Bolton South East

2015 Result:
Conservative: 8289 (20.3%)
Labour: 20555 (50.5%)
Lib Dem: 1072 (2.6%)
Green: 1200 (2.9%)
UKIP: 9627 (23.6%)
MAJORITY: 10928 (26.8%)

Category: Very safe Labour seat

Geography: North West, Greater Manchester.

Main population centres:



Current MP
YASMIN QURESHI (Labour) Born 1963, Pakistan. Educated at South Bank Polytechnic. Former barrister and human rights advisor to Ken Livingstone. Contested Brent East 2005. First elected as MP for Bolton South East in 2010. Was one of the first three female Muslim MPs, all elected at the 2010 election.
Past Results
Con: 10148 (26%)
Lab: 18782 (47%)
LDem: 6289 (16%)
BNP: 2012 (5%)
Oth: 2373 (6%)
MAJ: 8634 (22%)
Con: 6491 (20%)
Lab: 18129 (57%)
LDem: 6047 (19%)
UKIP: 840 (3%)
Oth: 343 (1%)
MAJ: 11638 (37%)
Con: 8258 (24%)
Lab: 21129 (62%)
LDem: 3941 (12%)
Oth: 826 (2%)
MAJ: 12871 (38%)
Con: 8545 (20%)
Lab: 29856 (69%)
LDem: 3805 (9%)
Oth: 170 (0%)
MAJ: 21311 (49%)

*There were boundary changes after 2005

2015 Candidates
MUDASIR DEAN (Conservative)
YASMIN QURESHI (Labour) See above.
DARREN REYNOLDS (Liberal Democrat)
ALAN JOHNSON (Green) Contested Bolton South East 2010.
Comments - 41 Responses on “Bolton South East”
  1. Cllr Margaret Clare of Harper Green ward has died.

  2. Labour hold Harper Green in a by-election this evening.

  3. “Labour Member of Parliament Yasmin Qureshi has caused outrage after comparing the idea of young British Muslims joining ISIS to the idea of young Jewish Britons joining the Israel Defence Forces.

    Qureshi, who has previously had to apologise for offence caused by comparing the situation in Gaza to the Holocaust, also claimed that most British Muslims going to Iraq and Syria were going for “humanitarian reasons” in a bizarre Sky News interview yesterday.”

  4. If Britain does become an Islamic State in my lifetime, one of the very few advantages will be watching the very rapid downfall of all these “useful idiots”….

    Yasmin Quereshi, Shabina Mahmood and Sayeeda Warsi will all be evicted from parliament and imprisoned in the kitchen….if they complain they will get 100 lashes or worse

    The militant gays will all be tortured and executed very rapidly…note to Owen Jones – it won’t matter a jot that you shouted so much about the injustice of Gaza. Ditto all the feminists, left wing activists and trade unionists.

    The irony is that the happily married, heterosexual conservative family man is likely to fare much better (as long as he can keep his head down, grow a beard and live without alcohol).

  5. Well, that has to be just about the most offensive comment I’ve ever read on this site.

    Well done.

  6. Ditto for pretty much the entire cohort of SWP/UAF/Stop The War Coalition quislings. The far left will see for themselves just how much solidarity Islamists have with them…

  7. While as a student I have to spend an irritating amount of time around those sorts of people, it’s maybe stretching a bit to say it would be an advantage if they were executed.

    Fortunately, the possibility of Britain becoming an Islamic State in any of our lifetimes is laughable.

  8. My comment was tongue in cheek.

    I hope you are right, though numerous things that would have been considered “laughable” 40 or 50 years ago have happened.

    I’m not a religious person but it is very clear to me that a mass militant atheism has gradually emerged amongst indigenous British people since the 1960s and that this has left a massive vacuum which is progressively being filled by Islam. I would not be surprised in 30 or 40 years time if the remaining minority of practising Christians haven’t given up and made common cause with Islam in some way. Devout Christianity in Europe will be practically dead when my kids are my age (they are toddlers now). I do think it is a big mistake to underestimate Islam (not just extreme Islam) in terms of its long term potential.

  9. What even in Poland, Italy or Malta? I take your point though.
    For the record, I totally disagree with Yasmin Qureshi’s comments. At least Shabana Mahmood has made it clear that she is opposed to a general boycott of Israeli goods or cultural institutions (as opposed to those of the settlements) and supports Israel’s right to exist within secure borders & defend itself. It may be that Qureshi does too but these comments are wrong. There is nothing humanitarian about fighting with ISIS or whatever they are called today (they seem to keep changing it).

  10. Religious observation in catholic Europe is declining very fast among the young generations. I was speaking to a French customer of mine about it just the other week. Together with a declining birthrate and shrinking population (=need for more immigrants) this will change the continent beyond all recognition in a few decades.

    I appreciate and agree with your views on Qureshi and Mahmood. I am not making a party political point nor am I any more than neutral on Israel.

  11. ‘At least Shabana Mahmood has made it clear that she is opposed to a general boycott of Israeli goods or cultural institutions (as opposed to those of the settlements) and supports Israel’s right to exist within secure borders & defend itself.’

    I don’t think the world has any option

    People need to undferstand that Israel today is an entirely different country to that of 1947 – the grerat demoocratic hope – and sadly the only people who see Israel for the country it truly is today are all on the fringes of politics – like George Galloway and David Duke, whose views on almost every other topic except Israel are decisively cranky

  12. A very tendentious section after “and sadly” to say the least. There are many perfectly respectable people who loathe the present Israeli government and I hardly think “cranky” is an adequate term to describe David Duke, who is a neo-Nazi even though he did manage to infiltrate the Republican Party. (Remember, even the then Republican President George H.W.Bush urged voters not to vote for him in Louisiana – advice which the electorate thankfully took.) I have heard today that Netanyahu’s ratings have plummeted – and that’s the thing about Israel. The people there can actually vote him out! And may well do. The Israeli Labour Party, goodness knows, may not be everybody’s cup of tea but it is surely a more moderate political movement than many organizations on the other side of the fence. There’s every chance that a government led by that party could win the next election in Israel. Would that change the fundamental nature of the Israeli state? No it wouldn’t. Israel is run in a rotten fashion in my opinion, but its government can be democratically voted out, and often is.

  13. I knew that my last comment would go into moderation but I hardly think that my description of a senior Klansman can be thought of as that controversial.

  14. “like George Galloway and David Duke, whose views on almost every other topic except Israel are decisively cranky”

    George Galloway’s views on Israel are very cranky. For example self-nominating Bradford an “Israeli free zone”, and the many extremely offensive comments he has made over the years.

    As your views seem to be those of a moderate pro-Palestine bent, I’m surprised you seem to self-identify with those with very extreme pro-Palestine views.

    (Personally I think George Galloway’s views on Scottish independence are his least cranky.)

  15. I’ve tried to find the original interview with Yasmin Qureshi, but can’t find any trace of it except that Breitbart article. Make of that what you will.

  16. What a random supposition – Britain an ‘Islamic State’ step away from the koolaid

  17. hmmm – Breitbart is hardly known for dispassionate & scrupulously unbiased reporting

  18. “What a random supposition – Britain an ‘Islamic State’ step away from the koolaid”

    The tendency of some liberals to try to shut down debates which they don’t like by sneering at and ridiculing people will come back and bite them on the arse some day. I appreciate very much that Barnaby and Mr Nameless don’t do this.

  19. Mocking and shutting down opponents is a rubbish way to discuss things – it makes you look bad and makes your opponent feel like they’re an oppressed victim, further entrenching their position.

    I wrote as much in an article I had published today on a recent controversy in the games industry, and was roundly condemned for it. Ah, humanity.

  20. As much as I hate to say I’m more Duke than Galloway in the sense that i see myself as an anti-israeli foremost and a pro-palestinian second, but Cameron was in good company is his refusal to condemn the Israeli pounding of Gaza

    Apart from France, nearly all democratic governments of a wide tange of shades in the western world seemed reluctant to condemn an invasion that claimed over 2,000, mostly innocent, lives.

    Comparisons with the Holocaust are way off the mark but I think it is fair to say that most Israelis today view the Palestinians in the same way as most Germans in the 1930s saw the Jews, and therein lies the problem

    Yasmin Qureshi has her work cut out. As a party Labour has almost as many pro-Israeli MPs (Laboiur Friends of Israeli etc) as the Tories, making it arguably the most pro-Israel House of Commons ever

  21. Some ideas are sneer worthy, though. Firstly the chance of Britain becoming Muslim majority is remote in and of itself before you get to the constitutional upheaval that would have to occur for Britain to become an “Islamic State” whatever you had in mind by that (Sunni, Shiite? Which of the many governments of Muslim majority countries were you thinking of?)

  22. How you can compare yourself with David Duke? I mean, really, Tim? Do you go around with a white sheet over your head?

  23. I’m not comparing myself to the vile Duke Barnaby. I’m merely commenting how depressing it is when nutters like him are the only people willing to condemn Israel for their recent massacre

    He should watch himself – I’m sure Mossad – the most efficient government killing machine since the Gestapo – has his number

  24. Thank you, Hannah point well made. H Hemeling coming across like an BNP crackpot conspiracy theorist. You can’t have an intelligent conversation about complex things happening in the world with such daft predictions or whatever you call it.

  25. No one is trying to shut down debate, you are welcome to your conspiracies and I am entitled to ridicule them.

  26. I must say there’s a lot of pointlessly charged invective being thrown around here.

  27. Yes, whilst always having vigorous debate, let’s not even faintly emulate those appalling sites where everything is personal abuse, sulphuric invective and constant and wearisome ‘ad hominem’ attacks. I had have a gutful of such sites in the past and the attraction of this site is that it isn’t usually like that.

  28. Tim I have no idea what’s come over you. Any number of people have condemned Israel’s actions not least the Labour Party’s front bench. How do you make out that David Duke is unique in his condemnations?

  29. “H Hemeling coming across like an BNP crackpot conspiracy theorist. You can’t have an intelligent conversation about complex things happening in the world with such daft predictions or whatever you call it.”

    With respect I think you’re exaggerating a bit there and taking my original tongue in cheek post out of context. But you illustrate my serious point perfectly. Anyone who expresses concerns about the creeping islamisation of European society is smeared as a BNP crackpot. This kind of attitude fuels UKIP more than any other.

  30. Labour Hold. 10,000 majority

  31. Hulton Ward By-election (caused by the death of the Lab Cllr aged 49), 18.01.18:

    Cons 1,455 49% (+17%)
    Lab 1,179 40% (+3%)
    UKIP 190 7% (-18%)
    LD 67 2% (n/c)
    Green 52 2% (-2%)

    Turnout: 29%.

    Conservative Gain from Labour.

    An interesting by-election for a number of reasons. The average age of the candidates was just 36 and the Council is unpopular. Labour’s young female Asian candidate ran a vigorous but unusual campaign, whilst there was snow on the ground here this week.

    Her A3 leaflet was headlined “Action on Travellers” and included the planned 600m metal fence to stop Irish Travellers setting up camp here again. Perhaps she was targeting the UKIP vote? In the end it seems that that went to the Tories here.

  32. I had assumed UKIP didn’t bother campaigning, but I see from elsewhere that they mentioned the Labour candidate’s house was raided by the Met’s Counter Terror Command.

    So that may explain why the Labour candidate’s ‘law and order’ campaign backfired somewhat – although not benefiting UKIP.

    [I should also point out that they were ‘after’ her father on suspicion of money laundering and funding terror groups in Pakistan and not the candidate. That really would have ended both her careers as she is employed by Lancs Constabulary!]

  33. I suspect that the general unplopularity of the Labour council & its leader will have had some impact too, and may well do in May as well.

  34. What’s wrong with the council? Is there any reason for its unpopularity?

  35. Look up Asons for a starter.

    That saga (and debacle of an investigation) followed a general feeling of alleged corruption at Bolton MBC.

  36. PT – in fact to save you time, just read p2 of the Bolton West thread as I mention the Asons’ grant with links there.

  37. Farnworth (Bolton) result:

    Farnworth & Kearsley First (FAKF) : 1,204 – 47.5% (+47.5)
    LAB: 969 – 38.2% (-10.2)
    UKIP: 169 – 6.7% (-29.7)
    CON:153 – 6.0% (-2.6)
    LDEM: 23 – 0.9% (-2.1)
    GRN: 18 – 0.7% (-2.8)

    Farnworth & Kearsley First GAIN Farnworth (Bolton) from Labour.

  38. Any indication what sort of party FKAF are? Is it just an Anyone But Labour vote?

  39. Farnworth & Kearsley First gets a mention here (which is good as often Inds get overlooked in coverage in local papers etc):

  40. PT – Sorry, only just spotted your Q. They were formed due to the neglect of Farnworth, but ultimately they want to split from Bolton Council.

    F & K First refer to ‘Fexit and Kexit’ in this regard, but the main gripes were the Labour council’s neglect of the area.

    Bolton Clowncil is also a popular Facebook page which has been highlighting expenses’ troughing by a few Labour cllrs and the apparent disproportionate funding of ethnic minority groups in the town.

  41. Bolton council is one of the biggest battlegrounds this time around I think. Were Labour to continue their losses from previous years it would be NOC but quite a few different contests going on in different wards so can’t be judged by simple Lab/Con swings. If I’ve got this right Lab have contests with F&K, Lib Dem, Con and UKIP. Most to try and hold, the UKIP one to try and gain.

    Also if it does go NOC not at all clear who would support who. Lab minority most likely as otherwise it is very rainbowy coalition.

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