The 2022 Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council election is took place on 5 May 2022 to elect members of Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council. This was on the same day as other local elections. 17 of the 51 seats were up for election.[1]

Background

Since its creation in 1974, Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council has always the Conservatives as the largest party. Labour came the closest to overtaking them in 1996, when they won 16 seats to the Conservatives' 17.[2] In the 2021 election, the Conservatives gained three seats on a vote share of 53.8% (+7.9), the Green Party gained 1 seat with 20.5% of the vote (-5.1), the Liberal Democrats lost 3 seats on 12.2% (-1.3), and Labour lost 1 seat on 12.9% (+0.9).

The seats up for election in 2022 were last elected in 2018. In that election, the Conservatives won 49.1% of votes and gained 2 seats from the Liberal Democrats, the Greens gained 1 seat from the Conservatives and won 25.1% of the votes, Labour gained 1 seat from UKIP and won 15.5%, and the Liberal Democrats lost 1 seat and achieved 11.9%.[3]

Previous council composition

After 2021 election Before 2022 election[4] After 2022 election[5]
Party Seats Party Seats Party Seats
Conservative 30 Conservative 30 Conservative 28
Green 15 Green 12 Green 14
Liberal Democrats 3 Liberal Democrats 3 Liberal Democrats 5
Labour 2 Labour 0 Labour 0
Independent 1 Independent 5 Independent 4

Changes:

Results

2022 Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council election
Party This election Full council This election
Seats Net Seats % Other Total Total % Votes Votes % +/−
  Conservative 9 Decrease 1 52.9 19 28 54.9 24826 46.3% Decrease 0.5
  Green 4 Decrease 1 23.5 10 14 27.5 8792 16.4 Decrease 8.7
  Labour 0 Decrease 1 0.0 0 0 0.0 8863 16.5 Increase 1.0
  Liberal Democrats 3 Increase 2 17.6 2 5 9.8 9173 17.1 Increase 5.2
  Independent 1 Increase 1 5.9 3 4 7.8 1957 3.7 Increase 3.7

Results by ward

An asterisk indicates an incumbent councillor.

Bickenhill

Bickenhill[10][11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Gail Sleigh 1,544 58.5 Decrease 2.9
Labour Margaret Brittin 589 22.3 Decrease 5.1
Green Mark Pearson 296 11.2 Increase 4.5
Liberal Democrats Paul McCabe 211 8.0 Increase 3.5
Majority 955 36.2 ?
Turnout 2640
Conservative hold Swing Increase 6.3

Blythe

Blythe[10][12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Richard Holt* 1,936 55.2 Decrease 12.5
Labour Jacqueline Sowsbery-Moore 667 19.0 Increase 5.2
Green Carol Linfield 472 13.5 Increase 4.3
Liberal Democrats John Wyatt 434 12.4 Increase 3.1
Majority 1269 36.2 ?
Turnout 3509
Conservative hold Swing Decrease 2.8

Castle Bromwich

Castle Bromwich[10][13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Alan Feeney 1,556 57.7 Increase 30.7
Green Antony Lowe 606 22.5 Decrease 41.7
Labour Emma Childer 535 19.8 Increase 10.7
Majority 950 35.4 Decrease 2.1
Turnout 2697
Conservative gain from Green Swing Increase 5.8

Chelmsley Wood

Chelmsley Wood[10][14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Green Stephen Rymer 1,094 67.1 Decrease 10.8
Labour Hazel Dawkins 335 20.5 Increase 6.2
Conservative Steve Temperton 202 12.4 Increase 4.6
Majority 759 46.5 Decrease 17.1
Turnout 1631 Decrease 5.2
Green hold Swing Decrease 5.2

Dorridge and Hockley Heath

Dorridge and Hockley Heath[10][15]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Ian Courts* 2,183 61.2 Decrease 7.7
Labour David Brittin 524 14.7 Increase 4.8
Green Jane Holt 505 14.2 Increase 5.5
Liberal Democrats David Godfrey 354 9.9 Decrease 2.6
Majority 1659 46.5 ?
Turnout 3566
Conservative hold Swing Decrease 6.8

Elmdon

Elmdon[10][16]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Laura McCarthy* 1,870 56.8 Increase 13.2
Conservative Leslie Kaye 1043 31.7 Decrease 9.8
Labour Sarah Alan 381 11.6 Decrease 3.4
Majority 827 25.1 ?
Turnout 3294
Liberal Democrats hold Swing Increase 11.5

Kingshurst and Fordbridge

Kingshurst and Fordbridge[10][17]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Green Bernadette Donnelly 652 37.7 Increase 32.7
Conservative David Cole* 620 35.8 Increase 1.3
Labour Sam Mather 459 26.5 Decrease 20.5
Majority 32 1.8 ?
Turnout 1731
Green gain from Labour Swing Decrease 39.2

Knowle

Knowle[10][18]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Diana Holl-Allen* 2,040 60.4 Decrease 12.2
Labour Simon Johnson 484 14.3 Increase 2.3
Liberal Democrats Kate Jones 463 13.7 Increase 5.7
Green Mark Amphlett 390 11.5 Increase 4.1
Majority 1556 46.1 Decrease 14.6
Turnout 3377
Conservative hold Swing Increase 0.2

Lyndon

Lyndon[10][19]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Ade Adeyemo 1,797 48.2 Increase 17.0
Conservative Sardul Marwa 1443 38.7 Decrease 1.7
Labour Sheila Brookes 489 13.1 Decrease 15.3
Majority 354 9.5 ?
Turnout 3729
Liberal Democrats gain from Conservative Swing Increase 9.6

Meriden

Meriden[10][20]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Andrew Burrow 2,103 54.2 Decrease 18.4
Green Sheila Cooper 1353 34.8 Increase 20.3
Labour Cathy Connan 427 11.0 Decrease 1.8
Majority 750 19.3 ?
Turnout 3883
Conservative hold Swing Decrease 13.3

Olton

Olton[10][21]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Michael Carthew 2,154 52.8 Increase 11.1 *
Conservative Keith Green 1379 33.8 Decrease 8.6 *
Labour Antony Oseland 543 13.3 Decrease 1.2 *
Majority 775 19.0 ?
Turnout 4076
Liberal Democrats gain from Conservative Swing Increase 9.8

Shirley East

Shirley East[10][22]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Annette Mackenzie* 1,839 55.9 Decrease 2.8
Labour Gerard Dufficy 612 18.6 Increase 3.3
Green Akin Kog 470 14.3 Increase 5.5
Liberal Democrats Gayle Monk 366 11.1 Decrease 6.1
Majority 1227 37.3 ?
Turnout 3287
Conservative hold Swing Decrease 3.7

Shirley South

Shirley South[10][23]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Andy Hodgson* 1,809 49.4 Decrease 10.9
Conservative Howard Nichols 1199 32.7 Increase 3.2
Labour Shirley Young 506 13.8 Increase 3.5
Independent Rosemary Worsley 148 4.0 -
Majority 610 16.7 Decrease 14.1
Turnout 3662
Independent gain from Green Swing Increase 2.4

*Andy Hodgson's changes are relative to when he stood in the 2018 Elections under the Green Party.

Shirley West

Shirley West[10][24]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Green Alison Wilson 1,549 48.5 Decrease 11.8
Conservative Lachhman Bhambra 1041 32.6 Increase 3.1
Labour Kevin Round 607 19.0 Increase 8.7
Majority 508 15.9 Decrease 14.9
Turnout 3197
Green hold Swing Increase 3.0

Silhill

Silhill[10][25]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Michael Gough* 1,960 55.8 Decrease 7.8
Labour Nick Stephens 802 22.8 Increase 6.8
Liberal Democrats James Edwardson 753 21.4 Increase 7.0
Majority 1158 32.9 ?
Turnout 3515
Conservative hold Swing Decrease 5.5

Smith's Wood

Smith's Wood[10][26]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Green Ben Groom* 993 63.4 Increase 3.8
Labour Keith Duggan 333 21.3 Increase 0.6
Conservative Lavanya Madras Purushothaman 240 15.3 Increase 4.8
Majority 660 42.1 Increase 3.3
Turnout 1566
Green hold Swing Decrease 2.1

St. Alphege

St. Alphege[10][27]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Samantha Gethen 2,498 58.8 Decrease 11.0
Liberal Democrats Frank Dawson 771 18.1 Increase 4.9
Labour Ian English 570 13.4 Increase 3.1
Green Trevor Barker 412 9.7 Increase 3.0
Majority 1727 40.6 ?
Turnout 4251
Conservative hold Swing Decrease 3.6

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