Local authorities up for election:
Local elections in the United Kingdom took place on 5 May 2022. These included elections for all London borough councils, and for all local authorities in Wales and Scotland. Most seats in England were last up for election in 2018 and in Scotland and Wales in 2017. The elections coincided with the 2022 Northern Ireland Assembly election. In 91 cases, most of them in Wales, council seats were uncontested, each having only one candidate. Three seats in Scotland remained unfilled as no one stepped forward to fill them.
Across Great Britain, the Conservatives made a net loss of 487 seats in comparison to 2017 in Scotland and Wales and 2018 in England, whilst Labour gained 108 seats (22 in England, 20 in Scotland, and 66 in Wales). The Liberal Democrats and Greens made gains of 224 seats and 87 seats, respectively, which exceeded those of the Labour Party in England but were also seen to a more modest extent in Scotland and Wales. The Scottish National Party (SNP) gained 22 seats in Scotland whilst Plaid Cymru made a net loss of 6 seats in Wales.
|No overall control||—||66||0||—|
The results may be further processed to project the result of a hypothetical concurrent general election.
|Votes||Projected National Vote[n 1]|
|No overall control||—||29||+3||—|
In total, 4,411 council seats are being contested in England, including irregular by-elections.
Most seats in England up for election in 2022 were last elected in 2018. The exceptions are local authorities which have undergone recent boundary reviews. In the 2018 local elections, the Labour Party made gains in London at the expense of the Conservative Party, who in turn made gains in the rest of England at the expense of the UK Independence Party (UKIP). Few councils changed overall control. Overall, UKIP lost 237 of the 243 seats it had held before the elections. According to the BBC's analysis, the results reflected a national political situation with Labour and the Conservatives "neck-and-neck".
County councils are the upper tier of a two-tier system of local government, with the area each council covers subdivided into district councils with different responsibilities. These are first-past-the-post elections with a mixture of single-member and multi-member electoral divisions. County councils are elected in full every four years, with the last election having been in 2021. However, due to consultations about possible unitarisation, elections for three county councils were postponed to 2022. The government has announced plans to replace the councils with unitary authorities pending Parliamentary approval.
Elections to the new Somerset Council took place on 5 May 2022 for a unitary authority to run concurrently with the district councils until their abolition in April 2023. In a similar way, members of North Yorkshire Council were elected at the same time, with its councillors to serve as county councillors for one year and then to serve an additional four-year term as unitary councillors. Cumbria's two new unitary authorities were elected as "shadow authorities" which would go live after gaining their powers in 2023.
Main article: 2022 London local elections
Elections for all councillors in all thirty-two London boroughs were held in 2022 in line with their normal election schedule. All twenty-five London borough councils which have not had a boundary review since before 2013 were elected based on new boundaries. The previous elections to London borough councils were held in 2018, which saw Labour win its second-best result in any London election and the Conservatives return their lowest-ever number of councillors in the capital. In 2018, Labour won control of Tower Hamlets council which had previously been under no overall control, but did not gain control of Barnet, Wandsworth or Westminster councils, which the party had targeted. Meanwhile, the Liberal Democrats gained control of Kingston upon Thames and Richmond upon Thames borough councils from the Conservatives.
The 2022 elections saw Labour gain all three of Barnet, Wandsworth and Westminster councils which they had unsuccessfully targeted in 2018. The Conservatives gained control of Harrow from Labour as well as winning the new position of mayor of Croydon, with Croydon's council under no overall control, having previously been control by Labour. Lutfur Rahman gained the position of mayor of Tower Hamlets from Labour, with his Aspire party winning a majority of seats.
|Barking and Dagenham||51[a]||Labour||Labour||Details|
|Croydon||70||Labour||No overall control (Conservative minority)||Details|
|Hammersmith and Fulham||50[a]||Labour||Labour||Details|
|Havering||55[a]||No overall control (Conservative/independent coalition)||No overall control (HRA/Labour coalition)||Details|
|Kensington and Chelsea||50||Conservative||Conservative||Details|
|Kingston upon Thames||48[a]||Liberal Democrats||Liberal Democrats||Details|
|Richmond upon Thames||54[a]||Liberal Democrats||Liberal Democrats||Details|
|Sutton||55[a]||Liberal Democrats||Liberal Democrats||Details|
|All 32 councils||1,817|
There are thirty-six metropolitan boroughs, which are single-tier local authorities. Thirty-three of them elect a third of their councillors every year for three years, with no election in each fourth year. These councils hold their elections on the same timetable, which includes elections in 2022. Birmingham City Council holds its elections on a four-year cycle from 2018, so is also due to hold an election in 2022. Due to boundary changes, three councils which generally elect their councillors in thirds will elect all of their councillors in 2022. They will then return to the thirds schedule, apart from St Helens Council, which is moving to all-out elections every four years starting in 2022. Several other boundary reviews have been delayed to 2023 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The scheduled elections in Liverpool in 2022 have been cancelled and instead the city is expected to move to all-out elections from 2023 on new ward boundaries.
By-elections or uncontested wards can cause the seats up for election to be above or below one third of the council.
|Bolton||20||60||No overall control (Conservative minority)||No overall control (Conservative minority)||Details|
|Kirklees||23||69||No overall control (Labour minority)||Labour||Details|
|Newcastle upon Tyne||27||78||Labour||Labour||Details|
|Sheffield||28||84||No overall control (Labour/Green coalition)||No overall control (Labour minority)||Details|
|Stockport||21||63||No overall control (Labour minority)||No overall control (Lib Dem minority)||Details|
|Wirral||23||66||No overall control (Labour minority)||No overall control (Labour minority)||Details|
|All 29 councils||655||1,932|
Some councils which elect all their councillors every four years did so in 2022. Gosport usually elects its councillors in halves, but all seats will be up for election due to new election boundaries. St Albans usually elects by thirds but all seats were up on new boundaries. Harrogate was due to elect all its councillors, but the election was cancelled due to the unitarisation of North Yorkshire, with councillors' terms being extended to April 2023, after which the district councils in North Yorkshire will cease to exist.
|Huntingdonshire||52||Conservative||No overall control (Lib Dem/Independent/Labour/Green coalition)||Details|
|South Cambridgeshire||45||Liberal Democrats||Liberal Democrats||Details|
|St Albans||56[a]||Liberal Democrats||Liberal Democrats||Details|
|All 5 councils||225|
District councils which elect their candidates in halves did so in 2022.
|Cheltenham||21||40||Liberal Democrats||Liberal Democrats||Details|
|Hastings||16||32||Labour||No overall control (Labour/Green coalition)||Details|
|Nuneaton and Bedworth||17||34||Conservative||Conservative||Details|
|All 6 councils||108||214|
District councils which elect by thirds that held elections in 2022. Carlisle, Craven and South Lakeland had been due to have a third of councillors up for election but these were cancelled due to the creation of Cumberland, North Yorkshire, and Westmorland and Furness Unitary authorities.
|Basingstoke and Deane||19||54||Conservative||Conservative||Details|
|Burnley||15||45||No overall control (Labour/Lib Dem coalition)||No overall control (Labour/Lib Dem coalition)||Details|
|Castle Point||14||41||Conservative||No overall control (Independent coalition)||Details|
|Colchester||18||51||No overall control (Conservative/independent coalition)||No overall control (Lib Dem/Labour/Green coalition)||Details|
|Crawley||12||36||No overall control (Labour/independent coalition)||Labour||Details|
|Eastleigh||14||39||Liberal Democrats||Liberal Democrats||Details|
|Elmbridge||16||48||No overall control (Lib Dem/residents coalition)||No overall control (Lib Dem/residents coalition)||Details|
|Hart||11||33||No overall control (CCH/Lib Dem coalition)||No overall control (CCH/Lib Dem coalition)||Details|
|Hyndburn||12||35||Labour||No overall control (Labour minority)||Details|
|Mole Valley||14||41||Liberal Democrats||Liberal Democrats||Details|
|North Hertfordshire||18||49||No overall control (Labour/Lib Dem coalition)||No overall control (Labour/Lib Dem coalition)||Details|
|Reigate and Banstead||15||45||Conservative||Conservative||Details|
|Rossendale||12||36||No overall control (Labour minority)||Labour||Details|
|Tandridge||14||42||No overall control (independent/Residents Group Alliance coalition)||No overall control (independent/Residents Group Alliance coalition)||Details|
|Three Rivers||14||39||Liberal Democrats||Liberal Democrats||Details|
|Tunbridge Wells||16||48||No overall control (Conservative minority)||No overall control (Lib Dem/Labour/Tunbridge Wells Alliance coalition)||Details|
|Watford||12||36||Liberal Democrats||Liberal Democrats||Details|
|West Lancashire||20||54||No overall control (Labour minority)||No overall control (Labour minority)||Details|
|West Oxfordshire||16||49||Conservative||No overall control (Lib Dem/Labour/Green coalition)||Details|
|Winchester||15||45||Liberal Democrats||Liberal Democrats||Details|
|Woking||10||30||No overall control (Conservative minority)||Liberal Democrats||Details|
|Worcester||13||35||Conservative||No overall control (Conservative minority)||Details|
|Worthing||14||37||No overall control (Conservative minority)||Labour||Details|
|All 49 councils||702||2,026|
Reading Borough Council will have all its councillors elected on new ward boundaries. The new unitary authority Somerset Council will hold its first election under the old Somerset County Council boundaries, with twice as many councillors being elected as previously. Shadow authorities for the two new unitary authorities replacing Cumbria County Council and its districts will also be elected, as will councillors for the new North Yorkshire Council ahead of its creation in 2023.
Notably, the count for the Skipton West and West Craven seat ended in a tie between independent candidate Andy Solloway and the Labour candidate Peter Madeley. After various methods for deciding the tie were mooted, including drawing from a deck of cards, the candidates drew straws with Andy Solloway drawing the long straw, thus being declared the winner.
|Westmorland and Furness||65[b]||No predecessor||Liberal Democrats||Details|
|All 5 councils||359|
Unitary authorities that elect councillors in thirds did so in 2022.
|Blackburn with Darwen||18||51||Labour||Labour||Details|
|Derby||17||51||No overall control (Conservative minority)||No overall control (Conservative minority)||Details|
|Hartlepool||13||36||No overall control (independent/Conservative coalition)||No overall control (independent/Conservative coalition)||Details|
|Milton Keynes||19||57||No overall control (Labour/Lib Dem coalition)||No overall control (Labour/Lib Dem coalition)||Details|
|North East Lincolnshire||16||42||Conservative||Conservative||Details|
|Peterborough||19||60||No overall control (Conservative minority)||No overall control (Conservative minority)||Details|
|Plymouth||19||57||No overall control (Conservative minority)||No overall control (Conservative majority after party changes)||Details|
|Portsmouth||14||42||No overall control (Lib Dem minority)||No overall control (Lib Dem minority)||Details|
|Southend-on-Sea||18||51||No overall control (Labour/independent/Lib Dem coalition)||No overall control (Labour/independent/Lib Dem coalition)||Details|
|Wokingham||18||54||Conservative||No overall control (Lib Dem/Labour/independent coalition)||Details|
|All 16 councils||274||808|
Main article: 2022 City of London Corporation election
The Court of Common Council is the main decision-making body of the City of London Corporation, which governs the City of London. The 100 councillors were elected across twenty-five wards. Elections were due on 18 March 2021, but as a result of the coronavirus pandemic were delayed to 23 March 2022.
|After 2017 election||Before 2022 election||After 2022 election|
|Temple and Farringdon Together||10||Temple and Farringdon Together||10||Temple and Farringdon Together||10|
|Labour||5||Labour||6||Castle Baynard Independents||7|
There were six local authority mayoral elections and one metropolitan mayoral election.
|Combined authority||Mayor before||Mayor-elect||Details|
|South Yorkshire||Dan Jarvis (Lab)||Oliver Coppard (Lab)||Details|
|Croydon||New position||Jason Perry (Con)|
|Hackney||Philip Glanville (Lab)||Philip Glanville (Lab)|
|Lewisham||Damien Egan (Lab)||Damien Egan (Lab)|
|Newham||Rokhsana Fiaz (Lab)||Rokhsana Fiaz (Lab)|
|Tower Hamlets||John Biggs (Lab)||Luftur Rahman (Aspire)|
|Watford||Peter Taylor (Lib Dem)||Peter Taylor (Lib Dem)|
There was also a referendum in Bristol on whether to continue using the mayor-and-cabinet system or to change to the committee system, with 59% voting to abolish the position of mayor.
|No overall control||—||27||−2|
|West Dunbartonshire Community Party||1||0||0||0|
Main article: 2022 Scottish local elections
Elections were held for all councillors in all 32 local authorities in Scotland. Local elections in Scotland are conducted by the single transferable vote (STV), which results in the number of seats won by each party more proportionally reflecting their share of the vote. As a consequence, local elections in Scotland result more often in no overall control and local authorities being governed by minority or coalition administrations. In this election two of the 32 councils came under one-party majorities - Dundee (SNP) and West Dunbartonshire (Labour).
|Aberdeen||45||No overall control (Labour/Conservative/independent coalition)||No overall control (SNP/Lib Dem coalition)||Details|
|Aberdeenshire||70||No overall control (Conservative/Lib Dem/independent coalition)||No overall control (Conservative/Lib Dem/independent coalition)||Details|
|Angus||28||No overall control (Lib Dem/Conservative/independent coalition)||No overall control (SNP minority)||Details|
|Argyll and Bute||36||No overall control (Lib Dem/Conservative/independent coalition)||No overall control (Lib Dem/Conservative/independent coalition)||Details|
|Clackmannanshire||18||No overall control (SNP minority)||No overall control (SNP minority)||Details|
|Dumfries and Galloway||43||No overall control (Labour/SNP coalition)||No overall control (Labour/SNP/Lib Dem/independent coalition)||Details|
|Dundee||29||No overall control (SNP minority)||SNP||Details|
|East Ayrshire||32||No overall control (SNP minority)||No overall control (SNP minority)||Details|
|East Dunbartonshire||22||No overall control (Lib Dem/Conservative coalition)||No overall control (SNP minority)||Details|
|East Lothian||22||No overall control (Labour minority)||No overall control (Labour minority)||Details|
|East Renfrewshire||18||No overall control (SNP/Labour/Independent coalition)||No overall control (Labour/Independent minority)||Details|
|Edinburgh||63||No overall control (SNP/Labour coalition)||No overall control (Labour minority)||Details|
|Falkirk||30||No overall control (SNP minority)||No overall control (SNP minority)||Details|
|Fife||75||No overall control (SNP/Labour coalition)||No overall control (Labour minority)||Details|
|Glasgow||85||No overall control (SNP minority)||No overall control (SNP minority)||Details|
|Highland||74||No overall control (independent/Lib Dem/Labour coalition)||No overall control (SNP/independent coalition)||Details|
|Inverclyde||22||No overall control (Labour minority)||No overall control (Labour minority)||Details|
|Midlothian||18||No overall control (Labour minority)||No overall control (SNP minority)||Details|
|Moray||26||No overall control (SNP minority)||No overall control (Conservative minority)||Details|
|Na h-Eileanan Siar||29[a]||Independent||Independent||Details|
|North Ayrshire||33[a]||No overall control (Labour minority)||No overall control (SNP minority)||Details|
|North Lanarkshire||77||No overall control (Labour minority)||No overall control (SNP minority)||Details|
|Perth and Kinross||40||No overall control (Conservative/independent coalition)||No overall control (SNP minority)||Details|
|Renfrewshire||43||No overall control (SNP minority)||No overall control (SNP minority)||Details|
|Scottish Borders||34||No overall control (Conservative minority)||No overall control (Conservative/independent coalition)||Details|
|South Ayrshire||28||No overall control (SNP/Labour/independent coalition)||No overall control (Conservative minority)||Details|
|South Lanarkshire||64||No overall control (SNP minority)||No overall control (Labour minority)||Details|
|Stirling||23||No overall control (SNP/Labour coalition)||No overall control (Labour minority)||Details|
|West Dunbartonshire||22||No overall control (SNP minority)||Labour||Details|
|West Lothian||33||No overall control (Labour minority)||No overall control (Labour minority)||Details|
|All 32 councils||1,226|
Main article: 2022 Welsh local elections
Elections were held for all councillors in all 22 local authorities as well as for all community council seats in Wales. In all twenty-two councils, the elections were contested under new boundaries. This was the first time Welsh councils could choose between conducting the vote with the current first-past-the-post system or the proportional single transferable vote (STV) system, although practically this will not come into effect until at least 2027, as councils need to give advance notice of such a change.
|No overall control||—||10||−1|
|Anglesey||35[a]||No overall control (Plaid Cymru/independent coalition)||Plaid Cymru||Details|
|Bridgend||51[a]||No overall control (Labour minority)||Labour||Details|
|Carmarthenshire||75[a]||No overall control (Plaid Cymru/independent coalition)||Plaid Cymru||Details|
|Ceredigion||38[a]||No overall control (Plaid Cymru/independent coalition)||Plaid Cymru||Details|
|Conwy||55[a]||No overall control (Conservative/independent coalition)||No overall control||Details|
|Denbighshire||48[a]||No overall control (Conservative/independent coalition)||No overall control||Details|
|Flintshire||66[a]||No overall control (Labour minority)||No overall control||Details|
|Gwynedd||69[a]||Plaid Cymru||Plaid Cymru||Details|
|Merthyr Tydfil||30[a]||Independent||No overall control||Details|
|Monmouthshire||46[a]||Conservative||No overall control||Details|
|Neath Port Talbot||60[a]||Labour||No overall control||Details|
|Pembrokeshire||60[a]||No overall control (independent/Labour/Plaid Cymru/Lib Dem coalition)||No overall control||Details|
|Powys||68[a]||No overall control (independent/Conservative coalition)||No overall control||Details|
|Rhondda Cynon Taf||75[a]||Labour||Labour||Details|
|Vale of Glamorgan||54[a]||No overall control (Labour/independent coalition)||No overall control||Details|
|Wrexham||56[a]||No overall control (independent/Conservative coalition)||No overall control||Details|
|All 22 councils||1,233|
|22–26 Apr||Survation||Good Morning Britain||England||2,587[d]||34%||47%||10%||4%||6%||13%|
|3 May 2018||2018 local elections[e]||32%||41%||14%||7%||6%||9%|
|Polling organisation/client||Sample size||SNP||Con||Lab||Lib Dem||Green||Alba||Others|
|5 May 2022||2022 Scottish local elections||N/A||34.1%||19.7%||21.8%||8.6%||6.0%||0.7%||9.2%|
|29 Apr–3 May 2022||Survation||893||41%||17%||23%||8%||5%||1%||4%|
|24–28 Mar 2022||Survation/Ballot Box Scotland||1,002||44%||18%||23%||6%||3%||1%||4%|
|20–26 Oct 2021||Panelbase/Scot Goes Pop||1,001||45%||22%||21%||6%||4%||2%||<1%|
|4 May 2017||2017 Scottish local elections||1,889,658||32.30%||25.30%||20.16%||6.82%||4.1%||-||10.4%|
Main article: 2022 Northern Ireland Assembly election
The 2022 election to the Northern Ireland Assembly took place on 5 May 2022.
The Northern Ireland local elections are due in 2023.