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2022 local election data summary

Each year, Democracy Club’s amazing network of volunteers collects thousands of nomination papers published on council websites. These are manually added to our database (with a little help from our own automation) and double checked for accuracy.

Read the 2022 election briefing for England (PDF).
Read the 2022 election briefing for Scotland (PDF).
Read the 2022 election briefing for Wales (PDF).

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Election summary

6,819 council seats are scheduled for election across the UK this year: 1,226 in Scotland, 1,234 in Wales and 4,359 in England. More detail.

By-Elections
There are 53 additional councillor vacancies in England. Of these, 14 are standalone by-elections, and 39 will be held alongside scheduled elections (ie. double vacancies). This gives a total for England of 4,412, and a total of 6,872.

There are no by-elections in Scotland or Wales, as all seats are already scheduled for election.

A total of 21,070 candidates have been nominated to stand across England, Scotland and Wales.

England

Nominations Closed: 6 April
Last Revised: 27 April

Read the 2022 election briefing for England (PDF).

15,226 candidates have been nominated in England, representing 111 political parties as well as 478 independents.

Table 1: seats contested by major parties (England)
Party Seats contested % Seat coverage
Conservative Party

4,247

96.26%

Labour Party

4,107

93.09%

Liberal Democrats

3,106

70.39%

Green Party

2,221

50.35%

All other parties

1,067

-

Independent Candidates

478

-

Five candidates have been elected without a contest.

Table 2: Uncontested elections (England)
Seat Winning party
Sefton: St. Oswald

Labour

Huntingdonshire: Sawtry (two seats)

Conservative

Huntingdonshire: Holywell-cum-needingworth (two seats)

Conservative

Scotland

Nominations closed: 30 March.
Last revised: 4 April.

Read the 2022 election briefing for Scotland (PDF).

2,548 candidates have been nominated in Scotland, representing 26 political parties as well as 357 independents. The number of independent candidates has fallen by 28% as compared with the 2017 elections.

Table 3: seats and wards contested by major parties (Scotland)
Party Candidates % seats contested % wards contested
Scottish National Party 557 45.43% 94.93%
Conservative Party 417 34.01% 93.80%
Labour Party 414 33.77% 85.35%
Liberal Democrats 267 21.78% 72.11%
Scottish Green Party 239 19.49% 67.32%
Alba 111 9.05% 31.27%
Scottish Family Party 84 6.85% 23.66%
All other parties 102 - -
Independents 357 - -

18 candidates have been elected without a contest.

Table 4: Uncontested seats (Scotland)
Party Uncontested gains
Independent

7

Conservative

4

Labour Party

2

Liberal Democrats

2

Scottish National Party

2

Scottish Green Party

1

Wales

Nominations Closed: 6 April
Last Revised: 21 April

Read the 2022 election briefing for Wales (PDF).

3,296 candidates have been nominated in Wales, representing 24 political parties as well as 711 independents

Table 5: seats contested by major parties (Wales)
Party Seats contested % Seat coverage
Labour Party

859

69.61%

Conservative party

669

54.21%

Plaid Cymru

456

36.95%

Liberal Democrats

284

23.01%

Green Party

115

9.32%

Plaid Cymru, Green Party, Common Ground

70

5.67%

All other parties

132

-

Independents

711

-

74 candidates have been elected without a contest.

Table 6: Uncontested seats (Wales)
Seat Winning party
Independent

32

Plaid Cymru

22

Conservative

10

Labour Party

7

Liberal Democrats

3

Grand Total

74

Get the data

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