1987 Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council election

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The 1987 Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council election took place on 7 May 1987 to elect members of Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council in Greater Manchester, England. One third of the council was up for election and the Labour party kept overall control of the council.

20 seats were contested in the election: 13 were won by the Labour Party, 6 by the Conservative Party, and 1 by the Liberal Party. After the election, the composition of the council was

Election result[edit]

Bolton Local Election Result 1987
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Labour 13 0 0 +0 41.1 36,959 -4.5
  Conservative 6 0 1 -1 35.8 32,191 +4.4
  Alliance 1 1 0 +1 22.3 20,051 -0.4
  Other parties 0 0 0 +0 0.9 811 +0.9

Council Composition[edit]

Prior to the election the composition of the council was:

38 17 5
Labour Conservative L


After the election the composition of the council was:

38 16 6
Labour Conservative L


LD - Liberal / SDP Alliance

Ward results[edit]

Astley Bridge ward[edit]

Astley Bridge ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative J Walsh 2,752 54.7 +3.1
Labour S Marsland 1,488 29.6 -4.1
Social Democratic M Langdon 787 15.7 +1.0
Majority 1,264 25.1 +7.2
Turnout 5,027 48.3 +3.8
Conservative hold Swing Labour to Con 3.6

Blackrod ward[edit]

Blackrod ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour K Helsby 1,646 37.0 -9.0
Conservative J Barrow 1,533 34.4 -0.9
Social Democratic C Kay 806 18.1 +5.1
Independent Labour L Watkinson 467 10.5 +4.8
Majority 113 2.5 -12.5
Turnout 4,452 46.4 +9.2
Labour hold Swing Labour to SDP 7.0

Bradshaw ward[edit]

Bradshaw ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative E Crook 2,537 55.5 +6.8
Labour P McFadden 1,068 23.4 -5.0
Liberal A Steele 966 21.1 -1.9
Majority 1,469 32.1 +11.8
Turnout 4,571 42.0 +1.0
Conservative hold Swing Labour to Con 5.9

Breightmet ward[edit]

Breightmet ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour D Grime 2,185 48.3 -4.8
Conservative P Jones 1,626 35.9 +3.8
Social Democratic B Dunning 578 15.8 +1.0
Majority 559 12.3 -8.7
Turnout 4,527 40.9 +6.1
Labour hold Swing Labour to Con 4.3

Bromley Cross ward[edit]

Bromley Cross ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative A Wilkinson 2,665 54.3 +12.0
Labour D Doxsey 1,236 25.2 -3.9
Social Democratic D Poole 1,010 20.6 -8.1
Majority 1,429 29.1 +16.0
Turnout 4,911 46.7 +2.6
Conservative hold Swing SDP to Con 10.0

Burnden ward[edit]

Burnden ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour P Birch 2,041 52.4 -2.1
Conservative F Hunter 1,299 33.3 +0.9
Liberal P Howarth 558 14.3 +1.2
Majority 742 19.0 -3.0
Turnout 3,898 43.6 +4.6
Labour hold Swing Labour to Liberal 1.6

Central ward[edit]

Central ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour J Sherrington 2,257 67.7 -7.0
Liberal S Vickers 682 20.5 +3.3
Conservative N Baxter 392 11.8 +3.8
Majority 1,575 47.3 -6.9
Turnout 3,331 41.3 +0.9
Labour hold Swing Labour to Liberal 5.4

Daubhill ward[edit]

Daubhill ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour M Donaghy 2,308 56.9 -7.4
Conservative J Cosgrove 1,234 30.4 +6.2
Liberal R Ronson 439 10.6 -1.0
Independent J Hamilton 82 2.0 +2.0
Majority 1,074 26.5 -13.6
Turnout 4,055 44.2 +4.6
Labour hold Swing Labour to Con 6.8

Deane-cum-Heaton ward[edit]

Deane-cum-Heaton ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative J Hanscomb 3,484 58.4 +4.3
Labour P Boardman 1,288 21.6 -2.8
Social Democratic C Macpherson 1,193 20.0 -1.5
Majority 2,196 36.8 +7.1
Turnout 5,965 45.5 +3.5
Conservative hold Swing Labour to Con 2.5

Derby ward[edit]

Derby ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour K Peters 3,123 72.8 -9.7
Conservative W Ingham 731 17.0 +6.4
Social Democratic L Easterman 436 10.2 +3.3
Majority 2,392 55.7 -16.2
Turnout 4,290 44.0 +4.4
Labour hold Swing Labour to Con 8.0

Farnworth ward[edit]

Farnworth ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour W Hardman 2,230 65.1 -2.5
Conservative C Adams 700 20.4 +7.0
Liberal L Sanderson 493 14.4 -4.7
Majority 1,530 44.7 -3.8
Turnout 3,423 36.0 +6.2
Labour hold Swing Liberal to Con 5.8

Halliwell ward[edit]

Halliwell ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour C Morris 2,282 50.1 +3.1
Liberal A Halliwell 1,226 26.9 -9.3
Conservative E Holland 1,049 23.0 +6.2
Majority 1,056 23.2 +12.4
Turnout 4,557 46.3 +2.6
Labour hold Swing Liberal to Con 7.7

Harper Green ward[edit]

Harper Green ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour M Atkinson 2,479 59.3 -10.2
Conservative L Cosgrave 885 21.2 +2.9
Liberal G Willis 817 19.5 +7.3
Majority 1,594 38.1 -13.0
Turnout 4,181 40.6 +7.0
Labour hold Swing Labour to Liberal 8.7

Horwich ward[edit]

Horwich ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour E McCracken 2,309 38.8 +2.5
Liberal I Hamilton 1,916 32.2 -5.7
Conservative S Dawson 1,725 29.0 +3.1
Majority 393 6.6
Turnout 5,950 53.0 +5.6
Labour hold Swing Liberal to Con 4.4

Hulton Park ward[edit]

Hulton Park ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative G Smith 2,267 42.9 +6.1
Liberal P Cooper 1,961 37.1 -2.6
Labour P Entwistle 1,053 19.9 -3.7
Majority 306 5.8
Turnout 5,281 48.3 +8.1
Conservative hold Swing Labour to Con 4.9

Kearsley ward[edit]

Kearsley ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour W Robinson 2,210 49.2 -1.7
Liberal J Rothwell 1,595 35.5 -3.9
Conservative N Houlcroft 687 15.3 +5.6
Majority 615 13.7 +2.2
Turnout 4,492 46.2 +6.1
Labour hold Swing Liberal to Con 4.7

Little Lever ward[edit]

Little Lever ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative D Dziubas 2,229 50.2 +4.3
Labour S Jones 1,580 35.6 -7.8
Social Democratic K Banks 632 14.2 +3.6
Majority 649 14.6 +12.1
Turnout 4,441 47.6 +0.8
Conservative hold Swing Labour to Con 6.0

Smithills ward[edit]

Smithills ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal F Harasiwka 2,376 48.4 -1.4
Conservative C Shaw 1,899 38.7 +3.8
Labour J Ward 631 12.9 -0.4
Majority 477 9.7 -4.9
Turnout 4,906 54.9 +8.0
Liberal gain from Conservative Swing Liberal to Con 2.6

Tonge ward[edit]

Tonge ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour D Clare 2,317 53.6 -10.7
Conservative T Ryle 1,438 33.2 +4.5
Social Democratic L Shepherd 570 13.2 +6.2
Majority 879 20.3 -17.6
Turnout 4,325 47.3 +1.0
Labour hold Swing Labour to Liberal 8.6

Westhoughton ward[edit]

Westhoughton ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour P Finch 1,228 35.8 -4.3
Liberal P Mather 1,170 34.1 -3.6
Conservative J Cowburn 769 22.4 +0.2
Independent P James 262 7.6 +7.6
Majority 58 1.7 -0.7
Turnout 3,429 50.2 +9.2
Labour hold Swing Labour to Con 2.2

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.