Manchester City Council election, 1980

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Elections to Manchester Council were held on Thursday, 1 May 1980. One-third of the council was up for election, with each successful candidate to serve a two-year term of office, expiring in 1982, due to the boundary changes and "all-out" elections due to take place that year. The Labour Party retained overall control of the council.[1]

Election result[edit]

Manchester Council Election Result 1980
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Labour 30 9 0 +9 85.7 57.0 75,837 +6.3%
  Conservative 4 0 10 -10 11.4 32.1 42,744 -5.5%
  Liberal 1 1 0 +1 2.8 10.2 13,624 -1.0%
  Independent 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.2 321 +0.1%
  Ecology 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.2 295 -0.1%
  Communist 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.1 145 -0.0%
  Socialist Workers 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 75 +0.0%

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

Party Seats   +/-  
Labour 72 +9
Conservative 23 -10
Liberal 4 +1
Labour hold

Ward results[edit]

Alexandra[edit]

Alexandra
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative T. E. Murphy 2,502 48.2 -10.6
Labour R. B. Walters 1,823 35.1 -6.1
Liberal M. A. Plesch 862 16.6 +16.6
Majority 679 13.1 -4.6
Turnout 5,187 43.0 -29.3
Conservative hold Swing -2.2

Ardwick[edit]

Ardwick
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour F. Dale* 2,436 81.4 +22.9
Conservative G. Taylor 441 14.7 -18.8
Liberal J. Spittle 114 3.8 -4.2
Majority 1,995 66.7 +41.7
Turnout 2,991 29.2 -33.1
Labour hold Swing +20.8

Baguley[edit]

Baguley
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour A. Burns* 3,754 65.8 +11.3
Conservative M. Malbon 1,698 29.8 -7.4
Liberal P. G. Willams 251 4.4 -3.9
Majority 2,056 36.1 +18.8
Turnout 5,703 41.4 -31.4
Labour hold Swing +9.3

Barlow Moor[edit]

Barlow Moor
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour J. T. Maguire 1,835 48.1 +6.1
Conservative B. Moore* 1,590 41.7 -4.2
Liberal J. R. Marsden 364 9.5 -2.6
Independent M. G. Gibson 25 0.7 +0.7
Majority 245 6.4 +2.5
Turnout 3,814 37.2 -30.8
Labour gain from Conservative Swing +5.1

Beswick[edit]

Beswick (2 vacancies)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour J. Flanagan* 2,061 81.6 +0.1
Labour M. Harrison 1,898
Independent W. C. Carman 208 8.2 +8.2
Conservative C. Hare 148 5.8 -12.7
Conservative R. Plant 121
Liberal K. Parkinson 109 4.3 +4.3
Majority 1,690 73.4 +10.4
Turnout 2,526 34.1 -27.1
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing -4.0

Blackley[edit]

Blackley
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour W. Risby* 2,910 61.0 +12.7
Conservative H. P. Cummins 1,659 34.8 -9.0
Liberal N. Towers 201 4.2 -3.7
Majority 1,251 26.2 +21.7
Turnout 4,770 42.9 -31.9
Labour hold Swing +10.8

Bradford[edit]

Bradford
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Bill Egerton* 2,691 70.0 +6.1
Conservative L. Hockey 981 25.5 -5.1
Liberal L. Towers 172 4.5 -1.0
Majority 1,710 44.5 +11.3
Turnout 3,844 32.6 -37.1
Labour hold Swing +5.6

Brooklands[edit]

Brooklands
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour K. Barnes 3,285 56.9 +8.8
Conservative G. Fitzsimons* 2,231 38.6 -5.1
Liberal G. Dulson 260 4.5 -3.7
Majority 1,054 18.2 +13.8
Turnout 5,776 46.0 -28.9
Labour gain from Conservative Swing +6.9

Burnage[edit]

Burnage
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour G. J. Martin 2,503 49.8 +6.7
Conservative R. Nicholson 2,045 40.7 -5.6
Liberal C. Dowse 474 9.4 -1.2
Majority 458 9.1 +5.9
Turnout 5,022 44.1 -30.5
Labour gain from Conservative Swing +6.1

Charlestown[edit]

Charlestown
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour N. Morris* 2,608 62.2 +11.0
Conservative C. Maffei 1,348 32.1 -8.0
Liberal J. Mawson 239 5.7 -3.0
Majority 1,260 30.0 +18.8
Turnout 4,195 42.9 -33.8
Labour hold Swing +9.5

Cheetham[edit]

Cheetham
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour D. G. Ford* 1,785 71.6 +5.5
Conservative K. Taylor 613 24.6 -3.8
Liberal R. A. Bell 94 3.8 -1.7
Majority 1,172 47.0 +9.3
Turnout 2,492 34.4 -31.1
Labour hold Swing +4.6

Chorlton[edit]

Chorlton
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative M. Vince* 2,267 47.1 -3.9
Labour H. Brown 2,067 43.0 +7.2
Liberal J. Commons 421 8.8 -4.4
Communist B. E. Struszckak 54 1.1 +1.1
Majority 200 4.2 -11.0
Turnout 4,809 43.7 -32.2
Conservative hold Swing +5.5

Collegiate Church[edit]

Collegiate Church
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour J. Bradley 894 77.5 +13.9
Conservative P. Snell 192 16.7 -11.0
Liberal I. Wilde 67 5.8 -3.0
Majority 702 60.9 +25.0
Turnout 1,153 26.4 -27.4
Labour hold Swing +12.4

Crossacres[edit]

Crossacres
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour K. Lim 3,463 70.4 +10.3
Conservative A. Spencer 956 19.4 -5.9
Liberal J. Southward 500 10.2 -4.4
Majority 2,507 51.0 +16.2
Turnout 4,919 36.9 -33.6
Labour hold Swing +8.1

Crumpsall[edit]

Crumpsall
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour N. W. Harrison 2,230 50.8 +8.1
Conservative W. L. Clapham* 1,919 43.7 -3.3
Liberal K. Osbourne 238 5.4 -5.0
Majority 311 7.1 +2.8
Turnout 4,387 38.8 -32.7
Labour gain from Conservative Swing +5.7

Didsbury[edit]

Didsbury
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative J. Duke* 3,082 59.2 +2.8
Labour N. Siddiqi 1,080 20.7 -4.8
Liberal G. Shaw 1,045 20.1 +2.0
Majority 2,002 38.4 +7.4
Turnout 5,207 41.2 -35.6
Conservative hold Swing +3.8

Gorton North[edit]

Gorton North
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour C. Brierley 2,729 75.3 +12.1
Conservative C. H. T. Webb 736 20.3 -9.8
Liberal J. M. Hodgson 161 4.4 -2.3
Majority 1,993 55.0 +21.9
Turnout 3,626 42.7 -30.5
Labour hold Swing +10.9

Gorton South[edit]

Gorton South
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour D. Barker* 2,207 67.9 +6.8
Conservative D. Heywood 925 28.5 -3.3
Liberal J. Rhodes 118 3.6 -3.6
Majority 1,282 39.4 +10.1
Turnout 3,250 37.5 -33.4
Labour hold Swing +5.0

Harpurhey[edit]

Harpurhey (2 vacancies)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour A. Lister 1,463 61.0 -3.6
Labour H. Reid* 1,433
Conservative J. Harding 511 21.3 -8.0
Conservative F. Meaden 449
Liberal J. Ashley 425 17.7 +11.6
Liberal T. M. Broderick 387
Majority 922 39.7 +4.4
Turnout 4,668 37.4 -28.0
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing +2.2

Hulme[edit]

Hulme
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour T. Thomas* 2,008 73.8 +5.2
Liberal P. Thompson 329 12.1 +1.5
Conservative N. P. Shand 295 10.8 -7.6
Independent D. S. Redford 88 3.2 +3.2
Majority 1,679 61.7 +11.5
Turnout 2,720 29.3 -32.3
Labour hold Swing +1.8

Levenshulme[edit]

Levenshulme
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal H. Smith 2,105 40.2 +3.6
Labour R. M. Pilkington 1,962 37.5 +3.4
Conservative W. Carlton* 1,171 22.4 -6.9
Majority 143 2.7 +0.2
Turnout 5,238 42.2 -30.0
Liberal gain from Conservative Swing +0.1

Lightbowne[edit]

Lightbowne
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour A. D. Kelly 2,632 61.0 +5.8
Conservative G. Cleworth* 1,459 33.8 -1.5
Liberal B. V. Roberts 224 5.2 -4.2
Majority 1,173 27.2 +7.3
Turnout 4,315 41.3 -33.5
Labour gain from Conservative Swing +3.6

Lloyd Street[edit]

Lloyd Street
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour K. McKeon* 2,679 69.2 +13.2
Conservative R. E. Bevan 1,035 26.7 -8.4
Liberal E. Thompson 156 4.0 -2.8
Majority 1,644 42.5 +21.6
Turnout 3,870 33.0 -36.3
Labour hold Swing +10.8

Longsight[edit]

Longsight
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour R. W. Ford* 1,905 58.8 -1.5
Conservative A. Malpas 974 30.1 -1.2
Liberal M. Amin 269 8.3 -0.1
Communist M. Cowie 91 2.8 +2.8
Majority 931 28.7 -0.4
Turnout 3,239 33.0 -33.8
Labour hold Swing +0.1

Miles Platting[edit]

Miles Platting
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour R. Latham* 1,905 90.3 +13.5
Conservative A. E. Halliday 148 7.0 -10.7
Liberal P. Bailey 57 2.7 -2.8
Majority 1,757 83.3 +24.2
Turnout 2,110 31.1 -30.9
Labour hold Swing +12.1

Moss Side[edit]

Moss Side
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour H. Paget* 1,626 75.9 +8.4
Conservative J. M. Goldsby 349 16.3 -6.5
Liberal L. Ford 167 7.8 -1.9
Majority 1,277 59.6 +14.9
Turnout 2,142 30.2 -33.3
Labour hold Swing +7.4

Moston[edit]

Moston
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour D. Shaw 2,788 52.0 +5.7
Conservative K. E. Goulding* 2,310 43.1 -0.8
Liberal J. Cookson 265 4.9 -4.9
Majority 478 8.9 +6.4
Turnout 5,363 45.2 -32.0
Labour gain from Conservative Swing +3.2

Newton Heath[edit]

Newton Heath
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour C. Tomlinson* 2,549 64.4 +4.0
Conservative A. E. Walsh 1,190 30.1 -5.8
Liberal V. Towers 221 5.6 +1.9
Majority 1,359 34.3 +9.8
Turnout 3,960 38.4 -32.0
Labour hold Swing +4.9

Northenden[edit]

Northenden
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour R. A. Reddington 2,964 53.5 +7.9
Conservative C. H. Box* 2,089 37.7 -5.6
Liberal J. Holland 487 8.8 -1.1
Majority 875 15.8 +13.5
Turnout 5,540 46.2 -28.9
Labour gain from Conservative Swing +6.7

Old Moat[edit]

Old Moat
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour A. C. Thomas 1,827 44.0 +2.6
Conservative W. H. Aikman* 1,551 37.3 -2.4
Liberal C. Adamson 776 18.7 -0.2
Majority 276 6.6 +4.9
Turnout 4,154 42.1 -30.4
Labour gain from Conservative Swing +2.5

Rusholme[edit]

Rusholme
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour J. Nicholson 2,537 51.3 +9.0
Conservative K. Ollerenshaw* 1,765 35.7 -5.2
Liberal D. Senior 352 7.1 -2.6
Ecology D. Dalton 295 6.0 -1.1
Majority 772 15.6 +14.3
Turnout 4,949 34.2 -31.6
Labour gain from Conservative Swing +7.1

Withington[edit]

Withington
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative J. M. Jacobs 1,762 34.7 -1.3
Liberal J. Edwards 1,709 33.6 -5.3
Labour W. M. Jameson 1,610 31.7 +6.6
Majority 53 1.0 -1.8
Turnout 5,081 45.6 -27.7
Conservative hold Swing +2.0

Woodhouse Park[edit]

Woodhouse Park
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour T. Farrell* 3,021 70.4 +8.9
Conservative J. A. Graham 802 18.7 -7.9
Liberal L. Griffiths 392 9.1 -2.8
Socialist Workers J. N. Taylor 75 1.7 +1.7
Majority 2,219 51.7 +16.8
Turnout 4,290 40.1 -31.5
Labour hold Swing +8.4

By-elections between 1980 and 1982[edit]

Gorton South By-Election 25 September 1980
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Roy Sadler 1,708 67.0 -0.9
Conservative Doris Heywood 531 20.8 -7.7
Liberal David Senior 309 12.1 +8.5
Majority 1,177 46.2 +6.8
Turnout 2,548 32.3 -5.2
Labour hold Swing +3.4
Blackley By-Election 2 April 1981
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour George Chadwick 2,287 61.5 +0.5
Conservative Valerie Hall 922 24.8 -10.0
Liberal John Cookson 510 13.7 +9.5
Majority 1,365 36.7 +10.2
Turnout 3,719 33.4 -9.5
Labour gain from Conservative Swing +5.2
Old Moat By-Election 9 July 1981
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative William Aikman 1,198 37.9 +0.6
Labour Paula Sadler 1,104 34.9 -9.1
Liberal Colin Dowse 860 27.2 +8.5
Majority 94 3.0 -3.6
Turnout 3,162 32.0 -10.1
Conservative hold Swing +4.8

References[edit]

  1. ^ Manchester City Council Election Results, 2nd Edition, Swarbrick (1993).