An election to City and County of Swansea Council took place on 5 May 2022 as part of the 2022 Welsh local elections. Seventy five seats were up for election across 32 wards. The previous full election took place in 2017.

Background

Ward changes

As the result of a ward boundary review, the number of wards were reduced from 36 to 32, but with the number of councillors increasing from 72 to 75, effective from the 2022 election. The changes were designed to make the ratio between councillors and voters more equal.[1][2]

Fifteen ward boundaries would be unaffected though a significant number of wards were merged or amended.[1] The Mawr ward ceased to exist, it's communities divied amongst neighbouring wards and a new ward of Pontlliw and Tircoed created. A Mumbles ward was created by merging the Newton and Oystermouth wards. A Llwchwr ward was created by merging Kingsbridge, Lower Loughor and Upper Loughor. A new Waterfront ward was created from parts of the Castle ward and St Thomas ward. A new Waunarlwydd ward was created from part of Cockett.[2] Dunvant, Killay North and Killay South were merged to create a Dunvant and Killay ward. The Gorseinon and Penyrheol wards were combined to become Gorseinon and Penyrheol.

Results

Results[3]
Party Seats Change
Labour Party 45 Decrease 4
Liberal Democrats 11 Increase 6
Independents 9 Decrease 4
Conservative Party 7 Decrease 1
Uplands Party 4 Increase 2
Green Party 1 Increase 1

Seventy five seats were up for election and the Labour Party held onto power, despite losing three seats overall. The Labour council leader, Rob Stewart, partly blamed the recent ward boundary changes for their losses.[4] In the Clydach ward, the Conservatives won a seat by eight votes, after two recounts. The Liberal Democrats gained four seats overall, while the council also gained its first ever Green Party councillor, in Mayals.[4] The Uplands Party won an additional two seats off Labour in the Uplands ward, despite a candidate suffering a heart attack while out campaigning.[5]

Ward results

The following results were announced following the elections.[4][6]

Bishopston (one seat)

Bishopston 2022
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Lyndon Jones* 903
Labour Clare-Anna Mitchell 432
Green Karen Laurence 63
Liberal Democrats Howard Evans 56
Turnout 1,454 52.6 –4.2
Conservative hold Swing

Bon-y-maen (two seats)

Bon-y-maen 2022
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Paul Lloyd* 1,072
Labour Mandy Evans* 1,056
Independent Richard Mylan 193
Conservative Miles Thomas 128
Conservative Jayne Isaac 106
Turnout 1,371 24.6 –4.3
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing

Castle (four seats)

Castle 2022
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Fiona Gordon* 1,613
Labour Hannah Lawson* 1,564
Labour Patience Bentu 1,533
Labour David Phillips* 1,475
Plaid Cymru Patrick Powell 452
Green John Pitans 376
Independent Heather Burdett 301
Conservative Elaine Hughes 290
Conservative Sonya Morris 267
Liberal Democrats Ben Williams 246
TUSC Gareth Bromhall 117
Freedom Alliance Katon Bouzalakos 110
TUSC Owen Lees 110
Turnout 2,373 25.6 –4.2
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing

Hannah Lawson had been councillor for the ward, since replacing the late Sybil Crouch at a 2021 by-election.[7]

Clydach (three seats)

Clydach 2022
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Gordon Walker* 2,025
Independent Matthew Bailey 1,844
Conservative Brigitte Rowlands** 1,003
Labour Susan Powell 995
Labour Wez Morgan 951
Labour Dylan Williams 823
Turnout 2,944 43.4 +15.0
Independent hold Swing
Independent gain from Labour Swing
Conservative win (new seat)

Brigitte Rowlands was the councillor for the Mawr ward, which was partly incorporated into Clydach in 2022.

Cockett (three seats)

Cockett 2022
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Mike Durke* 1,414
Labour Oliver James* 1,378
Labour Elliott King* 1,310
Green Marie Greaves 408
Liberal Democrats Vivienne Samuel 395
Conservative Steve Norman 394
Liberal Democrats Rhian Russell 318
Freedom Alliance Kim Brooker 167
Turnout 2,221 27.7 –5.0
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing

Cwmbwrla (three seats)

Cwmbwrla 2022
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Peter Black* 1,455
Liberal Democrats Christopher Holley* 1,160
Liberal Democrats Graham Thomas* 1,136
Labour Margaret Greenaway 537
Labour Malcom Harrington 488
Labour Ian Isaac 431
Green Rhiannon Wall 106
Conservative Chris Griffiths 82
Freedom Alliance Ilona Gofmaniene 38
Turnout 1,951 34.1 –4.1
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Liberal Democrats hold Swing

Dunvant and Killay (three seats)

Dunvant and Killay 2022
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Mary Jones** 1,442
Liberal Democrats Jeff Jones** 1,391
Labour Louise Gibbard** 1,335
Labour Mark Davies 1,319
Labour José Cifuentes 1,288
Liberal Democrats Beth Rowe 1,248
Green Jim Robinson 361
Conservative David Jeffreys 357
Conservative Jonathan Jones 340
Conservative Ross Lock 302
Plaid Cymru Rhiannon Barrar 278
Plaid Cymru Margot Morgan 177
Plaid Cymru Sharon-Rose Taylor 151
Turnout 3,440 46.1 +4.1
Liberal Democrats win (new seat)
Liberal Democrats win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)

Ward formed by the merger of Dunvant, Killay North and Killay South wards. Gibbard was a sitting councillor for Dunvant, while Mary Jones and Jeff Jones were the sitting councillors in Killay North and Killay South respectively.

Fairwood (one seat)

Fairwood 2022
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Paxton Hood‐Williams* 434
Labour Jane Harris 341
Green Matthew Ward 194
Liberal Democrats Philip Ebden 101
Turnout 1074 47.1 –5.7
Conservative hold Swing

Gorseinon and Penyrheol (three seats)

Gorseinon and Penyrheol 2022
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Andrew Stevens** 2,073
Labour Jan Curtice** 2,018
Labour Nicola Matthews 1,800
Conservative Brett Roberts 511
Green Anthony James 453
Liberal Democrats Anthony Foligno 317
Turnout
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)

Curtice and Stevens won the two seats in the Penyrheol ward at the previous 2017 election. Labour won the Gorseinon seat at the same election.

Gower (one seat)

Gower 2022
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Richard Lewis* 719
Labour Cynthia Phillips 334
Green Steven Davies 123
Liberal Democrats Patrick Furlong 103
Turnout 1,289 50.0 –1.9
Conservative gain from Independent Swing

Sitting member Richard Lewis had been elected as an Independent at the previous 2017 election.

Gowerton (two seats)

Gowerton 2022
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Susan Jones* 1,044
Labour Dai Jenkins 624
Labour Wilf Smith 407
Liberal Democrats Matthew Palmer 391
Conservative Alex Williams 380
Plaid Cymru Brian Edy 244
Turnout 1,707 42.6 +13.8
Independent hold Swing
Labour win (new seat)

Landore (two seats)

Landore 2022
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Beverley Hopkins* 1,044
Labour Mike White* 1,026
Liberal Democrats Helen Thomas 170
Conservative Owain Thomas 146
Turnout 1320 26.7 –1.8
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing

Llangyfelach (one seat)

Llangyfelach 2022
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Mark Tribe 750
Labour Robert Marshall 259
Conservative Euan Renesto 78
Plaid Cymru Adrian Roberts 51
Turnout 1,138 50.2 +11.5
Independent hold Swing

Llansamlet (four seats)

Llansamlet 2022
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Ryland Doyle* 2,233
Labour Penny Matthews* 2,110
Labour Matthew Jones 1,924
Labour Alyson Pugh* 1,862
Plaid Cymru Trystan Gjertson 828
Conservative Jason Thomas 541
Liberal Democrats Derek Russell 436
Turnout 3,167 27.8 –3.2
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing

Llwchwr (three seats)

Llwchwr 2022
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Kelly Roberts 1,884
Labour Robert Smith** 1,790
Labour Adam Davis 1,741
Plaid Cymru Jason Lovell 597
Plaid Cymru Kieran Pritchard 505
Conservative Raymond Hinds 503
Conservative Barbara Jones 503
Plaid Cymru James Edy 393
Gwlad Wayne Erasmus 121
TUSC John Evans 78
Turnout 3075 40.0 N/A
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)

Robert Smith was the councillor for the former ward of Upper Loughor.

Mayals (one seat)

Mayals 2022
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Green Chris Evans 457
Conservative Louise Thomas 332
Labour Pam Erasmus 280
Liberal Democrats Daniel Guttery 62
Conservative hold Swing
Turnout 1,138 51.4 –0.9

Morriston (five seats)

Morriston 2022
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Ceri Evans* 2,741
Labour Rob Stewart* 2,665
Labour Robert Francis-Davies* 2,487
Labour Andrea Lewis* 2,471
Labour Yvonne Jardine* 2,366
Conservative Jake Harry 670
Conservative Ian Scott 668
Independent Gail John 546
Liberal Democrats Gareth Healey 538
Turnout 3,676 29.6 –4.8
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing

Mumbles (three seats)

Mumbles 2022
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Will Thomas** 1,760
Conservative Francesca O'Brien 1,510
Conservative Angela O'Connor 1,478
Labour Carrie Townsend Jones 1,234
Labour Martin O'Neill 1,156
Labour Richard Jarvis 1,155
Green Will Beasley 563
Plaid Cymru Patricia Sanderson 366
Liberal Democrats Allan Williams 273
Turnout 3,393 50.4 N/A
Conservative win (new seat)
Conservative win (new seat)
Conservative win (new seat)

Will Thomas was councillor for the former Newton ward prior to the election.

Mynydd-bach (three seats)

Mynydd-bach 2022
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Mike Lewis* 1,485
Labour Jess Pritchard 1,389
Labour Sam Pritchard* 1,313
Conservative Paul Morris 457
Liberal Democrats Ann Jamaluddin 352
Turnout 2,063 31.0 –2.5
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing

Pen-clawdd (one seat)

Pen-clawdd 2022
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Andrew Williams 903
Plaid Cymru John Davies 337
Conservative Alex Lewis 152
Liberal Democrats Mike Sheehan 92
Turnout 1,488 50.1 +6.0
Labour hold Swing

Penderry (three seats)

Penderry 2022
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Hazel Morris* 1,022
Labour Terry Hennegan* 1,019
Labour Erika Kirchner 967
Conservative Jasmine Rowlands-Lean 269
Turnout 1,379 17.8 –3.9
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing

Penllergaer (one seat)

Penllergaer 2022
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Wendy Fitzgerald* 971
Labour Anthony Phillips 135
Turnout 1,110 41.3 –6.4
Independent hold Swing

Pennard (one seat)

Pennard 2022
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Lynda James* 647
Conservative Ben Walker 334
Labour Cari Jones 309
Turnout 1,293 47.6 –11.4
Independent hold Swing

Pontarddulais (two seats)

Pontarddulais 2022
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Kevin Griffiths* 1,217
Labour Philip Downing* 886
Labour Catherine Evans 808
Independent Roddy John 749
Plaid Cymru Jamie Johnstone 409
Turnout 2,156 40.7 +15.1
Independent hold Swing
Labour hold Swing

Pontlliw and Tircoed (one seat)

Pontlliw and Tircoed 2022
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Victoria Holland 450
Independent Byron Lewis 424
Turnout 880 41.6 N/A
Labour win (new seat)

St Thomas (two seats)

St Thomas 2022
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Hayley Gwilliam 1,043
Labour Joe Hale* 1,013
Conservative Elizabeth Grace Thomas 253
Liberal Democrats Robert Hall 172
Conservative Jack Dean 158
Freedom Alliance Getrude Papaleni Shilongo 58
Turnout 26.8 –3.5
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing

Sketty (five seats)

Sketty 2022
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Michael Day* 2,509
Liberal Democrats Cheryl Philpott* 2,358
Liberal Democrats Nicola Furlong 2,102
Liberal Democrats Michael Locke 2,028
Liberal Democrats James McGettrick 2,009
Labour Mahaboob Basha 1,987
Labour Sam Dredge 1,684
Labour Greg James 1,657
Labour Natalie Hussey 1,649
Labour Philip Thompson 1,433
Conservative Stephen Gallagher* 765
Conservative David Helliwell* 740
Green Nigel Bartolotti Hill 724
Conservative Stacey Norman 666
Conservative Jacob Derluk 647
Conservative Rebecca Singh 595
Plaid Cymru Dave Lewis 523
Plaid Cymru Sian Thomas 498
Freedom Alliance Simon Stern 76
Turnout 5,208 46.6 +2.0
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Liberal Democrats gain from Labour Swing
Liberal Democrats gain from Conservative Swing
Liberal Democrats gain from Conservative Swing

Townhill (three seats)

Townhill 2022
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Cyril Anderson* 955
Labour Lesley Walton* 903
Labour David Hopkins* 900
Green Steven Clegg 171
Liberal Democrats Cameron Shippam 139
Conservative Rob Thomas 118
Freedom Alliance Jacquelyn Haley 103
Independent Marguerite Tcheko 81
Turnout 1,257 21.2 –4.2
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing

Uplands (four seats)

Uplands 2022
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Uplands Peter May* 1,978
Uplands Sandra Joy 1,787
Uplands Stuart Rice 1,663
Uplands Allan Jeffery 1,641
Labour Rebecca Francis-Davies 1,279
Labour Libby Nolan 1,112
Labour Robyn Parker 1,038
Labour Ceri Powe 1,004
Plaid Cymru Adonis El-Salloukh 331
Liberal Democrats Chloe Hutchinson 178
Liberal Democrats Michael O'Carroll 153
Liberal Democrats Trudi Hancock 140
Liberal Democrats Benjamin Falkner 130
Freedom Alliance Michelle Valerio 95
TUSC Evan Vaughan 70
TUSC Oisin Mulhulland 69
TUSC Charlie Wells 61
Turnout 31.8 –6.0
Uplands hold Swing
Uplands hold Swing
Uplands gain from Labour Swing
Uplands gain from Labour Swing

Waterfont (one seat)

Waterfront 2022
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Sam Bennett 590
Labour Adam Gilbert 309
Conservative Austin Elias 77
Turnout 981 36.8 N/A
Liberal Democrats win (new seat)

Waunarlwydd (one seat)

Waunarlwydd 2022
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Wendy Lewis** 694
Green Stan Gurung 221
Conservative Matthew Gates 77
Liberal Democrats Edmund Sides 25
Turnout 1,019 38.9 N/A
Labour win (new seat)

Wendy Lewis was formerly a councillor for the Cockett ward, which until this election included Waunarlwydd.

West Cross (two seats)

West Cross 2022
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Rebecca Fogarty 1,241
Labour Sara Keeton 1,152
Conservative Emilie Cox 719
Conservative Thomas Beynon 692
Green Anna Pigott 258
Turnout 2,178 46.5 +13.9
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing


*' = sitting councillor in same ward prior to election

**' = sitting councillor in a related former ward prior to election

References

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