The Green Party has taken another seat from Labour in this year’s Manchester council elections.
Astrid Johnson took the council seat from Labour’s Sarah Judge who had represented Woodhouse Park for Labour since 2015.
Ms Johnson joins fellow Green, Rob Nunney who was elected to represent the ward last year.
This year’s result was close with the Greens taking the seat with 1345 votes against Labour’s 1345. The turnout in the ward was 24 per cent.
The Green victory in Woodhouse Park was the only change at Manchester City Council where Labour remain firmly in control. Elsewhere in Wythenshawe Tommy Judge, Paul Andrews, Sue Cooley and Angela Moran won for Labour in Sharston, Baguley, Brooklands and Northenden respectively.
In Trafford, Labour retained control, with the Conservative Group leader losing his seat in Timperley to the Liberal Democrats. Labour and the Greens also took a seat each from the Conservatives.
In Stockport, the council remains in no overall control with a swing to the Liberal Democrats.
Nationally, it was a bad night for the Conservatives, who lost control of nine councils with the former Tory strongholds of Westminster and Wandsworth councils falling to Labour. Labour gained five councils and Liberal Democrats two.
A full list of Manchester’s council results can be found here.
As part of our general election coverage The Reporter aims to publish statements from each of the candidates standing in Wythenshawe and Sale East. Today it is the turn of Green Party candidate, Daniel Jerrome.
I’m proud to be representing Wythenshawe and Sale East in the forthcoming General Election. As a local Green Party campaigner, I’ve spoken to thousands of local people about the issues that matter to them. They tell me about the drastic cuts to local services leaving areas neglected, the dangerous roads with little enforcement or investment, the lack of affordable housing, and an Education and NHS being sorely underfunded.
We have a chance to say no to the continued austerity imposed by this government. The Green Party seeks to provide an economy that is based on social and environmental justice. We will fight hard to maintain the EU regulations on the environment, pollution, and employment, that could be lost under a ‘Tory Hard Brexit’ and that have served to protect us.
I’m a qualified media librarian who has studied and worked in Greater Manchester over the last six years. I’m passionate about standing up for local people and delivering a Green message that offers hope. We want to make Britain a leader in renewable technologies, create a public transport system that is integrated and delivers for all. We’re also working to create a Universal Basic Income, so no person is marginalised and everyone is given a chance to contribute to our economy.
This is our chance to create a fair society with Green ideas: 500,000 new socially rented homes, stricter rules for landlords and investing in sustainable efficient housing. We will reverse the decline in the NHS and completely reverse the privatisation undertaken by Labour, the Lib Dems and Tories and make sure it is free at the point of access. Tuition fees will be scrapped giving everyone the aspirations they deserve and we need to make sure that teachers and support staff aren’t being lost due to budget cuts.
We’re investing not only in the short term but looking at decades to come, that’s why we will give 16’s and over the vote. We need your voice in helping to protect our environment, we need your support in the urgent battle to avert catastrophic climate change and we need to tell governments that we want clean air to breathe. We can prosper and protect our environment. We are the only party that consistently raises these issues. I will use my role as candidate to challenge and hold the other parties to account.
Dan Jerrome Green Party candidate for Wythenshawe and Sale East promoted by Manchester Green Party on behalf of Brian Candeland, 13 Devonshire Road, M21 8XB.
With four weeks to go to the general election, Wythenshawe’s candidates have been announced today.
As expected, Mike Kane will defend the seat we first won in a by-election in 2013 for Labour. The party launched it’s election campaign earlier this week.
Fiona Green, who contested the seat in the 2015 general election has been chosen again as the candidate for the Conservative Party and William Jones, from Timperley will represent the Liberal Democrats.
Dan Jerome is the candidate for the Green Party and UKIP will be represented by Mike Bayley-Sanderson. There will also be an independent candidate, Luckson Francis Augustine.
Manchester City Council has warned that people will not be able to vote on 8 June unless they have registered by Monday 22 May, and anyone who has moved recently should ensure their address details are correct.
Anyone who is on the electoral register can also register to vote by post or choose to appoint a proxy to vote on their behalf – particularly as the upcoming General Election falls during the holiday season.
Applications for a postal vote must be received by 5pm on 23 May.
Joanne Roney OBE, Returning Officer for Manchester, said: “It is important that everyone in this city has a voice and that they have their voice heard, but to do this it is vital that you are registered to vote. Anyone who is not registered is urged to do so as soon as possible to make sure you can use your vote on 8 June.”