LABOUR swept to victory in wards across Leigh.
The party won all but one seat, which was taken by Independent Councillor Norman Bradbury for Atherton.
One of the eight seats won back was in Tyldesley, where Stephen Hellier took the ward from the Liberal Democrats
He said: “I’m delighted that I have been elected, all the hard work starts now and I can assure the people of Tyldesley, whether they voted for me or not, they will have a committed and hard working councillor.”
Leigh West Councillor Myra Whiteside held onto her Labour seat as a massive front-runner, gaining more than 1,500 more votes than her opponents.
She will become deputy mayor later this month. Coun Whiteside said: “I am so very grateful to have been elected by the people that voted for me, I love this job and I enjoy helping the people of my ward.
“I will become deputy mayor that is an honour and privilege to me.”
In his first election since defecting from Labour last year, Norman Bradbury has been re-elected, but this time as an Independent ward councillor.
He said: “I have now been legitimately elected as an Independent councillor.
“I plan to bring back democracy and keep on campaigning for Atherton Town Council, and I hope that, before my next election happens, the people have spoken.”
Peter Franzen, former leader of the opposition, was not successful in the Golborne, Lowton West ward.
With more than double his votes, the seat was won by new Labour candidate, Stuart Keane, who replaces Mark Klieve, who after four years is retiring from council due to a job promotion.
Coun Keane said: “I have been thinking about becoming a councillor for a long time, I just want to carry on the great work that councillors Ged Bretherton and Mark Klieve have been doing.”
Council leader Lord Peter Smith said: “We have had a great night in Leigh, winning all but one seat. The results across the borough are great, although there are one or two blips which we will sort out. Generally speaking, we are pleased.”