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Labour whitewash in council elections

Lib Dems blame national coalition for hammering

Written by . Published on May 6th 2011.


Labour whitewash in council elections

LABOUR won every single seat in Manchester’s council elections as the Lib Dems took a hammering, leading their group leader Simon Ashley, to claim they’d been ‘punished’ for being in national government.

 “The people have spoken and we have to listen,” he said. “Labour have had their best possible night but they shouldn’t get too used to it."

Labour took all 33 seats up for election, as the Lib Dems were left with nothing, and as well as Ashley, who lost Gorton South, the party also lost former Lord Mayor Alison Firth in Withington after 28 years as a councillor, and John Commons in Levenshulme.

Ashley said: "This is a terrible night for the Lib Dems in Manchester and seemingly in many big northern big cities. Many good Lib Dem Councillors have lost their seats because we have been punished for being in national government.

"I have no regrets about our local campaign. Both myself and my father before me have served as a councillor for Gorton South ward for 19 years. It has been an honour."

Paul Shannon, deputy leader of the Lib Dem group, said the defeat sent a ‘clear message’ to the coalition government. “The people have spoken and we have to listen,” he said. “Labour have had their best possible night but they shouldn’t get too used to it.

“We will regroup and do our best to make sure this never happens again. Our record of local work was swamped by the national tidal wave.”

Council leader Sir Richard Leese said: “We’ve had a lot of very good, hard-working candidates but this is clearly a verdict of the Manchester people on the coalition government and what I think they believe is betrayal by the Lib Dems within that coalition.”

The Lib Dems still hold 20 of the 96 council seats in Manchester, but the result gives Labour its biggest majority in more than 25 years - indeed they hold all the other seats apart from one held by an independent. 

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DescartesMay 6th 2011.

Anyone that voted Labour to 'send a message' to Nick Clegg is a unabashed and absolute fucking idiot. Seriously, let's forget how Manchester is run, forget what we need/want/get from our council; let's stick it to Cleggy because not enough of us voted for him to give the Lib Dems the MP's they needed to really do something in Parliament.

I'm almost in favour of some sort of exam to make sure only those that are politically informed are able to vote, nothing good will happen in this country whilst such tit for tat voting goes on.

AnonymousMay 6th 2011.

It's understandable this but troubling. Manchester is now a complete one party state.

AnonymousMay 6th 2011.

How is it understandable?

TheaMay 8th 2011.

I agree with Descartes.

"The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter." — Winston Churchill

Duke FameMay 10th 2011.

It's a shame that voters don't look beyond the colour of the rosette. Looking at the reactions of the Labour council's to the budget streamlining and their rather strang prioritisation of services, voters must be stupid to vote in Labour councillors.

I for one would like to see more independant councillors or local groups like the Heal Green ratepayers who just do what is right and look to deliver good value for money to ratpayers.

MCC seems to have too many egotistical town clerks who seem to take far more money out for themselves than they ever could demand in the real world.

wasted voteMay 10th 2011.

Atalanta, Descartes, is that a sign of how educated we are then?

How about introducing council league tables to monitor stupidity of their electorate (by borough)? Similar to schools. The English like this sort of thing...

AnonymousMay 11th 2011.

its a case of morons voting in morons im afraid from what i can gather, working class or middle class!! Mr Leese can only get away with playing the blame game for so long until most of the city is privatised or tendered out and people start REALLY paying for services whether its a Youth club or a Surestart centre Leese favours big business and tourism over frontline essential services you can tell this the way hes interpreted the cuts, it says as much, other cuts could have been made more thoughtfully he knew they were coming, but the rush job happened and now ordinary residents are left to mop up their incompetent mess made. charming. It may not be a bad thing that its all labour, it just means ordinary people will have to start attending scrutiny committees and members executive committee meetings held regularly at the Town Hall and reading minutes on the http://www.manchester.gov.uk site.....theyve been warned! hhahahah

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