Manchester City Council election, 1983

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Elections to Manchester Council were held on Thursday, 5 May 1983. One-third of the council was up for election, with each successful candidate to serve a four-year term of office, expiring in 1987. The Labour Party retained overall control of the council. [1]

Election result[edit]

Manchester Council Election Result 1983
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Labour 27 3 0 +3 81.8 51.6 74,319 +6.7%
  Conservative 4 0 4 -4 12.1 31.1 44,788 -0.1%
  SDP–Liberal Alliance 2 1 0 +1 6.0 17.1 24,650 -6.2%
  National Front 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.1 128 +0.1%
  Communist 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.1 108 +0.1%
  Independent 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 54 -0.3%

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

Party Seats   +/-  
Labour 72 +3
Conservative 22 -4
Alliance 5 +1
Labour hold

Ward results[edit]

Ardwick[edit]

Ardwick
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Norman Finley* 2,447 75.6 +3.4
Conservative Stephen Lundy 503 15.5 -0.2
SDP–Liberal Alliance Lauriston Ford 285 8.8 -3.2
Majority 1,944 60.1 +3.6
Turnout 3,235
Labour hold Swing +1.8

Baguley[edit]

Baguley
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Winifred Smith* 2,826 62.3 +7.3
Conservative Christopher Ennis 1,290 28.4 +3.9
SDP–Liberal Alliance Georgina Hall 419 9.2 -11.3
Majority 1,536 33.9 +3.4
Turnout 4,535
Labour hold Swing +1.7

Barlow Moor[edit]

Barlow Moor
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Christopher Tucker* 2,034 45.6 +8.5
Conservative Beryl Moore 1,702 38.2 +0.5
SDP–Liberal Alliance Simon Gluck 720 16.2 -9.0
Majority 332 7.5 +6.8
Turnout 4,456
Labour hold Swing +4.0

Benchill[edit]

Benchill
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Neil Warren* 2,579 72.1 +9.7
Conservative Mirjam Malbon 554 15.5 +2.0
SDP–Liberal Alliance Gilbert Stacey 443 12.4 -11.8
Majority 2,025 56.6 +7.6
Turnout 3,576
Labour hold Swing +3.8

Beswick and Clayton[edit]

Beswick and Clayton
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Sidney Silverman* 2,498 68.9 +1.1
Conservative Leonard Hockey 797 22.0 -0.2
SDP–Liberal Alliance Angus Bateman 244 6.7 -3.2
National Front Alfred Coles 84 2.3 +2.3
Majority 1,701 47.0 +1.3
Turnout 3,623
Labour hold Swing +0.6

Blackley[edit]

Blackley
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Eileen Kelly* 2,682 62.0 +3.3
Conservative Gerry Carey 1,238 28.6 +0.7
SDP–Liberal Alliance David Gordon 408 9.4 -4.0
Majority 1,444 33.4 +2.6
Turnout 4,328
Labour hold Swing +1.3

Bradford[edit]

Bradford
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Michael Harrison* 2,499 72.8 +4.0
Conservative Clive Webb 615 17.9 -0.3
SDP–Liberal Alliance Norman Towers 321 9.3 -3.7
Majority 1,884 54.8 +4.2
Turnout 3,435
Labour hold Swing +2.1

Brooklands[edit]

Brooklands
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative David Sumberg* 2,249 45.5 +0.1
Labour Paul Clarke 2,093 42.4 +7.8
SDP–Liberal Alliance Jeffrey Burton 598 12.1 -7.9
Majority 156 3.2 -7.7
Turnout 4,940
Conservative hold Swing -3.8

Burnage[edit]

Burnage
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Marilyn Taylor 2,294 44.1 +7.7
Conservative Ronald Nicholson* 2,121 40.8 +0.6
SDP–Liberal Alliance Kenneth McKeon 783 15.1 -8.3
Majority 173 3.3 -0.4
Turnout 5,198
Labour gain from Conservative Swing +3.5

Central[edit]

Central
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Patricia Conquest* 2,172 76.7 +8.3
Conservative Phyllis Pacey 352 12.4 +0.7
SDP–Liberal Alliance Teresa Lyons 306 10.8 -9.0
Majority 1,820 64.3 +15.7
Turnout 2,830
Labour hold Swing +3.8

Charlestown[edit]

Charlestown
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Alan Wood* 2,362 52.5 +4.9
Conservative Richard Smith 1,407 31.3 +0.6
SDP–Liberal Alliance John Czernenko 728 16.2 -5.5
Majority 955 21.2 +4.2
Turnout 4,497
Labour hold Swing +2.1

Cheetham[edit]

Cheetham
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Nick Harris* 2,560 66.7 +5.4
SDP–Liberal Alliance Muhammad Qureshi 726 18.9 -4.4
Conservative Veronica Jones 551 14.4 -1.0
Majority 1,834 47.8 +9.9
Turnout 3,837
Labour hold Swing +4.9

Chorlton[edit]

Chorlton
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Cecil Franks* 2,547 46.8 +3.0
Labour Graham Martin 1,986 36.5 +6.4
SDP–Liberal Alliance John Commons 876 16.1 -10.1
Communist Michael Waterfield 36 0.7 +0.7
Majority 561 10.3 -3.4
Turnout 5,445
Conservative hold Swing -1.7

Crumpsall[edit]

Crumpsall
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Basil Curley 1,887 44.3 +11.9
Conservative George Fildes* 1,836 43.1 -0.9
SDP–Liberal Alliance Gerald Landsman 541 12.7 -11.0
Majority 51 1.2 -10.4
Turnout 4,264
Labour gain from Conservative Swing +6.4

Didsbury[edit]

Didsbury
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Muriel Crawford* 2,877 52.3 +2.1
SDP–Liberal Alliance John Whitman 1,467 26.7 -6.3
Labour Gerrard Carroll 1,153 21.0 +4.2
Majority 1,410 25.7 +8.4
Turnout 5,497
Conservative hold Swing +4.2

Fallowfield[edit]

Fallowfield
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Philip Openshaw* 1,993 48.1 +7.5
Conservative John Hardman 1,587 38.3 +4.5
SDP–Liberal Alliance George Nevins 560 13.5 -12.0
Majority 406 9.8 +3.0
Turnout 4,140
Labour hold Swing +1.5

Gorton North[edit]

Gorton North
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour John Wilson 2,695 54.6 +2.7
Conservative Christopher McGregor 1,278 25.9 +4.3
SDP–Liberal Alliance Zygmunt Gazdecki 964 19.5 -7.0
Majority 1,417 28.7 +3.4
Turnout 4,937
Labour hold Swing -0.8

Gorton South[edit]

Gorton South
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Valerie Stevens* 2,247 52.3 +3.3
SDP–Liberal Alliance Dorothy Bell 1,282 29.9 +5.6
Conservative Peter Dunne 765 17.8 -7.1
Majority 965 22.5 -1.6
Turnout 4,294
Labour hold Swing -1.1

Harpurhey[edit]

Harpurhey
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Nilofar Siddiqi* 2,086 58.5 +2.8
Conservative Denise Jackson 883 24.8 -1.3
SDP–Liberal Alliance Edward Charnley 596 16.7 -1.4
Majority 1,203 33.7 +4.1
Turnout 3,565
Labour hold Swing +2.0

Hulme[edit]

Hulme
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Sheila Robertson* 2,535 75.3 +12.2
Conservative Clive Freemantle 432 12.8 +0.2
SDP–Liberal Alliance David Nicholson 401 11.9 -12.4
Majority 2,103 62.4 +23.6
Turnout 3,368
Labour hold Swing +6.0

Levenshulme[edit]

Levenshulme
Party Candidate Votes % ±
SDP–Liberal Alliance Audrey Greaves 1,913 37.8 -4.4
Labour John Rimington 1,583 31.3 +6.3
Conservative John Monks 1,564 30.9 -1.8
Majority 330 6.5 -3.0
Turnout 5,060
SDP–Liberal Alliance hold Swing -5.3

Lightbowne[edit]

Lightbowne
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Derek Shaw* 2,543 53.3 +8.7
Conservative Albert Bolland 1,678 35.2 +7.3
SDP–Liberal Alliance John Cookson 551 11.5 -13.0
Majority 865 18.1 +1.4
Turnout 4,772
Labour hold Swing +0.7

Longsight[edit]

Longsight
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Kenneth Strath* 2,665 55.5 +10.9
SDP–Liberal Alliance Altaf Ahmed 1,163 24.2 -8.9
Conservative George Taylor 903 18.8 +1.2
Communist Geoffrey Chandler 72 1.5 +1.5
Majority 1,502 31.3 +19.8
Turnout 4,803
Labour hold Swing +9.9

Moss Side[edit]

Moss Side
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Sam Darby 2,770 72.3 +9.8
Conservative Grant Higginson 698 18.2 -5.4
SDP–Liberal Alliance Sarah Barber 362 9.5 -1.5
Majority 2,072 54.1 +15.2
Turnout 3,830
Labour hold Swing +7.6

Moston[edit]

Moston
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour William Risby* 2,621 49.6 +6.5
Conservative Dave Eager 2,061 39.0 -0.8
SDP–Liberal Alliance Martin Gradwell 599 11.3 -5.7
Majority 560 10.6 +7.4
Turnout 5,281
Labour hold Swing +3.6

Newton Heath[edit]

Newton Heath
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Michael Taylor* 2,480 67.2 +4.4
Conservative Stephen Johnson 880 23.8 -0.7
SDP–Liberal Alliance Vera Towers 286 7.8 -4.9
National Front Bryan Nylan 44 1.2 +1.2
Majority 1,600 43.4 +5.1
Turnout 3,690
Labour hold Swing +2.5

Northenden[edit]

Northenden
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Duncan Healey* 2,433 44.4 +4.3
Conservative George Leigh 2,290 41.8 +3.5
SDP–Liberal Alliance Lawrence Shields 754 13.8 -4.9
Majority 143 2.6 +0.8
Turnout 5,477
Labour hold Swing +0.4

Old Moat[edit]

Old Moat
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Keith Bradley 2,359 48.3 +14.7
Conservative Peter Hilton* 1,795 36.8 -5.0
SDP–Liberal Alliance Richard Clayton 729 14.9 -9.7
Majority 564 11.6 +3.3
Turnout 4,883
Labour gain from Conservative Swing +9.8

Rusholme[edit]

Rusholme
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Margaret Roff* 2,102 46.9 +2.7
Conservative Shakir Hussain 1,242 27.7 -6.3
SDP–Liberal Alliance Guy Goodman 1,081 24.1 +2.4
Independent Frederick Melling 54 1.2 +1.2
Majority 860 19.2 +9.0
Turnout 4,479
Labour hold Swing +4.5

Sharston[edit]

Sharston
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour William Jameson* 2,080 46.4 +2.8
Conservative Annie Spencer 1,398 31.2 +0.8
SDP–Liberal Alliance Herbert Griffiths 979 21.9 -3.7
Majority 682 15.2 +2.0
Turnout 4,479
Labour hold Swing +1.0

Whalley Range[edit]

Whalley Range
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Michael Whetton* 2,063 45.9 +1.5
Labour Roy Walters 1,705 38.0 +7.9
SDP–Liberal Alliance Mary James 723 16.1 -9.5
Majority 358 8.0 -6.4
Turnout 4,491
Conservative hold Swing -3.2

Withington[edit]

Withington
Party Candidate Votes % ±
SDP–Liberal Alliance David Sandiford 2,147 42.0 +1.4
Conservative Margaret Davies* 1,854 36.3 -3.1
Labour Raymond Write 1,111 21.7 +1.7
Majority 293 5.7 +4.5
Turnout 5,112
SDP–Liberal Alliance gain from Conservative Swing +2.2

Woodhouse Park[edit]

Woodhouse Park
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Frank Booth 2,239 60.3 -3.6
Conservative Gladys Parry 778 21.0 +3.6
SDP–Liberal Alliance Eileen Wildman 695 18.7 -0.0
Majority 1,461 39.4 -5.8
Turnout 3,712
Labour hold Swing -3.6

References[edit]

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