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SALFORD LABOUR LANDSLIDE AS LIB DEMS PUNISHED FOR CLEGG
 

Star date: 4th May 2012

LABOUR GAINS EIGHT SEATS AS LIB DEM LEADER NORMAN OWEN DEFEATED…

A shockingly low turnout of just 26.85% saw Labour gain eight seats in the local election early this morning. The Lib Dems were completely wiped out and now hold no Salford seats, with leader Norman Owen defeated in Claremont. Labour now holds 52 out of 60 seats on the Council

Owen said that the Labour monopoly was "a sad day for the city" and blamed the "Clegg and Cameron factor". Meanwhile Salford Council Leader, John Merry, said that "the people of Salford have sent a very clear message to the Coalition Government".

Full details click here…


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As the turnout for elections in Salford gets worse, the Labour majority on the Council keeps on growing. Just 26.85% of the electorate turned out for the local election this year, compared to 33.5% last year, and gave a very clear thumbs down to the ConDem Coalition Government, with Labour taking three former Lib Dem seats and three former Tory seats.

Altogether, of the 20 seats up for grabs, Labour won 18, which included eight gains… Cadishead, Eccles and Walkden South (from the Tories); Weaste and Seedley, Langworthy and Claremont (from the Lib Dems), Irlam (from Independent) and Swinton South (from the Greens). The Tories retained seats in Worsley and Boothstown and Ellenbrook.

In Walkden South, Labour beat the Tories by just 53 votes, after a recount, while in Claremont, Lib Dem leader, `Stormin' Norman Owen, lost his seat on the Council, much to the braying delight of Labour Party members.

The slight shift to smaller parties saw them come second in a number of seats…in Broughton, Shneur Odze (UKIP) polled 829 votes to Labour's 1291; in Swinton North, Michael Moulding (Community Action Party) polled 541 votes (Labour 1336); in Swinton South, Joe O'Neill (Green Party) polled 394 votes (Labour 1072) and in Ordsall, George Tapp (Trade Union Socialist Coalition) polled 335 votes (Labour 1079).

Overall, however, it was Labour landslide, and outgoing Lib Dem leader, Norman Owen, blamed the "Clegg and Cameron factor"…

"I'm not down and out and neither is the party down and out but Clegg and Cameron have got to change their ways and start listening to the people at the grass roots" said Owen "It's the Clegg and Cameron factor. If Labour had to fight this election on their track record in this city they would not have won a seat… these people have got out of jail tonight and we have lost some great councillors. I'm blaming the Coalition per se. People have got to wake up and realise that people like me who have worked so damned hard are now going to miss the job we love doing."

Norman Owen was elected in 1999, after eleven years of trying, and helped the community's fight against unpopular regeneration projects across the whole of Central Salford, notably in Langworthy and Higher Broughton. A constant thorn in the side of the Labour Party (even coming to blows with Councillor Bill Hinds in the Civic Centre corridor at one point), both Labour Party members and councillors cheered as his defeat was read out on stage at the count.

"They don't like my style" he explained "Coming from Salford I'm in their face, they don't like it, and there's a few people very happy tonight. I hold the record for being taken to standards but that's how it goes. I will stand my ground."

Owen went on to criticise both the standard of new Labour councillors and the lack of an opposition to the ruling party.

"On a 26% turnout we have seen some councillors returned here who no way should have been elected" he said "They've got no proven track record, they don't do the job they are elected for…I have to say that the people of Salford have to wake up and smell the political coffee because there is no way that this Labour run council now will deliver the quality without a firm challenge and that's not going to happen with the Labour monopoly. It's a sad day for the city – it puts the city to shame."

After the count, the Salford Star put it to Salford Council Leader, John Merry, that the Labour monopoly of Salford Council would be unhealthy for the city.

"It's what the people want" he said.

Yes, but is it healthy?

"Look, I'm sure we'll have proper debates, with you for example, and you trying to hold the Council to account" he said "But the people have spoken and they've spoken in a very clear and democratic manner."

And the Lib Dems?

"They've been wiped out, punished for being part of the Coalition Government that's imposing the most right wing cuts for many years in Salford" he explained "We've made three gains from the Tories and three from the Lib Dems so they've all suffered tonight, and the people of Salford have sent a very clear message to the Coalition Government."

As well as Norman Owen's last stand, this could also well be John Merry's swansong, as an elected Mayor will be anointed later today. Given the result of the local election, Merry said he was optimistic about Labour mayoral candidate Ian Stewart being elected, who will decide on the current Leader's fate…

"It's up to the Mayor what my position is now" he said "We'll have to wait and see what decision he makes…"

The count for the elected Mayor of Salford begins at 11am this morning and will conclude in early afternoon. The turnout was even worse than the Local Election at 26.05%. Full details later today…

For full Local Election results click here

 

 

 

DOOM LADENHELL wrote
at 10:06:23 on 06 May 2012
Ian O'B. I could say Peelcity , as they own the place and the council - puppets , but Deadcity is preferable ,as this reflects the state of the city . A jobless, hopeless , futureless, Deadcity of poverty , despair and horror - getting much worse due to the torybastards austerity , zealously implemented by these traitorous council lapdogs . This will never change , because the electorate are too apathetic to vote for change . The few that voted would vote for a dogturd wearing a labour rosette . That's why another career -politician-turd , Stewart , got elected without any effort . He will now disappear up Peel's arse to get his instructions . The disinterested electorate , by their apathy, will change nothing .We do not have democracy as the con/lib/lab traitors all embrace Capitalism , Austerity , The Rule of the One Percent , and the Exploitation of the Masses . This must end.
 
Nachtschlepper wrote
at 10:05:43 on 06 May 2012
Alex C, wake up!
 
Ian OBrien wrote
at 20:02:12 on 05 May 2012
Doom - It isn't about criticising, it is about pointing something out mate. So you think it helps calling Salford a 'Deadcity'? What does that even mean? And where do you get off calling Salford a city of 'apathetic wasters'? Just not on at all. But if you hate it that much, cross the river and live in Moss Side or Stretford.
 
Alex C wrote
at 14:37:57 on 05 May 2012
Albert? Your language is REPULSIVE!!! Get a life GET OUT AND DO SOMETHING POSITIVE...Change THE CITY OF SALFORD FOR THE BETTER.
 
Albert wrote
at 10:23:01 on 05 May 2012
Alex C.. You arrive at the only restaurant in town. You KNOW that every item on the menu will give you the shits so bad that you will NEVER recover. What are you going to order? Wake up!! Voting is like knowing you are going to be anally raped.. but you're happy that you get to choose the brand of lube!
 
GEE B wrote
at 05:46:24 on 05 May 2012
I am 59 lived in salford all my life. salford has always voted labour as far as I can remember. There have been labour goverments and tory goverments, nothing changes in salford.labour say they are for the people yet privitise everything in sight. The council seems to manage everything, but does'nt actually run anything. they are accountable to no one, since they know they can do what ever they want,no one votes, no one cares. They employ "proffessional" who know best..tell us all what to think.what is best for our community. If you have a good idea, it is ignored but will probably re surface somewhere else as a council inspired inititive. Just because they are "proffesionls" it does'nt mean they are right. I have been to a couple of "consultations" about Issues which effect my work and my local comunity.Any objections to the council "proposals" are listened to then ignored,the "proffessionals" tow the line and act like a procession of nodding dogs ageeing to the proposals. I obviously have experienced (am) living under a tory led goverment, with them you know what to expect..The working classes are going to get shafted everytime.Labour are much more cute, smiling, telling you what you want to hear while they send the "proffessionals" to pick your pocket, close down esssencial services, cut jobs . The propaganda sceniario is then "after several consultations with stakeholders, service users etc etc etc we all agree that .....should close" the council the rubber stamp the proposal in the name of democracy The lib dems have let everyone down, when the coelition came about I was hoping the lib dems would go some way to keep the tories in check, but like the rest of them, with the first smell of the barmiads aprion they have become intoxicated with the smell of power.I suppose its what we should have expected its been so long since they have been in goverment. I am going to join everone else and go to the pub.If its still there!
 
alex c wrote
at 05:46:13 on 05 May 2012
To the DEMOCRACY BASHERS BELOW Democracy is about participation not staying at home & NOT VOTING. IF YOU WANT A BETTER SALFORD CONTRIBUTE!!!! GET INVOLVED AND VOTE LOBBY MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD!!
 
Doom - IN DEADCITY wrote
at 05:43:14 on 05 May 2012
O.B. Criticise me all you like .IRRELEVANT. I really don't give a damn . But this city is a DEADCITY . Media city is only a very small part of this immense DEADCITY . This DEADCITY has been run into the gutter by the inept council over many years . This will now get even worse with Mr Greedy in charge. The unholy triad of stewart/merry/spicer by their endeavours, will hurl this DEADCITY into Hell .
 
Winston Smith wrote
at 19:01:33 on 04 May 2012
Too right, Ian, spot on. Thanks for saving me a lot of typing (although I wouldn't write democracy off just yet, I've heard of it and I think it could be at least worth a try - the question is how to bring it about in the UK?)
 
Ex--Liebour , all traitors wrote
at 18:44:15 on 04 May 2012
So Stewart crawls in the Mayoral Money Trough .Expect the antics at the Madhouse to get much , much worse , as the Taxpayer gets shafted and ripped-off even more . Expect more secrecy , bullshit , treachery and deceit .Expect more piss and waffle from obscene-salaried Spicy [ Well respected ? I bust a rib , laughing . Stewart should connect with the despairing electorate more]. Just another £100,000. of OUR money tossed away on a tosspot politician . I really despair . Apathy rules in this Deadcity . Would have been better electing Al Capone and his gangsters .
 
Winston Smith wrote
at 18:43:48 on 04 May 2012
IT'S OFFICIAL! SALFORD IS ADDICTED TO VOTING LABOUR! I suppose the silver lining is that Salford voters don't get the chance to choose surgeons or jumbo jet pilots...
 
Ian OBrien wrote
at 18:43:41 on 04 May 2012
Doom Wrote.....well, hardly worth repeating this infantile summation of things. Much less this crappy 'deadcity' moniker he is desperately hoping will catch on. It won't. Not so much because parts of the city are not, in fact, dying; rather because it is just rubbish, mate. I know for a fact you don't work in marketing. Now hush up and let the grown ups talk. First of all this low turn out is actually a triumph for common sense. It indicates clearly that people are finally waking up to the intergenerational con of 'democracy'. Now that the tabloid sleaze press has been reigned in to some degree, and that politicians on all sides have proven themselves again and again to be nothing but Tories under the skin, filling their boots and raping public finances, people are finally showing that they are beginning to realise there is no point taking part. As Emma Goldman said, way back in the 19th century: 'if voting changed anything, they'd make it illegal'. Finally we poor sheep, baffled by lying tabloids and bamboozled by lying politicians, are beginning to see it. I count this low turnout as a victory, not apathy. I refused to vote myself. The day I heard Jeremy Hunt in the house of commons saying that he had behaved with 'decency' and 'integrity', and knowing he and his cronies would never, ever be held accountable for their massive fraud - that was the day I swore I would never vote again, not for any of the thieving, lying, self serving bastards. I like to think this nationally low turnout (nationally Doom) is proof that others are beginning to deal themselves out of this silly game too. A much over used phrase is "Democracy may not be perfect, but it is the best we have got'. Great. So, we settle for something which we know to be broken just because it is a bit better than something else which is broken? There are no degrees of being fucked on a global scale. Good truly is the enemy of best here. As for Mr Owen. All I can say is that he backed the wrong horse in a race of wrong horses. It is no good bleating about Cameran and Clegg. There are a shitload of Lib Dems down in London. Those self same parasites are as spineless as Clegg and as morally bankrupt as Cameran. Not a one of them has made any serious attempt at stopping the horrors these Tories have thrust upon us. Not a one of them has shown that their principles weigh more than their fat arses and walked out of the house. None of them have said - this isn't what we signed up for. If it continues, we go!! They have all carried on taking their fat pay packet, running up their expense accounts, and more than likely enjoying two homes while the people of Britain suffer fuel poverty, food poverty, and a grinding, heartless, poverty of spirit. Mr Owen. Is it the job you love whichyou will miss, or just the gravy train? I do not come here to cast aspersions on your character sir, but it is all too easy to point the finger and say - it was him! That is all the two main parties ever do and nobody believes them for a minute. What do you think makes you any different? The people of Britain, and the people of Salford are sick to death of bleating, lying, piss poor excuse making local and central government figures. You have all milked us for lifetimes. You will continue to milk us for lifetimes to come. I say leave them to vote for each other. When they are doing that the people of Britain will finally see what a sham it has all been and maybe, just maybe, take to the streets and start all over again. Maybe this time we can build on past mistakes and come up with something that actually works for the majority of people on the planet, not just the one per cent!!
 
alex c wrote
at 18:41:45 on 04 May 2012
The people of Salford are doomed with a continuation of LABOUR waste year after year bu at less than 27% bothered t VOTE. JUST DESSERTS I'M AFRAID. So all the moaners get off your backsides and VOTE!!
 
... wrote
at 18:36:39 on 04 May 2012
74% don't want a say - then they get what they've asked for!
 
Winston Smith wrote
at 10:00:26 on 04 May 2012
74% of people stayed away and effectively did vote, with their feet. You can't blame them, voting only makes sense in a democracy...which we're unlikely to ever get in this country.
 
Albert wrote
at 09:30:31 on 04 May 2012
74% of the people of Salford have made their views perfectly clear ... NONE OF YOU are worthy of a vote!
 
Doom wrote
at 09:30:22 on 04 May 2012
The 'people have spoken' ? Well the 26% who bothered to crawl out of bed did . No wonder this city is in this disgraceful state of neglect , decay and abandon . A complete and utter farce . Time this city of apathetic wasters woke up and smelled the coffee , but it's far too late now . Slumber on , you apathetic fools , as the Clowncil Cretins continue to wreck this Deadcity , with impunity .
 
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