Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council election, 2012

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Elections to Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council were held on 3 May 2012. One third of the council was up for election, with each successful candidate to serve a four-year term of office, expiring in 2016.

22 seats were contested, including all 3 Bradshaw seats, following the resignation of Conservative married couple, Diane and Paul Brierley. The Labour Party won 14 seats, whilst the Conservatives won 7 seats and the Liberal Democrats 1 seat.

After the election, the composition of the council was as follows:

Election result[edit]

Bolton Local Election Result 2012
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Labour 14 6 0 +6 50.0 34,520 +0.7
  Conservative 5 0 4 -4 31.3 21,587 -1.9
  Liberal Democrat 1 0 2 -2 12.2 8,431 -0.7
  Green 0 0 0 0 0 4.2 2,929 +0.6
  English Democrat 0 0 0 0 0 0.8 588 +0.8
  BNP 0 0 0 0 0 0.4 260 -0.0
  Independent 0 0 0 0 0 1.1 754 +0.2

Council Composition[edit]

Prior to the election the composition of the council was:

35 20 5
Labour Conservative L

After the election the composition of the council was:

41 16 3
Labour Conservative L

L - Liberal Democrats

Ward results[edit]

Astley Bridge ward[edit]

Astley Bridge ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Hilary Constance Fairclough 1,653 46.5 +0.4
Labour Stuart William Murray 1,453 40.8 +6.3
Independent Neville Mercer 334 9.4 +4.7
Liberal Democrat Clive Richard Atty 116 3.3 -1.4
Majority 200 5.6 -6.0
Turnout 3,556 35.4 -7.5
Conservative hold Swing LD to Labour 3.8

Bradshaw ward[edit]

All three seats were up for election. Dean stood again for election in 2014, Haslam in 2015, and Hall in 2016.

Bradshaw ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Walter Hall 1,957 20.3
Conservative Stuart Haslam 1,948 20.2
Conservative Mudasir Dean 1,584 16.5
Labour Steve Rigby 1,035 10.8
Labour Deborah Susan Newall 1,031 10.7
Labour Asha Ali Ismail 906 9.4
Liberal Democrat Stephen Ferderick Howarth 447 4.6
Liberal Democrat Norman Peacock 424 4.4
Liberal Democrat Gabrielle McDowall 291 3.0
Majority (Hall) 922
Majority (Haslam) 913
Majority (Dean) 549
Conservative hold
Conservative hold
Conservative hold

Breightmet ward[edit]

Breightmet ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Kate Challender 1,813 59.8 -0.4
Conservative Arthur Norris 904 29.8 -4.8
Green Laura Diggle 208 6.9 +6.9
Liberal Democrat Tracey Odessa Kane 106 3.5 -1.7
Majority 909 30.0 +4.6
Turnout 3,031 32.5 -3.5
Labour gain from Conservative Swing Con to Green 5.8

Bromley Cross ward[edit]

Bromley Cross ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Alan Wilkinson 2,207 59.0 -0.7
Labour Tony Muscat 1,215 32.5 +6.2
Liberal Democrat Christopher Nathan Atty 317 8.5 +1.6
Majority 992 26.5 -6.7
Turnout 3,739 35.6 -9.4
Conservative hold Swing Con to Labour 3.4

Crompton ward[edit]

Crompton ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Hanif Darvesh 2,375 74.9 +6.2
Conservative Ryan Patrick Haslam 523 16.5 -3.9
Liberal Democrat Anne Sanders Warren 273 8.6 +3.9
Majority 1,852 58.4 +10.4
Turnout 3,171 31.9 +4.0
Labour hold Swing Con to Labour 5.0

Farnworth ward[edit]

Farnworth ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Asif Ibrahim 1,557 67.2 -1.6
Conservative Frederick Taylor 320 13.8 -0.4
Green Trevor Bonfield 263 11.3 +2.7
Liberal Democrat Wendy Connor 178 7.7 -0.7
Majority 1,237 53.4 -0.6
Turnout 2,318 21.9 -3.6
Labour hold Swing Labour to Green 2.1

Great Lever ward[edit]

Great Lever ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Mohammed Iqbal 2,183 74.0 +5.5
Green David William Collins 316 10.7 +4.8
Conservative Albert Brandwood 307 10.4 -8.0
Liberal Democrat Philip Andrew Kane 143 4.8 -2.4
Majority 1,867 63.3 +13.8
Turnout 2,949 30.7 -4.8
Labour hold Swing Con to Labour 6.7

Halliwell ward[edit]

Halliwell ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Cliff Morris 2,122 78.4 +2.6
Conservative Jolyon Horton Coombs 254 9.4 -3.4
Green Ian David McHugh 227 8.4 +1.8
Liberal Democrat Francine Godfrey 103 3.8 -1.0
Majority 1,868 69.0 +6.4
Turnout 2,706 30.5 -2.6
Labour hold Swing Con to Labour 3.0

Harper Green ward[edit]

Harper Green ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Champak Gulab Mistry 1,656 73.0 +3.8
Conservative Robert Edward Tyler 389 17.1 -5.1
Liberal Democrat David Arthur Connor 222 9.9 +1.4
Majority 1,267 58.9 +13.7
Turnout 2,267 23.7 -6.3
Labour hold Swing Con to Labour 4.4

Heaton and Lostock ward[edit]

Heaton and Lostock ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Alan Rushston 2,450 59.5 -2.5
Labour Co-op John William Gillatt 1,185 28.8 +1.6
Green Hannah Middleton 271 6.6 +1.9
Liberal Democrat Christine Joyce Macpherson 209 5.1 -1.1
Majority 1,265 30.7 -3.9
Turnout 4,115 39.1 -9.4
Conservative hold Swing Con to Green 2.2

Horwich and Blackrod ward[edit]

Horwich and Blackrod ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Ann Cunliffe 1,693 57.4 +8.3
Conservative Christine Deidre Flanigan 836 28.3 -9.5
Green Michael John Hillman 233 7.9 +0.5
Liberal Democrat Lynne McCartin 187 6.3 +0.6
Majority 857 29.1 +17.9
Turnout 2,949 30.5 -9.2
Labour gain from Conservative Swing Con to Labour 8.9

Horwich North East ward[edit]

Horwich North East ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Co-op Richard Silvester 1,495 43.6 -1.1
Liberal Democrat Stephen Michael Rock 661 19.3 -10.1
Conservative Peter Sloan 640 18.7 -7.2
Green Graham Chadwick 341 9.9 +9.9
English Democrat Anthony Backhouse 291 8.5 +8.5
Majority 834 24.3
Turnout 3,428 34.9
Labour Co-op hold Swing Con to Green 10.1

Hulton ward[edit]

Hulton ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Alan Shepherd Walsh 1,326 44.6 -1.8
Labour Shafaqat Shaikh 1,265 42.5 +4.5
Green James Tomkinson 322 10.8 +1.2
Liberal Democrat Jaleh Salari 61 2.0 -4.0
Majority 61 2.0 -6.4
Turnout 2,974 30.7 -6.0
Conservative hold Swing LD to Labour 4.2

Kearsley ward[edit]

Kearsley ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Carol Ann Burrows 1,475 55.0 +2.6
Liberal Democrat Margaret Patricia Rothwell 909 33.9 +3.3
Conservative Michelle Laura Ionn 295 11.0 -6.0
Majority 566 21.1 -0.4
Turnout 2,679 26.0 -4.2
Labour gain from Liberal Democrat Swing Con to LD 4.6

Little Lever and Darcy Lever ward[edit]

Little Lever and Darcy Lever ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour David Robert Evans 1,524 44.3 -5.7
Conservative Mary Elizabeth Woodward 910 26.4 -0.2
Liberal Democrat Eric John Hyde 723 21.0 +3.0
Green Alwynne Cartmell 282 8.2 +2.7
Majority 614 17.8 -5.5
Turnout 3,439 36.0 -5.2
Labour gain from Conservative Swing Labour to LD 4.3

Rumworth ward[edit]

Rumworth ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Rosa Kay 2,394 78.5 +1.4
Conservative Jack Heyes 294 9.6 -1.2
Green Alan Johnson 274 9.0 +0.4
Liberal Democrat David Charles Cooper 88 2.9 -0.5
Majority 2,100 68.8 +2.4
Turnout 3,050 30.7 -3.9
Labour hold Swing Con to Labour 1.3

Smithills ward[edit]

Smithills ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Roger Geoffrey Hayes 1,588 41.2 +1.2
Labour Kevin Patrick Morris 1,542 40.0 +7.2
Conservative Kath Kavanagh 535 13.9 -8.4
Green Alex Shaw 192 5.0 +0.1
Majority 46 1.2 -6.0
Turnout 3,857 39.4 -2.2
Liberal Democrat hold Swing Con to Labour 7.8

Tonge with the Haulgh ward[edit]

Tonge with the Haulgh ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Martin Donaghy 1,679 63.0 +7.8
Conservative Donna Hill 618 23.2 -6.8
BNP Dorothee Sayers 260 9.7 +0.1
Liberal Democrat Paul Anthony Harasiwka 108 4.0 -1.2
Majority 1061 39.8 +14.8
Turnout 2,665 30.1 -5.0
Labour hold Swing Con to Labour 7.3

Westhoughton North and Chew Moor ward[edit]

Westhoughton North and Chew Moor ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Sean Francis Harkin 1,672 46.4 -1.4
Conservative Christine Wild 1,264 35.0 -8.1
Independent Jack Speight 420 11.6 +11.6
Liberal Democrat Derek John Gradwell 250 6.9 -2.3
Majority 408 11.3 +6.6
Turnout 3,606 33.0 -6.3
Labour gain from Conservative Swing Con to Ind 9.8

Westhoughton South ward[edit]

Westhoughton South ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Anne-Marie Watters 1,250 42.4 -7.1
Liberal Democrat David Arthur Wilkinson 1,027 34.8 +10.6
Conservative Pat Allen 373 12.6 -11.9
English Democrat Derek John Bullock 297 10.1 +10.1
Majority 223 7.6 -18.6
Turnout 2,947 30.8 -6.3
Labour gain from Liberal Democrat Swing Con to LD 11.2

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