elections

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2022 United Kingdom local elections
  2021 5 May 20222023 

  • 146 unitary, metropolitan, county, district and London councils in England
  • 32 councils in Scotland
  • 22 councils in Wales
  • 6 directly elected mayors in England
  • 90 members of the Northern Ireland Assembly
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Leader Boris Johnson Keir Starmer Ed Davey
Party Conservative Labour Liberal Democrats

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Leader Nicola Sturgeon Adam Price Siân Berry
Party SNP Plaid Cymru Green

Local elections in the United Kingdom will be held on 5 May 2022. These will include elections for all London borough councils, and for all local authorities in Wales and Scotland. Most seats in England were last up for election in 2018 and in Scotland and Wales in 2017.

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England

Background

Most seats in England up for election in 2022 were last elected in 2018. The exceptions are local authorities which have undergone recent boundary reviews. In the 2018 local elections, Labour made gains in London at the expense of the Conservatives and the Conservatives made gains in the rest of England and the expense of the UK Independence Party (UKIP). Few councils changed overall control. [1] Overall, UKIP lost 237 of the 243 seats it had held before the elections. [2] According to the BBC's analysis, the results reflected a national political situation with Labour and the Conservatives "neck-and-neck". [3]

County councils

County councils are elected in full every four years, with the last election having been in 2021. County councils are the upper tier of a two-tier system of local government, with the area each council covers subdivided into district councils with different responsibilities. These are first-past-the-post elections with a mixture of single-member and multi-member electoral divisions. All county councils were due to be elected in 2021. However, due to consultations about possible unitarisation, elections for three county councils were postponed to 2022, should the county councils still exist at the time. [4] The government has announced plans to replace the councils with unitary authorities pending Parliamentary approval. [5]

CouncilSeatsPrevious controlDetails
Cumbria [lower-alpha 1] 84 No overall control (Labour/Lib Dem coalition) Details
North Yorkshire [lower-alpha 1] 72 Conservative Details
Somerset [lower-alpha 1] 55 Conservative Details
All 3 councils211

London boroughs

Elections for all councillors in all thirty-two London boroughs will be held in 2022 in line with their normal election schedule. All twenty-five London borough councils which had not had a boundary review since before 2013 will be conducted the election on new boundaries. [6] The last elections to London borough councils were held in 2018, which saw Labour win its second-best result in any London election and the Conservatives return their lowest-ever number of councillors in the capital. In 2018, Labour won control of Tower Hamlets council which had previously been under no overall control, but did not gain control of Barnet, Wandsworth or Westminster councils, which the party had targeted. Meanwhile, the Liberal Democrats gained control of Kingston upon Thames and Richmond upon Thames borough councils from the Conservatives. [7]

CouncilSeatsPrevious controlDetails
Barking and Dagenham 51 [lower-alpha 2] Labour Details
Barnet 63 [lower-alpha 2] Conservative Details
Bexley 45 [lower-alpha 2] Conservative Details
Brent 57 [lower-alpha 2] Labour Details
Bromley 58 [lower-alpha 2] Conservative Details
Camden 55 [lower-alpha 2] Labour Details
Croydon 70 Labour Details
Ealing 70 [lower-alpha 2] Labour Details
Enfield 63 [lower-alpha 2] Labour Details
Greenwich 55 [lower-alpha 2] Labour Details
Hackney 57 Labour Details
Hammersmith and Fulham 50 [lower-alpha 2] Labour Details
Haringey 57 [lower-alpha 2] Labour Details
Harrow 55 [lower-alpha 2] Labour Details
Havering 55 [lower-alpha 2] No overall control (Conservative/Ind coalition) Details
Hillingdon 53 [lower-alpha 2] Conservative Details
Hounslow 62 [lower-alpha 2] Labour Details
Islington 51 [lower-alpha 2] Labour Details
Kensington and Chelsea 50 Conservative Details
Kingston upon Thames 48 [lower-alpha 2] Liberal Democrats Details
Lambeth 63 [lower-alpha 2] Labour Details
Lewisham 54 [lower-alpha 2] Labour Details
Merton 57 [lower-alpha 2] Labour Details
Newham 66 [lower-alpha 2] Labour Details
Redbridge 63 Labour Details
Richmond upon Thames 54 [lower-alpha 2] Liberal Democrats Details
Southwark 63 Labour Details
Sutton 55 [lower-alpha 2] Liberal Democrats Details
Tower Hamlets 45 Labour Details
Waltham Forest 60 [lower-alpha 2] Labour Details
Wandsworth 58 [lower-alpha 2] Conservative Details
Westminster 54 [lower-alpha 2] Conservative Details
All 32 councils1,817

Metropolitan boroughs

There are thirty-six metropolitan boroughs, which are single-tier local authorities. Thirty-three of them elect a third of their councillors every year for three years, with no election in each fourth year. These councils hold their elections on the same timetable, which includes elections in 2022. Of the remaining three metropolitan boroughs, Birmingham City Council holds its elections on a four-year cycle from 2018, so is due to hold an election in 2022. Due to boundary changes, ten councils which elect their councillors in thirds will elect all of their councillors in 2022, and will then return to the thirds schedule.

Elections for all councillors

CouncilSeatsPrevious controlDetails
Birmingham 101 Labour Details
Bolton 60 [lower-alpha 2] No overall control (Conservative minority) Details
Bury 51 [lower-alpha 2] Labour Details
Oldham 60 [lower-alpha 2] Labour Details
Rochdale 51 [lower-alpha 2] Labour Details
St Helens 60 [lower-alpha 2] Labour Details
Stockport 51 [lower-alpha 2] No overall control (Labour minority) Details
Tameside 57 [lower-alpha 2] Labour Details
Trafford 63 [lower-alpha 2] Labour Details
Wigan 60 [lower-alpha 2] Labour Details
Wolverhampton 51 [lower-alpha 2] Labour Details
All 11 councils664

Election for one third of councillors

Liverpool was scheduled to have had elections in 2022 but these have now been cancelled and instead the city is expected to have all out elections in 2023 with new ward boundaries. [8]

CouncilSeatsPrevious controlDetails
upof
Barnsley 2163 Labour Details
Bradford 3090 Labour Details
Calderdale 1751 Labour Details
Coventry 1854 Labour Details
Dudley 2472 Conservative Details
Gateshead 2266 Labour Details
Kirklees 2369 No overall control (Labour minority) Details
Knowsley 1545 Labour Details
Leeds 3399 Labour Details
Manchester 3296 Labour Details
Newcastle upon Tyne 2678 Labour Details
North Tyneside 2060 Labour Details
Salford 2060 Labour Details
Sandwell 2472 Labour Details
Sefton 2266 Labour Details
Sheffield 2884 No overall control (Labour/Green coalition) Details
Solihull 1751 Conservative Details
South Tyneside 1854 Labour Details
Sunderland 2575 Labour Details
Wakefield 2163 Labour Details
Walsall 2060 Conservative Details
Wirral 2266 No overall control (Labour minority) Details
22 councils4781,434

District councils

Election for all councillors

Some councils which elect all their councillors every four years will do so in 2022. Gosport usually elects its councillors in halves, but all seats will be up for election due to new election boundaries. St. Albans usually elects by thirds but all seats are up on new boundaries.

CouncilSeatsPrevious controlDetails
Gosport 28 [lower-alpha 2] Conservative Details
Harrogate [lower-alpha 1] 40 Conservative Details
Huntingdonshire 52 Conservative Details
Newcastle-under-Lyme 44 No overall control (Conservative minority) Details
South Cambridgeshire 45 Liberal Democrats Details
St. Albans 56 [lower-alpha 2] Liberal Democrats Details
6 councils265

Election for half of councillors

District councils which elect their candidates in halves will do so in 2022.

CouncilSeatsPrevious controlDetails
upof
Adur 1429 Conservative Details
Cheltenham 2040 Liberal Democrats Details
Fareham 1631 Conservative Details
Hastings 1632 Labour Details
Nuneaton and Bedworth 1734 Conservative Details
Oxford 2448 Labour Details
All 6 councils107214

Election for one third of councillors

District councils which elect by thirds that will hold elections in 2022.

CouncilSeatsPrevious controlDetails
upof
Amber Valley 1545 Conservative Details
Basildon 1442 Conservative Details
Basingstoke and Deane 1854 Conservative Details
Brentwood 1337 Conservative Details
Broxbourne 1030 Conservative Details
Burnley 1545 No overall control (Labour/Lib Dem coalition) Details
Cambridge 1442 Labour Details
Cannock Chase 1341 Conservative Details
Castle Point 1441 Conservative Details
Cherwell 1648 Conservative Details
Chorley 1442 Labour Details
Colchester 1751 No overall control (Conservative/independent coalition) Details
Crawley 1236 No overall control (Labour/independent coalition) Details
Eastleigh 1439 Liberal Democrats Details
Elmbridge 1648 No overall control (Lib Dem/Residents Association coalition) Details
Epping Forest 1958 Conservative Details
Exeter 1339 Labour Details
Harlow 1133 Conservative Details
Hart 1133 No overall control (Lib Dem/Community Campaign Hart coalition) Details
Havant 1438 Conservative Details
Hyndburn 1135 Labour Details
Ipswich 1648 Labour Details
Lincoln 1133 Labour Details
Maidstone 1855 Conservative Details
Mole Valley 1441 Liberal Democrats Details
North Hertfordshire 1849 No overall control (Labour/Lib Dem coalition) Details
Norwich 1339 Labour Details
Pendle 1033 Conservative Details
Preston 1648 Labour Details
Redditch 1029 Conservative Details
Reigate and Banstead 1545 Conservative Details
Rochford 1339 Conservative Details
Rossendale 1236 No overall control (Labour minority) Details
Rugby 1442 Conservative Details
Runnymede 1441 Conservative Details
Rushmoor 1339 Conservative Details
Stevenage 1339 Labour Details
Tamworth 1030 Conservative Details
Tandridge 1442 No overall control (Independent/Residents Association coalition) Details
Three Rivers 1339 Liberal Democrats Details
Tunbridge Wells 1648 No overall control (Conservative minority) Details
Watford 1236 Liberal Democrats Details
Welwyn Hatfield 1648 Conservative Details
West Lancashire 1854 No overall control (Labour minority) Details
West Oxfordshire 1649 Conservative Details
Winchester 1545 Liberal Democrats Details
Woking 1030 No overall control (Conservative minority) Details
Worcester 1235 Conservative Details
Worthing 1337 Conservative Details
All 48 councils6641,981

Unitary authorities

Election for one third of councillors

Unitary authorities that elect councillors in thirds will do so in 2022.

CouncilSeatsPrevious controlDetails
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Blackburn with Darwen 1751 Labour Details
Derby 1751 No overall control (Conservative minority) Details
Halton 1854 Labour Details
Hartlepool 1854 No overall control (Independent/Conservative coalition) Details
Hull 1957 Labour Details
Milton Keynes 1957 No overall control (Labour/Lib Dem coalition) Details
North East Lincolnshire 1442 Conservative Details
Peterborough 2260 No overall control (Conservative minority) Details
Plymouth 1957 No overall control (Conservative minority) Details
Portsmouth 1442 No overall control (Lib Dem minority) Details
Reading 1646 Labour Details
Slough 1442 Labour Details
Southampton 1648 Conservative Details
Southend 1751 No overall control (Labour/Independent/Lib Dem coalition) Details
Swindon 1957 Conservative Details
Thurrock 1749 Conservative Details
Wokingham 1854 Conservative Details
All 17 councils292875

City of London Corporation

The Court of Common Council is the main decision-making body of the City of London Corporation, which governs the City of London. The 100 councillors are elected across twenty-five wards. Elections were due on 18 March 2021, but as a result of the coronavirus pandemic were delayed to March 2022. [9]

After 2017 electionBefore 2022 election
PartySeatsPartySeats
Independent 85 Independent 84
Temple and Farringdon Together10Temple and Farringdon Together10
Labour 5 Labour 6

Mayors

There will be five local authority mayoral elections and one metropolitan mayoral election.

Combined authorities

Combined authorityMayor beforeDetails
South Yorkshire Dan Jarvis (Lab) Details

Local authorities

CouncilMayor before
Hackney Philip Glanville (Lab)
Lewisham Damien Egan (Lab)
Newham Rokhsana Fiaz (Lab)
Tower Hamlets John Biggs (Lab)
Watford Peter Taylor (Lib Dem)

Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland Assembly

The next election to the Northern Ireland Assembly will be held on or before 5 May 2022.

After 2017 electionBefore 2022 election
PartySeatsPartySeats
DUP 28 DUP 26
Sinn Féin 27 Sinn Féin 26
SDLP 12 SDLP 12
UUP 10 UUP 10
Alliance 8 Alliance 7
Green (NI) 2 Independent Unionist 3
TUV 1 Green (NI) 2
People Before Profit 1 TUV 1
People Before Profit 1
Independent 1
Speaker 1

Scotland

Councils

Elections will be held for all councillors in all 32 local authorities in Scotland. Local elections in Scotland are conducted by the single transferable vote, which results in the number of seats won by each party more proportionally reflecting their share of the vote. [10] As a consequence, local elections in Scotland result more often in no overall control and local authorities being governed by minority or coalition administrations. [10]

CouncilSeatsPrevious controlDetails
Aberdeen 45 No overall control (Aberdeen Labour/Conservative/independent coalition) Details
Aberdeenshire 70 No overall control (Conservative/Lib Dem/independent coalition) Details
Angus 28 No overall control (Lib Dem/Conservative/independent coalition) Details
Argyll and Bute 34 [lower-alpha 2] No overall control (Lib Dem/Conservative/independent coalition) Details
Clackmannanshire 18 No overall control (SNP minority) Details
Dumfries and Galloway 43 No overall control (Labour/SNP coalition) Details
Dundee 29 No overall control (SNP minority) Details
East Ayrshire 32 No overall control (SNP minority) Details
East Dunbartonshire 22 No overall control (Lib Dem/Conservative coalition) Details
East Lothian 22 No overall control (Labour minority) Details
East Renfrewshire 18 No overall control (SNP/Labour coalition) Details
Edinburgh 63 No overall control (SNP/Labour coalition) Details
Falkirk 30 No overall control (SNP minority) Details
Fife 75 No overall control (SNP/Labour coalition) Details
Glasgow 85 No overall control (SNP minority) Details
Highland 73 [lower-alpha 2] No overall control (Independent/Lib Dem/Labour coalition) Details
Inverclyde 22 No overall control (Labour minority) Details
Midlothian 18 No overall control (Labour minority) Details
Moray 29 No overall control (SNP minority) Details
Na h-Eileanan Siar 26 [lower-alpha 2] Independent Details
North Ayrshire 33 [lower-alpha 2] No overall control (Labour minority) Details
North Lanarkshire 77 No overall control (Labour minority) Details
Orkney 21 [lower-alpha 2] Independent Details
Perth and Kinross 40 No overall control (Conservative/independent coalition) Details
Renfrewshire 43 No overall control (SNP minority) Details
Scottish Borders 34 No overall control (Conservative minority) Details
Shetland 23 [lower-alpha 2] Independent Details
South Ayrshire 28 No overall control (SNP/Labour/independent coalition) Details
South Lanarkshire 64 No overall control (SNP minority) Details
Stirling 34 No overall control (SNP/Labour coalition) Details
West Dunbartonshire 22 No overall control (SNP minority) Details
West Lothian 33 No overall control (Labour minority) Details
All 32 councils1,276

Wales

Elections will be held for all councillors in all 22 local authorities as well as for all community council seats in Wales. In all twenty-two councils, the elections will be contested under new boundaries.

Councils

CouncilSeatsPrevious controlDetails
Anglesey 35 [lower-alpha 2] No overall control (Plaid Cymru/independent coalition) Details
Blaenau Gwent 33 [lower-alpha 2] Independent Details
Bridgend 51 [lower-alpha 2] No overall control (Labour minority) Details
Caerphilly 69 [lower-alpha 2] Labour Details
Cardiff 79 [lower-alpha 2] Labour Details
Carmarthenshire 75 [lower-alpha 2] No overall control (Plaid Cymru/independent coalition) Details
Ceredigion 38 [lower-alpha 2] No overall control (Plaid Cymru/independent coalition) Details
Conwy 55 [lower-alpha 2] No overall control (Conservative/independent coalition) Details
Denbighshire 48 [lower-alpha 2] No overall control (Conservative/independent coalition) Details
Flintshire 66 [lower-alpha 2] No overall control (Labour minority) Details
Gwynedd 69 [lower-alpha 2] Plaid Cymru Details
Merthyr Tydfil 30 [lower-alpha 2] Independent Details
Monmouthshire 44 [lower-alpha 2] Conservative Details
Neath Port Talbot 60 [lower-alpha 2] Labour Details
Newport 51 [lower-alpha 2] Labour Details
Pembrokeshire 60 [lower-alpha 2] No overall control (Independent/Labour/Plaid Cymru/Lib Dem coalition) Details
Powys 68 [lower-alpha 2] No overall control (Independent/Conservative coalition) Details
Rhondda Cynon Taf 75 [lower-alpha 2] Labour Details
Swansea 75 [lower-alpha 2] Labour Details
Torfaen 40 [lower-alpha 2] Labour Details
Vale of Glamorgan 54 [lower-alpha 2] No overall control (Labour/independent coalition) Details
Wrexham 56 [lower-alpha 2] No overall control (Independent/Conservative coalition) Details

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