2022 Barnsley Council election
← 2021 5 May 2022 2023 →

21 of 63 seats on Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council
32 seats needed for a majority
  First party Second party Third party
 
Leader Stephen Houghton Hannah Kitching John Wilson
Party Labour Liberal Democrats Conservative
Last election 49 seats, 40.4% 7 seats, 11.8% 3 seats, 4.7%
Seats won 46 9 4
Seat change Decrease 3 Increase 2 Increase 1

  Fourth party
 
Leader Andrew Gillis
Party Independent
Last election 3 seats, 4.7%
Seats won 3
Seat change Steady

council control before election


Labour

Subsequent council control

TBD

The 2022 Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council election is currently taking place as of 5 May 2022. One third of councillors—21 out of 63—will be elected. The election will take place alongside the 2022 South Yorkshire mayoral election and other local elections across the United Kingdom.

In the previous council election in 2021, Labour maintained its longstanding control of the council, holding 49 seats after the election. The Liberal Democrats formed the main opposition with seven seats, with the Conservatives on three, independents and the Democrats and Veterans Party having two each and a single Barnsley Independent Group councillor.

Background

Result of the council election when these seats were last contested in 2018
Result of the council election when these seats were last contested in 2018
Result of the most recent council election in 2021
Result of the most recent council election in 2021

The Local Government Act 1972 created a two-tier system of metropolitan counties and districts covering Greater Manchester, Merseyside, South Yorkshire, Tyne and Wear, the West Midlands, and West Yorkshire starting in 1974. Barnsley was a district of the South Yorkshire metropolitan county.[1] The Local Government Act 1985 abolished the metropolitan counties, with metropolitan districts taking on most of their powers as metropolitan boroughs. The South Yorkshire Combined Authority was established in 2014 as the Sheffield City Region Combined Authority, which began electing the mayor of South Yorkshire in 2018.[2]

Since its formation, Barnsley has continuously been under Labour control. Councillors have predominantly been elected from the Labour Party, various independents, the Conservative Party and the Liberal Democrats. The council elected a large number of Barnsley Independent Group councillors in the 2006 election, whose numbers have been falling since. Councillors who will be seeking re-election will have been most recently elected in the 2018 election, in order to complete a four-year term. In that election, 19 Labour councillors were election alongside one Conservative councillor and one Liberal Democrat councillor. In the most recent election in 2021, seventeen Labour councillors were elected with 40.4% of the vote across the borough, with three Liberal Democrats on 11.8% of the vote across the borough and one Conservative with 25.1% of the vote across the borough. Labour held the Rockingham ward after a coin toss broke a tie between the Labour candidate and the Conservative candidate.[3] After that election, the council had 49 Labour councillors, seven Liberal Democrats, three Conservatives, two independents, two Democrats and Veterans and one Barnsley Independent Group councillor.[4] The councillor Trevor Smith joined the Labour Party after his previous Democrats and Veterans Party was dissolved.[5]

The positions up for election in 2022 were last elected in 2018, when Labour won 19 seats and the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats won one each.[6]

Electoral process

The council elects its councillors in thirds, with a third being up for election every year for three years, with no election in the fourth year.[7][8] The election will take place by first-past-the-post voting, with wards generally being represented by three councillors, with one elected in each election year to serve a four-year term.

All registered electors (British, Irish, Commonwealth and European Union citizens) living in Barnsley aged 18 or over will be entitled to vote in the election. People who live at two addresses in different councils, such as university students with different term-time and holiday addresses, are entitled to be registered for and vote in elections in both local authorities. Voting in-person at polling stations will take place from 07:00 to 22:00 on election day, and voters will be able to apply for postal votes or proxy votes in advance of the election.

Previous council composition

After 2021 election Before 2022 election
Party Seats Party Seats
Labour 49 Labour 49
Liberal Democrats 7 Liberal Democrats 7
Conservative 3 Conservative 3
Democrats and Veterans 2 Independent 3
Independent 2 Barnsley Ind. 1
Barnsley Ind. 1

Results summary

2022 Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council election
Party This election Full council This election
Seats Net Seats % Other Total Total % Votes Votes % +/−
  Labour 16 Decrease 3 76.2 30 46 73.0 22,115 46.2 +5.8
  Liberal Democrats 3 Increase 2 14.3 6 9 14.3 7,829 16.3 +4.5
  Conservative 2 Increase 1 9.5 2 4 6.3 9,268 19.4 -5.7
  Independent 0 Steady 0.0 3 3 4.8 1,812 3.8 +1.5
  Barnsley Ind. 0 Steady 0.0 1 1 1.6 3,137 6.5 -4.1
  Green 0 Steady 0.0 0 0 0.0 1,825 3.8 -2.8
  SDP 0 Steady 0.0 0 0 0.0 488 1.0 ±0.0
  Freedom Alliance 0 Steady 0.0 0 0 0.0 451 0.9 N/A
  TUSC 0 Steady 0.0 0 0 0.0 347 0.7 +0.3
  Yorkshire 0 Steady 0.0 0 0 0.0 328 0.7 +0.2
  English Democrat 0 Steady 0.0 0 0 0.0 229 0.5 -0.2
  Northern Independence 0 Steady 0.0 0 0 0.0 65 0.1 N/A

Ward results

Central

Central
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Janine Moyes 946 51.2 Increase 2.3
Barnsley Ind. Steve Bullcock 476 25.7 New
Conservative Chad Bronson 282 15.3 Decrease 11.5
Liberal Democrats Catherine Rogerson 145 7.8 Increase 2.1
Majority 470 25.5 Increase 3.4
Turnout 1,866 21.9
Labour hold Swing

Cudworth

Cudworth
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Joe Hayward 1,192 64.9 Decrease 2.0
Yorkshire Tony Devoy 328 17.9 New
Conservative Mark Brook 228 12.4 Decrease 3.1
Liberal Democrats Elizabeth Waters 89 4.8 Increase 1.1
Majority 864 47.0 Decrease 4.4
Turnout 1,857 22.0
Labour hold Swing

Darfield

Darfield
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Pauline Markham 1,234 62.7 Increase 12.7
Conservative Ben Harrison 406 20.6 Decrease 5.1
SDP Scott McKenzie 208 10.6 New
Liberal Democrats Simon Hulme 121 6.1 Increase 2.8
Majority 828 42.1 Increase 17.8
Turnout 1,980 24.6
Labour hold Swing

Darton East

Darton East
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Dickie Denton 1,530 56.5 Increase 17.7
Labour Teresa Wilcockson 888 32.8 Increase 7.8
Conservative Lee Ogden 288 10.6 Decrease 0.6
Majority 642 23.7 Increase 9.9
Turnout 2,736 31.0
Liberal Democrats gain from Labour Swing

Darton West

Darton West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Sharon Howard 975 39.1 Increase 1.6
Green Tom Heyes 749 30.0 Increase 3.1
Conservative John Miller 493 19.8 Decrease 12.8
Liberal Democrats Kevin Bennett 211 8.5 Increase 5.5
Freedom Alliance Jonathan Tilt 65 2.6 New
Majority 226 9.1 Increase 4.2
Turnout 2,505 28.6
Labour hold Swing

Dearne North

Dearne North
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Sue Bellamy 1,117 72.1 Increase 11.0
Conservative Rosemary Jackson 195 12.6 Decrease 11.3
English Democrat Maxine Spencer 128 8.3 Decrease 1.1
Liberal Democrats Brian Evans 71 4.6 Increase 1.8
SDP Savannah Jarvis 39 2.5 Decrease 0.2
Majority 922 59.5 Increase 22.3
Turnout 1,560 18.5
Labour hold Swing

Dearne South

Dearne South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Janine Bowler 1,307 71.5 Increase 11.3
Conservative Donna Cutts 243 13.3 Decrease 4.3
SDP David Jarvis 115 6.3 Decrease 9.5
English Democrat Janus Polenceusz 101 5.5 Increase 2.2
Liberal Democrats Linda Fielding 62 3.4 Increase 0.3
Majority 1,064 58.2 Increase 17.6
Turnout 1,836 20.1
Labour hold Swing

Dodworth

Dodworth
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Will Fielding 1,315 45.7 Increase 19.5
Labour Neil Wright 944 32.8 Increase 10.7
Conservative Kirk Harper 518 18.0 Decrease 3.2
Freedom Alliance Amanda Griffin 101 5.4 New
Majority 371 12.9 Increase 11.4
Turnout 2,893 34.0
Liberal Democrats gain from Labour Swing

Hoyland Milton

Hoyland Milton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Robin Franklin 1,212 48.3 Increase 8.7
Conservative Cassie Northwood 617 24.6 Decrease 11.1
Independent Daniel Simpson 398 15.9 Increase 4.5
Liberal Democrats Glenn Lawrence 162 6.5 Increase 3.1
TUSC Angela Waller 119 4.7 Increase 2.6
Majority 595 23.7 Increase 19.8
Turnout 2,522 27.1
Labour hold Swing

Kingstone

Kingstone
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Kath Mitchell 648 38.8 Increase 0.7
Barnsley Ind. Liam Hardcastle 535 32.0 Increase 10.4
Conservative Michael Davies 153 9.2 Decrease 7.7
Green Peter Giles 121 7.2 Decrease 2.7
Liberal Democrats Philip Wright 80 4.8 Decrease 1.9
Northern Independence Liam Starsong 65 3.9 New
Freedom Alliance Judy Barnsley 38 2.3 New
SDP Steve Vajda 32 1.9 New
Majority 113 6.8 Decrease 9.7
Turnout 1,684 21.7
Labour hold Swing

Monk Bretton

Monk Bretton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Kenneth Richardson 1,070 50.7 Decrease 3.9
Independent Rachel Stewart 660 31.3 New
Conservative Alexander Wilson 257 12.2 Decrease 8.8
Liberal Democrats Sue Rose 123 5.8 Increase 3.8
Majority 410 19.4 Decrease 14.2
Turnout 2,110 23.8
Labour hold Swing

North East

North East
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Ashley Peace 1,249 54.2 Increase 5.0
Barnsley Ind. Raymond Archer 639 27.7 Decrease 1.2
Conservative Samuel Wilkinson 323 14.0 Decrease 5.3
Liberal Democrats Sam Christmas 93 4.0 Increase 1.5
Majority 610 26.5 Increase 6.2
Turnout 2,320 22.6
Labour hold Swing

Old Town

Old Town
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Clive Pickering 1,147 51.4 Increase 8.3
Conservative John Carr 450 20.2 Decrease 2.8
Green Gillian Nixon 347 15.5 Increase 7.4
Freedom Alliance Charlotte Sykes 145 6.5 New
Liberal Democrats Patrick Smith 144 6.4 Increase 2.0
Majority 697 31.2 Increase 11.1
Turnout 2,250 26.2
Labour hold Swing

Penistone East

Penistone East
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Robert Barnard 1,643 43.0 Decrease 2.6
Labour Jill Hayler 1,271 33.3 Increase 10.2
Liberal Democrats Andy Waters 507 13.3 Decrease 10.8
Green Rebecca Trotman 401 10.5 Increase 3.3
Majority 372 9.7 Decrease 11.8
Turnout 3,850 39.9
Conservative hold Swing

Penistone West

Penistone West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Hannah Kitching 2,207 56.6 Increase 19.2
Conservative Roy Garratt 668 17.1 Decrease 13.2
Labour James Bangert 518 13.3 Decrease 6.0
Independent David Wood 296 7.6 New
Green Richard Trotman 207 5.3 Decrease 3.4
Majority 1,539 39.5 Increase 32.4
Turnout 3,912 38.8
Liberal Democrats hold Swing

Rockingham

Rockingham
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative David White 1,109 42.2 Increase 3.1
Labour James Andrews 1,067 40.6 Increase 1.5
TUSC Karen Fletcher 228 8.7 Increase 4.5
Liberal Democrats Susan Waters 222 8.5 Increase 4.0
Majority 42 1.6 +1.6
Turnout 2,645 30.8
Conservative gain from Labour Swing

Royston

Royston
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Dave Webster 1,085 53.2 Increase 9.7
Independent Neil Fisher 458 22.5 Increase 18.5
Conservative Macaulay Larkin 363 17.8 Steady
Liberal Democrats Jonathan Hood 132 6.5 Increase 4.6
Majority 627 30.7 Increase 16.7
Turnout 2,062 23.6
Labour hold Swing

St Helen's

St Helen's
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Dave Leech 1,064 73.8 Increase 16.9
Conservative George Hill 229 15.9 Decrease 3.2
Liberal Democrats Matthew Nicholson 148 10.3 Increase 7.3
Majority 835 57.9 Increase 20.1
Turnout 1,455 18.2
Labour hold Swing

Stairfoot

Stairfoot
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Ian Shirt 906 44.1 Increase 6.1
Barnsley Ind. Gavin Frost 756 36.8 Increase 21.3
Conservative Elizabeth Hill 285 13.9 Decrease 1.5
Liberal Democrats James Kitching 106 5.2 Increase 3.4
Majority 150 7.3 Decrease 1.4
Turnout 2,061 22.9
Labour hold Swing

Wombwell

Wombwell
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Robert Frost 1,362 65.6 Increase 10.2
Conservative Bee Lokkit-Wan 289 13.9 Decrease 12.8
Liberal Democrats Paul Nugent 228 11.0 Increase 7.7
Freedom Alliance Amy Stewart 102 4.9 Increase 0.5
SDP Jon Seymour 94 4.5 Increase 0.3
Majority 1,073 51.7 Increase 23.0
Turnout 2,086 21.4
Labour hold Swing

Worsbrough

Worsbrough
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour John Clarke 913 45.5 Increase 8.2
Barnsley Ind. Gill Carr 731 36.4 Increase 1.4
Conservative Andrew Millner 229 11.4 Decrease 10.5
Liberal Democrats Sarah Calvert 133 6.6 Increase 0.8
Majority 182 9.1 Increase 6.8
Turnout 2,017 27.1
Labour hold Swing

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