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Elections to Trafford Council were held on Thursday, 3 May 1979, on the same day as the 1979 UK General Election. One third of the council was up for election, with each successful candidate to serve a four-year term of office, expiring in 1983. The Conservative Party retained overall control of the council.[1]

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

Party Seats   +/-  
Conservative 47 -6
Labour 14 +4
Liberal 2 +2
Conservative hold

Ward results

Altrincham
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative A. E. A. Whitehurst* 2,384 53.2 -1.2
Liberal M. C. Booth 2,093 46.8 +29.6
Majority 291 6.5 -19.5
Turnout 4,477 69.5 +36.7
Conservative hold Swing
Bowdon
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative J. B. Humphreys* 3,721 64.7 -12.9
Liberal J. A. Willmott 1,250 21.7 +9.4
Labour A. D. Johnson 782 13.6 +3.5
Majority 2,471 43.0 -22.3
Turnout 5,753 76.9 +32.2
Conservative hold Swing
Broadheath
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative L. M. L. Burton* 2,336 45.6 -10.0
Labour E. Smith 1,555 30.3 +4.7
Liberal B. Gaylard 1,236 24.1 +5.3
Majority 781 15.2 +1.6
Turnout 5,127 77.3 +41.8
Conservative hold Swing
Brooklands
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative J. Taylor* uncontested
Conservative hold Swing
Bucklow
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour K. Rogers 3,402 61.7 +1.7
Conservative M. J. Barltrop* 2,112 38.3 -1.7
Majority 1,290 23.4 +3.4
Turnout 5,514 70.3 +36.9
Labour gain from Conservative Swing
Clifford (2 vacancies)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour J. S. Maher 2,129 26.1 +2.2
Labour A. J. Lloyd 2,066 25.3 +0.6
Conservative R. W. Corke* 1,809 22.1 -5.9
Conservative M. Shafi 1,154 14.1 -21.9
Liberal D. A. Curley 563 6.9 +13.8
Liberal A. Scanlon 451 5.5 +11.0
Majority 257 3.1 +3.1
Turnout 8,172 60.1 +20.5
Labour gain from Conservative Swing
Labour hold Swing
Davyhulme East
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative R. E. Crosbie* 2,194 50.7 -11.1
Labour G. R. Scott 1,415 32.7 +11.9
Liberal T. M. Owen 722 16.7 -0.7
Majority 779 18.0 -22.9
Turnout 4,331 79.6 +42.9
Conservative hold Swing
Davyhulme West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal S. Hodgson 4,748 60.7 +60.7
Labour R. A. Tully 3,071 39.3 +1.9
Majority 1,677 21.4 -3.8
Turnout 7,819 75.0 +39.2
Liberal gain from Conservative Swing
Flixton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative G. B. W. Lumby* 4,023 53.3 -18.8
Labour J. D. Brown 2,295 30.4 +2.5
Liberal R. K. Sangster 1,226 16.3 +16.3
Majority 1,728 22.9 -21.3
Turnout 7,544 80.9 +47.7
Conservative hold Swing
Hale
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative N. W. Barrett* 5,098 69.3 -6.4
Liberal J. S. Whittingham 1,361 18.5 +5.0
Labour O. J. Spencer 897 12.2 +1.4
Majority 3,737 50.8 -11.4
Turnout 7,356 78.8 +38.9
Conservative hold Swing
Longford
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative A. Kelly* 3,091 44.5 -9.2
Labour M. E. Cottam 2,852 41.1 +4.6
Liberal H. D. Locksley 1,002 14.4 +4.6
Majority 239 3.4 -13.7
Turnout 6,945 72.7 +38.3
Conservative hold Swing
Mersey St. Marys
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative R. P. Bannister* 3,873 54.4 -5.0
Liberal E. Critchlow 2,055 28.9 +2.7
Labour C. Younghusband 1,186 16.7 +2.3
Majority 1,818 25.6 -7.6
Turnout 7,114 78.6 +37.6
Conservative hold Swing
Park
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour A. R. Davies 2,198 51.7 +1.8
Conservative J. A. Schofield* 1,659 39.0 -9.0
Liberal C. R. Hedley 354 8.3 +8.3
Communist E. H. Hook 41 1.0 -1.1
Majority 539 12.7 +10.8
Turnout 4,252 75.2 +36.1
Labour gain from Conservative Swing
Priory
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal J. M. Phillipson 2,657 41.7 +4.9
Conservative A. D. Barker 2,486 39.0 -8.5
Labour H. Pollard 1,228 19.3 +3.6
Majority 171 2.7 -8.0
Turnout 6,371 75.3 +34.9
Liberal gain from Conservative Swing
Sale Moor
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour C. H. Merry 2,319 46.4 -6.1
Conservative A. Rhodes* 1,935 38.7 -8.8
Liberal J. S. Green 743 14.9 +14.9
Majority 384 7.7 +2.7
Turnout 4,997 75.2 +34.3
Labour gain from Conservative Swing
St. Martins
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative S. Brownhill* 4,198 47.3 -15.6
Labour G. Woodburn 2,554 28.8 +7.6
Liberal G. C. Kinsey 2,127 24.0 +10.4
Majority 1,644 18.5 -23.2
Turnout 8,879 75.0 +39.7
Conservative hold Swing
Stretford
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative H. Walker* 2,480 53.8 -14.7
Labour C. Reid 1,608 34.9 +3.4
Liberal R. J. Allan 521 11.3 +11.3
Majority 872 18.9 -18.1
Turnout 4,609 78.0 +38.0
Conservative hold Swing
Talbot
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour H. C. Cronshaw* 3,339 56.5 -5.0
Conservative J. R. Gregory 2,065 34.9 -3.6
Liberal W. A. Munden 509 8.6 +8.6
Majority 1,274 21.5 -1.6
Turnout 5,913 69.0 +35.7
Labour hold Swing
Timperley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative H. Taylor* 3,608 50.6 -6.5
Liberal J. R. Richardson 3,516 49.4 +18.1
Majority 92 1.3 -10.3
Turnout 7,124 76.4 +38.6
Conservative hold Swing
Urmston
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative A. H. Platt* 3,381 50.8 -8.0
Labour D. Horner 1,801 27.1 -1.6
Liberal D. E. Unwin 1,469 22.1 +9.6
Majority 1,580 23.8 -6.3
Turnout 6,651 77.7 +43.1
Conservative hold Swing
Village (2 vacancies)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative G. K. Toft 2,756 25.3 -18.6
Conservative W. J. Watkins 2,550 23.4 -22.4
Liberal R. Bowker 2,190 20.1 +20.1
Labour B. Brotherton 1,718 15.8 +0.8
Labour P. Pollard 1,680 15.4 0
Majority 360 3.3 -35.1
Turnout 10,894 65.7 +34.5
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing

References

  1. ^ "Trafford M. B. C. Election Results Sheet, 4 May 1979", Trafford M.B.C.(1979).