Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council election, 1984

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Map of the results of the 1984 Wigan council election.

Elections to the Wigan council were held on Thursday, 3 May 1984, with one third of the seats up for vote. Three wards – Abram, Hindley and Lightshaw – were unopposed, leaving only twenty one of the twenty four wards going to vote – a number not seen since 1975. Also of note was the re-emergence of a fourth party, in the way of persistent Communist candidate H. Kedward contesting Leigh Central after a three-year absence. The election itself seen a Labour gain in Orrell from the Conservatives, which cancelled out the simultaneous Alliance gain from Labour in Aspell-Standish, leaving their majority unchanged. Overall turnout slumped to 29.2%, the lowest level since the aforementioned 1975 election.[1]

Election result

Wigan Local Election Result 1984
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Labour 21 1 1 0 87.5 62.2 43,977 +5.2%
  SDP–Liberal Alliance 2 1 0 +1 8.3 19.6 13,856 -6.3%
  Conservative 1 0 1 -1 4.2 18.0 12,762 +0.9%
  Communist 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.1 59 +0.1%

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

Party Previous council New council
Labour 60 60
SDP-Liberal Alliance 7 8
Conservatives 5 4
Total 72 72
Working majority  48   48 

Ward results

Abram[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour A. Bennett Unopposed N/A N/A
Labour hold Swing N/A
Ashton-Golborne[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour T. Jones 1,857 66.2 +2.4
Conservative M. Fox 488 17.4 +17.4
SDP–Liberal Alliance A. Howarth 460 16.4 -19.8
Majority 1,369 48.8 21.2
Turnout 2,805 29.4 -1.3
Labour hold Swing -7.5
Aspull-Standish[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
SDP–Liberal Alliance P. Wilson 2,274 44.1 +3.5
Labour J. Hilton 2,149 41.7 +0.8
Conservative P. Walker 728 14.1 -4.3
Majority 125 2.4 +2.2
Turnout 5,151 50.9 -1.8
SDP–Liberal Alliance gain from Labour Swing +1.3
Atherton[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour J. Clarke 2,921 79.1 +6.2
Conservative M. Hatton 770 20.9 +4.3
Majority 2,151 58.3 +1.9
Turnout 3,691 38.8 +0.5
Labour hold Swing +0.9
Bedford-Astley[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour J. Jones 2,039 54.5 +7.4
Conservative F. Hawley 1,036 27.7 +0.9
SDP–Liberal Alliance R. Mateer 668 17.8 -8.3
Majority 1,003 26.8 +6.5
Turnout 3,743 38.4 -2.1
Labour hold Swing +3.2
Beech Hill[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour T. Bishop 1,963 69.0 +11.4
SDP–Liberal Alliance G. Pullin 483 17.0 -1.0
Conservative J. Wolstenholme 397 14.0 -10.3
Majority 1,480 52.1 +21.7
Turnout 2,843 32.1 -6.6
Labour hold Swing +6.2
Bryn[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour G. Lockett 2,355 72.6 +6.5
SDP–Liberal Alliance D. Seary 480 14.8 -19.1
Conservative C. Michaels 408 12.6 +12.6
Majority 1,875 57.8 +25.6
Turnout 3,243 32.9 -6.9
Labour hold Swing +12.8
Hindley[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour A. Robinson Unopposed N/A N/A
Labour hold Swing N/A
Hindley Green[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour S. Murphy 2,387 77.8 +30.7
SDP–Liberal Alliance M. O'Halloran 681 22.2 -3.9
Majority 1,706 55.6 +35.3
Turnout 3,068 28.4 -12.1
Labour hold Swing +17.3
Hindsford[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour W. Smith 2,545 81.9 +15.7
Conservative C. Rigby 561 18.1 +18.1
Majority 1,984 63.9 +31.5
Turnout 3,106 29.3 -3.3
Labour hold Swing -1.2
Hope Carr[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour A. Roberts 2,179 60.8 +6.1
Conservative E. Manson 1,122 31.3 -1.5
SDP–Liberal Alliance L. Seal 284 7.9 -4.5
Majority 1,057 29.5 +7.6
Turnout 3,585 37.4 -5.2
Labour hold Swing +3.8
Ince[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour A. Banks 2,017 89.2 +7.0
SDP–Liberal Alliance A. Robinson 244 10.8 -7.0
Majority 1,773 78.4 +14.0
Turnout 2,261 28.2 -9.8
Labour hold Swing +7.0
Langtree[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
SDP–Liberal Alliance J. Pigott 2,053 45.2 -3.6
Labour T. O'Hagan 1,762 38.8 +6.7
Conservative R. Gibson 723 15.9 -3.1
Majority 291 6.4 -10.2
Turnout 4,538 43.7 +2.1
SDP–Liberal Alliance hold Swing -5.1
Leigh Central[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour G. Macdonald 2,164 81.1 +7.1
Conservative S. Emerton 445 16.7 +1.0
Communist H. Kedward 59 2.2 +2.2
Majority 1,719 64.4 +6.1
Turnout 2,668 29.5 -3.0
Labour hold Swing +3.0
Leigh East[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour J. Riley 1,914 64.0 +11.3
Conservative M. Stewart 830 27.7 -0.2
SDP–Liberal Alliance I. Smith 248 8.3 -11.1
Majority 1,084 36.2 +11.5
Turnout 2,992 29.8 -5.4
Labour hold Swing +5.7
Lightshaw[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour N. Holt Unopposed N/A N/A
Labour hold Swing N/A
Newtown[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour A. Peet 2,195 80.1 +7.8
Conservative J. Lawson 357 13.0 -1.8
SDP–Liberal Alliance W. Hewer 189 6.9 -6.0
Majority 1,838 67.1 +9.5
Turnout 2,741 29.9 -3.8
Labour hold Swing +4.8
Norley[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour E. Maddocks 2,444 88.2 +9.6
Conservative J. Davies 168 6.1 +0.4
SDP–Liberal Alliance R. Richardson 158 5.7 -10.0
Majority 2,276 82.2 +19.3
Turnout 2,770 33.1 -3.7
Labour hold Swing +5.0
Orrell[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour E. Swift 1,576 43.6 +2.3
Conservative F. Fairbairn 1,414 39.1 +0.1
SDP–Liberal Alliance C. Hughes 627 17.3 -2.4
Majority 162 4.5 +2.2
Turnout 3,617 35.5 -6.6
Labour gain from Conservative Swing +1.1
Swinley[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative C. Bond 1,637 43.9 -2.1
Labour P. Lees 1,395 37.4 +3.7
SDP–Liberal Alliance E. Parkin 697 18.7 -1.5
Majority 242 6.5 -5.8
Turnout 3,729 41.0 -3.6
Conservative hold Swing -2.9
Tyldesley East[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour J. Teece 1,986 47.0 +1.8
SDP–Liberal Alliance B. Aitken 1,783 42.2 -12.6
Conservative E. Griffiths 457 10.8 +10.8
Majority 203 4.8 -4.9
Turnout 4,226 42.6 -1.0
Labour hold Swing +7.2
Whelley[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour A. Coyle 2,224 76.5 +12.4
Conservative F. Sidebotham 362 12.4 -0.8
SDP–Liberal Alliance K. Latham 322 11.1 -11.6
Majority 1,862 64.0 +22.7
Turnout 2,908 32.8 -5.5
Labour hold Swing +6.6
Winstanley[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour J. Whittle 1,798 43.6 +4.0
SDP–Liberal Alliance H. Evans 1,757 42.6 +5.9
Conservative C. Mugan 570 13.8 -9.9
Majority 41 1.0 -1.9
Turnout 4,125 37.9 -3.3
Labour hold Swing -0.9
Worsley Mesnes[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour W. Brogan 2,107 74.1 +7.3
SDP–Liberal Alliance A. Meal 448 15.8 -5.6
Conservative F. Hesketh 289 10.2 -1.7
Majority 1,659 58.3 +13.0
Turnout 2,844 29.2 -6.9
Labour hold Swing +6.4

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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