Whalley Range Labour Party in Alexandra ParkThis is the website of the Whalley Range branch of the Labour Party. The ward is located in south Manchester and includes parts of Manchester Gorton and Manchester Central parliamentary constituencies. You can contact the branch team using this link.

Vote Labour tomorrow – for Bano and Andy Burnham

Vote Bano for Whalley Range

Tomorrow (Thursday) is polling day, and polling stations are open until 10pm. In Whalley Range you can vote for two Labour candidates – Muqaddasah Bano as ward councillor and Andy Burnham as Mayor of Greater Manchester.

  • You don’t need your polling card to vote – just go to your polling station and give them your name and address
  • Polls are open until 10pm
  • If you’ve got a postal vote but haven’t sent it back yet, you can complete the voting pack and take the sealed envelope to any polling station in the city before 10pm

Bano: my pledges for the local election on 6 May

Bano and supporters were joined by Afzal Khan MP on the campaign trail yesterday around Brantingham Road

There are ten days to go until the local elections on Thursday 6 May. Here in Whalley Range, the Labour candidate Muqaddasah Bano and her supporters have been busy calling on residents for the past seven weeks to talk about some of the issues and problems that people are facing locally. Here she sets out her main pledges if she is elected as Councillor for the ward. Bano says:

I promise to work with everyone in our ward to build a greener, safer and cleaner Whalley Range.

Battling the pandemic – I’ll support the work of the Council fighting Covid-19 and encouraging vaccine take-up

Healthier travel for all – I will back projects to create better cycling and walking routes and improve public transport

Tackling social problems – I’ll campaign against domestic violence and anti-social behaviour, and for age-friendly initiatives

Better, safer, cleaner roads – I want to get our roads up to scratch and tackle speeding cars and poor air quality near schools

Dealing with the rubbish – I will push to further improve recycling rates, and confront the nuisance of fly-tipping and litter

Postal voters – you can return your ballots straight away

Electors in Whalley Range ward who chose to vote by post have started to receive their voting packs from this morning, although some (especially those who have registered quite recently) may not receive their pack until next week. The pack contains two ballot papers this year and you can vote for Labour candidates on both of them – Muqaddasah Bano as councillor for Whalley Range ward, and Andy Burnham as Mayor of Greater Manchester.

Bano says “You can complete and return your ballot papers straight away – you don’t have to wait for May 6th. I hope you will vote for me and Andy, but whoever you choose to support, please don’t forget to return your postal vote”.

Eco-Takeaway Campaign launches on Facebook

Bano with some containers made from bagasse

The Whalley Range Eco-Takeaway Campaign has now launched a new Facebook page @WhalleyRangeETC.

Muqaddasah Bano (Whalley Range Labour candidate in the local election on Thursday 6 May) says “If you’re a customer of any of the takeaway food outlets in or around Whalley Range ward, please visit the page and add your comments to the very short survey there. We want to start by gathering as much information as possible before talking to businesses about the possible benefits of offering more environmentally friendly packaging options”.

One option is an agricultural by-product called bagasse – it’s made from material left over from juice extraction. It’s fully compostable and costs about 5p per carton more than polystyrene.

‘Ramadan mubarak’ from Bano, Aftab and Angeliki

Councillors Aftab Razaq and Angeliki Stogia join with the Whalley Range Labour candidate Muqaddasah Bano to give their best wishes to everyone in our area who is observing the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which begins shortly. Bano adds this message:

Muslims around the world pray at this time that our faith is strengthened and our souls purified through exercising ‘sawm’ and ‘salat’ (fasting and daily prayers). We’ll pray to Allah to bestow politeness in our words and prosperity in our resources, so that we can donate more to His people. We believe that Allah will always be with us if we try to spread love and affection.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, 2020 and the start of 2021 have been very difficult for all our communities in Whalley Range –  with many going through difficult times and sadly losing loved ones. I wish and pray that this Ramadan brings better and happier times for us all. If you are observing the fast this month, I wish you a happy Ramadan, and if you are not, do please wish us good luck and give us your support.