2022 Rochdale Council election
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All 60 seats of Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council
31 seats needed for a majority
Leader Neil Emmott Ashley Dearnley
Party Labour Conservative
Last election 45 seats, 49.4% 9 seats, 31.5%

Leader Andy Kelly None
Party Liberal Democrats Independent
Last election 3 seats, 12.3% 3 seats, 1.6%

Incumbent council control


The 2022 Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council election is currently taking place as of 5 May 2022. Due to boundary changes, all 60 councillors will be elected at the same time. 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 45 seats after the election. The Conservatives formed the main opposition with nine seats, with the Liberal Democrats on four counillors and three independent councillors.


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. Rochdale 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, Rochdale has variously been under Labour control, Liberal Democrat control, Conservative control and no overall control. Councillors have predominantly been elected from the Labour Party, Liberal Democrats and the Conservative Party, with some independent councillors also serving. The council has had an overall Labour majority since the 2011. In the most recent election in 2021, Labour won sixteen seats with 49.4% of the vote, the Conservatives won three seats with 31.5% of the vote and the Liberal Democrats won one with 12.3% of the vote.[3]

Two councillors for the West Heywood ward, Jacqui Beswich and Alan McCarthy, had been originally elected as Labour candidates. They left the Labour Party in 2019 to sit as an independent councillor and a Brexit Party councillor. In June 2021 they both joined the Conservative Party.[4]

Bury council underwent boundary changes ahead of this election. The Local Government Boundary Commission for England determined that the council should continue to elect 60 councillors and designed new election boundaries to reflect population change. The new boundaries include twenty three-member wards.[5]

Electoral process

The council generally 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] However, due to a boundary review, all sixty 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 three councillors. Electors will be able to vote for up to three candidates, and the three candidates with the most votes in each ward will be elected.

All registered electors (British, Irish, Commonwealth and European Union citizens) living in Rochdale 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.


Bernard Wynne, Peter Shore and Simon Footitt established the Middleton Independents Party to contest the election.[8] They said that Middleton was sidelined in favour of Rochdale, and advocated regenerating the town centre and supporting local businesses. In a meeting, they said that if their candidates meant more Conservatives got elected, it "would not be a bad thing". Their application for electoral registration as a party was submitted after the Electoral Commission's deadline.[9]

Previous council composition

After 2021 election Before 2022 election
Party Seats Party Seats
Labour 45 Labour 45
Conservative 9 Conservative 11
Liberal Democrats 3 Liberal Democrats 3
Independent 3 Independent 1

Ward Results

Balderstone & Kirkholt

Balderstone & Kirkholt (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Philip Massey 1,225
Labour Daniel Meredith 1,224
Labour Elsie-Jane Wraighte 1,062
Conservative Mudassar Razzaq 505
Conservative Michael Smith 473
Green Jordan Eves 324
Liberal Democrats Judith Jones 313
Freedom Alliance Laura Grabowska 142


Bamford (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Angela Smith 1,683
Conservative Patricia Sullivan 1,553
Conservative Steve Anstee 1,549
Labour Sultan Ali 1,066
Labour Rosie Choudhury 1,066
Labour Brian Meredith 1,014
Liberal Democrats Siobhane Cunnane 406
Liberal Democrats Peter Diestler 380
Green Edward Whittaker 307
Liberal Democrats Zarah Kauser 269


Castleton (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Billy Sheerin 1,424
Labour Aisling-Blaise Gallagher 1,214
Labour Aasim Rashid 1,095
Conservative David Jones 664
Conservative Stephen Sanderson 629
Conservative Darren Bayman 584
Liberal Democrats Beverley Heyworth 401
Liberal Democrats Sarah Kisa-Smith 294
Liberal Democrats Sajid Hashmi 236

Central Rochdale

Central Rochdale (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Iftikhar Ahmed 2,598
Labour Ali Ahmed 2,518
Labour Sameena Zaheer 2,193
Liberal Democrats Mohammed Sheraz 1,499
Liberal Democrats Zulfiqar Ali 1,306
Liberal Democrats Zaheer Abbas 1,280
Conservative Leonard Branton 170
Conservative Steven Scholes 159

East Middleton

East Middleton (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Middleton Independents Party Paul Beswick 1,300
Middleton Independents Party Dylan Williams 1,257
Middleton Independents Party Bernard Wynne 1,245
Labour Kathryn Bromfield 1,193
Labour Elizabeth Atewologun 1,189
Labour Terry Smith 1,166
Green Connor Hibbert 269


Healey (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Sean O'Neill 1,582
Labour Shah Wazir 1,562
Labour Tricia Ayrton 1,533
Conservative Andrew Neilson 962
Liberal Democrats Mark Alcock 563
Liberal Democrats Shin Ingram 446
Liberal Democrats Safina Kauser 365

Hopwood Hall

Hopwood Hall (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Susan Emmott 1,304
Labour Carol Wardle 1,226
Labour Peter Hodgkinson 1,209
Conservative Jacqueline Beswick 755
Conservative Alan McCarthy 674
Conservative Matthew Roughsedge 669
Middleton Independents Party Matthew Glaysher 447
Middleton Independents Party Caitlin O'Mara 433
Middleton Independents Party Gavin Vitler 424


Kingsway (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Shakil Ahmed 1,737
Labour Daalat Ali 1,584
Labour Rachel Massey 1,548
Conservative Ibrahim Khalil 655
Liberal Democrats Sharon Taylor 355
Green Mark Hollinrake 333
Liberal Democrats Barrie Nicholson 251
Liberal Democrats Chariss Peacock 197

Littleborough Lakeside

Littleborough Lakeside (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Janet Emsley 1,349
Labour Tom Besford 1,287
Conservative Peter Reed 1,185
Conservative Lynn Butterworth 1,083
Conservative Daniel Nuttall 931
Labour Julian Farnell 889
Liberal Democrats Kate Clegg 434
Green Guy Otten 434

Milkstone & Deeplish

Milkstone & Deeplish (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Mohammad Arshad 1,726
Labour Shahid Mohammed 1,642
Labour Aiza Rashid 1,539
Liberal Democrats Mohammed Zaman 1,192
Liberal Democrats Salina Javid 1,182
Liberal Democrats Hassan Ali 1,107
Conservative Paul Ellison 141
Conservative Jacqueline Holt 131

Milnrow & Newhey

Milnrow & Newhey (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Irene Davidson 1,942
Liberal Democrats Andy Kelly 1,903
Liberal Democrats David Bamford 1,660
Labour Allen Brett 741
Labour Leanne Greenwood 583
Labour Alexander Royle 509
Conservative Steve Endacott 487


Norden (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative James Gartside 1,704
Conservative Peter Winkler 1,579
Conservative Mike Holly 1,511
Labour Tony Bennett 913
Labour Iain MacDonald 840
Labour Farhat Kazmi 637
Liberal Democrats Stephanie Robertson 568
Liberal Democrats Anne Colgan 482
Liberal Democrats Colette Duszczyk 433

North Heywood

North Heywood (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Liam O'Rourke 1,205
Labour Peter Rush 1,166
Labour Bev Place 1,121
Liberal Democrats Jennifer Kelly 368
Liberal Democrats Iain Donaldson 325
Liberal Democrats Richard Eden-Maughan 280

North Middleton

North Middleton (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Middleton Independents Party Peter Allonby 1,140
Labour Sara Rowbotham 1,118
Middleton Independents Party Lee Wolf 1,059
Middleton Independents Party Keely O'Mara 1,059
Labour Donna Williams 1,029
Labour Neil Butterworth 886
Conservative David Bold 381
Green Alan Godson 282

Smallbridge & Firgrove

Smallbridge & Firgrove (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Aftab Hussain 1,343
Labour John Blundell 1,312
Labour Amna Mir 1,269
Liberal Democrats Latafat Hussain 812
Liberal Democrats Eleanor Kelly 798
Liberal Democrats Dean Larder 695
Conservative Eileen Taylor 476

South Middleton

South Middleton (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Peter Williams 1,540
Labour June West 1,473
Labour Patricia Dale 1,404
Middleton Independents Party Adam Cornett 1,350
Middleton Independents Party Emma Hezelgrave-Whitworth 1,046
Middleton Independents Party Jo Hezelgrave-Whitworth 959
Conservative Bernard Braiden 809
Conservative Aaron Slack 567

Spotland & Falinge

Spotland & Falinge (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Iram Faisal 1,832
Labour Faisal Rana 1,815
Labour Amber Nisa 1,681
Liberal Democrats Rabina Asghar 1,053
Liberal Democrats John Swarbrick 743
Liberal Democrats Hammas Majid 678
No Description Carl Faulkner 431
Green Mick Coats 388
Conservative John Kershaw 372
Green Neil Rutter 269

Wardle, Shore & West Littleborough

Wardle, Shore & West Littleborough (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Ashley Dearnley 1,881
Conservative Rina Paolucci 1,493
Conservative John Taylor 1,482
Labour Barbara Miller 652
Labour Mike Radanovic 564
Labour Muhammad Islam 454
Green Jules Howliston 375
Liberal Democrats Vickie Mason 275
Green Hannah MacGuire 252

West Heywood

West Heywood (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Angela Brown 1,241
Labour Peter Malcolm 1,102
Labour Linda Robinson 1,021
Conservative Christopher Harris 706
Conservative Ian Kilgannon 630
Conservative Martin Orson 621

West Middleton

West Middleton (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Philip Burke 1,029
Labour Susan Smith 937
Labour Neil Emmott 816
Middleton Independents Party Joan Aspinall 656
Middleton Independents Party Peter Shore 587
Middleton Independents Party Simon Footitt 549
Conservative Jordan Short 206
Liberal Democrats Nikki Edwards 78


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