Manchester City Council election, 2003

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Elections to Manchester Council were held on Thursday, 1 May 2003. One third of the council was up for election as well as a vacancy in Benchill, with each successful candidate to serve a one-year term of office, expiring in 2004, due to the boundary changes and 'all-out' elections due to take place in that year. Turnout was down slightly to 22.2%, with Labour retaining overall control of the council. The election saw the Greens winning their first seat, and half a dozen Liberal Democrat gains resulting in Labour's majority being the lowest in twenty years. The three Independent Labour candidates stood as "Independent Progressive Labour".[1][2]

Election result[edit]

Manchester Council Election Result 2003
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Labour 21 2 7 -5 61.7 44.8 31,296 -6.6%
  Liberal Democrat 12 6 1 +5 35.3 36.2 25,261 +5.5%
  Green 1 1 0 +1 2.9 6.5 4,528 +0.4%
  Conservative 0 0 0 0 0.0 10.0 6,951 +0.9%
  Independent Labour 0 0 1 -1 0.0 1.1 781 +0.3%
  Socialist Alliance 0 0 0 0 0.0 1.0 677 -0.2%
  BNP 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.3 219 +0.3%
  Independent 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.1 66 -0.5%
  Independent Liberal 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 16 +0.0%

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

Party Seats   +/-  
Labour 71 -5
Liberal Democrats 27 +5
Green 1 +1
Independent Labour 0 -1
Labour hold

Ward results[edit]

Ardwick[edit]

Ardwick[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Bernard Priest* 806 66.1 -0.1
Liberal Democrat Ilias Kazantzis 202 16.6 +2.8
Green Hannah Berry 109 8.9 -3.0
Conservative Raymond Wattenbach 102 8.4 +0.2
Majority 604 49.5 -2.9
Turnout 1,219 14.9 -1.6
Labour hold Swing -1.4

Baguley[edit]

Baguley[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Co-op Edward McCulley* 905 60.1 -5.9
Conservative Christopher Barlow 324 21.5 +4.0
Liberal Democrat Mary Gallagher 210 13.9 +1.4
Green Gareth Pittam 67 4.4 +0.4
Majority 581 38.6 -9.9
Turnout 1,506 17.2 -3.8
Labour hold Swing -4.9

Barlow Moor[edit]

Barlow Moor[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Neil Trafford 1,376 59.9 -1.4
Labour Beth Morgan 621 27.0 +0.9
Conservative James Sharman 143 6.2 +0.5
Green John Cummings 80 3.5 -3.4
Socialist Alliance Claire Aze 77 3.4 +3.4
Majority 755 32.9 -2.3
Turnout 2,297 21.9 -2.8
Liberal Democrat hold Swing -1.1

Benchill[edit]

Benchill[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Tony Cross 592 70.4 +0.5
Labour Richard Unwin 564
Liberal Democrat William Fisher 102 12.1 -3.0
Conservative Joyce Kaye 85 10.1 +0.1
Conservative Carol Roberts 82
Liberal Democrat Richard Vann 67
Green Peter Powell 62 7.4 +2.3
Green Stephen Walford 50
Majority 462 58.3 +3.5
Turnout 841 12.8 -2.6
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing +1.7

Beswick and Clayton[edit]

Beswick and Clayton[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Michael Carmody* 883 49.9 +1.9
Liberal Democrat Elaine Boyes 748 42.3 +0.2
Conservative Christine Birchenough 66 3.7 +0.4
Independent Labour Fred Bates 41 2.3 -1.5
Green Susan Fairweather 31 1.8 +0.5
Majority 135 7.6 +1.8
Turnout 1,769 26.4 -3.2
Labour hold Swing +0.8

Blackley[edit]

Blackley[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Anna Trotman* 1,163 68.7 -3.3
Liberal Democrat Carol Connell 248 14.6 -0.4
Conservative Gerard Hopkins 207 12.2 +2.4
Green Robin Goater 75 4.4 +1.2
Majority 915 54.0 -3.0
Turnout 1,693 21.1 -3.6
Labour hold Swing -1.4

Bradford[edit]

Bradford[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour John Longsden 989 61.7 +0.9
Liberal Democrat Peter Fairhurst* 518 32.3 -2.1
Conservative Brian Birchenough 66 4.1 +0.9
Green Elvis Presley 30 1.9 +0.3
Majority 471 29.4 +3.0
Turnout 1,603 23.9 -7.7
Labour gain from Liberal Democrat Swing +1.5

Brooklands[edit]

Brooklands[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Co-op Susan Murphy* 957 50.7 -8.1
Conservative Jane Percival 562 29.8 -0.6
Liberal Democrat John Ellis 228 12.1 +4.9
Green Birgit Vollm 76 4.0 +0.4
Independent Honor Donnelly 66 3.5 +3.5
Majority 395 20.9 -7.5
Turnout 1,889 22.5 -5.0
Labour hold Swing -3.7

Burnage[edit]

Burnage[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat John Cameron 1,758 60.8 +18.7
Labour Michael Green* 914 31.6 -14.7
Conservative Peter Schofield 142 4.9 -3.6
Green Michael Shaw 79 2.7 -0.5
Majority 844 29.2 +25.1
Turnout 2,893 29.1 +0.6
Liberal Democrat gain from Labour Swing +16.7

Central[edit]

Central[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Peter Rothery 1,041 49.9 +9.3
Labour Richard Carrothers 836 40.1 -8.9
Conservative Nicholas Davis 108 5.2 -0.7
Green Steven Durrant 91 4.4 +0.8
Independent Labour Derek Froggatt 11 0.5 +0.5
Majority 205 9.8 +1.4
Turnout 2,087 16.5 -3.4
Liberal Democrat gain from Labour Swing +9.1

Charlestown[edit]

Charlestown[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Eric Hobin* 1,043 54.1 -6.6
Liberal Democrat Rodney Isherwood 498 25.8 -9.2
Conservative Marilyn Hopkins 302 15.7 +15.7
Green Mark Gilbert 84 4.4 +0.1
Majority 545 28.3 +2.6
Turnout 1,927 22.0 -3.3
Labour hold Swing +1.3

Cheetham[edit]

Cheetham[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Qassim Afzal 1,522 49.4 +3.4
Labour Imran Rizvi* 1,305 42.4 -8.5
Conservative Adrian Glasspole 143 4.6 +4.6
Green Charlotte Daws 110 3.6 +0.5
Majority 217 7.0 +2.1
Turnout 3,080 33.0 -3.0
Liberal Democrat gain from Labour Swing +5.9

Chorlton[edit]

Chorlton[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Sheila Newman* 1,288 39.3 -5.4
Liberal Democrat Howard Totty 770 23.5 +4.5
Conservative Giles Campbell 487 14.9 -0.6
Green Michael Daw 470 14.3 +1.2
Socialist Alliance Heather Rose 263 8.0 +0.2
Majority 518 15.8 -9.9
Turnout 3,278 28.0 -4.0
Labour hold Swing -4.9

Crumpsall[edit]

Crumpsall[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Cornelius Keegan 1,323 57.0 -4.6
Liberal Democrat David Gordon 477 20.6 +5.9
Conservative Garvan Walshe 350 15.1 +0.4
Green Joseph Richardson 158 6.8 +2.5
Socialist Alliance Karen Reissmann 12 0.5 -1.9
Majority 846 36.5 -10.4
Turnout 2,320 25.1 -3.2
Labour hold Swing -5.2

Didsbury[edit]

Didsbury[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat David Sandiford* 2,116 51.8 +13.8
Labour Geoffrey Bridson 1,257 30.8 -3.7
Conservative Peter Hilton 491 12.0 -0.5
Green Kathryn Brownbridge 223 5.5 +0.7
Majority 859 21.0 +17.6
Turnout 4,087 34.9 -2.1
Liberal Democrat hold Swing +8.7

Fallowfield[edit]

Fallowfield[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Bernice Reid* 853 48.3 -11.9
Liberal Democrat John-Paul Wilkins 494 28.0 +9.0
Conservative William Langton 239 13.5 +1.0
Green Bruce Bingham 180 10.2 +2.0
Majority 359 20.3 -20.9
Turnout 1,766 15.0 -2.3
Labour hold Swing -10.4

Gorton North[edit]

Gorton North[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Jacqueline Pearcey* 1,155 50.7 -0.3
Labour Allan Grafton 842 36.9 +0.5
Conservative Lisa Boardman 223 9.8 +0.3
Green Victoria Bodgers 60 2.6 +1.2
Majority 313 13.7 -0.9
Turnout 2,280 24.0 -2.6
Liberal Democrat hold Swing -0.4

Gorton South[edit]

Gorton South[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat James Ashley* 1,242 61.2 +6.9
Labour Martin Rathfelder 630 31.0 -6.5
Green Penelope Collins 93 4.6 +0.4
Conservative Rosemary Bishop 65 3.2 -0.8
Majority 612 30.1 +13.2
Turnout 2,030 24.0 +1.1
Liberal Democrat hold Swing +6.7

Harpurhey[edit]

Harpurhey[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Paul Fairweather 835 67.8 +1.4
Liberal Democrat Rob Brettle 222 18.0 +5.3
Conservative Sebastian Chowdhury 129 10.5 +1.1
Green Darren Milton 45 3.7 +1.7
Majority 613 49.8 -3.9
Turnout 1,231 16.2 -2.8
Labour hold Swing -1.9

Hulme[edit]

Hulme[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Green Vanessa Hall 678 43.3 +1.3
Labour John Flanagan* 667 42.6 -5.3
Liberal Democrat Andrew Turvey 160 10.2 +1.5
Conservative Vincent Pierce 45 2.9 +1.5
Independent Liberal Charles Lyn-Lloyd 16 1.0 +1.0
Majority 11 0.7 -5.1
Turnout 1,566 16.0 +1.2
Green gain from Labour Swing +3.3

Levenshulme[edit]

Levenshulme[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat David Hennigan* 1,625 60.8 +5.8
Labour Michael Amesbury 667 25.0 -5.4
Green Sean Hughes 153 5.7 -0.1
Conservative Ann Hodkinson 128 4.8 +0.6
Socialist Alliance Sabrina Nutter 100 3.7 -0.9
Majority 958 35.8 +11.2
Turnout 2,673 26.1 -1.1
Liberal Democrat hold Swing +5.6

Moston[edit]

Lightbowne[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Paul Murphy* 1,177 70.5 -0.9
Liberal Democrat Stephen Allen 213 12.8 -0.7
Conservative Howard Varney 198 11.9 -1.7
Green Matthew Payne 82 4.9 +3.4
Majority 964 57.7 +0.0
Turnout 1,670 20.0 -3.0
Labour hold Swing -0.1

Longsight[edit]

Longsight[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Liaqat Ali 1,152 44.6 +15.5
Labour Sajjad Hussain* 1,000 38.7 -15.9
Green Spencer Fitzgibbon 255 9.9 +0.8
Conservative Karen Abbad 177 6.8 -0.4
Majority 152 5.9 -19.6
Turnout 2,584 20.0 -0.4
Liberal Democrat gain from Labour Swing +15.7

Moss Side[edit]

Moss Side[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Locita Brandy 1,182 72.2 -3.6
Liberal Democrat Shirley Inniss 234 14.3 +5.5
Conservative Joyce Haycock 116 7.1 +1.4
Green Brian Sheedy 104 6.4 +1.2
Majority 948 57.9 -9.1
Turnout 1,636 18.8 -3.5
Labour hold Swing -4.5

Moston[edit]

Moston[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Henry Cooper* 1,366 62.7 -0.3
Conservative Gerald Freedman-Goldberger 507 23.3 +23.3
Liberal Democrat Kevin Morley 198 9.1 -15.7
Green Barry McAtarsney 109 5.0 -2.9
Majority 859 39.4 +1.2
Turnout 2,180 23.1 -1.0
Labour hold Swing -11.8

Newton Heath[edit]

Newton Heath[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Richard Wilson 774 38.7 -11.6
Independent Labour Damien O'Connor* 729 36.5 +36.5
BNP Derek Adams 219 11.0 +11.0
Conservative Albert Walsh 162 8.1 -2.7
Liberal Democrat Derrick Mellor 71 3.6 -3.3
Green Rachel Harper 44 2.2 -1.7
Majority 45 2.3 -19.8
Turnout 1,999 24.9 +1.9
Labour gain from Independent Labour Swing -24.0

Northenden[edit]

Northenden[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Michael Kane* 1,112 57.7 +1.4
Conservative Ralph Ellerton 359 18.6 -3.5
Liberal Democrat Marguerite Goldsmith 285 14.8 +1.1
Green Lance Crookes 171 8.9 +1.0
Majority 753 39.1 +4.9
Turnout 1,927 19.6 -4.0
Labour hold Swing +2.4

Old Moat[edit]

Old Moat[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Jeffrey Smith* 1,322 46.5 -3.7
Liberal Democrat Yasmin Zalzala 1,141 40.2 +1.3
Green Brian Candeland 209 7.4 +1.8
Conservative Gary Kaye 169 5.9 +0.6
Majority 181 6.4 -4.9
Turnout 2,841 22.5 -4.1
Labour hold Swing -2.5

Rusholme[edit]

Rusholme[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Lynne Williams 1,850 64.8 +25.4
Labour Zafar Mir* 722 25.3 -23.6
Conservative Barbara Goodall 138 4.8 -1.2
Socialist Alliance Mary Ainslie 76 2.7 +2.7
Green Christopher Middleton 69 2.4 -3.2
Majority 1,128 39.5 +30.1
Turnout 2,855 23.0 +1.7
Liberal Democrat gain from Labour Swing +24.5

Sharston[edit]

Sharston[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Co-op Joyce Keller* 755 65.3 -1.2
Conservative John Kenny 171 14.8 -1.2
Liberal Democrat David Kierman 161 13.9 +1.3
Green Richard Gee 70 6.1 +1.2
Majority 584 50.5 -0.0
Turnout 1,157 15.0 -4.0
Labour hold Swing -0.0

Whalley Range[edit]

Whalley Range[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat John Grant 1,491 49.1 +19.3
Labour Christopher Paul 1,024 33.7 -16.2
Green Mary Candeland 276 9.1 +0.0
Conservative Richard West 248 8.2 -3.0
Majority 467 15.4 -4.7
Turnout 3,039 30.6 -0.4
Liberal Democrat gain from Labour Swing +17.7

Withington[edit]

Withington[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Brendon Jones* 1,621 61.6 +0.1
Labour Gerard Collier 593 22.5 -1.7
Socialist Alliance Rachel Green 149 5.7 +2.5
Conservative Stuart Penketh 145 5.5 +0.4
Green Bushra Hussain 125 4.7 -1.3
Majority 1,028 39.0 +1.7
Turnout 2,633 21.6 -2.1
Liberal Democrat hold Swing +0.9

Woodhouse Park[edit]

Woodhouse Park[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Brian O'Neil* 890 71.8 -0.1
Conservative Ruby Raynor 154 12.4 +0.3
Liberal Democrat John Reyes 132 10.7 -1.6
Green Clifford Saffer 63 5.1 +1.4
Majority 736 59.4 -0.2
Turnout 1,239 15.7 -2.9
Labour hold Swing -0.2

References[edit]

  1. ^ Manchester Evening News, 2 May 2003.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah "Manchester 2003 council election results". manchester.gov.uk. Archived from the original on 2003-07-07. Retrieved 2012-01-12.