Tackling ageism together – Mary speaks at Council

Mary Watson speaking in Council

At the full Council meeting earlier today, Whalley Range Labour councillor Mary Watson seconded a motion calling on the Council to promote positive images of ageing, raise awareness of the benefits of older workers, and champion more age-friendly activity and infrastructure in our neighbourhoods. Mary used as an example the twelve benches installed in our area earlier this year with the support of Age-Friendly Whalley Range, which have proved really popular with local people, older and not so old.

To hear Mary’s speech in full, click on the image or follow this link.

Assia Shah – Labour’s new candidate for Whalley Range

Mary and Assia

As many people know, Councillor Mary Watson has decided to stand down from the City Council next May after fourteen years of service to all the people of Whalley Range. She says “Although I will no longer be a councillor, I’m not going anywhere – I hope to remain involved with Whalley Range groups and meeting local people here for many years to come”.

At a packed selection meeting on Tuesday 17 September, Labour members in Whalley Range chose Assia Shah to be their candidate to stand in Mary’s place in the next local election to be held in May 2020. Assia, seen in the photo chatting with Mary, is a social worker with a long career in the public sector and many voluntary roles, and has a particular interest in promoting community cohesion. She says “I am so pleased to be have been selected, and delighted to be joining Mary, Aftab and Angeliki. I’m really looking forward to meeting as many people as possible in Whalley Range in the next few months”.

Make sure you’re registered to vote – and maybe go postal

Events are moving very fast at the moment in Parliament. The Labour Party leadership have been very clear – they would like to have a general election as soon as possible, provided the Tory government are prevented from forcing the country out of the EU without a deal on 31 October. Once that safeguard is in place, we desperately need an election – to address all the problems facing the UK at present, not just Brexit.

To take part in an election, you need to be registered to vote – see here for our quick Q&A explaining what’s involved, and here for a link to register. If an election is called for 15 October, the deadline for registration will be 27 September, so if you need to register why not do it now – it only takes five minutes. And if you’re away from home a lot, or maybe you’re a student and you want to vote in your home constituency, consider applying for a postal vote.

Protest this Monday against the shutdown of Parliament

Houses of Parliament closed

Labour activists are joining with people from all over Manchester and beyond to protest against the prorogation of parliament, announced today by Boris Johnson and the Tory government. A Rally Against The Coup is planned for Monday 2nd September at 6.30pm meeting at the Peterloo Memorial.

There is also a petition on the Parliament website.

Four more years for Angeliki in Whalley Range

Philip ManktelowLiberal Democrats199
David SempleConservative Party123
Angeliki StogiaLabour Party2,524
Eliza TyrrellGreen Party777

The Whalley Range Labour candidate Angeliki Stogia was returned for a new four year term as Manchester City Councillor in the local election yesterday, on a turnout of just over 33%. Both her personal vote and majority have increased since the election last year.

After the count, held today in the Central Convention Centre, Angeliki said “I’m really grateful to the people of Whalley Range for electing me as their representative on the City Council again and I hope I can repay their trust.”