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Lowton & Golborne 2024 Local Election Results

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Local elections in Lowton and Golborne took place on Thursday, 2 May, 2024 – and the results are now in.

One seat was up for grabs on both the Lowton East and Golborne and Lowton West wards.

There were no surprises in the Golborne and Lowton West ward, where Labour’s Susan Gambles comfortably won another term of office, gaining more than 1,100 votes more than her nearest rival.

Cllrs Susan Gambles, Gena Merrett and Yvonne Klieve celebrate Susan's victory at the Local Elections 2024.

Cllrs Susan Gambles, Gena Merrett and Yvonne Klieve celebrate Susan’s victory at the Local Elections 2024.

Susan has been a local councillor since 2018, is a serving member of Wigan Council’s Cabinet, and the current portfolio holder for housing and welfare. This will be her fourth term as a councillor for Golborne and Lowton West.

But in Lowton East, the winds of change blew, and Conservative councillor Kath Houlton was ousted by the Labour candidate, Mike Smith, who gained 2,179 votes to her 1,845.

Kath has been a local councillor since 2015, and it was just last year that Lowton East had three Conservative councillors. But last year, during the ‘all out’ elections, where all councillors competed for their seats, her two Tory colleagues lost out to Labour, though she kept her seat.

Now, however, the ward has turned completely red, with three Labour councillors – mirroring the picture in Golborne and Lowton West.

Cllr Garry Lloyd, Cllr Mike Smith and Cllr Jenny Gregory

Newly elected Labour councillor for Lowton East, Mike Smith, pictured with fellow ward councillors Garry Lloyd (left) and Jenny Gregory (right).

The results in full were as follows:

Lowton East

Kathleen Houlton – Conservative: 1845

Mike Smith – Labour: 2179

The total turnout in this ward was 36.1%.

Golborne and Lowton West

Susan Gambles – Labour: 1572

Andrew Holland – Liberal Democrats: 101

Edward Houlton – Conservatives: 387

Richard Scott – Leigh and Atherton Independent: 420

The total turnout in this ward was 26.9%.

Greater Manchester Combined Authority Mayoral Election

The results of this contest will not be known until Saturday, as counting takes place that afternoon.

Current Mayor, Andy Burnham is expected to win a third term in office.

The candidates in full were:

  • Jake Austin – Liberal Democrats
  • Dan Barker  – Reform UK
  • Nick Buckley – Independent
  • Andy Burnham – Labour and Co-operative Party (the current Mayor)
  • Laura Evans – Conservative
  • Hannah Spencer – Green Party

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