Conservatives look favourites to gain Greensclough and Irwell from Labour and also the 3 way marginal of Whitewell from Labour . however Lib Dems will be putting all their efforts into Whitewell and I tip them to take this ward .
The independent councillor in Facit and Shawforth is not standing for re-election, but has nominated the Labour candidate. It was a Conservative gain by 37 votes last year.
Whitewell is a Conservative defence, and certainly won't be gained by the Lib Dems as they aren't standing. Labour topped the poll last year, but that may have been a personal vote as the candidate bottom of the ballot paper got 120 more votes than the other Labour candidate, who was not elected.
7 May 2015 Lab 19, Con 15, Community First 1, Independent 1 Now Lab 19, Con 14, Community First 1, Independent 1, Vacant 1
Elected on 3 May 2012: Lab 8, Con 3, Independent 1 • On December 2014, Ann McMahon (Lab) held the seat in Longholme, following the resignation of Liz McInnes (Lab), after her election as MP for Heywood and Middleton • On 7 May 2015, Sarah Collinge (Con) gained the second seat in Whitewell, following the resignation of Karen Creaser (Lab) Elected on 22 May 2014: Lab 6, Con 5, Community First 1 • On 7 May 2015, Michelle Smith (Lab) held the second seat in Irwell, following the resignation of Helen Jackson (Lab). Michelle Smith was the retiring member in 2015, but her own seat was gained by Janet Eaton (Con). Elected on 7 May 2015: Con 6(7), Lab 6(7)
On 3 March 2016, it was reported that Peter Evans (Con) (Helmshore) had resigned, creating an unfilled vacancy (retires 2016)
Elected on 7 May 2015: Lab 8, Con 3, Independent 1 Defended on 5 May 2016: Lab 7, Con 4 (including vacant seat), Independent 1
Labour gain on Conservatives in Eden by 57 votes. Labour gain on Independent (not defending) in Facit and Shawforth by 77 votes over Conservatives. Labour re-gains on Conservatives the Whitewell seat lost in a by-election by 44 votes.
Third: Lab 10 (+2), Con 2 (-1) Council: Lab 22, Con 13, Community First 1
Labour held Hareholme by 67 votes over an Independent.
The council should be safe for Labour until 2020, with those results.