It’s Up the Poll! 2018: Tameside’s Local Election Results

East of the M60‘s look at 2018’s local election results

  • Business as usual in Tameside as Labour retains hold on borough;
  • National picture of UKIP vote going to Tories echoed in Tameside;
  • Stalybridge Town Party challenges main two parties in the town’s three wards.

If you followed the BBC’s Local Election coverage, you would have noticed how Labour’s results have been portrayed as a crushing defeat. Or at worst a stalemate, in spite of getting its highest number of councillors since 1971. On the other hand, the Conservatives saw improved figures, due to the near collapse of UKIP. Continue reading “It’s Up the Poll! 2018: Tameside’s Local Election Results”

It’s Up the Poll! 2017: Tameside’s General Election Results

East of the M60‘s look at the borough’s General Election results

  • Tameside constituencies remain solid Labour;
  • UKIP vote hammered by increased Labour majorities and modest Conservative swing.
View towards Eastwood bird reserve, Cheethams Park
Set in stone. Even more so with increased majorities for Tameside’s MPs.

At the start of April, any talk of a General Election would have filled many voters with dread. It was expected that Theresa May’s Conservative Party would have a landslide victory. Instead, what happened on the 08 June flew in the face of many predictions. This was scuppered by Jeremy Corbyn’s campaigning in the month up to the election. Not least the crowds and how the agenda switched from Brexit to the state of our public services.

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2015, In the Company of Buses

East of the M60‘s review of the year from a public transport angle

Enviro200 MCT Travel MX62 GYC, Oldham Bus Station
2015 was a good year for third sector operators, particularly MCT Travel who picked up a number of TfGM contracts from the likes of FirstGroup and Stagecoach. Seen here is MX62 GYC, an Enviro200 seen on the 410 Oldham Circular, a tender gain from First Greater Manchester.

Only one word could sum up the state of Greater Manchester’s transport system over 2015: “holes”. For the second part of 2015, the sinkhole which has emerged on Mancunian Way, set to filled by Spring of 2016. For the first half, holes in service provision thanks to local government spending cuts. Continue reading “2015, In the Company of Buses”

Stalybridge Celtic’s F.A Cup Trail Begins

Three year winless stretch in competition ended at Parkside Road

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Stalybridge Celtic ended a miserable run of three successive defeats in the F.A. Challenge Cup at Kendal today [26 September]. Prior to today, the ‘Bridge had lost to Shildon (1-0) in the previous season, and to Worksop Town (5-3) before then, in 2013. Continue reading “Stalybridge Celtic’s F.A Cup Trail Begins”

The Mossley Basic Bus Strategy: 35 Years On

A look at Greater Manchester Transport’s 1980 changes and comparison with present services

Optare Solo First Greater Manchester MA51 AEW, Denshaw
A First Greater Manchester Optare Solo seen at Denshaw, terminus of the 354 service via Greenfield and Bottom Mossley.

The 20 July 1980 was a seminal date in the history of Mossley’s bus routes. Firstly it led to the extension of the 343 route to Oldham. Secondly, it led to the rise in importance of the 350 service. Today, both the 343 and the 350 link Mossley with Oldham; the latter via Uppermill. A lot of the 1980 changes set the framework for today’s services in and around the locality from Quick Edge to Micklehurst.

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It’s Up the Poll! 2015: Tameside’s Budget Statement

East of the M60 looks at the first full-fat Conservative budget since November 1996

B&M Bargains, Bow Street, Ashton-under-Lyne
Outlook: continued austerity for the borough’s citizens and a boost for Tameside’s discount stores. Seen in early 2015 (photographed with a £10 digital camera) is Ashton’s branch of B&M Bargains on Bow Street.

Six weeks into Britain’s first majority Conservative government since 1997, it was business as usual for Chancellor George Osborne as he delivered his first budget of the 2015 – 20 parliament. By business as usual, we mean the driving down of public sector wages and working-age benefits.
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In Pictures: The 2015 Whit Walks – Dukinfield and Stalybridge

East of the M60 World Exclusive: images of this year’s Whit Walks in Dukinfield and Stalybridge

Eight churches, four from Dukinfield and four from Stalybridge, upheld the traditional Procession of Witness on a cloudy Whit Sunday. Continue reading “In Pictures: The 2015 Whit Walks – Dukinfield and Stalybridge”

It’s Up the Poll! 2015: Mossley Town Council Election Results

East of the M60‘s look at the results of Mossley Town Council’s elections

  • New Council: 6 Independent (+1), 3 Labour (-1).
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The view from Mossley sees Labour support maintained at local and parliamentary elections, though with greater support for the independents at Town Council level.

Was it the lack of free parking or the library’s move to George Lawton Hall which pricked the Mossley voters’ consciences? Though supportive of their Tameside MBC councillor, the new Mossley Town Council sees support for its independent candidates strengthened. Continue reading “It’s Up the Poll! 2015: Mossley Town Council Election Results”

It’s Up the Poll! 2015: Tameside’s Local Election Results

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. Continue reading “It’s Up the Poll! 2015: Tameside’s Local Election Results”

It’s Up the Poll! 2015: Tameside’s General Election Results

East of the M60‘s look at the borough’s General Election results

  • Tameside bucks national trend as Labour vote stands firm;
  • UKIP sees massive swing.
View towards Eastwood bird reserve, Cheethams Park
Set in stone: Labour’s hold on Tameside’s parliamentary constituencies.

The Labour Party vote stood firm in the borough with Andrew Gwynne and Jonathan Reynolds extending their majorities. Angela Rayner polled strongly with a higher majority than her predecessor David Heyes. Continue reading “It’s Up the Poll! 2015: Tameside’s General Election Results”