The Metropolitan Borough of Bolton shown within England.
The Metropolitan Borough of Bolton shown within England.

The 1982 Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council election took place on 6 May 1982 to elect members of Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council in Greater Manchester, England. One third of the council was up for election and the Labour party kept overall control of the council

20 seats were contested in the election, with 10 being won by the Labour Party, 8 by the Conservative Party and 2 by the Liberal Party After the election, the composition of the council was

Election result

Bolton Local Election Result 1982
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Labour 10 0 3 -3 37.5 27,018 -11.5
  Conservative 8 1 0 +1 37.9 27,339 -4.7
  Liberal 2 2 0 +2 24.3 17,547 +17.4
  Communist 0 0 0 +0 0.2 179

Council Composition

Prior to the election the composition of the council was:

39 20 1
Labour Conservative L

After the election the composition of the council was:

36 21 3
Labour Conservative L

L - Liberal

Ward results

Astley Bridge ward

Astley Bridge ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative D Johnston 2,088 57.9 -9.4
SDP I Greenhalgh 822 22.8 +22.8
Labour D McEneaney 698 19.3 -12.2
Majority 1,266 33.1
Turnout 3,806 36.7
Conservative hold Swing Labour to SDP 17.5

Blackrod ward

Blackrod ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour J Monaghan 1,768 47.6 -5.3
Conservative I Ikin 1,197 32.2 -14.9
SDP D Boyes 750 20.2 +20.2
Majority 571 15.4
Turnout 3,715 39.5
Labour hold Swing Con to SDP 17.5

Bradshaw ward

Bradshaw ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative A O'Neill 2,135 55.6 -9.0
Liberal A Halliwell 988 25.7 +25.7
Labour G Lever 715 18.6 -16.8
Majority 1,147 29.9
Turnout 3,838 35.8
Conservative hold Swing Labour to Liberal 21.2

Breightmet ward

Breightmet ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour C Benjamin 1,745 42.8 -12.5
Conservative A Chadbond 1,504 36.9 -7.8
SDP D Lee 824 20.2 +20.2
Majority 241 5.9
Turnout 4,073 36.4
Labour hold Swing Labour to SDP 16.3

Bromley Cross ward

Bromley Cross ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative B Hurst 1,885 47.9 -11.9
SDP J Hampson 1,312 33.4 +33.4
Labour D Doxsey 736 18.7 -21.5
Majority 573 14.5
Turnout 3,933 39.2
Conservative hold Swing Labour to SDP -27.4

Burnden ward

Burnden ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour J Mason 1,558 44.0 -14.4
Conservative W Hall 1,553 43.9 -0.7
Liberal W Crook 427 12.1 +12.1
Majority 5 0.1
Turnout 3,538 36.7
Labour hold Swing Labour to Liberal -13.2

Central ward

Central ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour B Iddon 2,163 68.0 -8.5
Liberal R Hayes 534 16.8 +16.8
Conservative G Kearton 483 15.2 +0.8
Majority 1,629 51.2
Turnout 3,180 36.7
Labour hold Swing Labour to Liberal -12.6

Daubhill ward

Daubhill ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour G Harkin 2,019 52.3 -8.1
Conservative R Carr 1,379 35.7 -2.2
SDP H Smith 466 12.1 +12.1
Majority 740 16.6
Turnout 3,864 41.1
Labour hold Swing Labour to SDP -12.1

Deane-cum-Heaton ward

Deane-cum-Heaton ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative M Allanson 3,210 62.4 -8.0
SDP I Hamilton 1,057 20.5 +20.5
Labour J Knight 881 17.1 -12.5
Majority 2,153 41.9
Turnout 5,148 40.6
Conservative hold Swing Labour to SDP -16.5

Derby ward

Derby ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour G Riley 2,580 70.9 -21.5
Conservative J Walsh 498 13.7 +8.4
SDP C Moore 481 13.2 +13.2
Communist A Johnson 81 2.2 -0.2
Majority 2,092 57.2
Turnout 3,640 35.0
Labour hold Swing Labour to SDP -17.3

Farnworth ward

Farnworth ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour P Johnston 1,442 60.1 -15.1
Liberal L Bale 484 20.2 +16.3
Conservative B Coote 474 19.8 -1.1
Majority 958 39.9
Turnout 2,400 24.0
Labour hold Swing Labour to Liberal -15.7

Halliwell ward

Halliwell ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal D Walmsley 1,226 37.2 +1.2
Labour R Johnson 1,214 36.9 -9.7
Conservative L Keighley 854 25.9 +8.6
Majority 12 0.3
Turnout 3,294 33.8
Liberal gain from Labour Swing Labour to Con +9.1

Harper Green ward

Harper Green ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour L Williamson 1,641 56.0 -12.0
Liberal L Sanderson 1,189 40.6 +36.7
Communist T McKnight 98 3.3 +3.3
Majority 452 15.4
Turnout 2,928 27.4
Labour hold Swing Labour to Liberal -24.3

Horwich ward

Horwich ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour P Senior 1,820 40.2 -14.6
Conservative S Dawson 1,689 37.3 -7.9
SDP D Morris 1,014 22.4 +22.4
Majority 131 2.9
Turnout 4,523 41.6
Labour hold Swing Labour to SDP -18.5

Hulton Park ward

Hulton Park ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative M Prince 1,768 52.1 -11.0
Liberal H Wise 826 24.4 +24.4
Labour E McCracken 798 23.5 -13.4
Majority 942 27.7
Turnout 3,392 34.4
Conservative hold Swing Labour to Liberal -18.9

Kearsley ward

Kearsley ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal J Rothwell 1,645 44.9 +22.0
Labour D Dingwall 1,449 39.5 -27.6
Conservative A Waterson 570 15.6 +5.6
Majority 196 1.4
Turnout 3,664 37.8
Liberal gain from Labour Swing Labour to Liberal 24.8

Little Lever ward

Little Lever ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative M Lawton 1,914 50.7 +1.6
Labour E Walker 966 25.6 -21.3
Liberal F Bridges 895 23.7 +19.8
Majority 948 25.1
Turnout 3,775 42.1
Conservative hold Swing Labour to Liberal -20.3

Smithills ward

Smithills ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative D Priestley 1,974 54.9 -0.8
Liberal F Harasiwka 1,023 28.5 +7.5
Labour J Jenkins 597 16.6 -6.7
Majority 951 26.4
Turnout 3,594 39.9
Conservative hold Swing Labour to Liberal -7.1

Tonge ward

Tonge ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative K Knowles 1,634 46.8 -1.5
Labour C Skull 1,250 35.8 -15.9
SDP E West 608 17.4 +17.4
Majority 384 11.0
Turnout 3,492 37.2
Conservative gain from Labour Swing Labour to SDP -16.6

Westhoughton ward

Westhoughton ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour P Jones 978 39.4 -32.2
Liberal D Wilkinson 976 39.3 +23.9
Conservative G Hanley 530 21.3 +8.3
Majority 2 0.9
Turnout 2,484 40.3
Labour hold Swing Labour to Liberal -28.0

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