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

The 1988 Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council election took place on 5 May 1988 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: 14 were won by the Labour Party, 5 by the Conservative Party, and 1 by the Liberal Democrats. After the election, the composition of the council was

Election result

Bolton Local Election Result 1988
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Labour 14 1 0 +1 49.7 40,411 +8.6
  Conservative 5 0 0 +0 33.2 26,992 -2.6
  Liberal Democrats 1 0 1 -1 13.9 11,315 -8.4
  Other parties 0 0 0 3.2 2,648 +2.3

Council Composition

Prior to the election the composition of the council was:

38 16 6
Labour Conservative L

After the election the composition of the council was:

39 16 5
Labour Conservative L

LD - Liberal Democrats

Ward results

Astley Bridge ward

Astley Bridge ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative M Higham 2,150 47.1 -7.6
Labour G Dennis 2,002 43.8 +14.2
Liberal Democrats M Langdon 417 9.1 -6.6
Majority 148 3.2 -21.9
Turnout 4,569 43.0 -5.3
Conservative hold Swing Con to Labour 10.9

Blackrod ward

Blackrod ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour E Johnson 1,786 43.2 +6.2
Conservative J Barrow 1,427 34.6 +0.2
Independent Labour L Watkinson 603 14.6 +4.1
Liberal Democrats C Kay 314 7.6 -10.5
Majority 359 8.7 +6.2
Turnout 4,130 49.0 +2.6
Labour hold Swing LD to Labour 8.3

Bradshaw ward

Bradshaw ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative W Hall 2,056 51.0 -4.5
Labour E Collett 1,318 32.7 +9.3
Liberal Democrats A Steele 657 16.3 -4.8
Majority 738 18.3 -13.8
Turnout 4,031 36.3 -5.7
Conservative hold Swing LD to Labour -7.0

Breightmet ward

Breightmet ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour K MacIvor 2,582 63.7 +15.4
Conservative P Jones 1,144 28.2 -7.7
Liberal Democrats S Vickers 327 8.1 -7.7
Majority 1,528 35.5 +23.2
Turnout 4,305 38.9 -2.0
Labour hold Swing Con to Labour -11.5

Bromley Cross ward

Bromley Cross ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative N Critchley 2,230 47.3 -7.0
Independent S Scotland 1,249 26.5 +26.5
Labour P Entwistle 940 19.9 -5.3
Liberal Democrats A Halliwell 294 6.2 -14.4
Majority 981 20.8 -8.3
Turnout 4,713 45.2 -2.5
Conservative hold Swing

Burnden ward

Burnden ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour D Eastwood 2,156 62.1 +9.7
Conservative E Holland 1,022 29.4 -3.9
Liberal Democrats L Easterman 296 8.5 -5.8
Majority 1,134 32.6 +13.6
Turnout 3,474 40.0 -3.6
Labour hold Swing LD to Labour 7.7

Central ward

Central ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour R Howarth 2,379 76.6 +8.8
Conservative M Kershaw 517 16.7 -3.8
Liberal Democrats S Howarth 209 6.7 -5.1
Majority 1,862 60.0 +12.7
Turnout 3,105 39.1 -2.2
Labour hold Swing LD to Labour 6.9

Daubhill ward

Daubhill ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour T Anderton 2,509 69.2 +12.3
Conservative F Hunter 954 26.3 -4.1
Liberal Democrats R Ronson 163 4.5 -6.1
Majority 1,555 42.9 +16.4
Turnout 3,626 41.1 -3.1
Labour hold Swing LD to Labour 9.2

Deane-cum-Heaton ward

Deane-cum-Heaton ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative F Rushton 2,882 58.0 -0.4
Labour P Spencer 1,552 31.2 +9.6
Liberal Democrats A Kay 534 10.7 -9.3
Majority 1,330 26.8 -10.0
Turnout 4,968 38.1 -7.4
Conservative hold Swing LD to Labour 9.4

Derby ward

Derby ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour J Foster 2,882 78.7 +5.9
Conservative W Ingham 445 12.2 -4.8
Independent Labour S Graeme 174 4.8 +4.8
Liberal Democrats K Barnes 159 4.3 -5.9
Majority 2,437 66.6 +10.9
Turnout 3,660 39.4 -4.6
Labour hold Swing LD to Labour 5.9

Farnworth ward

Farnworth ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour J Wild 2,320 76.1 +11.0
Conservative C Adams 493 16.2 -4.2
Liberal Democrats L Sanderson 236 7.7 -6.7
Majority 1,826 59.9 +15.2
Turnout 3,050 32.7 -3.3
Labour hold Swing LD to Labour 8.8

Halliwell ward

Halliwell ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour E Hamer 2,740 66.8 +16.7
Conservative R Pryce 835 20.4 -2.6
Liberal Democrats D Eccles 524 12.8 -14.1
Majority 1,905 46.5 +23.3
Turnout 4,099 43.0 -3.3
Labour hold Swing LD to Labour 15.4

Harper Green ward

Harper Green ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour J Boardman 2,346 69.8 +10.5
Conservative C Churchman 736 21.9 +0.7
Liberal Democrats G Willis 279 8.3 -11.2
Majority 1,610 47.9 +9.8
Turnout 3,361 32.5 -8.1
Labour hold Swing LD to Labour 10.8

Horwich ward

Horwich ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour E Walker 2,551 46.1 +7.3
Conservative C Rigg 1,916 29.6 +0.6
Liberal Democrats P Houghton 1,005 18.2 -14.0
Independent Labour M Perks 340 6.1 +6.1
Majority 913 16.5 +9.9
Turnout 5,534 48.5 -4.5
Labour hold Swing LD to Labour 10.6

Hulton Park ward

Hulton Park ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative C Higson 2,070 46.8 +3.9
Liberal Democrats P Mather 1,181 26.7 -10.4
Labour P Perry 1,173 26.5 +6.6
Majority 889 20.1 +14.3
Turnout 4,424 37.3 -11.0
Conservative hold Swing LD to Labour -8.5

Kearsley ward

Kearsley ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour J Alker 2,489 62.3 +13.1
Liberal Democrats J Rothwell 852 21.3 -14.2
Conservative N Houlcroft 569 14.3 -1.0
SDP A Howcroft 82 2.1 +2.1
Majority 1,555 38.9 +25.1
Turnout 3,992 40.3 -5.9
Labour hold Swing LD to Labour 13.6

Little Lever ward

Little Lever ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour K Cunliffe 1,994 46.9 +9.3
Conservative J Cosgrove 1,840 43.2 -7.0
Liberal Democrats W Crook 330 7.8 -6.4
SDP M Taylor 91 2.1 +2.1
Majority 154 3.7
Turnout 4,255 45.2 -2.4
Labour hold Swing LD to Labour +7.8

Smithills ward

Smithills ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal R Hayes 2,237 47.6 -0.8
Conservative C Shaw 1,623 34.5 -4.2
Labour E Boardman 731 15.6 +2.7
SDP I Greenhalgh 109 2.3 +2.3
Majority 614 13.1 +3.4
Turnout 4,700 53.8 -1.1
Liberal Democrats hold Swing Con to Labour -2.4

Tonge ward

Tonge ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour A Brigg 2,446 59.5 +5.9
Conservative K Howarth 1,460 35.5 +2.3
Liberal Democrats B Dunning 206 5.0 -8.2
Majority 986 24.0 +3.7
Turnout 4,112 46.4 -0.9
Labour hold Swing LD to Labour 7.0

Westhoughton ward

Westhoughton ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour L Thomas 1,355 43.9 +8.1
Liberal Democrats D Wilkinson 901 29.2 -4.9
Conservative M Kramer 830 26.9 +4.5
Majority 454 14.7 +13.0
Turnout 3,086 39.6 -10.6
Labour gain from Liberal Democrats Swing LD to Labour 6.5

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