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Star date: 7th May 2010 

GENERAL ELECTION FEVER ENSURES SALFORD LANDSLIDE FOR LABOUR

"It's obviously been a terrible day for the Liberal Democrats but a brilliant day for us…our best result for at least a decade…" John Merry, Leader Salford City Council

There was shock, horror, delight and disbelief in Salford today as the Labour Party made three gains in the hard core Lib Dem strongholds of Swinton South, Weaste and Seedley, and Claremont which went to a recount.

Salford's ruling party held onto all the seats it was defending as the General Election fear of the Tories gaining power nationally was translated into votes for local Labour candidates…

For all the local election day drama click here…


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After the slow all nighter of the General Election count at Buile Hill High, noon today saw the quick fire destruction of any hopes for Labour being ousted as Salford's ruling party. It was basically a two hour slaughter of all opposition, the fall out from the same voters' angst that was determined to keep the Tories out of power nationally. And the same `x' factor that kept Hazel Blears as Salford MP

Normally local elections in Salford bring out virtually no voters at all. In 2008, for instance, Ordsall and Little Hulton drew a turnout of just over 23% each, while Langworthy hit the dizzy heights of almost 25%. Today's count at Fit City Eccles showed that these three wards almost doubled those figures, a by product of the large General Election turnout. And it benefitted the Labour Party no end.

The Lib Dems had hoped to oust the likes of councillor John Warmisham in Langworthy who had a majority of just 132, and had refused to resign for his part in the Children's Services scandal. But he romped home with an increased majority of 677.

Instead it was the Lib Dems themselves whose strongholds were pillaged. In Weaste and Seedley, councillor John Deas increased his vote by nearly 700 but was still squeezed out by Labour's Ronnie Wilson who now has a 261 majority.

"Obviously I am disappointed, but the electorate have spoken and I have to abide by their decision, that's democracy" said John Deas "My personal vote increased from four years ago, but unfortunately the Labour vote increased by more and overtook mine. I will now spend some time in quiet reflection and decide on next steps."

And there was drama at the Claremont counting table when the result went to a re-count, standing Lib Dem councillor Mary Ferrer losing out by a mere 54 votes to Labour's Sareda Dirir.

In Swinton South, ex Lib Dem councillor Joe O'Neill stood as an Independent. But his personal vote and the official Lib Dem vote was split, allowing Labour's Howard Balkind to slip through the middle and take the seat.

Elsewhere, the Tories were so panicked that they whooped with delight when they managed to hang onto their two councillors in Walkden South (by 211 votes) and Worsley.

Meanwhile Labour comfortably held onto all its seats that were up for re-election, allowing Salford City Council Leader John Merry to claim "a vote of confidence in our policies by the people of this city."

He added: "You might argue it was because of the General Election but I would argue that it is as a result of the policies that we're carrying out in this city. People have been given a chance to judge us and the fact remains that the ordinary people of Salford have now spoken and I hope you'll accept that we've got a mandate for the policies that we carry out.

"People of the wards have come out in their hundreds and thousands to vote for a party that they believe will potentially support them - and I'm sure the Salford Star will hold us to account to make sure that we do…"

You can see all the results of the Salford Local Election 2010 here

 


 

Cath Connett wrote
at 18:45:53 on 10 May 2010
I am saddened to hear Mary Ferrer has lost her seat in Claremont. She has been a passionate community activist for around a quarter of a century! Long before she became a councillor. Being the caring woman that she is, no doubt she will continue helping our community under her own steam. I do hope so. Thank you Mary, from myself and my family and neighbours. You always got things done for us, were always accessible to us and caring and helpful - and cheerful. Very efficient. Helpful to all members of your community, regardless of who they voted for. We are all richer for having had you on 'our side' and the poorer that you are no longer our local councillor. Thank you. Cath Connett (Irlams o'th' Height)
 
David Henry wrote
at 20:28:02 on 08 May 2010
Overall - very disappointing results for the Local Elections in Salford this year. I have mixed thoughts depending on the ward and the individuals concerned rather than the parties. This result does demonstrate that to have an opportunity to succeed in this so called democracy at any level one must adhere to the big party brands, requiring individuals to sacrifice their principles, and the needs of their electors. The biggest result that left me disheartened was the loss of an excellent independent councillor in Swinton South - Joe O'Neill. I'm certain we've not seen the last of him, or at least I sincerely hope not! :)
 
Mark Armstrong wrote
at 14:31:04 on 08 May 2010
I suppose that we have to wait and suffer one year of Labour party cockups at SCC, looking forward to the next local.
 
ant wrote
at 12:26:18 on 08 May 2010
I to make sure is a sad day for Claremont when we see a true community activist such as Mary Ferrar lose her seat to a brand which has the resources and the cash to win.Mary was an instrumental part in the successful campaign to save Salford Womens Centre, she has worked tirelessly for her ward,has integrity which is sadly lacking in many ward counsillors,most importantly she cares. I wish her successor well and hope she can prove herself to be worthy to fill the shoes of Cllr Ferrar
 
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