2022 Bolton Council election
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20 of 60 seats on Bolton Council
31 seats needed for a majority
 
Leader Martyn Cox Nick Peel Roger Hayes
Party Conservative Labour Liberal Democrats
Last election 20 seats, 38.8% 19 seats, 35.3% 5 seats, 9.7%

 
Leader Paul Sanders David Grant
Party Farnworth and Kearsley First Horwich and Blackrod First
Last election 5 seats, 5.4% 3 seats, 3.0%

Incumbent council control


No overall control



The 2022 Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council election took place on 5 May 2022. One third of councillors—20 out of 60—were be elected. The election took place alongside other local elections across the United Kingdom.

In the previous council election in 2021, the council remained under no overall control. The Conservatives continued running a minority administration with a confidence and supply arrangement with smaller parties, as they had done prior to the election. Labour formed the main opposition with nineteen seats to the Conservatives' twenty.

Background

Result of the council election when these seats were last contested in 2018
Result of the council election when these seats were last contested in 2018
Result of the most recent council election in 2021
Result of the most recent council election in 2021

The Local Government Act 1972 created a two-tier system of metropolitan counties and districts covering Greater Manchester, Merseyside, South Yorkshire, Tyne and Wear, the West Midlands, and West Yorkshire starting in 1974. Bolton was a district of the Greater Manchester metropolitan county.[1] The Local Government Act 1985 abolished the metropolitan counties, with metropolitan districts taking on most of their powers as metropolitan boroughs. The Greater Manchester Combined Authority was created in 2011 and began electing the mayor of Greater Manchester from 2017, which was given strategic powers covering a region coterminous with the former Greater Manchester metropolitan county.[2]

Since its formation, Bolton Council has variously been under Labour control, Conservative control and no overall control. Labour most recently regained its majority in the 2011 council election, which it held until the 2019 election. After the 2019 election, Labour held 23 seats with the Conservatives on 20, the Liberal Democrats on 6, the local party Farnworth and Kearsley First on five, the UK Independence Party on three and the local party Horwich and Blackrod First on two, as well as one independent councillor. The Conservatives formed a confidence and supply agreement with the Liberal Democrats, Farnworth and Kearley First, Horwich and Blackrod First and the UK Independence Party so that they could form a minority administration.[3][4] In the most recent election in 2021, the Conservatives became the largest party with 20 seats to Labour's nineteen, with seven independents, the Liberal Democrats and Farnworth and Kearsley First on five seats each, Horwich and Blackrod First on five and a single UK Independence Party councillor remaining. The Conservatives continued to run a minority administration with support from smaller parties.[5] The Liberal Democrats ended their working arrangement with the Conservatives in January 2021.[6] Marie Brady, the leader of the Horwich and Blackrod First party, defected to the Conservative Party after the two other councillors from her party voted against the Conservative budget.[7]

The positions up for election in 2022 were last elected in 2018. In that election, the Conservatives won nine seats, Labour won eight, and the Liberal Democrats and Farnworth and Kealey First won two each.[8]

Electoral process

The council elects its councillors in thirds, with a third being up for election every year for three years, with no election in the fourth year.[9][10] The election will take place by first-past-the-post voting, with wards generally being represented by three councillors, with one elected in each election year to serve a four-year term.

All registered electors (British, Irish, Commonwealth and European Union citizens) living in Bolton aged 18 or over will be entitled to vote in the election. People who live at two addresses in different councils, such as university students with different term-time and holiday addresses, are entitled to be registered for and vote in elections in both local authorities. Voting in-person at polling stations will take place from 07:00 to 22:00 on election day, and voters will be able to apply for postal votes or proxy votes in advance of the election.

Campaign

The Conservative councillor Adele Warren said that increases in the cost of living would affect the election, with people "frightened about turning their electricity or heating on". She said that the Conservative chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak "could have gone much, much further" with measures to help people.[11]

Previous council composition

After 2021 election Before 2022 election
Party Seats Party Seats
Conservative 20 Conservative 22
Labour 19 Labour 18
Independent 7 Independent 7
Liberal Democrats 5 Liberal Democrats 5
Farnworth and Kearsley First 5 Farnworth and Kearsley First 5
Horwich and Blackrod First 3 Horwich and Blackrod First 2
UKIP 1 One Kearsley 1

Changes:

Results summary

2022 Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council election
Party This election Full council This election
Seats Net Seats % Other Total Total % Votes Votes % +/−
  Conservative 9 Increase 1 45.0 14 23 38.3 23,377 34.1 -4.7
  Labour 8 Steady 40.0 10 18 30.0 26,041 38.0 +2.7
  Independent 0 Steady 0.0 7 7 11.7 92 0.1 -2.9
  Liberal Democrats 2 Steady 10.0 3 5 8.3 6,696 9.8 +0.1
  Farnworth and Kearsley First 0 Decrease 2 0.0 3 3 5.0 2,394 3.5 -1.9
  Horwich and Blackrod First 0 Steady 0.0 2 2 3.3 2,442 3.6 +0.6
  One Kearsley 1 Increase 1 5.0 1 2 3.3 1,099 1.6 N/A
  Reform UK 0 Steady 0.0 0 0 0.0 3,922 5.7 N/A
  Green 0 Steady 0.0 0 0 0.0 1,440 2.1 -2.0
  Little Lever & Darcy Lever First 0 Steady 0.0 0 0 0.0 634 0.9 N/A
  Westhoughton First 0 Steady 0.0 0 0 0.0 361 0.5 N/A

Ward results

Statements of persons nominated were published on 6 April.[18] Incumbent councillors are marked with an asterisk (*).

Astley Bridge

Astley Bridge (1 seat)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Walsh* 1,743 49.4 Decrease 12.1
Labour Co-op Steve Sutton 1,193 33.8 Increase 9.3
Green Mark Devereux 254 7.2 New
Liberal Democrats James Haslam 232 6.6 Decrease 2.6
Reform UK Aimee Monson 108 3.1 New
Majority 550 15.6 Decrease 21.4
Turnout 3,545 34
Conservative hold Swing

Bradshaw

Bradshaw (1 seat)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Mudasir Dean* 1,723 52.5 Decrease 15.9
Labour James Tibbits 1,069 32.6 Increase 9.9
Liberal Democrats Caroline Turner-Preece 301 9.2 Increase 6.6
Reform UK Daniel Swarsbrick 191 5.8 ‘’New’’
Majority 654 19.9 Decrease 26.1
Turnout 3,289 32
Conservative hold Swing

Breightmet

Breightmet (1 seat)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Adele Warren* 1,504 49.1 Steady
Labour Co-op George Butler 1,207 39.4 Increase 1.3
Reform UK Martin McLoughlin 228 7.4 New
Liberal Democrats Becky Forrest 127 4.1 Increase 2.2
Majority 297 9.7 Decrease 1.3
Turnout 3,078 32
Conservative hold Swing

Bromley Cross

Bromley Cross (1 seat)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Amy Cowen* 2,295 56.4 -13.6
Labour Gaynor Cox 1,227 30.2 +13.7
Green Lee Harrison 187 4.6 -2.1
Reform UK Amy Hare 183 4.5 New’’
Liberal Democrats Warren Fox 174 4.3 +1.6
Majority 1,068 26.2 -27.3
Turnout 4,074 39
Conservative hold Swing

Crompton

Crompton (1 seat)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Emily Mort 1,815 45.7 Decrease 8.9
Conservative Yusuf Davda 1,783 44.9 Increase 13.1
Reform UK Gareth Fitzsimmons 198 5.0 New
Liberal Democrats Francine Godfrey 174 4.4 Increase 0.6
Majority 32 0.8 Decrease 22.0
Turnout 3,986 27
Labour hold Swing

Farnworth

Farnworth (1 seat)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Nadeem Ayub 1,406 47.9 Increase 7.7
Farnworth and Kearsley First Maureen Flitcroft* 1,118 38.1 Decrease 11.5
Conservative Mark Derbyshire 216 7.4 Decrease 1.0
Reform UK Sharon Whitworth 143 4.9 New
Liberal Democrats Christine MacPherson 52 1.8 Steady
Majority 288 9.8 N/A
Turnout 2,943 27
Labour gain from Farnworth and Kearsley First Swing

Great Lever

Great Lever (1 seat)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Mohammed Ayub* 1,963 68.3 Increase 10.3
Conservative Zahra Davda 514 17.9 Decrease 14.4
Reform UK Alex McAllister 149 5.2 New
Green Heather Rylance 140 4.9 Decrease 1.1
Liberal Democrats Duncan MacPherson 107 3.7 Increase 0.1
Majority 1,449 50.4 Increase 24.8
Turnout 2,887 27
Labour hold Swing

Halliwell

Halliwell (1 seat)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Aktar Zaman* 2,071 74.5 Increase 1.1
Conservative Leslie Webb 335 12.1 Decrease 6.3
Reform UK Norman Cryer 156 5.6 New
Liberal Democrats Liz Turner-Allen 126 4.5 Increase 2.6
Independent Anthony Massey 92 3.3 Increase 0.5
Majority 1,736 62.4 Increase 7.4
Turnout 2,795 22
Labour hold Swing

Harper Green

Harper Green (1 seat)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Hamid Khurram* 1,831 57.0 Increase 12.1
Conservative Fred Khan 567 17.7 Decrease 8.7
Farnworth and Kearsley First Leanne Oliver 561 17.5 Decrease 4.8
Reform UK Phillip Worthington 180 5.6 New
Liberal Democrats Jaleh Hayes 73 2.3 Increase 1.2
Majority 1,264 39.3 Increase 20.9
Turnout 3,225 31
Labour hold Swing

Heaton & Lostock

Heaton & Lostock (1 seat)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Anne Galloway* 2,239 52.3 Decrease 4.7
Labour Janahan Kugathas 1,172 27.4 Decrease 1.5
Reform UK Gordon Campbell 596 13.9 New
Liberal Democrats Jim Priest 270 6.3 Decrease 3.6
Majority 1,067 24.9 Decrease 3.2
Turnout 4,290 40
Conservative hold Swing

Horwich & Blackrod

Horwich & Blackrod (1 seat)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Susan Baines* 1,200 32.0 Decrease 0.6
Horwich and Blackrod First Samantha Williamson 1,143 30.5 Decrease 2.5
Labour Karen Millington 1,129 30.1 Increase 1.5
Green Jackie Anderson 155 4.1 Increase 0.3
Liberal Democrats Kevin Walsh 73 1.9 Decrease 0.1
Reform UK Loren Richards 46 1.2 New
Majority 57 1.5 ‘’N/A’’
Turnout 3,755 34
Conservative hold Swing

Horwich North East

Horwich North East (1 seat)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Kevin McKeon* 1,428 38.0 Increase 2.8
Horwich and Blackrod First Ryan Bamforth 1,299 34.6 Increase 7.8
Conservative Charles O’Kelly 641 17.1 Increase 1.7
Liberal Democrats Matt Turner-Allen 212 5.6 Decrease 14.2
Green David Ebbitt 133 3.5 Increase 0.6
Reform UK Darren Lear 40 1.1 New
Majority 129 3.4 Decrease 5.0
Turnout 3,760 38
Labour hold Swing

Hulton

Hulton (1 seat)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Shafi Patel 1,420 44.4 Decrease 0.5
Labour Shafaqat Shaikh 1,189 37.2 Increase 8.8
Green Wendy Shepherd 241 7.5 Decrease 15.3
Liberal Democrats Neil Maher 179 5.6 Increase 3.8
Reform UK Robert Lowe 171 5.3 New
Majority 231 7.2 Decrease 9.2
Turnout 3,215 32
Conservative hold Swing

Kearsley

Kearsley (1 seat)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
One Kearsley Debbie Newall 1,099 37.9 New
Farnworth and Kearsley First Peter Flitcroft 715 24.6 Decrease 27.7
Labour Jonathan Owen 593 20.4 Increase 4.9
Conservative Mark Cunningham 241 8.3 Decrease 9.3
Reform UK Julie Pattison* 221 7.6 New
Liberal Democrats Michael Wilkinson 34 1.2 Decrease 13.3
Majority 384 13.3 N/A
Turnout 2,909 28
One Kearsley gain from Farnworth and Kearsley First

Little Lever & Darcy Lever

Little Lever & Darcy Lever (1 seat)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative David Meehan 1,243 37.9 Decrease 4.7
Labour Logan Pratheepan 809 24.7 Decrease 5.7
Little Lever & Darcy Lever First Rees Gibbon 634 19.3 New
Reform UK Kath Harris 485 14.8 New
Liberal Democrats Scott Turner-Preece 106 3.2 Increase 1.4
Majority 434 13.2 +1.0
Turnout 3,280 33
Conservative gain from Labour Swing

Rumworth

Rumworth (1 seat)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Abdul Atcha 2,017 55.2 Decrease 8.3
Conservative Ayyub Patel 1,297 35.5 Increase 6.6
Green Alan Johnson 226 6.2 Increase 1.2
Reform UK Christopher Riley 62 1.7 New
Liberal Democrats David Cooper 55 1.5 Decrease 0.8
Majority 720 19.7 Decrease 14.9
Turnout 3,666 36
Labour hold Swing

Smithills

Smithills (1 seat)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Sue Priest 1,931 50.7 Increase 6.5
Labour Co-op Sorie Sesay 980 25.7 Increase 0.5
Conservative Joan Johnson 612 16.1 Decrease 6.8
Reform UK Helen Shaw 183 4.8 New
Green Rod Riesco 104 2.7 Decrease 0.7
Majority 951 25.0 Increase 5.7
Turnout 3,814 36
Liberal Democrats hold Swing

Tonge with the Haulgh

Tonge with the Haulgh (1 seat)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Nick Peel* 1,288 44.8 Decrease 0.1
Conservative Wesley McArdle 1,102 38.3 Decrease 1.3
Reform UK Trevor Jones 401 13.9 New
Liberal Democrats Rosalind Harasiwka 86 3.0 Increase 0.1
Majority 186 6.5 Increase 1.1
Turnout 2,889 30
Labour hold Swing

Westhoughton North & Chew Moor

Westhoughton North & Chew Moor (1 seat)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Martyn Cox* 1,648 42.7 Decrease 3.9
Liberal Democrats Arthur Price 1,266 32.8 Increase 3.8
Labour Zulfi Jiva 645 16.7 Increase 1.0
Westhoughton First Jack Speight 220 5.7 Increase 0.9
Reform UK Jeff Armstrong 84 2.2 New
Majority 382 9.9 Decrease 0.6
Turnout 3,875 35
Conservative hold Swing

Westhoughton South

Westhoughton South (1 seat)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats David Wilkinson* 1,118 32.7 Increase 5.4
Conservative Martin Tighe 1,054 30.8 Decrease 5.2
Labour David Chadwick 1,009 29.5 Increase 4.6
Westhoughton First Richard Brennan 141 4.1 Decrease 1.4
Reform UK Richard Bates 97 2.8 New
Majority 64 1.9 Decrease 26.5
Turnout 3,427 34
Liberal Democrats hold Swing

By-Elections

Rumworth

Rumworth (1 seat)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Ayyub Patel 1,610 55.0 Increase 19.5
Labour Ismail Patel 1,102 37.6 Decrease 17.6
Green Alan Johnson 156 5.3 Decrease 0.9
Liberal Democrats David Cooper 36 1.2 Decrease 0.3
Reform UK Christopher Riley 23 0.8 Decrease 0.9
Majority 508 17.4
Turnout 2,928
Conservative gain from Labour Swing 18.55

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