The first elections to the newly created City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council were held on 10 May 1973, with the entirety of the 93 seat council - three seats for each of the 31 wards - up for vote. The Local Government Act 1972 stipulated that the elected members were to shadow and eventually take over from the predecessor corporation on 1 April 1974. The order in which the councillors were elected dictated their term serving, with third-place candidates serving two years and up for re-election in 1975, second-placed three years expiring in 1976 and 1st-placed five years until 1978.

As well as replacing the County Borough of Bradford, the new council included:

The election resulted in the Conservatives gaining control.[1][2]

Election result

Bradford Local Election Result 1973[1]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Conservative 53 0 0 0 57.0 42.8 52,999 N/A
  Labour 31 0 0 0 33.3 36.7 45,477 N/A
  Liberal 9 0 0 0 9.7 12.4 15,426 N/A
  British Campaign to Stop Immigration 0 0 0 0 0.0 5.1 6,363 N/A
  Independent 0 0 0 0 0.0 2.3 2,900 N/A
  Ind. Conservative 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.3 328 N/A
  Communist 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.3 326 N/A
  Social Credit 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.1 102 N/A

This result had the following consequences for the total number of seats on the Council after the elections:[2]

Party New council
Conservatives 53
Labour 31
Liberals 9
Total 93
Working majority  13 

Ward results

Allerton[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative G. Ripley 1,989 38.9 N/A
Conservative N. Walker 1,958
Conservative A. Pollard 1,944
Liberal E. Evans 1,406 27.5 N/A
Labour R. Hallam 1,314 25.7 N/A
Labour J. Ruscoe 1,247
Labour H. Purton 1,246
Liberal A. Roberts 1,211
Liberal A. McCallum 1,187
British Campaign to Stop Immigration R. Hemmingway 400 7.8 N/A
British Campaign to Stop Immigration M. Noble 321
British Campaign to Stop Immigration J. Holden 316
Majority 583 11.4 N/A
Turnout 5,109 N/A
Conservative win (new seat)
Conservative win (new seat)
Conservative win (new seat)
Baildon[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative A. Lightowler 2,602 40.6 N/A
Conservative D. Moore 2,423
Liberal F. Atkinson 2,338 36.5 N/A
Conservative O. Merser 2,215
Liberal J. Bywell 2,028
Liberal M. Greenwood 1,939
Labour J. Lambert 1,468 22.9 N/A
Labour B. Prince 1,417
Labour G. Tiplady 1,351
Majority 264 4.1 N/A
Turnout 6,408 N/A
Conservative win (new seat)
Conservative win (new seat)
Liberal win (new seat)
Bingley #25 (Denholme, Cullingworth, Bingley South & Wilsden)[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative E. Hall 2,616 70.1 N/A
Conservative M. Nelson 2,531
Conservative C. James 2,527
Labour J. Lough 1,115 29.9 N/A
Labour J. Tatham 1,107
Labour M. Priestley 1,071
Majority 1,501 40.2 N/A
Turnout 3,731 N/A
Conservative win (new seat)
Conservative win (new seat)
Conservative win (new seat)
Bingley #26 (Bingley Central, East, North & West)[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative A. Chapman 2,937 60.8 N/A
Conservative M. Carter 2,884
Conservative T. Shaw 2,884
Labour D. Mytom 1,896 39.2 N/A
Labour H. Rankin 1,620
Labour P. Wall 1,162
Majority 1,041 21.5 N/A
Turnout 4,833 N/A
Conservative win (new seat)
Conservative win (new seat)
Conservative win (new seat)
Bolton[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal J. Rogers 1,236 34.2 N/A
Liberal F. Sugden 1,209
Conservative T. Hall 1,198 33.2 N/A
Liberal D. Wright 1,182
Conservative J. Cook 1,166
Conservative S. Dalgleish 1,158
Labour E. Brown 851 23.5 N/A
Labour W. Bramhall 812
Labour A. Swindlehurst 787
Ind. Conservative H. Sissling 328 9.1 N/A
Majority 38 1.0 N/A
Turnout 3,613 N/A
Liberal win (new seat)
Liberal win (new seat)
Conservative win (new seat)
Bowling[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour A. Brown 1,164 59.4 N/A
Labour G. Moody 1,162
Labour D. Coughlin 1,136
Conservative B. Thresh 794 40.5 N/A
Conservative W. Stenhouse 792
Conservative E. Woodhead 755
Majority 370 18.9 N/A
Turnout 1,958 N/A
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Bradford Moor[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour W. Johnson 1,546 43.0 N/A
Labour J. McKenna 1,399
Labour M. Thornton 1,344
Conservative J. Ambler 1,232 34.3 N/A
Conservative J. Rees 1,176
Conservative K. Warrilow 1,125
British Campaign to Stop Immigration G. Lupton 688 19.1 N/A
British Campaign to Stop Immigration O. Noble 622
British Campaign to Stop Immigration D. Regan 601
Communist W. Speck 129 3.6 N/A
Majority 314 8.7 N/A
Turnout 3,595 N/A
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Clayton, Ambler Thorn & Queensbury[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative R. Goodwin 3,007 52.9 N/A
Conservative J. Hirst 2,749
Conservative A. Ormoncroyd 2,686
Labour C. Smith 1,941 34.2 N/A
Labour M. Hallam 1,641
Labour K. Ryalis 1,537
British Campaign to Stop Immigration S. Merrick 734 12.9 N/A
British Campaign to Stop Immigration A. Parkes 666
Majority 1,066 18.8 N/A
Turnout 5,682 N/A
Conservative win (new seat)
Conservative win (new seat)
Conservative win (new seat)
Eccleshill[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal M. Thackray 1,382 36.3 N/A
Liberal N. Todd 1,299
Liberal W. Sheffield 1,186
Conservative N. Hudson 1,148 30.2 N/A
Conservative W. Smith 1,138
Conservative B. Moore 1,107
Labour E. Birkhead 1,041 27.4 N/A
Labour L. Dunne 1,019
Labour P. Bowe 1,012
Independent C. Holland 231 6.1 N/A
Majority 234 6.1 N/A
Turnout 3,802 N/A
Liberal win (new seat)
Liberal win (new seat)
Liberal win (new seat)
Great Horton[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative A. Dennison 1,892 45.4 N/A
Conservative J. Horsfail 1,891
Conservative E. Johnson 1,890
Labour A. Hardman 1,683 40.4 N/A
Labour C. Richardson 1,607
Labour S. Bennett 1,546
British Campaign to Stop Immigration J. Merrick 588 14.1 N/A
British Campaign to Stop Immigration A. Charlesworth 432
British Campaign to Stop Immigration M. Lupton 405
Majority 209 5.0 N/A
Turnout 4,163 N/A
Conservative win (new seat)
Conservative win (new seat)
Conservative win (new seat)
Heaton[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative J. King 1,970 48.7 N/A
Conservative H. Lee 1,949
Conservative L. Hamer 1,926
Labour J. McElroy 882 21.8 N/A
Labour J. Bower 861
Labour B. Wright 796
Liberal G. Roberts 782 19.3 N/A
Liberal F. Toczek 659
Liberal B. Turner 622
British Campaign to Stop Immigration V. Browning 414 10.2 N/A
British Campaign to Stop Immigration J. Gough 413
British Campaign to Stop Immigration L. Knighton 357
Majority 1,088 26.9 N/A
Turnout 4,048 N/A
Conservative win (new seat)
Conservative win (new seat)
Conservative win (new seat)
Idle[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal P. Hockney 2,878 48.1 N/A
Liberal J. Rennison 2,525
Liberal A. Bagshaw 2,084
Conservative E. Garnett 1,435 24.0 N/A
Conservative T. Keighley 1,212
Labour S. Dunne 1,157 19.3 N/A
Labour K. Hemingway 1,149
Labour O. Hanson 1,125
Conservative R. Brook 1,040
British Campaign to Stop Immigration A. Webster 509 8.5 N/A
Majority 1,443 24.1 N/A
Turnout 5,979 N/A
Liberal win (new seat)
Liberal win (new seat)
Liberal win (new seat)
Ilkley #27 (Burley, Holme & Menston)[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative D. Smith 2,103 46.8 N/A
Conservative K. Elmsley 1,928
Conservative J. Spencer 1,903
Liberal C. Svensgaard 1,672 37.2 N/A
Liberal P. Normandale 1,644
Liberal F. Austick 1,525
Labour A. Fairburn 715 15.9 N/A
Labour D. Warwick 666
Labour M. Fulker 622
Majority 431 9.6 N/A
Turnout 4,490 N/A
Conservative win (new seat)
Conservative win (new seat)
Conservative win (new seat)
Ilkley #28 (Ben Rhydding, Ilkley North, South & West)[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative E. Wright 2,719 56.5 N/A
Conservative J. Lightband 2,556
Conservative H. Illingworth 2,511
Labour C. Dougherty 927 19.3 N/A
Labour J. Beattle 920
Liberal J. Hefferon 886 18.4 N/A
Labour E. Hutchinson 832
Liberal M. Laing 770
Majority 1,792 37.3 N/A
Turnout 4,808 N/A
Conservative win (new seat)
Conservative win (new seat)
Conservative win (new seat)
Keighley #20 (Haworth, Oakworth & Oxenhope)[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative P. Kemp 2,553 54.9 N/A
Conservative E. Harker 2,484
Conservative S. Midgley 2,435
Labour D. Hanson 2,100 45.1 N/A
Labour H. Binns 2,040
Labour K. Clark 2,027
Majority 453 9.7 N/A
Turnout 4,653 N/A
Conservative win (new seat)
Conservative win (new seat)
Conservative win (new seat)
Keighley #21: Keighley West & North West[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour T. Leech 2,335 44.8 N/A
Labour H. Peacock 2,289
Labour M. Dempster 2,243
Conservative A. Smith 1,996 32.3 N/A
Conservative J. Whitehead 1,918
Conservative A. Ogden 1,903
Liberal J. Arnold 886 17.0 N/A
Majority 339 6.5 N/A
Turnout 5,217 N/A
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Keighley #22 (Keighley Central, East & South)[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour A. Rogers 2,735 68.1 N/A
Labour W. Clarkson 2,679
Labour E. Newby 2,713
Conservative J. Snowden 1,282 31.9 N/A
Conservative R. Clough 1,267
Conservative A. Moran 1,238
Majority 1,453 36.2 N/A
Turnout 4,017 N/A
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Keighley #23 (Morton & Keighley North East)[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative B. Womersley 1,844 55.7 N/A
Conservative A. Trigg 1,818
Conservative H. Milton 1,762
Labour G. Werham 1,468 44.3 N/A
Labour F. Jeffrey 1,314
Labour E. Loud 1,263
Majority 376 11.4 N/A
Turnout 3,312 N/A
Conservative win (new seat)
Conservative win (new seat)
Conservative win (new seat)
Laisterdyke[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour H. Moran 1,162 61.7 N/A
Labour W. Anderson 1,071
Labour T. Wood 1,056
Conservative G. Farrar 459 24.4 N/A
Conservative R. Murray 417
Conservative C. York 376
British Campaign to Stop Immigration A. Cureton 263 14.0 N/A
British Campaign to Stop Immigration J. McDonald 263
British Campaign to Stop Immigration D. Pickles 248
Majority 703 37.3 N/A
Turnout 1,884 N/A
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Little Horton[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour J. McKee 1,529 59.7 N/A
Labour T. Brown 1,513
Labour E. Capps 1,504
Conservative C. Hill 603 23.5 N/A
Conservative M. Whitehead 592
Conservative C. Harvey 582
British Campaign to Stop Immigration F. Boyes 431 16.8 N/A
British Campaign to Stop Immigration F. Coward 386
British Campaign to Stop Immigration J. Whelan 371
Majority 926 36.1 N/A
Turnout 2,563 N/A
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Manningham[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative B. Curtis 1,139 31.7 N/A
Conservative M. Wood 1,123
Conservative R. Smith 1,094
Independent R. Sahid 1,033 28.7 N/A
Labour B. Rhodes 942 26.2 N/A
Labour H. Fielden 899
Labour C. Khan 863
British Campaign to Stop Immigration H. Gomersall 379 10.5 N/A
British Campaign to Stop Immigration J. Woodrow 342
British Campaign to Stop Immigration J. Tomilty 326
Social Credit J. Jennings 102 2.8 N/A
Majority 106 2.9 N/A
Turnout 3,595 N/A
Conservative win (new seat)
Conservative win (new seat)
Conservative win (new seat)
Odsal[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative D. Mellor 1,724 49.9 N/A
Conservative K. Carroll 1,707
Conservative C. Lang 1,561
Labour F. Bastow 1,472 42.6 N/A
Labour C. Garnett 1,463
Labour H. Parr 1,581
British Campaign to Stop Immigration J. Pearson 261 7.5 N/A
British Campaign to Stop Immigration R. Roberts 243
Majority 252 7.3 N/A
Turnout 3,457 N/A
Conservative win (new seat)
Conservative win (new seat)
Conservative win (new seat)
Shipley Central, North & East[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour N. Free 2,756 61.5 N/A
Labour E. Armitage 2,506
Labour F. Thornton 2,430
Conservative E. Holgate 1,530 34.1 N/A
Conservative W. Oldfield 1,281
Conservative B. Raper 1,255
Communist L. Sheilds 197 4.4 N/A
Majority 1,226 27.3 N/A
Turnout 4,483 N/A
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Shipley South & West[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative S. Arthur 2,917 69.5 N/A
Conservative J. Evans 2,910
Conservative E. Mason 2,896
Labour E. Saville 1,277 30.4 N/A
Labour R. Wilkes 1,267
Labour S. Saville 1,229
Majority 1,640 39.1 N/A
Turnout 4,194 N/A
Conservative win (new seat)
Conservative win (new seat)
Conservative win (new seat)
Silsden #31 (Silsden, Addingham, Kildwick & Steeton with Eastburn)[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative J. Barker 2,357 35.1 N/A
Conservative A. Jerome 1,822
Conservative P. Pettit 1,762
Independent W. Cathey 1,636 24.3 N/A
Labour B. Thorne 1,449 21.6 N/A
Liberal D. Robinson 1,278 19.0 N/A
Labour A. Rye 1,263
Labour D. Watt 1,212
Liberal W. Spinks 923
Majority 721 10.7 N/A
Turnout 6,720 N/A
Conservative win (new seat)
Conservative win (new seat)
Conservative win (new seat)
Thornton[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative J. Foers 1,594 41.0 N/A
Conservative E. Kinder 1,506
Conservative J. Singleton 1,354
Labour H. Pickering 1,063 27.3 N/A
Labour L. Clarke 1,014
Labour L. Wassell 959
Liberal R. Taylor 682 17.5 N/A
British Campaign to Stop Immigration P. Barrows 550 14.1 N/A
British Campaign to Stop Immigration H. Scholes 432
British Campaign to Stop Immigration W. Thay 402
Majority 531 13.6 N/A
Turnout 3,889 N/A
Conservative win (new seat)
Conservative win (new seat)
Conservative win (new seat)
Tong[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour J. Senior 1,830 74.1 N/A
Labour T. Mahon 1,764
Labour D. Smith 1,735
Conservative P. Brear 640 25.9 N/A
Conservative G. Hobson 632
Majority 1,190 48.2 N/A
Turnout 2,470 N/A
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Undercliffe[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative J. Coope 1,444 50.3 N/A
Labour E. Newby 1,424 49.7 N/A
Conservative H. Ibbotson 1,406
Conservative J. Mears 1,397
Labour R. Kitson 1,332
Labour L. Coughlin 1,300
Majority 20 0.7 N/A
Turnout 2,868 N/A
Conservative win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Conservative win (new seat)
University[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour M. Hussain 1,196 48.6 N/A
Labour G. Rawnsley 1,130
Labour A. Bennett 1,067
Conservative R. Heaton 694 28.2 N/A
Conservative R. Robinson 680
Conservative Z. Wyszecki 647
British Campaign to Stop Immigration T. Brown 571 23.2 N/A
British Campaign to Stop Immigration R. Connop 541
British Campaign to Stop Immigration N. Ratcliffe 510
Majority 502 20.4 N/A
Turnout 2,461 N/A
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Wibsey[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative F. Hillam 1,634 56.0 N/A
Conservative A. Hodgson 1,542
Conservative R. Gross 1,519
Labour B. Howell 998 34.2 N/A
Labour G. Clay 942
Labour F. Maden 935
British Campaign to Stop Immigration I. Jenkinson 288 9.9 N/A
British Campaign to Stop Immigration J. Stones 276
British Campaign to Stop Immigration J. Cusack 261
Majority 636 21.8 N/A
Turnout 2,920 N/A
Conservative win (new seat)
Conservative win (new seat)
Conservative win (new seat)
Wyke[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour B. Seal 2,043 67.8 N/A
Labour D. Birdsall 2,024
Labour L. Kearns 1,984
Conservative R. Eaton 968 32.1 N/A
Conservative M. Cook 916
Majority 1,075 35.7 N/A
Turnout 3,011 N/A
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag "District results: Bradford". The Yorkshire Post. 11 May 1973. Scans
  2. ^ a b "Vote 2012: Bradford". BBC News Online. Retrieved 20 February 2013.