2022 Oldham Council election
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20 of 60 seats on Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council
31 seats needed for a majority
  First party Second party Third party
 
Leader Arooj Shah Graham Sheldon Howard Sykes
Party Labour Conservative Liberal Democrats
Last election 40 seats, 39.5% 8 seats, 23.9% 8 seats, 11.0%
Seats won 35 seats 9 seats 9 seats
Seat change Decrease 5 seats Increase 1 seat Increase 1 seat

  Fourth party Fifth party
 
Party Failsworth Independent Party Independent
Seats won 5 seats 2 seats

council control before election


Labour

Subsequent council control


Labour

The 2022 Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council election took place on 5 May 2022. One third—20 out of 60—of councillors on Oldham Council was elected. The election took place alongside other local elections across the United Kingdom.

In the previous council election in 2021, the Labour Party maintained its control of the council, holding 40 of the council's 60 seats. The Conservative Party and the Liberal Democrats held eight seats each, and various independents held the remaining four.

Labour maintained their majority on the council, but lost five of their seats to a total of thirty-five members.

Background

History

Result of the 2021 council election
Result of the 2021 council election

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. Oldham was a district of the Greater Manchester 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 Greater Manchester Combined Authority was created in 2011 and began electing the mayor of Greater Manchester from 2017, which was given strategic powers covering a region coterminous with the former Greater Manchester metropolitan county.[2]

Since its formation, Oldham Council has typically been under Labour control or no overall control, with a period of Conservative control from 1978–1980 and Liberal Democrat control from 2000–2002. Labour most recently gained overall control of the council in the 2011 election. The council leader Sean Fielding lost his seat to the Failsworth Independent Party in the most recent council election in 2021, in which Labour won nine of the twenty seats up for election, with the Conservatives winning five, the Liberal Democrats winning three and the Failsworth Independent Party winning two.[3] Fielding had challenged the council's leader Jean Stretton in May 2018, demanding more street cleaners, landlord licensing, more housing in the city centre to reduce green belt development, and better connections to other areas of Greater Manchester.[4]

Positions up for election in 2022 were last elected in 2018. In that election, 18 Labour councillors were elected, as were two Conservatives, and two Liberal Democrats.[5]

Council term

After Sean Fielding's defeat, the council's deputy leader Arooj Shah was elected leader. She promised to spend more on street cleaning and stronger enforcement against littering and fly tipping, as well as proposing ways to support local businesses.[6][7]

The Conservative councillor Sahr Abid resigned in March 2022 citing work commitments, having been elected in 2021. A by-election will be held to fill her seat alongside the main council election.[8]

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.[9][10] 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 Oldham 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.

Results summary

2022 Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council election
Party This election Full council This election
Seats Net Seats % Other Total Total % Votes Votes % +/−
  Labour 11 Decrease 5 52.4 24 35 58.3 25,995 46.0 +6.5
  Conservative 4 Increase 1 19.0 5 9 15.0 11,749 20.8 -3.1
  Liberal Democrats 3 Increase 1 14.3 6 9 15.0 7,435 13.2 +2.2
  Failsworth Independent Party 2 Increase 2 9.5 3 5 8.3 2,892 5.1 -0.1
  Independent 1 Increase 1 4.8 1 2 3.3 2,646 4.7 -4.4
  Proud of Oldham and Saddleworth 0 Steady 0.0 0 0 0.0 4,092 7.2 +0.6
  Green 0 Steady 0.0 0 0 0.0 909 1.6 -1.2
  Northern Heart 0 Steady 0.0 0 0 0.0 520 0.9 -0.4
  National Housing Party 0 Steady 0.0 0 0 0.0 174 0.3 N/A
  ADF 0 Steady 0.0 0 0 0.0 79 0.1 N/A

Ward results

The results are as follows:[11]

Alexandra

Alexandra
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Co-op Shaid Mushtaq 1,401 76.3 +6.9
Liberal Democrats Martin Dinoff 264 14.4 +8.9
Green Andrea Chaverra Valencia 172 9.4 +1.4
Majority
Turnout 24.99
Labour hold Swing

Chadderton Central

Chadderton Central
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Colin McLaren 1,340 51.8 +2.8
Conservative Sharif Miah 818 31.6 -1.3
Liberal Democrats Barbara Beeley 153 5.9 +1.2
Northern Heart (UK) Oldham Cath Jackson 145 5.6 -1.0
Green Jess Mahoney 130 5.0 -1.8
Majority
Turnout 31.29
Labour hold Swing

Chadderton North

Chadderton North
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Barbara Brownridge 1,546 53.1 +5.5
Conservative Moudud Ahmed 1,027 35.3 +19.8
Green Daniel Clayton 173 5.9 +1.7
Liberal Democrats Katie Gloster 165 5.7 +1.9
Majority
Turnout 34.95
Labour hold Swing

Chadderton South

Chadderton South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Robert Barnes 1,197 47.1 +6.5
Labour Arooj Shah 1,101 43.3 -3.8
Liberal Democrats Joe Beeston 244 9.6 +6.6
Majority
Turnout 31.93
Conservative gain from Labour Swing

Coldhurst

Coldhurst
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Montaz Azad 2,075 48.6 +3.6
Labour Abdul Malik 1,868 43.7 -2.8
Conservative Michele Stockton 195 4.6 -0.3
Liberal Democrats John Hall 132 3.1 +1.7
Majority
Turnout 48.15
Independent gain from Labour Swing

Crompton

Crompton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Dave Murphy 1,353 51.0 +9.1
Conservative Phelyp Bennett 617 23.2 -12.0
Labour Syed Ali 377 14.2 +1.1
Proud of Oldham and Saddleworth Chelle Moore 307 11.6 N/A
Majority
Turnout 32.85
Liberal Democrats hold Swing

Failsworth East

Failsworth East
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Failsworth Independent Party Lucia Rea 1,502 65.0 +7.0
Labour Marzia Babakarkhail 722 31.2 -2.6
Liberal Democrats Lynne Thompson 88 3.8 +2.5
Majority
Turnout 29.93
Failsworth Independent Party gain from Labour

Failsworth West

Failsworth West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Failsworth Independent Party Sandra Ball 1,390 57.2 +11.1
Labour Co-op Peter Davis 973 40.0 -0.1
Liberal Democrats Keith Pendlebury 68 2.8 +1.8
Majority
Turnout 31.06
Failsworth Independent Party gain from Labour

Hollinwood

Hollinwood
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Jean Stretton 1,010 58.9 +6.5
Conservative Maqsood Hussain 313 18.3 -5.9
National Housing Party Our People First John Lawrence 174 10.1 N/A
Liberal Democrats Karen Barton 151 8.8 +3.7
Northern Heart (UK) Oldham Rob Vance 67 3.9 N/A
Majority
Turnout 22.30
Labour hold Swing

Medlock Vale

Medlock Vale
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Sajed Hussain 2,128
Labour Umar Nasheen 2,069
Conservative Kaiser Rehman 670
Proud of Oldham and Saddleworth Mark Birchall 604
Conservative Tuhin Rahman 343
Liberal Democrats Lewis Farnworth 289
Liberal Democrats Brian Lord 102
Majority
Turnout 37.40
Labour hold
Labour gain from Conservative

Royton North

Royton North
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Lewis Quigg 1,222 47.4 +4.3
Labour Hannah Roberts 1,033 40.1 +0.3
Liberal Democrats John Swift 152 5.9 +1.3
Green Lina Valencia Shaw 93 3.6 N/A
ADF Paul Goldring 79 3.1 -7.4
Majority
Turnout 33.96
Conservative gain from Labour Swing

Royton South

Royton South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Marie Bashforth 1,039 43.0 +1.4
Conservative Gary Tarbuck 967 40.0 +2.7
Liberal Democrats Jeff Garner 124 5.1 +0.6
Green Jim Stidworthy 119 4.9 -2.4
Independent Anthony Prince 103 4.3 +0.5
Northern Heart (UK) Oldham Anne Fiander-Taylor 67 2.8 -2.7
Majority
Turnout 29.86
Labour hold Swing

Saddleworth North

Saddleworth North
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Pam Byrne 1,292 42.8 +7.3
Labour Co-op Joshua Charters 867 28.7 +10.8
Proud of Oldham and Saddleworth Gary Kershaw 527 17.5 +2.3
Liberal Democrats Mick Scholes 334 11.1 -13.2
Majority
Turnout 39.21
Conservative hold Swing

Saddleworth South

Saddleworth South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Chris McManus 1,196 34.6 -1.1
Labour John Fay 819 23.7 +0.8
Liberal Democrats Kevin Dawson 673 19.5 +3.7
Independent Helen Bishop 468 13.5 +5.2
Proud of Oldham and Saddleworth Simon Hodgson 302 8.7 -2.3
Majority
Turnout 42.76
Conservative hold Swing

Saddleworth West & Lees

Saddleworth West & Lees
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Alicia Marland 1,379 43.2 +13.4
Proud of Oldham and Saddleworth Paul Shilton 1,102 34.5 +6.0
Labour Ghazala Rana 407 12.8 -9.6
Conservative Jonathan Ford 303 9.5 -9.8
Majority
Turnout 38.27
Liberal Democrats gain from Labour Swing

Shaw

Shaw
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Hazel Gloster 1,030 42.7 -5.5
Proud of Oldham and Saddleworth Marc Hince 928 38.5 +15.3
Labour Co-op Dion Linton 453 18.8 +2.6
Majority
Turnout 32.35
Liberal Democrats hold Swing

St James

St James
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Leanne Munroe 866 39.6 +4.0
Conservative Tom Lord 807 36.9 -7.1
Proud of Oldham and Saddleworth Amoy Lindo Crooks 322 14.7 +2.7
Liberal Democrats Joe Gloster 111 5.1 +0.9
Green Roger Pakeman 82 3.7 -0.5
Majority
Turnout 25.66
Labour hold Swing

St Mary's

St Mary's
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Ali Salamat 1,896 78.8 +37.3
Liberal Democrats Roger Blackmore 203 8.4 +5.0
Conservative Shefur Miah 168 7.0 +2.4
Green Miranda Meadowcroft 140 5.8 +3.4
Majority
Turnout 27.04
Labour hold Swing

Waterhead

Waterhead
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Co-op Riaz Ahmad 1,350 59.4 +9.4
Conservative Lynne Kovacs 435 19.2 -2.4
Liberal Democrats Linda Dawson 245 10.8 -2.4
Northern Heart (UK) Oldham Paul Taylor 241 10.6 ±0.0
Majority
Turnout 26.71
Labour hold Swing

Werneth

Werneth
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Shoab Akhtar 2,730 88.5 +8.8
Conservative Mohammad Alom 179 5.8 -6.7
Liberal Democrats Pat Lord 175 5.7 -2.2
Majority
Turnout 35.41
Labour hold Swing

References

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