Star date: 21st June 2013


Labour romped home in the Weaste and Seedley local by-election last night, polling almost double the vote of its nearest UKIP challenger. The Conservative Party came third and the Greens came fourth.

The turnout was just 19.91%, or 1,778 total votes out of a possible 8,932.

Full result here…


Paul Wilson Labour Party 785
Glyn Wright UKIP 401
Adam Kennaugh Conservative Party 260
Mary Ferrer Green Party 80
Kay Pollitt BNP 74
Matt Simpson Independent 64
Valerie Kelly Liberal Dems 58
Terry Simmons TUSC 30
Alan Valentine Independent 15

Electorate: 8,932
Votes cast: 1,778
Turnout: 19.91%
Majority: 384
Void votes: 11
Status: Labour hold

Kenneth w mckelvey wrote
at 4:42:26 AM on Sunday, August 25, 2013
To all the UKIP supporters I must admit I am totally against unlimited Immigration /o me personally it is madness/ .First the UK has not got the infrastructure for that many people/ Schools Houses Jobs Health Care Etc//.But and it is a big But the UK Badly needs a sustainable Number of immigrants.People only have to look at our Health Services to see how much we need them/.Those that are now here should be made welcome and will eventually mould into our ways./The last thing immigration needs is a load of Ranters and Ravers Screeming abuse. I can see UKIPs point and Agree with them. But Immigrants are needed that is a fact.Salford and the UK in general was built and sustained by Immigrants.
Kenneth w mckelveyI wrote
at 11:29:38 AM on Saturday, August 24, 2013
I am not that interested in National Partys at local level/.Fell out with Labour the way labour handled the regeneration programme at local level/ and at National level the needless war with Iraq/.Joined the lib dems to try to get some social justice for Salfordians/I found the lib dems decent people not as organised as labour but that I think was due to lack of financial clout ./But were all totally against salfordians getting robbed blind on the true value of their homes by Salfords labour council/ Who had let certain areas become run down by the councils gross neglect.Cleaning/ Bin Collections/Policing etc/For a time we had a council acting like RACHMAN. // For the younger element Rachman was a gangster landlord in London.
Referee wrote
at 7:22:29 AM on Saturday, August 24, 2013
Ding, ding, round 2 is scheduled for Thursday 10 October 2013. Will we once again see Labour flooding the area with door knockers begging for your vote? Dam right we will. http://www.salford.gov.uk/by-elec-wands.htm
Mr Cameron wrote
at 12:27:44 PM on Sunday, June 23, 2013
Although Labour won I have had pleasure in the knowledge that they have had to actually start working for votes, they were VERY worried by the UKIP vote and sent all the troops into the area flooding it with leaflets and door knocking. Trouble is they can't repeat this next May when 20 wards will be up for grabs and that is when they will get a good kick up the arse, so relax people their time will come.
yoU Know Its Perfect wrote
at 8:16:09 AM on Sunday, June 23, 2013
for the first time in years i've had tory leaflets and campaigners at my door. It looks as though the alledged sweetheart deal between the tories and the libdems whereby whoever won or came second in a seat the other party wouldn't campaign.so one of them had a chance of beating labour with combined tory and libdem votes ,the only reason I can see for the tories to campaign is to keep the UKIP vote down,as they know they've no chance of winning the seat
Ex Lib Dem wrote
at 5:56:33 AM on Saturday, June 22, 2013
@Mary, to preserve my anonymity, which allows me to stick the boot in to Labour when they cock up, without getting kicked out, I reserve the right not to list what I do in my community, and indeed the wider Salford, suffice to say it is a lot, and benefits all sections of society. That said, the help I have had from some of the Assistant Mayors that I have asked for support to enable me to do more in the community, has been zero. I stand by what I say, I don't particularly like paying my subs to Labour, but party opposition is dead in Salford, and it's the only way I can get a voice and hold people to account. I'm not the only one either, there's a growing band, mainly ex lib dems.
mary ferrer wrote
at 12:19:26 AM on Saturday, June 22, 2013
Ex Lib Dem I stayed with the lib dems after the collision out of respect for the members of the Salford group, who for over god knows how many years had fought to get where they were, before Nick went with the conservatives. I may as you put it"rant on here" but I also work within my community and have done for years. May I ask you, what have or are you doing Ex Lib Dem for your community, other than joining the Labour party and calling people names
joe oneill wrote
at 12:19:22 AM on Saturday, June 22, 2013
To wrote what part of weaste do you live in. I walked it and hand delivered while working four days a week unlike Labour creaming of your expenses. By the way try reading a manifesto or policy statements only Labour peddle the windmill on cars line. Where did your vote go?20% vote allowing one more Labour sheep in to follow the word of stewart Lets hope the other 80% do regret it.
Salford Star wrote
at 12:19:10 AM on Saturday, June 22, 2013
See wrote's comment below...Calling people `cretins, bastards and bitches' ain't going to get your comments printed on here. Neither is the Salford Star a platform for extreme right wing parties. So to you and others who are trying to use this site to incite violence, push over the top insults and racism, push blatant lies or blatantly promote fascists - go start your own website where you can spout your tripe all night in the comfort of your own no-hits heaven. To everyone else, please try to stick to the subject of the articles on which you're commenting, rather than slagging each other off. We try to give as much free speech as possible but there are limits.
at 12:07:22 AM on Saturday, June 22, 2013
Four postings of ours are not displayed. So much for the Salford Star's independence. Are you in Salford Clowncil's grubby pockets , like everything else in this rotton , dead city ?
at 4:35:35 PM on Friday, June 21, 2013
@Joe Oneill, never saw the greens in the area, maybe the batteries ran out on the car so could not make it, lets get back to fossil fuel and nuclear energy before lights go out, that's the problem with the greens to air fairy, before you know it we'll all be riding around with wind mills strapped to the top of our electric cars, on challenging labour or any other party probably not in my life time, and on the mail, it's got something the greens would die for and that's a following. and on using your own money, short campaign was it.probably why I didn't see a leaflet
Joe Oneill wrote
at 2:43:31 PM on Friday, June 21, 2013
I really love to sit and read the ramblings of Mr Felse and the UKIP supporters following like sheep the Daily mail and of course the lazy sods far happier sitting over a key board than getting their arses on the street, but we are in for the ride using our own cash to highlight labours failings. So my message to you all writing on the site will never beat labour only getting on the street and doing the work.
beige beret wrote
at 2:43:26 PM on Friday, June 21, 2013
@Fed up in Salford. I completely agree with what you say about the apathy. It's so disheartening. Ok so we don't want riots like those of 2 years ago which were just mindless but come on we have to do something. People will moan and groan but expect someone else to act! @cant believe it. The lights went out in Salford a long time ago I think.
Ex Lib Dem wrote
at 2:43:04 PM on Friday, June 21, 2013
Then Mary, consign yourself to ranting on here with the rest of the nut jobs, as you will get nowhere. Where were your principles when you jumped from Lib Dem to Green? Same place as mine?
not a brain dead labour voter wrote
at 2:41:57 PM on Friday, June 21, 2013
@Matt Simpson, no disrespect to you or the other candidates, but then again I probably did in my last comment, the only way your going to make it politically is with a large political party with the financial backing to go with it, which as an independent you have not got, lets suppose you would have got in, what impact do you think you would have had on labours monopoly within the council, none I would think, and that is no disrespect to you, that would happen to any independent or small party, how would you have opposed labour on issues you did not like in meetings, you would have said your objection on an issue, they would have ignored you then voted along party lines, this would have gone on for the duration of your term, you'd have got pissed off, resigned or not stud again or some new labour candidate would have come along in the next election and say how ineffective you was as a councillor, you could not get anything done be cause you had no influence, because of labour stitching you up, you go down as a one term councillor, which would not be your fault. this election there was to many hands in the biscuit barrel and not enough biscuits to go around, the only way labour is going to get kick out of Salford in elections is by people voting tactically and in this case that was ukip they was the strongest of the opposition, if all the people who voted against labour voted tactically for ukip labour would have lost, this is why labour love it when they see all those names on the ballot paper they love a multi split vote, it guarantees them a win, one negative I would say about all the candidates was the leaflets, to many pictures and not enough information on how this labour council is spending our money on daft projects i.e. Salford reds, bridges, fountains, you have to stick the knife in a bit more, but hats off to you matt, you got off your arse and tried to make a difference, pity the rest of weaste and seedley couldn't have took ten minutes of there time to vote and to make that difference, I think the only way that is going to make people realise how valuable voting is, is when they start losing their freedoms and their rights, by then it might be to late, we'll probably end up with a one party state.@ Ex Lib Dem, know where your coming from, just hate the thought of putting money into labour coffers.@ michael false, is that chocolate on your face or have been kissing labour arse again.
Fat End Of The Wedge wrote
at 2:40:26 PM on Friday, June 21, 2013
Very sad state of affairs. I have voted in every election I've ever been able to since I was old enough, whether it be local, national or europe. I have voted for various parties in that time, but NEVER Labour. But I agree to an extent with the sentiments of 'Fed up in Salford' - I would vote Labour if it had the same values as 100 years ago but definitely not now.
Matt Simpson wrote
at 10:54:08 AM on Friday, June 21, 2013
NABDLV, Can you explain why having a range of people who all represent different sections of society makes them Mickey Mouse candidates? The people who did vote went with who they best thought represented them, if they only had the choice of UKIP or Labour, the turnout would have been even lower. I think the apathy shown is from the widely held feeling of "they're all as bad as each other" which i heard from many of the 900+ people i actually spoke to in the last 4 weeks. I'm less disappointed by my vote count than i am by the 7000 people who think the system is pointless.
mary ferrer wrote
at 10:54:01 AM on Friday, June 21, 2013
Ex Lib Dem. I am sorry, but hell would freeze over before I would join Labour. I do have some principles. Be their members be 20 or 80. I have seen the workings or should I say none workings of the YOUNGER end of our Labour Councillors and take it from me they are bloody useless.When I first became a community activist some 30 years ago, the then council was full of old farts. But now there are more as you put it under 50 and there is no change. They are doing what they want and at the end of the day its all down to the electorate. some who couldn't be bothered to go and vote or the ones who feel because their great-grandad voted Labour they have to the same. So Sorry the Labour party are quite safe,I won't be putting my name forward to become a member. I will be fighting tooth and nail in the next 12 months for Claremont as a member of the Green Party
Michael Felse wrote
at 10:52:50 AM on Friday, June 21, 2013
Excellent Result Labour. My Congratulations, by far the best campaign team. Planning, Preparation and Pounding the message to the end has proven Salford has nothing to fear from those not able to combine any significant opposition team effort.
Fed up in Salford wrote
at 9:44:21 AM on Friday, June 21, 2013
I'm absolutely disgusted with the voter apathy, how is anything going to change in salford if people can't be bothered to vote. Maybe if there was a free bar at the polling station all the lazy layabouts would have voted! My husband and I did a 12 hour shift and still voted, not that it made much difference as Labour always get in - why I don't know? I would vote Labour if it had the same values as 100 years ago but definitely not now.
Ex Lib Dem wrote
at 9:43:50 AM on Friday, June 21, 2013
Which goes to show that for all the shouting and ranting people like Mary and Salford Star do, it makes not one bit of difference. I actually joined the Labour Party to make a difference as I was told its the only way in Salford, and I believe that, if enough of us join and get votes we can kick out our useless politicians and maybe put people in place that know what they are doing. It isn't all doom and gloom we do have a lot of younger (below 50) councillors that are voicing discontent, we just need more of them! Party Opposition in Salford is dead, which is a bad thing. The Tories are just in it for their own little areas. I would say to people like Mary et al, switch to Labour and make a difference, it will certainly sting for a while (it did, and does with me), but at least I'm trying to change from within.
J.D. wrote
at 9:42:21 AM on Friday, June 21, 2013
protest vote spread too thin. I can see UKIP gaining seats next year if they field 20 candidates. I am very disappointed with the turnout
salfordresident wrote
at 9:42:07 AM on Friday, June 21, 2013
UKIP on the rise, thats even without them even sending 1 leaflet through people's doors. Thats without much promotion from UKIP. I dont recall seeing anyone from UKIP pounding the streets such as Labour were in their GANG on several occasions. UKIP - if you read this, take my advice and visit the youth of Salford. Many dont see the point in voting, this is a FACT. The young people of Salford have been let down and demonised by bandits within Labour and the council. 2015 - is time for change, change for the better.
Paul Gerrard wrote
at 3:49:14 AM on Friday, June 21, 2013
Another resounding Labour win? Don't think so. Labour got a real scare from UKIP and I've never seen them look so worried or work so hard. There was only a 5% reduction in turnout (from 25% 2012 to 20% yesterday) yet they lost 37% of their votes. In % terms the Tories actually did slightly better than last year! UKIP took Labour votes, not Tory ones. Mary Ferrer fought last year as a Lib Dem supporter of the Coalition and won 424, yesterday the LibDems got 58. Even the BNP lost 63% of their votes from last time (197 down to 74). TUSC against Cuts, standing for the first time, made a small dent - but there were 80% who didn't vote because of disgust with the establishment parties - just wait till they find their voice.
Can't belive it wrote
at 3:48:33 AM on Friday, June 21, 2013
Will the last person to leave Salford please turn out the lights.
not a brain dead labour voter wrote
at 3:48:18 AM on Friday, June 21, 2013
people of salford just pathetic,we deserve the crap we get. on labour 785 out of 8932 labour have nothing to crow about. if this had been a two horse race between ukip and labour we might have had a change, just as usual to many mickey mouse candidates, also the postal voting system needs to be looked at, to easily to corrupt, people should be made to vote in person unless you are disabled, to stop this from happening. seems the lib-dems are dead as a party.
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