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Manchester Elections

It was never going to be a disastrous night for the Labour Party in Manchester...

Published on May 5th 2006.


Manchester Elections

The morning after the night beforeā€¦ Results in, Tories still out.

It was never going to be a disastrous night for the Labour Party in Manchester. Manchester City Council elections actually bucked the national trend with Labour gaining four more seats from the Lib Dems.

Despite intensive PR trips to the North West by Dave ‘the Chameleon’ Cameron and Ming ‘the Merciful’ Campbell, Manchester remained a city red to the core. It was, however, a valiant effort from the Tory leader in his attempt to break into the Northern cities again and enable himself to dream that us 'up North' actually don’t see the Tories as an out-of-touch bunch of Boris Johnson look-a-likes.

Labour faced a tough campaign despite holding Manchester City Council for donkeys. Voters across the country have been hostile to the bad press received by some of the cheating weaselry at the top. To be honest, politics has in general been dragged through the mud over this last few months.

Cameron tried his luck in dissuading disillusioned Labour reds and demobalised Lib Dem yellows from voting by means of a ‘charm’ offensive (offensively charming more like!). Unfortunately for him, he didn’t manage to make voters ‘go green by voting blue’. I guess he aimed for some sort of turquoise effect. Politicians do talk rubbish sometimes…

The council election results are as follows: Labour took 61 seats in the council; Lib Dems lose 4 to end up on 34; and the Greens keep their solitary seat.

However, Labour can’t afford to look smug! With Foreign prisoners on the loose, Ministers being heckled, and Prescott drawing a recent, unflattering to say the least, comparison to a cocktail sausage – a reshuffle is already underway.

At the moment I’m watching Charles Clarke get sacked, Blackburn MP Jack Straw get demoted, Prescott lose his department and credibility (er… again) and Graham Stringer, MP for Manchester Blackley, telling the BBC that Tony Blair ‘cant take decisions at the right time’.

It’s all very exciting, but in terms of the Manchester local elections there were no alarms, and no surprises.

Robert Day

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