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”.
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.
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.
|Philip Manktelow||Liberal Democrats||199|
|David Semple||Conservative Party||123|
|Angeliki Stogia||Labour Party||2,524|
|Eliza Tyrrell||Green Party||777|
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.”
Today is polling day – vote Labour for the many not the few. The Labour and Co-operative Party candidate in Whalley Range is Angeliki Stogia, seen here visiting polling stations in the ward this morning. Please remember:
- 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
- If you don’t know where your polling station is or you need a lift to vote, visit our polling station finder or call the Whalley Range Labour team on 0161 860 5523