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Local elections 2022: When to expect the results

Millions of voters will head to the polls throughout the UK in a matter of hours, with native elections being held throughout England, Scotland and Wales.

In England there are over 4,300 seats being contested — together with all London boroughs — whereas all of Scotland’s 32 councils and 22 Welsh councils are up for grabs.

They will coincide with Northern Ireland’s 2022 Assembly election, with voters deciding on 90 members, representing 18 constituencies, to ship to Stormont.

Here The Independent seems to be at the estimated timings for key declarations for the native elections.

Thursday 10pm

Voting closes throughout the UK.

Midnight — 3am

The first slew of results will start trickling in from round 1am, with Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Exeter, Basildon, Bolton, and South Tyneside all set to declare earlier than 2am.

The consequence for Sunderland — a Labour-run council since 1974 — is predicted can also be anticipated to drop at 2am, with the Conservatives aiming to trigger a shock and make sufficient positive factors to go away the council in no general management.

Others earlier than 3am embody Halton, Bolton, Broxbourne, Brentwood, Hart, Rushmoor, Tameside, Tamworth, Wigan, Worcester, Amber Valley, Chorley, Croydon, Harlow, Hartlepool, Plymouth, Redditch, Rochford, Sandwell, Sefton, Sunderland, Thurrock, Wirral, Oldham, Cumberland, Fareham, Ipswich, Lincoln, North East Lancashire, Peterborough, Preston and Stevenage.

3am — 5am

More results from London will start filtering in with the protected Tory council of Westminster due to declare at 3am.

At the identical time results are additionally anticipated from, Sheffield, which Labour lost to no general management at the final election. The occasion will probably be hoping to acquire seats from the Liberal Democrats to win again the council.

Elsewhere, Eastleigh, Epping Forrest, Oxford, Portsmouth, Southend-on-Sea, Tandridge, Hammersmith & Fulham Waltham Forest, Wolverhampton, Colchester, Kingston-upon-Hull, Redbridge, Barking & Dagenham, Coventry, Dudley, Ealing, Hillingdon, Nuneaton & Bedworth, Salford, Sutton, Bexley, and Hounslow are all anticipated earlier than 5am.

5am — 7am

The London borough of Wandsworth, a council in Tory palms for greater than 4 a long time, is considered one of Labour’s key targets and is predicted to declare at 5.30am. The Labour group chief on the council advised The Independent this week: “It will come down to a few votes here and there in key wards.”

The consequence for Derby City Council can also be anticipated to be introduced in the early hours of Friday morning. In 2018 voters in the space elected extra Tory councillors than Labour for the first time since 1990 and Sir Keir Starmer must be aiming to make inroads.

Havering, Kensington & Chelsea, Merton, Southampton, Southwark, Richmond-upon Thames, Enfield, Stockport, Brent, and Barnsley are additionally anticipated to declare.


A quick second of respite from results, as counting begins for an extra 71 councils in England and all councils in Scotland and Wales. Ballots will even start to be counted in Northern Ireland for the 90 members of the Assembly.

Midday — 2pm

Results seemingly to resume, with the first results from Scotland too. Expected declarations embody Gateshead, Moray, Cambridge, Cannock Chase, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, Huntingdonshire, Orkney Islands, Perth & Kinross, Shetland Islands, Solihull, Walsall, Westmorland & Furness, Calderdale.


Results come by way of quickly by this level. The Conservative-Labour battleground, Newcastle-under-Lyme, is due to end counting, alongside East Renfrewshire — a three-way battle between the Tories, Labour and the SNP.

In Wales, Labour is trying to take management of Blaenau Gwent from a bunch of Independents, whereas Flintshire is a take a look at of Tory recognition in an space by which they did effectively at the 2019 basic election.

Between 2-3pm, Carmarthenshire, Castle Point, Cheltenham, Conwy, Crawley, Dumfries & Galloway, Dundee, East Renfrewshire, Elmbridge, Inverclyde, Maidstone, Rossendale, Runnymede, Slough, West Oxfordshire, Worthing, Wrexham, Argyll & Bute, Burnley, Clackmannanshire, East Lothian, Fife, Havant, Reigate & Banstead, Scottish Borders, Three Rivers, and Woking, ought to declare.

More results from 3pm are anticipated to embody Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Angus, Blaenau Gwent, Bromley, Caerphilly, Camden, Denbighshire, East Ayrshire, Flintshire, Hyndburn, Knowsley, Manchester, Merthyr Tydfil, North Ayrshire, Reading, South Ayrshire, South Cambridgeshire, Stirling, Torfaen, Trafford, Welwyn Hatfield, West Dunbartonshire, West Lothian, Ceredigion, East Dunbartonshire, Edinburgh, Falkirk, Isle of Anglesey, North Lanarkshire, Rochdale, West Lancashire, and Highland.


Results from Glasgow are anticipated, and as Colin Drury writes, the SNP is searching for to take full management of the metropolis council for the first time. Westminster watchers will even be observing the results of Wakefield after the resignation of the MP Imran Ahmad Khan, who was convicted final month of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old boy.

While Labour is predicted to maintain the council, the pollster Peter Kellner suggests if Labour “wins a clear lead in the wards that make up the parliamentary seat, it could signal a Labour gain” in the upcoming Wakefield by-election – at the moment anticipated in June. Khan received the historically Labour voting seat at the 2019 basic election as a part of Boris Johnson’s Red Wall positive factors.

Also anticipated to declare are Adur, Birmingham, Blackburn with Darwen, Haringey, Hastings, Midlothian, Milton Keynes, Mole Valley, Norwich, Rhondda Cynon Taf, Rugby, Somerset, South Lanarkshire, St Albans, Leeds, Pendle, Tunbridge Wells, Basingstoke & Deane, Bridgend, Cardiff, Gosport, Gwynedd, Harrow, North Yorkshire, Powys, St Helens, Swansea, Swindon, Watford, Wokingham, Pembrokeshire, Renfrewshire, Bradford, Greenwich, Islington, Lambeth, Lewisham, Monmouthshire, Neath Port Talbot, Newport, Winchester, and Kingston-upon-Thames.

Friday night

The overwhelming majority of the results must be in by this level, with Kirklees, North Hertfordshire, Hackney, Newham, Cherwell, Vale of Glamorgan, and Bury anticipated to declare after 6pm.


The closing end in the native elections must be in round noon on Saturday, with the London borough of Tower Hamlets declaring. The results are additionally anticipated in the Northern Ireland Assembly elections, with a small likelihood of working into Monday.

After the elections, the 90 newly elected members of the Northern Ireland Assembly will meet inside eight days and the essential strategy of the elections of a brand new speaker with cross-community assist and the position of first minister will start.

The consequence may usher in a historic change, with a current ballot by the Belfast Telegraph placing Sinn Fein on target to be the largest occasion at Stormont and choose its first minister for the very first. DUP chief Sir Jeffrey Donaldson, nonetheless, mentioned he was “not bothered” by the shock ballot and claimed to be assured his occasion would nonetheless win the Assembly election. It may very well be the starting of a long-running course of, with 24 weeks obtainable to kind an govt.

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