1980 Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council election

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The Metropolitan Borough of Bolton shown within England.

Elections to Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council were held on 3 May 1980. The whole council was up for election, with boundary changes since the last election in 1979. The Labour Party gained control of the Council from the Conservatives, who had previously been in control almost continuously since 1966. The overall number of councillors was reduced to 60 compared with 69 in 1979. The Labour Party made a net gain of 6 seats and the Conservatives a net loss of 15. Following this election, Cllr Robert Howarth of Central Ward was elected Leader of the Council and was to remain Leader until 2004, one of the longest serving Council leaders in the UK.

Election result[edit]

Bolton Local Election Result 1980
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Labour 39 +6 65.0 48.9 41,394 +2.5
  Conservative 20 -15 33.3 42.6 36,034 -4.1
  Liberal 1 0 1.7 7.0 5,941 +0.2
  Other parties 0 0 0 1.4 1,179 +1.4

Ward results[edit]

Astley Bridge ward[edit]

Astley Bridge ward (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative D Shepherd 2,745 23.5
Conservative A Hibbert 2,576 22.0
Conservative D Johnston 2,550 21.0
Labour W Wheeler 1,290 11.0
Labour P McFadden 1,206 10.3
Labour M Woodock 1,188 10.2
National Front K Bernal 133 1.1
Turnout 11,688

Blackrod ward[edit]

Blackrod ward (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour E Johnson 2,104 18.4
Labour J Clee 1,973 17.3
Labour J Monaghan 1,965 17.2
Conservative C Everin 1,963 17.2
Conservative G Jones 1,725 15.1
Conservative F Rushton 1,691 14.8
Turnout 11,421

Bradshaw ward[edit]

Bradshaw ward (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative K Howarth 2,674 22.0
Conservative E Crook 2,603 21.5
Conservative B Furlong 2,558 21.1
Labour S Bryan 1,502 12.4
Labour G Platt 1,425 11.7
Labour P Howarth 1,369 11.3
Turnout 12,131

Breightmet ward[edit]

Breightmet ward (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour K McIvor 2,610 19.5
Labour D Grime 2,421 18.1
Labour C Benjamin 2,359 17.7
Conservative A Chadbond 2,156 16.1
Conservative R Greenhalgh 1,916 14.3
Conservative D Jones 1,898 14.2
Turnout 13,360

Bromley Cross ward[edit]

Bromley Cross ward (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative A Poulson 2,512 20.2
Conservative T Mulligan 2,340 19.5
Conservative B Hurst 2,417 19.4
Labour D Doxsey 1,708 13.7
Labour N Peacock 1,701 13.7
Labour R Watson 1,681 13.5
Turnout 12,449

Burnden ward[edit]

Burnden ward (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour D Eastwood 2,524 18.9
Labour P Birch 2,368 17.8
Labour J Mason 2,362 17.7
Conservative M Drinkwater 2,063 15.5
Conservative L Hunton 1,953 14.7
Conservative R Haslam 1,927 14.5
National Front P Salveson 127 1.0
Turnout 13,324

Central ward[edit]

Central ward (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour R Howarth 2,657 26.0
Labour D Clark 2,652 25.9
Labour B Iddon 2,509 24.5
Independent Labour G Hart 934 9.1
Conservative J Bailey 738 7.2
Conservative J Goudie 731 7.2
Turnout 10,221

Daubhill ward[edit]

Daubhill ward (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour T Anderton 2,886 20.6
Labour M Donaghy 2,856 20.4
Labour G Harkin 2,722 19.4
Conservative R Carr 1,835 13.1
Conservative A Gledhill 1,801 12.8
Conservative J Walsh 1,683 12.0
National Front J Hamilton 238 1.7
Turnout 14,021

Deane cum Heaton ward[edit]

Deane cum Heaton ward (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative D Berry 4,016 23.8
Conservative J Hanscomb 3,962 23.4
Conservative M Allanson 3,918 23.2
Labour C Morris 1,701 10.1
Labour J Jenkins 1,665 9.9
Labour J Walker 1,635 9.7
Turnout 16,897

Derby ward[edit]

Derby ward (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour J Foster 3,344 32.3
Labour K Peters 3,154 30.5
Labour G Riley 3,058 29.6
Conservative H Kolia 546 5.3
Communist A Johnson 245 2.4
Turnout 10,347

Farnworth ward[edit]

Farnworth ward (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour J Wild 2,207 25.6
Labour W Hardman 2,204 25.6
Labour P Johnston 2,065 24.0
Conservative A Waterson 618 7.2
Conservative B Coote 610 7.1
Conservative N Sever 570 6.6
Liberal L Bale 337 3.9
Turnout 8,611

Halliwell ward[edit]

Halliwell ward (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour E Hamer 2,011 16.9
Liberal J Fish 1,856 15.6
Labour R Johnson 1,775 14.9
Labour J Knight 1,768 14.8
Liberal S Roberts 1,227 10.3
Liberal E Wood 1,209 10.2
Conservative W Hall 1,052 8.8
Conservative W Higham 1,008 8.5
Turnout 11,906

Harper Green ward[edit]

Harper Green ward (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour D Butterfield 2,814 23.1
Labour M Atkinson 2,806 23.1
Labour L Williamson 2,646 21.8
Conservative A Royse 1,262 10.4
Conservative J Shore 1,100 9.0
Conservative E Holland 1,065 8.8
Liberal D Hinkley 471 3.9
Turnout 12,164

Horwich ward[edit]

Horwich ward (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour A Oakley 2,867 20.1
Labour V Broom 2,481 17.4
Labour P Senior 2,452 17.2
Conservative R Parkinson 2,202 15.5
Conservative S Dawson 2,193 15.4
Conservative P Willett 2,044 14.4
Turnout 14,239

Hulton Park ward[edit]

Hulton Park ward (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative J Smith 2,307 21.5
Conservative G Smith 2,260 21.1
Conservative M Prince 2,193 20.5
Labour A Forrest 1,352 12.6
Labour P Start 1,305 12.2
Labour A Moon 1,293 12.1
Turnout 10,710

Kearsley ward[edit]

Kearsley ward (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour T Lewis 3,010 25.3
Labour W Robinson 2,548 21.4
Labour D Dingwall 2,423 20.4
Liberal J Rothwell 1,528 12.8
Liberal E Bell 1,200 10.1
Conservative J Tomlinson 1,194 10.0
Turnout 11,903

Little Lever ward[edit]

Little Lever ward (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative K Hornby 2,057 17.3
Labour J Marsh 2,047 17.2
Conservative A Lawton 2,030 17.0
Labour L Sanderson 1,844 15.5
Conservative A Longmire 1,769 14.8
Labour E Walker 1,701 14.3
Liberal W Crook 469 3.9
Turnout 11,917

Smithills ward[edit]

Smithills ward (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative S Collier 2,414 18.8
Conservative M Howarth 2,392 18.6
Conservative D Priestley 2,340 18.2
Liberal F Fish 1,085 8.5
Labour G Lever 1,011 7.9
Labour E McCracken 995 7.8
Labour T Palframan 987 7.7
Liberal A Oakes 815 6.3
Liberal D Walmsley 799 6.2
Turnout 12,838

Tonge ward[edit]

Tonge ward (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour A Brigg 2,212 17.7
Labour D Clare 2,155 17.3
Labour C Skull 2,095 16.8
Conservative S Harrison 2,032 16.3
Conservative K Knowles 2,007 16.1
Conservative J Rigby 1,991 15.9
Turnout 12,492

Westhoughton ward[edit]

Westhoughton ward (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour P Woodcock 1,607 25.5
Labour P Finch 1,511 23.9
Labour P Jones 1,402 22.2
Liberal D Wilkinson 969 15.4
Conservative T Riley 823 13.0
Turnout 6,312

References[edit]

  • Rallings, Colin; Thrasher, Michael. "Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council Election Results 1973–2012" (PDF). The Elections Centre. The Elections Centre, Plymouth University. Retrieved 12 July 2016.