1988 Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council election
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← 1987 5 May 1988 (1988-05-05) 1990 →

22 of 66 seats (One Third)
to Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council
34 seats needed for a majority
Turnout44.5% (Decrease4.3%)[1]
  First party Second party Third party
 
Lab
Blank
SLD
Leader Peter Corcoran John Hale Ed Cunniffe
Party Labour Conservative SLD
Leader's seat Upton Liscard Prenton
Last election 10 seats,
33.0%
10 seats,
42.1%
4 seats,
22.3%
Seats before 27 29 10
Seats won 13 7 2
Seats after 32 24 10
Seat change Increase5 Decrease5 Steady
Popular vote 47,974 47,921 15,451
Percentage 41.9% 41.9% 13.5%
Swing Increase8.9% Decrease0.2% Decrease8.8%

Wirral Council Election Results Map 1988.svg
Map of results of 1988 election

Leader of the Council before election

None
No Overall Control

Leader of the Council after election

None
No Overall Control

The 1988 Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council election took place on 5 May 1988 to elect members of Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council in England.[2] This election was held on the same day as other local elections.

After the election, the composition of the council was:

Party Seats ±
Labour 32 Increase5
Conservative 24 Decrease5
SLD 10 Steady

[3]

Election results

Overall election result

Overall result compared with 1987.

Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council election results, 1988
Party Candidates Votes
Stood Elected Gained Unseated Net % of total % No. Net %
  Labour 22 13 5 0 Increase5 59.1 41.9 47,974 Increase8.9
  Conservative 22 7 0 5 Decrease5 31.8 41.9 47,921 Decrease0.2
  SLD 22 2 1 1 Steady 9.1 13.5 15,451 Decrease8.8
  Green 18 0 0 0 Steady 0.0 2.3 2,687 Increase1.1
  SDP 2 0 0 0 Steady 0.0 0.3 389 N/A

[1][2]

Ward results

Bebington

Bebington
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Brian Cummings 3,008 54.2 Decrease1.6
Labour A. Witter 1,909 34.4 Increase8.3
SLD Kevin Turner 351 6.3 Decrease10.1
Green Garnette Bowler 282 5.1 Increase3.4
Majority 1,099 19.8 Decrease9.9
Registered electors 11,363
Turnout 48.8 Decrease6.6
Conservative hold Swing Decrease5.0

[2]

Bidston

Bidston
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour J. Williams 2,815 84.9 Increase3.0
Conservative W. Houldin 281 8.5 Decrease0.9
SLD Stephen Niblock 141 4.3 Decrease4.4
Green Robert Mitchell 78 2.4 New
Majority 2,534 76.4 Increase3.9
Registered electors 9,256
Turnout 35.8 Decrease4.5
Labour hold Swing Increase2.0

[2][4]

Birkenhead

Birkenhead
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour William Lungley 3,035 76.5 Increase7.0
Conservative D. Smith 501 12.6 Increase1.0
SLD Stuart Kelly 333 8.4 Decrease10.5
Green A. Harrison 98 2.5 New
Majority 2,534 63.9 Increase13.3
Registered electors 11,005
Turnout 36.0 Decrease3.2
Labour hold Swing Increase6.7

[2][5]

Bromborough

Bromborough
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour David Jackson 2,898 58.1 Increase10.2
Conservative C. Molyneux 1,638 32.8 Decrease5.1
SLD Simon Holbrook 364 7.3 Decrease6.9
Green Perle Sheldricks 87 1.7 New
Majority 1,260 25.3 Increase15.4
Registered electors 11,420
Turnout 43.7 Decrease5.2
Labour hold Swing Increase7.7

[2][6]

Clatterbridge

Clatterbridge
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Michael Moore 3,851 61.5 Decrease2.5
Labour M. Harper 1,507 24.1 Increase7.3
SLD S. Dutton 724 11.6 Decrease7.6
Green S. Birchenough 180 2.9 New
Majority 2,344 37.4 Decrease7.3
Registered electors 14,078
Turnout 44.5 Decrease7.2
Conservative hold Swing Decrease3.7

[2]

Claughton

Claughton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour George Davies 2,210 41.1 Increase12.5
Conservative Ian McKellar 1,903 35.4 Increase3.6
SLD Anna Blumenthal 1,114 20.7 Decrease17.0
Green Pamela Mitchell 146 2.7 Increase0.8
Majority 307 5.7 N/A
Registered electors 10,877
Turnout 49.4 Decrease1.4
Labour gain from Conservative Swing Increase7.4

[2][7]

Eastham

Eastham
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Andrew Dow 1,896 34.5 Increase9.4
SLD D. Charles 1,840 33.5 Decrease7.8
Conservative Mary Jordan 1,647 30.0 Decrease3.6
Green Nigel Birchenough 107 1.9 New
Majority 56 1.0 N/A
Registered electors 11,917
Turnout 46.1 Decrease6.7
Labour gain from SLD Swing Increase4.4

[2][8]

Egerton

Egerton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Alec Dunn 3,062 66.2 Increase13.8
Conservative G. Francomb 1,023 22.1 Decrease4.7
SLD K. Hughes 396 8.6 Decrease10.2
Green David Pye 143 3.1 Increase1.1
Majority 2,039 44.1 Increase18.5
Registered electors 11,474
Turnout 40.3 Decrease3.4
Labour hold Swing Increase9.3

[2]

Heswall

Heswall
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative M. Banks 4,349 75.8 Increase4.3
Labour Michael Sullivan 676 11.8 Increase6.0
SLD Robert Wilkins 519 9.0 Decrease11.9
Green J. Bruce 195 3.4 Increase1.7
Majority 3,673 64.0 Increase13.4
Registered electors 13,362
Turnout 43.0 Decrease9.1
Conservative hold Swing Increase6.7

[2][9][10]

Hoylake

Hoylake
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Frank Jones 3,891 69.7 Increase9.5
Labour S. Christie 810 14.5 Increase7.7
SLD S. Welshman 642 11.5 Decrease2.6
Green A. Brett 242 4.3 Increase1.4
Majority 3,081 55.2 Increase11.1
Registered electors 12,797
Turnout 43.6 Decrease8.4
Conservative hold Swing Increase5.6

[2]

Leasowe

Leasowe
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Jim Edwards 2,805 69.0 Increase8.0
Conservative L. Kennedy 1,100 27.0 Decrease1.3
SLD Susanne Uriel 162 4.0 Decrease6.8
Majority 1,705 42.0 Increase9.3
Registered electors 9,865
Turnout 41.2 Increase0.8
Labour hold Swing Increase4.7

[2]

Liscard

Liscard
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour E. Smith 3,321 53.3 Increase13.4
Conservative M. Ebbs 2,461 39.5 Decrease6.3
SLD John Uriel 449 7.2 Decrease7.1
Majority 860 13.8 N/A
Registered electors 11,677
Turnout 53.4 Increase0.9
Labour gain from Conservative Swing Increase9.9

[2]

Moreton

Moreton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour John Clark 2,665 53.2 Increase10.1
Conservative I. Walker 2,048 40.9 Decrease0.3
SLD B. Thomas 223 4.4 Decrease11.3
Green George Bowler 76 1.5 New
Majority 617 12.3 Increase10.4
Registered electors 9,233
Turnout 54.3 Decrease0.8
Labour gain from Conservative Swing Increase5.2

[2]

New Brighton

New Brighton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Colin Penfold 2,438 44.1 Increase11.3
Conservative P. Buzzard 2,404 43.5 Decrease0.2
SLD L. Matthew 337 6.1 Decrease17.5
SDP R. Curphey 224 4.1 New
Green Allen Burton 125 2.3 New
Majority 34 0.6 N/A
Registered electors 11,868
Turnout 46.6 Decrease0.8
Labour gain from Conservative Swing Increase5.8

[2]

Oxton

Oxton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
SLD Michael Cooke 2,060 38.2 Decrease0.9
Conservative Leonard Moore 1,979 36.7 Increase1.2
Labour T. Kelly 1,251 23.2 Increase0.2
Green A. Tebbs 102 1.9 Decrease0.4
Majority 81 1.5 Decrease2.1
Registered electors 11,550
Turnout 46.7 Decrease1.7
SLD hold Swing Decrease1.1

[2]

Prenton

Prenton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
SLD R. Pullen 2,432 39.9 Decrease2.3
Conservative A. Clement 2,085 34.2 Decrease2.6
Labour T. Collins 1,452 23.9 Increase4.6
Green D. Pye 119 2.0 Increase0.3
Majority 347 5.7 Increase0.2
Registered electors 12,462
Turnout 48.9 Decrease6.2
SLD gain from Conservative Swing Increase0.1

[2]

Royden

Royden
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Derek Robinson 3,491 64.9 Increase6.1
Labour D. Hughes 893 16.6 Increase5.6
SLD Peter Reisdorf 809 15.0 Decrease1.1
Green K. Cuthbertson 185 3.4 Increase0.4
Majority 2,598 48.3 Increase5.6
Registered electors 12,790
Turnout 42.0 Decrease8.2
Conservative hold Swing Increase2.8

[2][11]

Seacombe

Seacombe
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour P. Clee 3,841 75.9 Increase13.8
Conservative G. Allen 887 17.5 Decrease3.9
SLD H. Warner 169 3.3 Decrease13.2
SDP J. Williams 165 3.3 New
Majority 2,954 58.4 Increase17.7
Registered electors 11,856
Turnout 42.7 Increase2.3
Labour hold Swing Increase8.9

[2]

Thurstaston

Thurstaston
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Sid Dunn 3,469 65.6 Increase3.2
Labour W. Gamet 985 18.6 Increase5.5
SLD Charles Wall 521 9.9 Decrease8.9
Green David Burton 314 5.9 Increase0.2
Majority 2,484 47.0 Increase3.3
Registered electors 12,653
Turnout 41.8 Decrease7.3
Conservative hold Swing Increase1.7

[2]

Tranmere

Tranmere
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour R. Davies 2,893 79.1 Increase11.8
Conservative R. McGunigall 494 13.5 Decrease1.0
SLD C. Townsend 176 4.8 Decrease11.7
Green C. Rainsford 95 2.6 Increase0.9
Majority 2,399 65.6 Increase14.8
Registered electors 10,529
Turnout 34.7 Decrease3.8
Labour hold Swing Increase7.4

[2]

Upton

Upton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Keith Rimmer 3,105 55.3 Increase9.9
Conservative Geoffrey Caton 1,729 30.8 Increase0.3
SLD Elizabeth Brame 664 11.8 Decrease10.9
Green G. Osler 113 2.0 Increase0.6
Majority 1,376 24.5 Increase9.6
Registered electors 12,731
Turnout 44.1 Decrease6.8
Labour hold Swing Increase4.8

[2]

Wallasey

Wallasey
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Kate Wood 3,682 59.3 Increase6.6
Labour M. Mannin 1,507 24.3 Increase7.0
SLD Moira Gallagher 1,025 16.5 Decrease13.4
Majority 2,175 35.0 Increase12.2
Registered electors 12,200
Turnout 50.9 Decrease3.6
Conservative hold Swing Increase6.1

[2][12]

Changes between 1988 and 1990

Date Ward Name Previous affiliation New affiliation Circumstance
October 1988 Egerton Alec Dunn Labour Independent Labour Expelled.[13]
October 1988 Leasowe Jim Edwards Labour Independent Labour Expelled.[13]
October 1988 Leasowe Ken Fox Labour Independent Labour Expelled.[13]

Notes

italics denote the sitting councillor • bold denotes the winning candidate

References

  1. ^ a b "Local Election Summaries 1988". The Elections Centre. Retrieved 7 January 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x "Metropolitan Borough of Wirral Election Results 1973-2012 (Pg. 9 and 10)" (PDF). The Elections Centre. Retrieved 7 January 2019.
  3. ^ "Council compositions". The Elections Centre. Retrieved 27 July 2018.
  4. ^ "Councillor Steve Niblock". Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council.
  5. ^ "Councillor Stuart Kelly". Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council.
  6. ^ "Councillor Simon Holbrook". Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council.
  7. ^ "Councillor George Davies". Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council.
  8. ^ "Councillor Mary Jordan". Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council.
  9. ^ "Councillor Michael Sullivan". Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council.
  10. ^ "Councillor Bob Wilkins". Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council.
  11. ^ "Councillor Peter Reisdorf". Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council.
  12. ^ "Councillor Mrs Kate Wood". Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council.
  13. ^ a b c Harrison, Anne (4 May 1990). "Trouble ahead as voters split Wirral down middle". Liverpool Echo.

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