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Map of the results of the 1983 Wigan council election.
Map of the results of the 1983 Wigan council election.

Elections to the Wigan Council were held on Thursday, 5 May 1983, with one third of the council up for election. The election seen only the main three parties contesting for the first time and one gain in Tyldesley East with Alliance winning their seventh seat from Labour. The Conservatives, contesting a low of seventeen wards, managed their lowest voter share since the council's creation. Overall turnout rose to a relative high of 39.1%.[1]

Election result

Wigan Local Election Result 1983
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Labour 21 0 1 -1 87.5 57.0 49,230 +6.5%
  Alliance 2 1 0 +1 8.3 25.9 22,342 -3.3%
  Conservative 1 0 0 0 4.2 17.1 14,790 -1.8%

This result had the following consequences for the total number of seats on the council after the elections:

Party Previous council New council
Labour 61 60
SDP-Liberal Alliance 6 7
Conservatives 5 5
Total 72 72
Working majority  50   48 

Ward results

Abram[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour N. Cumberbatch 3,071 84.5 +10.5
Alliance M. Belshaw 565 15.5 +0.2
Majority 2,506 68.9 +10.3
Turnout 3,636 36.3 +3.3
Labour hold Swing +5.1
Ashton-Golborne[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour J. Hilton 1,863 63.8 +10.1
Alliance A. Jones 1,058 36.2 +12.6
Majority 805 27.6 -2.5
Turnout 2,921 30.7 +1.9
Labour hold Swing -1.2
Aspull-Standish[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour L. Chamberlain 2,189 40.9 +5.4
Alliance R. Hewer 2,176 40.7 -1.8
Conservative P. Walker 988 18.5 -3.5
Majority 13 0.2 -6.8
Turnout 5,353 52.7 +9.1
Labour hold Swing +3.6
Atherton[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour J. Sumner 2,647 72.9 +18.2
Conservative B. France 600 16.5 -3.4
Alliance J. Kelsall 384 10.6 -14.8
Majority 2,047 56.4 +27.0
Turnout 3,631 38.3 +4.7
Labour hold Swing +10.8
Bedford-Astley[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour H. Hayes 1,849 47.1 +3.4
Conservative J. Davies 1,053 26.8 +0.4
Alliance B. Aitken 1,026 26.1 -3.8
Majority 796 20.3 +6.5
Turnout 3,928 40.5 +2.2
Labour hold Swing +1.5
Beech Hill[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour H. Antill 1,989 57.7 +1.7
Alliance P. Coleman 943 27.3 -0.7
Conservative J. Wolstenholme 517 15.0 -1.0
Majority 1,046 30.3 +2.4
Turnout 3,449 38.7 +6.6
Labour hold Swing +1.2
Bryn[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour J. Foster 2,597 66.1 +15.0
Alliance D. Seary 1,333 33.9 +2.0
Majority 1,264 32.2 +13.1
Turnout 3,930 39.9 +4.4
Labour hold Swing +6.5
Hindley[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour T. Isherwood Unopposed N/A N/A
Labour hold Swing N/A
Hindley Green[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour H. Hayes 1,849 47.1 -1.8
Conservative J. Davies 1,053 26.8 +2.2
Alliance B. Aitken 1,026 26.1 -0.4
Majority 796 20.3 -2.1
Turnout 3,928 40.5 +13.2
Labour hold Swing -2.0
Hindsford[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour S. Little 2,302 66.2 +19.4
Alliance W. Jones 1,176 33.8 -3.9
Majority 1,126 32.4 +23.3
Turnout 3,478 32.6 +0.0
Labour hold Swing +11.6
Hope Carr[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour F. Newton 2,222 54.7 +12.1
Conservative E. Manson 1,335 32.9 +2.4
Alliance J. Thomson 506 12.5 -14.5
Majority 887 21.8 +9.7
Turnout 4,063 42.6 +2.3
Labour hold Swing +4.8
Ince[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour D. Molyneaux 2,565 82.2 +10.2
Alliance P. Coleman 555 17.8 -3.4
Majority 2,010 64.4 +13.6
Turnout 3,120 38.0 +11.2
Labour hold Swing +6.8
Langtree[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Alliance E. Hill 2,077 48.8 -2.0
Labour P. Sawbridge 1,368 32.2 +2.6
Conservative M. Clark 809 19.0 -0.6
Majority 709 16.7 -4.7
Turnout 4,254 41.5 +5.5
Alliance hold Swing -2.3
Leigh Central[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour P. Hull 2,179 74.0 +1.6
Conservative S. Emerton 462 15.7 +1.6
Alliance H. Crook 304 10.3 -3.2
Majority 1,717 58.3 -0.0
Turnout 2,945 32.6 +1.6
Labour hold Swing -0.0
Leigh East[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour D. Caley 1,836 52.7 -9.0
Conservative M. Stewart 975 28.0 +28.0
Alliance J. Hampson 675 19.4 -19.0
Majority 861 24.7 +1.3
Turnout 3,486 35.2 +7.7
Labour hold Swing -18.5
Lightshaw[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour B. Strett 2,733 64.5 +11.1
Conservative M. Sharland 955 22.5 -2.0
Alliance M. Beasley 551 13.0 -9.1
Majority 1,778 41.9 +13.1
Turnout 4,239 41.8 +4.4
Labour hold Swing +6.5
Newtown[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour M. Milligan 2,233 72.3 +6.7
Conservative J. Lawson 457 14.8 +0.7
Alliance P. Gibbons 399 12.9 -7.5
Majority 1,176 57.5 12.4
Turnout 3,089 33.7 +5.3
Labour hold Swing +3.0
Norley[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour J. Smith 2,441 78.6 -1.3
Alliance R. Richardson 489 15.7 +2.7
Conservative J. Davies 176 5.7 -1.4
Majority 1,952 62.8 -4.0
Turnout 3,106 36.8 +8.0
Labour hold Swing -2.0
Orrell[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour R. Capstick 1,726 41.2 +7.3
Conservative A. Carroll 1,631 39.0 -1.1
Alliance W. Hudson 828 19.8 -6.1
Majority 95 2.3 -3.9
Turnout 4,185 42.1 +3.7
Labour hold Swing +4.2
Swinley[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative T. Peet 1,864 46.0 -0.9
Labour K. Pye 1,366 33.7 +4.1
Alliance H. Hughes 819 20.2 -3.1
Majority 498 12.3 -5.0
Turnout 4,049 44.6 +4.7
Labour hold Swing -2.5
Tyldesley East[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Alliance J. Dean 2,310 54.8 +3.9
Labour F. Walker 1,902 45.2 -3.9
Majority 408 9.7 +7.7
Turnout 4,212 43.6 +7.4
Alliance gain from Labour Swing +3.9
Whelley[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour M. Pendleton 2,190 64.0 +7.0
Alliance P. Wilson 776 22.7 -8.1
Conservative C. Bond 454 13.3 +1.1
Majority 1,414 41.3 +15.1
Turnout 3,420 38.3 +4.6
Labour hold Swing +7.5
Winstanley[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour G. Taberner 1,730 39.6 +8.4
Alliance C. Ryan 1,602 36.7 -4.2
Conservative J. Michaels 1,038 23.8 -4.3
Majority 128 2.9 -6.8
Turnout 4,370 41.2 +7.9
Labour hold Swing +6.3
Worsley Mesnes[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour J. Baldwin 2,383 66.8 +3.4
Alliance C. Hughes 764 21.4 -0.3
Conservative J. Unsworth 423 11.8 -3.1
Majority 1,619 45.4 +3.8
Turnout 3,570 36.2 +9.4
Labour hold Swing +1.8

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 "Wigan Council results from 1973 to 2008" (PDF). wigan.gov.uk. Archived from the original (PDF) on 20 November 2011. Retrieved 30 January 2012.