Friday 27 May 2022

Local Council By-Elections May 2022

This month saw 123,839 votes cast over 63 local authority contests. All percentages are rounded to the nearest single decimal place. Overall, 18 council seats changed hands. For comparison with April's results, see here.

Number of Candidates
Total Vote
+/- May 21

* There were no by-elections in Scotland
** There were no by-elections in Wales
*** There were four independent clashes
**** Others running this month were Reform UK (36, 107, 35), and TUSC (69)

While the local authority elections proper were a mixed bag for Labour, local council by-election results are, for once, a source of unalloyed joy. I haven't looked in the archive but it's been a very long time since it enjoyed such a popular vote lead over the Tories and headed the pack with councillors scooped up. Undoubtedly, having so many by-elections on the same day as the councils helped but a win is a win. Meanwhile the Tories drop 12 seats, their worst result since December, and outside of election day their performance has been pretty poor.

Here, the story was less a case of the Liberal Democrats and Greens scooping up loads of seats - this time they took a backseat to Labour. Chances are because of the number of safe Labour fortresses were up, but the big story is the slow reconquest of the red wall, one ward at a time. With a load of Tory defences coming up in June, they'll get their chance to inflict more welcome pain.

5th May
Allerdale, St Michaels, Lab hold
Basingstoke & Deane, Whitchurch, Overton & Laverstock, Ind hold
Blackburn & Darwen, Roe Lee, Lab hold
Brighton & Hove, Rottingdean Coastal, Lab gain from Con
Calderdale, Ovenden, Lab hold
Cambridge, Arbury, Lab hold
Cambridge, West Chesterton, Lab hold
Carlisle, Longtown & The Border, LDem gain from Con
Chelmsford, Little Baddow, Danbury and Sandon, Con hold
Cheltenham, College, LDem hold
Cherwell, Launton & Otmoor, LDem gain from Con
Colchester, New Town & Christ Church, Lab gain from LDem
Derbyshire Dales, Carsington Water, Con hold
Dudley, Halesowen South, Con hold
Epping Forest, Waltham Abbey North East, Con hold
Exeter, Exwick, Lab hold
Exeter, Heavitree, Grn gain from Lab
Exeter, Pennysylvania, Lab hold
Exeter, Priory, Lab hold
Harlow, Toddbrook, Lab gain from Con
Harrogate, Wathvale, Con hold
Hartlepool, Rural West, Con hold
Hyndburn, St Oswalds, Con gain from Lab
Ipswich, St Johns, Lab hold
Leeds, Horsforth, Lab gain from Con
Leeds, Roundhay, Lab hold
Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Benwell & Scotswood, Lab hold
North East Lincolnshire, East Marsh, LDem hold
Oldham, Medlock Vale, Lab gain from Con
Pendle, Barrowford & Pendleside, Con hold
Pendle, Vivary Bridge, Con hold
Peterborough, Fletton & Stanground, LDem hold
Preston, Brookfield, Lab hold
Redditch, Greenlands, Lab hold
Rutland, Uppingham, LDem gain from Grn
Sevenoaks, Fawkham & West Kingsdown, Con hold
South Norfolk, Mulbarton & Stoke Cross, LDem hold
South Ribble, Earnshaw Bridge, Lab hold
South Tyneside, Harton, Lab hold
Southampton, Shirley, Lab hold
Southend-on-Sea, Victoria, Lab hold
Staffordshire Moorlands, Cheadle South East, Con gain from Ind
Three Rivers, Gade Valley, LDem hold
Trafford, Gorse Hill, Lab hold
Vale of White Horse, Steventon & The Hanneys, LDem gain from Con
Walsall, Willenhall South, Lab hold
Welwyn Hatfield, Handside, LDem hold
West Lancashire, Burscough East, Lab hold
West Lancashire, Wrightington, Con hold
Wigan, Leigh East, Lab hold
Wirral, Birkenhead & Tranmere, Grn hold
Worcester, Nunnery, Lab gain from Con
Worthing, Castle, Lab gain from Con

12th May
Lewes, Peacehaven West, Lab gain from Con
Waverley, Frensham, Dockenfield & Tilford, Ind gain from Con

19th May
Lancaster, Ellel, Grn gain from Con

25th May
Spelthorne, Laleham and Shepperton Green, Grn gain from Con

26th May
City of London, Aldersgate, Ind hold
City of London, Cornhill, Ind hold
City of London, Cordwainer, Ind hold
Gedling, Gedling, Lab hold
North Kesteven, Sleaford Quarrington & Mareham, Ind gain from Con
Redbridge, Mayfield, Lab hold x3

1 comment:

Old Trot said...

Now that , under that utter serial liar and long-time deep state creature (read the new book by Oliver Eagleton - 'the Starmer Project' for the detail) Keir Starmer, the Labour Party is totally under the control of the extreme Right of the most privatising pro Austerity Blairite kind, and more and more of even the mildly Left Wing members and councillors are either leaving or being expelled each week, this regular item by Phil on local election results , is rather 'anorak train spottery' rather than of wider political significance.

Seriously, to ordinary citizens , what difference does it make whether it is a Tory or Labour , or indeed , Lib Dem or even Green, majority council in their area ? Or indeed, a Labour/Tory coalition, as now in Edinburgh ! All of these parties are hugely dominated at local , (as at national) levels by councillors only too happy to take their allowances and expenses , and opportunities for corruption of course, and administer the ever-deepening funding crisis of local government There is no 'dented shield' advantage of a Labour-led council any longer , anywhere . The central government , year on year, withdrawal of that vital central support grant funding has simply made local government (and local social care) provision increasingly impossible. Labour councils , as with the others, will continue to implement the utter destruction of local services as long as the councillors get paid their allowances to do it. So Phil's glee that this month apparently local election results were quite good for Starmerite Labour , is a reflection only of his kneejerk tribal loyalties to a now soulless zombie party, not a sensible reflection of any sort of positive gain for the millions of our citizens increasingly being crucified by the collapse of vital local services , regardless of the party supposedly 'in power' in that council area.