2022 Bradford Council election
← 2021 5 May 2022 2023 →

30 of 90 seats on City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council
46 seats needed for a majority
  First party Second party Third party
 
Leader Susan Hinchcliffe Rebecca Poulsen Martin Love
Party Labour Conservative Green
Last election 51, 40.9% 25, 30.3% 3, 11.8%
Seats won 52 21 6
Seat change Increase 1 Decrease 4 Increase 3
Percentage 43% 25% 14%
Swing Increase 2.1% Decrease 5.3% Increase 2.2%

  Fourth party Fifth party
 
Leader Jeanette Sunderland
Party Liberal Democrats Independent
Last election 7, 8.1% 4, 7.3%
Seats won 6 5
Seat change Decrease 1 Increase 1
Percentage 8% 7%
Swing Decrease 0.1% Decrease 0.3%

council control before election


Labour

Subsequent council control


Labour

The 2022 City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council election is currently taking place as of 5 May 2022. One third of councillors—30 out of 90—will be elected. The election will take place alongside other local elections across the United Kingdom.

In the previous council election in 2021, Labour maintained its control of the council, holding 51 seats after the election. The Conservatives formed the main opposition with twenty-five seats, with the remaining seats held by the Liberal Democrats, Green Party and independent councillors. Labour held the council, increasing its majority by one.

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. Bradford was a district of the West 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 West Yorkshire Combined Authority was established in 2014 and began electing the mayor of West Yorkshire in 2021.[2]

Since its formation, Bradford has been variously under Labour control, Conservative control and no overall control. Councillors have predominantly been elected from the Labour Party, Conservative Party and the Liberal Democrats. The Green Party gained their first councillors on Bradford Council in 2002 and following these elections became the joint third largest group on the council.

Labour regained control of the council from no overall control in the 2014 council election, gaining one seat to hold 46 out of 90 seats on the council. The Labour Party maintained its majority on the council in subsequent elections. In the most recent election in 2021, Labour won fifteen seats on 40.9% of the vote, the Conservatives won eleven seats on 30.3% of the vote, the Liberal Democrats won three seats on 8.1% of the vote, and independents and the Green Party won two seats each on 7.3% and 11.8% of the vote respectively.[3] Three Conservative councillors—Joan Clarke, Robert Hargreaves and Luke Majkowski—left their party to sit as independents in 2021 and 2022, citing internal issues in the local branch of the Conservative Party.[4]

Positions up for election in 2022 were last elected in 2018. In that election, twenty Labour councillors, eight Conservative councillors and two Liberal Democrat councillors were elected.[5]

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.[6][7] 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 Bradford 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 51 Labour 51
Conservative 25 Conservative 22
Liberal Democrats 7 Liberal Democrats 7
Independent 4 Independent 7
Green 3 Green 3

Changes:

Result summary

2022 City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council election
Party This election Full council This election
Seats Net Seats % Other Total Total % Votes Votes % +/−
  Labour 19 Decrease 1 63.3 31 50 55.6 56,667 44.1 +3.2
  Conservative 6 Decrease 2 20.0 14 20 22.2 32,545 25.3 -5.0
  Independent 1 Increase 1 3.3 7 8 58.9 8,707 6.8 -0.5
  Green 3 Increase 3 10.0 3 6 6.7 18,330 14.3 +2.5
  Liberal Democrats 1 Decrease 1 3.3 5 6 6.7 10,400 8.1 ±0.0
  Yorkshire 0 Steady 0.0 0 0 0.0 1,304 1.0 -0.1
  British Democratic 0 Steady 0.0 0 0 0.0 214 0.2 +0.1
  Heritage 0 Steady 0.0 0 0 0.0 60 <0.1 N/A
  TUSC 0 Steady 0.0 0 0 0.0 59 <0.1 N/A
  For Britain 0 Steady 0.0 0 0 0.0 41 <0.1 ±0.0
  Freedom Alliance 0 Steady 0.0 0 0 0.0 36 <0.1 ±0.0
  SDP 0 Steady 0.0 0 0 0.0 35 <0.1 ±0.0

Ward results

Baildon

Baildon
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Allison Coates 2,232 46.6 Decrease 10.4
Labour Peter Ashton 1,832 38.2 Increase 10.3
Green Carl Dunk 395 8.2 Increase 4.1
Liberal Democrats David Wilkinson 335 7.0 Decrease 2.2
Majority 400 8.4 Decrease 20.7
Turnout 4,807
Conservative hold Swing

Bingley

Bingley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Joe Wheatley 3,120 49.2 Increase 8.3
Conservative David Heseltine 2,603 41.1 Decrease 5.3
Green Rachael Drucquer 422 6.7 Increase 1.7
Liberal Democrats Peter Russell 195 3.1 Decrease 0.5
Majority 517 8.1 N/A
Turnout 6,365
Labour gain from Conservative Swing

Bingley Rural

Bingley Rural
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Falak Ahmed 2,100 39.9 Decrease 15.6
Labour Abdul Malik 1,353 25.7 Increase 2.4
Independent Cath Bacon 999 19.0 New
Green Brian Newham 531 10.1 Increase 3.8
Liberal Democrats Helen Baranowski 281 5.3 Decrease 4.7
Majority 747 14.2 Decrease 18.1
Turnout 5,278
Conservative hold Swing

Bolton & Undercliffe

Bolton & Undercliffe
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Julie Humphreys 1,408 43.8 Decrease 0.7
Liberal Democrats Jafrul Gazi 1,221 38.0 Decrease 4.1
Yorkshire Wendy Barras 335 10.4 New
Green Bruce Gulland 194 6.0 Increase 3.0
TUSC Tom Gibson 59 1.8 New
Majority 187 5.8 Increase 3.4
Turnout 3,242
Labour hold Swing

Bowling & Barkerend

Bowling & Barkerend
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Rizwana Jamil 1,947 44.4 Decrease 33.1
Conservative Mohammed Jamil 1,864 42.5 Increase 35.0
Green Andy Rickford 225 5.1 Increase 2.6
Liberal Democrats Suzanne Lubenko 211 4.8 Decrease 4.8
Independent Tahir Farooq 140 3.2 New
Majority 83 1.9 Decrease 65.9
Turnout 4,396
Labour hold Swing

Bradford Moor

Bradford Moor
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Mohammed Shafiq 2,479 53.9 Increase 0.1
Liberal Democrats Mohammed Thair 1,871 40.7 Increase 22.0
Green Sophie Vanicat 133 2.9 Increase 1.6
Conservative Khalid Anjum 117 2.5 Increase 0.3
Majority 608 13.2 Decrease 17.0
Turnout 4,615
Labour hold Swing

City

City
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Mohammed Azam 2,598 81.7 Decrease 5.9
Green Hawarun Hussain 583 18.3 Increase 11.5
Majority 2,015 63.4 Decrease 17.5
Turnout 3,208
Labour hold Swing

Clayton & Fairweather Green

Clayton & Fairweather Green
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Sinead Engel 1,897 54.9 Decrease 7.1
Conservative Shamas Khan 1,045 30.3 Increase 2.4
Green Susan May 305 8.8 Increase 2.8
Liberal Democrats Steven Cotterill 206 6.0 Increase 2.0
Majority 852 24.6 Decrease 9.4
Turnout 3,469
Labour hold Swing

Craven

Craven
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Green Caroline Whitaker 2,713 44.1 Increase 36.6
Conservative Rebecca Whitaker 2,488 40.4 Decrease 14.7
Labour Umar Ghafoor 545 8.9 Decrease 23.4
Yorkshire Peter Kaye 226 3.7 New
Liberal Democrats Paul Mann 120 2.0 Decrease 2.9
Heritage Andrew Ross 60 1.0 New
Majority 225 3.7 N/A
Turnout 6,161
Green gain from Conservative Swing

Eccleshill

Eccleshill
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Christopher Hayden 1,470 44.2 Increase 7.1
Liberal Democrats Agnieska Jedrzejewska 1,332 40.1 Decrease 4.2
Yorkshire Jonathan Barras 309 9.3 Increase 5.5
Green Caroline Duvier 145 4.4 Increase 2.0
Independent Matthew Jenkinson 69 2.1 New
Majority 138 4.1 N/A
Turnout 3,344
Labour gain from Liberal Democrats Swing

Great Horton

Great Horton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Joanne Dodds 2,512 76.6 Decrease 6.9
Conservative Amena Patel 423 12.9 Increase 2.1
Green Lesley Hall 199 6.1 Increase 2.8
Liberal Democrats Sarah Moses 147 4.5 Increase 2.2
Majority 2,089 63.7 Decrease 9.0
Turnout 3,283
Labour hold Swing

Heaton

Heaton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Nussrat Mohammed 2,088 46.3 Decrease 27.8
Green Khalid Mahmood 1,914 42.5 Increase 30.4
Conservative Sharon Robertshaw 346 7.7 Decrease 1.3
Liberal Democrats Peter McCarthy 160 3.5 Decrease 0.7
Majority 174 3.8 Decrease 58.2
Turnout 4,524
Labour hold Swing

Idle & Thackley

Idle & Thackley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Aislin Naylor 2,323 53.5 Decrease 2.7
Labour Andrea Stephenson 989 22.8 Decrease 3.4
Conservative Adam Paterson 700 16.1 Increase 5.6
Green Tess Lawrence 183 4.2 Increase 1.6
Yorkshire Lara Barras 147 3.4 Decrease 0.9
Majority 1,334 30.7 Increase 0.8
Turnout 4,351
Liberal Democrats hold Swing

Ilkley

Ilkley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Andrew Loy 2,220 35.0 Decrease 14.9
Green Ros Brown 2,123 33.5 Increase 21.7
Labour George Scaife 1,239 19.5 Decrease 7.8
Independent Mike Gibbons 520 8.2 New
Liberal Democrats Caroline Jones 236 3.7 Decrease 7.0
Majority 97 1.5 Decrease 21.1
Turnout 6,358
Conservative hold Swing

Keighley Central

Keighley Central
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Mohammed Nazam 3,117 48.5 Increase 33.1
Labour Amjad Zaman 2,864 44.6 Decrease 31.4
Green Alyson Telfer 163 2.5 Decrease 1.4
Liberal Democrats Nick Allon 152 2.4 Decrease 1.6
Yorkshire Bob Buxton 127 2.0 New
Majority 253 3.9 N/A
Turnout 6,451
Conservative gain from Labour Swing

Keighley East

Keighley East
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Caroline Firth 2,554 57.8 Increase 2.6
Conservative Martyn Wood 1,296 29.3 Decrease 5.3
Green Swami Anahata 266 6.0 Decrease 0.5
Liberal Democrats Kay Kirkham 160 3.6 Increase 0.1
Independent Wendy Harrison 135 3.1 New
SDP Alexander Vann 10 0.2 New
Majority 1,258 28.5 Increase 7.8
Turnout 4,438
Labour hold Swing

Keighley West

Keighley West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Paul Godwin 1,509 43.9 Decrease 4.4
Conservative Peter Corkindale 1,257 36.6 Increase 2.8
Independent Laura Kelly 356 10.4 New
Yorkshire Dom Atlas 118 3.4 New
Green James Whitaker 99 2.9 Decrease 0.2
Liberal Democrats Steve Spoerry 54 1.6 Decrease 0.6
For Britain Leo Robinson 41 1.2 New
Majority 252 7.3 Decrease 7.2
Turnout 3,441
Labour hold Swing

Little Horton

Little Horton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Noor Elahi 2,544 52.6 New
Labour Fareeda Mir 1,943 40.2 Decrease 44.4
Liberal Democrats James Hunt 144 3.0 Decrease 2.5
Conservative Sangeeta Kauser 125 2.6 Decrease 4.4
Green Nurjahan Ali Arobi 80 1.7 Decrease 0.7
Majority 601 12.4 N/A
Turnout 4,858
Independent gain from Labour Swing

Manningham

Manningham
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Shabir Hussain 2,396 55.1 Decrease 28.1
Independent Muhammed Islam 1,621 37.3 New
Green Bruce Barnes 198 4.6 Decrease 1.2
Conservative John Robertshaw 134 3.1 Decrease 5.5
Majority 775 17.8 Decrease 56.8
Turnout 4,375
Labour hold Swing

Queensbury

Queensbury
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Hazel Parsan 1,286 35.2 Increase 8.3
Independent Robert Hargreaves 1,127 30.9 New
Conservative Nick Peterken 980 26.8 Decrease 11.9
Green Eithne Dodwell 157 4.3 Increase 1.1
Liberal Democrats Mary Whitrick 66 1.8 Decrease 1.6
Freedom Alliance Linda Salsbury 36 1.0 New
Majority 159 4.3 N/A
Turnout 3,665
Labour gain from Conservative Swing

Royds

Royds
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Ruth Wood 1,683 56.4 Increase 9.5
Conservative Paul Turpin 890 29.8 Increase 6.0
Liberal Democrats Shauna Devonshire 208 7.0 Increase 3.2
Green Ian Sharp 202 6.8 Increase 3.5
Majority 793 26.6 Increase 3.4
Turnout 3,002
Labour hold Swing

Shipley

Shipley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Green Anna Watson 3,405 64.6 Increase 30.5
Labour Mohammed Bashir 1,121 21.3 Decrease 25.8
Conservative Sharon Jandu 423 8.0 Decrease 7.3
Yorkshire Darren Longhorn 160 3.0 New
Liberal Democrats Nicholas Errington 92 1.7 Decrease 1.5
Independent Stephen Place 41 0.8 New
SDP John Wood 25 0.5 New
Majority 2,284 43.3 N/A
Turnout 5,284
Green gain from Labour Swing

Thornton & Allerton

Thornton & Allerton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Karen Regan 2,309 60.2 Increase 1.8
Conservative Jac Morton 967 25.2 Decrease 6.7
Liberal Democrats Anthea Pickard 307 8.0 Increase 5.6
Green John Whitaker 252 6.6 Increase 3.7
Majority 1,342 35.0 Increase 8.5
Turnout 3,854
Labour hold Swing

Toller

Toller
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Kamran Hussain 3,686 80.7 Increase 7.7
Independent Amir Hussain 363 7.9 New
Green Sean Dobiech 242 5.3 Increase 2.6
Conservative Shirley Rayner 214 4.7 Decrease 17.4
Liberal Democrats Tariq Mahmood 63 1.4 Decrease 0.5
Majority 3,323 72.8 Increase 21.9
Turnout 4,610
Labour hold Swing

Tong

Tong
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Green Celia Hickson 1,534 51.7 Increase 37.0
Labour Tom Hughes 1,088 36.6 Decrease 14.6
Conservative Harfan Khan 275 9.3 Decrease 10.9
Liberal Democrats Susan Elliott 72 2.4 Decrease 1.1
Majority 446 15.1 N/A
Turnout 2,977
Green gain from Labour Swing

Wharfedale

Wharfedale
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Gerry Barker 1,855 39.5 Decrease 12.1
Labour Christopher Steele 1,447 30.8 Decrease 0.5
Liberal Democrats Jamie Needle 852 18.1 Increase 6.8
Green Chris Turner 544 11.6 Increase 5.9
Majority 408 8.7 Decrease 11.5
Turnout 4,716
Conservative hold Swing

Wibsey

Wibsey
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Sabiya Khan 1,348 41.7 Decrease 6.1
Independent Gareth Gregory 792 24.5 New
Conservative Kate Lawton 640 19.8 Decrease 6.6
Liberal Democrats Brian Boulton 279 8.6 Increase 2.6
Green Grace Fetherston 173 5.4 Increase 2.3
Majority 556 17.2 Decrease 4.2
Turnout 3,242
Labour hold Swing

Windhill & Wrose

Windhill & Wrose
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Liz Rowe 1,836 55.2 Decrease 4.1
Conservative Peter Cochrane 922 27.7 Steady 0.0
Green Helen Love 321 9.7 Increase 3.6
Liberal Democrats Gillian Thorne 247 7.4 Increase 0.9
Majority 914 27.5 Decrease 4.1
Turnout 3,342
Labour hold Swing

Worth Valley

Worth Valley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Christopher Herd 2,329 54.1 Decrease 2.1
Labour Ashwaan Joomun-Whitehead 1,328 30.8 Decrease 5.0
Green Janet Russell 439 10.2 Increase 5.5
Liberal Democrats Bob Jones 211 4.9 Increase 1.9
Majority 1,001 23.3 Increase 2.9
Turnout 4,326
Conservative hold Swing

Wyke

Wyke
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Andy Walsh 1,458 48.1 Decrease 1.0
Conservative Richard Milczanowski 983 32.4 Increase 1.9
British Democratic James Lewthwaite 214 7.1 Increase 1.6
Green Darren Parkinson 190 6.3 Increase 3.8
Liberal Democrats Kevin Hall 189 6.2 Increase 2.7
Majority 475 15.7 Decrease 3.0
Turnout 3,044
Labour hold Swing

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