Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council election, 1976

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Map of the results for the 1976 Wigan council election. Labour in red, Conservatives in blue and Independent in grey.

Elections to Wigan Council were held on 6 May 1976, with one third of the seats up for election. Four Conservative gains and an Independent in Ward 23 regaining a seat reduced Labour's working majority to 40 seats. Two seats (Ward 4 and Ward 21) went uncontested, and turnout rose to 34.0% - a return to 1973 levels after a sizeable fall the previous year.[1]

Election result

Wigan Local Election Result 1976
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Labour 17 0 5 -5 70.8 51.3 35,499 +2.1%
  Conservative 6 4 0 +4 25.0 40.8 28,260 +0.0%
  Independent 1 1 0 +1 4.2 2.9 2,038 +0.4%
  Liberal 0 0 0 0 0.0 3.9 2,732 -2.9%
  ER 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.6 392 +0.6%
  Communist 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.4 309 -0.3%

This result had the following consequences for the total number of seats on the Council after the elections:

Party Previous council New council
Labour 61 56
Conservatives 10 14
Liberals 1 1
Independent 0 1
Total 72 72
Working majority  50   40 

Ward results

Ward 1 (Lindsay-Scholes-Whelley)[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour A. Coyle 1,927 63.1 -1.0
Conservative C. Giles 1,126 36.9 +1.0
Majority 801 26.2 -2.0
Turnout 3,053 33.1 +4.1
Labour hold Swing -1.0
Ward 2 (Poolstock-Worsley Mesnes)[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour H. Milligan 1,419 62.5 -3.0
Conservative J. Atherton 536 23.6 -10.8
Liberal J. Forster 314 13.8 +13.8
Majority 883 38.9 +7.7
Turnout 2,269 24.7 +7.6
Labour hold Swing +3.9
Ward 3 (Gidlow-Swinley-Whitley)[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative G. Lewthwaite 2,655 69.2 +4.7
Labour M. Pendleton 1,187 30.8 +7.8
Majority 1,478 38.4 -3.1
Turnout 3,852 33.4 +1.1
Conservative hold Swing -1.5
Ward 4 (Beech Hill and Marsh Green)[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour A. Eckersley Unopposed N/A N/A
Labour hold Swing N/A
Ward 5 (Highfield and Lamberhead)[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour E. Maddocks 1,544 53.4 +2.3
Conservative T. Peet 1,348 46.6 +4.4
Majority 196 6.8 -2.1
Turnout 2,892 26.4 +4.9
Labour hold Swing -1.0
Ward 6 (Newtown and Rose Hill)[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour J. Bridge 1,483 62.0 -6.5
Conservative M. Wright 670 28.0 -3.5
Liberal J. Fitzpatrick 240 10.0 +10.0
Majority 813 34.0 -3.0
Turnout 2,393 27.4 +8.8
Labour hold Swing -1.5
Ward 7 (Hope Carr)[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative B. Powell 1,770 56.2 -3.1
Labour J. Jones 1,377 43.8 +3.1
Majority 393 12.5 -6.4
Turnout 3,147 44.9 +7.4
Conservative gain from Labour Swing -3.1
Ward 8 (St Pauls and St Peters)[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour P. Hull 1,336 58.9 +3.4
Conservative J. Davies 842 37.1 -1.3
Communist H. Kedward 92 4.1 -2.1
Majority 494 21.8 +4.7
Turnout 2,270 25.8 +9.0
Labour hold Swing +2.3
Ward 9 (Etherstone and St Marys)[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour J. Riley 1,674 51.6 +10.2
Conservative H. Davies 1,477 45.5 -9.1
Communist J. Blackburn 96 3.0 -1.0
Majority 197 6.1 -7.2
Turnout 3,247 35.3 +9.6
Labour hold Swing +9.6
Ward 10 (Lilford-St Josephs-St Thomas)[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative S. Johnson 1,905 52.6 -12.4
Labour P. Smith 1,595 44.0 +9.0
Communist M. Fitzpatrick 121 3.3 +3.3
Majority 310 8.6 -21.4
Turnout 3,621 40.1 +8.8
Conservative gain from Labour Swing -10.7
Ward 11 (Golborne St Thomas and Lowton)[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour T. Morgan 2,409 58.7 -0.1
Conservative T. Thompson 1,696 41.3 +0.1
Majority 713 17.4 -0.2
Turnout 4,105 39.7 +5.2
Labour hold Swing -0.1
Ward 12 (Golborne Heath Park and Ashton)[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour M. Taylor 2,395 70.2 N/A
Conservative J. Harrison 1,015 29.8 N/A
Majority 1,380 40.5 N/A
Turnout 3,410 37.9 N/A
Labour hold Swing N/A
Ward 13 (Ashton-in-Makerfield North and West)[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour G. Lockett 1,648 67.6 -4.8
Liberal P. Scully 789 32.4 +4.8
Majority 859 35.2 -9.4
Turnout 2,437 32.0 +10.3
Labour hold Swing -4.8
Ward 14 (Ashton-in-Makerfield Central and East)[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour T. Jones 1,655 52.4 +3.8
Conservative M. Ball 915 29.0 +29.0
Liberal D. Gauld 586 18.6 -32.8
Majority 740 23.4 +20.6
Turnout 3,156 37.9 +11.3
Labour hold Swing -12.6
Ward 15 (Standish with Langtree and Shevington)[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Independent G. Dewhurst 1,534 36.0 +1.5
Labour J. Healen 1,509 35.4 -0.3
Conservative M. Wardle 1,222 28.7 +8.6
Majority 25 0.6 -0.6
Turnout 4,265 38.8 +3.6
Independent gain from Labour Swing +0.9
Ward 16 (Aspull)[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour W. Mason 1,540 45.1 -14.0
Conservative E. Slevin 1,424 41.7 +41.7
Liberal P. Gibbons 448 13.1 -27.7
Majority 116 3.4 -15.0
Turnout 3,412 34.2 +12.0
Labour hold Swing -27.8
Ward 17 (Atherton North East)[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour L. Sumner 2,121 66.5 +12.4
Conservative E. Sweeney 1,068 33.5 -3.1
Majority 1,053 33.0 +15.4
Turnout 3,189 33.5 +3.7
Labour hold Swing +7.7
Ward 18 (Atherton South West)[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative M. Williams 1,431 59.3 -5.2
Labour P. Needham 981 40.7 +5.2
Majority 450 18.7 -10.3
Turnout 2,412 37.7 +7.6
Conservative hold Swing -5.2
Ward 19 (Hindley Central and North)[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour T. Isherwood 1,410 66.7 +2.1
Conservative R. Park 704 33.3 -2.1
Majority 706 33.4 +4.2
Turnout 2,114 28.1 +5.9
Labour hold Swing +2.1
Ward 20 (Hindley South East and West)[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour R. MacAllister 1,573 49.8 +1.5
Conservative T. Whitfield 1,231 39.0 -12.7
Liberal B. Slinger 355 11.2 +11.2
Majority 342 10.8 +7.3
Turnout 3,159 30.0 +4.5
Labour hold Swing +7.1
Ward 21 (Ince-in-Makerfield)[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour A. Rowlandson Unopposed N/A N/A
Labour hold Swing N/A
Ward 22 (Orrell and Billinge)[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative F. Garner 1,897 44.1 -19.2
Labour S. Waring 1,507 35.0 -1.6
Independent N. Somers 504 11.7 +11.7
ER A. Atherton 392 9.1 +9.1
Majority 390 9.1 -17.5
Turnout 4,300 32.5 -2.3
Conservative gain from Labour Swing -8.8
Ward 23 (Tyldesley - Shakerley)[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour M. Devlin 1,761 53.7 -5.0
Conservative F. Mellor 1,516 46.3 +5.0
Majority 245 7.5 -10.2
Turnout 3,277 38.5 +9.1
Labour hold Swing -5.0
Ward 24 (Tyldesley - Astley Green and Blackmoor)[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative C. Hampson 1,802 55.4 N/A
Labour F. Walker 1,448 44.6 N/A
Majority 354 10.9 N/A
Turnout 3,250 42.6 N/A
Conservative gain from Labour Swing N/A

References

  1. ^ 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 "Wigan Council results from 1973 to 2008" (PDF). wigan.gov.uk. Retrieved 2012-01-29. 
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