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.
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.Overall, UKIP lost 237 of the 243 seats it had held before the elections. According to the BBC's analysis, the results reflected a national political situation with Labour and the Conservatives "neck-and-neck".
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.The government has announced plans to replace the councils with unitary authorities pending Parliamentary approval.
|Cumbria||84||No overall control (Labour/Lib Dem coalition)||Details|
|All 3 councils||211|
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.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.
|Barking and Dagenham||51||Labour||Details|
|Hammersmith and Fulham||50||Labour||Details|
|Havering||55||No overall control (Conservative/Ind coalition)||Details|
|Kensington and Chelsea||50||Conservative||Details|
|Kingston upon Thames||48||Liberal Democrats||Details|
|Richmond upon Thames||54||Liberal Democrats||Details|
|All 32 councils||1,817|
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.
|Bolton||60||No overall control (Conservative minority)||Details|
|Stockport||51||No overall control (Labour minority)||Details|
|All 11 councils||664|
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.
|Kirklees||23||69||No overall control (Labour minority)||Details|
|Newcastle upon Tyne||26||78||Labour||Details|
|Sheffield||28||84||No overall control (Labour/Green coalition)||Details|
|Wirral||22||66||No overall control (Labour minority)||Details|
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.
|Newcastle-under-Lyme||44||No overall control (Conservative minority)||Details|
|South Cambridgeshire||45||Liberal Democrats||Details|
|St. Albans||56||Liberal Democrats||Details|
District councils which elect their candidates in halves will do so in 2022.
|Nuneaton and Bedworth||17||34||Conservative||Details|
|All 6 councils||107||214|
District councils which elect by thirds that will hold elections in 2022.
|Basingstoke and Deane||18||54||Conservative||Details|
|Burnley||15||45||No overall control (Labour/Lib Dem coalition)||Details|
|Colchester||17||51||No overall control (Conservative/independent coalition)||Details|
|Crawley||12||36||No overall control (Labour/independent coalition)||Details|
|Elmbridge||16||48||No overall control (Lib Dem/Residents Association coalition)||Details|
|Hart||11||33||No overall control (Lib Dem/Community Campaign Hart coalition)||Details|
|Mole Valley||14||41||Liberal Democrats||Details|
|North Hertfordshire||18||49||No overall control (Labour/Lib Dem coalition)||Details|
|Reigate and Banstead||15||45||Conservative||Details|
|Rossendale||12||36||No overall control (Labour minority)||Details|
|Tandridge||14||42||No overall control (Independent/Residents Association coalition)||Details|
|Three Rivers||13||39||Liberal Democrats||Details|
|Tunbridge Wells||16||48||No overall control (Conservative minority)||Details|
|West Lancashire||18||54||No overall control (Labour minority)||Details|
|Woking||10||30||No overall control (Conservative minority)||Details|
|All 48 councils||664||1,981|
Unitary authorities that elect councillors in thirds will do so in 2022.
|Blackburn with Darwen||17||51||Labour||Details|
|Derby||17||51||No overall control (Conservative minority)||Details|
|Hartlepool||18||54||No overall control (Independent/Conservative coalition)||Details|
|Milton Keynes||19||57||No overall control (Labour/Lib Dem coalition)||Details|
|North East Lincolnshire||14||42||Conservative||Details|
|Peterborough||22||60||No overall control (Conservative minority)||Details|
|Plymouth||19||57||No overall control (Conservative minority)||Details|
|Portsmouth||14||42||No overall control (Lib Dem minority)||Details|
|Southend||17||51||No overall control (Labour/Independent/Lib Dem coalition)||Details|
|All 17 councils||292||875|
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.
|After 2017 election||Before 2022 election|
|Temple and Farringdon Together||10||Temple and Farringdon Together||10|
There will be five local authority mayoral elections and one metropolitan mayoral election.
|Combined authority||Mayor before||Details|
|South Yorkshire||Dan Jarvis (Lab)||Details|
|Hackney||Philip Glanville (Lab)|
|Lewisham||Damien Egan (Lab)|
|Newham||Rokhsana Fiaz (Lab)|
|Tower Hamlets||John Biggs (Lab)|
|Watford||Peter Taylor (Lib Dem)|
The next election to the Northern Ireland Assembly will be held on or before 5 May 2022.
|After 2017 election||Before 2022 election|
|Sinn Féin||27||Sinn Féin||26|
|Green (NI)||2||Independent Unionist||3|
|People Before Profit||1||TUV||1|
|People Before Profit||1|
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.As a consequence, local elections in Scotland result more often in no overall control and local authorities being governed by minority or coalition administrations.
|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||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||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||Independent||Details|
|North Ayrshire||33||No overall control (Labour minority)||Details|
|North Lanarkshire||77||No overall control (Labour minority)||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|
|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 councils||1,276|
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.
|Anglesey||35||No overall control (Plaid Cymru/independent coalition)||Details|
|Bridgend||51||No overall control (Labour minority)||Details|
|Carmarthenshire||75||No overall control (Plaid Cymru/independent coalition)||Details|
|Ceredigion||38||No overall control (Plaid Cymru/independent coalition)||Details|
|Conwy||55||No overall control (Conservative/independent coalition)||Details|
|Denbighshire||48||No overall control (Conservative/independent coalition)||Details|
|Flintshire||66||No overall control (Labour minority)||Details|
|Neath Port Talbot||60||Labour||Details|
|Pembrokeshire||60||No overall control (Independent/Labour/Plaid Cymru/Lib Dem coalition)||Details|
|Powys||68||No overall control (Independent/Conservative coalition)||Details|
|Rhondda Cynon Taf||75||Labour||Details|
|Vale of Glamorgan||54||No overall control (Labour/independent coalition)||Details|
|Wrexham||56||No overall control (Independent/Conservative coalition)||Details|
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