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

The 1996 Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council election took place on 2 May 1996 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, with 16 being won by the Labour Party, 2 by the Liberal Democrats and 2 by the Conservative

After the election, the composition of the council was

Election result

Bolton Local Election Result 1996
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Labour 16 5 0 +5 54.1 36,393 -0.5
  Conservative 2 0 5 -5 25.0 16,798 +1.7
  Liberal Democrats 2 0 0 -0 19.6 13,184 -0.4

Council Composition

Prior to the election the composition of the council was:

43 11 6
Labour Conservative L

After the election the composition of the council was:

48 6 6
Labour Conservative L

LD - Liberal Democrats

Ward results

Astley Bridge ward

Astley Bridge ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour B Ramsden 1,954 45.6 -3.9
Conservative H Fairclough 1,899 44.3 +6.4
Liberal Democrats S Howarth 429 10.0 +4.2
Majority 55 1.3 -10.3
Turnout 4,282 39.3 -4.7
Labour gain from Conservative Swing Labour to Con 5.1

Blackrod ward

Blackrod ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour E Johnson 1,589 43.1 -20.8
Independent Labour L Watkinson 842 22.9 +22.9
Conservative C Moss 824 22.4 +0.6
Liberal Democrats D Watts 428 11.6 -2.7
Majority 747 20.3 -21.8
Turnout 3,683 37.1 +1.0
Labour hold Swing Labour to Ind Lab 21.8

Bradshaw ward

Bradshaw ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour G Butterworth 1,782 48.1 -1.1
Conservative W Hall 1,492 40.3 -0.8
Liberal Democrats I Peacock 432 11.7 +2.0
Majority 290 7.8 -0.3
Turnout 3,706 34.1 -3.5
Labour gain from Conservative Swing Labour to LD 1.5

Breightmet ward

Breightmet ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour J Byrne 2,134 72.6 -0.4
Conservative P Brown 491 16.7 +1.1
Liberal Democrats E Hill 315 10.7 -0.8
Majority 1,643 55.9 -1.5
Turnout 2,940 28.5 -1.4
Labour hold Swing Con to LD 0.9

Bromley Cross ward

Bromley Cross ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative N Critchley 2,072 48.5 +1.7
Labour R McCawley 1,778 41.7 -0.3
Liberal Democrats C Atty 418 9.8 -1.3
Majority 294 6.9 +2.1
Turnout 4,268 40.7 +0.8
Conservative hold Swing LD to Con 1.5

Burnden ward

Burnden ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour D Eastwood 1,907 70.0 -5.0
Conservative R Wood 425 15.6 +1.7
Liberal Democrats D Connor 394 14.5 +3.4
Majority 1,482 54.4 -6.8
Turnout 2,726 28.4 -2.5
Labour hold Swing Labour to LD 4.2

Central ward

Central ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour R Howarth 2,052 77.6 +0.3
Conservative J Bradley 447 16.9 +0.7
Liberal Democrats R Silvester 146 5.5 -0.9
Majority 1,605 60.7 -0.4
Turnout 2,645 34.0 -3.7
Labour hold Swing LD to Con 0.7

Daubhill ward

Daubhill ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour T Anderton 2,024 76.9 +1.7
Conservative F Tebbutt 383 14.5 -0.7
Liberal Democrats M Rothwell 226 8.6 -1.0
Majority 1,641 62.3 +2.3
Turnout 2,633 30.4 -1.9
Labour hold Swing LD to Labour 1.3

Deane-cum-Heaton ward

Deane-cum-Heaton ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative A Rushton 2,383 48.6 -4.2
Labour E Walker 1,877 38.3 +38.3
Liberal Democrats C Gregory 640 13.1 -34.1
Majority 506 10.3 +4.7
Turnout 4,900 37.3 -3.4
Conservative hold Swing LD to Labour 36.2

Derby ward

Derby ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour J Foster 2,604 83.8 +10.3
Conservative J Walsh 319 10.3 -12.0
Liberal Democrats L Bale 186 6.0 +1.8
Majority 2,285 73.5 +22.3
Turnout 3,109 33.6 -7.6
Labour hold Swing Con to Labour 11.1

Farnworth ward

Farnworth ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour N Spencer 1,874 82.0 +28.6
Conservative D Bailey 208 9.1 +1.9
Liberal Democrats W Crook 204 8.9 +4.9
Majority 1,666 72.9 +54.8
Turnout 2,286 24.3 -6.1
Labour hold Swing

Halliwell ward

Halliwell ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour L Thomas 1,919 66.8 +0.1
Liberal Democrats I Greenhalgh 572 19.9 -3.2
Conservative A Osborn 382 13.3 +3.1
Majority 1,347 46.9 +3.3
Turnout 2,873 30.0 -5.9
Labour hold Swing LD to Con 3.1

Harper Green ward

Harper Green ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour M Clare 1,862 78.7 -1.8
Conservative K Ward 297 12.6 +1.8
Liberal Democrats R Harasiwka 206 8.7 0.0
Majority 1,565 66.2 -3.4
Turnout 2,365 23.4 -4.4
Labour hold Swing Labour to Con 1.8

Horwich ward

Horwich ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats B Ronson 2,837 58.4 +29.3
Labour I Alli 1,105 22.7 -25.4
Conservative P Barron 917 18.9 -2.3
Majority 1,732 35.6
Turnout 4,859 43.0 -0.5
Liberal Democrats hold Swing Labour to LD 27.3

Hulton Park ward

Hulton Park ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour J Kellett 1,677 41.9 -2.7
Conservative C Higson 1,411 35.3 +8.3
Liberal Democrats D Gradwell 911 22.8 -4.1
Majority 266 6.6 -11.0
Turnout 3,999 33.5 -1.7
Labour gain from Conservative Swing LD to Con 6.2

Kearsley ward

Kearsley ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour D Burrows 1,847 61.7 +3.1
Liberal Democrats J Rothwell 956 31.9 -4.5
Conservative A Bonomy 191 6.4 -1.4
Majority 891 29.7
Turnout 2,994 30.1 -4.7
Labour hold Swing LD to Labour 3.8

Little Lever ward

Little Lever ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour M Connell 2,117 61.9 +5.6
Conservative S Jinks 1,078 31.5 -5.7
Liberal Democrats L Barron 227 6.6 +0.1
Majority 1,039 30.4 +11.4
Turnout 3,422 36.7 -3.8
Labour gain from Conservative Swing Con to Labour 5.6

Smithills ward

Smithills ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats C Sawrbrick 2,088 56.1 -3.1
Labour A Page 885 23.8 -3.5
Conservative J Walsh 746 20.1 +6.6
Majority 1,203 32.3 +0.4
Turnout 3,719 43.9 -0.4
Liberal Democrats hold Swing Labour to Con 5.0

Tonge ward

Tonge ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour M Mcfadden 1,913 70.2 -1.1
Conservative J Evans 535 19.6 +0.1
Liberal Democrats P Howarth 277 10.2 +0.9
Majority 1,378 50.6 -1.2
Turnout 2,725 33.6 -5.2
Labour hold Swing Labour to LD 1.0

Westhoughton ward

Westhoughton ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour K Jones 1,493 48.4 +3.7
Liberal Democrats E Hill 1,296 42.0 +4.3
Conservative D Bagnall 298 9.7 -1.6
Majority 197 6.4 -0.6
Turnout 3,087 36.8 -1.3
Labour gain from Conservative Swing Con to LD 2.3

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