Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council election, 1982

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Map of the results of the 1982 Wigan council election.

Elections to the Wigan Council were held on Thursday, 6 May 1982, with one third of the council up for election. The newly formed Alliance made three gains, replacing the Conservatives as the main opposition to Labour. The Alliance massively increased upon the Liberals' past participation, contesting every ward, in marked contrast to a year in which candidate variety fell to a low, with only the former Labour councillor, standing again as Independent Labour in Hindley ward, not representing the three aforementioned choices. Overall turnout was down 2.6% to 33.6%.[1]

Election result

Wigan Local Election Result 1982
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Labour 18 0 0 0 75.0 50.5 39,122 -8.7%
  SDP–Liberal Alliance 4 0 0 0 16.7 29.2 22,670 +22.4%
  Conservative 2 0 0 0 8.3 18.9 14,692 -10.1%
  Independent Labour 0 0 0 0 0.0 1.3 1,031 -0.2%

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

Party Previous council New council
Labour 64 61
SDP-Liberal Alliance 3 6
Conservatives 5 5
Total 72 72
Working majority  56   50 

Ward results

Abram[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour I. McCartney 2,447 73.9 -0.0
SDP–Liberal Alliance M. O'Halloran 507 15.3 +15.3
Conservative J. Abrahams 356 10.8 -15.2
Majority 1,940 58.6 +10.6
Turnout 3,310 33.0 +4.9
Labour hold Swing -7.6
Ashton-Golborne[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour S. Lea 1,452 53.7 -15.5
SDP–Liberal Alliance K. Higham 638 23.6 +23.6
Conservative T. Lydon 616 22.8 -8.0
Majority 814 30.1 -8.3
Turnout 2,706 28.8 -2.7
Labour hold Swing -19.5
Aspull-Standish[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
SDP–Liberal Alliance M. Rutherford 1,867 42.5 +23.3
Labour A. Hitchmough 1,558 35.5 -11.5
Conservative J. Holland 967 22.0 -11.8
Majority 309 7.0 -6.1
Turnout 4,392 43.6 -2.9
SDP–Liberal Alliance gain from Labour Swing +17.4
Atherton[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour L. Sumner 1,758 54.7 -22.1
SDP–Liberal Alliance W. Jones 814 25.3 +25.3
Conservative M. Sharland 640 19.9 -3.2
Majority 944 29.4 -24.3
Turnout 3,212 33.6 -5.3
Labour hold Swing -23.7
Bedford-Astley[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour J. Prytharch 1,627 43.7 -13.9
SDP–Liberal Alliance B. Aitken 1,116 30.0 +30.0
Conservative C. Hampson 982 26.4 -16.1
Majority 511 13.7 -1.4
Turnout 3,725 38.3 -3.3
Labour hold Swing -21.9
Beech Hill[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour G. Pullin 1,603 56.0 -17.9
SDP–Liberal Alliance S. Jeffers 804 28.1 +28.1
Conservative J. Wolstenholme 457 16.0 -10.1
Majority 799 27.9 -19.9
Turnout 2,864 32.1 -0.2
Labour hold Swing -23.0
Bryn[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour R. Lyons 1,768 51.0 -23.5
SDP–Liberal Alliance J. Walter 1,107 32.0 +31.9
Conservative M. Jones 589 17.0 -8.4
Majority 661 19.1 -30.1
Turnout 3,464 35.5 +6.5
Labour hold Swing -27.7
Hindley[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour J. Bray 1,710 48.6 +0.3
Independent Labour C. Priestley 1,031 29.3 -4.6
SDP–Liberal Alliance W. Hewer 779 22.1 +22.1
Majority 679 19.3 +5.0
Turnout 3,520 37.0 -2.6
Labour hold Swing +2.4
Hindley Green[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour T. Wynn 1,405 48.9 -17.4
SDP–Liberal Alliance I. Collingwood 763 26.5 +26.5
Conservative D. Culshaw 706 24.6 +24.6
Majority 642 22.3 -10.3
Turnout 2,874 27.3 +3.5
Labour hold Swing -21.9
Hindsford[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour A. Wright 1,617 46.7 -21.9
SDP–Liberal Alliance S. Icke 1,305 37.7 +37.7
Conservative K. Mercer 537 15.5 -15.8
Majority 312 9.0 -28.3
Turnout 3,459 32.6 -1.3
Labour hold Swing -29.8
Hope Carr[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour J. Hession 1,635 42.6 -14.5
Conservative E. Manson 1,169 30.4 -12.5
SDP–Liberal Alliance D. Ode 1,037 27.0 +27.0
Majority 466 12.1 -2.0
Turnout 3,841 40.3 -4.0
Labour hold Swing -1.0
Ince[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour A. Rowlandson 1,597 72.0 -5.9
SDP–Liberal Alliance P. Coleman 470 21.2 +21.2
Conservative J. Michaels 150 6.8 -15.2
Majority 1,127 50.8 -5.1
Turnout 2,217 26.8 +1.1
Labour hold Swing -13.5
Langtree[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
SDP–Liberal Alliance P. Davies 1,852 50.9 +4.2
Labour T. Morris 1,074 29.5 -0.6
Conservative M. Clark 715 19.6 -3.6
Majority 778 21.4 +4.8
Turnout 3,641 36.0 -13.8
SDP–Liberal Alliance hold Swing +2.4
Leigh Central[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour P. Smith 2,002 72.4 -0.4
Conservative S. Emerton 389 14.1 -8.2
SDP–Liberal Alliance B. Miners 375 13.6 +13.6
Majority 1,613 58.3 +7.8
Turnout 2,766 30.9 -4.3
Labour hold Swing +4.3
Leigh East[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour T. Harper 1,694 61.7 +6.1
SDP–Liberal Alliance P. Knowles 1,053 38.3 +38.3
Majority 641 23.3 +12.3
Turnout 2,747 27.6 -8.6
Labour hold Swing -16.1
Lightshaw[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour T. Sherratt 1,988 53.4 -13.3
Conservative A. Taylor 915 24.6 -8.7
SDP–Liberal Alliance J. Marsden 822 22.1 +22.1
Majority 1,073 28.8 -4.6
Turnout 3,725 37.4 -12.5
Labour hold Swing -2.3
Newtown[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour J. Bridge 1,717 65.5 -12.4
SDP–Liberal Alliance N. Brenson 535 20.4 +20.4
Conservative S. Warren 368 14.0 -8.0
Majority 1,182 45.1 -10.7
Turnout 2,620 28.4 +0.8
Labour hold Swing -16.4
Norley[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour N. Turner 1,961 79.9 -1.7
SDP–Liberal Alliance B. Woolley 320 13.0 +4.8
Conservative T. Simms 174 7.1 -3.1
Majority 1,641 66.8 -4.5
Turnout 2,455 28.8 -2.7
Labour hold Swing -3.2
Orrell[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative J. Hitchen 1,522 40.1 +1.6
Labour W. Cowley 1,289 34.0 -1.6
SDP–Liberal Alliance W. Hudson 983 25.9 +20.7
Majority 233 6.1 +3.3
Turnout 3,794 38.4 -9.3
Conservative hold Swing +1.6
Swinley[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative C. Giles 1,710 47.0 -7.5
Labour C. Cooke 1,080 29.7 +3.8
SDP–Liberal Alliance A. Short 850 23.4 +3.7
Majority 630 17.3 -11.2
Turnout 3,640 39.9 +5.2
Labour hold Swing -5.6
Tyldesley East[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
SDP–Liberal Alliance G. Pickthall 1,759 51.0 +34.5
Labour J. Burke 1,692 49.0 -8.8
Majority 67 1.9 -30.1
Turnout 3,451 36.2 -5.1
SDP–Liberal Alliance gain from Labour Swing +21.6
Whelley[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour W. Pendleton 1,724 57.0 -17.6
SDP–Liberal Alliance G. Derbyshire 931 30.8 +30.8
Conservative F. Sidebotham 368 12.2 -13.2
Majority 793 26.2 -23.0
Turnout 3,023 33.7 +2.3
Labour hold Swing -24.2
Winstanley[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
SDP–Liberal Alliance J. Fitzpatrick 1,418 40.8 +24.9
Labour E. Naylor 1,081 31.1 -6.3
Conservative T. Peet 974 28.0 +0.9
Majority 337 9.7 -0.7
Turnout 3,473 33.2 -7.5
SDP–Liberal Alliance gain from Labour Swing +15.6
Worsley Mesnes[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour H. Milligan 1,643 63.3 -12.7
SDP–Liberal Alliance C. Hughes 565 21.8 +21.8
Conservative R. Rogers 388 14.9 -9.0
Majority 1,078 41.5 -10.5
Turnout 2,596 26.7 -1.6
Labour hold Swing -17.2

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 2012-01-30.
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