Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council election, 2003

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Elections to Rochdale Council were held on 1 May 2003. One third of the council was up for election and the Labour party lost overall control of the council to no overall control.

After the election, the composition of the council was

Election result[edit]

Rochdale Local Election Result 2003
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Labour 10 -1 50.0 37.8 15,167 -7.0
  Liberal Democrat 8 +1 40.0 36.1 14,475 +6.6
  Conservative 2 0 10.0 25.6 10,248 +2.9
  Liberal 0 0 0 0.4 163 +0.2
  Christian Democratic Party 0 0 0 0.1 24 +0.0

Ward results[edit]

Balderstone
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Frank Greenwood 806 49.7 -3.7
Conservative Michael Greenwood 484 29.9 -3.1
Liberal Democrat Stuart Sawle 331 20.4 +6.7
Majority 322 19.8 -0.6
Turnout 1,621
Brimrod and Deeplish
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Paul Rowen 1,505 70.3 +18.4
Labour Nicholas Maher 481 22.5 -17.6
Conservative William Hobhouse 154 7.2 -0.9
Majority 1,024 47.8 +36.0
Turnout 2,140
Castleton
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Patricia Flynn 1,205 56.2 +5.8
Labour Jack Butterworth 647 30.2 -9.7
Conservative Ronald Crossley 292 13.6 +3.9
Majority 558 26.0 +15.5
Turnout 2,144
Central and Falinge
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Mohammad Sharif 1,509 60.6 +33.3
Labour Colin Thompson 809 32.5 -32.8
Conservative Linda Butler 174 7.0 -0.5
Majority 700 28.1
Turnout 2,492
Central Middleton
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Angela Robinson 729 61.0 -9.6
Conservative Craig Matthews 266 22.2 +22.2
Liberal Democrat Irene Cooper 201 16.8 -6.9
Majority 463 38.8 -8.1
Turnout 1,196
East Middleton
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Anne Murphy 782 47.9 -1.0
Liberal Democrat Marie Welsby 572 35.1 -5.1
Conservative Gary Matthews 253 15.5 +6.1
Christian Democratic Party Christine West 24 1.5 +0.1
Majority 210 12.8 +4.1
Turnout 1,631
Healey
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Surinder Biant 1,101 36.3 +0.2
Liberal Democrat Thomas Bailey 1,053 34.8 -2.6
Conservative Andrew Neilson 876 28.9 +2.4
Majority 48 1.5
Turnout 3,030
Littleborough
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Peter Evans 899 43.7 -5.5
Conservative Peter Lord 703 34.2 +7.2
Labour David Finlay 455 22.1 -1.7
Majority 196 9.5 -12.7
Turnout 2,057
Milnrow and Newhey
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Irene Davidson 1,020 53.2 +4.5
Labour John Ingham 467 24.3 -2.5
Conservative Allan Marshall 432 22.5 -2.0
Majority 553 28.9 +7.0
Turnout 1,919
Newbold
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Christine Akram 864 50.0 +28.2
Labour David Felton 599 34.7 -31.1
Conservative Michael Butler 265 15.3 +2.9
Majority 265 15.3 -28.7
Turnout 1,728
Norden and Bamford
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Jane Gartside 1,876 67.5 +13.6
Liberal Democrat Ted Sullivan 905 32.5 +0.6
Majority 971 35.0 +13.0
Turnout 2,781
North Heywood
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Brian Davies 982 66.2 +9.5
Conservative Rachel McLachlan 502 33.8 +2.6
Majority 480 32.4 +6.9
Turnout 1,484
North Middleton
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Ian Robertson 736 53.2 -7.7
Liberal Democrat Shaun Haynes 354 25.6 -13.5
Conservative Paul Spilling 294 21.2 +21.2
Majority 382 27.6 +5.8
Turnout 1,384
Smallbridge and Wardleworth
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Shah Wazir 2,189 55.8 +16.6
Labour Abdul Chowdry 1,732 44.2 +8.5
Majority 457 11.6 +8.1
Turnout 3,921
South Heywood
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Linda Robinson 1,281 62.5 -4.6
Conservative Gerard Heatherington 769 37.5 +4.6
Majority 512 25.0 -9.2
Turnout 2,050
South Middleton
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Donna Martin 1,386 52.8 +0.4
Conservative Mary Fitzsimons 1,237 47.2 +11.8
Majority 149 5.6 -11.4
Turnout 2,623
Spotland
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Norman Smith 1,535 83.4 +22.8
Labour Stefan Cholewka 305 16.6 -9.0
Majority 1,230 66.8 +31.8
Turnout 1,840
Wardle
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Joyce Wright 1,168 61.8 -6.5
Labour Mike Radanovic 390 20.6 +2.8
Liberal Democrat Anthony Heaford 333 17.6 +3.8
Majority 778 41.2
Turnout 1,891
West Heywood
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Alan McCarthy 775 70.1
Conservative Neil Brockbank 330 29.9
Majority 445 40.2
Turnout 1,105
West Middleton
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour John Murtaza 704 67.7 -1.5
Conservative Denise Matthews 173 16.6 +4.3
Liberal Philip Burke 163 15.7 +9.1
Majority 531 51.1 -5.8
Turnout 1,040

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