UKIP success sends shockwaves through Bolton Council

Senior Bolton Conservative Andy Morgan looking dejected as he realises he has lost his seat to UKIP

Senior Bolton Conservative Andy Morgan looking dejected as he realises he has lost his seat to UKIP

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SHOCKWAVES ripped through Bolton Council as the impact of UKIP votes was felt by all the major political parties.

In the run-up to the local election count — in which a third of the council’s seats were contested last night — no-one, including UKIP, could predict how far "Farage fever" would spread in Bolton.

The reality has sent a clear signal to town hall leaders that the status quo has been threatened by this infant party.

Labour still have overall control of Bolton with 40 councillors, against the Conservatives' 15, the Liberal Democrats' three councillors and UKIP’s two.

Although it is the first local election in which Bolton UKIP has fielded any candidates — they have only previously contested Horwich by-elections — they took a seat off both Labour and the Conservatives - and UKIP finished second in 13 seats.

The loss of Little Lever and veteran councillor Maureen Connell to UKIP was a big blow for the Labour leadership.

And Labour narrowly escaped defeat in Kearsley — where the difference between winner Derek Burrows for Labour and Mark Cunningham for UKIP was just 43 votes.

Leader of Bolton Council, Cllr Cliff Morris, said the count was a “mixed bag”, as he celebrated the hard work of his party in retaining strong majorities in Great Lever, Halliwell, Rumworth and Harper Green.

Cabinet members Sufrana Bashir-Ismail in Crompton, Cllr Burrows in Kearsley, Kevin McKeon in Horwich North East and Akhtar Zaman in Halliwell were all re-elected.

Cllr Morris said: “We’re sorry to have lost Maureen — she was an excellent councillor who worked very hard.

“No doubt she will stand again and regain her seat.

“With UKIP I think the bubble will burst. They are a far right political party, and people will see them for what they are soon enough.

“They won’t serve their communities in the way we have been doing and will continue to do.”

Deputy council leader, Cllr Linda Thomas, described UKIP as a “phenomenon”.

She added: “I’m really disappointed to have lost Little Lever.

“Maureen is a very long-standing and valuable councillor who did a lot for Little Lever.

“It will be very interesting to hear UKIP’s views and plans for Bolton, which we will be examining very thoroughly.”

Mrs Connell said she was upset to have lost her seat, adding: “I was sorry that in Little Lever a lot of people gave me a lot of support and it’s really disappointing for them.

“There are two very good Labour councillors in Little Lever and I’m sure they will look after the interests of the residents.”

Cllr Nick Peel, the council's cabinet member for environmental services, kept hold of his position in Tonge with the Haulgh with 1,399 votes, despite a strong upsurge from Derek Fisher for UKIP, who took 1,053.

Cllr Peel has issued a warning to the Labour party nationally to debate immigration — or risk losing more seats across the country.

He said: “We knew there was a significant UKIP challenge, and the Labour party nationally needs to have a long hard look at this.

“We are not addressing the issues that Labour voters want us to address, and we mustn’t shy away from a debate about immigration.

“Otherwise it’s the foot soldiers who will suffer.”

The Conservatives also suffered a big loss after deputy leader Andy Morgan lost his seat in Hulton.

In 2010, he won with a 945 majority, but last night came second behind UKIP, who secured 1,291 votes against his 1,150 – only 10 more than Labour candidate Shafaqat Shaikh.

He said: “Obviously I’m devastated I lost my seat, but that’s the democratic process and the people have chosen.

“I hope my successor works for the interests of everyone in Hulton, and I will hopefully come back and represent the Tories in Bolton.

“In the meantime I will carry on campaigning on health issues, representing the elderly and the hospice, and contributing to Bolton in those ways.”

Cllr David Greenhalgh, who was re-elected in Bromley Cross with the biggest majority of the night, said the Conservatives had experienced mixed fortunes.

He added: “It is terrible we have lost Andrew - he has been a great councillor who has moved the party forward.

“There is no room for complacency — people have told us this year that they want to send a message, and they are clearly speaking for disenchanted residents.”

Cllr Martyn Cox said he was thrilled to have broken the curse of the Westhoughton North and Chew Moor ward.

He won with 1,424 votes, with Anne Graham for Labour coming in second with 1,278 and UKIP Bolton chairman Joan Johnson taking third place with 984.

Cllr Cox said: “I’m really pleased to have won. It’s a great ward, it’s really competitive and generally fought in a good spirit.

“It was a wake-up call to every councillor in the borough that the electorate lend their vote – they don’t give it.

“If UKIP did one good thing they showed the council is not a club, that anyone can stand and if they get enough votes they win, and that’s fair.”

The current Mayor of Bolton Cllr Colin Shaw — who had to receive a special dispensation to attend the count — retained Heaton and Lostock, as did Cllr Mudasir Dean in Bradshaw.

Cllr John Walsh, former leader of the Conservatives, held on to his seat in Astley Bridge with 1,481 votes against Labour’s 1,279 and UKIP’s 1,039.

He said: “To be re-elected and now in my 40th year as a councillor is wonderful, and I’m still as enthusiastic as ever.”

Meanwhile the Liberal Democrats managed to stave off attempts by Labour to snatch a seat in their stronghold of Smithills, with 22-year-old Cambridge University law graduate Andrew Martin securing a place for the party after Anthony Radlett stepped down.

He said: “It’s amazing. We had no idea how we would do.

“As the youngest councillor I think I have a duty to get more young people involved in politics, and out to vote.”

During the count Glen Atkinson for Labour was announced as the new councillor in Claypool for Horwich town council.

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2:49pm Fri 23 May 14

BibbleBobble says...

It will be a truly great day when the fat parasite Morris loses his seat!
It will be a truly great day when the fat parasite Morris loses his seat! BibbleBobble
  • Score: 52

2:56pm Fri 23 May 14

BibbleBobble says...

“They won’t serve their communities in the way we have been doing and will continue to do.”

Your **** right they won't. They'll serve them properly, unlike you and your ilk Morris, who seem to think the term" Public Service" means the public are there to serve you!

You are nothing more than a lazy parasite who lives well of the public purse!!!
“They won’t serve their communities in the way we have been doing and will continue to do.” Your **** right they won't. They'll serve them properly, unlike you and your ilk Morris, who seem to think the term" Public Service" means the public are there to serve you! You are nothing more than a lazy parasite who lives well of the public purse!!! BibbleBobble
  • Score: 50

3:02pm Fri 23 May 14

BibbleBobble says...

Cllr John Walsh said: “To be re-elected and now in my 40th year as a councillor is wonderful, and I’m still as enthusiastic as ever.”

I bet you are still enthusiastic. 40 years suckling at the teat of the British Taxpayer!
Cllr John Walsh said: “To be re-elected and now in my 40th year as a councillor is wonderful, and I’m still as enthusiastic as ever.” I bet you are still enthusiastic. 40 years suckling at the teat of the British Taxpayer! BibbleBobble
  • Score: 32

3:07pm Fri 23 May 14

BibbleBobble says...

“With UKIP I think the bubble will burst. They are a far right political party, and people will see them for what they are soon enough.

Far Right? UKIP are a libertarian party. You are either a liar Morris or you are pig ignorant, although I do suspect you are both!
“With UKIP I think the bubble will burst. They are a far right political party, and people will see them for what they are soon enough. Far Right? UKIP are a libertarian party. You are either a liar Morris or you are pig ignorant, although I do suspect you are both! BibbleBobble
  • Score: 30

3:27pm Fri 23 May 14

Balboa says...

I don't agree with all of UKIP policies, but as an "infant party" they can certainly make their views known like no other "senior party". NO nonsense, they just get the job done. Pleased to see a wind of change finally arriving for the town.

Next challenge to get rid of Morris, the socialists and the ancient money sucking leaches which have "represented" us for years.
I don't agree with all of UKIP policies, but as an "infant party" they can certainly make their views known like no other "senior party". NO nonsense, they just get the job done. Pleased to see a wind of change finally arriving for the town. Next challenge to get rid of Morris, the socialists and the ancient money sucking leaches which have "represented" us for years. Balboa
  • Score: 36

3:43pm Fri 23 May 14

Jerry cruncher says...

Morris you disgusting excuse of a human being,your party's days are numbered,we have had enough of your patronizing,far left student politics.
Morris you disgusting excuse of a human being,your party's days are numbered,we have had enough of your patronizing,far left student politics. Jerry cruncher
  • Score: 35

4:20pm Fri 23 May 14

Chris2000 says...

There has been a number of attacks on Diane Parkinson the UKIP councillor for Hulton already on this site, calling her racist and a fascist.

I think you'll find she lives in Over Hulton and wanted to serve her local community. I received at least three leaflets from UKIP, they really put in the leg work and have reaped the results.

The Tories have always treated Hulton as a given for them. They've no divine right to Hulton and will have to work for their votes in the future. The same goes to the likes of Cliff Morris who is utterly inept, yet always gets an easy ride in Bolton. It's about time councillors started earning their money. They forget it wasn't to long ago that a councillor was an unpaid position of voluntary service.
There has been a number of attacks on Diane Parkinson the UKIP councillor for Hulton already on this site, calling her racist and a fascist. I think you'll find she lives in Over Hulton and wanted to serve her local community. I received at least three leaflets from UKIP, they really put in the leg work and have reaped the results. The Tories have always treated Hulton as a given for them. They've no divine right to Hulton and will have to work for their votes in the future. The same goes to the likes of Cliff Morris who is utterly inept, yet always gets an easy ride in Bolton. It's about time councillors started earning their money. They forget it wasn't to long ago that a councillor was an unpaid position of voluntary service. Chris2000
  • Score: 28

4:32pm Fri 23 May 14

Fizz18 says...

well done UKIP for removing the smug Councillor Morgan
well done UKIP for removing the smug Councillor Morgan Fizz18
  • Score: 22

5:49pm Fri 23 May 14

notgonehome says...

shockwaves will be after the counts on Sunday.
shockwaves will be after the counts on Sunday. notgonehome
  • Score: 12

6:45pm Fri 23 May 14

Comment777 says...

Walsh is an inept excuse for a human being, I have witnessed his corrupt antics first hand...I feel so angry when I think about him and how he has taken unjust rewards from hard working tax payers. The lack of a war during his service lifetime is why those who reside in Astley Bridge, Bolton and most of the UK are shackled to self serving venal councillors.
Walsh is an inept excuse for a human being, I have witnessed his corrupt antics first hand...I feel so angry when I think about him and how he has taken unjust rewards from hard working tax payers. The lack of a war during his service lifetime is why those who reside in Astley Bridge, Bolton and most of the UK are shackled to self serving venal councillors. Comment777
  • Score: 11

10:51am Sat 24 May 14

glad to haveleft says...

For the last few weeks I have been entertained by the medias vitriolic attacks on Nigel Farage and UKIP., especially on the BBC. Programmes such as, The News Quiz, with the poison dwarf Toksvig, The Now Show, with the self-satisfied Marcus Brigstocke, Have I got News For You and Question Time, and Any Questions, with the appallingly smug Dimbleby clan.
Question Time, and Any Questions have regularly brought in rent-a-gob mobs to barrack UKIP speakers, while the so-called comedy shows constantly tried to take the **** out of Nigel Farage and made out that UKIP supporters are all knuckle-dragging fascists, tripping on our jack-boots.
All this vilification made me feel that if these left-wing luvvies hated us so much, we must be getting somewhere.
It made my resolve to support UKIP even stronger.
And it worked for many other thousands of ethnic white Brits too, they turned out in droves to vote for UKIP.
Well done to the media, they turned out to be UKIP's best weapon.
For the last few weeks I have been entertained by the medias vitriolic attacks on Nigel Farage and UKIP., especially on the BBC. Programmes such as, The News Quiz, with the poison dwarf Toksvig, The Now Show, with the self-satisfied Marcus Brigstocke, Have I got News For You and Question Time, and Any Questions, with the appallingly smug Dimbleby clan. Question Time, and Any Questions have regularly brought in rent-a-gob mobs to barrack UKIP speakers, while the so-called comedy shows constantly tried to take the **** out of Nigel Farage and made out that UKIP supporters are all knuckle-dragging fascists, tripping on our jack-boots. All this vilification made me feel that if these left-wing luvvies hated us so much, we must be getting somewhere. It made my resolve to support UKIP even stronger. And it worked for many other thousands of ethnic white Brits too, they turned out in droves to vote for UKIP. Well done to the media, they turned out to be UKIP's best weapon. glad to haveleft
  • Score: 4

10:53am Sat 24 May 14

glad to haveleft says...

Well done Bolton.
Two seats for UKIP.
And don't forget that in every other ward, UKIP came second, sometimes a very close second.
Can't wait for Round 2.
Well done Bolton. Two seats for UKIP. And don't forget that in every other ward, UKIP came second, sometimes a very close second. Can't wait for Round 2. glad to haveleft
  • Score: 7

10:56am Sat 24 May 14

glad to haveleft says...

Shame we didn't get rid of Burroughs in Kearsley.
Next time, for sure.
If he's a true Labour man, then I'm glad I abandoned his party long ago; he certainly doesn't represent me.
Shame we didn't get rid of Burroughs in Kearsley. Next time, for sure. If he's a true Labour man, then I'm glad I abandoned his party long ago; he certainly doesn't represent me. glad to haveleft
  • Score: 3

11:02am Sat 24 May 14

CliffMorris says...

Those who voted in ukip represent Boltons racists far right thugs mainly as the majority of the indeginous population are on benefits and now the government is turning the screw on these low life good for nothings who scrounge on the tax payers they cant take the heat so voting for ukip thinking life will be better - get a life get a job and stop being bitter!
Those who voted in ukip represent Boltons racists far right thugs mainly as the majority of the indeginous population are on benefits and now the government is turning the screw on these low life good for nothings who scrounge on the tax payers they cant take the heat so voting for ukip thinking life will be better - get a life get a job and stop being bitter! CliffMorris
  • Score: -10

4:27pm Sat 24 May 14

holloway_david says...

CliffMorris wrote:
Those who voted in ukip represent Boltons racists far right thugs mainly as the majority of the indeginous population are on benefits and now the government is turning the screw on these low life good for nothings who scrounge on the tax payers they cant take the heat so voting for ukip thinking life will be better - get a life get a job and stop being bitter!
You must have a "Crystal Ball" to make the statement of people receiving benefits and scroungers voted for UKIP, well some of us do have jobs and feel fortunate to have one and pay taxes both on national and local level.
As far as being "racist" your idiocy obviously exceeds your education so how is it you have a job.
[quote][p][bold]CliffMorris[/bold] wrote: Those who voted in ukip represent Boltons racists far right thugs mainly as the majority of the indeginous population are on benefits and now the government is turning the screw on these low life good for nothings who scrounge on the tax payers they cant take the heat so voting for ukip thinking life will be better - get a life get a job and stop being bitter![/p][/quote]You must have a "Crystal Ball" to make the statement of people receiving benefits and scroungers voted for UKIP, well some of us do have jobs and feel fortunate to have one and pay taxes both on national and local level. As far as being "racist" your idiocy obviously exceeds your education so how is it you have a job. holloway_david
  • Score: 4

6:29pm Sat 24 May 14

bwfc58 says...

I for one am so pleased that UKIP won in my ward of Little Lever, and it will not be long now before UKIP are winning seats and taking control of many councils up and down this once great country of ours, these so called three main parties are now terrified of UKIP and so right they should be because UKIP are going to be the main party soon like next years general election, now a few of you will not agree with men, and most of you will agree with me, so the few that do not agree with me I could not care less about you, but most of you that do agree with me I care very much for you and our once great country and it will not be long now before we and UKIP claim it back and sent the immigrants that should not be here back to there own countries .
I for one am so pleased that UKIP won in my ward of Little Lever, and it will not be long now before UKIP are winning seats and taking control of many councils up and down this once great country of ours, these so called three main parties are now terrified of UKIP and so right they should be because UKIP are going to be the main party soon like next years general election, now a few of you will not agree with men, and most of you will agree with me, so the few that do not agree with me I could not care less about you, but most of you that do agree with me I care very much for you and our once great country and it will not be long now before we and UKIP claim it back and sent the immigrants that should not be here back to there own countries . bwfc58
  • Score: 0

7:48pm Fri 30 May 14

Puffin-Billy says...

The above pictured Andy Morgan is a man whose party is ideologically opposed to the welfare state, and the public services; a man whose party has been systematically destroying Bolton's NHS from the inside.

The irony is that UKIP want to do exactly the same to the NHS and the welfare state There is a ciggy paper's difference between the Conservatives and UKIP.

The only difference between them is that UKIP openly say (in these pages) what many in the Conservative Party only dare say amongst themselves. Norman Tebitt in his call for British tribalism some years ago was an exception
The above pictured Andy Morgan is a man whose party is ideologically opposed to the welfare state, and the public services; a man whose party has been systematically destroying Bolton's NHS from the inside. The irony is that UKIP want to do exactly the same to the NHS and the welfare state There is a ciggy paper's difference between the Conservatives and UKIP. The only difference between them is that UKIP openly say (in these pages) what many in the Conservative Party only dare say amongst themselves. Norman Tebitt in his call for British tribalism some years ago was an exception Puffin-Billy
  • Score: 1

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