2022 Knowsley Council election
← 2021 5 May 2022 2023 →

15 of 45 seats on Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council
23 seats needed for a majority
 
Leader Graham Morgan Kai Taylor
Party Labour Green
Last election 34 seats, 55.3% 5 seats, 23.1%

 
Party Independent Liberal Democrats
Last election 3 seats, 9.8% 3 seats, 5.9%

Incumbent council control


Labour



The 2022 Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council election is currently taking place as of 5 May 2022. One third of councillors—15 out of 45—on Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council 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 longstanding control of the council, holding 34 seats after the election. The Green Party formed the main opposition with five seats, while independent councillors and the Liberal Democrats held three seats each.

Background

History

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. Knowsley was a district of the Merseyside 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 Liverpool City Region Combined Authority was created in 2014 and began electing the mayor of the Liverpool City Region from 2017. The body was given strategic powers covering a region that encompassed the former Merseyside metropolitan county with the addition of Halton Borough Council.[2]

Since its formation, Knowsley has continuously been under Labour control. The Liberal Democrats had become the main opposition party by the late 1990s, and continued to win seats on the council until the 2010 election, when Labour won every seat. Labour continued to win every seat in subsequent elections until the 2016 election, when three Liberal Democrats were elected. The first Green Party councillor was elected to the borough in the 2018 election, with the Green Party winning a further two seats in each of the 2019 election and 2021 election to become the council's main opposition. After the 2021 election, Labour held 34 seats, the Greens held five and independent councillors and the Liberal Democrats held three each.[3]

The positions up for election in 2021 were last elected in 2018. In that election, Labour won twelve seats on 66.2% of the vote while the Green Party, independents and Liberal Democrats won one seat each on 12.7%, 7.5% and 6.8% of the vote respectively. The Conservatives received 5.4% of the vote but didn't win any seats.

Council term

The Labour councillor John Morgan resigned from his party in March 2022. The council leader Graham Morgan said that John Morgan had already been suspended from the Labour Party.[4]

Electoral process

The council previously elected its councillors in thirds, with a third being up for election every year for three years, with no election in the fourth year.[5][6] However, following a boundary review, all forty-eight councillors will be elected at the same time. The election will take place by multi-member first-past-the-post voting, with each ward being represented by up to three councillors. Electors will be able to vote for as many candidates as there are seats to fill, and the candidates with the most votes in each ward will be elected.

All registered electors (British, Irish, Commonwealth and European Union citizens) living in Knowsley 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 34 Labour 32
Green 5 Green 5
Independent 3 Independent 4
Liberal Democrats 3 Liberal Democrats 3

Results summary

2022 Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council election
Party This election Full council This election
Seats Net Seats % Other Total Total % Votes Votes % +/−
  Labour 10 Decrease 2 66.7 22 32 71.1 17,424 59.2 +3.9
  Green 2 Increase 1 13.3 4 6 13.3 6,160 20.9 -2.2
  Independent 2 Increase 1 13.3 2 4 8.9 3,630 12.3 +2.5
  Liberal Democrats 1 Steady 6.7 2 3 6.7 1,276 4.3 -1.6
  TUSC 0 Steady 0.0 0 0 0.0 553 1.9 +0.7
  Conservative 0 Steady 0.0 0 0 0.0 380 1.3 -2.8
  For Britain 0 Steady 0.0 0 0 0.0 18 0.1 -0.1

Ward results

Cherryfield

Cherryfield
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour David Lonergan 1,372 84.9 +8.2
TUSC Les Connor 244 15.1 N/A
Majority 1,128 69.8
Turnout 1,616
Labour hold Swing N/A

Halewood North

Halewood North
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Terry Powell 1,257 63.5 +12.7
Independent Suzanne Harvey 724 36.5 +15.5
Majority 533 27.0
Turnout 1,981
Labour hold Swing Decrease1.4

Halewood South

Halewood South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Joanne Harvey 1,115 54.7 +13.8
Labour Clare Rose 922 45.3 -0.6
Majority 193 9.4
Turnout 2,037
Independent hold Swing Increase7.2

Northwood

Northwood
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Harry Bell 1,206 71.1 -6.9
TUSC Neill Dunne 309 18.2 +3.7
Green Matthew Kirwan 182 10.7 N/A
Majority 897 52.9
Turnout 1,697
Labour hold Swing Decrease5.3

Page Moss

Page Moss
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Robert Austin 1,145 66.4 +8.3
Green John Carine 579 33.6 -1.8
Majority 566 32.8
Turnout 1,724
Labour hold Swing Increase5.1

Prescot North

Prescot North
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Frances Wynn 1,125 50.6 -10.2
Labour Thomas Grierson 965 43.4 +11.4
Conservative Aaron Waters 133 6.0 -1.2
Majority 160 21.6
Turnout 2,223
Liberal Democrats hold Swing Decrease10.8

Prescot South

Prescot South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Green Kai Taylor 1,315 58.9 -2.2
Labour Dena Fairclough 841 37.7 -1.2
Conservative Carl Cross 75 3.4 N/A
Majority 474 21.2
Turnout 2,231
Green hold Swing Decrease0.5

Roby

Roby
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Kevin Bannon 1,247 50.2 +2.8
Green Paul Woodruff 1,236 49.8 +8.8
Majority 11 0.4
Turnout 2,483
Labour hold Swing Decrease3.0

Shevington

Shevington
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Tommy Rowe 1,206 64.5 -12.2
Independent Jen Bamber 598 32.0 N/A
Conservative David Davis 49 2.6 -4.9
For Britain Christine Dillon 18 1.0 N/A
Majority 608 32.5
Turnout 1,871
Labour hold Swing N/A

St Gabriels

St Gabriels
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Green Cath Golding 1,033 52.5 +4.8
Labour Tracy Agger 935 47.5 -2.8
Majority 98 5.0
Turnout 1,968
Green gain from Labour Swing Increase3.8

St Michaels

St Michaels
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Tony Ely 1,320 78.2 +2.4
Green Thomas Large 218 12.9 -2.2
Liberal Democrats James Madine 151 8.9 -0.2
Majority 1,102 65.3
Turnout 1,689
Labour hold Swing Increase2.3

Stockbridge

Stockbridge
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Dennis Baum 1,150 79.6 +1.7
Green James Taylor 295 20.4 -1.7
Majority 855 59.2
Turnout 1,445
Labour hold Swing Increase1.7

Swanside

Swanside
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Colin Dever 1,667 80.0 +19.9
Green Graham Golding 293 14.1 -25.8
Conservative Will Finnan 123 5.9 N/A
Majority 1,374 65.9
Turnout 2,083
Labour hold Swing Increase22.9

Whiston and Cronton

Whiston and Cronton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Denise Allen 1,164 53.6 +8.8
Green Sandra Gaffney 1,009 46.4 +2.5
Majority 155 7.2
Turnout 2,173
Labour hold Swing Increase3.2

Whitefield

Whitefield
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Steve Guy 1,193 53.7 +6.1
Labour Louise Harbour 1,027 46.3 +0.4
Majority 166 7.4
Turnout 2,220
Independent gain from Labour Swing Increase2.9

References

  1. ^ Local Government in England and Wales: A Guide to the New System. London: HMSO. 1974. p. 7. ISBN 0-11-750847-0.
  2. ^ "Establishment of a Combined Authority for the Liverpool City Region" (PDF). 21 February 2014. Retrieved 22 February 2014.
  3. ^ Thorp, Liam; McKeon, Christopher (7 May 2021). "Knowsley Council 2021 election results as they happen". Liverpool Echo. Retrieved 28 March 2022.
  4. ^ Rand, Lisa (17 March 2022). "Kirkby Labour councillor quits party". Liverpool Echo. Retrieved 28 March 2022.
  5. ^ "Local government structure and elections". GOV.UK. Retrieved 27 April 2018.
  6. ^ "Election Timetable in England" (PDF).