Manchester City Council election, 1982

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Elections to Manchester Council were held on Thursday, 6 May 1982. Due to demographic changes in the city since the formation of the new City Council in 1973, and in common with some other English councils in 1982, substantial boundary changes to all wards were implemented in time for these elections. The most notable changes were as follows:

- The wards of Collegiate Church and Miles Platting were merged, with most of their combined areas forming a new Central ward.

- A new ward of Benchill was carved out of the existing wards of Baguley, Crossacres, and Woodhouse Park.

- Beswick ward became the new Beswick and Clayton ward.

- Lloyd Street ward became the new Fallowfield ward.

- Crossacres ward became the new Sharston ward.

- Alexandra ward became the new Whalley Range ward.

Due to these changes, it was necessary for the whole council to be re-elected. Each ward elected three candidates, with the first-placed candidate serving a four-year term of office, expiring in 1986, the second-placed candidate serving a two-year term of office, expiring in 1984, and the third-placed candidate serving a one-year term of office, expiring in 1983. The Labour party retained overall control of the council.[1]

Election result[edit]

Manchester Council Election Result 1982
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Labour 69 0 0 0 69.7 44.9 60,971 -12.1%
  Conservative 26 0 0 0 26.2 31.2 42,336 -0.9%
  SDP–Liberal Alliance 4 0 0 0 4.0 23.3 31,699 +13.1%
  Independent 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.3 483 +0.1%
  Workers Revolutionary 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.1 106 +0.1%
  National Front 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 70 +0.0%

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

Party Seats   +/-  
Labour 69 -3
Conservative 26 +3
Alliance 4 0
Labour hold

Ward results[edit]

Ardwick[edit]

Ardwick
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Hugh Barrett* 1,936 72.2 N/A
Labour Frank Dale* 1,870
Labour Norman Finley* 1,806
Conservative Arthur Davies 422 15.7 N/A
Conservative John Alblas 389
Conservative Ian Savell 374
SDP–Liberal Alliance Delsya Redford 323 12.0 N/A
SDP–Liberal Alliance John Smith 314
SDP–Liberal Alliance Gunther Kloss 295
Majority 1,384 56.5 N/A
Turnout 2,681 27.3 N/A
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)

Baguley[edit]

Baguley
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Frances Done* 2,261 54.9 N/A
Labour Anthony Burns* 2,160
Labour Winifred Smith 2,080
Conservative Christopher Ennis 1,009 24.5 N/A
Conservative Patricia Fitzsimons 936
Conservative Dorothy Hurst 867
SDP–Liberal Alliance Leeming Griffiths 844 20.5 N/A
SDP–Liberal Alliance Georgina Hall 814
SDP–Liberal Alliance Muriel James 695
Majority 1,071 30.4 N/A
Turnout 4,114 41.7 N/A
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)

Barlow Moor[edit]

Barlow Moor
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Harold Tucker* 1,546 37.7 N/A
Conservative Henry Moore* 1,533
Labour Christopher Tucker 1,522 37.1 N/A
Labour Keith Bradley 1,480
Labour Rhona Graham 1,468
Conservative Beryl Moore 1,464
SDP–Liberal Alliance Fred Balcombe 1,030 25.1 N/A
SDP–Liberal Alliance Glenna Robson 975
SDP–Liberal Alliance Trevor Thomas 900
Majority 42 0.6 N/A
Turnout 4,098 39.9 N/A
Conservative win (new seat)
Conservative win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)

Benchill[edit]

Benchill
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Alfred Home 2,136 62.4 N/A
Labour Veronica Myers 2,125
Labour Neil Warren 2,050
SDP–Liberal Alliance Herbert Griffiths 827 24.1 N/A
SDP–Liberal Alliance Gilbert Stacey 751
SDP–Liberal Alliance Bridget Brannan 679
Conservative Valerie Corrigan 460 13.4 N/A
Conservative David Harrington 437
Conservative Tracey Dennett 422
Majority 1,223 48.9 N/A
Turnout 3,423 35.5 N/A
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)

Beswick and Clayton[edit]

Beswick and Clayton
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Bill Egerton 2,167 67.8 N/A
Labour Jack Flanagan* 2,116
Labour Sidney Silverman* 1,979
Conservative Leonard Hockey 710 22.2 N/A
Conservative Keith West 536
Conservative Joan Swatton 533
SDP–Liberal Alliance Susan Birtwistle 318 9.9 N/A
SDP–Liberal Alliance Charles Hill 276
SDP–Liberal Alliance Ruth Levy 251
Majority 1,269 45.6 N/A
Turnout 3,195 36.4 N/A
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)

Blackley[edit]

Blackley
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour George Chadwick* 2,307 58.7 N/A
Labour Edward Newman* 2,210
Labour Eileen Kelly 2,159
Conservative Valerie Hall 1,097 27.9 N/A
Conservative Paul Soden 979
Conservative Brian Whaite 961
SDP–Liberal Alliance Norman Towers 528 13.4 N/A
SDP–Liberal Alliance John Cookson 517
SDP–Liberal Alliance David Gordon 507
Majority 1,062 30.8 N/A
Turnout 3,932 41.1 N/A
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)

Bradford[edit]

Bradford
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour John Gilmore* 2,190 68.7 N/A
Labour Edward Grant* 2,064
Labour Michael Harrison 1,928
Conservative David Eager 579 18.2 N/A
Conservative Geoffrey Glover 518
Conservative Stephen Ellwood 502
SDP–Liberal Alliance Charles Harris 417 13.1 N/A
SDP–Liberal Alliance Colin Dowse 354
SDP–Liberal Alliance Peter Crichton-Gold 344
Majority 1,349 50.5 N/A
Turnout 3,186 33.3 N/A
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)

Brooklands[edit]

Brooklands
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Yvonne Emery* 2,232 45.4 N/A
Conservative Arthur O'Connor 2,098
Conservative David Sumberg 2,047
Labour Roger Delahunty 1,699 34.6 N/A
Labour Richard Reddington 1,627
Labour Harold Reid 1,621
SDP–Liberal Alliance Jeffrey Burton 983 20.0 N/A
SDP–Liberal Alliance Lawrence Shields 943
SDP–Liberal Alliance Barry McColgan 941
Majority 348 10.8 N/A
Turnout 4,914 49.3 N/A
Conservative win (new seat)
Conservative win (new seat)
Conservative win (new seat)

Burnage[edit]

Burnage
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative John Kershaw 1,924 40.2 N/A
Conservative Horace Platt* 1,920
Conservative Ronald Nicholson 1,892
Labour Graham Martin* 1,743 36.4 N/A
Labour Marilyn Taylor 1,721
Labour John Wilson 1,618
SDP–Liberal Alliance Christopher Muir 1,116 23.3 N/A
SDP–Liberal Alliance Thomas Burgess 1,114
SDP–Liberal Alliance Margaret Boyle 1,096
Majority 149 3.8 N/A
Turnout 4,783 47.1 N/A
Conservative win (new seat)
Conservative win (new seat)
Conservative win (new seat)

Central[edit]

Central
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Reginald Latham* 1,713 68.4 N/A
Labour Gordon Conquest* 1,550
Labour Patricia Conquest* 1,538
SDP–Liberal Alliance Ernest Crank 497 19.8 N/A
SDP–Liberal Alliance Robert Young 363
SDP–Liberal Alliance Martin Nuttall 339
Conservative Jean Orr 294 11.7 N/A
Conservative Phylis Pacey 294
Conservative Alexander Perman 274
Majority 1,041 48.5 N/A
Turnout 2,504 27.1 N/A
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)

Charlestown[edit]

Charlestown
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Hugh Lee 1,926 47.6 N/A
Labour David Ford 1,879
Labour Alan Wood 1,782
Conservative Sandra Cartwright 1,240 30.7 N/A
Conservative Arthur Ashmore 1,179
Conservative John Grimshaw 1,171
SDP–Liberal Alliance Sydney Earnshaw 876 21.7 N/A
SDP–Liberal Alliance Agnes Hart 737
SDP–Liberal Alliance Myra Landsman 719
Majority 542 17.0 N/A
Turnout 4,042 41.1 N/A
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)

Cheetham[edit]

Cheetham
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Sally Shaw* 2,031 61.3 N/A
Labour John Broderick* 1,996
Labour Nicholas Harris 1,912
SDP–Liberal Alliance Mohammed Aslam 775 23.4 N/A
SDP–Liberal Alliance John Czernenko 723
SDP–Liberal Alliance John Whitman 656
Conservative Russell Berg 508 15.3 N/A
Conservative David Philip 492
Conservative David Sparrow 469
Majority 1,137 37.9 N/A
Turnout 3,314 34.7 N/A
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)

Chorlton[edit]

Chorlton
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Leslie Sanders* 2,326 43.8 N/A
Conservative Maureen Vince* 2,260
Conservative Cecil Franks* 2,249
Labour Michael Ash-Edwards 1,595 30.0 N/A
Labour Beverley Watson 1,538
Labour Stephen Darroch 1,478
SDP–Liberal Alliance John Commons 1,390 26.2 N/A
SDP–Liberal Alliance Mary James 1,301
SDP–Liberal Alliance Michael Palmer 1,235
Majority 654 13.7 N/A
Turnout 5,311 50.3 N/A
Conservative win (new seat)
Conservative win (new seat)
Conservative win (new seat)

Crumpsall[edit]

Crumpsall
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Frederick Butler 1,822 44.0 N/A
Conservative Frederick Lever* 1,634
Conservative George Fildes* 1,577
Labour Basil Curley 1,341 32.4 N/A
Labour Richard Jones 1,333
Labour Kenneth Barnes 1,332
SDP–Liberal Alliance Gerald Landsman 980 23.6 N/A
SDP–Liberal Alliance Brian Gibbons 944
SDP–Liberal Alliance Teresa Lyons 857
Majority 236 11.6 N/A
Turnout 4,143 45.1 N/A
Conservative win (new seat)
Conservative win (new seat)
Conservative win (new seat)

Didsbury[edit]

Didsbury
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Joyce Hill* 2,912 50.3 N/A
Conservative John Duke* 2,903
Conservative Muriel Crawford* 2,826
SDP–Liberal Alliance Bernard Lever 1,911 33.0 N/A
SDP–Liberal Alliance Ronald Axtell 1,725
SDP–Liberal Alliance Jack Edwards 1,723
Labour Helen Gregory 970 16.7 N/A
Labour Vivien Prendiville 946
Labour Richard Ramsden 923
Majority 915 17.3 N/A
Turnout 5,793 53.7 N/A
Conservative win (new seat)
Conservative win (new seat)
Conservative win (new seat)

Fallowfield[edit]

Fallowfield
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Peter Morrison 1,696 40.6 N/A
Labour Joseph Holly 1,649
Labour Philip Openshaw 1,574
Conservative Paul Hackett 1,412 33.8 N/A
Conservative George Taylor 1,363
Conservative John Hardman 1,342
SDP–Liberal Alliance Robert Davison 1,067 25.5 N/A
SDP–Liberal Alliance James Bradley 1,062
SDP–Liberal Alliance Kenneth McKeon* 1,016
Majority 162 6.8 N/A
Turnout 4,175 38.5 N/A
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)

Gorton North[edit]

Gorton North
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Colin Brierley* 2,280 51.8 N/A
Labour Thomas Hamnett* 2,221
Labour Peter Hildrew* 2,116
SDP–Liberal Alliance Gerard Collins 1,168 26.5 N/A
SDP–Liberal Alliance Zygmunt Gazdecki 1,130
SDP–Liberal Alliance James Rowan 1,068
Conservative Agnes Caroll 950 21.6 N/A
Conservative Elizabeth Dimmock 901
Conservative Veronica Jones 884
Majority 948 25.3 N/A
Turnout 4,398 42.7 N/A
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)

Gorton South[edit]

Gorton South
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Dennis Barker* 1,880 49.0 N/A
Labour Kenneth Franklin* 1,766
Labour Valerie Stevens 1,676
Conservative Ronald Beaman 955 24.9 N/A
SDP–Liberal Alliance John Redfern 931 24.3 N/A
SDP–Liberal Alliance Elsie Hooper 923
SDP–Liberal Alliance Carole Helme 882
Conservative Peter Dunne 858
Conservative Clive Webb 824
National Front Alfred Coles 70 1.8 N/A
National Front John Hulse 52
National Front Bryan Nylan 44
Majority 721 24.1 N/A
Turnout 3,836 36.8 N/A
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)

Harpurhey[edit]

Harpurhey
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Patrick Karney 1,839 55.7 N/A
Labour Graham Stringer 1,712
Labour Nilofar Siddiqi 1,656
Conservative Joyce Harding 862 26.1 N/A
Conservative Norman Jones 831
Conservative Richard Smith 785
SDP–Liberal Alliance Edward Charnley 598 18.1 N/A
SDP–Liberal Alliance Anthony Newman 595
SDP–Liberal Alliance Thomas Jones 547
Majority 794 29.6 N/A
Turnout 3,299 38.5 N/A
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)

Hulme[edit]

Hulme
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Peter Keenlyside 2,105 63.1 N/A
Labour Valerie Dunn 1,992
Labour Sheila Robertson 1,931
SDP–Liberal Alliance Thomas McClure 811 24.3 N/A
SDP–Liberal Alliance Robert Taylor 707
SDP–Liberal Alliance David Nicholson 670
Conservative Grant Higginson 421 12.6 N/A
Conservative Peter Hardman 413
Conservative Clare Hare 388
Majority 1,120 38.8 N/A
Turnout 3,337 30.6 N/A
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)

Levenshulme[edit]

Levenshulme
Party Candidate Votes % ±
SDP–Liberal Alliance Keith Whitmore* 2,029 42.2 N/A
SDP–Liberal Alliance Janet Blessing 1,792
SDP–Liberal Alliance Howard Smith* 1,743
Conservative John Barber* 1,573 32.7 N/A
Conservative Winifrede Carlton 1,484
Conservative John Monks 1,394
Labour Alison Jones 1,200 25.0 N/A
Labour John Rimington 1,189
Labour Rachel Pollard 1,177
Majority 170 9.5 N/A
Turnout 4,802 47.5 N/A
SDP–Liberal Alliance win (new seat)
SDP–Liberal Alliance win (new seat)
SDP–Liberal Alliance win (new seat)

Lightbowne[edit]

Lightbowne
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Paul Murphy* 2,145 44.5 N/A
Labour Alison Kelly* 1,952
Labour Derek Shaw 1,950
Conservative Albert Bolland 1,340 27.8 N/A
Conservative Vincent Clare 1,333
Conservative Grace Cleworth 1,315
SDP–Liberal Alliance Frederick Pinder 1,184 24.6 N/A
SDP–Liberal Alliance James Ashley 1,168
SDP–Liberal Alliance Elizabeth Thompson 1,043
Independent George Croston 147 3.0 N/A
Majority 610 16.7 N/A
Turnout 4,816 47.6 N/A
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)

Longsight[edit]

Longsight
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour John Byrne 1,875 44.5 N/A
Labour Kathleen Robinson 1,787
Labour Kenneth Strath 1,650
SDP–Liberal Alliance Altaf Ahmed 1,394 33.1 N/A
SDP–Liberal Alliance George Nevins 911
SDP–Liberal Alliance Joseph Podbylski 798
Conservative Nigel Davidson 741 17.6 N/A
Conservative John Watson 736
Conservative William O'Grady 688
Independent Geoffrey Chandler 199 4.7 N/A
Majority 256 11.4 N/A
Turnout 4,209 36.5 N/A
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)

Moss Side[edit]

Moss Side
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Hugh Paget* 2,285 62.5 N/A
Labour Arnold Spencer 2,123
Labour Jeffrey Wilner* 1,969
Conservative Robert Taylor 863 23.6 N/A
Conservative Mary Barnes 795
Conservative Joan Goldsby 758
SDP–Liberal Alliance Sarah Barber 400 10.9 N/A
SDP–Liberal Alliance Norman Allen 380
SDP–Liberal Alliance Lauriston Ford 362
Workers Revolutionary Frederick Marshall 106 2.9 N/A
Majority 1,106 38.9 N/A
Turnout 3,654 35.6 N/A
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)

Moston[edit]

Moston
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Colin McLaren* 2,220 43.0 N/A
Conservative Kenneth Goulding 2,054 39.8 N/A
Labour William Risby 2,024
Labour Leonard Kelly 2,022
Conservative Gwendoline Hurley* 1,904
Conservative Gerald Carey 1,839
SDP–Liberal Alliance John Bailey 881 17.1 N/A
SDP–Liberal Alliance John Gradwell 808
SDP–Liberal Alliance Martin Gradwell 792
Majority 2 3.2 N/A
Turnout 5,155 N/A
Labour win (new seat)
Conservative win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)

Newton Heath[edit]

Newton Heath
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Clifford Tomlinson* 1,933 62.8 N/A
Labour John Smith* 1,925
Labour Michael Taylor* 1,875
Conservative David Booth 755 24.5 N/A
Conservative Stephen Johnson 672
Conservative Kenneth Leeson 616
SDP–Liberal Alliance Joyce Laslett 389 12.6 N/A
SDP–Liberal Alliance Vera Towers 352
SDP–Liberal Alliance Geoffrey Mawson 344
Majority 1,120 38.3 N/A
Turnout 3,077 33.7 N/A
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)

Northenden[edit]

Northenden
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Keith Barnes 1,954 40.1 N/A
Labour Harold Brown 1,890
Labour Duncan Healey 1,881
Conservative George Leigh* 1,865 38.3 N/A
Conservative Dorothy Mountford 1,694
Conservative John Graham 1,639
SDP–Liberal Alliance John Holland 911 18.7 N/A
SDP–Liberal Alliance Julian Goldstone 888
SDP–Liberal Alliance Kenneth Lightowler 842
Independent Stanley Rose 137 2.8 N/A
Majority 16 1.8 N/A
Turnout 4,867 47.2 N/A
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)

Old Moat[edit]

Old Moat
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative William Aikman* 2,053 41.8 N/A
Conservative Gerard Fitzsimons 1,924
Conservative Peter Hilton 1,888
Labour Trevor Allcock 1,649 33.5 N/A
Labour Deborah Bryson 1,520
Labour Roy Walters 1,493
SDP–Liberal Alliance Pamela Elwood 1,213 24.7 N/A
SDP–Liberal Alliance Anthony Parkinson 1,199
SDP–Liberal Alliance John Stevenson 1,148
Majority 239 8.2 N/A
Turnout 4,915 44.9 N/A
Conservative win (new seat)
Conservative win (new seat)
Conservative win (new seat)

Rusholme[edit]

Rusholme
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Thomas Egan 1,926 44.2 N/A
Labour John Nicholson* 1,895
Labour Margaret Roff 1,823
Conservative Shakir Hussain 1,484 34.0 N/A
Conservative Alan Catchpole 1,350
Conservative Catherine McQuade 1,313
SDP–Liberal Alliance Peter Thompson 947 21.7 N/A
SDP–Liberal Alliance Audrey Greaves 920
SDP–Liberal Alliance David Tierney 843
Majority 339 10.1 N/A
Turnout 4,357 44.5 N/A
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)

Sharston[edit]

Sharston
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Kenneth Collis* 1,906 43.8 N/A
Labour Kevan Lim* 1,787
Labour William Jameson 1,735
Conservative Annie Spencer 1,329 30.5 N/A
Conservative Rodney Munn 1,322
Conservative Kathleen Hay 1,290
SDP–Liberal Alliance Eileen Bowers 1,115 25.6 N/A
SDP–Liberal Alliance Robert Bowers 1,112
SDP–Liberal Alliance Angus Bateman 1,052
Majority 406 13.2 N/A
Turnout 4,350 N/A
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)

Whalley Range[edit]

Whalley Range
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Robert Rodgers* 2,029 44.4 N/A
Conservative Andrew Neville 1,951
Conservative Michael Whetton 1,926
Labour David Grigg 1,371 30.0 N/A
Labour Anthony Williams 1,300
Labour Barclay Patoir 1,220
SDP–Liberal Alliance Roy Jarman 1,168 25.6 N/A
SDP–Liberal Alliance David Levy 1,057
SDP–Liberal Alliance Simon Lewis 1,057
Majority 555 14.4 N/A
Turnout 4,568 48.7 N/A
Conservative win (new seat)
Conservative win (new seat)
Conservative win (new seat)

Withington[edit]

Withington
Party Candidate Votes % ±
SDP–Liberal Alliance Audrey Jones* 2,043 40.6 N/A
Conservative Joan Jacobs* 1,981 39.4 N/A
Conservative Margaret Davies 1,854
SDP–Liberal Alliance David Sandiford* 1,836
Conservative Muriel Pierce 1,828
SDP–Liberal Alliance Graham Shaw 1,675
Labour Frank Booth 1,006 20.0 N/A
Labour Karl Grimshaw 991
Labour Adetutu Eko 929
Majority 18 1.2 N/A
Turnout 5,030 49.8 N/A
SDP–Liberal Alliance win (new seat)
Conservative win (new seat)
Conservative win (new seat)

Woodhouse Park[edit]

Woodhouse Park
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Gerald Hall* 2,164 63.9 N/A
Labour Griffith Berry* 2,062
Labour Thomas Farrell* 2,040
SDP–Liberal Alliance Eileen Wildman 635 18.7 N/A
SDP–Liberal Alliance Doreen Thomas 599
Conservative Constance Murphy 588 17.3 N/A
Conservative Joyce Norbury 581
Conservative Hilda Wootton 569
SDP–Liberal Alliance Thomas Huffer 540
Majority 1,405 45.1 N/A
Turnout 3,387 35.6 N/A
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)

References[edit]

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