2022 Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council election
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Leader Kris Wilson Chris Watkins Keith Kondakor
Party Conservative Labour Green
Leader's seat Whitestone Kingswood Weddington[a]
Last election 11 6 0
Seats won 12 4 1
Seat change Increase1 Decrease 2 Increase1
Popular vote 14,811 10,165 4,101
Percentage 50.5 34.7 14.0

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Map showing the results of the 2022 NBBC election

Council control before election

Conservative Party

Council control after election

Conservative Party

The 2022 Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council election will take place on 5 May 2022 to elect members of Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council. This is on the same day as other local elections. 17 of the 34 seats will be up for election.[1]

Background

Nuneaton and Bedworth operates a divided election cycle. Each ward is represented by two councillors who each serve staggered four year terms.[2] The result is that seventeen members of the borough council are elected every two years. The seats up for election in 2022 were last elected in 2018. In that election, the Conservatives won eleven seats while Labour won six.

Labour had previously controlled the council for a thirty-five year period between 1973 and 2008. In 2008, the Conservative Party won control of the council before it reverted to no overall control in 2010. Labour regained control of the council for a six-year period between 2012 and 2018. Then it again returned to no overall control. At the 2021 Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council election, the Conservative Party gained ten seats, all from the Labour Party. As a result, the Conservatives gained control of the council for the first time since 2010.

Since the previous election in 2018, two councillors elected as Conservatives had resigned from the party to sit under the label "Nuneaton Community Independents". Neither of the councillors sought re-election in 2022. In October 2021, Patricia Elliott resigned as Labour councillor for the Barpool ward.[3] The subsequent by-election was won by Conservative candidate Jamie Hartshorn.[4]

The election count was conducted at the Nuneaton campus of North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College.

Results

Three seats changed hands in the election. Green candidate Michael Wright won the Weddington ward from the Conservatives. Meanwhile the Conservatives won two seats from Labour including the Barpool seat where they had won a by-election during the previous term. As a result, the Conservatives retained overall control of the coucil.

2022 Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council election
Party This election Full council This election
Seats Net Seats % Other Total Total % Votes Votes % +/−
  Conservative 12 Increase1 70.6 15 27 79.4 14,811 50.5
  Labour 4 Decrease2 23.5 1 5 14.7 10,165 34.7
  Green 1 Increase1 5.9 1 2 5.9 4,101 14.0
  TUSC 0 Steady 0.0 0 0 0.0 142 0.5
  Coventry Citizens Party 0 Steady 0.0 0 0 0.0 100 0.3

Council composition

After 2021 election Before 2022 election After 2022 election
Party Seats Party Seats Party Seats
Conservative 24 Conservative 25 Conservative 27
Labour 7 Labour 6 Labour 5
Independent[b] 2 Independent[b] 2 Green 2
Green 1 Green 1

Party reaction

In the wake of the results, the Conservative leader of the council Kris Wilson suggested that the Conservatives were 'building the foundations of a new blue base here in Nuneaton and Bedworth'. In reference to the party's improved performances in traditional Labour areas such as Camp Hill and Wem Brook, he said they were 'seats that Labour took for granted'.[5]

Results by ward

Changes shown compared to the 2018 Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council election, when these seats were last contested. Swing figures are calculated between the winning candidate and the candidate in second place. Turnout figures do not include spoiled ballots. An asterisk indicates an incumbent councillor.

Abbey

2022 Nuneaton and Bedworth Council election: Abbey
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Neil Phillips 1,011 60.5 Increase 5.3
Conservative Mo Sahib 460 27.5 Increase 6.2
Green Alice Twyman 200 12.0 Increase 4.1
Majority 551 33.0
Turnout 1,671
Labour hold Swing Decrease 0.4

Arbury

2022 Nuneaton and Bedworth Council election: Arbury
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Michael Green 825 56.7 Increase 1.4
Labour Joe Bevan 497 34.2 Decrease 1.7
Green Tess Brookes 133 9.1 Increase 3.0
Majority 328 22.5
Turnout 1,455
Conservative hold Swing Increase 1.6

Attleborough

2022 Nuneaton and Bedworth Council election: Attleborough
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Colin Cape 807 52.1 Decrease 3.9
Labour Stephen Hey 530 34.2 Decrease 1.3
Green Laurel Brindley 212 13.7 Increase 5.2
Majority 277 17.9
Turnout 1,549
Conservative hold Swing Decrease 1.3

Barpool

2022 Nuneaton and Bedworth Council election: Barpool
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Jamie Hartshorn 652 47.6 Increase 6.8
Labour Bhim Saru 566 41.3 Decrease 8.7
Green Andrew Heritage 151 11.0 Increase 1.9
Majority 86 6.3
Turnout 1,369
Conservative gain from Labour Swing Increase 7.8

Bede

2022 Nuneaton and Bedworth Council election: Bede
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Joy Moreton 763 48.6 Increase 4.4
Labour William Hancox 691 44.0 Decrease 2.1
Green Kristine Cope 116 7.4 Increase 7.4
Majority 72 4.6
Turnout 1,570
Conservative gain from Labour Swing Increase 3.2

Bulkington

2022 Nuneaton and Bedworth Council election: Bulkington
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Richard Smith 1,306 71.1 Steady
Labour Brian Walmsley 532 28.9 Steady
Majority 774 42.1
Turnout 1,838
Conservative hold Swing Steady

Camp Hill

2022 Nuneaton and Bedworth Council election: Camp Hill
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Emma Shiers 628 47.1 Decrease 0.1
Conservative Ewan Evans 552 41.4 Increase 18.0
Green Jeremy Millen 108 8.1 Increase 8.1
TUSC Paul Reilly 45 3.4 Increase 3.4
Majority 76 5.7
Turnout 1,333
Labour hold Swing Decrease 9.0

Exhall

2022 Nuneaton and Bedworth Council election: Exhall
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Damon Brown 881 47.5 Decrease 2.9
Labour Helen Sinclair 702 37.8 Decrease 1.4
Green Merle Gering 141 7.6 Increase 4.4
Coventry Citizens Dylan Frampton 100 5.4 Increase 5.4
TUSC Margaret Hunter 32 1.7 Decrease 0.3
Majority 179 9.6
Turnout 1,856
Conservative hold Swing Decrease 0.8

Galley Common

2022 Nuneaton and Bedworth Council election: Galley Common
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Samuel Croft 879 55.6 Decrease 4.6
Labour Paul Edwards 542 34.3 Decrease 5.6
Green David Fletcher 161 10.2 Increase 10.2
Majority 337 21.3
Turnout 1,582
Conservative hold Swing Increase 0.5

Heath

2022 Nuneaton and Bedworth Council election: Heath
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Graham Moreton 795 51.6 Decrease 3.5
Labour Wilhelm Markham 600 39.0 Decrease 5.9
Green Jonathan Gadsby 145 9.4 Increase 9.4
Majority 195 12.7
Turnout 1,540
Conservative hold Swing Increase 1.2

Kingswood

2022 Nuneaton and Bedworth Council election: Kingswood
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Christopher Watkins 715 55.2 Increase 6.6
Conservative Pappu Palamattom 580 44.8 Increase 2.8
Majority 135 10.4
Turnout 1,304
Labour hold Swing Increase 1.9

Poplar

2022 Nuneaton and Bedworth Council election: Poplar
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Bhagwant Pandher 839 52.1 Increase 0.1
Labour Robert Copland 614 38.1 Decrease 9.9
Green Richard Cope 157 9.8 Increase 9.8
Majority 225 14.0
Turnout 1,610
Conservative hold Swing Increase 5.0

Slough

2022 Nuneaton and Bedworth Council election: Slough
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Kyle Evans 982 61.4 Decrease 5.4
Labour Jack Bonner 500 31.1 Decrease 1.9
Green Spring Vernon 79 4.9 Increase 4.9
TUSC Maximilian McGee 39 2.4 Increase 2.4
Majority 482 30.1
Turnout 1,600
Conservative hold Swing Decrease 1.7

St. Nicolas

2022 Nuneaton and Bedworth Council election: St. Nicolas
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Robert Tromans 1,227 47.6 Decrease 4.9
Green Michele Kondakor 981 38.1 Increase 1.4
Labour Eric Amaechi 370 14.4 Increase 3.5
Majority 246 9.5
Turnout 2,578
Conservative hold Swing Decrease 3.1

Weddington

2022 Nuneaton and Bedworth Council election: Weddington
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Green Michael Wright 1,171 43.4 Increase 2.2
Conservative Kamaljeet Thiara 1,096 40.6 Decrease 3.6
Labour William Sheppard 434 16.1 Increase 1.4
Majority 75 2.8
Turnout 2,701
Green gain from Conservative Swing Increase 2.9

Wem Brook

2022 Nuneaton and Bedworth Council election: Wem Brook
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Tracy Sheppard 763 54.3 Steady
Conservative Susan Dalziel 514 36.6 Increase 9.5
Green Ryan Webster 102 7.3 Increase 3.1
TUSC Bernadette Quinn 26 1.9 Increase 0.2
Majority 249 17.7
Turnout 1,405
Labour hold Swing Decrease 4.7

Whitestone

2022 Nuneaton and Bedworth Council election: Whitestone
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Kristofer Wilson 1,653 69.8 Decrease 10.8
Labour Dianne Fowler 470 19.9 Increase 0.5
Green Sophie Bonner 244 10.3 Increase 10.3
Majority 1,183 50.0
Turnout 2,367
Conservative hold Swing Decrease 5.6

Footnotes

  1. ^ Kondakor's seat was not up for election in this cycle.
  2. ^ a b Elected as Conservatives but sitting as Nuneaton Community Independents.

References

  1. ^ "Election timetable in England". GOV.UK. Retrieved 17 April 2022.
  2. ^ "Election timetable" (PDF). Gov.uk. Retrieved 9 May 2021.
  3. ^ Harrison, Claire (7 October 2021). "Nuneaton councillor's shock resignation". CoventryLive. Retrieved 28 April 2022.
  4. ^ "Local Elections Archive Project — Bar Pool Ward". www.andrewteale.me.uk. Retrieved 28 April 2022.
  5. ^ Harrison, Claire. "'The blue wall is building' say Conservatives as they increase power after Nuneaton and Bedworth local elections 2022". CoventryLive. Retrieved 6 May 2022.