East of the M60‘s look at the local election results
- Business as usual in Tameside as Labour retains hold on borough;
- Anti-Labour vote considerably outpolled;
- UKIP second most popular party in some wards.
This year’s local elections could be seen as a vote of confidence in the borough’s ruling party by some people. Though a group of anti-Labour supporters felt their tactical voting moves would have an impact, the reverse happened.
The make up of this year’s Tameside MBC is the same as last year’s though with a few new faces. Stalybridge South is still an all-Conservative ward, and John Bell held on to Hyde Werneth.
Deputy Council Leader John Taylor made it eight in a row in the Dukinfield ward with more than twice the number of votes of his UKIP rival. Andrew Highton got the Green Party’s biggest vote of all the 19 wards the party contested – 655 in Hyde Newton.
Council Leader Kieran Quinn saw off opposition from UKIP candidate Peter Harris. The Droylsden East ward has often commanded a strong showing from the party formerly led by Nigel Farage.
The borough’s only Liberal Democrat candidate Martin Kiely got 232 votes in the Mossley ward. Of little consolation to him, Greater Manchester’s first Communist Party candidate for 30 years Paul Ward polled 84 in the Audenshaw ward.
Wards contested, by party:
- Labour (including Labour Co-op): 19;
- The Green Party of England and Wales: 19;
- Conservative Party: 15;
- United Kingdom Independence Party: 12;
- Trade Unionists and Socialists Against The Cuts: 4;
- Independent candidates: 3;
- Liberal Democrats: 1;
- Communist Party of Britain: 1.
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As case of ‘close but not close enough’ for Mr. Billington as 471 votes separate him from Alan Whitehead’s successor.
- Mike Glover, Labour Party: 2,548 (48.7%);
- Liam Billington, Conservative Party: 2,077 (39.7%);
- Charlotte Hughes, Green Party: 555 (10.6%).
Ashton St. Michael’s
- Yvonne Cartey*, Labour Party: 2,621 (57.3%);
- Christine Liley, Conservative Party: 1,283 (28%);
- Nigel Rolland, Green Party: 619 (13.5%).
Lorraine romped home with a sizeable majority over her Conservative rival.
- Lorraine Whitehead, Labour Party: 2,382 (47.8%);
- Sam Daniels, Conservative Party: 1,240 (24.9%);
- Peter Howarth, United Kingdom Independence Party: 1,063 (21.3%);
- Andrew Threlfall, Green Party: 274 (5.5%).
- Maria Bailey*, Labour Party: 2,832 (50.7%);
- Maurice Jackson, United Kingdom Independence Party: 1,988 (35.6%);
- Mark Stanley, Green Party: 526 (9.4%);
- Paul Ward, Communist Party of Britain: 84 (1.5%).
Denton North East
- Alison Gwynne*, Labour Party: 2,560 (51.7%);
- Dennis Connor, United Kingdom Independence Party: 1,218 (24.6%);
- Carol White, Conservative Party: 918 (18.5%);
- Gerard Boyd, Green Party: 244 (4.9%).
In spite of finishing a good second place, Carl Simmons lost out to a strident Labour vote. There’s every chance he’ll be trying again in 2016 when the whole council is up for election.
- Mike Fowler*, Labour Party: 2,096 (43.4%);
- Carl Simmons, Independent candidate: 1,152 (23.9%);
- Adrienne Shaw, United Kingdom Independence Party: 719 (14.9%);
- Zoe Gallacher, Conservative Party: 654 (13.6%);
- Mark Stanfield, Green Party: 132 (2.7%);
- Dean Kavanagh, Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts: 50 (1%).
A massive win for Brenda Warrington sees her claim more than half the vote in this ward.
- Brenda Warrington*, Labour Party: 3,369 (56.5%);
- Thomas Dunne, Conservative Party: 1,843 (8.2%);
- Gareth Hayes, Green Party: 488 (8.2%);
- Robert Heap, Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts: 213 (3.6%).
Business as usual for Councillor Kieran Quinn, but a difficult task awaits him as leader of Tameside MBC following the Conservatives’ success in the General Election.
- Kieran Quinn*, Labour Party: 2,826 (53.5%);
- Peter Harris, United Kingdom Independence Party: 1,698 (32.2%);
- John McCarthy, Green Party: 399 (7.6%);
- Sarah Delaney, Independent candidate: 299 (5.7%).
- Ann Holland*, Labour Party: 2,881 (54.1%);
- Max Bennett, United Kingdom Independence Party: 1,338 (54.1%);
- Gill Westhead, Conservative Party: 766 (14.4%).
- Andrew Climance, Green Party: 312 (5.9%).
A solid poll for deputy leader of Tameside MBC John Taylor. His eighth win in a row in the Dukinfield Ward.
- John Taylor*, Labour Party: 2,416: (48.7%);
- John Cooke, United Kingdom Independence Party: 1,204 (24.3%);
- David Liley, Conservative Party: 961 (19.4%);
- Julie Wood, Green Party: 352 (7.1%).
Like a Duk [sic] to water, Dukinfield Stalybridge turned to Labour. The lack of a Conservative candidate is apparent given the size of UKIP’s vote.
- David Sweeton*, Labour Party: 2,720 (53%);
- Wayne Jones, United Kingdom Independence Party: 1,821 (35.5%);
- Mo Ramzan, Green Party: 450 (8.8%).
New face though same party as John Sullivan’s as Hyde Godley warmed to Betty Affleck.
- Betty Affleck, Labour Party: 2,194 (47.4%);
- Gail Jones, United Kingdom Independence Party: 1,256 (27.1%);
- Mohammed Iqbal, Conservative Party: 790 (17.1%);
- Nick Koopman, Green Party: 297 (6.4%);
- Peter Jones, Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts: 58 (1.3%).
Mr. Chadwick’s second attempt to break an Hydonian ward was scuppered by the sitting councillor Helen Bowden. Second place he finished with 1,993 votes – appropriate given he scored most of his goals between 1993 and 1995 for the Tigers.
- Helen Bowden*, Labour and Co-operative Party: 2,816 (50.6%);
- Philip Chadwick, United Kingdom Independence Party: 1,993 (35.8%);
- Andrew Highton, Green Party: 655 (11.8%).
It was a close run between Labour and Conservative with John Bell holding on to his seat.
- John Bell*, Conservative Party: 2,754 (48.8%);
- Debbie Boulton, Labour Party: 2,422 (42.9%);
- Jean Smee, Green Party: 412 (7.3%).
- Gill Peet*, Labour Party: 2,228 (47.8%);
- David Tyler, Conservative Party: 1,741 (37.4%);
- Irene Brierley, Green Party: 617 (13.2%).
The people of Mossley gave Labour another chance in spite of the recent brouhaha with the lack of free car parking.
- Idu Miah*, Labour and Co-operative Party: 2,251 (42.6%);
- Dean Aylett, Independent candidate: 1,162 (22%);
- Dominic Johnson, Conservative Party: 1,042 (19.7%);
- Christine Clark, Green Party: 544 (10.3%);
- Martin Kiely, Liberal Democrats: 232 (4.4%).
Labour triumphed in St. Peters in an emphatic way. Its cosmopolitan nature could also explain the low UKIP vote in comparison with other wards in Tameside.
- Dave McNally*, Labour Party: 2,943 (62.4%);
- Raymond Dunning, United Kingdom Independence Party: 732 (15.5%);
- Laura Martin, Conservative Party: 611 (13%);
- Trevor Clarke, Green Party: 328 (7%);
- Deej Johnson, Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts: 73 (1.5%).
Polling almost twice the amount of its Conservative rival, Adrian Pearce became George Roberts’ successor. Had it not been for UKIP splitting the right-wing vote, things could have been a little different in the ward which takes in Ridge Hill and Heyrod.
- Adrian Pearce, Labour Party: 2,258 (43.1%);
- Colin White, Conservative Party: 1,466 (28%);
- Angela McManus, United Kingdom Independence Party: 1,090 (20.8%);
- Dave Bradbury, Green Party: 399 (7.6%).
As anticipated on this blog, Conservative candidate Clive Patrick did return to Stalybridge South. Which alas on East of the M60 was the only prediction we got right.
- Clive Patrick, Conservative Party: 2,627 (51.3%);
- Dorothy Cartwright, Labour Party: 1,842 (36%);
- Paul White, Green Party: 597 (11.7%).
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Next up on It’s Up The Poll! 2015
Our penultimate part of It’s Up The Poll! 2015 will feature the Mossley Town Council election results.
S.V., 08 May 2015.