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LIB DEM TOTAL MELTDOWN IN SALFORD
 

Star date: 6th May 2011 

FIVE GAINS FOR LABOUR IN SALFORD AS LIB DEMS AND TORIES LOSE SEATS…

Labour won five new seats in Salford as the Lib Dem vote completely collapsed in last night's local elections.

The Lib Dems lost the two seats they were defending in Claremont and Swinton South, and came bottom of the poll in eight wards out of twenty as the Nick Clegg factor swept Salford. The Tories also lost two seats, in Cadishead and Eccles, while Independent councillor Geoff Ainsworth lost his seat to Labour in Weaste and Seedley.

Lib Dem leader, Norman Owen said "The clear message to us is that the Liberal Democrats are taking the flak for this coalition"…

Full story and photos here…


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Voters deserted the Lib Dems in absolute droves yesterday as the party fronted nationally by Nick Clegg was left with just three councillors out of sixty serving on Salford Council.

The Lib Dems were defending seats in Claremont and Swinton South and lost both to Labour, coming a distant fourth in Swinton South, behind the Tories and Greens.

In eight out of the twenty wards where candidates were standing, the Lib Dems came bottom of the poll, getting just 94 votes out of over 2,500 cast in Cadishead, 94 votes out of almost 2,400 in Irlam, and 116 votes out of over 2,400 in Walkden North. It was a shocking showing that had many Lib Dems walking out of the count way before the results were announced at 3am this morning. 

"I'm sad to say we've lost some excellent councillors and not just here in Salford but nationally the clear message to us is that it's the Liberal Democrats are taking the flak for this coalition" said Salford Lib Dem Leader, Norman Owen

"We have taken some very hard decisions as part of the coalition" he added "And I am proud to be the leader of the Liberal Democrats in Salford. The Liberal Democrats are not going to go away overnight…"

Elsewhere the Tories lost seats in Cadishead and Eccles as the Cameron factor kicked in. Conservative Leader, Karen Garrido was unrepentant, saying "It ain't going to be easy but as long as we stand with our heads up and say that David Cameron is doing the right thing we'll be alright…We've been here before and got back into government."

The big Labour gains even surprised Salford Council Leader John Merry, who in his platform speech had talked of the "nasty and vindictive government" and how he intended to campaign "until we rid ourselves of this government that doesn't care a damn about the people who live here".

Talking after his closing speech John Merry said "I was surprised how strongly we polled, even in Tory areas – I thought we would make gains but I didn't expect five gains…obviously the Lib Dem vote has collapsed."

The Labour Leader was also pleased with the dismal BNP vote which saw only one of the party's five candidates scrape over the 200 vote mark.

"I'm obviously very pleased about the BNP vote" he added "They said they would come second in Irwell Riverside and they finished fourth with a totally pathetic share of the vote."

UKIP, standing in fifteen out of the twenty seats up for election, also failed to make any inroads, Paul Doyle pulling 368 votes and third place in Eccles being its best showing.

The smaller parties failed to make many gains at all as a result of the Lib Dem collapse, although for the Greens, Joe O'Neill came third in Swinton South polling a more than respectable 481 votes, and in Swinton North, Reg Howard more than doubled his vote from last year's election to come third.

Outside the three main parties, the big surprise of the evening was in Ordsall where George Tapp, standing for TUSC (Trade Union and Socialist Coalition) took second place out of five candidates.

"It says a lot about the Labour Party not walking the streets and doing the job they were elected for" he said "This gives us more encouragement to stand candidates elsewhere and next year we'll be doubling our vote. With a little bit more work we're going to come first."

John Merry paid tribute to George Tapp, an ex-Labour councillor who quit the Party when Tony Blair took the leadership…

"I respect George and he got a very good personal vote but the Labour Party got a lot more" he said "I'm not trying to crow about us beating candidates from the left, what I am crowing about is the collapse of the Lib Dem vote and the Tories votes going down as well.

"I don't particularly like arguing with people on the left" he added "So hopefully we can see what we can do to unite the forces and see how we can work together to bring the Government down."

For full Salford Local Election results click here

Update 6th May 2011 - Salford AV VOTE

Salford voted against AV by 37,373 to 16,601 votes

69.24% against

30.76% in favour


* The average turnout for this year's local election was just 33.5%

Main photo shows Lib Dem candidates Steve Middleton and Bernard Carson

Photos (apart from result announcement photos) by Steven Speed

mary ferrer wrote
at 23:40:52 on 08 June 2011
Just for the record Geoff Ainsworth has not been a member of the Lib Dems for over 2 years. He stood this time as the Independent candidate but he is a paid up member of the Labour party, well he was a few weeks ago they may have given him the boot by now.
 
mark williams wrote
at 16:00:04 on 08 June 2011
geof ainsworth is nout but a behind the back shit house the sort of person who betrays , good job norman is in charge of this puppet ,
 
Brian Francis Kirkham wrote
at 12:56:40 on 13 May 2011
Here's an Idea for the newly elected executive and opposition.Pick up a copy of some of Mr Tapp's election leaflets. It'll be hard reading for Labour and Conservative Councillors alike. Instead of playing politics this year, work with your electorate. Don't just pour cash into schemes in the well-to-do areas. Do what you were elected for, getting the best for the people of Salford!
 
Paul Gerrard wrote
at 16:30:30 on 09 May 2011
Andy Behan, the TUSC candidate in Langworthy, has spelt it out - Labour are mired in cuts and it will only get worse next year. Details of this year's cuts are only now emerging - the reduction in hours for security guards in Salford's tower blocks, for example. Are we to witness a return to the madness of the 1980s with fires, dog fights etc in empty flats when the guards go off duty? There will be even deeper Labour cuts next year if they will not challenge the Coalition. John Merry needs to stop patronising George Tapp whose vibrant campaign in Ordsall cannot be written off as a 'personal following', but is the increasingly clear voice of working people betrayed by Labour. Thanks to those who have written encouraging comments about TUSC - we meet next this Thursday 12th May, 7.00 pm, at Pendleton Bowling Club, and you would be very welcome. Paul Gerrard, TUSC election agent
 
Dave ex-labour thanks to blair and kinnock wrote
at 13:46:40 on 08 May 2011
Well said Andrew .This smug labour gang arrogantly expect to be re-elected because of the lethargy of the politically naive electorate .They assume Salford is a safe labour seat . It was , under traditional Labour , not this gang of turncoat traitors . George Tapp saw the truth when Bliar, the child of thatcher ,was unfortunately selected as leader . A truly sad day .I sincerely hope the TUSC will challenge this smug labour gang at every opportunity , as they zealously implement the dirty work of their thatcherite torycon bastard masters ,whilst squeaking 'it's not us , it's the government .'Heard it all before . Fight on TUSC ,we need you to replace this useless labour gang .
 
Derek wrote
at 13:44:50 on 08 May 2011
Steve Middleton & Bernard Carson look like they're waiting for Godot! I suppose all Lib Dems are.
 
andrew behan langworthy candidate wrote
at 10:16:53 on 08 May 2011
Mr Merry of course you got more votes than TUSC and it is not irrelevent but you surely have to admit if you did not use Virtual Phonebank through membersnet to contact people in Ordsall/Langworthy then you would not have actually talked to has many people or done the leg work out on the streets.I welcome sitting councillors attendance at future SAC meetings then we can truely engage and fight future CUTS.As for UoS comment I think I must be some kind of crackpot for walking the streets of Langworthy trying to give people an alternative to the mainstream parties.Doing leaflets before work and after work Saturdays/sundays knocking on peoples doors telling them the small print of the March Budget which will eventually during the next 18 months start to have an impact on the residents of Salford.Why don't you also come along to SAC atthe old pint pot you would see that I'm not a crackpot(well maybe a little bit of a Victor Meldrew)
 
UoS wrote
at 07:36:30 on 08 May 2011
Not that I'm any fan of what Labour has become in recent years, but when will the TUSC realise they're an unelectable bunch of crack pots? The only time I've ever seen them "in action", it looked like they were playing out a scene from one of the weirder Dostoevsky books.
 
Ned Claypole wrote
at 19:28:11 on 07 May 2011
Well said , Andrew .I hope the TUSC are ready to take over . We need an alliance of the true left to fight this obscene , thatcherite goverment and their local council lapdogs , until we have rid ourselves of the lot of them - hopefully for ever .
 
John Merry wrote
at 19:27:51 on 07 May 2011
You have a nerve Andrew. You tell us we are not welcome at events and then tell us we have to attend on Monday. The so called election machine is another way of you saying that the fact that we got more votes than you is irrelevant. The people will be looking to us for a lead against this government and we intend to supply it. It is up to you whether you wish to spend your time attacking us the democratic leadership of the city or the tories
 
andrew behan langworthy candidate wrote
at 12:17:28 on 07 May 2011
Have no doubt red dave TUSC will do better next year.Because by then Salford Council will be demanding compulsary redundency as said by recently elected councillor Steve Ord(irwell riverside)in Bexley Square on May 2nd to a crowd of Salford Against the Cuts. Labour have not engaged with the electorate in Langworthy/Ordsall, they have simply used their election machine and student volunteers plus the scam that is postal voting. But TUSC have got real activist and during the next year of cuts our membership will surely grow.I wonder how many Labour councillors will be at the next SAC meeting in the OLD PINT POT on Monday forging an alliance of the left to bring the government down like Mr Merry said.Come off it Mr Merry your councillors dont even attend surgery.
 
CWG wrote
at 20:12:10 on 06 May 2011
33% is shocking. No-one can complain if they can't be bothered to vote.
 
Sh!t wrote
at 16:20:36 on 06 May 2011
"Stormin' Norman" says the Lib Dems won't go away overnight - it looks like, Norman, they'll go away over a year instead. Nobby's seat is up to be re-contested next year - who'll take bets on his being ousted? I expect Council meetings will be all the poorer when his comb-over stops attending.
 
Gareth Lyons wrote
at 13:41:42 on 06 May 2011
The people of Salford have given Labour a mandate to implement any policy they want. It is a sad day for the people but we deserve all we get. I am sure the town hall propaganda department will crow that this is because they are doing such a good job and will forget that this is a vote against the liberals and with a turnout of 33% apathy more people did not vote for them than did. It seems that the Star will have to increase its role as the only effective opposition in Salford.
 
Salford Star wrote
at 13:41:08 on 06 May 2011
See Steve Middleton's comment below...We know that but on the official list of candidates handed out by Salford Council last night he's called `Benjamin Robert Carson' so we thought that might be his official name. No prob, it's been changed to how we all know and love him.
 
Steve Middleton wrote
at 13:36:04 on 06 May 2011
The picture is Bernard Carson, not Benjamin Carson.
 
Red Dave wrote
at 10:19:21 on 06 May 2011
Merry should not be so smug .His lot only made gains because the torycon alliance is so hated .The truth is that in this dump Salford , the Sheeple would vote for a dogturd if it had a red rosette pinned to it - and it might do a better job .Great effort by the TUSC .Better luck next time .Would be great to see the smug labour lot replaced by the TUSC , and I hope this will be achieved
 
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