Aftab Razaq selected as Labour candidate for May 2022

Aftab with Bano and Angeliki in Manley Park earlier this year

At their meeting on 21 September, Labour Party members in Whalley Range selected Aftab Razaq to stand as the party’s candidate in the local elections on Thursday 5 May 2022. Aftab has been a councillor since he first stood for Whalley Range in 2011, and this will be the fourth election he has contested.

After the meeting, Aftab said “I’m very humbled to have been chosen again by my fellow Labour members as the election candidate, and I will be starting my campaign straight away, getting out and meeting as many voters as possible between now and May. I urge anyone who has questions to ask or issues to raise with me, to please get in touch”.

Whalley Range Eco-Takeaways Campaign – Update

The research and planning has taken a few twists and turns due to the lockdowns and other issues but we are now at the point where we have a strong strategy in place.

So far:

We’ve identified and surveyed takeaways based in or near Whalley Range. A Google survey was used to identify the types of containers each takeaway is using. 46 responses covered 55% of our initial 35 plus an additional 12 from well beyond the area. The survey results were geographically clustered, perhaps reflecting the reach of our current contacts. We are looking at how to address this.

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Q&A about the boundary changes in Whalley Range

You may know already that local government ward boundaries in Manchester are set to change – we wrote a previous post about this before. This means a number of important changes are about to happen, from who your elected representatives are to how the Labour Party is organised in the city generally, but particularly in Whalley Range. The process is potentially quite confusing, so we have prepared a ‘question-and-answer’ panel which will hopefully address some of the queries raised. Feel free to ask any more questions though, using the comments section. Continue reading

2016 Conference report

2016-conference-posterAs most readers (hopefully!) know, Jeremy Corbyn was comfortably re-elected as leader at this year’s national Party Conference in Liverpool. However a lot of other matters were discussed, debated and voted on – Whalley Range Labour member Gerry Collier attended, and as usual has prepared a really detailed report which you can download using this link: Continue reading

Last chance to vote in leadership ballot

aftab-angeliki-leadership-ballotEligible Labour Party members and supporters have until noon on Wednesday 21st to cast their ballots in the leadership election between Jeremy Corbyn and Owen Smith.

Councillor Aftab Razaq has decided to vote for the current leader. “I haven’t always agreed with Jeremy Corbyn’s politics or his style of leadership” says Aftab, “but I was very disappointed that some MPs chose to challenge him just at the time that the party should have been uniting to take on the new Tory government under Theresa May. I think he should be given more time to show whether Labour can effectively challenge for power under his leadership. Whoever wins, let’s start looking to the future now.”

Councillor Angeliki Stogia, the Chair of Whalley Range Labour branch adds “Regardless of who you support, make sure your voice is heard by casting your vote in this important election”. The ballot closes this Wednesday and the result will be announced at the Leadership Conference the following Saturday (24th).