Elections to Manchester Council were held on Thursday, 6 May 1976. One third of the council was up for election, with each successful candidate to serve a four-year term of office, expiring in 1980. The Labour Party retained overall control of the Council.[1]

Election result

Manchester Council Election Result 1976
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Labour 19 1 1 0 57.6 45.1 60,027 +6.3%
  Conservative 14 1 1 0 42.4 47.6 63,393 -2.5%
  Liberal 0 0 0 0 0.0 6.3 8,367 -3.0%
  Independent 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.8 1,047 +0.3%
  Communist 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.1 167 -0.1%

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

Party Seats   +/-  
Labour 54 0
Conservative 45 0
Labour hold

Ward results

Alexandra

Alexandra
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative N. Thompson* 3,230 61.3 -0.2
Liberal D. Hewitt 1,012 19.2 -1.9
Labour A. G. Mackie 963 18.3 +0.8
Independent S. Martyniuk 61 1.2 +1.2
Majority 2,218 42.1 +1.7
Turnout 5,266
Conservative hold Swing +0.8

Ardwick

Ardwick
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour F. Dale* 1,752 68.9 +1.1
Conservative M. W. Coales 792 31.1 -1.1
Majority 960 37.8 +2.2
Turnout 2,544
Labour hold Swing +1.1

Baguley

Baguley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour A. Burns 3,296 52.8 +6.7
Conservative J. V. Oatway* 2,693 43.1 -10.8
Liberal M. Quinn 257 4.1 +4.1
Majority 603 9.7 +6.3
Turnout 6,246
Labour gain from Conservative Swing +8.7

Barlow Moor

Barlow Moor
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative B. Moore* 2,191 56.2 -8.2
Labour P. Karney 1,404 36.0 +0.4
Liberal G. Irvine 301 7.7 +7.7
Majority 787 20.2 -8.7
Turnout 3,896
Conservative hold Swing -4.3

Beswick

Beswick
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour J. Flanagan 1,760 75.4 -3.6
Conservative J. Cartland 449 19.2 -1.8
Liberal P. Coleman 125 5.4 +5.4
Majority 1,311 56.2 -1.8
Turnout 2,334
Labour hold Swing -1.8

Blackley

Blackley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour W. Risby* 2,482 54.3 +8.0
Conservative J. Yates 2,092 45.7 -8.0
Majority 390 8.5 +1.1
Turnout 4,574
Labour hold Swing +8.0

Bradford

Bradford
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Bill Egerton* 2,376 53.6 +4.9
Conservative C. R. Ashton 1,906 43.0 -3.4
Liberal M. W. Powell 99 2.2 +2.2
Independent J. Hulse 53 1.2 -1.1
Majority 470 10.6 +8.3
Turnout 4,434
Labour hold Swing +4.1

Brooklands

Brooklands
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative G. W. G. Fitzsimons* 2,795 49.5 -11.2
Labour J. Wilner 2,538 45.0 +5.7
Liberal G. F. Turner 309 5.5 +5.5
Majority 257 4.6 -16.7
Turnout 5,642
Conservative hold Swing -8.4

Burnage

Burnage
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative W. L. Lund* 2,966 59.5 +8.1
Labour G. Stringer 1,609 32.3 -0.1
Liberal G. Shaw 411 8.2 +10.7
Majority 1,357 27.2 +8.3
Turnout 4,986
Conservative hold Swing +4.1

Charlestown

Charlestown
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour N. Morris* 2,458 51.7 +4.1
Conservative W. Guy 2,006 42.2 -10.2
Liberal J. Laslett 289 6.1 +6.1
Majority 452 9.5 +4.6
Turnout 4,753
Labour hold Swing +7.1

Cheetham

Cheetham
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour D. G. Ford* 1,421 62.5 +0.3
Conservative A. Goulding 852 37.5 -0.3
Majority 569 25.0 +0.6
Turnout 2,273
Labour hold Swing +0.3

Chorlton

Chorlton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative M. Vince* 3,030 64.9 +2.8
Labour A. J. Bateman 1,164 24.9 +4.7
Liberal H. Wallace 478 10.2 -5.2
Majority 1,866 39.9 -2.0
Turnout 4,672
Conservative hold Swing -0.9

Collegiate Church

Collegiate Church
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour S. Ogden* 628 63.9 +4.1
Conservative D. H. Philip 261 26.6 -0.9
Liberal K. D. Underhill 78 7.9 -4.7
Independent P. Wragg 16 1.6 +1.6
Majority 367 37.3 +5.0
Turnout 983
Labour hold Swing +2.5

Crossacres

Crossacres
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour A. Roberts* 3,257 59.6 +13.1
Conservative K. A. Edis 1,576 28.8 +7.3
Liberal H. Griffiths 633 11.6 -2.3
Majority 1,681 30.8 +5.8
Turnout 5,466
Labour hold Swing +2.9

Crumpsall

Crumpsall
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative W. L. Clapham 2,528 57.5 -2.8
Labour P. A. Murphy 1,474 33.5 +5.1
Liberal A. E. Griffiths 396 9.0 -2.3
Majority 1,054 24.0 -7.9
Turnout 4,398
Conservative hold Swing -3.9

Didsbury

Didsbury
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative J. Duke* 3,904 65.1 -0.7
Labour C. B. Muir 1,185 19.8 +5.3
Liberal T. Kellgren 839 14.0 -4.0
Independent K. V. M. Brown 72 1.2 +1.2
Majority 2,719 45.3 +7.2
Turnout 6,000
Conservative hold Swing -3.0

Gorton North

Gorton North
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour C. Brierley* 1,989 59.4 +4.5
Conservative E. Leadbetter 1,241 37.0 -8.1
Liberal D. Sandiford 121 3.6 +3.6
Majority 748 22.3 +12.4
Turnout 3,351
Labour hold Swing +6.3

Gorton South

Gorton South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour D. Barker* 1,598 56.8 +0.7
Conservative D. Heywood 1,217 43.2 -0.7
Majority 381 13.6 +1.4
Turnout 2,815
Labour hold Swing +0.7

Harpurhey

Harpurhey
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour H. Reid* 1,131 58.6 +10.8
Conservative D. Porter 706 36.6 -2.1
Liberal P. Hannon 92 4.8 -8.7
Majority 425 22.0 +12.9
Turnout 1,929
Labour hold Swing 6.4

Hulme

Hulme
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour T. Thomas* 1,514 67.1 -0.8
Conservative L. Gaffney 419 18.6 -0.9
Liberal M. Moonsamy 325 14.4 +4.0
Majority 1,095 48.5 +0.1
Turnout 2,258
Labour hold Swing +0.0

Levenshulme

Levenshulme
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative W. Carlton* 2,506 51.6 -4.7
Labour P. Hildrew 1,856 38.2 +4.7
Liberal K. Whitmore 408 8.4 -1.8
Independent P. J. Cassidy 86 1.8 +1.8
Majority 650 13.4 -9.4
Turnout 4,856
Conservative hold Swing -4.7

Lightbowne

Lightbowne
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative G. Cleworth 2,308 52.7 +14.3
Labour R. A. Reddington* 2,068 47.3 +13.6
Majority 240 5.5 +0.8
Turnout 4,376
Conservative gain from Labour Swing +0.3

Lloyd Street

Lloyd Street
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour K. McKeon* 2,402 50.6 +4.6
Conservative A. Nixon 2,088 44.0 +1.5
Liberal R. Coleman 204 4.3 -7.2
Independent D. E. Carter 50 1.1 +1.1
Majority 314 6.6 +3.0
Turnout 4,744
Labour hold Swing +1.5

Longsight

Longsight
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour R. W. Ford* 1,998 51.8 +6.8
Conservative M. Delayen 1,862 48.2 -6.8
Majority 136 3.5 -6.5
Turnout 3,860
Labour hold Swing +6.8

Miles Platting

Miles Platting
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour R. Latham* 1,715 79.3 +7.0
Conservative A. E. Halliday 448 20.7 -7.0
Majority 1,267 58.6 +13.9
Turnout 2,163
Labour hold Swing +7.0

Moss Side

Moss Side
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour H. Paget* 980 52.8 +13.0
Independent E. W. Smyth 480 25.8 +25.8
Conservative P. Hilton 397 21.4 -2.0
Majority 500 26.9 +23.8
Turnout 1,857
Labour hold Swing -6.4

Moston

Moston
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative K. E. Goulding* 3,144 61.9 +5.4
Labour J. A. Dean 1,935 38.1 +6.0
Majority 1,209 23.8 -0.6
Turnout 5,079
Conservative hold Swing -0.3

Newton Heath

Newton Heath
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour C. Tomlinson* 1,819 49.0 -4.9
Conservative L. Clarke 1,794 48.3 +2.2
Liberal R. Cowe 101 2.7 +2.7
Majority 25 0.7 -7.1
Turnout 3,714
Labour hold Swing -3.5

Northenden

Northenden
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative C. H. Box* 2,923 51.5 -1.8
Labour H. Brown 2,359 41.6 +4.6
Liberal H. Hilton 307 5.4 -4.2
Communist M. Taylor 82 1.4 +1.4
Majority 564 9.9 -6.4
Turnout 5,671
Conservative hold Swing -3.2

Old Moat

Old Moat
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative W. H. Aikman 2,346 52.6 -5.0
Labour A. H. Fender 1,664 37.3 +8.7
Liberal A. A. Parr 316 7.1 -6.7
Communist D. J. Granfield 85 1.9 +1.9
Independent P. S. Pinder 52 1.2 +1.2
Majority 682 15.3 -13.8
Turnout 4,463
Conservative hold Swing -6.8

Rusholme

Rusholme
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative K. Ollerenshaw* 2,580 64.2 -0.6
Labour W. J. Courtney 1,308 32.6 +9.4
Independent C. R. Sedman 130 3.2 +3.2
Majority 1,272 31.7 -9.9
Turnout 4,018
Conservative hold Swing -5.0

Withington

Withington
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative G. W. Young* 2,657 55.0 +5.7
Labour D. Healey 1,226 25.4 +4.6
Liberal J. Edwards 905 18.7 -11.2
Independent E. N. Goodyear 47 1.0 +1.0
Majority 1,431 29.6 +10.2
Turnout 4,835
Conservative hold Swing +0.5

Woodhouse Park

Woodhouse Park
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour T. Farrell* 2,698 59.4 +0.9
Conservative A. Farmer 1,486 32.7 -8.8
Liberal L. Griffiths 361 7.9 +7.9
Majority 1,212 26.7 +9.6
Turnout 4,545
Labour hold Swing +4.8

References

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