2022 Vale of Glamorgan Council election

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All 54 (previously 47) seats to Vale of Glamorgan Council
28 seats needed for a majority
  First party Second party Third party
 
Party Labour Conservative Plaid Cymru
Last election 14 23 4
Seats before 14 15 4
Seats won 25 13 8
Seat change Increase 11 Decrease 10 Increase 4

  Fourth party Fifth party
 
Party Llantwit First Independent Independent
Last election 4 2
Seats before 4 10
Seats won 4 4
Seat change Steady Increase 2

Vale of Glamorgan Council 2022 Election results map.png
Election results map, showing party colours of councillors and numbers of councillors per ward

Council control before election

No overall control

Council control after election

No overall control

The 2022 Vale of Glamorgan Council election is currently taking place as of 5 May 2022[1] to elect 54 members across 24 wards to Vale of Glamorgan Council. On the same day, elections will be held to the other 21 local authorities and to community councils in Wales as part of the 2022 Welsh local elections. The previous Vale of Glamorgan all-council election took place in May 2017 and future elections will take place every five years.

Background

Council elections in Wales were originally scheduled for May 2021, but were delayed to avoid a conflict with the 2021 Senedd election. The frequency of the elections was also increased from 4 years to five years to avoid future clashes,[2] meaning (after 2022) the next council election is expected in 2027. The number of councillors is to be increased from 47 to 54 at the 2022 election, with a number of ward changes to ensure better electoral parity.[3]

The council has been in no overall control since the 2012 election. Following the 2017 Vale of Glamorgan Council election the Conservatives held 23 out of 47 seats on the Council[4] and formed a minority administration led by John Thomas,[5] who replaced Labour's Neil Moore.[6] After the Conservative local councillor for Rhoose resigned over plans to shut Llancarfan's primary school, the February 2019 by-election returned former Welsh Conservatives leader Andrew R. T. Davies, who also opposed the closure.[7] Davies and 3 other Conservative councillors then blocked the council's budget for the financial year.[8] Anger over plans for parking also contributed to what a Local Democracy Reporting Service reporter called "serious discontent" between Thomas and other councillors in the party by April 2019.[5]

As result, local Conservative Party members voted at their 29 April annual meeting to replace Thomas with Vincent Bailey as leader,[9] and Thomas then confirmed his resignation as council leader. On 8 May, all six members of the council's cabinet, including Thomas, joined councillors Michael Morgan and Kathryn McCaffer in leaving the Conservative group on the council to sit as independents in a Vale Independents Group led by Ben Gray. Wales Online described the move as similar to the formation of The Independent Group for Change in UK politics.[10][11] The newly independent councillors formed a coalition to take over running the council on 20 May 2019 with Llantwit First Independents and Labour, led by Neil Moore again.[12][6] This administration continued until the 2022 election.

Candidates by party

A total of 168 candidates are standing for the 54 seats on the council (an average of 3.1 candidates per seat). Nine political parties are standing candidates in this election, plus 12 independent candidates.

The Conservatives are standing the full 54 candidates and are the only party to be standing a candidate in every ward. Of the other parties, Labour (43 candidates), Plaid Cymru (33 candidates) and the Green Party (17 candidates) are all standing in 50% or more of wards. The Llantwit First Independents are standing four candidates in the Llantwit Major ward, and there are a further 12 independent candidates (six of whom were elected as Conservative councillors are the previous election). Liberal Democrats are standing two candidates, while Abolish, Propel and Reform UK are standing one candidate each.

Party Number of candidates Number of wards
Conservative 54 24
Labour 43 23
Plaid Cymru 33 16
Green 17 12
Independent 12 8
Llantwit First Independent 4 1
Liberal Democrats 2 2
Abolish 1 1
Propel 1 1
Reform UK 1 1
Total 168 / 54 24


Overview of results

Vale of Glamorgan Council remained in no overall control following this election. Labour became the largest party at the election with 25 seats - 3 seats short of a majority. This represented an increase of 11 seats on 2017, winning 6 seats from the Conservatives, 1 previously held by an independent, and 4 of the seats which were newly created by boundary changes.[13]

The Conservatives held 13 seats, losing 10 seats they had won in 2017 (6 to Labour, 3 to Plaid and 1 to an independent candidate who had previously been elected as a Conservative). Plaid Cymru increased their share to 8 councillors, holding their 4 seats from 2017, winning 3 seats from the Conservatives and winning 1 seat which was newly created by boundary changes. The Llantwit First Independents retained all four of their councillors and did not contest any other seats. Independent councillor Kevin Mahoney retained his seat in Sully ward, while the other independent candidate in that ward did not stand for re-election and the second seat there was a gain for Labour. Two new independent councillors were elected for seats which were newly created by boundary changes: Samantha Campbell took additional seat in Rhoose and Ian Perry won the new single-seat ward of St Nicholas & Llancarfan.[13]

Vale of Glamorgan Council Election 2022[13][note 1]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Labour 25 11 0 Increase 11 46.3 33.8 16,884
  Conservative 13 0 10 Decrease 10 24.1 28.8 14,380
  Plaid Cymru 8 4 0 Increase 4 14.8 15.2 7,591
  Llantwit First Independent 4 0 0 Steady 7.4 4.0 2,008
  Independent 4 3 1 Increase 2 7.4 9.2 4,591
  Green 0 0 0 Steady 0.0 5.9 2,936
  Liberal Democrats 0 0 0 Steady 0.0 1.6 797
  Abolish 0 0 0 Steady 0.0 0.9 430
  Reform UK 0 0 0 Steady 0.0 0.4 190
  Propel 0 0 0 Steady 0.0 0.1 44
  1. ^ Votes in this table are the total for the top candidate for each party in each ward. Votes % is calculated as the votes for the party divided by the total votes in this table (49,851).

Candidates and results by ward

* = sitting councillor in this ward prior to election

Baruc (3 seats)

In the run-up to the election, the Labour candidate Ziad Alsayed was suspended by the party. In separate tweets he had called Volodymyr Zelensky, president of Ukraine, a "fascist" and a "Zionist".[14] He had also described Labour leader Keir Starmer as "disgusting".[15]

Baruc
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Plaid Cymru Nicholas Peter Hodges* 1,122 39.6
Plaid Cymru Steffan Trefor Wiliam* 1,118 39.5
Plaid Cymru Mark Jonathan Hooper 978 34.6
Labour Emily Warren 770 27.2
Labour Pierre Codron 751 36.5
Labour Ziad Adel Assayed[1] 654 23.1
Conservative Victoria Jaya Chaitanya Roberts 628 22.2
Conservative Harrison Gould 580 20.5
Green Aoife Blight 556 19.6
Conservative Ethan Shaun Harvey 544 19.2
Green Hugh Stephen Thomas 425 15.0
Green Lynden Mack 365 12.9
Turnout 2830
Plaid Cymru hold
Plaid Cymru hold
Plaid Cymru win (new seat)

Buttrills (2 seats)

Buttrills
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Plaid Cymru Ian James Johnson* 643 42.3
Labour Susan Carol Lloyd-Selby 641 42.2
Labour Philip Robert Johns 615 40.5
Plaid Cymru Nadine Rachel Marshall 572 37.7
Conservative Martin Drew 231 15.2
Conservative Neil Workman 218 14.4
Green Katrin Munro 118 7.8
Turnout 1,519
Plaid Cymru hold
Labour hold

Cadoc (4 seats)

Cadoc
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Gareth Michael Ball 1,101 38.4
Labour Catherine Iannucci 1,090 38.0
Labour Helen Payne 1,086 37.8
Labour Ewan Goodjohn 1,077 37.5
Conservative Rachel Nugent-Finn* 867 30.2
Conservative Mandy Ewington 764 26.6
Conservative Nathan Colin James Powell 740 25.8
Conservative David Jonathan Green 727 25.3
Plaid Cymru Gina Darling 351 12.2
Plaid Cymru Calum Rhys Grant 299 10.4
Plaid Cymru Paul King 273 0.5
Green Keira Barker 236 8.2
Plaid Cymru Byron Bowen Lewis 234 8.2
Turnout
Labour hold
Labour hold
Labour gain from Conservative
Labour win (new seat)

Castleland (2 seats)

Castleland
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Pamela Drake* 524 48.5
Plaid Cymru Millie Collins* 472 43.7
Labour Mark Goodjohn 445 41.2
Plaid Cymru Barry Ian Shaw 430 39.8
Conservative Thomas Anthony Browne 123 11.4
Green Amy Greenfield 83 7.7
Conservative Rose Paine 82 7.6
Turnout
Labour hold
Plaid Cymru hold

Cornerswell (2 seats)

Cornerswell
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Ian Buckley 1,120 63.3
Labour Rhiannon Birch* 1,003 56.7
Conservative Chris Sharp 436 24.6
Conservative Richard Stewart Gow 388 21.9
Plaid Cymru David Wilton 338 19.1
Independent Jemma Louise Angove 254 14.4
Turnout
Labour hold
Labour hold

Court (2 seats)

Court
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Bronwen Brooks* 509 51.7
Labour Sandra Perkes* 462 46.9
Plaid Cymru Stuart Paul Burnell 335 34.0
Plaid Cymru Dennis Alan Clarke 327 33.2
Conservative Michael Llewellyn Simmonds 135 13.7
Conservative David James Dutch 127 12.9
Green Elin Mai Blakemore 75 7.6
Turnout
Labour hold
Labour hold

Cowbridge (3 seats)

Candidates Geoff Cox, Hunter Jarvie and Andrew Carey Parker appear on the ballot with a blank description (having been elected as Conservative councillors in the 2017 election), while Alec Trousdell has the description "Independent/Annibynnol".

Cowbridge
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Charles Edward Alexander Champion 1,104 52.1
Conservative Nicholas James Wood 975 46.0
Conservative Robert Fisher 960 45.3
Labour Paul Eldridge 925 43.7
Independent Alec Trousdell 679 32.1
Independent Geoff Cox* 611 28.9
Independent Hunter Jarvie* 461 21.8
Independent Andrew Carey Parker* 448 21.2
Reform UK Mike Hancock 190 9.0
Turnout
Conservative hold
Conservative hold
Conservative hold

Dinas Powys (4 seats)

Dinas Powys
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Plaid Cymru Chris Franks 1,674 52.2
Plaid Cymru Anne Asbrey 1,466 45.7
Conservative Vince Driscoll* 1,370 42.7
Plaid Cymru Marianne Cowpe 1,273 39.7
Conservative Stephen Griffiths* 1,248 38.9
Plaid Cymru Richard Grigg 1,217 38.0
Conservative Robert Crowley* 1,197 37.3
Conservative Andy Robertson* 1,156 36.1
Labour Andrew Lamb 923 28.8
Labour Trevor Saunders 921 28.7
Liberal Democrats Barry Southwell 380 11.9
Turnout
Plaid Cymru gain from Conservative
Plaid Cymru gain from Conservative
Conservative hold
Plaid Cymru gain from Conservative

Dyfan (2 seats)

Dyfan ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Emma Jane Goodjohn 774 50.1
Labour Belinda Loveluck-Edwards 740 47.9
Conservative Vincent James Bailey 607 39.3
Conservative Leighton Owen Rowlands 572 37.0
Plaid Cymru John Mcallister 163 10.6
Plaid Cymru Timothy Patrick Johnson 136 8.8
Green Sharon Catherine Richards 96 6.2
Majority 167
Turnout
Labour gain from Conservative
Labour gain from Conservative

Gibbonsdown (2 seats)

Gibbonsdown
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Julie Aviet* 674 68.3
Labour Margaret Rosemary Wilkinson* 600 60.8
Conservative Rhian Cummings 192 19.5
Conservative Benjamin Lloyd Driscoll 168 17.0
Plaid Cymru Janet Mary Johnson 122 12.4
Plaid Cymru David Ian Weston 103 10.4
Green Paul Granjon 71 7.2
Propel Nicola Suzanne Reekie 44 4.5
Turnout
Labour hold
Labour hold

Illtyd (3 seats)

Illtyd
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Naomi Marshallsea 1,342 56.8
Labour Howard Clive Hamilton 1,177 49.8
Conservative Janice Charles* 953 40.3
Conservative Oliver Batt 894 37.8
Conservative Harry Driscoll 819 34.6
Plaid Cymru Taif Ball 589 24.9
Plaid Cymru Julie Ann Mckinney 403 17.0
Green Rachel Knox 396 16.7
Plaid Cymru Tim Mckinney 285 12.1
Green Don Reynolds 236 10.1
Turnout
Labour gain from Conservative
Labour gain from Conservative
Conservative hold

Llandough (1 seat)

Llandough ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative George Carroll 720 72.9 12.8
Labour Jo Byworth-Morgan 268 27.1 -9.2
Majority 452 45.7
Turnout 988
Conservative hold Swing

Llandow (1 seat)

Llandow
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Christine Ann Cave* 466 55.6 -20.4
Labour Huw Powell 255 30.4 +6.4
Plaid Cymru Andrew Arthur Murphy 117 14.0 N/A
Majority 167 19.9 -32.0
Turnout 838
Labour hold Swing

Llantwit Major (4 seats)

Llantwit Major
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Llantwit First Independent Gwyn John* 2,008 62.9
Llantwit First Independent Sally Margaret Hanks* 1,795 56.2
Llantwit First Independent Jayne Margaret Norman* 1,459 45.7
Llantwit First Independent Eddie Williams* 1,443 45.2
Labour Bryan Godsell 902 28.3
Conservative Bob Gant 890 27.9
Labour Tracy Hickson 824 25.8
Labour Lorna Mccourt 742 23.2
Conservative Gordon Wilkie 725 22.7
Labour Trevor Neatherway 694 21.7
Conservative John Arthur Moisan 650 20.4
Conservative Andy Montgomery 635 19.9
Green Charlotte Alexandra Richards 302 9.5
Plaid Cymru David Heald 254 8.0
Turnout
Llantwit First Independent hold
Llantwit First Independent hold
Llantwit First Independent hold
Llantwit First Independent hold

Peterston-Super-Ely (1 seat)

Michael Morgan was elected as a Conservative councillor in the 2017 election, and held his seat in this election. Morgan's share of the vote dropped by 19.0% on 2017.

Peterston-Super-Ely ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Michael Morgan 486 59.1 +59.1
Conservative Gary John Allman 178 21.7 -56.4
Labour Eleri Cubbage 158 19.2 -2.7
Majority 308 37.5
Turnout 822
Independent gain from Conservative Swing

Plymouth (2 seats)

Ben Gray and Kathryn McCaffer were elected as a Conservative councillor in the 2017 election.

Plymouth ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Rhys Thomas 882 41.2
Conservative Anthony Monroe Ernest 864 40.4
Labour Richard Cox 803 37.5
Independent Kathryn Mccaffer 490 22.9
Independent Ben Gray 447 20.9
Liberal Democrats Alex Wilson 417 19.5
Plaid Cymru Adrian Roper 375 17.5
Majority 79
Turnout
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing

Rhoose (3 seats)

Rhoose
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Gillian Bruce 915 52.2
Independent Samantha Campbell 895 51.1
Conservative William Hennessy 837 47.7
Conservative Kyle Bulley 833 47.5
Labour Mark Lloyd-Selby 697 39.8
Plaid Cymru Shirley Ann Hodges 505 28.8
Abolish Stuart James Field 430 24.5
Green Jane Allely 147 8.4
Turnout
Conservative hold
Conservative hold
Independent win (new seat)

St Athan (2 seats)

St Athan's seats increased from one in 2017 to two at this election.

St Athan ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Stephen James Haines 484 53.0
Labour Julie Lynch-Wilson 474 51.9
Independent John William Thomas 468 51.2
Conservative Chloe Louise Marie Hunt 402 44.0
Majority 10
Turnout
Conservative hold Swing
Labour win (new seat)

St Augustines (3 seats)

Green candidate Anthony Slaughter was the leader of the Wales Green Party during this election.

St Augustine
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Ruba Sivagnanam* 1,178 49.7
Labour Elliot Penn 1,146 48.3
Labour Neil Christopher Thomas* 1,024 43.2
Conservative Jeff Tree 638 26.9
Conservative Robin Jonathan Smith 620 26.1
Conservative Rod Thomas 598 25.2
Green Anthony David Slaughter 481 20.3
Plaid Cymru Sian Rees 351 14.8
Green Christine Glossop 332 14.0
Plaid Cymru Rhodri Davies 323 13.6
Green Thomas Geoffrey Blenkinsop 253 10.7
Plaid Cymru Matthew Hutchinson 169 7.1
Turnout
Labour hold
Labour hold
Labour win (new seat)

St Brides Major (2 seats)

St Brides Major
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Carys Stallard 764 46.3
Labour Jo Protheroe 735 44.5
Conservative Paul Silcox 643 38.9
Conservative Robert Tate 606 36.7
Green Emma Hayhurst 375 22.7
Plaid Cymru Tim Ruscoe 180 10.9
Turnout
Labour gain from Conservative
Labour win (new seat)

St Nicholas & Llancarfan (1 seat)

St Nicholas & Llancarfan ward was newly created for this election; Gordon Kemp was a sitting councillor for Rhoose ward prior to this election. Ian Perry previously unsuccessfully stood as a Plaid Cymru candidate in Wenvoe ward in 2017.

St Nicholas & Llancarfan
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Ian Anthony Neil Perry 460 53.5 N/A
Conservative Gordon Christopher Kemp* 400 46.5 N/A
Majority 60 7.0 N/A
Turnout 860
Independent win (new seat)

Stanwell (2 seats)

Stanwell ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Lis Burnett 1,068 76.1
Labour Mark Wilson 1,033 73.7
Conservative Steve Morgan 359 25.6
Conservative Anthony John Sawyer 345 24.6
Majority 709
Turnout
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing

Sully (2 seats)

Sully ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Kevin Mahoney 1,113 79.1
Labour Wendy Gilligan 593 42.1
Conservative Matthew Stuart Hall 557 39.6
Conservative Kel Alderman 552 39.2
Majority 520
Turnout
Independent hold Swing
Labour gain from Independent Swing

Wenvoe (1 seat)

Wenvoe ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Russell Edward Godfrey 602 58.8 +1.1
Labour Charlotte Louise Davies 421 41.2 +26.5
Majority 181 17.7 -25.1
Turnout 1023
Conservative hold Swing -13.8

See also

References

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