Elections to Rochdale Council were held on 4 May 2006. One third of the council was up for election and the council stayed under no overall control. Overall turnout was 32.98%.

After the election, the composition of the council was

Election result

Rochdale Local Election Result 2006
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Liberal Democrats 12 4 1 +3 60.0 41.6 21,065 -0.2%
  Labour 6 1 5 -4 30.0 33.4 16,877 +0.1%
  Conservative 2 1 0 +1 10.0 23.5 11,881 -0.6%
  BNP 0 0 0 0 0 1.3 660 +0.8%
  Green 0 0 0 0 0 0.2 122 +0.2%

Ward results

Balderstone & Kirkholt
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Dale Mulgrew 957 46.5 +25.1
Labour Steven Burke 660 32.1 -14.6
Conservative Linda Butler 439 21.4 -10.5
Majority 297 14.4
Turnout 2,056 28.8
Liberal Democrats gain from Labour Swing
Bamford
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats William Hobhouse 1,593 50.7 +14.1
Labour Sylvia Diggle 1,193 37.9 +23.7
Conservative Valerie Godson 359 11.4 -38.0
Majority 400 12.8
Turnout 3,145 41.4
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Castleton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Peter Davison 1,399 57.6 -2.8
Labour Colin Thompson 646 26.6 +5.0
Conservative Ronald Crossley 384 15.8 -2.6
Majority 753 31.0
Turnout 2,429 32.0
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Central Rochdale
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Ibrar Khan 1,763 49.1 +16.0
Liberal Democrats Shah Wazir 1,472 41.0 -13.0
Conservative Roger Howarth 354 9.9 -3.0
Majority 291 8.1
Turnout 3,589 47.2
Labour gain from Liberal Democrats Swing
East Middleton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour David Murphy 900 41.2 -7.9
Liberal Democrats Mark Brady 845 38.7 -12.2
Conservative Susan Pawson 438 20.1 +20.1
Majority 55 2.5
Turnout 2,183 28.3
Labour hold Swing
Healey
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Alan Taylor 1,250 39.0 -15.1
Conservative Andrew Neilson 738 23.0 -7.3
BNP Donald Mooney 660 20.6 +20.6
Labour Abdul Chowdry 434 13.5 -2.1
Green Samir Chatterjee 122 3.8 +3.8
Majority 512 16.0
Turnout 3,204 41.1
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Hopwood Hall
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Carol Wardle 1,267 53.2 +9.0
Conservative Peter Burt 761 31.9 -3.0
Liberal Democrats Malcome Heard 355 14.9 -6.0
Majority 506 21.3
Turnout 2,383 29.7
Labour hold Swing
Kingsway
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Mark Birkett 1,218 45.3 +6.6
Labour Tom Stott 1,158 43.0 +5.9
Conservative Philip Grantham 314 11.7 -12.5
Majority 60 2.3
Turnout 2,690 34.2
Liberal Democrats gain from Labour Swing
Littleborough Lakeside
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Pauline Maguire 1,293 53.5 +2.3
Conservative Frank Mills 785 32.5 -2.0
Labour Derek Snowden 339 14.0 -0.3
Majority 508 21.0
Turnout 2,417 30.8
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Milkstone & Deeplish
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Angela Coric 1,931 54.0 -10.9
Labour Imtiaz Ahmed 1,379 38.6 +8.8
Conservative Mudassar Razzaq 266 7.4 +2.1
Majority 552 15.4
Turnout 3,576 47.6
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Milnrow & Newhey
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Denis Whittle 1,298 55.2 +2.1
Conservative Michael Butler 581 24.7 +5.4
Labour Geoffrey Coady 472 20.1 -7.5
Majority 717 30.5
Turnout 2,351 30.3
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Norden
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Wera Hobhouse 1,327 49.2 +16.3
Conservative Paul Chadwick 1,109 41.1 -11.5
Labour Muhammad Malik 263 9.7 -4.4
Majority 218 8.1
Turnout 2,699 36.1
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
North Heywood
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Peter Rush 1,034 50.0 +19.5
Labour Nick Maher 748 36.2 -10.1
Conservative Norman Warwick 285 13.8 -9.4
Majority 286 13.8
Turnout 2,067 28.2
Liberal Democrats gain from Labour Swing
North Middleton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Ian Robertson 811 43.8 +4.3
Liberal Democrats Neil Lever 564 30.5 -1.1
Conservative David Harris 475 25.7 -3.0
Majority 247 13.3
Turnout 1,850 23.4
Labour hold Swing
Smallbridge & Firgrove
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Christine Akram 817 40.8 -2.5
Labour Lorraine Butterworth 769 38.4 +4.2
Conservative Keith Taylor 417 20.8 -1.7
Majority 48 2.4
Turnout 2,003 26.7
Liberal Democrats gain from Labour Swing
South Middleton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Michael Holly 1,261 42.9 +2.0
Labour Peter Williams 1,242 42.2 +2.2
Liberal Democrats Paul Guisbourne-Hilton 439 14.9 -4.2
Majority 19 0.7
Turnout 2,942 37.6
Conservative gain from Labour Swing
Spotland & Falinge
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Peter Clegg 1,713 63.5 +2.4
Labour James Brown 592 22.0 +0.1
Conservative Steven Scholes 391 14.5 -2.4
Majority 1,121 41.5
Turnout 2,696 33.9
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Wardle & West Littleborough
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Robert Clegg 1,652 68.0 +5.4
Liberal Democrats Hilary Rodgers 477 19.6 -3.9
Labour Pauline Mann 299 12.3 -1.7
Majority 1,175 48.4
Turnout 2,428 34.0
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
West Heywood
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Alan McCarthy 954 47.2 +1.3
Liberal Democrats Doreen Brophy-Lee 585 28.9 +28.9
Conservative Kathryn Burt 484 23.9 -4.9
Majority 369 18.3
Turnout 2,023 23.9
Labour hold Swing
West Middleton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Robin Parker 988 54.2 -0.2
Liberal Democrats Barbara Guisbourne-Hilton 498 27.3 +27.3
Conservative David Pawson 388 21.3 -2.1
Majority 490 26.9
Turnout 1,824 23.7
Labour hold Swing