Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council Elections, 2021

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One third to Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council plus 2 midterm vacancies, 19 out of 51 seats
26 seats needed for a majority
Turnout44.3% (Increase 7.5%)
  First party Second party Third party
 
Leader Steven Leigh Tim Swift James Baker
Party Conservative Labour Liberal Democrats
Leader's seat Ryburn Town Warley
Seats won 9, 47.4% 8, 42.1% 2, 10.5%
Seat change Increase3 Steady Decrease2
Popular vote 25,940 24,775 7,511
Percentage 39.0% 37.3% 11.3%
Swing Increase9.0% Steady Decrease3.5%

Council control before election

Majority administration
Labour

Council control after election

Majority administration
Labour

2021 local election results in Calderdale
2021 local election results in Calderdale

The 2021 Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council election took place on 6 May 2021 to elect members of Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council in England. This was on the same day as other local elections.[1] One-third of the seats were up for election.

The election was originally scheduled for 7 May 2020, alongside the later cancelled 2020 West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner election and other local elections across the UK, but was delayed for a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[2]

Council results

2021 Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council election[3]
Party This election Full council This election
Seats Net Seats % Other Total Total % Votes Votes % +/−
  Labour 8 Steady 42.1 20 28 54.9 24,775 37.3 ±0.0
  Conservative 9 Increase 3 47.4 6 15 29.4 25,940 39.0 +9.0
  Liberal Democrats 2 Decrease 2 10.5 3 5 9.8 7,511 11.3 -2.9
  Independent 0 Decrease 1 0.0 3 3 5.9 2,163 3.3 -2.1
  Green 0 Steady 0.0 0 0 0.0 5,525 8.3 -1.1
  Yorkshire 0 Steady 0.0 0 0 0.0 325 0.5 -1.1
  Freedom Alliance 0 Steady 0.0 0 0 0.0 90 0.1 New
  National Front 0 Steady 0.0 0 0 0.0 86 0.1 -0.2
  Reform UK 0 Steady 0.0 0 0 0.0 51 0.1 New
  SDP 0 Steady 0.0 0 0 0.0 15 <0.1 New

Note that due to by-elections being run in some wards, electors in those wards had two votes. This means the change in percentage of votes is not representative of the true swing.

Council Composition

Prior to the election the composition of the council was:

28 12 7 4
Labour Conservative Lib Dem Ind

After the election the composition of the council was:

28 15 5 3
Labour Conservative Lib Dem Ind
Party Previous council New council
Labour 28 28
Conservative 12 15
Liberal Democrats 7 5
Independent 4 3
Total 51 51

Ward results

Brighouse

Brighouse
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Tina Benton 1,643 51.7 +10.2
Conservative Brenda Monteith 1,431 45.0 +3.6
Independent Colin Stout 977 30.7 N/A
Labour Charlotte Butterick 900 28.3 -5.3
Labour Oliver Willows 660 20.8 -12.8
Green Kim Atkinson 318 10.0 +7.1
Green Joanne Core 250 7.9 +5.0
Liberal Democrats Michael Sutton 112 3.5 -0.7
Independent Colin Peel 50 1.6 N/A
Majority 531 16.7 +8.8
Turnout 3178.5 45.3 +7.7
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing

The incumbent Scott Benton for the Conservative Party, who stood down at this election upon his election as a Member of Parliament in 2019.

Colin Peel, initially elected for the Conservative Party but defected to Change UK in the summer of 2019, but sought re-election as an Independent.[4]

Calder

Calder
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Josh Fenton-Glynn 3,399 66.0 +16.2
Conservative Gail Lund 936 18.2 +8.7
Green Alan McDonald 480 9.3 -0.3
Liberal Democrats Nikki Stocks 220 4.3 -26.5
Freedom Alliance Helen Lasham 90 1.7 N/A
Majority 2,463 47.8 +28.7
Turnout 5148 55.4 +4.8
Labour hold Swing 3.71

The incumbent was Josh Fenton-Glynn for the Labour Party. The swing is expressed between Labour and Conservative. The swing was 21.31% from Liberal Democrat who were second in 2016 to Labour.

Elland

Elland
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Ford 1,209 36.7 +14.7
Labour Jim Gallagher 1,147 34.8 +17.0
Liberal Democrats Pat Allen 699 21.2 -22.2
Green Barry Crossland 220 6.7 +3.7
Majority 62 1.9 -19.5
Turnout 3,296 37.89 +1.4
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrats Swing 18.45

The incumbent was Pat Allen for the Liberal Democrats.

Greetland and Stainland

Greetland and Stainland
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Paul Bellenger 1,814 58.8 +20.4
Conservative Jacob Cook 1,020 33.1 +1.1
Liberal Democrats Alex Parsons-Hulse 997 32.3 -6.1
Conservative Joseph Matthews 954 30.9 -1.1
Labour Kathleen Foster 435 14.1 +1.8
Green Jacquelyn Haigh 296 9.6 +5.8
Independent Ed Greenwood 240 7.8 N/A
Labour Rahat Khan 234 7.6 -4.8
Green Matt Lawson 154 5.0 +1.2
Majority 23 0.7 -5.7
Turnout 3083 42.4 +5.2
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrats Swing

The incumbents were Marilyn Greenwood for the Liberal Democrats who died in February 2021, and Paul Bellenger for the Liberal Democrats.

Hipperholme and Lightcliffe

Hipperholme and Lightcliffe
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative George Robinson 2,679 67.5 +3.3
Labour Joe Thompson 910 22.9 +6.0
Green Elaine Hey 265 6.7 -1.3
Liberal Democrats Sophie Sutton 92 2.3 -7.9
Majority 1,769 44.6 -2.7
Turnout 3,968 43.8 +8.4
Conservative hold Swing -1.37

The incumbent was George Robinson for the Conservative Party.

Illingworth and Mixenden

Illingworth and Mixenden
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Guy Beech 1,226 42.4 +17.7
Labour Stuart Cairney 1,133 39.2 -9.3
Yorkshire Paul Farrell 325 11.2 N/A
Green Mark Mullany 90 3.1 +1.0
Independent Sean Loftus 48 1.7 -0.1
Liberal Democrats Mark Pittaway 46 1.6 0.0
SDP Martin Roberts 15 0.5 N/A
Majority 93 3.22 -20.5
Turnout 2,889 31.9 +0.9
Conservative gain from Labour Swing 13.5

The incumbent was Lisa Lambert for the Labour Party who stood down at this election. There was a swing of 19.2% from UKIP, who did not stand this time, to the Conservatives.

Luddendenfoot

Luddendenfoot
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Jane Scullion 1,735 45.6 +5.5
Conservative Jill Smith-Moorhouse 1,365 35.8 +10.4
Liberal Democrats Christine Bampton-Smith 372 9.8 -8.0
Green Kate Sweeny 313 8.2 +4.4
Majority 370 9.7 -4.9
Turnout 3,808 47.6 +4.9
Labour hold Swing -2.5

The incumbent was Jane Scullion for the Labour Party.

Northowram and Shelf

Northowram and Shelf
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Peter Caffrey 2,193 58.1 -2.4
Green Martin Hey 902 23.9 +19.1
Labour Frank Darnley 596 15.8 -9.8
Liberal Democrats Catherine Crosland 75 2.0 -0.6
Majority 1,291 34.2 -1.5
Turnout 3,777 41.4 +5.8
Conservative hold Swing 3.3

The incumbent was Peter Caffrey for the Conservative Party. The swing is expressed between Conservative & Labour who were second in 2016. It was 10.7% from Conservative to Green.

Ovenden

Ovenden
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Danielle Durrans 979 45.2 -14.5
Conservative Andrew Tagg 811 37.4 +14.8
Liberal Democrats Sean Bamforth 245 11.3 +6.5
Green Finn Jensen 114 5.3 -6.5
Majority 168 7.8 -29.3
Turnout 2,166 25.6 +2.6
Labour hold Swing -14.7

The incumbent was Anne Collins for the Labour Party who stood down at this election.

Park

Park
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Jenny Lynn 2,375 60.6 -10.1
Conservative Shakir Saghir 1,297 33.1 +26.6
Green Laura Beesley 124 3.2 +0.5
Liberal Democrats Ruth Coleman-Taylor 100 2.6 0.0
Majority 1,078 27.5 -26.7
Turnout 3,919 41.4 -1.9
Labour hold Swing -18.3

The incumbent was Jenny Lynn for the Labour Party.

Rastrick

Rastrick
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Sophie Whittaker 2,112 58.2 +10.1
Labour Peter Judge 1,082 29.8 -8.5
Green Gareth Owen 327 9.0 +3.3
Liberal Democrats Javed Bashir 91 2.5 -4.4
Majority 1,030 28.4 +18.6
Turnout 3,627 43.4 +6.3
Conservative hold Swing 9.3

The incumbent was Sophie Whittaker for the Conservative Party.

Ryburn

Ryburn
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Robert Thornber 1,785 47.1 +11.7
Independent Peter Hunt 848 22.4 -10.3
Labour Leah Webster 798 21.0 -2.0
Green Freda Davis 207 5.5 +0.6
Liberal Democrats Pete Wilcock 85 2.5 -1.2
Reform UK Chris Green 51 1.3 N/A
Majority 937 24.7 +22.0
Turnout 3,783 42.2 +1.4
Conservative hold Swing 11.0

The incumbent was Geraldine Carter for the Conservative Party who stood down at this election. Robert Thornber had previously held one of the other seats in this ward but lost to an independent candidate in 2019.

Skircoat

Skircoat
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Janet Kingstone 2,143 49.3 +19.8
Conservative Mohammad Ilyas 1,524 35.1 -8.9
Green Mary Betteridge 378 8.7 +5.1
Liberal Democrats Kathleen Haigh-Hutchinson 268 6.2 -7.3
Majority 619 14.2 -0.2
Turnout 4,346 45.2 +4.9
Labour gain from Conservative Swing +14.4

The incumbent was John Hardy for the Conservative Party who stood down at this election.

Sowerby Bridge

Sowerby Bridge
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Lord Shen 1,805 52.3 +2.8
Conservative Mark Edwards 1,272 36.8 +8.9
Green David Booth 238 6.9 +2.9
Liberal Democrats Thomas Stringfellow 109 3.2 -1.8
Majority 533 15.4 -6.0
Turnout 3,453 39.5 +1.1
Labour hold Swing -3.0

The incumbent was Lord Shen for the Labour Party.

Todmorden

Todmorden
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Diana Tremayne 1,951 51.5 +5.7
Conservative Craig Oates 824 21.7 -0.1
Liberal Democrats Matthew Doyle 552 14.6 +3.5
Green Kieran Turner 361 9.5 -0.1
National Front Chris Jackson 86 2.3 0.0
Majority 1,127 29.7 +5.8
Turnout 3,791 41.6 +2.6
Labour hold Swing -2.9

The incumbent was Steve Sweeney for the Labour Party who stood down at this election.

Town

Town
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Megan Swift 1,385 49.7 +1.9
Conservative Naveed Khan 916 32.9 +11.6
Green Elliot Hey 316 11.4 +7.0
Liberal Democrats Mick Taylor 141 5.1 +2.2
Majority 469 16.8 -7.7
Turnout 2,784 30.9 -0.1
Labour hold Swing -4.9

The incumbent was Megan Swift for the Labour Party.

Warley

Warley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Ashley Evans 1,493 42.2 -4.7
Labour David Veitch 1,108 31.3 -4.2
Conservative David Budgen 743 21.0 +7.4
Green Katie Witham 172 4.9 +1.8
Majority 385 10.9 -0.5
Turnout 3,535 39.0 -4.1
Liberal Democrats hold Swing -0.3

The incumbent was Ashley Evans for the Liberal Democrats.

By-elections between 2021 and 2022

Park ward, 2021

Park By-Election 2 September 2021[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Mohammed Shazad Fazal 1,980 82.4
Conservative Naveed Khan 212 8.8
Green Jacquelyn Haigh 137 5.7
Liberal Democrats Javed Bashir 60 2.5
Majority 1,768 73.6
Turnout 2,402 25.3
Labour hold Swing

The incumbent was Mohammad Naeem for Labour who had died in July.[6]

Ryburn ward, 2021

Ryburn By-Election 2 September 2021[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Felicity Thea Issott 1,188 53.5
Labour Leah Webster 798 35.9
Green Freda Mary Davis 163 7.3
Liberal Democrats Pete Wilcock 66 3.0
Majority 390 17.6
Turnout 2,220 24.9
Conservative gain from Independent Swing

The incumbent was Rob Holden, an Independent, who had resigned for health reasons.[6]

References

  1. ^ "METROPOLITAN BOROUGH OF CALDERDALE NOTICE OF ELECTION" (PDF). Calderdale.gov.uk. Retrieved 24 April 2021.
  2. ^ "Local elections postponed for a year over coronavirus". BBC News. 28 April 2021. Retrieved 13 March 2020.
  3. ^ "Election of Local Councillors 2021 _Postponed 2020 - 06/05/2021". Election results. Metropolitan Borough of Calderdale. Retrieved 8 May 2021.
  4. ^ "Tory councillor filmed by Channel 4 defects to Change UK". 20 May 2019.
  5. ^ Park Ward By Election - 02/09/2021. calderdale.gov.uk.
  6. ^ a b "Meet the newly elected councillors to Calderdale Council". Halifax Courier. 6 September 2021. Retrieved 13 April 2022.
  7. ^ Ryburn Ward By Election - 02/09/2021. calderdale.gov.uk.