Aftab wins in Whalley Range

The polls closed at 10pm yesterday and the ballots were counted this afternoon. The results in the council election in Whalley Range on a turnout of 63.5% were:

BROWN, Rhona Liberal Democrats 590
CANDELAND, Mary Green Party 1,607
NASIR, Amjad Conservative Party 509
RAZAQ, Aftab Labour Party 4,421

Aftab says “I’m really grateful to all my supporters for this tremendous victory. Angeliki, Mary and I will continue to work hard for all the residents of Whalley Range”. Sir Gerald Kaufman also won for Labour in Manchester Gorton constituency with an increased majority – see this page for all the Manchester election results. Continue reading

Use your votes for Labour on Thursday

Aftab Razaq ballotAs you probably know, elections are being held on Thursday 7 May. If you live in Whalley Range ward and are eligible, you will have two votes, for the Local and for the General Elections. Please use both your votes for Labour – for Aftab RAZAQ in the local election for Councillor, and for Gerald KAUFMAN in the General Election for your Member of Parliament.
By now you should have received your poll card – it will tell you the address of your polling station. You can vote between 7am and 10pm. You do not have to take your poll card in order to vote, although it may speed things up a little. If you believe that you are registered to vote but have not yet received a card, then contact the Electoral Services Unit immediately on 0161 234 1212.
Gerald Kaufman ballotIf you have a postal vote, you should complete and return it as soon as possible. If it is too late to return it by post, you can deliver it on Thursday to any polling station in the ward.

Aftab Razaq’s election message

Clr Aftab Razaq 2014 (220x330)“I want to make a difference…”
That is what I wrote back in 2011 when I first introduced myself as the Labour candidate for Councillor in Whalley Range ward. And it’s as true now as it was then.
I have a Pakistani heritage but have long lived in this area, with all five of my children having been born here in Whalley Range. They go to local school with children from all sorts of backgrounds and cultures, as those of you with school-age kids will have experienced.
When our elders first came to the UK, they wanted mainly to make a better life for their families. But now, times have changed. We’re no longer economic immigrants, we’re British citizens. Our aspirations have changed and we have to change to match – take part in society like everyone else, and work to make Manchester a better city. Continue reading

Aftab Razaq standing again for Whalley Range in 2015

Aftab 2015 220x330The Whalley Range Labour candidate in the local elections on Thursday 7 May will be current Councillor Aftab Razaq. He says “I’m really proud to have been selected again by the Labour Party in Manchester to stand for election in Whalley Range in May 2015”. Aftab has been a councillor here since winning for Labour the first time in May 2011 – you can find out more (including his contact details) on Aftab’s page here.

Labour’s pledges for 2015 election

Gerry Collier attended the party’s National Conference here in Manchester in September, and has prepared a summary of the National Policy Forum Report. This was endorsed by the Conference and will form the basis for Labour’s manifesto at the next General Election, to be held on 7 May 2015. Continue reading