Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council election, 2015

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The 2015 Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council election were held on 7 May 2015 to elect members of Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council in Greater Manchester, England.[1] This took place on the same day as other local elections

22 seats were contested, including 2 seats in the Heaton and Lostock ward following the retirement of Conservative Councillor Alan Rushton, and 2 seats in Westhoughton North following the resignation of Labour Councillor Sean Harkin. The Labour Party won 14 seats, the Conservatives won 6 seats, UKIP won 1 seats and the Liberal Democrats won 1 seat.

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

Election result

Bolton Local Election Result 2015
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Labour 14 1 2 -1 63.7 38.9 53,604 -1.4
  Conservative 6 1 1 0 27.3 29.9 41,227 +7.3
  UKIP 1 1 0 +1 4.5 18.5 25,505 -6.8
  Liberal Democrat 1 0 0 0 4.5 7.3 10,127 +0.2
  Green 0 0 0 0 0 3.9 5,336 +0.4
  Independent 0 0 0 0 0 1.5 2,021 +0.5

Council Composition

Prior to the election the composition of the council was:

40 15 3 2
Labour Conservative LD U

After the election the composition of the council was:

39 15 3 3
Labour Conservative LD U

LD - Liberal Democrats
U - UKIP

Ward results

Astley Bridge ward

Astley Bridge ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Paul Wild 2963 41.4 +5.1
Labour Debbie Newall 2129 29.7 -1.7
UKIP Harry Lamb 1500 21.0 -4.6
Liberal Democrat Clive Atty 302 4.2 +2.1
Green Ben Deed 261 3.6 -0.9
Majority 834 11.6 +6.6
Turnout 7,155 68.1 +27.7
Conservative hold Swing UKIP to
Conservative 4.8

Bradshaw ward

Bradshaw ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Stuart Haslam 3245 50.7 +7.0
Labour Tony Shepherd 1519 23.7 +2.0
UKIP Helen Turner 1065 16.6 -9.1
Green Joshua Handley 212 3.3 +2.5
Liberal Democrat Gaby McDowall 199 3.1 -1.6
Independent Eric Hyland 159 2.5 +2.5
Majority 1,726 27.0 +9.0
Turnout 6,399 71.3 +30.4
Conservative hold Swing UKIP to
Conservative 8.0

Breightmet ward

Breightmet ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour John Byrne 2323 40.9 -2.1
UKIP Steven Flatman 1557 27.4 -7.7
Conservative Ryan Haslam 1402 24.7 +8.0
Green Laura Diggle 244 4.3 +1.0
Liberal Democrat Stephen Howarth 153 2.7 +1.2
Majority 766 13.5 +5.6
Turnout 5,679 59.3 +22.3
Labour hold Swing UKIP to
Conservative 7.8

Bromley Cross ward

Bromley Cross ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Norman Critchley 4340 56.0 +2.4
Labour Co-op Neil Garrity 1589 20.4 -1.8
UKIP Brett Varnam 1057 13.6 -6.7
Green Liz Spencer 424 5.4 +5.4
Liberal Democrat Chris Atty 368 4.7 +0.6
Majority 2,751 35.4 +4.0
Turnout 7,778 73.3 +32.6
Conservative hold Swing UKIP to
Conservative 4.5

Crompton ward

Crompton ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Guy Harkin 3895 63.0 +3.0
Conservative Nadim Muslim 1343 21.7 +10.1
Liberal Democrat Anne Warren 641 10.4 +6.6
Green Farhan Patel 306 4.9 +4.9
Majority 2,552 41.3 +2.0
Turnout 6,185 60.3 +21.0
Labour hold Swing UKIP to
Conservative 15.5

Farnworth ward

Farnworth ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Jean Gillies 2703 50.3 +1.4
UKIP Jeff Armstrong 1626 30.2 -7.1
Conservative Aidan Meagan 723 13.4 +6.3
Green Trevor Bonfield 178 3.3 -0.6
Liberal Democrat David Connor 144 2.7 +0.2
Majority 1,077 20.0 +8.3
Turnout 5,374 49.5 +21.4
Labour hold Swing UKIP to
Conservative 6.7

Great Lever ward

Great Lever ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Madeline Murray 3542 66.9 -1.7
UKIP Paul Eccles 779 14.7 +0.4
Conservative Mohammed Waqas 658 12.4 +2.8
Green Helen Dickson 189 3.6 +0.0
Liberal Democrat Duncan Macpherson 126 2.4 +0.6
Majority 2,763 52.2 -2.4
Turnout 5,294 55.5 +18.9
Labour hold Swing Labour to
Conservative 2.2

Halliwell ward

Halliwell ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Linda Thomas 3121 63.1 -3.0
UKIP Sandra Harvey 886 17.9 +0.1
Conservative Iqraa Shahid 489 9.9 +3.4
Green Ian McHugh 207 4.2 -0.9
Liberal Democrat Christine Macpherson 123 2.5 -0.3
Independent Roheel Iqbal 117 117 +1.2
Majority 2,235 45.2 -3.4
Turnout 4,943 55.1 +16.8
Labour hold Swing Labour to
Conservative 3.2

Harper Green ward

Harper Green ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Susan Haworth 2875 51.5 -5.1
UKIP Dave Harvey 1549 27.7 +3.7
Conservative Robert Tyler 845 15.1 +3.0
Green Elizabeth McManus 165 2.9 -0.9
Liberal Democrat Wendy Connor 152 2.7 -0.1
Majority 1,330 23.8 -9.0
Turnout 5,590 56.3 +24.9
Labour hold Swing Labour to UKIP 4.4

Heaton and Lostock ward

Two seats were up for election in this ward.

Heaton and Lostock ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Bob Allen 4299 30.5
Conservative Andy Morgan 3352 23.7
Labour Julia Silvester 1649 11.7
Labour Ibrahim Ismail 1629 11.5
UKIP David Butler 1088 7.7
UKIP Paula Hendrie 748 5.3
Liberal Democrat Rebekah Fairhurst 485 3.4
Green Hannah Middleshaw 468 3.3
Liberal Democrat Francine Godfrey 394 2.8
Conservative hold
Conservative hold

Horwich and Blackrod ward

Horwich and Blackrod ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Stephen Pickup 2559 37.5
Conservative Carol Forshaw 2125 31.1
UKIP Derek Snowden 1476 21.6
Liberal Democrat Doug Bagnall 339 5.0
Green Keith Cocker 331 4.8
Majority 434 6.3
Turnout 6,830 66.3
Labour hold

Horwich North East ward

Horwich North East ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Joyce Kellett 2040 29.6 -5.8
Conservative Anne Galloway 1696 24.6 +4.8
UKIP Bob Horsfield 1033 15.0 -8.7
Liberal Democrat Stephen Rock 936 13.3 -1.9
Independent Marie Brady 922 13.4 +13.4
Green Roderick Riesco 260 3.8 -1.6
Majority 344 5.2 -6.5
Turnout 6,887 67.8 +29.9
Labour hold Swing UKIP to
Conservative 7.0

Hulton ward

Hulton ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Shafaqat Shaikh 2126 33.7 +3.9
Conservative Phil Ashcroft 1961 31.1 +1.1
UKIP Joan Johnson 1818 28.8 -4.9
Liberal Democrat David Cooper 202 3.2 +1.4
Green James Tomkinson 201 3.2 -1.0
Majority 165 2.6
Turnout 6,308 63.5 +24.3
Labour gain from Conservative Swing UKIP to Labour 4.4

Kearsley ward

Kearsley ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Liam Irving 2331 37.6 +1.9
UKIP Mark Cunningham 1953 31.5 -2.9
Conservative Sandra Macneill 1053 17.0 +8.3
Liberal Democrat Margaret Rothwell 590 9.5 -1.4
Green Graham Robert Marsden 271 4.4 +4.4
Majority 378 6.1 +4.8
Turnout 6,198 58.9 +28.2
Labour hold Swing UKIP to
Conservative 5.5

Little Lever and Darcy Lever ward

Little Lever and Darcy Lever ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
UKIP Sean Hornby 2050 31.7 -1.5
Labour Anthony Connell 2011 31.1 +3.3
Conservative Rees Gibbon 1414 21.9 +4.5
Liberal Democrat Eric Hyde 782 12.1 -5.4
Green Ed Dunsdon 198 3.1 -0.8
Majority 39 0.6 -4.8
Turnout 6,455 65.9 +26.4
UKIP gain from Labour Swing Lib Dem to
Conservative 4.9

Rumworth ward

Rumworth ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Ebrahim Adia 4555 77.3 +4.8
Conservative Jack Heyes 747 12.7 +4.7
Green Alan Johnson 457 7.7 +2.7
Liberal Democrat Jaleh Hayes 136 2.3 +0.6
Majority 3,808 64.6 +4.3
Turnout 5,895 59.0 +19.2
Labour hold Swing UKIP to Labour 8.6

Smithills ward

Smithills ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Carole Swarbrick 2563 36.8 -0.7
Labour Co-op John Gillatt 1915 27.5 -2.3
Conservative Danny Haslam 1161 16.7 +7.1
UKIP Dot Sexton 1094 15.7 -3.9
Green Richard Middleshaw 233 3.3 +0.2
Majority 648 9.3 +1.6
Turnout 6,964 68.1 +22.7
Liberal Democrat hold Swing UKIP to
Conservative 5.5

Tonge with the Haulgh ward

Tonge with the Haulgh ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Elaine Sherrington 2263 42.8 -0.5
UKIP Derek Fisher 1675 31.7 -0.9
Conservative Naima Dean 968 18.3 +3.2
Green Imran Atcha 199 3.8 +1.0
Liberal Democrat Paul Harasiwka 176 3.3 +1.3
Majority 588 11.1 +0.4
Turnout 5,281 56.9 +20.6
Labour hold Swing UKIP to
Conservative 2.0

Westhoughton North and Chew Moor ward

Two seats were up for election in this ward.

Westhoughton North and Chew Moor ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Zoe Kirk-Robinson 2517 20.6
Labour Anne Graham 2352 19.3
Conservative Christine Wild 2131 17.5
Labour Chris Peacock 1977 16.2
UKIP George Bown 948 7.8
Independent Jack Speight 823 6.7
Liberal Democrat Derek Gradwell 433 3.5
Liberal Democrat John Ainscough 402 3.3
Green Heather Rylance 308 2.5
UKIP Stephen Thomas 306 2.5
Conservative gain from Labour
Labour hold

Westhoughton South ward

Westhoughton South ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour David Chadwick 2501 39.7 +0.4
Conservative Stephen Wallen 1795 28.5 +11.1
UKIP Michael Harvey 1297 20.6 -7.8
Liberal Democrat David Wilkinson 481 7.6 -3.6
Green Alex Conn 224 3.5 +3.5
Majority 706 11.2 +0.3
Turnout 6,298 64.4 +30.8
Labour hold Swing UKIP to
Conservative 9.4

Notes

  1. ^ "Upcoming elections & referendums". The Electoral Commission. Archived from the original on 15 March 2015. Retrieved 21 March 2015. 

References

  • "Full list of council hopefuls revealed". The Bolton News. 13 April 2015. p. 4. 
  • "Bolton Council Election Results". The Bolton News. 9 May 2015. p. 3. 
  • Thorp, Liam (10 May 2015). "Plenty of shocks in Bolton Council elections - but not a lot of change". The Bolton News. 
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