2008 Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council election

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The Metropolitan Borough of Bolton shown within England.

Elections to Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council were held on 1 May 2008. One third of the council was up for election and the council stayed under no overall control.

20 seats were contested with 9 being won by the Conservatives, 7 by the Labour Party and 4 by the Liberal Democrats.

Overall turnout was 35.03%.

After the election, the composition of the council was

Election result[edit]

Bolton Local Election Result 2008
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Labour 7 1 0 +1 32.4 22,644 -4.1
  Conservative 9 2 1 +1 41.9 29,254 +2.1
  Liberal Democrat 4 0 2 -2 20.4 14,221 +0.7
  Green 0 0 0 0 0 2.5 1,751 -0.7
  BNP 0 0 0 0 0 1.2 867 +0.4
  You Party 0 0 0 0 0 0.9 637 +0.9
  Left Alternative 0 0 0 0 0 0.6 444 +0.6
  Independent 0 0 0 0 0 0.1 104 +0.1

Council Composition[edit]

Prior to the election the composition of the council was:

26 22 12
Labour Conservative Lib Dems

After the election the composition of the council was:

28 23 9
Labour Conservative Lib Dems

Ward results[edit]

Astley Bridge ward[edit]

Astley Bridge ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Hilary Fairclough 2,358 64.4 +6.7
Liberal Democrat Clive Atty 733 20.0 +1.5
Labour Muhammad Rafiq 572 15.6 -8.2
Majority 1,625 44.4 +10.6
Turnout 3,663 36.0 +2.5
Conservative hold Swing Labour to Con 7.4

Bradshaw ward[edit]

Bradshaw ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Walter Hall 2,535 68.7 +3.2
Labour Jim Cottam 620 16.8 -0.5
Liberal Democrat Lauren Alergant 342 9.3 -3.2
Green Anne Mumberson 195 5.3 +0.6
Majority 1,915 51.9 +3.8
Turnout 3,692 40.7 +1.9
Conservative hold Swing LD to Con 3.2

Breightmet ward[edit]

Breightmet ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Arthur Norris 1,696 47.1 +6.2
Labour William Gallagher 1,182 32.8 -15.5
BNP Carl Hemmings 350 9.7 +9.7
Liberal Democrat Stephen Howarth 163 4.5 -2.5
You Party Norma Armston 137 3.8 +3.8
Green Lynne Hyland 74 2.1 -1.9
Majority 514 14.3
Turnout 3,602 36.6 +2.0
Conservative hold Swing Labour to BNP 12.6

Bromley Cross ward[edit]

Bromley Cross ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Alan Wilkinson 2,933 68.9 +2.2
Labour Jeremy Foster 705 16.6 +0.4
Liberal Democrat David Wibberley 331 7.8 -0.9
Green Liz Spencer 147 3.5 -4.9
You Party Andy Openshaw 141 3.3 +3.3
Majority 2,228 52.3 +1.8
Turnout 4,257 40.8 +1.2
Conservative hold Swing Green to Con 3.5

Crompton ward[edit]

Crompton ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Hanif Darvesh 1,985 50.0 -2.3
Conservative John Partington 1,113 28.0 -4.6
Liberal Democrat Yakub Khoda 873 22.0 +6.8
Majority 872 21.9 +2.2
Turnout 3,971 38.8 +8.1
Labour hold Swing Labour to LD 5.7

Farnworth ward[edit]

Farnworth ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Jim Lord 1,151 41.5 -1.0
Liberal Democrat Tariq Aziz 955 34.4 -0.9
Conservative Michelle Ionn 531 19.1 +3.8
You Party Andy Allen 138 5.0 +5.0
Majority 196 7.1 -0.1
Turnout 2,775 25.4 +1.4
Labour hold Swing Labour to Con 2.4

Great Lever ward[edit]

Great Lever ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Mohammed Iqbal 1,657 46.3 -0.8
Conservative Mudasir Dean 1,299 36.3 -1.2
Green Alan Johnson 374 10.5 +4.1
Liberal Democrat Mian Akhtar 245 6.9 -2.1
Majority 358 10.0 +0.5
Turnout 3,575 36.5 +1.6
Labour gain from Conservative Swing LD to Green 3.1

Halliwell ward[edit]

Halliwell ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Cliff Morris 1,875 62.5 -2.3
Conservative Shahid Mahmood 632 21.1 +2.5
Liberal Democrat Riaz Gul 494 16.5 -0.1
Majority 1,243 41.4 -4.8
Turnout 3,001 31.6 +3.1
Labour hold Swing Labour to Con 2.4

Harper Green ward[edit]

Harper Green ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Champak Mistry 1,181 44.7 -6.2
Conservative Bill Dawson 1,071 40.5 +9.5
Liberal Democrat David Connor 390 14.8 -3.3
Majority 110 4.2 -15.7
Turnout 2,642 26.7 +3.3
Labour hold Swing Labour to Con 7.8

Heaton and Lostock ward[edit]

Heaton and Lostock ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Alan Rushton 3,378 70.6 +1.7
Labour John Gillatt 831 17.4 -2.1
Liberal Democrat Jonathan Evans 326 6.8 -4.8
Green Daniel Mann 249 5.2 +5.2
Majority 2,547 53.2 +9.3
Turnout 4,784 45.3 +1.4
Conservative hold Swing LD to Green 5.0

Horwich and Blackrod ward[edit]

Horwich and Blackrod ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Pat Barrow 1,469 43.7 +2.5
Labour Kevan Jones 1,021 30.4 -5.7
Liberal Democrat Ian Hamilton 869 25.9 +3.2
Majority 448 13.3 +8.2
Turnout 3,359 35.0 -1.4
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrat Swing Labour to LD 4.4

Horwich North East ward[edit]

Horwich North East ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Barbara Ronson 1,615 44.0 -5.8
Conservative Stephen Wallen 1,126 30.7 +2.1
Labour Kevin McKeon 832 22.7 +1.0
You Party Lucy Openshaw 95 2.6 +2.6
Majority 489 13.3 -7.9
Turnout 3,678 37.2 +0.4
Liberal Democrat hold Swing LD to Con 3.9

Hulton ward[edit]

Hulton ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Alan Walsh 1,822 54.2 +1.7
Labour Paul Fitzpatrick 1,118 33.3 -0.5
Liberal Democrat Linden Greensitt 421 12.5 -1.2
Majority 704 20.9 +2.2
Turnout 3,361 34.0 +1.8
Conservative hold Swing LD to Con 1.4

Kearsley ward[edit]

Kearsley ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat John Rothwell 1,435 46.6 +4.2
Labour Guy Harkin 1,052 34.2 -7.3
Conservative Diane Bamber 593 19.3 +2.1
Majority 383 12.4 +11.5
Turnout 3,094 29.8 +1.4
Liberal Democrat hold Swing Labour to LD 5.7

Little Lever and Darcy Lever ward[edit]

Little Lever and Darcy Lever ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Mary Woodward 1,726 45.5 +3.2
Labour Jesamine Kay 1,408 37.1 -6.1
Liberal Democrat Eric Hyde 418 11.0 +2.6
Green Alwynne Cartmell 243 6.4 -0.7
Majority 318 8.4
Turnout 3,795 38.7 -1.1
Conservative hold Swing Labour to Con 4.6

Rumworth ward[edit]

Conservative candidate for Rumworth, Zahid Raja, withdrew before the election.[1]

Rumworth ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Rosa Kay 1,875 63.2 -1.2
Liberal Democrat Wendy Connor 647 21.8 +6.9
Left List Neil McAlister 444 15.0 +15.0
Majority 1,228 41.4 -2.3
Turnout 2,966 29.3 -1.8
Labour hold Swing

Smithills ward[edit]

Smithills ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Roger Hayes 1,784 46.6 -1.0
Conservative Christine Flanigan 1,216 31.8 +3.6
Labour Christopher Peacock 599 15.6 -2.8
Green Rachel Mann 136 3.6 -2.3
You Party Doug Bagnall 94 2.5 +2.5
Majority 568 14.8 -4.6
Turnout 3,829 37.9 +1.2
Liberal Democrat hold Swing Labour to Con 3.2

Tonge with the Haulgh ward[edit]

Tonge with the Haulgh ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Frank White 1,289 40.3 -4.6
Conservative Nigel Ford 1,109 34.7 +9.2
BNP David Wood 517 15.8 -0.3
Liberal Democrat Paul Harasiwka 194 6.1 -1.1
Green James Tomkinson 68 2.1 -2.0
You Party Ryan Barlow 32 1.0 +1.0
Majority 180 5.6 -13.8
Turnout 3,199 34.5 -0.1
Labour hold Swing Labour to Con 6.9

Weshoughton North and Chew Moor ward[edit]

Weshoughton North and Chew Moor ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Christine Wild 1,700 47.6 +5.7
Labour Mike Francis 874 24.5 -9.9
Liberal Democrat Derek Gradwell 858 24.0 +5.6
Green Laura Spencer 141 3.9 -1.4
Majority 826 23.1 +15.7
Turnout 3,573 33.2 -0.5
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrat Swing Labour to Con 6.9

Weshoughton South ward[edit]

Weshoughton South ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat David Wilkinson 1,128 36.2 +10.7
Conservative Lynda Winrow 947 30.4 +1.7
Labour Harry Bowling 817 26.2 -9.8
Green Eric Hyland 124 4.0 -5.8
Independent Ainslie Casson 104 3.3 +3.3
Majority 181 5.8
Turnout 3,120 32.3 +2.3
Liberal Democrat hold Swing Labour to LD 10.2

Sources[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Tight contest forecast in Bolton elections". The Bolton News. 30 April 2008. Retrieved 30 April 2008.

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