Blackpool, Tydesley Council by election 29th September

Blackpool, Tydesley - Labour hold

Party   2016 votes     2016 share   since 2015 "top"since 2015 "average"since 2011 "top"since 2011 "average"
from nowhere
from nowhere
Liberal Democrat  
from nowhere
from nowhere


Total votes


Swing Conservative to Labour 5% / 6% since 2015 but Labour to Conservative (if meaningful) ~1½% since 2011
Council now 29 Labour, 13 Conservative

review first published here > written by @andrewteale 


Blackpool council, Lancashire; caused by the death of Labour councillor Eddie Collett at the age of 58.  A college lecturer, Collett had served on Blackpool council since 1991(when it was still a district under Lancashire county council), except for the period 2007-11, and was mayor of Blackpool in 2013-14.  In tribute to one of the prime movers behind Blackpool’s regeneration, the council arranged for a pair of bulldozers to greet well-wishers at Collett’s wake in the town hall.

We finish this week in Blackpool, the archetypal English seaside resort.  The name of Tyldesley ward commemorates Edward Tyldesley, squire of Myerscough, who built a house here called Foxhall which was the first settlement of substance in what’s now Blackpool.  The ward itself lies south-east of the town centre along Park Road, a series of inter-war terraces running as far as the eye can see, and includes some of the desirable housing on the edge of Stanley Park.
Tyldesley ward is normally Labour-inclined but was won by the Tories at Labour’s low point in 2007, and the 2015 result – 38% for Labour, 29% for the Tories and 22% for UKIP – suggests that this is not a ward Labour can take for granted.  The party has decided to keep a Collett on the ballot paper by selecting Eddie’s son David, a pro-NHS campaigner.  The Conservatives have reselected Moira Graham, a hotelier who was runner-up here in the 2015 election.  The UKIP candidate is Kim Knight, who runs a caravan hire firm, and the ballot paper is completed by Paul Hindley of the Lib Dems.
Parliamentary constituency: Blackpool South
Proposed parliamentary constituency from 2020: Blackpool South
May 2015 result Lab 1145/1145 C 872/741 UKIP 658 LD 167 Ind 144
May 2011 result Lab 1137/1105 C 689/667
May 2007 result C 833/802 Lab 775/749 LD 327
May 2003 result Lab 1387/1294 C 872/740 LD 435