Local elections were conducted in the UK on May 5th, 2022. Up for election were seated in 146 of the 333 councils in England, all of Scotland’s 32 local authorities, and all of Wales’s 22. In total, there were 6,899 seats up for election – 4,441 in England, 1,227 in Scotland, and 1,231 in Wales.
Alongside this, seven areas in England have also conducted mayoral elections.
These elections are the first since 2017 in Scotland and Wales. In England, much of the country last held local elections in 2018, but some areas have voted since due to recent boundary reviews.
At the time of writing, all but one council has declared their results.
While 28 councils have no majority of one party, Labour holds control of 65, the Conservatives 35, and the Liberal Democrats hold 16. Aspire, a minor party took hold of the Tower Hamlets Council by gaining 23 seats.
The Conservative Party has faced the biggest loss of seats in having 342 councillors voted out. This brings their total of seats to 1,049. The only other party to have lost seats in the UK Independence Party (UKIP). They lost 3 seats, which left them with none.
The Liberal Democrats made the biggest gains, winning 191 seats to give them a total of 711. This has put them just over 300 seats behind the Conservatives to give them the third most seats in the country. The Green Party also made significant gains by winning 61 seats, to put their total at 114 seats.
The Labour Party has emerged with the majority of the seats. Though they only gained 29 seats, they now have a total of 2,253 councillors in office – over double the number of Conservative councillors elected.
Labour won 4 of the 7 mayoral positions that were being contested. The Conservatives and Liberal Democrats won 1 position each. The final position went to Aspire in the council that they won control of.
The vast majority of councils in Scotland are hung, meaning there is no majority party in control. This is due to their single transferable vote (STV) system, which England and Wales do not use. This election has left 27 councils hung, 3 held by Independents, 1 by the Scottish National Party (SNP) and 1 by Labour.
Similarly to England, the Conservatives have made the biggest loss in seats, with a fall of 63. This has left them with 214 seats. Independent runners have also lost 15 seats, leaving them with 152 councillors in office.
SNP has made the most gains, winning 22 more seats, and has the most councillors in the office with 453. Labour and the Liberal Democrats both gained 20 seats, bringing Labour to a total of 282 and the Liberal Democrats to 87. Green won 16 seats and now holds 35.
Plaid Cymru won control of 3 councils in Wales, bringing their total to 4, while Labour won 1 to bring them in control of 8. 10 remain hung.
Following the pattern of England and Scotland, the Conservatives made the biggest losses in Wales too. They lost 86 seats to leave their total at 111. Plaid Cymru was the only other party to lose seats, but with a loss of 3 and a total of 202 they still have the third most councillors in office.
Labour made the most gains by far, winning 66 seats to give themselves a total of 526 councillors. The Liberal Democrats gained 10 seats to bring them to 69, while Green and Independents won 8 seats each. Independent politicians now make up 316 seats, and the gains made by Green are the only 8 seats they hold.
Overall, there has been a clear loser in the Conservative Party throughout the UK in these elections. Labour has made the most gains overall, and alongside the Liberal Democrats is the main taker of the Conservative’s lost seats.