2022 United Kingdom local elections

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2022 United Kingdom local elections
  2021 5 May 2022 2023  

  • 146 unitary, metropolitan, district and London councils in England
  • 32 councils in Scotland
  • 22 councils in Wales
  • 7 directly elected mayors in England
 First partySecond partyThird party
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Leader Keir Starmer Boris Johnson Ed Davey
Party Labour Conservative Liberal Democrats
Popular vote [n 1] 35% 30%19%
Swing [n 2] Increase2.svg6%Decrease2.svg6%Increase2.svg2%
Councillors3,0731,403868
Councillors ±Increase2.svg108Decrease2.svg485Increase2.svg224
Councils74 [n 3] 3516
Councils ±Increase2.svg5Decrease2.svg11Increase2.svg3

 Fourth partyFifth partySixth party
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Leader Nicola Sturgeon Adam Price Carla Denyer and Adrian Ramsay
Party SNP Plaid Cymru Green
Popular vote [n 1] 34.1% [n 4] TBC8.2%
Swing [n 2] Increase2.svg1.8%TBCTBC
Councillors453202159
Councillors ±Increase2.svg22Decrease2.svg6Increase2.svg87
Councils1 [n 3] 40
Councils ±Increase2.svg1Increase2.svg3Steady2.svg

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Local authorities up for election:
  •   London borough
  •   Metropolitan borough
  •   Unitary authority
  •   District council
  •   City of London Corporation
  •   No election

Local elections in the United Kingdom took place on 5 May 2022. These included elections for all London borough councils, 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. The elections coincided with the 2022 Northern Ireland Assembly election. In 91 cases, most of them in Wales, council seats were uncontested, each having only one candidate. Three seats in Scotland remained unfilled as no one nominated to fill them.

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Overall

Across Great Britain, the Conservatives had a net loss of 487 seats in comparison to 2017 in Scotland and Wales and 2018 in England, whilst Labour gained 108 seats (22 in England, 20 in Scotland, and 66 in Wales). The Liberal Democrats and Greens made gains of 224 seats and 87 seats, respectively, which exceeded those of the Labour Party in England but were also seen to a more modest extent in Scotland and Wales. The Scottish National Party (SNP) gained 22 seats in Scotland whilst Plaid Cymru made a net loss of 6 seats in Wales. [1]

By party

Results of the 2022 council elections in Great Britain
PartyCouncillorsCouncilsMayors
NumberChangeNumberChangeNumberChange
Labour 3,073+10874+54−1
No overall control660
Conservatives 1,403−48535−111+1
Liberal Democrats 868+22416+310
SNP 453+221+100
Plaid Cymru 202−64+300
Greens [n 5] 159+870000
Aspire 24+241+11+1
Reform UK 2+20000
British Unionist [2] 1+10000
Gwlad [3] 1+10000
Liberal [4] 1+10000
Propel [5] 1+10000
SDP [6] 1+10000
Rubbish [7] 100000
UKIP 0−30000
Residents' Association [8] 52+70000
Independent606+153−200
Total6,8482007+1

Used to project a general election

The results may be further processed to project the result of a hypothetical concurrent general election.

PartyVotes [9]
VotesProjected National Vote [n 1]
Labour 3,673,38935%
Conservatives 2,772,08730%
Liberal Democrats 1,496,30919%
SNP 627,48417%
Plaid Cymru 160,369
Greens [n 5] 862,657
Aspire 915,513
Reform UK
British Unionist [2]
Gwlad [3]
Liberal [4]
Propel [5]
SDP [6]
Rubbish [7]
UKIP
Residents' Association [8]
Independent
Total10,507,808100%

England

By party

Results of the 2022 council elections in England [10]
PartyCouncillorsCouncilsMayors
NumberChangeNumberChangeNumberChange
Labour 2,265+2265+34−1
Conservatives 1,078−33635−101+1
No overall control29+3
Liberal Democrats 712+19416+310
Greens 116+630000
Aspire 24+241+11+1
Reform UK 2+20000
Liberal [4] 1+10000
SDP [6] 1+10000
UKIP 0−30000
Residents' Association 51+70000
Independent143+250000
Total4,3931467+1

Councils

Background

In total, 4,411 council seats are being contested in England, including irregular by-elections. [11]

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, the Labour Party made gains in London at the expense of the Conservative Party, who in turn made gains in the rest of England at the expense of the UK Independence Party (UKIP). Few councils changed overall control. [12] Overall, UKIP lost 237 of the 243 seats it had held before the elections. [13] According to the BBC's analysis, the results reflected a national political situation with Labour and the Conservatives "neck-and-neck". [14]

County councils

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. County councils are elected in full every four years, with the last election having been in 2021. However, due to consultations about possible unitarisation, elections for three county councils were postponed to 2022. [15] The government has announced plans to replace the councils with unitary authorities pending Parliamentary approval. [16]

Elections to the new Somerset Council took place on 5 May 2022 for a unitary authority to run concurrently with the district councils until their abolition in April 2023. [17] In a similar way, members of North Yorkshire Council were elected at the same time, with its councillors to serve as county councillors for one year and then to serve an additional four-year term as unitary councillors. [18] Cumbria's two new unitary authorities were elected as "shadow authorities" which would go live after gaining their powers in 2023. [19]

London boroughs

Elections for all councillors in all thirty-two London boroughs were held in 2022 in line with their normal election schedule. All twenty-five London borough councils which have not had a boundary review since before 2013 were elected based on new boundaries. [20] The previous 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. [21]

The 2022 elections saw Labour gain all three of Barnet, Wandsworth and Westminster councils which they had unsuccessfully targeted in 2018. The Conservatives gained control of Harrow from Labour as well as winning the new position of mayor of Croydon, with Croydon's council under no overall control, having previously been control by Labour. Lutfur Rahman gained the position of mayor of Tower Hamlets from Labour, with his Aspire party winning a majority of seats. [22]

CouncilSeatsParty controlDetails
PreviousNew
Barking and Dagenham 51 [lower-alpha 1] Labour Labour Details
Barnet 63 [lower-alpha 1] Conservative Labour Details
Bexley 45 Conservative Conservative Details
Brent 57 [lower-alpha 1] Labour Labour Details
Bromley 58 [lower-alpha 1] Conservative Conservative Details
Camden 55 [lower-alpha 1] Labour Labour Details
Croydon 70 Labour No overall control
(Conservative minority)
Details
Ealing 70 [lower-alpha 1] Labour Labour Details
Enfield 63 [lower-alpha 1] Labour Labour Details
Greenwich 55 [lower-alpha 1] Labour Labour Details
Hackney 57 Labour Labour Details
Hammersmith and Fulham 50 [lower-alpha 1] Labour Labour Details
Haringey 57 [lower-alpha 1] Labour Labour Details
Harrow 55 [lower-alpha 1] Labour Conservative Details
Havering 55 [lower-alpha 1] No overall control
(Conservative/independent coalition)
No overall control
(HRA/Labour coalition)
Details
Hillingdon 53 [lower-alpha 1] Conservative Conservative Details
Hounslow 62 [lower-alpha 1] Labour Labour Details
Islington 51 [lower-alpha 1] Labour Labour Details
Kensington and Chelsea 50 Conservative Conservative Details
Kingston upon Thames 48 [lower-alpha 1] Liberal Democrats Liberal Democrats Details
Lambeth 63 [lower-alpha 1] Labour Labour Details
Lewisham 54 [lower-alpha 1] Labour Labour Details
Merton 57 [lower-alpha 1] Labour Labour Details
Newham 66 [lower-alpha 1] Labour Labour Details
Redbridge 63 Labour Labour Details
Richmond upon Thames 54 [lower-alpha 1] Liberal Democrats Liberal Democrats Details
Southwark 63 Labour Labour Details
Sutton 55 [lower-alpha 1] Liberal Democrats Liberal Democrats Details
Tower Hamlets 45 Labour Aspire Details
Waltham Forest 60 [lower-alpha 1] Labour Labour Details
Wandsworth 58 [lower-alpha 1] Conservative Labour Details
Westminster 54 [lower-alpha 1] Conservative Labour 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. Birmingham City Council holds its elections on a four-year cycle from 2018, so is also due to hold an election in 2022. Due to boundary changes, three councils which generally elect their councillors in thirds will elect all of their councillors in 2022. They will then return to the thirds schedule, apart from St Helens Council, which is moving to all-out elections every four years starting in 2022. Several other boundary reviews have been delayed to 2023 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The scheduled elections in Liverpool in 2022 have been cancelled and instead the city is expected to move to all-out elections from 2023 on new ward boundaries. [23]

Elections for all councillors

CouncilSeatsParty controlDetails
PreviousNew
Birmingham 101 Labour Labour Details
Bury 51 [lower-alpha 1] Labour Labour Details
Rochdale 60 [lower-alpha 1] Labour Labour Details
St Helens 48 [lower-alpha 1] Labour Labour Details
4 councils260

Election for one third of councillors

By-elections or uncontested wards can cause the seats up for election to be above or below one third of the council.

CouncilSeatsParty controlDetails
upofPreviousNew
Barnsley 2163 Labour Labour Details
Bolton 2060 No overall control (Conservative minority) No overall control (Conservative minority) Details
Bradford 3090 Labour Labour Details
Calderdale 1851 Labour Labour Details
Coventry 1854 Labour Labour Details
Dudley 2572 Conservative Conservative Details
Gateshead 2266 Labour Labour Details
Kirklees 2369 No overall control (Labour minority) Labour Details
Knowsley 1545 Labour Labour Details
Leeds 3599 Labour Labour Details
Manchester 3296 Labour Labour Details
Newcastle upon Tyne 2778 Labour Labour Details
North Tyneside 2060 Labour Labour Details
Oldham 2160 Labour Labour Details
Salford 2060 Labour Labour Details
Sandwell 2472 Labour Labour Details
Sefton 2266 Labour Labour Details
Sheffield 2884 No overall control (Labour/Green coalition) No overall control (Labour minority) Details
Solihull 1751 Conservative Conservative Details
South Tyneside 1954 Labour Labour Details
Stockport 2163 No overall control (Labour minority) No overall control (Lib Dem minority) Details
Sunderland 2575 Labour Labour Details
Tameside 1957 Labour Labour Details
Trafford 2263 Labour Labour Details
Wakefield 2163 Labour Labour Details
Walsall 2160 Conservative Conservative Details
Wigan 2675 Labour Labour Details
Wirral 2366 No overall control (Labour minority) No overall control (Labour minority) Details
Wolverhampton 2060 Labour Labour Details
All 29 councils6551,932

District councils

Election of all councillors

Some councils which elect all their councillors every four years did 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 were up on new boundaries. Harrogate was due to elect all its councillors, but the election was cancelled due to the unitarisation of North Yorkshire, with councillors' terms being extended to April 2023, after which the district councils in North Yorkshire will cease to exist. [24]

CouncilSeatsParty controlDetails
PreviousNew
Gosport 28 [lower-alpha 1] Conservative Liberal Democrats Details
Huntingdonshire 52 Conservative No overall control (Lib Dem/Independent/Labour/Green coalition) Details
Newcastle-under-Lyme 44 Conservative Conservative Details
South Cambridgeshire 45 Liberal Democrats Liberal Democrats Details
St Albans 56 [lower-alpha 1] Liberal Democrats Liberal Democrats Details
All 5 councils225

Election of councillors by halves

District councils which elect their candidates in halves did so in 2022.

CouncilSeatsParty controlDetails
upofPreviousNew
Adur 1429 Conservative Conservative Details
Cheltenham 2140 Liberal Democrats Liberal Democrats Details
Fareham 1631 Conservative Conservative Details
Hastings 1632 Labour No overall control (Labour/Green coalition) Details
Nuneaton and Bedworth 1734 Conservative Conservative Details
Oxford 2448 Labour Labour Details
All 6 councils108214

Election of councillors by thirds

District councils which elect by thirds that held elections in 2022. Carlisle, Craven and South Lakeland had been due to have a third of councillors up for election but these were cancelled due to the creation of Cumberland, North Yorkshire, and Westmorland and Furness Unitary authorities. [25]

CouncilSeatsParty controlDetails
upofPreviousNew
Amber Valley 1545 Conservative Conservative Details
Basildon 1442 Conservative Conservative Details
Basingstoke and Deane 1954 Conservative Conservative Details
Brentwood 1337 Conservative Conservative Details
Broxbourne 1030 Conservative Conservative Details
Burnley 1545 No overall control (Labour/Lib Dem coalition) No overall control (Labour/Lib Dem coalition) Details
Cambridge 1642 Labour Labour Details
Cannock Chase 1341 Conservative Conservative Details
Castle Point 1441 Conservative No overall control (Independent coalition) Details
Cherwell 1748 Conservative Conservative Details
Chorley 1442 Labour Labour Details
Colchester 1851 No overall control (Conservative/independent coalition) No overall control (Lib Dem/Labour/Green coalition) Details
Crawley 1236 No overall control (Labour/independent coalition) Labour Details
Eastleigh 1439 Liberal Democrats Liberal Democrats Details
Elmbridge 1648 No overall control (Lib Dem/residents coalition) No overall control (Lib Dem/residents coalition) Details
Epping Forest 2058 Conservative Conservative Details
Exeter 1739 Labour Labour Details
Harlow 1233 Conservative Conservative Details
Hart 1133 No overall control (CCH/Lib Dem coalition) No overall control (CCH/Lib Dem coalition) Details
Havant 1438 Conservative Conservative Details
Hyndburn 1235 Labour No overall control (Labour minority) Details
Ipswich 1748 Labour Labour Details
Lincoln 1133 Labour Labour Details
Maidstone 1855 Conservative Conservative Details
Mole Valley 1441 Liberal Democrats Liberal Democrats Details
North Hertfordshire 1849 No overall control (Labour/Lib Dem coalition) No overall control (Labour/Lib Dem coalition) Details
Norwich 1339 Labour Labour Details
Pendle 1233 Conservative Conservative Details
Preston 1748 Labour Labour Details
Redditch 1129 Conservative Conservative Details
Reigate and Banstead 1545 Conservative Conservative Details
Rochford 1339 Conservative Conservative Details
Rossendale 1236 No overall control (Labour minority) Labour Details
Rugby 1442 Conservative Conservative Details
Runnymede 1441 Conservative Conservative Details
Rushmoor 1339 Conservative Conservative Details
Stevenage 1339 Labour Labour Details
Tamworth 1030 Conservative Conservative Details
Tandridge 1442 No overall control
(independent/Residents Group Alliance coalition)
No overall control
(independent/Residents Group Alliance coalition)
Details
Three Rivers 1439 Liberal Democrats Liberal Democrats Details
Tunbridge Wells 1648 No overall control
(Conservative minority)
No overall control
(Lib Dem/Labour/Tunbridge Wells Alliance coalition)
Details
Watford 1236 Liberal Democrats Liberal Democrats Details
Welwyn Hatfield 1748 Conservative Conservative Details
West Lancashire 2054 No overall control (Labour minority) No overall control (Labour minority) Details
West Oxfordshire 1649 Conservative No overall control (Lib Dem/Labour/Green coalition) Details
Winchester 1545 Liberal Democrats Liberal Democrats Details
Woking 1030 No overall control (Conservative minority) Liberal Democrats Details
Worcester 1335 Conservative No overall control (Conservative minority) Details
Worthing 1437 No overall control (Conservative minority) Labour Details
All 49 councils7022,026

Unitary authorities

Election of all councillors

Reading Borough Council will have all its councillors elected on new ward boundaries. The new unitary authority Somerset Council will hold its first election under the old Somerset County Council boundaries, with twice as many councillors being elected as previously. Shadow authorities for the two new unitary authorities replacing Cumbria County Council and its districts will also be elected, as will councillors for the new North Yorkshire Council ahead of its creation in 2023.

Notably, the count for the Skipton West and West Craven seat ended in a tie between independent candidate Andy Solloway and the Labour candidate Peter Madeley. After various methods for deciding the tie were mooted, including drawing from a deck of cards, the candidates drew straws with Andy Solloway drawing the long straw, thus being declared the winner. [26]

CouncilSeatsParty controlDetails
PreviousNew
Cumberland 46 [lower-alpha 2] No predecessor Labour Details
Reading 48 [lower-alpha 1] Labour Labour Details
North Yorkshire 90 Conservative Conservative Details
Somerset 110 [lower-alpha 3] Conservative Liberal Democrats Details
Westmorland and Furness 65 [lower-alpha 2] No predecessor Liberal Democrats Details
All 5 councils359

Election of councillors by thirds

Unitary authorities that elect councillors in thirds did so in 2022.

CouncilSeatsParty controlDetails
upofPreviousNew
Blackburn with Darwen 1851 Labour Labour Details
Derby 1751 No overall control (Conservative minority) No overall control (Conservative minority) Details
Halton 1854 Labour Labour Details
Hartlepool 1336 No overall control (independent/Conservative coalition) No overall control (independent/Conservative coalition) Details
Hull 1957 Labour Liberal Democrats Details
Milton Keynes 1957 No overall control (Labour/Lib Dem coalition) No overall control (Labour/Lib Dem coalition) Details
North East Lincolnshire 1642 Conservative Conservative Details
Peterborough 1960 No overall control (Conservative minority) No overall control (Conservative minority) Details
Plymouth 1957 No overall control (Conservative minority) No overall control (Conservative majority after party changes) Details
Portsmouth 1442 No overall control (Lib Dem minority) No overall control (Lib Dem minority) Details
Slough 1442 Labour Labour Details
Southampton 1748 Conservative Labour Details
Southend-on-Sea 1851 No overall control (Labour/independent/Lib Dem coalition) No overall control (Labour/independent/Lib Dem coalition) Details
Swindon 1957 Conservative Conservative Details
Thurrock 1649 Conservative Conservative Details
Wokingham 1854 Conservative No overall control (Lib Dem/Labour/independent coalition) Details
All 16 councils274808

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 were elected across twenty-five wards. Elections were due on 18 March 2021, but as a result of the coronavirus pandemic were delayed to 23 March 2022. [27] [28]

After 2017 electionBefore 2022 electionAfter 2022 election
PartySeatsPartySeatsPartySeats
Independent 85 Independent 84 Independent 78
Temple and Farringdon Together10Temple and Farringdon Together10Temple and Farringdon Together10
Labour 5 Labour 6Castle Baynard Independents7
Labour 5

Mayors

There were six local authority mayoral elections and one metropolitan mayoral election.

Combined authorities

Combined authorityMayor beforeMayor-electDetails
South Yorkshire Dan Jarvis (Lab) Oliver Coppard (Lab) Details

Local authorities

CouncilMayor beforeMayor-elect
Croydon New position Jason Perry (Con)
Hackney Philip Glanville (Lab) Philip Glanville (Lab)
Lewisham Damien Egan (Lab) Damien Egan (Lab)
Newham Rokhsana Fiaz (Lab) Rokhsana Fiaz (Lab)
Tower Hamlets John Biggs (Lab) Luftur Rahman (Aspire)
Watford Peter Taylor (Lib Dem) Peter Taylor (Lib Dem)

There was also a referendum in Bristol on whether to continue using the mayor-and-cabinet system or to change to the committee system, with 59% voting to abolish the position of mayor. [29]

Scotland

By party

By party cumulative results of the 2022 council elections in Scotland [30]
PartyCouncillorsCouncils
No.ChangeNo.Change
No overall control27−2
SNP 453+221+1
Labour 282+201+1
Conservatives 214−6300
Liberal Democrats 87+2000
Greens 35+1600
British Unionist [2] 1+100
Rubbish [7] 1000
West Dunbartonshire Community Party [8] 1000
Independents149−1630
Total1,22332

Councils

Ballot paper used for the elections in the Victoria Park ward of the Glasgow City Council. The vote is held using the single transferable vote, which allows voters to rank their choices. Ballot paper for the 2022 Scottish local elections (Glasgow, Victoria Park ward).jpg
Ballot paper used for the elections in the Victoria Park ward of the Glasgow City Council. The vote is held using the single transferable vote, which allows voters to rank their choices.

Elections were held for all councillors in all 32 local authorities in Scotland. Local elections in Scotland are conducted by the single transferable vote (STV), which results in the number of seats won by each party more proportionally reflecting their share of the vote. [31] As a consequence, local elections in Scotland result more often in no overall control and local authorities being governed by minority or coalition administrations. [31] In this election two of the 32 councils came under one-party majorities - Dundee (SNP) and West Dunbartonshire (Labour).

CouncilSeatsParty controlDetails
PreviousNew
Aberdeen 45 No overall control (Labour/Conservative/independent coalition) No overall control (SNP/Lib Dem coalition) Details
Aberdeenshire 70 No overall control (Conservative/Lib Dem/independent coalition) No overall control (Conservative/Lib Dem/independent coalition) Details
Angus 28 No overall control (Lib Dem/Conservative/independent coalition) No overall control (SNP minority) Details
Argyll and Bute 36 No overall control (Lib Dem/Conservative/independent coalition) No overall control (Lib Dem/Conservative/independent coalition) Details
Clackmannanshire 18 No overall control (SNP minority) No overall control (SNP minority) Details
Dumfries and Galloway 43 No overall control (Labour/SNP coalition) No overall control (Labour/SNP/Lib Dem/independent coalition) Details
Dundee 29 No overall control (SNP minority) SNP Details
East Ayrshire 32 No overall control (SNP minority) No overall control (SNP minority) Details
East Dunbartonshire 22 No overall control (Lib Dem/Conservative coalition) No overall control (SNP minority) Details
East Lothian 22 No overall control (Labour minority) No overall control (Labour minority) Details
East Renfrewshire 18 No overall control (SNP/Labour/Independent coalition) No overall control (Labour/Independent minority) Details
Edinburgh 63 No overall control (SNP/Labour coalition) No overall control (Labour minority) Details
Falkirk 30 No overall control (SNP minority) No overall control (SNP minority) Details
Fife 75 No overall control (SNP/Labour coalition) No overall control (Labour minority) Details
Glasgow 85 No overall control (SNP minority) No overall control (SNP minority) Details
Highland 74 No overall control (independent/Lib Dem/Labour coalition) No overall control (SNP/independent coalition) Details
Inverclyde 22 No overall control (Labour minority) No overall control (Labour minority) Details
Midlothian 18 No overall control (Labour minority) No overall control (SNP minority) Details
Moray 26 No overall control (SNP minority) No overall control (Conservative minority) Details
Na h-Eileanan Siar 29 [lower-alpha 1] Independent Independent Details
North Ayrshire 33 [lower-alpha 1] No overall control (Labour minority) No overall control (SNP minority) Details
North Lanarkshire 77 No overall control (Labour minority) No overall control (SNP minority) Details
Orkney 21 [lower-alpha 1] Independent Independent Details
Perth and Kinross 40 No overall control (Conservative/independent coalition) No overall control (SNP minority) Details
Renfrewshire 43 No overall control (SNP minority) No overall control (SNP minority) Details
Scottish Borders 34 No overall control (Conservative minority) No overall control (Conservative/independent coalition) Details
Shetland 23 [lower-alpha 1] Independent Independent Details
South Ayrshire 28 No overall control (SNP/Labour/independent coalition) No overall control (Conservative minority) Details
South Lanarkshire 64 No overall control (SNP minority) No overall control (Labour minority) Details
Stirling 23 No overall control (SNP/Labour coalition) No overall control (Labour minority) Details
West Dunbartonshire 22 No overall control (SNP minority) Labour Details
West Lothian 33 No overall control (Labour minority) No overall control (Labour minority) Details
All 32 councils1,226

Wales

Elections were 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 were contested under new boundaries. This was the first time Welsh councils could choose between conducting the vote with the current first-past-the-post system or the proportional single transferable vote (STV) system, although practically this will not come into effect until at least 2027, as councils need to give advance notice of such a change. [32] [33]

By party

By party cumulative results of the 2022 council elections in Wales [34]
PartyCouncillorsCouncils
No.ChangeNo.Change
No overall control10−1
Labour 526+668+1
Plaid Cymru 202−64+3
Conservatives 111−860−1
Liberal Democrats 69+1000
Greens 8+800
Gwlad [3] 1+100
Propel [5] 1+100
Independents314+60−2
Total1,23222

Councils

CouncilSeatsParty controlDetails
PreviousNew
Anglesey 35 [lower-alpha 1] No overall control (Plaid Cymru/independent coalition) Plaid Cymru Details
Blaenau Gwent 33 [lower-alpha 1] Independent Labour Details
Bridgend 51 [lower-alpha 1] No overall control (Labour minority) Labour Details
Caerphilly 69 [lower-alpha 1] Labour Labour Details
Cardiff 79 [lower-alpha 1] Labour Labour Details
Carmarthenshire 75 [lower-alpha 1] No overall control (Plaid Cymru/independent coalition) Plaid Cymru Details
Ceredigion 38 [lower-alpha 1] No overall control (Plaid Cymru/independent coalition) Plaid Cymru Details
Conwy 55 [lower-alpha 1] No overall control (Conservative/independent coalition) No overall control Details
Denbighshire 48 [lower-alpha 1] No overall control (Conservative/independent coalition) No overall control Details
Flintshire 66 [lower-alpha 1] No overall control (Labour minority) No overall control Details
Gwynedd 69 [lower-alpha 1] Plaid Cymru Plaid Cymru Details
Merthyr Tydfil 30 [lower-alpha 1] Independent No overall control Details
Monmouthshire 46 [lower-alpha 1] Conservative No overall control Details
Neath Port Talbot 60 [lower-alpha 1] Labour No overall control Details
Newport 51 [lower-alpha 1] Labour Labour Details
Pembrokeshire 60 [lower-alpha 1] No overall control (independent/Labour/Plaid Cymru/Lib Dem coalition) No overall control Details
Powys 68 [lower-alpha 1] No overall control (independent/Conservative coalition) No overall control Details
Rhondda Cynon Taf 75 [lower-alpha 1] Labour Labour Details
Swansea 75 [lower-alpha 1] Labour Labour Details
Torfaen 40 [lower-alpha 1] Labour Labour Details
Vale of Glamorgan 54 [lower-alpha 1] No overall control (Labour/independent coalition) No overall control Details
Wrexham 56 [lower-alpha 1] No overall control (independent/Conservative coalition) No overall control Details
All 22 councils1,233

Opinion polling

England

Dates
conducted
PollsterClientAreaSample
size
Con Lab Lib Dem Green Independent
/others
Lead
22–26 Apr Survation Good Morning BritainEngland2,587 [lower-alpha 4] 34%47%10%4%6%13%
3 May 2018 2018 local elections [lower-alpha 5] 32%41%14%7%6%9%

Scotland

First preference voting intention
Date(s)
conducted
Polling organisation/clientSample size SNP Con Lab Lib Dem Green Alba Others
5 May 2022 2022 Scottish local elections N/A34.1%19.7%21.8%8.6%6.0%0.7%9.2%
29 Apr–3 May 2022 Survation 89341%17%23%8%5%1%4%
24–28 Mar 2022 Survation/Ballot Box Scotland 1,00244%18%23%6%3%1%4%
20–26 Oct 2021 Panelbase/Scot Goes Pop 1,00145%22%21%6%4%2%<1%
4 May 2017 2017 Scottish local elections 1,889,65832.30%25.30%20.16%6.82%4.1%-10.4%

Northern Ireland

The 2022 election to the Northern Ireland Assembly took place on 5 May 2022.

The Northern Ireland local elections are due in 2023.

See also

Notes

  1. 1 2 3 All vote shares in the infobox are projected national vote shares calculated by the BBC.
  2. 1 2 Swing figures are between the BBC national projected vote share extrapolation from 2021 United Kingdom local elections, and the BBC equivalent vote share projection from these local elections held in different areas.
  3. 1 2 One council was won in Scotland which uses the Single Transferable Vote for its voting system. The system means the number of Scottish councils won outright is far lower than in other parts of the UK.
  4. The SNP only ran in Scotland. The 34.1% result is the result within Scotland
  5. 1 2 Includes the Green Party of England and Wales (124 councillors, gain of 71), as well as the Scottish Greens (35 councillors, gain of 16).
  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 New election boundaries
  2. 1 2 Shadow authority for a unitary council being created in 2023
  3. Old boundaries, with twice as many seats as previously
  4. Of these respondents, only those "in areas of England where there are local council elections in May 2022" were prompted.
  5. The listed figures are according to Survation, released under its above polling.

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