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

The 1984 Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council election took place on 3 May 1984 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

21 seats were contested in the election: 13 were won by the Labour Party, 6 by the Conservative Party and 2 by the Liberal Party. In the Hulton ward, 2 Councillors were elected. After the election, the composition of the council was

Election result

Bolton Local Election Result 1984
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Labour 13 1 1 +0 47.5 36,727 +4.0
  Conservative 6 0 2 -2 34.7 26,854 -3.3
  Alliance 2 2 0 +2 17.7 13,707 -0.8

Council Composition

Prior to the election the composition of the council was:

36 22 2
Labour Conservative L

After the election the composition of the council was:

36 20 4
Labour Conservative L

L - Liberal/SDP Alliance

Ward results

Astley Bridge ward

Astley Bridge ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative W Higham 2,177 54.1 -5.0
Labour J Kilcoyne 1,314 32.7 +4.7
SDP D Newman 532 13.2 +0.3
Majority 1,014 25.2 -5.8
Turnout 4,023 40.4 -4.1
Conservative hold Swing Con to Labour 4.8

Blackrod ward

Blackrod ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour E Johnson 1,968 54.8 +2.3
Conservative N Troup 1,267 35.3 -1.3
SDP G Langdon 359 10.0 -0.9
Majority 701 19.5 +5.2
Turnout 3,594 38.2 -8.0
Labour hold Swing Con to Labour 1.8

Bradshaw ward

Bradshaw ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative W Hall 2,087 53.3 -4.6
Labour D McEneaney 1,091 27.9 +4.0
Liberal R Steele 734 18.8 +0.5
Majority 996 25.5 -8.5
Turnout 3,912 36.0 -4.7
Conservative hold Swing Con to Labour 4.3

Breightmet ward

Breightmet ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour K McIvor 2,243 52.1 +2.9
Conservative I Chesney 1,581 36.7 +0.5
SDP D Lee 479 11.1 -3.4
Majority 662 15.4 +2.4
Turnout 4,303 38.0 -1.1
Labour hold Swing SDP to Labour 3.1

Bromley Cross ward

Bromley Cross ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative A Poulson 2,231 51.5 -3.4
Labour D Doxsey 1,107 25.6 +6.2
SDP C Moore 993 22.9 -2.8
Majority 1,124 25.9 -3.3
Turnout 4,331 42.0 -4.6
Conservative hold Swing Con to Labour 4.8

Burnden ward

Burnden ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour D Eastwood 1,993 52.7 +5.5
Conservative E Holland 1,501 39.7 -1.3
Liberal S Vickers 268 7.6 -4.2
Majority 492 13.1 +6.9
Turnout 3,780 41.0 -7.0
Labour hold Swing Liberal to Labour 4.8

Central ward

Central ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour B Howarth 2,403 71.5 +2.2
Conservative T Haslam 607 18.0 +0.8
Liberal G Meadows 353 10.5 -3.0
Majority 1,796 53.4 -9.8
Turnout 3,363 39.3 -4.3
Labour hold Swing Liberal to Labour 2.6

Daubhill ward

Daubhill ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour T Anderton 2,615 63.3 +2.8
Conservative P Gore 1,228 29.7 -3.4
SDP K Banks 198 4.8 -1.5
Independent J Hamilton 92 2.2 +2.2
Majority 1,387 33.6 +6.2
Turnout 4,133 44.5 -5.0
Labour hold Swing Con to Labour 3.1

Deane-cum-Heaton ward

Deane-cum-Heaton ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative D Berry 2,959 58.0 +0.9
Labour T Hyams 1,087 22.3 +2.4
SDP I Hamilton 1,057 20.7 -3.3
Majority 1,872 36.7 +3.7
Turnout 5,103 39.5 -6.2
Conservative hold Swing SDP to Labour 2.8

Derby ward

Derby ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour J Foster 3,171 81.1 +3.2
Conservative P Small 519 13.3 -0.4
SDP D Holland 222 5.7 -0.8
Majority 2,652 67.8 +3.6
Turnout 3,912 38.7 -1.6
Labour hold Swing SDP to Labour 2.0

Farnworth ward

Farnworth ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour J Wild 2,222 78.7 +14.6
Liberal L Sanderson 603 21.3 +8.5
Majority 1,619 57.3 +16.4
Turnout 2,825 28.9 -3.7
Labour hold Swing

Halliwell ward

Halliwell ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour E Hamer 1,853 44.4 +0.6
Liberal A Halliwell 1,571 37.6 +4.1
Conservative S Dawson 752 18.0 -4.7
Majority 282 6.7 -3.8
Turnout 4,176 42.0 -3.5
Labour hold Swing Con to Liberal -4.4

Harper Green ward

Harper Green ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour J Boardman 2,401 65.1 +4.4
Conservative A Royse 969 25.4 +11.8
Liberal P Regan 351 9.5 -15.1
Majority 1,465 39.7 +3.6
Turnout 3,688 35.2 -1.8
Labour hold Swing Con to Liberal 13.4

Horwich ward

Horwich ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour E Seddon 2,137 45.0 +2.1
Conservative J Blakemore 1,850 38.9 +1.6
SDP M Alcroft 686 14.4 -5.4
Independent D Harrison 77 1.6 +1.6
Majority 287 6.0 +0.4
Turnout 4,750 43.6 -4.9
Labour hold Swing SDP to Labour 3.7

Hulton Park ward

Hulton Park ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative K Hornby 1,897 27.2
Conservative F Rushton 1,801 25.8
Labour E Walker 1,198 17.2
Labour N Wild 1,079 15.5
Liberal D Cooper 540 7.7
Liberal C Monk 456 6.5
Turnout 6,971
Conservative hold
Conservative hold

Kearsley ward

Kearsley ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour J Alker 2,154 56.3 +7.1
Liberal E Bell 1,070 28.0 +11.7
Conservative A Waterson 601 15.7 -18.8
Majority 1,084 28.3 +13.6
Turnout 3,825 39.8 -4.2
Labour hold Swing Liberal to Con -15.2

Little Lever ward

Little Lever ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour M Connell 1,818 49.6 +9.7
Conservative A Longmire 1,557 42.5 -4.9
SDP P Keveaney 293 8.0 -4.7
Majority 260 7.1
Turnout 3,667 40.0 -5.6
Labour gain from Conservative Swing Con to Labour -7.3

Smithills ward

Smithills ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal R Hayes 1,879 45.0 +5.9
Conservative S Collier 1,728 41.4 -3.7
Labour F Hampson 566 13.6 -2.2
Majority 151 3.6
Turnout 4,173 47.0 -1.3
Liberal gain from Conservative Swing Con to Liberal -4.8

Tonge ward

Tonge ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour A Brigg 2,202 54.4 +7.1
Conservative G Kearton 1,567 38.7 -5.0
SDP E West 280 6.9 -2.1
Majority 635 15.7 +12.1
Turnout 4,049 43.7 -0.8
Labour hold Swing Con to Labour -6.0

Westhoughton ward

Westhoughton ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal D Wilkinson 1,247 50.0 +16.4
Labour P Woodcock 1,245 50.0 +1.2
Majority 2 0.0
Turnout 2,492 37.6 -10.7
Liberal gain from Labour

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