Elections to Rochdale Council were held on 2 May 2002. One third of the council was up for election and the Labour Party kept overall control of the council.

After the election, the composition of the council was

Election result

Rochdale Local Election Result 2002
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Labour 12 0 57.1 44.8 21,570
  Liberal Democrats 7 0 33.3 29.5 14,189
  Conservative 2 0 9.5 22.7 10,922
  Independent 0 0 0 2.5 1,215
  Socialist Alliance 0 0 0 0.3 139
  Liberal 0 0 0 0.2 76
  Christian Democrat 0 0 0 0.1 31

Ward results

Balderstone
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour 1,261 53.4
Conservative 779 33.0
Liberal Democrats 323 13.7
Majority 482 20.4
Turnout 2,363
Brimrod and Deeplish
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats 1,094 51.9
Labour 845 40.1
Conservative 170 8.1
Majority 249 11.8
Turnout 2,109
Castleton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats 1,364 50.4
Labour 1,079 39.9
Conservative 261 9.7
Majority 285 10.5
Turnout 2,704
Central and Falinge
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour 1,674 65.3
Liberal Democrats 699 27.3
Conservative 192 7.5
Majority 975 38.0
Turnout 2,565
Healey
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats 1,227 37.4
Labour 1,187 36.1
Conservative 870 26.5
Majority 40 1.3
Turnout 3,284
Heywood North
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour 993 56.7
Conservative 546 31.2
Independent 213 12.2
Majority 447 25.5
Turnout 1,752
Heywood South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour 1,685 67.1
Conservative 827 32.9
Majority 858 34.2
Turnout 2,512
Heywood West (2)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour 1,086
Labour 920
Conservative 302
Conservative 272
Turnout 2,580
Littleborough
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats 1,340 49.2
Conservative 735 27.0
Labour 649 23.8
Majority 605 22.2
Turnout 2,724
Middleton Central
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour 984 70.6
Liberal Democrats 331 23.7
Socialist Alliance 79 5.7
Majority 653 46.9
Turnout 1,394
Middleton East
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour 1,051 48.9
Liberal Democrats 864 40.2
Conservative 202 9.4
Christian Democrat 31 1.4
Majority 187 8.7
Turnout 2,148
Middleton North
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour 1,001 60.9
Liberal Democrats 644 39.1
Majority 357 21.8
Turnout 1,645
Middleton South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour 1,589 52.4
Conservative 1,072 35.4
Liberal Democrats 370 12.2
Majority 517 17.0
Turnout 3,031
Middleton West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour 801 69.2
Conservative 143 12.3
Liberal Democrats 78 6.7
Liberal 76 6.6
Socialist Alliance 60 5.2
Majority 658 56.9
Turnout 1,158
Milnrow and Newhey
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats 1,176 48.7
Labour 647 26.8
Conservative 590 24.5
Majority 529 21.9
Turnout 2,413
Newbold
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour 1,260 65.8
Liberal Democrats 417 21.8
Conservative 238 12.4
Majority 843 44.0
Turnout 1,915
Norden and Bamford
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative 1,881 53.9
Liberal Democrats 1,112 31.9
Labour 494 14.2
Majority 769 22.0
Turnout 3,487
Smallbridge
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats 1,562 39.2
Labour 1,422 35.7
Independent 1,002 25.1
Majority 140 3.5
Turnout 3,986
Spotland
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats 1,274 60.6
Labour 538 25.6
Conservative 292 13.9
Majority 736 35.0
Turnout 2,104
Wardle
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative 1,550 68.3
Labour 404 17.8
Liberal Democrats 314 13.8
Majority 1,146 50.5
Turnout 2,268