2022 St Helens Council election
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All 48 seats of St Helens Metropolitan Borough Council
25 seats needed for a majority
 
Leader David Baines Teresa Sims Linda Mussell
Party Labour Liberal Democrats Conservative
Last election 35 seats, 41.8% 4 seats, 8.6% 3 seats, 22.0%

 
Leader James Tasker David van der Burg
Party Independent Greens
Last election 3 seats, 9.3% 3 seats, 8.6%

Incumbent council control


Labour



The 2022 St Helens Metropolitan Borough Council election is due to take place on 5 May 2022. Due to boundary changes, all 48 councillors will be elected at the same time, with the council moving to a system of all-out elections every four years. 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 35 seats after the election. The Liberal Democrats where the Opposition with 4 Seats while the Greens, Conservatives and Rainhill Independents had 3 Each, Earlestown Independents had 1.

Background

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. St Helens 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, St Helens has continuously been under Labour control apart from a period of no overall control from 2004 to 2010. Labour continued to run the council from 2004 until the 2005 election, when the Liberal Democrats formed a coalition with the Conservatives in an arrangement that lasted until Labour regained control of the council in the 2010 election. In the most recent election in 2021, Labour lost three seats but maintained their majority. Of the seventeen seats up for election—sixteen on the normal thirds schedule and one by-election on the same date—Labour won twelve, independent candidates won two and the Liberal Democrats, Conservatives and Greens won one seat each.[3]

St Helens council underwent boundary changes ahead of this election. The Local Government Boundary Commission for England determined that the council should continue to elect 48 councillors and designed new election boundaries to reflect population change. The new boundaries include thirteen three-member wards, four two-member wards and one single-member ward. The new boundaries will be used for all-out elections every four years instead of the previous model of election a third of councillors in each of three years out of four.[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 their 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 St Helens 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.

Ward results

Billinge and Seneley Green

Billinge and Seneley Green
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Collin Richard Betts
Labour Gareth William Cross
Conservative Denise Anne Gibney
Labour Dennis McDonnell
Labour Sue Murphy
Independent Peter Peers
Independent Malcolm James Webster
Majority
Turnout
win (new seat)
win (new seat)
win (new seat)

Blackbrook

Blackbrook
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Anthony James Burns
Conservative Melanie Ann Marie Lee
Labour Linda Lovina Maloney
Labour Paul McQuade
Green Jessica Northey
Green Emma Carolyn Van Der Burg
Majority
Turnout
win (new seat)
win (new seat)
win (new seat)

Bold and Lea Green

Bold and Lea Green
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Green David Edward Hawley
Labour Jim Housley
Green Allen John Makin
Labour Charlie Preston
Labour Lisa Preston
Green Glen Roger Richards
Conservative Barbara Evelyn Woodcock
Majority
Turnout
win (new seat)
win (new seat)
win (new seat)

Eccleston

Eccleston
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Mackenzine France
Liberal Democrats Michael Haw
Labour Glyn Robert Jones
Liberal Democrats Geoff Pearl
Liberal Democrats Teresa Veronica Sims
Majority
Turnout
win (new seat)
win (new seat)
win (new seat)

Haydock

Haydock
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Matthew Peter Butterworth
Conservative Judith Margaret Collins
Green Paul Robert Hooton
Labour Paul Joseph Pritchard
Labour Amy Sample
Green Janet Ann Sheldon
Green David Ian Van Der Burg
Majority
Turnout
win (new seat)
win (new seat)
win (new seat)

Moss Bank

Moss Bank
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Zeena Ilsha Begum
Labour Tracy Paula Dickinson
Conservative Margaret Hilda Harvey
Liberal Democrats David Kent
Liberal Democrats Jane Patricia Kent
Labour Trisha Long
Independent Paul John Wilcock
Majority
Turnout
win (new seat)
win (new seat)
win (new seat)

Newton-Le-Willows East

Newton-Le-Willows East
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Jeanie Belle
Conservative Lisa Cunliffe
Labour Seve Gomez-Aspron
Labour Keith Anthony Laird
Liberal Democrats David James Smith
Majority
Turnout
win (new seat)
win (new seat)
win (new seat)

Newton-Le-Willows West

Newton-Le-Willows West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Dave Banks
Labour Jeanette Susan Banks
Independent Karl Lionel Collier
Labour Andy Davidson
Conservative Allan Albert Dockerty
Independent Terry Maguire
Independent Craig Colin Alexander Smith
Majority
Turnout
win (new seat)
win (new seat)
win (new seat)

Parr

Parr
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Andy Bowden
Labour Kate Groucutt
Labour Bisi Osundeko
Conservative Madeleine Patricia Wilcock
Majority
Turnout
win (new seat)
win (new seat)
win (new seat)

Peasley Cross and Fingerpost

Peasley Cross and Fingerpost
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Iris Brown
Green Alison Jill Donnelly
Labour Damien Patrick O'Connor
Majority
Turnout
win (new seat)

Rainford

Rainford
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Case
Conservative Anne Linda Mussell
Labour John Francis Tabern
Majority
Turnout
win (new seat)
win (new seat)

Rainhill

Rainhill
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Emma Davies
Independent Donna Greaves
Labour Barrie Grunewald
Labour Ken Rustidge
Conservative Henry Spriggs
Independent Kate Elizabeth Stevenson
Independent James Stephen Tasker
Majority
Turnout
win (new seat)
win (new seat)
win (new seat)

St Helens Town Centre

St Helens Town Centre
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Collin Richard Betts
Conservative Nancy Ashcroft
Labour Anne Helen Mccormack
For Britain Terence Matthew Oakes
Labour Michelle Elaine Sweeney
Majority
Turnout
win (new seat)
win (new seat)

Sutton North West

Sutton North West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Niall Peter Andrew Campbell
Labour John William Hodkinson
Conservative David Leslie Skeech
Green Francis Joseph Williams
Majority
Turnout
win (new seat)
win (new seat)

Sutton South East

Sutton South East
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Deepak Shatrugan Gupta
Labour Anthony Albert Johnson
Labour Janet Elizabeth Johnson
Liberal Democrats Brian Thomas Spencer
Majority
Turnout
win (new seat)
win (new seat)

Thatto Heath

Thatto Heath
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Nova Louise Charlton
Labour Robyn Oliva Hattersley
Labour Richard Mccauley
Conservative Samantha Ann Pearson Peet
Green Terence Stephen Price
Majority
Turnout
win (new seat)
win (new seat)
win (new seat)

West Park

West Park
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Richard Barton
Labour Martin James Bond
Labour Derek Paul Long
Labour Marlene Mary Quinn
Majority
Turnout
win (new seat)
win (new seat)
win (new seat)

Windle

Windle
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour David Edward Baines
Labour Lynn Susan Clarke
Conservative John Phillip Cunliffe
Green Andrew William Donnelly
Labour Mancyia Uddin
Majority
Turnout
win (new seat)
win (new seat)
win (new seat)

Previous council composition

After 2021 election Before 2022 election
Party Seats Party Seats
Labour 35 Labour 33
Liberal Democrats 4 Liberal Democrats 4
Independent 4 Independent 5
Conservative 3 Conservative 3
Green 3 Green 2

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. ^ Molyneux, Jess (7 May 2021). "St Helens Council local election results 2021 as they happen". Liverpool Echo. Retrieved 20 January 2022.
  4. ^ "LGBCE | St Helens | LGBCE Site". www.lgbce.org.uk. Retrieved 20 January 2022.
  5. ^ "Local government structure and elections". GOV.UK. Retrieved 27 April 2018.
  6. ^ "Election Timetable in England" (PDF).