Bury Metropolitan Borough Council elections are generally held three years out of every four, with a third of the council being elected each time. Bury Metropolitan Borough Council, generally known as Bury Council, is the local authority for the metropolitan borough of Bury in Greater Manchester, England. Since the last boundary changes in 2022, 51 councillors have been elected from 17 wards.[1]

Political control

From 1889 to 1974 Bury was a county borough, independent of any county council.[2] Under the Local Government Act 1972 it had its territory enlarged and became a metropolitan borough, with Greater Manchester County Council providing county-level services. The first election to the reconstituted borough council was held in 1973, initially operating as a shadow authority before coming into its revised powers on 1 April 1974. Greater Manchester County Council was abolished in 1986 and Bury became a unitary authority. Political control of the council since 1973 has been held by the following parties:[3][4]

Party in control Years
No overall control 1973–1975
Conservative 1975–1986
Labour 1986–1992
No overall control 1992–1995
Labour 1995–2006
No overall control 2006–2008
Conservative 2008–2010
No overall control 2010–2011
Labour 2011–present

Leadership

The leaders of the council since 2002 have been:[5]

Councillor Party From To
John Byrne Labour pre-2002 18 May 2005
Wayne Campbell Labour 18 May 2005 16 May 2007
Bob Bibby Conservative 16 May 2007 18 May 2011
Mike Connolly Labour 18 May 2011 18 May 2016
Rishi Shori Labour 18 May 2016 10 Jul 2019
David Jones Labour 10 Jul 2019 20 May 2020
Eamonn O'Brien Labour 20 May 2020

Council elections

By-election results

Redvales By-Election 27 June 1996
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour 1,497 75.6
Conservative 376 19.0
Independent 106 5.4
Majority 1,121 56.6
Turnout 1,979
Labour hold Swing
Holyrood By-Election 22 June 2000
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats 960 52.1 -4.3
Labour 559 30.3 +5.9
Conservative 325 17.6 -1.6
Majority 401 21.8
Turnout 1,844 22.5
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Radcliffe South By-Election 7 June 2001[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Anthony Cummings 2,473 55.8 +10.5
Conservative Peter Wright 1,360 37.7 -14.3
Liberal Democrats Mike Halsall 597 13.5 +3.8
Majority 1,113 18.1
Turnout 4,430 55.1
Labour hold Swing
Radcliffe West By-Election 4 June 2009[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Rishi Shori 879 30.7 -13.9
Conservative Samantha Davies 870 30.4 +3.1
BNP Jean Purdy 459 16.0 -2.2
Liberal Democrats Mike Halsall 429 15.0 +8.4
English Democrat Stephen Morris 228 8.0 +8.0
Majority 9 0.3
Turnout 2,865 35.1
Labour hold Swing
Church By-Election 15 November 2012[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Susan Nuttall 1,371 48.6 -2.6
Labour Sarah Kerrison 1,108 39.2 +5.2
UKIP Stephen Evans 309 10.9 -0.2
Liberal Democrats Kamran Islam 35 1.2 -2.5
Majority 263 9.3
Turnout 2,823
Conservative hold Swing
North Manor By-Election 15 November 2012[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative James Daly 1,324 54.3 -2.4
Labour Jean Treadgold 643 26.4 -0.8
UKIP Peter Entwistle 251 10.3 +10.3
Green Stewart Hay 126 5.2 -5.6
Liberal Democrats Ewan Arthur 93 3.8 -1.5
Majority 681 27.9
Turnout 2,437
Conservative hold Swing
Ramsbottom By-Election 6 March 2014[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Robert Hodkinson 1,398 47.0 +8.8
Labour Sarah Southworth 1,033 34.7 -14.7
UKIP Dave Barker 351 11.8 +2.6
Green Glyn Heath 157 5.3 +5.3
Liberal Democrats David Foss 38 1.3 -1.9
Majority 365 12.3
Turnout 2,977
Conservative gain from Labour Swing
Tottington By-Election 22 October 2015[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Greg Keeley 1,046 52.2 +3.4
Labour Martin Hayes 619 30.9 +2.0
UKIP Ian Henderson 198 9.9 -4.4
Liberal Democrats David Foss 87 4.3 +0.8
Green John Southworth 54 2.7 -1.8
Majority 427 21.3
Turnout 2,004
Conservative gain from Labour Swing
Besses By-Election 4 May 2017[13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Andrea Simpson 1,371 50.0 -8.7
Conservative Satyen Sinha 682 24.9 +4.9
Liberal Democrats Gavin Warnes 415 15.1 +10.7
English Democrat Stephen Morris 188 6.9 -4.6
Green Janneke Calle 86 3.1 -2.3
Majority 689 25.1
Turnout 2,742
Labour hold Swing
Radcliffe East By-Election 8 June 2017[14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Karen Leach 2,861 53.4 +3.8
Conservative James Mason 2,046 38.2 +20.9
Liberal Democrats Robert Graham 232 4.3 -1.4
Green Nicole Haydock 221 4.1 -3.1
Majority 815 15.2
Turnout 5,360
Labour hold Swing
Besses By-Election 19 July 2018[15]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Lucy Smith 999 51.1 -8.6
Conservative Jordan Lewis 708 36.2 +12.9
English Democrat Stephen Morris 72 3.7 -3.4
Liberal Democrats Gareth Lloyd-Johnson 71 3.6 -1.3
Green Glyn Heath 55 2.8 -2.2
UKIP Michael Zwierzanski 49 2.5 +2.5
Majority 291 14.9
Turnout 1,954
Labour hold Swing
East By-Election 16 August 2018[16]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Gavin McGill 1,419 64.2 +4.8
Conservative Sohail Raja 557 25.2 -8.9
UKIP Angela Zwierzanski 107 4.8 +4.8
Green Glyn Heath 77 3.5 -3.1
Liberal Democrats Andy Minty 49 2.2 +2.2
Majority 862 39.0
Turnout 2,209
Labour hold Swing
Radcliffe West By-Election 29 August 2019[17]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Radcliffe First Mike Smith 824 41.7 +41.7
Labour Jamie Walker 708 35.8 -3.4
Conservative Jordan Lewis 283 14.3 -1.2
Liberal Democrats Kingsley Jones 113 5.7 +2.8
UKIP Anthony Clough 50 2.5 +2.5
Majority 116 5.9
Turnout 1,978
Radcliffe First gain from Labour
Church By-Election 12 December 2019[18]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Dene Vernon 3,317 55.9 -0.8
Labour Sam Turner 2,172 36.6 +9.2
Green Charlie Allen 235 4.0 -6.0
Liberal Democrats Stephen Lewis 213 3.6 -2.3
Majority 1,145 19.3
Turnout 5,937
Conservative hold Swing

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