The 2019 Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council election took place on 2 May 2019 to elect members of Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council in England.[1][2] This was on the same day as other local elections.

Overall Results

Vote share changes compared to 2018.

Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council
Party This election Full council This election
Seats Net Seats % Other Total Total % Votes Votes % +/−
  Labour 16 Increase1 80.0 31 47 78.3 23,461 49.36 -2.73
  Conservative 3 Decrease1 15.0 6 9 15.0 10,110 21.27 -5.70
  Liberal Democrats 1 Steady 5.0 3 4 6.7 5,156 10.85 -2.17
  UKIP 0 Steady 0.0 0 0 0.0 7,069 14.87 +10.93
  Green 0 Steady 0.0 0 0 0.0 1,731 3.64 +2.34

Ward results

Councillors seeking re-election are marked with an asterisk; they were last elected in 2015 and changes are compared to that year's election.[3]

Balderstone & Kirkholt

Balderstone & Kirkholt
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Daniel Joseph Meredith* 880 45.0 -1.4
UKIP Guy Bradley 380 19.4 -5.7
Liberal Democrats Patricia Ann Colclough 369 18.9 +9.1
Conservative John Kershaw 204 10.4 -4.6
Green James O'Meara 124 6.3 +2.7
Majority 500 25.5 +4.5
Turnout 1,957 25
Labour hold Swing +2.15

Bamford

Bamford
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Patricia Sullivan* 1,499 47.8 +7.5
Labour Mohammad Arshad 1,048 33.4 +1.9
UKIP Stephen Sanderson 251 8.0 -12.2
Green Sarah Croke 199 6.3 n/a
Liberal Democrats Barrie Nicholson 140 4.5 -3.5
Majority 451 14.4 +5.6
Turnout 3,137 41
Conservative hold Swing +2.8

Castleton

Castleton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Jean Gladys Hornby* 1,035 47.5 +3.9
Conservative Michael Cullen 481 22.1 +7.7
UKIP Mark Izzo 375 17.2 -13.9
Green Jonathan Kershaw 197 9.0 +5.4
Liberal Democrats Stephen Thornley 91 4.2 -3.1
Majority 554 25.4 +12.9
Turnout 2,179 28
Labour hold Swing -1.9

Central Rochdale

Central Rochdale
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Ali Ahmed* 2,292 78.7 +35.1
Liberal Democrats Rifat Mahmood 422 14.5 n/a
Conservative Roger Howarth 200 6.9 +2.4
Majority 1,870 64.2 +29.3
Turnout 2,914 39
Labour hold Swing +10.3

East Middleton

East Middleton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Donna Martin* 1,162 57.4 +7.5
UKIP Robert Mudd 520 25.7 -4.0
Conservative Jacqueline Holt 342 16.9 -0.6
Majority 642 31.7 +11.4
Turnout 2,143 26
Labour hold Swing +5.75

Healey

Healey
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Shah Wazir* 1,190 46.2 +14.6
Conservative Robert McLean 582 22.6 -6.2
UKIP Fredrick Willis 440 17.1 -8.9
Liberal Democrats John Rogers 365 14.2 +5.2
Majority 608 23.6 +20.7
Turnout 2,577 33
Labour hold Swing +10.4

Hopwood Hall

Hopwood Hall
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Susan Emmott* 1,095 51.5 +6.8
UKIP Angela Gardner 572 26.9 -8.0
Conservative Paul Ellison 460 21.6 +7.2
Majority 523 24.6 +14.8
Turnout 2,127 25
Labour hold Swing +7.4

Kingsway

Kingsway
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Elsie Wraighte 1,778 70.2 +11.7
Green Mark Hollinrake 268 10.6 +6.9
Conservative Richard Duckworth 267 10.5 +3.5
Liberal Democrats Anthony Hughes 221 8.7 +0.7
Majority 1,510 59.6 +20.6
Turnout 2,534 29
Labour hold Swing +2.4

Littleborough Lakeside

Littleborough Lakeside
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Tom Besford 879 34.7 +2.3
Conservative Ann Stott* 687 27.1 -7.9
Liberal Democrats Kathryn Clegg 433 17.1 n/a
UKIP Stephen Mitchell 336 13.3 -11.1
Green Stuart Howard-Cofield 196 7.7 +1.2
Majority 192 7.6
Turnout 2,532 32
Labour gain from Conservative Swing +5.1

Mikstone & Deeplish

Milkstone & Deeplish
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Mohammed Zaman* 2,142 83.8 +6.1
Liberal Democrats Richard Eden-Maughan 145 5.7 -0.4
Green Feruz Ali 134 5.2 +2.4
Conservative Keith Taylor 134 5.2 +0.3
Majority 1,997 78.2 +9.0
Turnout 2,555 33
Labour hold Swing +3.25

Milnrow & Newhey

Milnrow & Newhey
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Andy Kelly* 1,714 60.0 +21.2
Labour Neil Butterworth 595 20.8 -4.1
UKIP Hillary Smith 362 12.7 -6.3
Conservative George Carpenter 184 6.4 -7.2
Majority 1,119 39.2 +25.3
Turnout 2,855 36
Liberal Democrats hold Swing +12.65

Norden

Norden
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Peter Winkler* 1,428 55.2 +8.7
Labour Shaukat Ali 483 18.7 -1.7
UKIP Beverley Taylor-King 270 10.4 -13.6
Liberal Democrats Nigel Sarbutts 218 8.4 +3.4
Green Adam Mir 187 7.2 +3.2
Majority 945 36.5 +14.0
Turnout 2,586 33
Conservative hold Swing +5.2

North Heywood

North Heywood
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Ray Dutton* 968 54.8 +16.7
UKIP Bernard Akin 526 29.8 -1.6
Conservative Adrian Coan 274 15.5 +7.0
Majority 442 25.0 +18.3
Turnout 17.68 23
Labour hold Swing +9.15

North Middleton

North Middleton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Sara Louise Rowbotham* 1,061 54.8 +3.8
UKIP Thomas Barnes 592 30.6 -2.4
Conservative Rachel McLachlan 284 14.7 +1.9
Majority 469 24.2 +6.3
Turnout 1,937 25
Labour hold Swing +3.1

Smallbridge & Firgrove

Smallbridge & Firgrove
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Aftab Hussain* 1,335 58.7 +11.9
UKIP Laurent Baudry 410 18.0 -12.0
Liberal Democrats Eleanor Kelly 294 12.9 +9.2
Conservative Keith Branton 234 10.3 +0.1
Majority 925 40.7 +23.5
Turnout 2,273 28
Labour hold Swing +11.95

South Middleton

South Middleton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Peter Williams* 1,184 47.7 +5.6
Conservative Stephen Anstee 648 26.1 +2.8
UKIP Philip Partington 440 17.7 -9.5
Liberal Democrats Sue Curzon 212 8.5 +5.0
Majority 536 21.6 +6.7
Turnout 2,484 32
Labour hold Swing +1.4

Spotland & Falinge

Spotland & Falinge
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Rachel Massey 1,692 61.7 +14.4
Conservative Steven Scholes 429 15.6 +1.8
Green Mick Coats 426 15.5 +10.5
Liberal Democrats Joseph Marsden 196 7.1 -1.7
Majority 1,263 46.0 +20.5
Turnout 2,743 33
Labour hold Swing +6.3

Wardle & West Littleborough

Wardle & West Littleborough
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Rina Paolucci-Escobar* 1,213 49.2 +3.6
Labour Julian Farnell 595 24.1 +0.9
Liberal Democrats Robert Clegg 336 13.6 +7.4
UKIP Robert Neave 320 13.0 -7.6
Majority 618 25.1 +2.7
Turnout 2,464 31
Conservative hold Swing +1.35

West Heywood

West Heywood
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Jacqui Beswick* 958 49.3 +1.1
UKIP Michael O'Brien 699 36.0 +1.7
Conservative Darren Bayman 287 14.8 +2.9
Majority 259 13.3 -0.6
Turnout 1,944 22
Labour hold Swing -0.3

West Middleton

West Middleton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Philip Burke* 1,089 56.2 -1.0
UKIP Lee Seville 576 29.7 +1.1
Conservative Andrew Neilson 273 14.1 +4.6
Majority 513 26.5 -2.1
Turnout 1,938 21
Labour hold Swing -1.05

By-elections and other changes

Councillor Alan McCarthy (elected 2018 for Labour in the West Heywood ward) defected from Labour to the Brexit Party on 4 July 2019.[4] Joined Conservative Party June 2021

Councillor Jacqui Beswick (elected 2019 for Labour in the West Heywood ward) resigned from the Labour Party on 4 July 2019 to sit as an independent.[4] Joined Conservative Party June 2021

Councillor Kath Nickson (elected 2018 for Labour in the Balderstone & Kirkholt ward) defected from the Liberal Democrats to the Brexit Party on 10 July 2019.[5] Now sits as Conservative

Former council leader Richard Farnell (elected 2016 for Labour in the Balderstone & Kirkholt ward) resigned from the Labour Party on 18 July 2019 to sit as an independent. He had been suspended since April 2018 after a national child abuse inquiry found he lied under oath. In a statement he said he had "no confidence" he would receive a fair disciplinary hearing and could "no longer support a party led by Jeremy Corbyn".[6]

References

  1. ^ "Your next election or referendum". rochdale.gov.uk. Rochdale Borough Council. Retrieved 23 April 2018.
  2. ^ "Election results by wards". rochdale.gov.uk. Rochdale Borough Council. Retrieved 7 May 2018.
  3. ^ "Local Election 2019 - Thursday, 2nd May, 2019". Rochdale Borough Council. Rochdale Borough Council. Retrieved 1 July 2019.
  4. ^ a b Statham, Nick (4 July 2019). "Heywood councillors leave Labour Party for independence and Brexit Party". Rochdale Online. Retrieved 10 July 2019.
  5. ^ Statham, Nick (10 July 2019). "Liberal Democrat councillor stuns colleagues by quitting to join The Brexit Party - just six months after defecting to them from Labour". Manchester Evening News. Retrieved 10 July 2019.
  6. ^ Wilkinson, Damon (18 July 2019). "Former Rochdale council leader Richard Farnell has quit the Labour Party - and taken a swipe at Jeremy Corbyn". Manchester Evening News. Retrieved 6 August 2019.