2022 Wakefield Metropolitan District Council election

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One third (21) of 63 seats on the Wakefield Metropolitan District Council.
32 seats needed for a majority
  First party Second party
 
Leader Denise Jeffery N/A
Party Labour Conservative
Leader's seat Castleford Central and Glasshoughton N/A
Last election 13 seats, 45.1% 8 seats, 37.5%
Seats before 28 10

  Third party Fourth party
 
Leader Thomas Gordon
Party Independent Liberal Democrats
Leader's seat Knottingley
Last election 0 seats, 2.1% 2 seat, 3.0%
Seats before 2 2

Wakefield UK local election 2022 map.svg
Map showing the results of the 2022 Wakefield Metropolitan District Council election

council control before election

Majority administration
Labour

Council control after election

Denise Jeffery
Labour

The 2022 Wakefield Metropolitan District Council election is currently taking place as of 5 May 2022 to elect members of Wakefield Council. This is on the same day as other local elections. 21 of the 63 seats will be up for election.[1]

Background

Since its first election in 1973, Labour has always controlled Wakefield Council, only falling below 60% of seats on 4 occasions (most recently in 2010).[2] In the 2021 election, Labour lost 6 seats with 45.1% of the vote, the Conservatives gained 6 seats with 37.5%, the Liberal Democrats gained 1 with 3.0%, and independents lost 1 with 2.1%

The seats up for election this year were last elected in 2018. In that election, Labour lost 1 seat with 51.7% of the vote, the Conservatives gained 4 with 34.0%, independents lost 1 with 3.9%, and UKIP lost both their seats up for election with 1.1%.

Previous council composition

After 2021 election Before 2022 election[3] After 2022 election
Party Seats Party Seats Party Seats
Labour 43 Labour 44 Labour 45
Conservative 17 Conservative 15 Conservative 13
Liberal Democrats 2 Liberal Democrats 2 Liberal Democrats 3
Independent 1 Independent 2 Independent 2

Changes:

Results

Change with 2021.

2022 Wakefield Metropolitan District Council election
Party This election Full council This election
Seats Net Seats % Other Total Total % Votes Votes % +/−
  Labour 17 Increase 1 80.95 28 45 71.4 38,561 51.7 +6.6
  Conservative 3 Decrease 2 14.29 10 13 20.6 20,512 27.5 -10.0
  Independent 0 Steady 0.0 2 2 3.2 4,007 5.4 +3.3
  Liberal Democrats 1 Increase 1 4.76 2 3 4.8 3,960 5.3 +2.3
  Green 0 Steady 0.0 0 0 0.0 3,641 4.9 -1.5
  Yorkshire 0 Steady 0.0 0 0 0.0 3,228 4.3 -0.1
  Freedom Alliance 0 Steady 0.0 0 0 0.0 369 0.5 New
  Reform UK 0 Steady 0.0 0 0 0.0 160 0.2 -0.2
  TUSC 0 Steady 0.0 0 0 0.0 102 0.1 +0
  SDP 0 Steady 0.0 0 0 0.0 52 0.1 New

Results by ward

An asterisk indicates an incumbent councillor. Changes with 2021.

Ackworth, North Elmsall and Upton

Ackworth, North Elmsall and Upton[6][7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Allan Garbutt* 1,537 44.81 +9.61
Conservative David Pointon 916 26.71 -9.89
Independent Gwen Marshall 568 16.56 +12.96
Green Jody Gabriel 288 8.40 +1.7
Freedom Alliance Carol Higgins 121 3.53 New
Majority 621 18.10 +16.7
Turnout 3,430 25.6 -4.7
Labour hold Swing

Airedale and Ferry Fryston

Airedale and Ferry Fryston[6][7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Kathryn Scott* 1,524 61.43 +10.33
Conservative Richard Evans 541 21.81 -1.29
Independent Neil Kennedy 311 12.54 +1.04
Liberal Democrats Leah Birdsall 105 4.23 New
Majority 983 39.62 +11.62
Turnout 2,481 21.4
Labour hold Swing

Altofts and Whitwood

Altofts and Whitwood[6][7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Jacquie Speight* 2,053 56.49 +9.0
Conservative Barbara Wright 809 22.26 -15.8
Independent John Thomas 613 16.87 +11.7
Liberal Democrats Leanne Hall 159 4.38 N/A
Majority 1,244 34.23
Turnout 3,634
Labour hold Swing

Castleford Central and Glasshoughton

Denise Jeffery is the incumbent Leader of the Council going into the election.

Castleford Central and Glasshoughton[6][7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Denise Jeffery* 1,900 64.60 +2.2
Conservative Joanne Smart 482 16.39 -5.4
Yorkshire Paul Phelps 471 16.01 +4.4
Liberal Democrats Janet Walton 88 2.99 N/A
Majority 1,418 48.21
Turnout 2,941
Labour hold Swing

Crofton, Ryhill and Walton

Crofton, Ryhill and Walton[6][7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Usman Ali 1,832 47.70 +4.0
Conservative Chad Thomas 1,335 34.76 -10.7
Liberal Democrats Connor Clayton 364 9.48 N/A
Green Garry Newby 310 8.07 -2.8
Majority 497 12.94
Turnout 3,841
Labour hold Swing

Featherstone

Dick Taylor sat as a Labour councillor, however, stood as an independent following his de-selection by the local party.

Featherstone[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Steve Vickers 2,000 60.4 -0.3
Independent Dick Taylor* 717 21.6 N/A
Conservative John Taylor 597 18.0 -5.1
Majority 1,283 38.8
Turnout 3,314 25.2
Labour hold Swing N/A

Hemsworth

Hemsworth[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Melanie Jones 1,752 62.2 +18.2
Green Lyn Morton 604 21.4 +10.0
Conservative Eamonn Mullins 461 16.4 -3.2
Majority 1,148 40.8
Turnout 2,817 23.5
Labour hold Swing Increase4.1

Horbury and South Ossett

Horbury and South Ossett[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Deborah Nicholls 2,222 51.1 +13.0
Conservative Gill Cruise* 1,522 35.0 -9.7
Liberal Democrats Mark Goodair 289 6.6 +2.8
Yorkshire Ryan Kett 183 4.2 N/A
Green Richard Norris 131 3.0 -0.4
Majority 700 16.1
Turnout 4,347 37.0
Labour gain from Conservative Swing Increase11.4

Knottingley

Knottingley[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Robert Girt 1,504 50.6 -3.6
Labour Paul Green 1,216 40.9 +12.0
Conservative Roger Kirby 254 8.5 -5.3
Majority 288 9.7
Turnout 2,974 28.7
Liberal Democrats gain from Labour Swing Decrease7.8

Normanton

Isabel Owen was the Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire under Mark Burns-Williamson.

Normanton[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Isabel Owen 1,735 56.8 +5.0
Conservative James Hardwick 697 22.8 -8.2
Independent Cliff Parsons 280 9.2 +2.1
Liberal Democrats Deborah Goodall 183 6.0 +3.3
Green John Clayton 161 5.3 -0.9
Majority 1,038 34.0
Turnout 3,056 23.8
Labour hold Swing Increase6.6

Ossett

Ossett[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Nick Farmer* 1,818 42.7 -11.1
Labour Co-op Armaan Khan 1,610 37.9 -0.9
Liberal Democrats Tony Sargeant 333 7.8 +5.3
Yorkshire Deborah Dawson 317 7.5 N/A
Green Stephen Scott 175 4.1 -0.8
Majority 208 4.8
Turnout 4,253 33.7
Conservative hold Swing Decrease5.1

Pontefract North

Pontefract North[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Clive Tennant* 1,718 52.0 +5.9
Conservative Christopher Hyomes 655 19.8 -11.4
Yorkshire Chris Dawson 562 17.0 -0.5
Green Emma Tingle 255 7.7 +2.6
Liberal Democrats Sheila Atha 116 3.5 N/A
Majority 1,063 17.3
Turnout 3,306 23.2
Labour hold Swing Increase8.7

Pontefract South

Pontefract South[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour George Ayre* 2,082 54.3 +12.8
Conservative Stephanie Fishwick 1,305 34.0 -10.7
Yorkshire James Craven 262 6.8 -2.7
Liberal Democrats Susan Hayes 133 3.5 N/A
SDP Trevor Lake 52 1.4 N/A
Majority 777 20.3
Turnout 3,834 32.2
Labour hold Swing Increase11.8

South Elmsall and South Kirkby

South Elmsall and South Kirkby[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Stan Bates 1,851 60.6 -0.2
Independent Nikky Stevens 596 19.5 N/A
Conservative Pepe Ruzvidzo 445 14.6 -10.4
Green Stefan Ludewig 164 5.4 +0.7
Majority 1,255 41.1
Turnout 3,056 22.5
Labour hold Swing N/A

Stanley and Outwood East

Lynn Masterman is a former Labour councillor for Ossett ward before losing in the 2021 election.

Stanley and Outwood East[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Lynn Masterman 2,139 54.0 +3.9
Conservative Gideon Harvey 1,122 28.3 -7.6
Yorkshire Brent Hawksley 326 8.2 +1.1
Green Richard Copeland 226 5.7 +1.1
Liberal Democrats Malcolm Pollack 146 3.7 +1.4
Majority 1,017 25.7
Turnout 3,959 30.4
Labour hold Swing Increase5.8

Wakefield East

Wakefield East[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Yubi Ayub 2,503 69.8 +25.3
Conservative Nick Hannam 616 17.2 -28.6
Green Janet MacKintosh 237 6.6 ±0.0
Freedom Alliance Michael Dodgson 128 3.6 N/A
TUSC Michael Griffiths 102 2.8 -0.3
Majority 1,887 52.6
Turnout 3,586 30.9
Labour hold Swing Increase27.0

Wakefield North

Wakefield North[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour David Pickersgill 2,139 60.7 +13.8
Conservative Naeem Formuli 817 23.2 -9.8
Yorkshire Andy Mack 222 6.3 -0.9
Green Dan Russell 199 5.6 -3.2
Liberal Democrats Mary Macqueen 146 4.1 N/A
Majority 1,322 37.5
Turnout 3,523 29.3
Labour hold Swing Increase11.8

Wakefield Rural

Wakefield Rural[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Samantha Harvey* 2,347 47.0 -11.8
Labour Jordan Bryan 1,838 36.8 +6.8
Yorkshire David Herdson 428 8.6 N/A
Green Karen Sadler 314 6.3 -4.9
Freedom Alliance Lien Davies 69 1.4 N/A
Majority 509 10.2
Turnout 4,996 36.4
Conservative hold Swing Decrease9.3

Wakefield South

Wakefield South[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Nadeem Ahmed* 1,836 46.7 -3.5
Labour Paul Belbin 1,533 39.0 +2.3
Yorkshire Dan Cochran 212 5.4 -0.9
Green Krys Holmes 203 5.2 -1.6
Liberal Democrats Nigel Ebbs 151 3.8 N/A
Majority 303 7.7
Turnout 3,935 36.5
Conservative hold Swing Decrease2.9

Wakefield West

Wakefield West[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Kevin Swift* 1,770 55.5 +6.3
Conservative Laura Weldon 905 28.4 -12.0
Yorkshire Richard Bentley 245 7.7 N/A
Green Lewis Elliott 157 4.9 -2.6
Liberal Democrats Carol Girt-Wilson 61 1.9 N/A
Freedom Alliance Gaynor Haycock 51 1.6 N/A
Majority 865 27.1
Turnout 3,189 28.4
Labour hold Swing Increase9.2

Wrenthorpe and Outwood West

Nic Stansby was the Leader of the Conservative group before being de-selected by her local branch. Waj Ali is a former Brexit Party member and candidate.

Wrenthorpe and Outwood West[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Nadiah Sharp 1,607 39.0 -0.4
Conservative Waj Ali 1,032 25.0 -18.5
Independent Nic Stansby* 922 22.4 New
Reform UK David Dews 160 3.9 +0.8 [a]
Green Oliver Thompson 220 5.3 -1.1
Liberal Democrats Natasha de Vere 182 4.4 New
Majority 575 14.0 +9.9
Turnout 4,123 31.6 -2.0
Labour gain from Conservative Swing 9.05
  1. ^ Change with David Dews' result standing for UKIP in the last election.

See also

References

  1. ^ "Election timetable in England". GOV.UK. Retrieved 9 April 2022.
  2. ^ "City of Wakefield Metropolitan District Council Election Results 1973-2012" (PDF). Elections Centre. p. 24. Retrieved 12 April 2022.
  3. ^ ((cite web |title=Your Councillors by Party |url=http://mg.wakefield.gov.uk/mgMemberIndex.aspx?FN=PARTY&VW=LIST&PIC=0 |website=wakefield.gov |access-date=9 April 2022
  4. ^ Spereall, David (20 December 2021). "'It's the right move for me': Hemsworth councillor Ian Womersley joins Labour Party". www.wakefieldexpress.co.uk. Retrieved 12 April 2022.
  5. ^ Spereall, David (15 March 2022). "'I can't be held on a leash': Tory councillor, who called Boris Johnson an 'idiot', leaves Conservative Party". www.wakefieldexpress.co.uk. Retrieved 12 April 2022.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u "STATEMENT AS TO PERSONS NOMINATED" (PDF). Wakefield Council. Retrieved 12 April 2022.
  7. ^ a b c d e McCormick, Sebastian (5 May 2022). "Wakefield council local election results 2022". YorkshireLive. Retrieved 6 May 2022.