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

The 1991 Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council election took place on 6 May 1991 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: 12 were won by the Labour Party, 6 by the Conservative Party, 1 by the Liberal Democrats, and 1 by an Independent Labour candidate. After the election, the composition of the council was as follows:

Election result

Bolton Local Election Result 1991
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Labour 12 0 1 -1 42.9 36,747 -12.4
  Conservative 6 0 0 +0 34.9 29,841 +9.7
  Liberal Democrats 1 0 0 +0 19.7 16,867 +5.1
  Other parties 1 1 0 +1 2.5 2,140 -2.4

Council Composition

Prior to the election the composition of the council was:

43 14 3
Labour Conservative L

After the election the composition of the council was:

42 14 3 1
Labour Conservative L I

LD - Liberal Democrats
I - Independent

Ward results

Astley Bridge ward

Astley Bridge ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative J Walsh 3,072 55.0 +9.4
Labour M Clare 1,981 35.5 -11.3
Liberal Democrats C Kay 530 9.5 +1.9
Majority 1,092 19.5
Turnout 5,583 50.3 -0.7
Conservative hold Swing Labour to Con 10.3

Blackrod ward

Blackrod ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour K Helsby 2,129 46.8 -18.4
Conservative J Winnward 1,395 30.6 +7.4
Liberal Democrats I Hamilton 810 17.8 +6.2
Independent N Oliphant 220 4.8 +4.8
Majority 734 16.2 -25.8
Turnout 4,554 54.0 -4.2
Labour hold Swing Labour to Con 12.9

Bradshaw ward

Bradshaw ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative E Crook 2,598 53.1 +9.6
Labour J Byrne 1,668 34.1 -6.3
Liberal Democrats R Steele 623 12.7 +3.7
Majority 930 19.0 +15.8
Turnout 4,889 44.0 +2.3
Conservative hold Swing Labour to Con 7.9

Breightmet ward

Breightmet ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour D Grime 2,320 55.6 -12.1
Conservative J Edge 1,385 33.2 +7.9
Liberal Democrats S Ball 468 11.2 +5.2
Majority 935 22.4 -20.1
Turnout 4,173 38.2 -5.5
Labour hold Swing Labour to Con 10.0

Bromley Cross ward

Bromley Cross ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative A Wilkinson 2,637 56.9 +9.4
Labour R Stones 1,275 27.5 -7.8
Liberal Democrats C Atty 722 15.6 +8.4
Majority 1,362 29.4 +17.3
Turnout 4,634 44.4 -2.2
Conservative hold Swing Labour to Con 8.6

Burnden ward

Burnden ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour P Birch 2,277 62.7 +1.2
Conservative J Cosgrave 890 24.5 +0.9
Liberal Democrats P Howarth 464 12.8 +2.7
Majority 1,387 38.2 +0.3
Turnout 3,631 38.9 -6.1
Labour hold Swing

Central ward

Central ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour J Sherrington 2,286 67.4 -8.4
Conservative L Shepherd 620 18.3 +8.6
Liberal Democrats S Howarth 488 14.4 +8.1
Majority 1,666 49.1 -17.1
Turnout 3,394 42.7 -9.8
Labour hold Swing Labour to Con 8.5

Daubhill ward

Daubhill ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour M Donaghy 2,316 64.0 -9.5
Conservative L Waterson 871 24.1 +5.4
Liberal Democrats L Baron 432 11.9 +4.0
Majority 1,445 39.9 -14.9
Turnout 3,619 41.0 -7.3
Labour hold Swing Labour to Con 7.4

Deane-cum-Heaton ward

Deane-cum-Heaton ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative J Hanscomb 3,431 55.5 +5.3
Labour J Gillatt 1,962 31.7 -5.8
Liberal Democrats L Easterman 715 11.6 +3.6
Independent J Strickland 75 1.2 +1.2
Majority 1,469 23.7 +13.0
Turnout 6,183 46.8 -1.2
Conservative hold Swing Labour to Con 5.5

Derby ward

Derby ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour K Peters 2,889 80.0 +0.9
Conservative F Tebbutt 436 12.1 +4.8
Liberal Democrats C McPherson 284 7.9 +4.4
Majority 2,453 68.0 -1.0
Turnout 3,609 38.9 -11.2
Labour hold Swing

Farnworth ward

Farnworth ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Labour W Hardman 1,644 50.7 +26.0
Labour A Devlin 927 28.6 -28.6
Conservative C Adams 480 14.8 +2.4
Liberal Democrats L Sanderson 191 5.9 +2.6
Majority 717 22.1
Turnout 3,242 34.8 -14.2
Independent Labour gain from Labour Swing Labour to Ind Labour 27.3

Halliwell ward

Halliwell ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour C Morris 2,491 59.9 -5.7
Conservative R Pryce 848 20.4 +6.9
Liberal Democrats J Radlett 817 19.7 +6.2
Majority 1,643 39.5 -12.6
Turnout 4,156 43.6 -7.0
Labour hold Swing Labour to Con 6.3

Harper Green ward

Harper Green ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour C Dennis 2,350 64.5 -9.9
Conservative P Cummins 698 19.2 +3.4
Liberal Democrats P Barnett 593 16.3 +6.5
Majority 1,652 45.4 -13.3
Turnout 3,641 35.2 -6.8
Labour hold Swing Labour to LD 8.2

Horwich ward

Horwich ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour B McCracken 2,384 38.7 -6.9
Liberal Democrats B Ronson 2,192 35.6 +2.7
Conservative M Perks 1,589 25.8 +7.3
Majority 192 3.1 -9.5
Turnout 6,165 54.0 -1.6
Labour hold Swing Labour to Con 7.1

Hulton Park ward

Hulton Park ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative G Smith 2,647 50.8 +11.4
Labour T Hyams 1,583 30.4 -15.5
Liberal Democrats D Wilkinson 977 18.8 +4.1
Majority 1,064 20.4
Turnout 5,207 44.6 -1.1
Conservative hold Swing Labour to Con 13.4

Kearsley ward

Kearsley ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour P Spencer 2,132 51.3 -10.1
Liberal Democrats J Rothwell 1,450 34.9 +4.2
Conservative P Briscoe 570 13.7 +3.7
Majority 682 16.4
Turnout 4,152 41.9 -5.7
Labour hold Swing Labour to LD 7.1

Little Lever ward

Little Lever ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative D Dziubas 2,166 47.9 +13.3
Labour R Evans 1,849 40.9 -17.9
Liberal Democrats W Crook 504 11.2 +4.6
Majority 317 7.0
Turnout 4,519 48.0 -7.4
Conservative hold Swing Labour to Con 15.6

Smithills ward

Smithills ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal J Higson 2,686 55.7 +14.9
Conservative G Gibson 1,296 26.9 +4.3
Labour A Page 637 13.2 -10.9
Independent S Graeme 201 4.2 -2.1
Majority 1,390 28.8 -13.6
Turnout 4,820 55.2 -3.4
Liberal Democrats hold Swing Labour to LD 12.9

Tonge ward

Tonge ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour P Perry 1,906 46.8 -11.3
Conservative P Hamer 1,180 29.0 +4.4
Liberal Democrats B Dunning 987 24.2 +6.9
Majority 726 17.8 -15.7
Turnout 4,073 46.0 -6.4
Labour hold Swing Labour to LD 9.1

Westhoughton ward

Westhoughton ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour P Finch 1,366 39.9 -11.1
Conservative G Twist 1,032 30.1 +16.5
Liberal Democrats P Mather 1,027 30.0 -5.5
Majority 334 9.7 -5.8
Turnout 3,425 44.0 -2.3
Labour hold Swing Labour to Con 13.8

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