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There has been a major shift in the political landscape since the last local elections were held in 2018, with new party leaders having been elected for both Labour and the Conservatives, as well as the nation facing a pandemic, war, and the worst cost of living crisis in recent history. Against the backdrop of Partygate, the upcoming local election will be a huge test for Prime Minister Boris Johnson, which could result in new leadership in a number of areas.

More than 6,000 seats will be up for grabs across the UK, with London being the spot most seats will be contested in England – amounting to 1,817 seats across all 32 boroughs.

Outside of London, a number of councils will also be holding elections, with 904 seats to be contested across 33 metropolitan borough councils, 627 seats to be contested across 27 unitary authorities, and 1,011 seats across 60 district councils.

Six local authority mayoral elections will also take place in Croydon, Hackney, Lewisham, Newham, Tower Hamlets and Watford, as well as one metropolitan mayoral election in South Yorkshire.

In Scotland, 1,219 seats will be up for grabs across 32 unitary councils, while Wales will be contesting 1,234 seats in 22 councils.

Is there a local election in my area?

London Boroughs

Elections for all councillors in all 32 London boroughs will be held on Thursday, May 7 2022.

The 32 London Boroughs holding elections include:

  1. Barking and Dagenham
  2. Barnet
  3. Bexley
  4. Brent
  5. Bromley
  6. Camden
  7. Croydon
  8. Ealing
  9. Enfield
  10. Greenwich
  11. Hackney
  12. Hammersmith and Fulham
  13. Haringey
  14. Harrow
  15. Havering
  16. Hillingdon
  17. Hounslow
  18. Islington
  19. Kensington and Chelsea
  20. Kingston upon Thames
  21. Lambeth
  22. Lewisham
  23. Merton
  24. Newham
  25. Redbridge
  26. Richmond upon Thames
  27. Southwark
  28. Sutton
  29. Tower Hamlets
  30. Waltham Forest
  31. Wandsworth
  32. Westminster

Metropolitan Boroughs

There are 36 metropolitan boroughs, which are single-tier local authorities.

There will be an election held for all councillors in the following four areas:

  1. Birmingham
  2. Bury
  3. Rochdale
  4. St Helens

In the remaining metropolitan boroughs, there will be an election held for one-third of its councillors in the following 29 locations:

  1. Barnsley
  2. Bolton
  3. Bradford
  4. Calderdale
  5. Coventry
  6. Dudley
  7. Gateshead
  8. Kirklees
  9. Knowsley
  10. Leeds
  11. Manchester
  12. Newcastle Upon Tyne
  13. North Tyneside
  14. Oldham
  15. Salford
  16. Sandwell
  17. Sefton
  18. Sheffield
  19. Solihull
  20. South Tyneside
  21. Stockport
  22. Sunderland
  23. Tameside
  24. Trafford
  25. Wakefield
  26. Walsall
  27. Wigan
  28. Wirral
  29. Wolverhampton

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District councils

Five district councils will be holding an election on May 5 for all councillors in:

  1. Gosport
  2. Huntingdonshire
  3. Newcastle-under-Lyme
  4. South Cambridgeshire
  5. St Albans

Harrogate was also due to elect all its councillors, but the unitarisation of North Yorkshire means the councillors’ terms have been extended to April 2023, after which the district councils in North Yorkshire will cease to exist.

Six district councils will vote for half of its councillors in:

  1. Adur
  2. Cheltenham
  3. Fareham
  4. Hastings
  5. Nuneaton and Bedworth
  6. Oxford

The following 49 district councils will be holding a vote for a third of its councillors:

  1. Amber Valley
  2. Basildon
  3. Basingstoke and Deane
  4. Brentwood
  5. Broxbourne
  6. Burnley
  7. Cambridge
  8. Cannock Chase
  9. Castle Point
  10. Cherwell
  11. Chorley
  12. Colchester
  13. Crawley
  14. Eastleigh
  15. Elmbridge
  16. Epping Forest
  17. Exeter
  18. Harlow
  19. Hart
  20. Havant
  21. Hyndburn
  22. Ipswich
  23. Lincoln
  24. Maidstone
  25. Mole Valley
  26. North Hertfordshire
  27. Norwich
  28. Pendle
  29. Preston
  30. Redditch
  31. Reigate and Banstead
  32. Rochford
  33. Rossendale
  34. Rugby
  35. Runnymede
  36. Rushmoor
  37. Stevenage
  38. Tamworth
  39. Tandridge
  40. Three Rivers
  41. Tunbridge Wells
  42. Watford
  43. Welwyn Hatfield
  44. West Lancashire
  45. West Oxfordshire
  46. Winchester
  47. Woking
  48. Worcester
  49. Worthing

Unitary authorities

The following unitary authorities will be holding a vote for all councillors in:

  1. Cumberland
  2. Reading
  3. North Yorkshire
  4. Somerset
  5. Westmoreland and Furness

Elections will be held for one-third of councillors in the following areas:

  1. Blackburn with Darwin
  2. Derby
  3. Halton
  4. Hartlepool
  5. Hull
  6. Milton Keynes
  7. North East Lincolnshire
  8. Peterborough
  9. Plymouth
  10. Portsmouth
  11. Slough
  12. Southampton
  13. Southend-on-Sea
  14. Swindon
  15. Thurrock
  16. Wokingham

Scotland local council elections

Elections will be held for all councillors in all 32 local authorities in Scotland, which include:

  1. Aberdeen
  2. Aberdeenshire
  3. Angus
  4. Argyll and Bute
  5. Clackmannanshire
  6. Dumfries and Galloway
  7. Dundee
  8. East Ayrshire
  9. East Dunbartonshire
  10. East Lothian
  11. East Renfrewshire
  12. Edinburgh
  13. Falkirk
  14. Fife
  15. Glasgow
  16. Highland
  17. Inverclyde
  18. Midlothian
  19. Moray
  20. Na h-Eileanan Siar
  21. North Ayrshire
  22. North Lanarkshire
  23. Orkney
  24. Perth and Kinross
  25. Renfrewshire
  26. Scottish Borders
  27. Shetland
  28. South Ayrshire
  29. South Lanarkshire
  30. Stirling
  31. West Dunbartonshire
  32. West Lothian

Wales local council elections

Elections will also be held for all councillors in all 22 local authorities, as well as for all community council seats in Wales. These include the councils of:

  1. Anglesey
  2. Blaenau Gwent
  3. Bridgend
  4. Caerphilly
  5. Cardiff
  6. Carmarthenshire
  7. Ceredigion
  8. Conwy
  9. Denbighshire
  10. Flintshire
  11. Gwynedd
  12. Merthyr Tydfil
  13. Monmouthshire
  14. Neath Port Talbot
  15. Newport
  16. Pembrokeshire
  17. Powys
  18. Rhondda Cynon Taf
  19. Swansea
  20. Torfaen
  21. Vale of Glamorgan
  22. Wrexham

To find out your local council and nearest polling station, enter your postcode into the Electoral Commission’s tool, here.

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