Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council elections

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Seat totals, 1973-2012

One third of Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council in Greater Manchester, England is elected each year, followed by one year without election. Since the last boundary changes in 2004, 75 councillors have been elected from 25 wards.[1][2]

Political control[edit]

Since 1973 political control of the council has been held by the following parties:[3]

Party in control Years
Labour 1973 – present

Council elections[edit]

Summary of the council composition after council elections, click on the year for full details of each election. Boundary changes took place for the 1980 election, and more recently the 2004 election - which increased the number of seats by 3. Both needed the whole council to be elected in those years.

Popular vote shares, 1973-2012
Popular vote figures, 1973-2012


Year Labour Conservative Liberal Democrats Community Action Independent
1973 66 5 0 0 1
1975 61 10 1 0 0
1976 56 14 1 0 1
1978 51 19 1 0 1
1979 56 14 1 0 1
1980 64 5 3 0 0
1982 61 5 6 0 0
1983 60 5 7 0 0
1984 60 4 8 0 0
1986 64 3 5 0 0
1987 62 3 6 0 1
1988 63 3 5 0 1
1990 64 2 5 0 1
1991 63 2 6 0 1
1992 61 2 8 0 1
1994 61 2 8 0 1
1995 66 1 4 0 1
1996 69 0 2 0 1
1998 70 0 1 0 1
1999 70 0 2 0 0
2000 69 1 2 0 0
2002 65 2 3 2 0
2003 60 3 4 5 0
2004 42 7 8 18 0
2006 43 9 8 15 0
2007 46 10 6 12 1
2008 42 14 4 8 7
2010 51 8 3 4 9
2011 58 5 2 2 8
2012 63 1 2 0 9
2014 62 2 0 0 11

By-election results[edit]

By-election Date Incumbent party Winning party
Orrell by-election[4] 1984 Conservative Labour
Swinley by-election[4] 1986 Conservative Labour
Beech Hill by-election[4] 1994 Liberal Democrat Labour
Aspull-Standish by-election 13 March 1997 Labour Labour
Ince by-election 26 June 1997 Labour Labour
Hope Carr by-election 6 November 1997 Labour Labour
Beech Hill by-election 5 November 1998 Labour Liberal Democrat
Hindsford by-election 2 December 1999 Labour Liberal Democrat
Atherton by-election 5 April 2001 Labour Liberal Democrat
Hope Carr by-election 7 June 2001 Labour Labour
Hindsford by-election 25 October 2001 Liberal Democrat Labour
Leigh Central by-election 26 September 2002 Labour Labour
Douglas by-election 16 June 2005 Labour Labour
Tyldesley by-election 28 June 2007 Liberal Democrat Liberal Democrat
Wigan West by-election 20 September 2007 Labour Labour
Wigan Central by-election 18 October 2007 Conservative Conservative
Wigan West by-election 10 July 2008 Labour Labour
Wigan Central by-election 3 March 2011 Conservative Labour

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Councillors of the Authority". Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council. Retrieved 2010-03-14. 
  2. ^ "Composition of the Council". Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council. Retrieved 2010-03-14. 
  3. ^ "Wigan". BBC News Online. 19 April 2008. Retrieved 2010-03-14. 
  4. ^ a b c "Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council results from 1973 to 2008". wigan.gov.uk. Retrieved 2012-01-30.  Pgs 50, 55, 82. Asterisks denote sitting councillors, however these candidates are different from that elected the last time the seats were up for election (pgs 35, 40, 67), suggesting the candidate was a victor of an intermediate by-election.

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