Elections to Manchester Council were held on Thursday, 1 May 1975. One third of the council was up for election, with each successful candidate to serve a four-year term of office, expiring in 1979. These were the first Borough elections to be held in Manchester since it received its new Royal Charter (and effectively took over from its predecessor Corporation) in 1974. The Labour Party retained overall control of the Council.[1]

Election result

Manchester Council Election Result 1975
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Conservative 19 5 0 +5 55.9 50.1 53,378 +5.3%
  Labour 15 0 5 -5 44.1 38.8 41,341 -7.1%
  Liberal 0 0 0 0 0.0 9.3 9,937 +4.3%
  Ratepayers 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.7 717 -1.0%
  Independent 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.5 517 -0.6%
  Communist 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.2 279 -0.8%
  National Front 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.2 246 +0.2%

After the election, the composition of the council was as follows:

Party Seats   +/-  
Labour 54 -5
Conservative 45 +5
Labour hold

Ward results

Alexandra

Alexandra
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative R. Rodgers* 2,929 61.5 +10.3
Liberal K. Summerfield 1,005 21.1 -15.1
Labour J. Comyn-Platt 832 17.5 +4.8
Majority 341 40.4 +25.4
Turnout 4,766
Conservative hold Swing +12.7

Ardwick

Ardwick
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour N. I. Finley* 1,082 67.8 -10.8
Conservative L. H. Nield 515 32.2 +10.8
Majority 567 35.5 -21.6
Turnout 1,597
Labour hold Swing -10.8

Baguley

Baguley (2 vacancies)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative M. Malbon 2,572 53.9 +8.7
Conservative J. V. Oatway 2,526
Labour H. Brown 2,202 46.1 -8.7
Labour C. B. Muir* 2,143
Majority 324 7.8 -1.9
Turnout 4,774
Conservative gain from Labour Swing
Conservative gain from Labour Swing +8.7

Barlow Moor

Barlow Moor
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative H. D. Moore* 2,083 64.4 +13.1
Labour J. Winer 1,150 35.6 +6.0
Majority 933 28.9 +7.0
Turnout 3,233
Conservative hold Swing +3.5

Beswick

Beswick
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour K. Eastham* 1,282 79.0 -6.8
Conservative J. R. Cawley 341 21.0 +6.8
Majority 941 58.0 -13.7
Turnout 1,623
Labour hold Swing -6.8

Blackley

Blackley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative H. P. Cummins 1,532 53.7 +11.1
Labour S. Smith* 1,321 46.3 -11.1
Majority 211 7.4 -7.4
Turnout 2,853
Conservative gain from Labour Swing +11.1

Bradford

Bradford
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour E. Grant* 1,525 48.7 -16.0
Conservative C. R. Ashton 1,454 46.4 +11.1
Communist M. Pearce 83 2.6 +2.6
Independent J. Hulse 72 2.3 +2.3
Majority 71 2.3 -27.1
Turnout 3,134
Labour hold Swing -13.5

Brooklands

Brooklands
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative A. A. O'Connor* 2,752 60.7 +5.0
Labour E. Mellor 1,785 39.3 -5.0
Majority 967 21.4 +10.0
Turnout 4,537
Conservative hold Swing +5.0

Burnage

Burnage
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative H. Platt* 2,405 51.4 -13.1
Labour E. H. Spencer 1,518 32.4 -3.0
Liberal F. Turner 759 16.2 +16.2
Majority 887 18.9 -10.1
Turnout 4,682
Conservative hold Swing -5.0

Charlestown

Charlestown
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative J. Hood 1,640 52.4 +12.0
Labour S. Silverman* 1,488 47.6 -12.0
Majority 152 4.8 -14.3
Turnout 3,128
Conservative gain from Labour Swing +12.0

Cheetham

Cheetham
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour S. Shaw* 1,130 62.2 -5.6
Conservative N. Green 687 37.8 +5.6
Majority 443 24.4 -11.2
Turnout 1,817
Labour hold Swing -5.6

Chorlton

Chorlton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative C. Franks 2,655 62.1 +8.9
Labour A. Smith 865 20.2 -1.9
Liberal W. S. Kenyon 657 15.4 -9.3
National Front T. A. Golds 97 2.3 +2.3
Majority 1,790 41.9 +13.3
Turnout 4,274
Conservative hold Swing +5.4

Collegiate Church

Collegiate Church
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour J. B. Ogden* 389 59.8 -8.1
Conservative D. H. Philip 179 27.5 +13.7
Liberal J. Laslett 82 12.6 -5.5
Majority 210 32.3 -17.4
Turnout 650
Labour hold Swing -10.9

Crossacres

Crossacres
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour K. Collis* 2,017 46.5 -6.6
Conservative R. W. Munn 934 21.5 +5.2
Ratepayers K. A. Edis 717 16.5 -13.9
Liberal H. Griffiths 605 13.9 +13.9
Communist M. Taylor 64 1.5 -1.6
Majority 1,083 25.0 -0.7
Turnout 4,337
Labour hold Swing -5.9

Crumpsall

Crumpsall
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative F. W. Lever* 2,236 60.3 -3.2
Labour S. Caron 1,054 28.4 -8.0
Liberal A. E. Griffiths 418 11.3 +11.3
Majority 1,182 31.9 +4.9
Turnout 3,708
Conservative hold Swing +2.4

Didsbury

Didsbury
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative M. R. Crawford* 3,636 65.8 -6.4
Liberal R. Johnson 993 18.0 +18.0
Labour A. J. Bateman 802 14.5 -8.2
Communist D. Maher 93 1.7 -3.3
Majority 2,643 47.8 +1.8
Turnout 5,524
Conservative hold Swing -12.2

Gorton North

Gorton North
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour G. Halstead 1,332 54.9 -12.1
Conservative R. J. Beale 1,093 45.1 +12.1
Majority 239 9.8 -24.2
Turnout 2,425
Labour hold Swing -12.1

Gorton South

Gorton South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour K. Franklin* 1,197 56.1 +6.1
Conservative T. Brownrigg 935 43.9 +17.1
Majority 262 12.3 +11.0
Turnout 2,132
Labour hold Swing -5.5

Harpurhey

Harpurhey
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour R. F. Delahunty* 520 47.8 -15.0
Conservative D. Porter 421 38.7 +1.5
Liberal R. Addison 147 13.5 +13.5
Majority 99 9.1 -16.4
Turnout 1,088
Labour hold Swing -8.2

Hulme

Hulme
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour W. Smith* 1,262 67.9 -9.7
Conservative G. B. Draycott 363 19.5 +2.1
Liberal P. Davis 194 10.4 +10.4
Communist R. H. Vaughan 39 2.1 -2.9
Majority 899 48.4 -11.8
Turnout 1,858
Labour hold Swing -5.9

Levenshulme

Levenshulme
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative S. Alexander* 2,406 56.3 -2.9
Labour P. Hildrew 1,432 33.5 -7.3
Liberal K. Osbourne 437 10.2 +10.2
Majority 974 22.8 +4.3
Turnout 4,275
Conservative hold Swing +2.2

Lightbowne

Lightbowne
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative E. Jones* 1,546 38.4 +5.8
Labour F. Done 1,358 33.7 +0.1
Liberal H. Roche 1,122 27.9 +12.0
Majority 188 4.7 +3.6
Turnout 4,026
Conservative hold Swing +2.8

Lloyd Street

Lloyd Street
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour A. S. Wood* 1,683 46.0 -10.4
Conservative D. Sumberg 1,553 42.5 -1.0
Liberal R. Cowe 419 11.5 +11.4
Majority 130 3.6 -9.3
Turnout 3,655
Labour hold Swing -4.7

Longsight

Longsight
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative G. Taylor* 1,453 55.0 +5.8
Labour A. Burns 1,189 45.0 -0.7
Majority 264 10.0 +6.5
Turnout 2,642
Conservative hold Swing +3.2

Miles Platting

Miles Platting
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour E. Donoghue* 973 72.3 +4.5
Conservative A. Chappell 372 27.7 +15.7
Majority 601 44.7 -11.2
Turnout 1,345
Labour hold Swing -5.6

Moss Side

Moss Side
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour R. Grainger 482 39.8 -20.7
Independent T. M. McClure 445 36.8 +36.8
Conservative W. Guy 283 23.4 -10.2
Majority 37 3.1 -23.9
Turnout 1,210
Labour hold Swing -28.7

Moston

Moston
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative G. I. Jones 2,502 56.5 +7.2
Labour C. C. Lamb* 1,420 32.1 -18.6
Liberal I. Garrard 356 8.0 +8.0
National Front M. R. Goucher 149 3.4 +3.4
Majority 1,082 24.4 +23.1
Turnout 4,427
Conservative gain from Labour Swing +12.9

Newton Heath

Newton Heath
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour J. Smith* 1,449 53.9 -8.6
Conservative A. Bonson 1,240 46.1 +8.6
Majority 209 7.8 -17.2
Turnout 2,689
Labour hold Swing -8.6

Northenden

Northenden
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative D. Mountford* 2,715 53.3 -0.2
Labour D. Healey 1,886 37.0 -3.3
Liberal H. Hilton 490 9.6 +9.6
Majority 829 16.3 +3.1
Turnout 5,091
Conservative hold Swing +1.5

Old Moat

Old Moat
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative T. E. Murphy* 2,232 57.6 -6.3
Labour P. Bednarski 1,106 28.6 -7.4
Liberal A. A. Parr 534 13.8 +13.8
Majority 1,126 29.1 +1.1
Turnout 3,872
Conservative hold Swing +0.5

Rusholme

Rusholme
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative S. Tucker* 2,196 64.8 +5.0
Labour P. J. Rowbotham 785 23.2 -6.8
Liberal F. A. Melling 408 12.0 +12.0
Majority 1,411 41.6 +11.8
Turnout 3,389
Conservative hold Swing +5.9

Withington

Withington
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative W. Crabtree* 2,162 49.3 +1.2
Liberal J. Edwards 1,311 29.9 +0.2
Labour C. Scott 911 20.8 -1.4
Majority 851 19.4 +1.0
Turnout 4,384
Conservative hold Swing +0.5

Woodhouse Park

Woodhouse Park
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour G. Berry* 1,914 58.5 -3.3
Conservative A. Farmer 1,356 41.5 +10.7
Majority 558 17.0 -14.0
Turnout 3,270
Labour hold Swing -7.0

References

  1. ^ Manchester City Council Election Results, 2nd Edition, Swarbrick (1993).