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1979 City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council election

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Elections to City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council were held on were held on the same day as the general election, with one third of council up for election as well as double vacancies in Haworth, Oakworth & Oxenhope and Heaton. The University incumbent had defected from Labour to Independent Labour the year before. The election resulted in the Conservatives retaining control with voter turnout at 72.7%.[1][2][3]

Election result

Bradford Local Election Result 1979[1][3]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Labour 16 10 0 +10 48.5 46.1 113,102 +7.4%
  Conservative 15 0 9 -9 45.4 44.5 109,242 -4.7%
  Liberal 2 0 0 0 6.1 9.3 22,706 +0.5%
  Independent 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.1 265 -0.5%

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

Party Previous council New council
Conservatives 60 51
Labour 28 38
Liberals 4 4
Independent Labour 1 0
Total 93 93
Working majority  27   9 

Ward results

Allerton[1][3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative A. Pollard 4,716 48.4 -10.0
Labour R. Hallam 3,913 40.1 +8.3
Liberal K. Buckley 1,121 11.5 +4.0
Majority 803 8.2 -18.3
Turnout 9,750 72.3 +36.2
Conservative hold Swing -9.1
Baildon[1][3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal F. Atkinson 4,516 46.5 +27.0
Conservative W. Nunn 3,168 32.6 -23.3
Labour P. Clarke 2,029 20.9 -3.8
Majority 1,348 13.9 -17.3
Turnout 9,713 81.9 +35.2
Liberal hold Swing +25.1
Bingley: Central, East, North & West[1][3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative T. Shaw 5,074 52.0 -10.2
Labour W. Welsh 2,870 29.4 +3.4
Liberal W. Tregonig 1,812 18.6 +6.7
Majority 2,204 22.6 -13.6
Turnout 9,756 78.8 +37.0
Conservative hold Swing -6.8
Bolton[1][3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour R. Baxter 3,999 51.2 +13.4
Conservative T. Hall 3,815 48.8 +1.1
Majority 184 2.3 -7.7
Turnout 7,814 70.6 +36.1
Labour gain from Conservative Swing +6.1
Bowling[1][3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour D. Coughlin 3,420 65.3 +5.2
Conservative R. Swanson 1,816 34.7 -0.8
Majority 1,604 30.6 +6.1
Turnout 5,236 67.3 +33.8
Labour hold Swing +3.0
Bradford Moor[1][3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour J. Sheals 5,142 65.5 +15.4
Conservative J. Rees 2,750 34.8 -1.4
Majority 2,392 30.3 +16.8
Turnout 7,892 70.9 +28.4
Labour gain from Conservative Swing +8.4
Clayton, Ambler Thorn & Queensbury[1][3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative J. Hurst 6,712 52.9 -8.9
Labour G. Mitchell 5,970 47.1 +11.7
Majority 742 5.8 -20.6
Turnout 12,682 74.8 +39.7
Conservative hold Swing -10.3
Craven: Silsden, Addingham, Kildwick & Steeton with Eastburn[1][3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative K. Hawkins 5,013 62.2 +3.1
Labour J. Lawrence 3,040 37.7 -1.0
Majority 1,973 24.5 +4.2
Turnout 8,053 80.9 +40.2
Conservative hold Swing +2.0
Denholme, Cullingworth, Bingley South & Wilsden[1][3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative D. Conquest 5,051 60.2 -13.9
Labour K. Carey 2,115 25.2 +6.7
Liberal S. Clemence 1,229 14.6 +7.2
Majority 2,936 35.0 -20.6
Turnout 8,395 79.2 +36.8
Conservative hold Swing -10.3
Eccleshill[1][3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour P. Lancaster 4,153 54.3 +11.2
Conservative L. Riggs 3,493 45.7 +0.2
Majority 660 8.6 +6.2
Turnout 7,646 70.6 +32.9
Labour gain from Conservative Swing +5.5
Great Horton[1][3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative J. Rawnsley 4,244 51.2 +1.6
Labour A. Corina 4,047 48.8 +1.5
Majority 197 2.4 +0.1
Turnout 8,291 75.6 +34.4
Conservative hold Swing +0.0
Haworth, Oakworth & Oxenhope[1][3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative S. Midgley 3,959 46.1 -10.7
Conservative L. Pickles 3,236
Labour Co-op H. Binns 2,980 34.7 +0.7
Labour F. Hutchinson 2,723
Liberal B. Kershaw 1,652 19.2 +10.0
Liberal H. Mortimer 1,441
Majority 256 11.4 -11.3
Turnout 7,995 67.8 +30.2
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing -5.7
Heaton[1][3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative D. Emmott 3,718 47.6 -9.7
Conservative C. Hobson 3,513
Labour B. Lynch 2,931 37.5 +6.0
Labour I. Qureshi 2,254
Liberal A. Brook 1,165 14.9 +6.8
Majority 582 10.1 -15.7
Turnout 7,814 66.5 +22.0
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing -7.8
Idle[1][3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal A. Bagshaw 3,370 37.5 -56.1
Conservative I. Marlowe 2,888 32.1 +32.1
Labour K. Briggs 2,732 30.4 +30.4
Majority 482 5.4 -81.8
Turnout 8,990 75.6 +40.2
Liberal hold Swing -44.1
Ilkley: Ben Rhydding, Ilkley North, South & West[1][3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative J. Spencer 4,677 60.1 -11.1
Liberal C. Svensgaard 1,813 23.3 -5.5
Labour C. Haigh 1,292 16.6 +16.6
Majority 2,864 36.8 -5.6
Turnout 7,782 76.8 +36.5
Conservative hold Swing -2.8
Ilkley: Burley, Holme & Menston[1][3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative W. Clavering 3,585 56.1 -7.4
Liberal D. Turner 1,765 27.6 +13.3
Labour L. Fox 1,037 16.2 -5.9
Majority 1,820 28.5 -12.9
Turnout 6,387 80.0 +30.5
Conservative hold Swing -10.3
Keighley: Keighley Central, East & South[1][3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour W. Clarkson 4,529 54.3 +1.5
Conservative D. Robertshaw 2,672 32.0 -6.0
Liberal J. Brooksbank 1,144 13.7 +6.9
Majority 1,857 22.2 +7.5
Turnout 8,345 75.7 +34.3
Labour hold Swing +3.7
Keighley: Morton & Keighley North East[1][3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative H. Milton 2,745 44.4 -5.6
Labour J. Watson 2,162 35.0 +5.5
Liberal G. Sims 1,275 20.6 +2.8
Majority 583 9.4 -11.1
Turnout 6,182 79.0 +38.9
Conservative hold Swing -5.5
Keighley: North West & West[1][3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour S. Bowen 4,406 47.3 -1.8
Conservative I. Cowen 3,666 39.3 -9.4
Liberal W. Edge 1,244 13.3 +13.3
Majority 740 7.9 +7.6
Turnout 9,316 77.5 +34.8
Labour gain from Conservative Swing +3.8
Laisterdyke[1][3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour T. Wood 3,595 70.3 +2.3
Conservative H. Thorne 1,521 29.7 -2.3
Majority 2,074 40.5 +4.5
Turnout 5,116 65.0 +33.0
Labour hold Swing +2.3
Little Horton[1][3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour K. Ryallis 4,736 68.4 +22.6
Conservative K. Warrillow 1,583 22.9 -9.5
Liberal N. Baggley 600 8.7 -2.3
Majority 3,153 45.6 +32.1
Turnout 6,919 61.4 +32.8
Labour hold Swing +16.0
Manningham[1][3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour M. Ajeeb 4,037 62.1 +7.6
Conservative S. Bali 2,200 33.8 +5.6
Independent R. Shahid-Delvhi 265 4.1 -5.4
Majority 1,837 28.2 +2.0
Turnout 6,502 62.9 +26.6
Labour gain from Conservative Swing +1.0
Odsal[1][3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour D. Bentley 4,177 53.0 +12.1
Conservative C. Lang 3,696 46.9 -12.1
Majority 481 6.1 -11.9
Turnout 7,873 74.6 +39.0
Labour gain from Conservative Swing +12.1
Shipley: Central, North & East[1][3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour B. Chadwick 5,273 34.4 +5.0
Conservative R. Wright 2,920 35.6 -5.0
Majority 2,353 28.7 +10.0
Turnout 8,193 75.2 +35.9
Labour hold Swing +5.0
Shipley: South & West[1][3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative O. Messer 5,125 63.5 -8.0
Labour F. Bastow 2,940 36.4 +8.0
Majority 2,185 27.1 -16.0
Turnout 8,065 77.7 +34.9
Conservative hold Swing -8.0
Thornton[1][3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative R. Smith 4,226 54.0 -8.5
Labour R. Holroyde 3,606 46.0 +16.1
Majority 620 7.9 -24.6
Turnout 7,832 75.1 +37.3
Conservative hold Swing -12.3
Tong[1][3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour D. Smith 5,445 69.9 +5.1
Conservative J. Owen 2,343 30.1 -1.3
Majority 3,102 39.8 +6.4
Turnout 7,788 61.7 +34.1
Labour hold Swing +3.2
Undercliffe[1][3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour R. Sowman 3,476 54.7 +1.1
Conservative H. Ibbotson 2,880 45.3 +3.5
Majority 596 9.4 -2.4
Turnout 6,356 72.8 +31.0
Labour gain from Conservative Swing -1.2
University[1][3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour G. Armitage 4,209 72.6 +13.7
Conservative D. Bagley 1,588 27.4 +5.4
Majority 2,621 45.2 +8.2
Turnout 5,797 61.4 +20.1
Labour gain from Independent Labour Swing +4.1
Wibsey[1][3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour L. Kearns 3,826 50.3 +13.6
Conservative P. Gross 3,782 49.7 -10.4
Majority 44 0.6 -22.9
Turnout 7,608 71.1 +36.1
Labour gain from Conservative Swing +12.0
Wyke[1][3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour D. Mangham 5,015 58.1 -4.3
Conservative K. Porter 3,616 41.9 +4.3
Majority 1,399 16.2 -8.7
Turnout 8,631 71.2 +35.7
Labour gain from Conservative Swing -4.3

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 z aa ab ac ad ae af ag "District results: Bradford". The Yorkshire Post. 4 May 1979. Scans
  2. ^ "Vote 2012: Bradford". BBC News Online. Retrieved 20 February 2013.
  3. ^ 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 z aa ab ac ad ae af ag "Bradford election results". Telegraph & Argus. 4 May 1979.
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