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Local elections were held on 2 May. Credit: Red Dot on Unsplash, image has been cropped

North West local election 2024 results

Labour may have lost control of Oldham Council, but the party picked up an MP in Blackpool South after a dramatic 26% vote swing in the by-election.

The votes are all in from 2 May’s local elections in the North West. You can see the results for each council by reading further down this article.

Of the votes tallied, three elections in particular have caused a bit of a stir: the local elections in Oldham and Manchester and the by-election for Blackpool South.

Oldham

Oldham has retained its volatile election reputation. The Greater Manchester local authority has become notorious, as electors have consistently voted to unseat Labour Leaders in 2021, 2022, and 2023. This year, Leader Cllr Arooj Shah was not up for election – and so the Labour majority was lost instead.

However, Shah may still retain her position. There is no party with overall control in Oldham and Labour still has the most seats with 27. Independents and other parties have 16, Liberal Democrats have nine, and the Conservative Party has eight.

Reflecting on the results, Shah told the Manchester Evening News: “Obviously it’s been a really long night but we’re really proud of our candidates. Our politics has been torn apart by extremism.

“We might not have overall control but we are still in control. We are still the largest party. Now it’s about coming together and putting the people of Oldham first.”

Manchester

Deputy leader Cllr Luthfur Rahman lost his seat in Longsight to Workers Party of Britain candidate Shahbaz Sarwar. The seat had been viewed as a safe one for Labour, so Rahman’s ousting took many by surprise. The Workers Party of Britain, whose most prominent figure is George Galloway MP, has been vocal in its criticism of Labour’s stance on the crisis in Gaza.

Labour party leader Sir Keir Starmer MP’s support for Israel and perceived soft stance over Gaza was also cited as one of the reasons for the loss of majority in Oldham.

Speaking to the Manchester Evening News, Manchester City Council Leader Cllr Bev Craig said: “I will spend some time in the next few weeks talking to people in Longsight to understand that fully. We do know the Worker Party put an awful lot of money, time, and attention into that and we need to understand that picture more fully before we jump to any conclusions.”

Blackpool South

In the Blackpool South by-election, Labour’s Chris Webb claimed 58.9% of the vote, trouncing Conservative candidate David Jones and Reform’s Mark Butcher, who received 17.5% and 16.9% of the vote, respectively.

The by-election in Blackpool South had been called after former Conservative MP Scott Benton resigned. Benton had been suspended after he was caught in a sting operation by The Times as appearing to be willing to break lobbying rules for money.

Webb’s win represented a swing of 26% in Labour’s favour, at the expense of the Conservatives.

Labour leader Keir Starmer MP used the party’s win to put pressure on Prime Minister Rishi Sunak to call an election.

“The swing towards Labour in Blackpool South is historic,” he tweeted. He added later: “Britain is demanding change. It’s time for a general election.”

Place is keeping an eye on all the North’s elections. You’ll find a summary of the North West local election results below. Our sister sites have similar summaries for Yorkshire and the North East.

Interested in the Liverpool City Region and Greater Manchester mayoral elections? Read our story about what the election wins of Steve Rotheram and Andy Burnham mean for the built environment.

Here are the results for each of the North West elections.

Cheshire

Warrington

Labour retains control of Warrington, picking up six seats. Conservatives lost 10. Liberal Democrats nabbed four additional ones. After the election, the council makeup is 42 Labour, 12 Liberal Democrat, 3 independents or smaller parties, and one Conservative.

Greater Manchester

Bolton

Bolton continues to have no party with overall control. The Greens picked up a seat and independents grabbed two. Labour lost a seat, while Conservatives lost two. After the election, the makeup of the council is 26 Labour, 15 Conservative, 12 independents and smaller parties, six Lib Dem, and one Green.

Bury

Labour retains its control of Bury, gaining one seat in the process. The Conservative Party lost one seat. After the election, the council makeup is 32 Labour, 10 Conservative, and nine independent or smaller parties.

Manchester

Manchester remains in Labour control, despite the party losing one seat. That seat was Longsight and its loss was notable, as it belonged to the deputy leader Luthfur Rahman. Workers Party of Britain candidate Shahbaz Sarwar claimed the seat in a tight race decided by 185 votes. After the election, the city council makeup is 87 Labour, four Liberal Democrat, three Green, one Workers Party of Britain, and one independent or smaller party.

Oldham

Labour has lost overall control of Oldham, losing five seats altogether. Liberal Democrats and Conservatives also lost a seat, each. Independents saw a net gain of seven seats. After the election, the makeup of the council is 27 Labour, 16 independents and smaller parties, nine Liberal Democrat, eight Conservative.

Rochdale

Labour retains control of Rochdale, despite losing a seat. Independents also lost a place on the council, with the Workers Party of Britain picking up two seats. After the election, the makeup of the council is 44 Labour, nine Conservative, three Liberal Democrat, two Workers Party of Britain, and two independent and smaller parties.

Salford

Labour retains control of Salford City Council, gaining one seat. The Conservatives lost one. After the election, the city council makeup is 50 Labour, seven Conservative, two Liberal Democrat, and one independent or smaller party.

Salford also held its mayoral election on 2 May. Paul Dennett defended his role as Mayor of Salford, securing 61.5% of the vote. His nearest challenger was Conservative Jillian Collinson, who secured 21.9% of the vote.

  • You can hear from Dennett at Place’s North West Rental Market conference on 9 May. Secure your ticket.

Stockport

There continues to be no party with overall control in Stockport. Liberal Democrats picked up two seats and Labour lost two. After the election, the makeup of the council is 31 Liberal Democrat, 22 Labour, seven independents and smaller parties, and three Green.

Tameside

Labour retains control of Tameside. Labour lost three seats, while the Conservatives gained one and independents secured two. After the election, the makeup of the council is 48 Labour, seven Conservative, two independents and smaller parties.

Trafford

Labour retains control of Trafford, gaining two seats. The Conservatives lost two. After the election, the makeup of the council is 43 Labour, eight Conservative, six Green, and six Liberal Democrat.

Wigan

Labour retains control in Wigan, with Conservatives losing one seat and independents gaining one. After the election, the makeup of the council is 64 Labour, 10 independents and smaller parties, and one Conservative.

Lancashire

Blackburn with Darwen

Labour retains control in Blackburn with Darwen, despite losing four seats. The Conservative Party also lost four, with independents and smaller parties gaining eight. After the election, the council makeup is 29 Labour, 13 independent and smaller parties, and nine Conservative.

Blackpool By-Election

Labour candidate Chris Webb will become the new MP for Blackpool South, securing 58.9% of the vote compared. Conservative candidate David Jones received 17.5% of the vote. Reform’s Mark Butcher came in third, with 16.9%.

Burnley

There continues to be no overall party majority in Burnley. Labour gained one seat, while Conservatives lost one. The Green party lost two seats and independents and other parties gained two. After the election, the council makeup is 15 Labour, 10 independent and smaller parties, eight Conservative, seven Liberal Democrat, and five Green.

Chorley

Labour retains control in Chorley, picking up a net gain of two seats. The Conservatives lost two seats. After the election, the makeup of the council is 39 Labour, three Conservative.

Hyndburn

Labour has gained overall control in Hyndburn after picking up four seats. Previously there had been no overall party majority. The Conservatives lost five seats. The Green Party picked up one. After the election, the makeup of the council is 22 Labour, 11 Conservative, one Green, and one independent or smaller party.

Pendle

There continues to be no overall party majority in Pendle. Labour failed to win a single seat, following the defection of 10 Labour councillors due to claims that the party was partaking in aggressive bullying and suppressing free speech. All 10 councillors formed an independent group. Of those 10, four were up for re-election, which they won. The Conservatives lost one seat. Liberal Democrats gained one. After the election, the makeup of the council is 13 Conservative, 12 independents or smaller parties, and eight Liberal Democrat.

Preston

Labour retains control of Preston City Council, despite losing one seat. The Conservative party lost two, with Liberal Democrats picking up five. After the election, the city council makeup is 30 Labour, 12 Liberal Democrat, and six Conservative.

Rossendale

Labour retains control of Rossendale. The Green party picked up three seats, while Labour lost one and independents lost two. After the election, the council makeup is 20 Labour, five Conservative, three Green, and two independents and smaller parties.

West Lancashire

Labour retains control in West Lancashire. Independents picked up one seat, while Conservatives lost one. After the election, the council makeup is 26 Labour, 14 Conservative, and five independents and smaller parties.

Liverpool City Region

Halton

Labour retains control in Halton, gaining one seat in the process. Conservatives lost one seat. After the election, the makeup of the council is 50 Labour, three Liberal Democrat, and one Conservative.

Knowsley

Labour retains control in Knowsley, with no net changes in any party regarding the number of seats. After the election, the makeup of the council is 31 Labour, seven Green, four independent and smaller parties, and three Liberal Democrat.

Sefton

Labour retains control in Sefton. Conservatives lost two seats, while Liberal Democrats and the Green Party picked up one each. After the election, the makeup of the council is 49 Labour, nine Lib Dems, four Conservatives, two independents and smaller parties, one Green.

 

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By John

    Hi John, what is it about Hazel Grove that you would like us to look into? If it’s about the election, Lib Dem Frankie Singleton has won the council seat there.

    By Julia Hatmaker

So many falling for the lies of Starmer just like Blair.
How tiresome.

By Sir John Lilliman

History suggests that when Labour is in national government, local elections swing away from them. This may be the high water mark, so need to get planning reform done quick.

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